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hyperspectral imaging
By Simon Jordan: Thursday 9th November, 2017

Hyperspectral imaging – niche tool or ‘must have’?

A camera which captures images across a wide range of wavelengths, not just the familiar RGB colours has existed for a while now. Lots of niche applications have been found – from the military looking for camouflage amongst vegetation to conservationists finding obscured details in Renaissance paintings. Semiconductor and imaging products have moved forward at […]

James Westley, European Utility Week
By James Westley: Wednesday 11th October, 2017

Energy storage innovations at European Utility Week

European Utility Week is the largest gathering of energy companies and suppliers in Europe. In this video report James Westley looks at how the variability in the supply of renewable energy from solar and wind is driving innovation in energy storage technologies. Conventional batteries may be your first thought, but they are by no means […]

A nice cup of tea
By Mark Hanlon: Friday 29th September, 2017

When will the lights go out?

I’m sure you’ve seen the headline, that if we were all to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) tomorrow the grid wouldn’t cope and, with a dramatic flourish, the lights would go out. Is this what will happen on January 1st, 2040, when the sale of diesel and petrol fuelled cars is banned? The Telegraph suggested […]

Andrew Stron on fibre optic sensing
By Andrew Strong: Wednesday 27th September, 2017

Optical fibre sensors – what’s next?

Optical fibre sensing has been around for some time, but only a small proportion of the sensing capabilities of fibre have been commercially exploited. Andrew Strong reflects on the current world of optical sensors and where the next commercial success may be found.

tesla featured
By Stuart Gilby: Tuesday 26th September, 2017

Carrying energy for the next generation

Electricity is the energy of choice for the 21st Century, it can be generated cleanly and transported to our homes and work places easily with the current infrastructure – but how about our transportation options in the future? For our cars and fleet vehicles we need an energy storage medium, and the race to become […]

voice recognition
By Trevor Wood: Wednesday 23rd August, 2017

You say ‘po-tay-to’ – next steps for voice interface

After seeing the first Iron Man film, many people probably wished they had access to an all-powerful suit that could fly. Not me though, what I wanted was Jarvis, the voice-activated personal assistant who would act on my every request and perhaps even quip back at me. In 2008, when Tony Stark made his first […]

explain yourself machine
By Joe Smallman: Thursday 10th August, 2017

Explain yourself machine

According to Stephen Hawking, artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”. The recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are largely due to developments in machine learning. However, one of the key challenges of machine learning is that when ‘the machine’ gets it wrong, it is very hard […]

Vlog - AJ bureaucracy
By AJ Van Bochoven: Monday 26th June, 2017

Vlog: Innovation process – yin and yang?

Three factors guide successful innovation: feasibility, desirability and viability. Fail to consider all three and you may be likely to fail. On the face of it, it may seem that innovation and process do not sit well together. However, a well-managed process will actually improve innovation. AJ van Bochoven, Head of Strategic Innovation, discusses how […]

Rural Solar Power
By Niloy Choudhury: Thursday 15th June, 2017

Humans are coming: how distributed energy production is changing the world

The price of solar modules is dropping fast. From 2006 to 2014 the price of solar modules has dropped from $3.25 to $0.72 per watt and continues to drop further. In some parts of the world energy from solar is competitive with conventional sources of energy production even without government subsidies. But if we consider […]

Vlog - biomimicry
By Isobel Ashbey: Tuesday 13th June, 2017

Vlog: Biomimicry – learning from nature

Biomimicry – imitating nature to solve engineering problems. From cockleburs and termite mounds to lotus leaves and bats’ wings, nature has been evolving solutions to the world’s problems for billions of years. Isobel Ashbey, a Physicist in our Applied Science Group, discusses how recent advances in imaging and analytical techniques empower us to move beyond […]

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