Success stories

There are multiple routes and business models through which STFC can work to create value with our external partners and stakeholders, exploiting our research, facilities, skills and technologies

The following success stories illustrate just some examples of how this continues to be achieved across the STFC landscape:

ESA BIC UK provides an expert environment to rocket start-ups to success
05 October 2018
ESA BIC UK provides an expert environment to rocket start-ups to success

Challenging the perception that space technologies are cumbersome and slow, Open Cosmos makes it possible for companies to test new technologies and apps in space, from as little as £500k, and launch within 10 months.

Killing microbes, not the taste
03 February 2017
Killing microbes, not the taste

Every year microorganisms spoil millions of tonnes of food. Some food-borne microorganisms cause an annual toll of half a million food poisoning cases in the UK. A new plasma device produced with STFC follow on funding helps remove this threat to our food supply.

Lasers keep greenhouse gases on the radar
28 July 2016
Lasers keep greenhouse gases on the radar

Whether its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power stations, methane (CH4) leaks from natural gas wells or carbon credits, greenhouse gases (GHGs) keep hitting the headlines.

STFC scientists find the gravity of the situation
28 July 2016
STFC scientists find the gravity of the situation

Scientists have developed the most sensitive Micro Electromechanical gravity Sensor (MEMS) ever.

Quicker simulations = better competitiveness
17 June 2015
Quicker simulations = better competitiveness

The Hartree Centre’s on-demand high performance computing (HPC) service enCORE, delivered by OCF, enabled small engineering consultancy QED Naval to run complex simulations four times faster than using in-house systems.

Enabling new commercial opportunities
17 June 2015
Enabling new commercial opportunities

The Hartree Centre uses one of Mellanox’s products to enable its customers to work on its powerful supercomputing infrastructure simultaneously and privately.

Developing next generation ocean modelling techniques
17 June 2015
Developing next generation ocean modelling techniques

Applying the Hartree Centre’s world-class high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to the field of ocean hydrodynamics modelling is reinforcing the UK’s position at the frontier of ocean science.

Revealing the value of open data
17 June 2015
Revealing the value of open data

Big data and data analytics solutions provided by the Hartree Centre and partner IBM enabled Democrata to use open data to predict the presence of ancient remains on construction sites.

Accessing specialist equipment to further product development
13 May 2015
Accessing specialist equipment to further product development

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)'s business incubator, the Innovations and Technology Access Centre (I-TAC), has provided early-stage company Nanoflex with easy access to specialist equipment to further develop their innovative nanoelectrode system.

Data analytics to streamline healthcare costs
24 April 2015
Data analytics to streamline healthcare costs

The STFC Hartree Centre has helped Albatross Financial Solutions optimise the patient cost benchmarking service it provides to NHS Trusts, helping them to validate and predict costs more accurately and establish best practices.

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