With the decline of the coal mining industry, Lindhurst needed to diversify, and began to explore new areas such as electro-hydraulic systems. An opportunity was identified to convert farm waste into energy, and academic support was needed to develop the idea.
A project was established between Lindhurst and the University, with a post-doctoral graduate placed in the company to develop a new microbial fuel cell, which could convert farm effluent and dairy by-products into electricity and bio-gas.
The Partnership will enable Lindhurst to develop a microbial fuel cell which can be sold as a commercial product. The project is also helping the University to develop market-leading academic expertise in microbial fuel cell research. Martin Rigley, Managing Director said ‘The University’s support has been invaluable. They came up with the design for the commercial plant and are now developing a working industrial scale prototype…the results are very promising.”