Considered as the world’s first real hybrid airplane,
the Faradair BEHA (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft) is a “triple box-wing design
concept”. It’s a clever combination of electric motors and a bio-diesel engine
fitted with several energy saving and recovery technologies. This includes solar
panels on all flight surfaces and high-lift, low-speed flight capabilities.
The concept was first realised back in 2014 when UK
firm, Faradair, proposed a Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft (BEHA). They have now announced
that their plans are in place for a small BEHA airliner. The hybrid aircraft
could be ready to take flight in 2025 as one of the world’s most
environmentally friendly airplanes.
For the few who don’t know, McLaren Cars were founded
in 1985 which later became McLaren Automotive. Today, they remain a successful British
car manufacturer based at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey where
their primary focus is on sports cars.
McLaren Automotive became a 100% owned subsidiary of
the wider McLaren Group in July 2017 and recently celebrated selling their 20,000th
car. It will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Surrey.
Considering the exponential growth in technology
across various sectors and the adoption of digital technologies, is the world ready
for another radical change? This digital transformation of industries is
already happening and many believe this is the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Waterjet cutting is often used during the fabrication
process of machine parts. This industrial tool is capable of cutting a wide
variety of materials using a very high-pressure jet or stream of water. A
mixture of water and an abrasive substance is also used in many applications. The
highly versatile cutting method produces much less waste than other forms.
Waterjet cutting is also more environmentally friendly
as it doesn’t produce dust, chippings or gas like other cutting methods. Engineering
companies are implementing waterjet technology as a cost-effective,
complementary machining method to cut parts to near-precise requirements. This
greatly helps minimise waste, maximise raw material usage and accelerates
Over the next few decades,
the world’s energy landscape as we know it will change dramatically. One decisive
change is the ever-growing demand for power which brings about the need for new
and better energy innovations.
Wherever there is an
increase in access to reliable and affordable energy, people want to enjoy a
higher standard of living. While that is certainly a good thing, at the same
time, many of the world’s population lack access to even the most basic energy