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Pump out the volume

17 Mar 2015 | By Michael Kenward

Advanced cryopumps will help create the huge vacuum needed to operate the world’s biggest fusion reactor.

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Direct approach: improving wind turbine drivetrain reliability

1 Dec 2014 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard

Offshore wind turbines have been plagued by reliability issues that have driven up costs and damaged confidence in the technology. But could a new generation of drivetrain technologies change this?

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