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Helping make a beer last longer

Coventry University students Raquel Rossiter and Daniel Perfitt are researching the BeerSaver technology.

Coventry University students Raquel Rossiter and Daniel Perfitt are researching the BeerSaver technology.

 

A Stamford-based science firm has welcomed two students to work on new technology design to boost the life of beer.

Cambridge Scientific Solutions, based in Scotgate, invited Coventry University students Raquel Rossiter and Daniel Perfitt to help refine its new BeerSaver system.

The technology aims to keep beer dispensing pipes in pubs free from unwanted “biofilm”, therefore extending life and preserving taste.

BeerSaver was originally developed by director Ian Lee, who said: “We knew our BeerSaver technology was effective and did what it said on the tin, but to fully understand how we could develop the idea and expand it into other market sectors where it could make a real difference, we were keen to tap into the expertise at a university.

“The students Raquel and Daniel have been doing a great job researching what is happening at a detailed level as the biofilm tries to form and as BeerSaver stops it happening, and it’s already proving hugely beneficial as we explore new applications for the system.”

Biofilm, otherwise known as “slime” to disgruntled landlords, is the build up of solids which stick to surfaces and to each other and are usually made up of beer-spoiling microorganisms such as pediococcus and saccharomyces.

The students are tackling the technology while studying biomedical science degrees at the university.

Raquel, 21, from Bracknell, said: “It’s a fantastic experience for us to work so closely with an innovative science company during our studies.

“What’s especially useful is being able to see and do in practice what we’re learning about through our degree, particularly when we’re working on something that is quite leading edge.

“Hopefully, one day we may even be able to say we were part of a scientific breakthrough.”

 

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