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November 2009 Online

  • Aviation growth meets CO2 targets

    8 Dec 2009

    The aviation industry could grow by 60 per cent while still meeting the government’s CO2 targets if other sectors of the economy make significant cuts to their carbon emissions.

  • Copenhagen kick-off

    7 Dec 2009

  • Siemens reveals loss

    4 Dec 2009

    German group Siemens has forecast a challenging year ahead after it revealed a €1.063bn (£956m) loss for the fourth quarter of the 2009 fiscal year.

  • Rise in number of car registrations

    4 Dec 2009

    The latest report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that 158,082 cars were registered last month, up 57.6 per cent on November 2008 registrations.

  • Cobham trials cold-gas technology

    3 Dec 2009

    Defence group Cobham has demonstrated a reusable technology capable of extracting stores from bomb racks at the Overberg Test Centre in South Africa.

  • Airbus supplies composite flaps

    3 Dec 2009

    Stork Fokker has secured a contract with Airbus for the development and manufacture of the composite outboard flaps for the A350 XWB line of aircraft.

  • Atlantis tests tidal turbine

    3 Dec 2009

    Global marine energy firm, Atlantis Resources, has tested the world’s largest rotor diameter tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

  • Skills shortage concern

    1 Dec 2009

    A report published today says the engineering industry must recruit 587,000 skilled workers by 2017 to meet increased demand in areas such as green energy, aerospace and transport.

  • Semiconducting nanowires

    1 Dec 2009

    A new generation of ultra-small transistors and more powerful computer chips using tiny structures called semiconducting nanowires are closer to reality after a key discovery by researchers in the US.

  • Work begins on Wave Hub

    30 Nov 2009

    Work on the £42m Wave Hub marine energy project begins this week when engineers start to drill through sand dunes at Hayle in Cornwall.

  • MDM reports drop in profits

    30 Nov 2009

    Global engineering and project-management group, MDM Engineering, has reported a $1.61m (£0.97m) drop in profits at $7.24m (£4.38m) as difficult market conditions continue to affect its order book.

  • Sensor detects heart problems

    25 Nov 2009

    A biomedical researcher at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering hopes to develop a new tool to help clinicians distinguish cardiac emergencies requiring immediate surgery from chronic problems manageable with drugs.

  • Thales supplies sonar system

    25 Nov 2009

    Thales has signed a contract with Intermarine to supply its Sonar 2093 system to the Italian Navy’s Gaeta-class mine-hunting fleet.

  • Treating wastewater with bacteria

    25 Nov 2009

    Researchers at Sam Houston State University have developed a treatment system around a proprietary mix of bacteria that can clean wastewater quickly and efficiently.

  • Atom smashers and record breakers

    25 Nov 2009

    As we report with growing frequency, engineers have a major role to play in addressing the big issues of the age: from developing the tools that will help society cope with the ageing population to the practical responses to the effects of climate change.

  • Industry urged to fund bioprocessing

    26 Nov 2009

    Private industry has been urged to join a public-sector commitment to fund advanced manufacturing research and development in bioprocessing.

  • T2K team detects first neutrinos

    25 Nov 2009

    UK particle physicists working on the T2K (Tokai-to-Kamioka) neutrino experiment in Japan have celebrated as the experiment detected its first neutrinos - fundamental particles that are among the least understood in the universe.

  • Wind turbine test facility

    25 Nov 2009

    Clemson University is to receive up to $45m under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to build a wind energy test facility that will enhance the performance, durability and reliability of wind turbines.

  • TSB supports eco-house programme

    25 Nov 2009

    The Technology Strategy Board is to support a £6.4m programme to build 12 world-class, energy-efficient houses.

  • Study focuses on airborne particles

    25 Nov 2009

    Urban air quality is being investigated by environmental health researchers at Birmingham University, who aim to gain a better knowledge of the sources and concentrations of airborne particles.

  • Engineering essay-writing contest

    25 Nov 2009

    People aged between 14 and 24 are invited to take part in an essay-writing competition that is intended to raise the profile of engineering and technology among young people.

  • Research into high-speed trains

    26 Nov 2009

    The German Aerospace Center and Bombardier Transportation have signed a five-year agreement to jointly promote research and development into next-generation high-speed trains.

  • Composite materials investment

    26 Nov 2009

    Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today announced new investment totalling £22m to further advance the development of composite materials.

  • BAE to cut 642 Insyte jobs

    26 Nov 2009

    BAE Systems has announced that it is to cut 642 positions across eight Integrated System Technologies business sites in the UK.

  • Doubts and pessimism still cling to nuclear

    27 Nov 2009

    The schedule for the UK’s nuclear future could be in trouble, it seems. The Health and Safety Executive has revealed some concerns over the amount of information the companies have made available, and revealed that initially, the HSE was faced with a shortage of qualified people to assess the designs.

  • Earlier predictions of floods

    27 Nov 2009

    Earlier forecasts of floods could soon be made possible with the introduction of improved mesoscale modelling and radar technologies in the UK, according to Prof Ian Cluckie of Swansea University.

  • Ilika creates biomedical company

    27 Nov 2009

    Ilika Technologies, a Hampshire-based developer of high-throughput materials discovery, has created Altrika, a company focusing on novel materials for the biomedical market.

  • KTP releases report on metal sector

    27 Nov 2009

    The metal manufacturing sector has increased its investment in collaboration and innovation despite the impact of the recession, according to a report from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

  • Innovation drives productivity

    27 Nov 2009

    NESTA’s Innovation Index shows that two thirds of private-sector productivity growth between 2000 and 2007 was driven by innovation.

  • Qinetiq announces pre-tax loss

    27 Nov 2009

    Defence group Qinetiq has said that it is unlikely to achieve its financial expectations after revealing a 104 per cent drop in its pre-tax profit in the first half of the year.

  • King of the swingers

    27 Nov 2009

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  • Floods and warnings

    30 Nov 2009

    A temporary railway station opened today in flood-ravaged Workington. The idea for the station was conceived under a week ago and demonstrates once more how engineering provides solutions in adversity.

  • LHC breaks energy record

    30 Nov 2009

    CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has become the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to 1.18TeV early this morning.

  • UK's first smart grid

    20 Nov 2009

    What is claimed to be the UK’s first smart grid system has now been installed on the Orkney distribution network.

  • Large smart grid for Stockholm

    13 Nov 2009

    ABB is to work on a joint development project with the Nordic utility Fortum to design and install a large-scale smart grid in a district of Stockholm.

  • United to buy GE Security

    13 Nov 2009

    United Technologies has reached an agreement to purchase the GE Security business from GE for $1.82bn.

  • EIB loan funds low-CO2 Ford engine

    13 Nov 2009

    Ford Romania is to use a loan from the European Investment Bank to help finance the development of a low-CO2 engine and vehicle production at its Craiova plant in Romania.

  • Financing low-carbon technology

    13 Nov 2009

  • Nanomaterials get space test

    13 Nov 2009

  • Cambridge leads inkjet consortium

    13 Nov 2009

  • Interference-free radio

    13 Nov 2009

  • ADS warns against defence budget cuts

    13 Nov 2009

    The UK’s AeroSpace, Defence and Security trade organisation has warned the government that further cuts in defence research and technology funding will inhibit the military’s ability to carry out future roles.

  • Rolls-Royce awarded $1.5bn

    18 Nov 2009

    Rolls-Royce has won an order worth $1.5bn from Air China to supply Trent 700 engines and service support for 20 A330 aircraft on order with the Beijing-based carrier.

  • EIC Report Recommends 'Mini Green Stimulus'

    19 Nov 2009

    The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has urged the government to include a self-funded ‘mini green stimulus’ in its pre-budget report to boost the UK’s environmental strategy.

  • Privatisation pitch

    20 Nov 2009

  • Barrage leak

    20 Nov 2009

  • Medical group adds another layer

    18 Nov 2009

    Biocompatibles International, the Farnham-based medical technology group, has acquired the products and intellectual property assets of skin imaging specialists, Astron Clinica, for a total of £200,000.

  • Counterfeit coin detection

    18 Nov 2009

  • Funding for medical devices

    20 Nov 2009

  • Seven-speed transmission

    19 Nov 2009

    Automotive-engineering consultancy Ricardo has been contracted by Moscow-based Kate LLC to partner in the development of a seven-speed automatic transmission for use in Avtovaz cars.

  • The front line of opportunity for engineers

    17 Nov 2009

    The recession hasn’t dissuaded the global defence sector from recruiting talented engineers. Julia Pierce reports

  • Industrial Campus for imaging

    17 Nov 2009

    Royal Philips Electronics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Suzhou Municipal Government to establish an Industrial Campus for imaging systems in China.

  • Balfour Beatty wins further rail deal

    17 Nov 2009

    Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £64m electrification contract in China, which along with recent wins in Sweden and Germany totals £188m of international rail contracts.

  • TiGenix acquires Orthomimetics

    17 Nov 2009

    Orthomimetics, the privately held Cambridge, UK-based medical technology company, is to be acquired by Leuven, Belgium-based TiGenix for £23.8m.

  • Rolls-Royce awarded F-35B contract

    17 Nov 2009

    Rolls-Royce has secured a $171m (£101.8m) contract with Pratt & Whitney to supply its LiftSystem for nine Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

  • Low-carbon strategy lacks focus

    17 Nov 2009

    Britain needs to increase its efforts to become a leading location for low-carbon industries if it is to take a share of a £4.5tn low-carbon business opportunity.

  • Reaxa funded for nickel catalyst

    17 Nov 2009

    Reaxa has been awarded a £146,191 Grant for Research and Development by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, enabling the company to carry out the development on its nickel Encat catalyst.

  • Balance of power

    19 Nov 2009

  • Charging is the real issue

    19 Nov 2009

  • RDA begins wave energy project

    17 Nov 2009

    The South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) has announced that construction is underway on its Wave Hub project off the north coast of Cornwall.

  • NICE to assess medical technologies

    17 Nov 2009

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched a programme aimed at evaluating new medical technologies.

  • Straw house has good fire resistance

    19 Nov 2009

    A house built of prefabricated straw-bale and hemp panels has fire resistance as good as houses built of conventional building materials, according to researchers at Bath University.

  • Chip captures circulating tumour cells

    19 Nov 2009

    An innovative device with nano-sized features developed by researchers at UCLA is able to grab cancer cells in the blood that have broken off from a tumour.

  • NIST develops magnetic connector

    19 Nov 2009

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researcher Javier Atencia has developed a reusable connector for microfluidic systems.

  • Ricardo announces order intake

    19 Nov 2009

    Ricardo has noted an increasing level of sales interest in a number regions but said that trading conditions in its core markets had not significantly improved since the year end.

  • CO2 emissions outstrip carbon sinks

    19 Nov 2009

    The rise in atmospheric carbon-dioxide emissions continues to outstrip the ability of the world’s natural ‘sinks’ to absorb carbon, according to an international team of researchers.

  • LMI creates automated milking sensor

    20 Nov 2009

    Engineers at Canadian company LMI Technologies have, using time-of-flight technology, developed what they claim is the first 3D smart sensor designed for automated cow milking.

  • Cautious optimism

    23 Nov 2009

    The CBI will be discussing ‘Routes to Recovery’ at its annual conference in London today whilst in Brussels the EU Industry commissioner is hosting a meeting to discuss the future for GM Europe.

  • Environmental infrastructure fund

    20 Nov 2009

    London-based fund manager Acuity Capital Management has launched a £100m fund to support environmental infrastructure projects with an emphasis on organic waste recycling in the UK.

  • CML to provide JSF airframe parts

    20 Nov 2009

    Birkenhead-based aerospace company CML Group has received an £800,000 order from BAE Systems to manufacture composite airframe components for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

  • Alcoa to cease smelter production

    19 Nov 2009

    Alcoa, an aluminium company, has announced that it will temporarily cease production of its two aluminium smelters in Fusina and Portovesme, Italy.

  • Orkney sees launch of Oyster device

    20 Nov 2009

    What is claimed to be the world’s largest working hydroelectric wave-energy device was launched on 20 November at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

  • Modelling method for CO2 reservoirs

    24 Nov 2009

    A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a modelling method to determine the capacity and to assess the leakage risks of potential underground CO2 reservoirs.

  • Xenon and hydrogen under pressure

    24 Nov 2009

    Scientists at the Carnegie Institution have found that high pressure can be used to make a unique hydrogen-storage material.

  • NRG acquires PV solar project

    24 Nov 2009

    NRG Energy, through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, has acquired the first and largest utility-scale photovoltaic solar project in California from First Solar.

  • Micro-endoscopes inspect full body

    24 Nov 2009

    Huikai Xie, an engineering researcher at Florida University, is designing pencil-sized endoscopes capable of full-body inspections.

  • Alstom signs plant control contract

    24 Nov 2009

    Alstom has signed a contract worth more than €100m with Eskom to provide the instrumentation and control system for the world’s largest coal-fired power plant.

  • Body-monitor plaster

    2 Nov 2009

    Toumaz Technology, the Abingdon-based provider of wireless monitoring systems, has today begun clinical trials of its ‘digital plaster’ wireless body monitoring device at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

  • BP fined

    2 Nov 2009

  • Cars and climate

    2 Nov 2009

    The car industry has been boosted by scrappage schemes which defied the doubters by proving successful, but if the recession really is coming to an end, this is where we’ll start to see the evidence.

  • Alcoa and RUSNANO sign memorandum

    2 Nov 2009

    Alcoa and the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for applying nanotechnology in the aluminum industry.

  • THY orders Rolls-Royce engines

    2 Nov 2009

    Turkish carrier Turk Hava Yollari has awarded Rolls-Royce a $350m contract to supply Trent engines to power five Airbus A330 aircraft.

  • Alstom supplies Mannheim 9 project

    2 Nov 2009

    Alstom has signed two contracts, worth approximately €450m, to supply Grosskraftwerk Mannheim with boiler and turbine units at the Mannheim 9 project in Germany.

  • Proximagen inks drug development deal

    2 Nov 2009

    Proximagen Neuroscience has signed an agreement with Biovitrum to acquire Biovitrum's wholly owned subsidiary Cambridge Biotechnology, along with certain drug development programmes.

  • AFRL investigates optical links

    2 Nov 2009

    A US Air Force Research Laboratory researcher is leading a team investigating long-distance, mobile optical links that are essential for secure quantum communications capabilities in theatre.

  • Three-dimensional solar cells

    3 Nov 2009

    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of three-dimensional photovoltaic (PV) system.

  • INTEGRATED STEPPER MOTOR LINEAR ACTUATOR

    3 Nov 2009

    INTEGRATED STEPPER MOTOR LINEAR ACTUATOR AND CHOPPER DRIVE

  • New Servers and Workstations

    3 Nov 2009

    New Servers and Workstations Further Expand Rockwell Automation PlantPAx™ Process Automation System

  • Diagnosing sleep apnea

    3 Nov 2009

    A computer scientist from the University of Houston and a doctor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have teamed up to create a new, less invasive method of diagnosing sleep apnea.

  • Graphene additive for drilling fluids

    3 Nov 2009

  • Robot mimics swimming fish

    3 Nov 2009

    An engineer and an ecologist at Michigan State University are developing robots that swim like fish to probe underwater environments.

  • BP to triple oilfield output

    3 Nov 2009

    BP and China National Petroleum Corporation have signed a technical service contract with Iraq's South Oil Company to expand production from the Rumaila oilfield.

  • Air New Zealand orders Airbus A320s

    3 Nov 2009

    Air New Zealand has ordered 14 Airbus A320 aircraft, with options for a further 11, to replace its domestic fleet of 15 Boeing 737-300s.

  • Astrium supplies navy satellite

    3 Nov 2009

    Astrium Services has been awarded a contract by F125 ARGE, a joint venture between Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen, to deliver the satellite-communication system for the German navy’s four F125-class frigates.

  • Collaboration with China is essential

    4 Nov 2009

    A report published this week should prompt the West to shake off any last shreds of complacency over China’s role in the global industrial landscape.

  • Gelling solution curbs appetite

    4 Nov 2009

  • GM to hold onto Opel and Vauxhall

    4 Nov 2009

  • Nokia Siemens to make staff cuts

    4 Nov 2009

  • Biofuel down under

    5 Nov 2009

  • Brain image

    5 Nov 2009

  • Researchers form marine alliance

    5 Nov 2009

  • Nexans wins subsea cable contract

    5 Nov 2009

    Nexans has won a contract worth approximately €39m to supply the subsea power-export cables for Phase I of the Belgian Belwind Offshore Windfarm project.

  • New nukes on the horizon

    5 Nov 2009

  • Futuristic communication for troops

    5 Nov 2009

  • Root-canal treatment developed

    5 Nov 2009

  • Light in the darkness

    6 Nov 2009

    There have been a number of intriguing developments in the news this week, notably a three-dimensional solar cell system that uses optical fibres to guide sunlight onto dye-sensitised solar cells.

  • ABB to power ships in port

    6 Nov 2009

    ABB and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri are to collaborate on the construction, marketing and supply of high-voltage shore-connection systems to provide electricity to vessels in port.

  • Biosensor finds tumour suppressors

    6 Nov 2009

    A biosensor developed by European researchers will help to identify and put to use cells in the immune system that actively suppress tumour growth.

  • Buses converted to fuel cells

    6 Nov 2009

    Engineers from Britain and China are collaborating on a project in Sunderland to convert two buses to a fuel-cell, battery and capacitor combination.

  • New low cost handheld thermal imager

    6 Nov 2009

    New low cost handheld thermal imager now available from Micro-Epsilon

  • UPS Battery Testing

    6 Nov 2009

  • Earthquake data prepares vulnerable

    6 Nov 2009

    UK engineers are heading to Sumatra in the wake of the recent earthquakes to investigate how new technology could be used to better prepare vulnerable communities for such events.

  • EC funds bacteria-based CO2 storage

    6 Nov 2009

  • Crisis talks

    9 Nov 2009

    Our rapidly ageing population and mitigating our impact on the climate are without doubt two of the biggest changes facing society. In both cases, it is Engineers who will be called upon to provide some of the key solutions.

  • Government approves Energy Park

    6 Nov 2009

  • Centrica increases power demand

    6 Nov 2009

  • Mazak unveils new Landmark in UK & European Manufacturing

    9 Nov 2009

  • Wave farm investment

    9 Nov 2009

    The Australian subsidiary of Ocean Power Technologies has received A$66.46m from the Australian government to build a 19MW wave farm off the coast of Victoria.

  • Live and learn

    9 Nov 2009

  • Spreading like wildfire

    10 Nov 2009

  • Stepping up to the mark

    10 Nov 2009

  • Team to create cleaner gas turbines

    9 Nov 2009

    Rolls-Royce and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have teamed up with three UK universities to support the development of cleaner and more efficient gas turbines.

  • Proposals to reduce planning delays

    9 Nov 2009

  • Carbon dioxide absorption study

    10 Nov 2009

    New data shows that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850.

  • Software analyses wave impact

    10 Nov 2009

    Researchers have recently completed the development of an analysis tool called Wave-X, which is capable of predicting the response of ships and offshore structures to extreme ocean waves.

  • Dental cavity material

    10 Nov 2009

  • Laser automates mould polishing

    10 Nov 2009

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen have developed a way of polishing moulds by using lasers.

  • E.ON sells high-voltage network

    10 Nov 2009

    E.ON is selling its high-voltage transmission network in Germany to Tennet, a state-owned Dutch network operator, for a provisional price of €1.1bn.

  • GSEER orders Siemens wind turbines

    10 Nov 2009

    Siemens Energy has been awarded a $270m order for 70 wind turbines from Mexican wind-energy developer Grupo Soluciones en Energias Renovables.

  • GM sells one million cars in China

    10 Nov 2009

    Troubled US car maker General Motors has announced the sale of over one million vehicles in China this year.

  • Corus unveils steel for wind towers

    10 Nov 2009

  • SSTL to manage student Moon mission

    10 Nov 2009

    The European Space Agency’s Education Office has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology to manage the development and testing of the first European student mission to the Moon.

  • Agency to increase flood protection

    10 Nov 2009

    The Environment Agency has announced plans to increase flood protection to 200,000 homes and businesses in England and Wales by 2015.

  • Lord Smith backs expansion of low-carbon jobs

    10 Nov 2009

  • Bank loans for onshore wind energy

    10 Nov 2009

  • A&P to construct aircraft carriers

    10 Nov 2009

    Tyneside shipbuilders A&P have received a £55m contract to construct a section of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

  • ELESA ADDRESS MACHINERY DIRECTIVE AHEAD OF DECEMBER DEADLINE

    10 Nov 2009

  • Superhydrophobic plastics

    10 Nov 2009

  • Turnkey wind, wave, tidal and solar power solutions from Centa Transmissions

    10 Nov 2009

  • Golden opportunities for innovators

    11 Nov 2009

  • National asset

    11 Nov 2009

    The phrase ‘decline of engineering in the UK’ has sadly become so well used that it has almost achieved parity with ‘it doesn’t snow like it used to’.

  • Fusion funds university spin outs

    11 Nov 2009

  • Researchers design ocean probes

    11 Nov 2009

    The US National Science Foundation’s division of ocean sciences has awarded nearly $1m to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to develop a breed of ocean-probing instruments.

  • ABB to power women's university

    11 Nov 2009

    ABB has won a $120m order from the Saudi Electricity Company to provide power to Saudi Arabia’s first university for women, the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

  • SSE to develop CO2-capture facility

    11 Nov 2009

    Scottish and Southern Energy is seeking consent to develop the UK’s largest carbon-dioxide-capture trial facility at its Ferrybridge coal-fired power station near Castleford in Yorkshire.

  • HTAM provides valve management

    11 Nov 2009

    Grimsby-based Hertel Total Asset Management has secured a three-year contract to provide total valve-management services to chemical group Ineos at its refinery in Grangemouth.

  • Rolls-Royce engines for air force

    11 Nov 2009

    Rolls-Royce has received an $8.5m contract from the US Air Force to provide spare engine parts for the Lockheed Martin C-130J military-transport aircraft.

  • E. coli used to plumb pipe leaks

    11 Nov 2009

  • KSS develops inflatable seatbelt

    11 Nov 2009

  • Sniff test gauges book degradation

    11 Nov 2009

    Scientists in London have developed a test that can measure the degradation of old books and precious historical documents on the basis of their aroma.

  • Nanomaterial safety centre opened

    11 Nov 2009

    A research centre at Edinburgh Napier’s Craighouse Campus has been set up to ensure the safe use of nanomaterials.

  • Ensuring drug-crystal formation

    11 Nov 2009

    Engineers at Leeds University have developed a simple technology that can be used in existing chemical reactors to ensure ‘right first time’ drug-crystal formation.

  • Power network warns copper thieves

    11 Nov 2009

  • US hydrogen power plant agreement

    11 Nov 2009

    The US Department of Energy has signed an agreement with Hydrogen Energy California to build and demonstrate a hydrogen-powered power station and CCS system in Kern County, California.

  • Report on reduced subsea earnings

    11 Nov 2009

  • Real-time 3D modelling

    12 Nov 2009

    A group of researchers at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University have created a program that is able to build 3D models of textured objects in real time

  • Continued Success for TCT Live & MM Live 2009

    12 Nov 2009

  • Plastics companies fined over cartel

    12 Nov 2009

    The European Commission has fined several leading plastics companies over €173m for violating the EC Treaty’s ban on cartels and restrictive business practices.

  • Solar-powered chocolate factory

    12 Nov 2009

    A huge solar facility is now providing 20 per cent of the peak energy consumed by a New Jersey manufacturing plant owned by Mars Chocolate North America.

  • GE supports large wind project

    12 Nov 2009

  • ICL receives metamaterials funding

    12 Nov 2009

    The Leverhulme Trust has awarded Imperial College £4.9m in funding to investigate new applications for metamaterials that include an optical invisibility cloak and highly sensitive airport-security scanners.

  • Products feature butterfly effect

    12 Nov 2009

  • War on climate change

    13 Nov 2009

  • Commercial-scale turbine deployed

    13 Nov 2009

  • Smart solution

    13 Nov 2009

    It seems like we’ve been talking about ‘smart grids’ — electricity distribution systems with the flexibility to balance inputs from intermittent renewables with base-load electricity from conventional power stations — for years.

  • NEW LOW COST MINIATURE INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM

    2 Nov 2009

  • Composite wings come near to major assembly

    November 2009 Online

    Airbus is claiming to be on track with the 2013 commercial roll-out of its A350 — its first airliner to be constructed with wings and a fuselage made primarily of composites.

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