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Abertay academic to speak at Cafe Science Extra

7 February 2014

The possibility of using wetland resources to harvest low-cost renewable energy will be discussed at the next Café Science Extra event in Dundee.

Dr Kiran Tota-Maharaj, from Abertay University, will describe how we can access a sustainable energy source by creating constructed wetlands and integrating water-sourced heat pumps into them. His talk, entitled ‘Wonderful Wetlands – Getting Low Cost, Low Carbon Energy from Constructed Wetlands’, will take place at 6pm in Dundee Science Centre on Wednesday, February 12.

"As constructed wetlands are engineered systems which store water and filter out pollutants, many of the barriers to generating energy from natural wetlands are overcome," Dr Tota-Maharaj explains.

"In my talk, I will be describing a novel method for combining natural processes, engineered water management and sustainable technologies to provide the multiple benefits of wastewater treatment, heating and cooling within urban developments."

Café Science was launched in January 2008, and has attracted over 5000 visitors since then.

The monthly events are informal discussions led by leading local researchers that allow members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the ground-breaking science happening in Dundee.

Led by the University of Dundee’s Public Outreach team, the Café Science series also features guest speakers to discuss topics suggested by members of the public.

Entry is free and open to all but places are limited so it is advised that visitors arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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