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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 […]

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By Sajith Wimalaratne: Friday 14th July, 2017

Open innovation culture

I recently took part in the FMCG Open Innovation Forum which was hosted by Fresca Group at Thanet Earth site. The meeting’s topic was “Roadmap for Food, Drink & FMCG“. In addition to exploring what makes an effective innovation team, it was great to meet some of the participants and have some inspiring conversations. Open […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

By Isobel Ashbey: Monday 15th May, 2017

Could a penguin swim in treacle?

Could a penguin swim in treacle? You may think that it could move just the same as it does in water. Maybe it just goes slower? Or takes longer to get up to speed? To understand this scenario we have to look at an issue known as the scallop theorem. Swimming has evolved independently a […]

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By Chris Rosser: Wednesday 10th May, 2017

Science-led innovation: the fast and the furious

“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable” – Brian Greene It can often be difficult to resolve the contradiction between the rigour and discipline of an engineering design process and the boundless creativity required […]

Smart Home
By Tom Fry: Monday 17th April, 2017

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going?

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going? Home energy monitoring is an industry that has experienced rapid growth over last 5 years but this is a question that many home owners still find themselves asking. Traditionally, home energy management systems can very easily measure the total power consumption of the […]

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By Cameron Watson: Monday 6th March, 2017

Prove it: The Rise of Food Science

It is believed that the humble loaf has been around in one form or another for 30,000 years and played a central role in the formation of human societies across Western Asia, Europe and North Africa. It inspired early man to begin the agricultural revolution, driving one of the longest and most widespread human-driven genetic […]