Research reports

Fujita Research regularly produces internal-briefing documents for Fujita Corporation. Where no commercially-sensitive material is involved, Fujita Research makes these reports freely available on the internet. Any questions about these reports should be directed to peter@fujita.com, they will be answered as time allows.

Please note: Although we endeavour to ensure information in these reports is as accurate as possible, we cannot accept liability for an inaccuracies contained herein.

Biosensors - state of the art

Biosensors are showing great promise as tools for detecting levels of contaminants in soil and water. This report looks at what a biosensor is, current research and provides contact details for several researchers in the field
[Posted 04/02]

SCAPS - assessing site contamination

Over the past five years the U.S. military has developed a Site Characterization and Analysis Penetrometer System (SCAPS), which allows rapid on-site assessment of levels of several key pollutants. This allows cost-effective remediation of contaminated soils by providing detailed knowledge about the level and extent of contamination at each site.
[Posted 08/00]

Wave and tidal power

Generating electricity from the oceans has been widely discussed for 40 years. Time and again attempts have been made to harness the both wave and tidal power, usually with little success. However, with advances in engineering in the past few years, the oceans have become an economically feasible source of energy.
[Updated 07/00; posted 07/98]

What is sustainable construction?

Although sustainable construction is a term often used, what does it actually mean? This report looks at a working definition considered by the CIB.
[Posted 01/00]

Bioenergy

Article on the development of bioenergy as a renewable resource, looking at benefits and potential in both the developed and developing world.
[Posted 04/99]

Waste Minimization in Finland

Fifteen years ago, the Finnish town of Vaasa ran out of landfill space. The citizens were faced with either finding a large new site to dump the town’s refuse, or fundamentally changing the way they handled the waste they produced. Choosing the latter option, the town now sends just 9.5% of its waste to a new, small landfill site – the rest is reused, recycled, or turned to energy.
[Posted 01/99]

Interseasonal Solar Storage

Can solar energy collected during the summer months, keep a building warm all year round? Italian scientists think so, and have built a house which they think proves it.
[Posted 10/98]

Ecological Villages

The Ecological Village is a concept which is becoming increasingly popular in Sweden. This report looks at one such village, and how it has minimized the environmental impact of new housing in a forested area near Stockholm.
[Posted 07/98]

Wastewater Treatment

A report which examines some European advances in sustainable wastewater treatment. The report shows the reasons that current technology will not result in sustainable systems, and examines the radical rethinking and new technology needed.
[Posted 05/98]

Constructed Wetlands

Constructed wetlands are increasingly beign viewed as an environmentally friendly and energy efficient way to treat domestic and municipal wastewater. Wetlands are effective at reducing biochemical and chemical oxygen demand, and removing up to 90% of nitrates and phosphates. This report examines the state of their implementation and looks at some new technology.
[Posted 01/98]

 

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