THE TOP TEN SOLAR PHOTO-VOLTAIC PLANTS IN THE WORLD IN 2018

Article Source: IMechE The renewables boom has seen the capacity of solar power plants increasing – these are the 10 biggest solar photo-voltaic plants in the world In May 2016, we published a list of the ten biggest solar photovoltaic plants in the world, ranked by their capacity. Since then, interest in renewables have spiked, and a number of new projects have come online as countries … Continue reading THE TOP TEN SOLAR PHOTO-VOLTAIC PLANTS IN THE WORLD IN 2018

GOVERNMENT’S £184M INVESTMENT ‘TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF WORLD-CLASS ENGINEERS’

Article Source: IMehcE A new £184m investment will help train “the next generation of world-class engineers and exceptional scientists at British universities,” business secretary Greg Clark will announce today. Clark will announce the funding, to be distributed to 41 UK universities for doctoral training partnerships, at the launch of a new government-funded electric motor factory. The production facility for University of Oxford spin-out company Yasa … Continue reading GOVERNMENT’S £184M INVESTMENT ‘TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF WORLD-CLASS ENGINEERS’

SHIP-SHAPE: THE WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED MARINE PROPELLER

Article Source: The Engineer Dutch shipbuilders have unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed marine propeller. Stuart Nathan reports.  Over the past few years, firsts in additive manufacture have been coming thick and fast. But with the technique well suited to making small structures with complex geometries, these first tend to be components which play to its strengths. They are small, often optimised to cope with specific … Continue reading SHIP-SHAPE: THE WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED MARINE PROPELLER

SATELLITES SEARCH FOR LITHIUM UNDER CORNWALL AHEAD OF ELECTRIC CAR BOOM

Article Source: IMechE  A mine in Cornwall. Satellites could help find lithium reserves deep underground (Credit: iStock) A satellite project will try to find underground lithium in Cornwall ahead of a massive projected jump in demand as consumers embrace electric cars. A team from the Satellite Applications Catapult will lead the Innovate UK-funded study, which will see if it is possible to detect a lithium … Continue reading SATELLITES SEARCH FOR LITHIUM UNDER CORNWALL AHEAD OF ELECTRIC CAR BOOM

YEAR OF ENGINEERING IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INSPIRE

SOURCE: IMechE | Image: Schoolchildren meeting engineers at an Inspiring the Future event organised by Year of Engineering partner Education and Employers. ​A campaign to transform how young people see engineering has launched today. The Year of Engineering is a national drive to inspire young people, plug the 20,000-a-year shortfall in engineering graduates, and increase diversity in a sector that is 91% male and 94% white. … Continue reading YEAR OF ENGINEERING IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INSPIRE

NISSAN BRAIN-TO-VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY HELPS CARS LEARN FROM DRIVERS

Article Source: The Engineer Technology developed at Nissan in Japan which gathers and processes signals from a driver’s brain, could be used to speed up reaction times, improve driver comfort, and even pave the way to a more personalised form of autonomous driving, the company claims. The B2V technology monitors a driver’s brain signals in real time Developed through the car giant’s “Intelligent Mobility” programme, … Continue reading NISSAN BRAIN-TO-VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY HELPS CARS LEARN FROM DRIVERS

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT. SO WHY IS IT COMING UNDER THREAT?

Article Source: The Engineer Collaboration is key to engineering. In an increasingly globalised world, distributed teams working seamlessly and efficiently together towards a common end can be an extremely powerful means of getting a job done, writes Lee Hibbert.  That’s particularly true within universities, where multi-disciplinary groups from all over the world pool their collective knowledge to advance understanding in key areas of science and … Continue reading COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT. SO WHY IS IT COMING UNDER THREAT?

A FUTURE FOR THE INSTITUTION THAT CELEBRATES DIVERSITY

Article Source: IMechE Trustee Board Members – Helena Rivers (left) Heather Clarke (right) The Trustee Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is more diverse than ever before. We talk to Helena Rivers CEng FIMechE and Heather Clarke CEng FIMechE, who were elected in May, about their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the Institution and across the engineering profession. Q: What does diversity mean … Continue reading A FUTURE FOR THE INSTITUTION THAT CELEBRATES DIVERSITY

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Article Source: IMechE | Photo credit: Nottingham researchers have been printing previously impossible metal objects using techniques such as selective laser melting (Credit: University of Nottingham) As additive manufacturing conjures up ever more complex shapes, the race is on to develop technologies that can make sure they’re safe enough for spaceships, planes and people. A piece of metal rises layer by layer in a bewitching pattern of … Continue reading ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

HOW THE PERSONAL TOUCH COULD SUPERCHARGE STEM ENGAGEMENT

Article source: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/personal-stem-engagement/ 8th December 2017 9:24 am The key to properly engaging young people with engineering is showing how the subject is meaningful to an individual’s life writes Jennifer DeWitt – senior research associate at UCL Institute of Education. The issue of how to increase and broaden participation in engineering is long-established and widely recognised. A range of initiatives have been active for years and have certainly … Continue reading HOW THE PERSONAL TOUCH COULD SUPERCHARGE STEM ENGAGEMENT