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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 […]

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By James Westley: Tuesday 3rd October, 2017

Energy versus electricity

Energy is a hot topic right now; several European countries are pledging to ban the sale of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV’s) and most of the developed World has pledged to replace the energy provided by fossils fuels with zero greenhouse gas emitting sources as a part of the […]

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.

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By Catherine Joce: Wednesday 20th September, 2017

Circular Economy in Agriculture

Farmers have acted as stewards of natural resources – soil, water, plants, fertilizers, wildlife and so on – for centuries. So circular economy thinking – which encourages business models which keep resources circulating in the economy at their maximum value – should resonate in the agritech sector. Of course the approaches used to keep resources […]

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 […]

Chemistry and Innovation
By Stuart Gilby: Thursday 22nd June, 2017

Innovation sans frontières

Innovation is not restricted by normal boundaries; this was demonstrated by the breadth of work presented at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) “Chemistry Means Business” in Manchester last week. The emerging technologies were focussed on four themes: Health, Food & Drink, Energy& Environment and Materials & Enabling Technologies. However, the first presentation I attended […]

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 […]

Home control system
By Simon Jordan: Friday 2nd June, 2017

Correlation or cause – real sensors for the age of fake news?

The energy grid is a wide and complex system with many inputs and a huge number of outputs and consumers. Demand is fluctuating all the time, yet the information coming back from consumers may be months out of date. It’s possible to measure the inputs to the system at the distribution side, but that gives […]