Paving the way to an energy efficient future
There are two key facts to consider when it comes to British roads. Firstly, in 2015 the total road length in Great Britain was estimated to be 245.9 thousand miles. Secondly, roads are only occupied by vehicles 10% of the time. This results in a huge amount of empty space which has the potential to be much more useful.
Collaboration ensures seamless smart lighting technology
A collaboration has been announced between Casambi and EnOcean. EnOcean has newly developed a batteryless Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) switch module with Near Field Communication (NFC) that expands its range of energy-harvesting wireless solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Thin-film PV systems receive significant Chinese investment
The commercial production of thin-film photovoltaic systems with semiconductors made of Copper, Indium, Gallium and Selenium (CIGS) is on the verge of a breakthrough.
Report shows the huge potential of EIVs
The new report from IDTechEx Research, Energy Independent Electric Vehicles Land, Water, Air 2017-2037, reveals how energy independent Electric Vehicles (EIV) such as solar racers were a curiosity five years ago, too weak to lead to anything generally useful. Then a solar boat and plane went round the world and a solar plane is now being prepared that will rise from earth to 24,386km (80,000ft) on sunshine alone.
Analyses of energy cycle explain climate change
Researchers know that more, and more dangerous, storms have begun to occur as the climate warms. A team of scientists has reported an underlying explanation, using meteorological satellite data gathered over a 35-year period.
Electric motorbike aims to exceed 100mph
Newbury Innovation, a sister company of Newbury Electronics, has agreed to sponsor the 2016-17 Bath Zero Emissions Motorcycle team. Consisting of 34 students studying engineering, the team will design and build a bike to compete in the Moto E season in the summer of 2017.
Analysing the ecological life cycle of buildings
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have analysed the energy performance of a cooperative residential housing project in Munich across its entire life cycle – from raw material extraction and the use of the building through to the recycling of the building materials. Recently, they presented their results together with their project partners.
SOLARLOK PV edge junction box suits application in solar panels
TE Connectivity has introduced the SOLARLOK PV Edge, a junction box designed for bifacial and half-cut solar panel applications. This junction box has several advantages over centralised junction boxes, such as enabling savings in cross-connect foil material usage, in labor involved in routing the foils, and in installation time. Shorter cross-connect foils and reduced dimensions of the junction box also increase the efficiency of the panels.
Companies start to convert UK coal fire plant to biomass
Emerson has been awarded a contract from EPH Lynemouth Power to help convert the 44 year old coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass-fueled power plant. As main automation contractor and main electrical contractor, Emerson is responsible for helping the project come online within budget and on time.
Technological progress alone won’t stem resource use
Are humans taking more resources from the Earth than the planet can safely produce? The answer lies partly in whether we can “dematerialise,” or reduce the amount of materials needed to produce goods and services. While some scientists believe that the world can achieve significant dematerialisation through improvements in technology, a new MIT-led study finds that technological advances alone will not bring about dematerialisati...