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By Bruce Ackman: Wednesday 22nd February, 2017

The Smart Grid – New Thinking for Old Technology

With the rapid adoption of renewable energy generation and electric vehicles, we are profoundly affecting the way in which electricity needs to be generated, stored and distributed. The Smart-Grid initiative is a broad-based and complex effort to digitize an otherwise analogue and very old infrastructure with the benefit that better use of information will lead […]

By Stuart Watson: Tuesday 21st February, 2017

Showdown: Diesel vs. Petrol

As I sit in traffic this morning on my daily commute to work the radio tells me that the UK is facing legal action from the European Commission due to unacceptably high levels of air pollution around the country. Several causes are identified, but the one singled out for specific criticism is the diesel engine. […]

By Andrew Strong: Tuesday 14th February, 2017

The Cost of Reliable Wind Energy

I spent a fascinating couple of days in Hamburg at the Wind O&M (Operations & Maintenance) Forum, hearing about the wind energy industry’s efforts to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE in £/kWh) of electricity produced by onshore wind turbines. Whilst the industry has made huge strides in progress since the world’s first wind farm* was commissioned in […]

By Andrew Strong: Tuesday 6th December, 2016

Keeping the lights on – being smart about power

Power Generation Week (11-15 December 2016 in Orlando, Florida) is the world’s largest power generation event with more than 20,000 participants from 111 countries. Topics covered will include energy storage, power generation technologies and industry trends. Cambridge Consultants is excited to be exhibiting for the first time; as we prepare for the event, we have […]

By Tom Fry: Tuesday 12th July, 2016

Technology Transfer to some of the World’s Largest Industries

My colleague’s article on Edge Intelligence is well timed. Economic and environmental pressures are forcing companies, and indeed entire industries, to find ever more innovative solutions to optimize their processes and reduce down time. The shift from traditional manufacturing processes towards Smart Factories or Industry 4.0 requires a combination of smart sensors, wireless and wired […]

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By Oliver Montague: Wednesday 13th January, 2016

The Green Climate Fund

  Part 5 of the blog series: What does COP21 mean for Engineering and Technology? Read previous parts here. This is my fifth blog about the COP21 Paris agreement on climate change that was signed last month, and what its impact will be on engineering and technology. The final outcome that I want to talk […]

By Oliver Montague: Monday 11th January, 2016

Nowhere to hide – closing in on carbon emissions

  Part 4 of the blog series: What does COP21 mean for Engineering and Technology? Read previous parts here. Did you know, 80% of our known fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground, and listed companies have already claimed as assets 25% more fossil fuels than we can afford to burn. […]

By Oliver Montague: Thursday 7th January, 2016

Can renewable energy be moved in liquid form?

  Part 3 of the blog series: What does COP21 mean for Engineering and Technology? Read previous parts here. Renewable energy resources are huge and we need to significantly improve their exploitation in order to meet the objectives of the recent COP21 Paris agreement on climate change. However, these resources are generally distributed far from […]

By Oliver Montague: Wednesday 6th January, 2016

Sharing Our Renewable Energy Resources

  Part 2 of the blog series: What does COP21 mean for Engineering and Technology? Read Part 1 here. The solar energy that lands on the Sahara desert in one year is 100x the total annual energy consumption of humankind, and the global wind power resource is estimated at somewhere between 5x and 20x global […]

By Oliver Montague: Tuesday 5th January, 2016

New year’s resolutions on Climate Change: COP21, what does it mean for engineering and technology?

It’s that time of year again, where we make our new year’s resolutions and try to stick to them. In an unusual display of organisation and foresight, the leaders of the world got there early and made their New Year’s resolutions on climate change at the start of December, at the COP21 Paris summit. It […]