Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon backed by government review

Swansea_Bay_Tidal_Lagoon_conceptNearly 2 years after the project confirmed equity funding, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has just been backed by a government commission review.

Former UK energy minister Charles Hendry has been gathering evidence for the independent enquiry for almost a year and as part of that review has visited all the potential sites and held various discussions with the industry. That report says that the project would make a strong contribution to the UK’s energy supply.

There were a host of other conclusions in the report, but some of the headline ones were: Continue reading

Osseointegration trial for military personnel in the UK

osseointegration_medical_imImprovements in manufacturing processes and capabilities allow for more complex and diverse solutions to be thought up for an increasing number of problems. The ability to cut and machine smaller and more complex parts using modern techniques like waterjet cutting, 3D printing and various multi axis machines, combined with software developments mean this is becoming increasingly evident in the medical and pharmaceutical world. The ability to make one off, custom implants and limb replacements for specific patient needs is opening up a whole new world. Continue reading

Google’s Lunar X Prize

lunar x prize moon imageSpace travel used to be all about politics, research and development. It was all about, could we get to the moon and set foot there?

Since the first moon landing in 1969, research has gone further. There have been satellites launched that orbit and feed back information and data. There are space stations and there have even been attempts to land vehicles on Mars. Continue reading

The Engineer Conference – Rolls-Royce to keynote

engineer conference logoCarrying on from last year’s successful exhibition, Subcon 2014 (NEC, Birmingham, June 3-5) will once again host the hugely popular Engineer Conference. This year, the final keynote presentation ‘The factory of the future and the future of British Manufacturing’ will be given by Hamid Mughal, the head of global manufacturing at Rolls-Royce.

It has certainly been a busy time for Rolls-Royce. Having won offshore design and equipment orders for more than £60million, the company recently announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a £785 million cash consideration. Continue reading

Getting more from electric vehicles

image of electric vehicleElectric Vehicles (EVs) first came into existence in the mid-19th century when electricity was among the preferred methods for motor vehicle propulsion, providing a level of comfort and ease of operation that could not be achieved by the gasoline cars of the time.

The internal combustion engine remains as the dominant propulsion method for motor vehicles, but electric power is certainly commonplace in other vehicle types, such as trains and smaller vehicles of all types.

UK scientists claim that by simplifying the power electronics  they have developed a way to help Electric Vehicles travel further on a single battery charge. Lead by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) researchers have created a new material that they say can act as a more effective capacitor than those currently used in EVs, which require complex cooling systems. Continue reading

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