As sales of electric vehicles rise and companies begin to capitalise on the increased adoption of the technology, power quality specialist REO UK is urging the industry to consider the three areas of concern: component design, charging infrastructure and battery technology. As part of its call-to-action, the company has released a whitepaper exploring these issues, which can be downloaded from the REO UK website.
In 2017, global oil demand grew at the fastest rate in a decade, rising to 1.5 million barrels a day according to a report from the International Energy Agency. This continued demand for oil and gas is pushing exploration and extraction deeper and further into remote regions of the world. Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, has taken a look at the technological challenges and how high precision gearing is being increasingly used to drill deeper .
John Felgate, head of technical at heating products manufacturer Stiebel Eltron UK, has been appointed chairman of the Domestic Heat Pump Association (DHPA).
The role will see Felgate – who has more than 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry – represent the DHPA in advising and lobbying the Department for Energy and Climate Change, providing industry insights to drive innovation and inform legislation in the future.
In the UK, Birmingham holds the highest number of ULEV registrations – with 12,247 in Q4 2017.
It has been announced wthe government’s Industrial Strategy. Due to be held in September 2018, the summit will focus on vehicle technology to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.
Research carried out by Eaton suggests more than half of adults in the UK always assume property is adequately protected against electrically ignited fires despite prevalence of this risk.
The research reveals a lack of fire prevention technology and safety awareness, combined with the assumption that appropriate fire safeguards are in place, may be putting the British public at risk.
In 2017, the UK Government proposed the implementation of the Security of Networking and Information Systems (NIS) Directive, with the aim of improving the security of essential services such as water and energy. Should providers fail to protect their systems, a £17 million penalty could be enforced. Nick Boughton, from industrial systems integrator Boulting Technology, thinks it is imperative utility providers protect themselves from cyberattacks.
Over 1.7m new industrial robots will be installed between 2017 and 2020. Collaborative robots (cobots), machines that work harmoniously alongside humans, account for 3% of this market, but will reach 34% by 2025. Nigel Smith, CEO of TM Robotics (pictured), believes manufacturers need to understand before they jump on the 'cobot bandwagon', as this investment may not be as low-risk as it first appears.
The recent Why not physics? – a snapshot of girls’ uptake at A-level report foreword from Professor Dame Julia Higgins, claims “an ill-judged quip that girls ‘can’t’ do maths, or physics is ‘too hard’, can lead to girls making life-changing decisions that alter the subject they study or the career they pursue.”