Dr Fitzpatrick Colin

Project Supervisor: Dr Colin Fitzpatrick Project No: C Fitz 1

Project Title: Using IoT for WEEE Compliance Monitoring

Course Suitability: BE Electronic & Computer Engineering

Project Description:

Waste electrical and electronic equipment is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Due to its constituent materials it readily classifies as hazardous waste and is subject to strict regulations in how it is processed and transported. There are particularly strict regulations around its shipment across borders, especially to developing countries. However, it also contains many valuable materials that creates incentives for individuals to not adhere to these regulations creating a significant amount of work in the enforcement of regulations.

Increasingly more and more products are networked via the Internet of Things (IoT). This project will examine how the IoT can be used to support those involved in compliance monitoring and attempt to discover who is behind illegal waste shipments and how they are occurring.

 

Project Supervisor: Dr Colin Fitzpatrick Project No: C Fitz 2

Project Title: Project Title: Upcycling Used Electronic Components

Course Suitability: BE Electronic & Computer Engineering

Project Description:

Companies that perform remanufacturing of data centre equipment find themselves with significant supplies of used components that, while still functional, are not suitably high spec for the new data centre equipment that they are producing. Specifically, these include hard drives, processors and memory among others. At the moment, these components are recycled which provides a relatively low value recovery option.

This project will explore how such used components could be used to create new products and significantly increase

 

Project Supervisor: Dr Colin Fitzpatrick Project No: C Fitz 3

Project Title: Project Title: Cloud Surfing for Clean Energy

Course Suitability: BE Electronic & Computer Engineering

Project Description:

 For a variety of reasons, providers of cloud services can offer their customers specific geographic locations where there data and applications will be stored and run from. As the carbon intensity of an electric grid can vary significantly over the course of a day depending on the availability of intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar, this project will explore how such an offering could be used to reduce the carbon footprint of cloud computing by optimizing the locations used and shifting IT load based on local energy circumstances.

 

Project Supervisor: Dr Colin Fitzpatrick Project No: C Fitz 4

Project Title: Project Title: Develop a Tool to Estimate the Environmental Impact of Electronic Products

Course Suitability: BSc Electronics

Project Description:

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a method to determine the environmental impact of products and services. It is a very detailed and time consuming process which involves gathering large amounts of data from throughout the supply chain or purchasing expensive databases and several methods to streamline this process have been proposed. This project will involve examining the Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) method for streamlining the LCA process. For this method, the energy involved in manufacture is used as a proxy for all environmental impacts and employs simple and free datasets. The project will develop a tool whereby simple input parameters such as a bill of materials, dimensions, component counts etc… can be used to provide estimates of environmental impact.