British student awarded £80,000 from Prince Albert’s educational legacy to improve Dearman Engines


A student at the University of Birmingham is about to be awarded an Industrial Fellowship worth £80,000 ($106,000) by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to improve liquid air Dearman Engines.

Iestyn Stead (left) is researching different materials and shapes for Dearman Engines that could reduce the energy loss due to friction which he says would in turn create a far more efficient engine. His work will involve the use of biopolymers and lubricants, moving away from fossil fuel based alternatives and creating a 100% green engine.

The Commission was set up by Prince Albert following the Great Exhibition in 1851 to help fund British science and technology and bring inventions to commercialisation. This year, 14 promising young doctoral engineers and scientists that show the most potential have been awarded the prestigious funds.

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