29 Jul 2019

BAE Systems to develop marine noise reduction technologies

BAE Systems are taking part in one of four newly announced partnerships between industry and academia, developing ground-breaking technologies to help tackle global challenges.

In support of the Government’s Industrial Strategy ambition to raise investment in research and development to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, the Prosperity Partnership projects help ensure that UK businesses such as BAE Systems, and universities are leading the way in bringing new products to market that will contribute to tackling some of the biggest challenges of our generation.

BAE Systems will lead one of the new partnerships between the University of Southampton, the University of Nottingham and Lloyd’s Register, to explore the development of new materials that don’t make noise underwater. Noise pollution can cut the life-expectancy of fish, dolphins and other marine life, while also affecting human health, and these new materials will help protect vulnerable marine life.

The projects, which join 11 earlier collaborations announced in 2018, will be funded with £12 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UKRI, and have leveraged £17.5 million in cash or in-kind contributions from industry.

Steve Harris, Head of External Partnerships and Brokering, BAE Systems, said: “The Prosperity Partnership offers us the chance to explore new and low TRL technology with Southampton University, one of our five strategic university partners, building on our existing relationship with the internationally leading team at the Institute of Sound and Vibration.

“As an R&D intensive business driven by technological innovation, we know great things will come out of this partnership and are delighted at its announcement by the EPSRC.”

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