The Engineer Comment
At its annual automotive summit this week, the SMMT plans to examine the trends that are shaping the sector, whilst a series of IET lectures on renewables will also look at some of the challenges that lie ahead.
Driverless vehicle technology promises to make the roads safer and the UK richer, but whilst the technology roadmap is clear, the concept still poses more questions than it answers
As uncertainty continues over current proposals for imported reactor technologies, we need to look seriously at alternatives. It would be complete folly if Britain’s nuclear scientists did not work on developing new reactor technologies, even though it’s a long and expensive journey to undertake.
Two ever-fascinating areas, developing robots for extreme environments and the home, and the underground structures beneath London, dominate this week’s events.
Negotiations over funding have held back the flagship project, which aims to show proof of concept for large-scale tidal lagoon energy.
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Klaus Dieter Rennert, Chief Executive for EMEA-CIS, Hitachi Ltd., discusses the societal benefits which can be achieved from investment and increased connectivity in transport.
The UK’s success in securing its position as the world’s second-most innovative country in the world for the second year in a row will continue to attract investment in cutting edge research and development, says Karl Barnfather, patent attorney and chairman of intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers
Government and industry must show urgency and agility if Britain is to take a lead in the global market for advanced robotics.
Viewpoint Steven Barr, Head of Manufacturing at the Business Growth Service, explains why the manufacturing sector could hold the key to increased productivity
Following recent reports predicting a spare National Grid capacity of just 1.2% this winter - the lowest in a decade - Peter Rolton, Chairman of engineering consultancy Rolton Group, gives his views on why decentralised energy sources are the future.
Collaboration is the linchpin of modern scientific progress, says the chief executive officer of the UK’s Diamond Light Source
At a time when major automotive manufacturers have consolidated their supplier base, sourcing alternative components suppliers to meet their exact specifications may not be straightforward.
Viewpoint Chris Elsworthy, chief executive of CEL and creator of the Robox 3D printer, on how 3D printing can inspire the engineers and innovators of tomorrow
The drive for clean technology has resulted in a ‘race to the top’ for the photovoltaic research community, says Prof Ravi Silva
British businesses should shun outdated assumptions and explore a valuable market, says Santiago Klein of McBains Cooper