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The Engineer
December 2009 Online

  • Joined-up thinking on the campaign trail

    14 Apr 2010

    Politicians’ reluctance to talk about engineering and its role in economic recovery reflects badly on them, and gives a worrying indication of the importance they place upon it.

  • BAE wins French BvS10 order

    23 Dec 2009

    BAE Systems has received an order worth more than €220m for 53 BvS10 MkII vehicles from the French government’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA).

  • Tidal energy investment

    23 Dec 2009

    Marine Current Turbines (MCT) has received £3.5m of funding to help deploy the first commercial tidal energy farm in UK waters.

  • Site for solar panel plant

    22 Dec 2009

    First Solar and EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) are in the final stages of negotiations with the town of Blanquefort in France to establish a new solar panel manufacturing plant.

  • Lockheed funds defence research

    22 Dec 2009

    Global defence group Lockheed Martin has awarded a £130,000 grant to Cranfield University to advance its research in the defence and civil sector.

  • Spyker renews offer for Saab

    21 Dec 2009

  • Armoured vehicle contract

    18 Dec 2009

    BAE Systems has received a $59m contract for the production of 109 second-generation Iraqi Light Armored Vehicles and 10 Mine Roller Kits for delivery to the Iraqi government.

  • GM to wind down Saab operations

    18 Dec 2009

    General Motors has announced that it is to wind down operations at Saab Automobile after talks with a potential buyer, Netherlands-based Spyker Cars, broke down.

  • Drax forecasts profit increase

    17 Dec 2009

    British power station operator, Drax Group, expects underlying profits to be ahead of market forecasts and said that growth would be modest going forward.

  • Climate Wizard

    17 Dec 2009

    A new web tool is able to generate coloured maps of projected temperature and precipitation changes using 16 of the world’s most prominent climate-change models.

  • Simplifying the process

    17 Dec 2009

    Process engineering companies have historically benefited from access to experienced talent in the form of operators, control/process engineers and general IT staff. This situation is now under threat.

  • Deep penetrating anchor tested

    17 Dec 2009

    Entrepreneur Jon Tore Lieng has developed a 13m-long, 80-tonne anchor that is being tested as a new mooring concept for offshore installations.

  • Strathclyde NDE laboratory

    17 Dec 2009

    A new laboratory to support pioneering engineering research is to be created at Strathclyde University in Glasgow following a funding boost of £1.2m.

  • Wet-mate connector to cut cabling costs

    17 Dec 2009

    A project that could considerably reduce the cost of cabling from offshore wave and tidal farms to the shore has been announced by the Energy Technologies Institute.

  • Spin-out to cut drug production costs

    17 Dec 2009

    Compandia, a bioscience company spun out of Nottingham Trent University, could help to save the UK’s pharmaceutical industry millions of pounds in the cost of producing important drugs.

  • Colon simulator reduces cancer

    17 Dec 2009

    Researchers at CSIRO have developed a simulator to help reduce the incidence of bowel cancer, one of the most common cancers in Australia.

  • Skills gap delays low-carbon plan

    17 Dec 2009

    A report published by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee claims that low-carbon industries face a skills gap that could delay the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

  • STFC refocuses science strategy

    17 Dec 2009

    Budget cuts to areas of the government’s science strategy could have severe implications for the country’s research base, according to leading UK academics.

  • EIB provides solar funding

    17 Dec 2009

    The European Investment Bank is to provide EDF Energies Nouvelles with €500m to help the company develop solar photovoltaic projects in France and Italy between 2010 and 2012.

  • TfL funds underground power

    18 Dec 2009

    ABB has been awarded $70m by Transport for London to build a bulk-supply-point substation to power the London Underground rail system.

  • Santa's Sleigh of the Future

    18 Dec 2009

    It seems talk of emissions and environmental sustainability have reached the North Pole and Santa’s huge carbon footprint hasn’t gone unnoticed.

  • MoD orders Javelin missiles

    18 Dec 2009

    The Ministry of Defence has awarded the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture $176m to supply more than 1,300 Javelin missile rounds and associated engineering support.

  • Making (light) waves

    18 Dec 2009

    Richard Sant, Chief Designer at Nuneaton-based OceanLED, needed a fast and flexible way to produce low cost, high quality components for the firm’s latest state-of-the-art LED lights. He found the answer closer to home-shores than he expected with Protomold®, the rapid injection moulding service from Proto Labs®.

  • Sweet success

    18 Dec 2009

    When it came to producing a chocolate mould to go with a new cookbook, French publisher Romain Pages was in a race against time to get them ready for the Christmas trade-buying season.  With help from Protomold®, the rapid injection moulding service from Proto Labs®, they discovered the advantages of rapid injection moulding to deliver production volumes.

  • Electrifying train speeds

    14 Dec 2009

    Plans to electrify three major rail routes in the north west were announced today alongside the full launch of Britain’s first high-speed train service.

  • Wind power research centre

    14 Dec 2009

    A centre designed to explore more reliable and efficient wind turbine generators has been opened today as part of a partnership between Sheffield University and Siemens Wind Power.

  • New Earth receives funding

    14 Dec 2009

    New Earth Solutions Group, a Dorset-based waste treatment and renewable energy company, has received a £4m investment from Carbon Trust Investments.

  • Wellcome support for bacteria fight

    14 Dec 2009

    Abingdon-based drugs firm, Summit Corporation, has received £2.2m of funding from the Wellcome Trust towards its programme to fight the Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) bacteria in healthcare environments.

  • Wind farm gets extension permission

    15 Dec 2009

    ScottishPower Renewables has been given permission to develop a second extension at Whitelee Windfarm near Glasgow, which will see Europe’s largest onshore wind farm add a further 39 turbines.

  • Nexans wins €100m contract

    14 Dec 2009

    Cable firm Nexans has secured a contract worth €100m to manufacture and supply the high-voltage subsea power export cables that will connect the London Array to the UK grid.

  • Thales signalling for rail tunnel

    15 Dec 2009

    Thales, as part of the Transtec Gotthard Consortium, has been awarded €72m to deliver, install and test a turnkey rail-signalling solution for the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

  • Romag profits down

    15 Dec 2009

    Romag Holdings, the Durham-based glass and plastic composites maker, has reported pre-tax profits of £1.08m, down from £3.73m a year earlier, following a slump in demand for its glass products.

  • It just popped up

    15 Dec 2009

  • Cyanobacterium recycles CO2

    15 Dec 2009

    Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol.

  • Transmission link shortlist

    15 Dec 2009

    Following strong competition for the first tender to run transmission connections to offshore wind farms in the UK, Ofgem E-Serve has shortlisted firms for each of the first nine projects.

  • Toyota test drives hybrid car

    15 Dec 2009

    Japanese car giant Toyota has introduced a plug-in version of its Prius petrol-electric hybrid vehicle. Approximately 600 units will be introduced in Japan, the US and Europe over the first half of 2010 for use by governments and businesses.

  • Energy generation on Teesside

    16 Dec 2009

    Plans for an energy-generation project on Teesside, encompassing a wind farm and a combined heat and power (CHP) scheme, are soon to be revealed by a local developer.

  • PlinkArt snaps up Google prize

    15 Dec 2009

    James Philbin and Mark Cummins, two DPhil students from Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science, have won a $100,000 prize in a major competition run by Google.

  • MoD to increase Chinook fleet

    15 Dec 2009

    UK defence secretary Bob Ainsworth announced today that the Ministry of Defence is to give a major boost to the military helicopter fleet with the provision of 22 new Chinook helicopters.

  • River habitats threatened

    15 Dec 2009

    According to research by the UK Environment Agency, fish, invertebrates and other water species will be the first to feel the effects of climate change as river temperatures rise, and more frequent flooding and drought change traditional river habitats.

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV begins trials

    16 Dec 2009

    The first zero-emissions fully electric city car to be used on the government-funded Technology Strategy Board (TSB) user trials has begun testing in the West Midlands.

  • Dredged-sediment disposal

    16 Dec 2009

    Two university scientists and a Franco-British partnership have been awarded €5m to find safe disposal methods for dredged marine sediments.

  • Rare-earth-oxide recovery

    16 Dec 2009

    Researchers from Leeds University’s faculty of engineering have discovered how to recover significant quantities of rare-earth oxides that are present in titanium-dioxide minerals.

  • Sky high competition

    16 Dec 2009

    The Airbus A380 has been around for so long now it’s easy to forget that it was once neck and neck with Boeing’s Dreamliner in a race to stake its claim as a glimpse of aviation’s future.

  • Second Life in Pompeii

    16 Dec 2009

    A 3D recreation of a Roman house in Pompeii has been built in the virtual world Second Life by academics from Bristol University.

  • Airport explosives detection

    16 Dec 2009

    Smiths Detection has announced an agreement with Analogic to develop the next generation of high-speed Explosives Detection Systems for security baggage checks at airports.

  • Qinetiq installs BLOS system

    16 Dec 2009

    Defence group Qinetiq has completed the integration of a beyond-line-of-sight satellite (BLOS) communications system into the RAF’s fleet of 22 Mk3 Merlin helicopters.

  • Interactive TV in Brazil

    16 Dec 2009

    A consortium of European companies sponsored by Nokia Institute of Technology in Brazil has successfully tested an interactive communications system for individuals living in remote communities.

  • Cyclists given wheel boost

    16 Dec 2009

    A new bicycle wheel, developed by researchers at MIT, can store energy every time the rider puts on the brakes, and then give that power back to provide a boost when going uphill or to add a burst of speed in traffic.

  • Shetland wave-power project

    16 Dec 2009

    Pelamis Wave Power and Swedish utility company Vattenfall have announced a joint venture to develop a 20MW wave-power project off the Shetland Islands.

  • Microsoft explores browser options

    16 Dec 2009

    Microsoft will offer European Windows users a choice of different web browsers and allow computer manufacturers and users to turn off Internet Explorer.

  • Glove recovers fine motor skills

    16 Dec 2009

    Undergraduate mechanical engineering students at Northeastern University have developed a glove designed to help stroke patients regain fine motor skills in their hands.

  • Biofuel study

    16 Dec 2009

    Northumbria University has teamed up with Newcastle-based proteomics software firm, Nonlinear Dynamics, in a three-year project that could lead to a breakthrough in the production of biofuels.

  • Turbine sounds 'not harmful'

    16 Dec 2009

    A multidisciplinary panel has concluded that the sounds generated by wind turbines are not harmful to human health, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced.

  • GE redesigns Santa's sleigh

    16 Dec 2009

    As the world celebrates the winter holiday season and looks forward to a bright 2010, technologists at General Electric (GE) have unveiled a 21st-century sleigh for Santa Claus.

  • Money for biofilm research

    16 Dec 2009

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded €2m in funding to Freie Universität Berlin for its research into the formation of bacterial biofilms.

  • Long-life dialysis graft

    2 Dec 2009

    An invention by researchers at the University of Limerick (UL) could reduce the number of surgeries among dialysis patients.

  • Turbine-powered supercar

    2 Dec 2009

    A new hybrid electric supercar is powered by traditional batteries and a low-emission range-extending microturbine developed by Capstone Turbine Corporation.

  • Instant translator

    2 Dec 2009

    A member of Amherst College’s information technology department and two faculty colleagues have developed an instant-messenger (IM) computer program that enables students to have their queries about various foreign languages answered online.

  • Environmentally friendly iron

    2 Dec 2009

    Corus is to test a new iron-making technology in a pilot plant project at its IJmuiden steelworks in the Netherlands.

  • Valorem SAS opens Picardy wind farm

    3 Dec 2009

    French developer and energy producer Valorem SAS has officially opened a new wind farm in the Picardy region, north of Paris.

  • Tool improves readability of medical scans

    3 Dec 2009

    US engineers have designed a tool that converts the flat images of medical scans into 3D images that are easy to see, manipulate and understand.

  • Tidal turbine wins technology award

    3 Dec 2009

    Strathclyde engineers behind a pioneering tidal-power device have been recognised at the Energy Institute Awards.

  • Power from the heart

    7 Dec 2009

    A microgenerator that converts energy from heartbeats into power for implanted medical devices has been named winner of the Emerging Technology Award at IET Innovation Awards 2009.

  • Conoco Phillips fined for oil spill

    3 Dec 2009

    Conoco Phillips and the operator of a Plymouth fuel-distribution depot have been fined after nearly 80,000l of petrol leaked from a terminal and polluted groundwater.

  • RWE opens Welsh wind farm

    3 Dec 2009

    This week, RWE Innogy officially opened the 90MW Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm, situated five miles off the north Wales coast in Liverpool Bay.

  • Pulse Tidal receives EU grant

    3 Dec 2009

    Sheffield-based Pulse Tidal is to receive a grant of €8m from the EU’s technology research and development fund to begin work developing its first fully commercial tidal-energy generator.

  • Macroscopic yarns

    3 Dec 2009

    Researchers have used lasers to create the first practical macroscopic yarns from boron nitride fibres, opening the door to an array of applications from radiation-shielded spacecraft to stronger body armour.

  • Bendy antennas are highly durable

    3 Dec 2009

    North Carolina State University scientists have created antennas using an alloy that can be bent, stretched and twisted.

  • Nuclear facility set for South Yorkshire

    3 Dec 2009

    A £25m Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is to be based in South Yorkshire alongside Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

  • AI flight-safety system wins award

    3 Dec 2009

    A system that uses artificial intelligence to improve flight safety has been awarded a prize from the Technology Strategy Board.

  • Solar flight earns its wings

    4 Dec 2009

    This week’s Futurescope literally takes off from the Dübendorf Airfield in Switzerland where the first solar powered aircraft designed to fly night and day without fuel achieved its first ‘flea hop’.

  • CSIRO models 20m rogue waves

    4 Dec 2009

    CSIRO scientists have created ‘rogue waves’ more than 20m high and smashed them into virtual oil- and gas-production platforms to compare different mooring designs.

  • NPL makes world's smallest snowman

    4 Dec 2009

    A researcher at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s measurement institute, claims to have created the world’s smallest model snowman.

  • Orkney network deploys smart grid

    4 Dec 2009

    The power distribution network on Orkney is the first to deploy smart-grid technology from Scottish and Southern Energy and Smarter Grid Solutions.

  • Phones for deaf people

    4 Dec 2009

    Cornell researchers and their colleagues have created cell phones that allow deaf people to communicate in sign language.

  • Corus to mothball TCP facilities

    4 Dec 2009

    An international consortium’s breaking of a binding contract means that Corus will be mothballing some of its facilities at its Teesside Cast Products (TCP) business in north-east England.

  • Heritage sites go online

    4 Dec 2009

    Internet users can now explore World Heritage sites such as France’s Palace of Versailles and the UK’s Stonehenge online thanks to a partnership between UNESCO and Google.

  • Sainsbury's rolls out electric vans

    4 Dec 2009

    Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is to purchase 50 electric vans from Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) for its online grocery-delivery service.

  • Partners cancel Swansea Bay wind farm project

    4 Dec 2009

    Dong Energy and E.ON, the partners who were due to construct the Scarweather Sands offshore wind farm in Swansea Bay, have decided not to proceed with the project.

  • Researchers use EMPT to cut steel

    7 Dec 2009

    Researchers in Germany have developed a new method for making holes in press-hardened steel bodywork using electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT).

  • CBI calls for emissions-trading commitment

    7 Dec 2009

    The CBI has called on other countries to adopt emissions trading schemes to help cut global carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

  • TSB announces plastic electronics investment

    7 Dec 2009

    The Technology Strategy Board has announced £8m worth of government investment into new plastic electronics technologies to accompany the launch of a National Strategy for Plastic Electronics.

  • Government funds Centres for Doctoral Training

    7 Dec 2009

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has announced government investment of £13m to fund three new Centres for Doctoral Training at the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Warwick.

  • Stretching implant life

    8 Dec 2009

    A researcher from Cambridge University has been awarded a €1.5m grant from the European Research Council to set up a research group to improve the lifespan of prosthetic implants such as hip replacements.

  • Laser measures high winds

    8 Dec 2009

    A French start-up company has developed a small instrument to measure wind speed and direction from the ground up to heights of 200m - information that is vital when deciding where to build wind turbines.

  • Offshore grid agreement

    8 Dec 2009

    The UK and nine other countries have signed an agreement to develop an integrated offshore grid in the North and Irish Seas yesterday.

  • BT designs high-speed media network

    8 Dec 2009

    Peel Media has awarded a multi-million-pound communications contract to BT Business to design, implement and manage a 10Gb/sec network at the MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays on Manchester’s waterfront.

  • First bionic finger unveiled

    8 Dec 2009

    What is claimed to be the world’s first bionic finger has been unveiled by a Scottish high-tech prosthetic company.

  • DoE funds carbon-capture projects

    8 Dec 2009

    The US Department of Energy is to fund three projects with almost $1bn to accelerate the deployment of carbon-capture and storage technologies on a commercial scale.

  • Grant provides boost for VIPERconnect

    8 Dec 2009

    A new product to help recover oil and gas from water depths too deep for divers has received a boost from the South West Regional Development Authority.

  • Enerfast awarded for leak-prevention device

    8 Dec 2009

    A Bath-based engineering company has been commended by the Carbon Trust in its 2009 annual awards in London for developing a device that prevents the leaks of toxic chemicals from oil refineries.

  • CBI reveals Industrial Trends Survey results

    8 Dec 2009

    A quarter of UK manufacturers predict that production will fall a little over the next three months, according to the results of a new survey released by the CBI.

  • The Engineer Technology and Innovation Awards 2009

    8 Dec 2009

    The Engineer’s Technology and Innovation Awards returned to The Royal Society last week to celebrate this year’s most successful UK engineering projects.

  • Warmest decade on record

    8 Dec 2009

    The Met Office released a report today showing that the first decade of this century has been the warmest decade on the instrumental record.

  • United orders wide-body aircraft

    9 Dec 2009

    United Airlines has ordered 50 wide-body aircraft designed to reduce fuel burn and environmental impact, and increase passenger comfort.

  • Aviation future up in the air

    9 Dec 2009

    A long-awaited report into the future of aviation in the UK is spreading discord among the various groups involved with the air industry.

  • Support for ground source heating

    9 Dec 2009

    Ground source heat pumps could produce a third of the UK’s renewable heat by 2020, a report from the Environment Agency has found.

  • Geothermal energy could help ease water crisis

    9 Dec 2009

    An underground source of hot-rock energy may have the potential to produce low-cost fresh water, according to researchers at the University of Queensland’s Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence.

  • Exhibit features Joking Computer

    9 Dec 2009

    A new exhibit launched at the Glasgow Science Centre will give children from across Scotland the chance to create their very own Christmas-cracker gags this festive season.

  • Scientists store energy in paper

    9 Dec 2009

    Stanford scientists are using nanotechnology to quickly produce lightweight and bendable charge-storage devices in the form of everyday paper.

  • Scandanavian power cable

    9 Dec 2009

    The power-transmission-system operators in Denmark and Norway are to build a power cable between the two countries.

  • Vestas to receive R&D grants

    9 Dec 2009

    Vestas Technology is to receive government grants of £3.5m for research and development, in addition to the £6m it was awarded in July this year.

  • Website compiles nanotechnology documents

    9 Dec 2009

    Arizona State University researchers have organised a massive number of regulatory documents on nanotechnology on a database that is accessible via the internet.

  • Fuel-cell company gets emda grant

    10 Dec 2009

    A Loughborough-based business that specialises in clean fuel-cell power systems has received an £800,000 Grant for Business Investment from the East Midlands Development Agency.

  • Thames Water makes savings with sewage

    10 Dec 2009

    Thames Water claims to have saved £15m in electricity bills last year by generating its own renewable power from its 13.6 million customers’ excrement.

  • EIB contributes to BritNed project

    10 Dec 2009

    The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide €300m for the construction of the BritNed Interconnector, a new electricity transmission cable between the UK and the Netherlands.

  • Darling delivers pre-budget report

    10 Dec 2009

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling delivered his pre-budget report on 9 December 2009, identifying digital, bio and low-carbon technologies as sectors for investment and growth.

  • Eskom awards plant contract to ABB

    10 Dec 2009

    ABB has been awarded $54m by South African utility Eskom to provide electrical and automation solutions at three of its largest power plants.

  • UTC to invest in wind power

    10 Dec 2009

    United Technologies Corporation is to acquire a 49.5 per cent stake in Clipper Windpower, a California-based wind turbine manufacturer that trades on the AIM London Stock Exchange.

  • GE to supply turbines for Oregon project

    10 Dec 2009

    GE has received a $1.4bn contract from Caithness Energy to supply wind turbines and provide services for an 845MW wind-farm project in Oregon.

  • Search to save the rainforest

    10 Dec 2009

    A search engine called Ecosia has been launched this month with the aim of helping to save the Amazon rainforest.

  • Honeycomb reduces crash destruction

    10 Dec 2009

    NASA aeronautics researchers have dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35ft (10.7m) to see whether an expandable honeycomb cushion, the ‘deployable energy absorber’, could lessen the destructive force of a crash.

  • Good use of space?

    11 Dec 2009

    Here’s a quick Friday lunchtime brainteaser for you. What UK industry has grown by nine per cent a year since 2000, contributes £6.5bn a year to the economy and supports 68,000 jobs?

  • Military airlifter takes off

    11 Dec 2009

    Airbus Military’s A400M airlifter made its maiden flight today from Seville Airport, Spain, following an extensive programme of ground tests.

  • Climate change negotiations continue

    14 Dec 2009

  • Reasons to be cheerful

    14 Dec 2009

    One reason to be hopeful that positive action on curbing global warming might just be achievable is that the technologies required to build a low carbon future offer potentially huge economic opportunities.

  • Light investments for LCA

    14 Dec 2009

    UK investment group, Low Carbon Accelerator, has announced additional investments in US lighting firm LUMEnergi and Imperial College spin-out, QuantaSol.

  • Station to station

    14 Dec 2009

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  • Wireless sensor to monitor glaciers

    14 Dec 2009

    Bristol University scientists have been awarded £225,000 to develop a wireless sensor that will monitor ice sheets for the effects of climate change.

  • Sandia requests hopping robot

    1 Dec 2009

    Boston Dynamics, the developer of robots such as BigDog and Petman, has been awarded a contract by Sandia National Laboratories to develop a four-wheeled hopping robot called the Precision Urban Hopper.

  • Nanomaterial withstands 850ºC

    1 Dec 2009

    University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a composite nanomaterial that is stable at high temperatures.

  • Enel signs wind energy contract

    1 Dec 2009

    Enel Green Power’s US subsidiary, Enel North America, has signed an agreement with Minnesota-based Geronimo Wind Energy to develop Geronimo’s 4,000MW wind projects in the US.

  • Naval inspection system

    1 Dec 2009

    Researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Australia are helping to develop a system to measure the structural health of a vessel at sea, using a sophisticated network of fibre-optic sensors.

  • Sea levels to rise even faster

    1 Dec 2009

    According to a new report by some of the world’s top climate scientists, global ice-sheets are melting at an increased rate, Arctic sea-ice is disappearing much faster than recently projected, and future sea-level rise is now expected to be much higher than previously forecast.

  • High hopes for clean-energy plan

    1 Dec 2009

    Small-scale renewable-electricity schemes could generate more than twice the output of Sizewell B nuclear power station by 2020 if government ministers improved the proposed Clean Energy Cash-Back scheme (or feed-in tariff) due to be launched in April next year.

  • General Motors plans redundancies

    1 Dec 2009

    General Motors is to shed 354 positions at its Luton plant, where around 1,500 employees make light commercial vehicles, including the Vauxhall Vivaro van.

  • Smart move

    2 Dec 2009

  • Squeezable interface

    2 Dec 2009

    Cambridge Consultants has developed a unique ‘squeezable’ user-interface technology that creates a whole new way of interacting with computers.

  • Nuclear refurbishment

    2 Dec 2009

    ABB has won orders worth $73m from Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt (KKL) to refurbish and upgrade the non-safety related operational control and automation system at its 1,220MW Leibstadt nuclear power plant in Switzerland.

  • Green light for wind farm

    2 Dec 2009

    Energy company E.ON has received planning consent for its 29.9MW Dungavel wind farm in South Lanarkshire.

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