Uplifting aerospace conference heralds green future
The main thrust of the 21st annual conference of the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) was climate change, and how the industry should help combat it.
Thin-film solar cells generate energy efficiency of 25%
Scientists from Hasselt University, imec, VITO and international partners within the PERCISTAND consortium have become the first to achieve an energy efficiency of 25% with a thin-film solar cell. This means that this wafer-thin solar cell generates as much energy as a traditional silicon solar cell.
Dockless e-scooters to launch internationally
Spin, the micro-mobility unit of Ford Motor Company that crafted the first stationless micro-mobility permit in the United States of America, has announced its international expansion plans. The company will launch its first international fleet of dockless electric scooters in Cologne, Germany this Spring, with other German cities soon to follow.
Energy storage market to hit $500bn by 2035
The report, ‘Global Energy Storage Market 2019’, estimates that the three main drivers of energy storage, mobility applications, electronic devices, and stationary storage, will reach an annual combined deployment level of 3,046 GWh over the next 15 years, up from the current 164GWh, with mobility applications making up the lion’s share of the growth.
Water monitoring pilot program implemented
Kerlink has announced the success of a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pilot program for reservoir water monitoring in Uganda and Iraq, which incorporates Kerlink’s LoRaWAN gateway technology.
How blockchain can maximise the potential of ESG initiatives
Over the past few years, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) responsibility has become a key business imperative and it’s clear that it’s here to stay. It is now being discussed at the highest levels, as we saw at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, where sustainability sat at the heart of the agenda, with themes including 'How to save the planet' and 'Better business'. By Juan Miguel Pérez, CEO and C...
Konica Minolta now using 100% renewable sources
Having set its goal of procuring 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050, Konica Minolta has announced that two further companies completely use eco-electricity from January 2020 onwards. This concerns all locations in Austria (Konica Minolta Business Solutions Austria) and one production site in Jiangsu province in China, producing mainly multi-functional peripherals (MFPs) and digital printing systems (Konica Minolta Business Tec...
Bringing low carbon heating to Scottish homes
Vattenfall has been selected by Midlothian Council as its energy partner in a 50/50 joint venture set to drive the shift towards low carbon heating living in the region. The partnership’s first project will be the installation of an innovative district heating network which will provide heat to new homes at the Shawfair development with a carbon saving of 75% when compared with conventional gas boiler heating.
VFD technology improves bioconversion efficiency
The efficiency of a bioconversion plant using organic food waste to feed insects that go on to nourish farm animals and fish is being dramatically improved with VFD technology (variable frequency drive technology) from Invertek Drives.
Getting smart about water systems
Some technological developments – for better or for worse – capture attention and headlines endlessly. Other advancements in our water systems impact our safety daily and determine the ease with which we go about our day, but since they operate behind the scenes, they rarely get the appreciation they deserve. Having a constant supply of clean hot and cold water and central heating falls into the second category. By Sp...