£17M iCAST Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies launches

The project, led by the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at Bath, is a collaboration between the Universities of Bath and Oxford, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Sustainability Partnership (National Composites Centre, and CPI) innovation experts at SETsquared, Local Enterprise Partnerships, investors and the companies that iCAST will be working with.

iCAST is funded by the Research England Development Fund and is based at the Carriage Works in Swindon.

It will focus on translating sustainable chemical technology research into commercial products to tackle the global challenges of the climate emergency, sustainable development, and plastic pollution.

University of Bath Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian White said: ​The University of Bath is so excited to lead this initiative. Not least as iCAST builds on the success of CSCT at the University which has had an exceptional 15-year track record in research and innovation.

Furthermore, it supports the ambition set out in the University of Bath’s strategy to drive high impact research, develop our institutional research theme in sustainability and strengthen local, national and international engagement.

It is a unique innovation facility, and the centre aims to address the most critical global challenge of sustainability by kickstarting a step change in the UK industrial strategy for translating sustainable chemical tech into clean growth.”

iCAST will aim to deliver 10 joint industry projects a year and is already on track to meet that goal, bringing together innovative companies with expert researchers to tackle some critical challenges to clean growth…Read more