New jet turbines are just one way in which Durham University’s research has … – The Journal

The Government praised work by Durham University to improve the design of Rolls Royce jet engines on the world’s largest airliner

 

Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld pictured with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University. The design of turbines by the university has led to more efficient engines for passenger aircraft and is making wind energy cheaper by improving wind turbines. The research has strong regional links, for example a partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (formerly NAREC).

Source: www.thejournal.co.uk

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How Nano 3D Electronics Printing Will Drive the Internet of Things

Plastic printed electronics will be dominated by 3D printing technologies, and they’ll be critical to the development of what researchers are calling the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is essentially an interconnection of uniquely identifiable, embedded computing devices inside the existing framework of the Internet. IoT promises advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services to bring automation to nearly every field of endeavor. The IoT concept includes connectivity for devices like human heart monitor implants, biochips in farm animals, field operation tools for police and firemen, and even built-in sensor packages for automobiles and kitchen appliances. Think smart thermostat systems and wifi-enabled washers and dryers.

Source: 3dprint.com

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Smart tech driving the energy revolution begins at home – Telegraph.co.uk

A great deal of debate recently has centred on plans for “demand-side response” – that’s jargon for paying large users of power to switch off at times of high demand. But smart meter technology has the potential to create a smaller, more flexible power generation industry, which can handle peaks in demand without having to ask anyone to switch off. The UK is already beginning the development of a “smart grid”, which is more flexible, more local and more responsive to the changing consumption patterns of consumers. This will pave the way for decentralised power generation in much smaller units, as well as allowing customers to generate their own power through the wider deployment of micro technologies, such as fuel cells in boilers, rooftop solar, and heat pumps.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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NASA seed funds SR 72 hypersonic drones as other countries race for hypersonic missiles

NASA funded a parametric design study to establish the viability of a Turbine Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) Propulsion system consisting of integrating several combinations of near-term turbine engine solutions and a very low Mach ignition Dual Mode…

 

The $892,292 contract funds a design study to determine the viability of a TBCC propulsion system by combining one of several current turbine engines, with a very low Mach ignition Dual Mode Ramjet (DMRJ). NASA previously funded a Lockheed Martin study that found speeds up to Mach 7 could be achieved with a dual-mode engine combining turbine and ramjet technologies.

Source: nextbigfuture.com

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NEDO selects IHI and Toshiba as co-researchers for ocean energy power generator

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has selected IHI Corporation and Toshiba Corporation as co-researchers in a project to develop and to demonstrate an underwater floating-type turbine system for ocean energy power generation. The project is slated to continue until FY 2017.

 

The underwater floating-type ocean current turbine system is a power generation device with two counter-rotating turbines. It is anchored to the sea floor and floats like a kite carried and driven by the ocean current. IHI is the lead company in the co-research project and will manufacture the turbine and floating body. Toshiba will supply electric devices, such as the generator and transformer.

Source: www.greencarcongress.com

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Rapid demand growth predicted for distributed generation technologies – Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine

Investment in on-site power technologies is projected to reach over $155 billion through 2023, up from $1.8 billion today, new analysis has found.

According to Navigant Research’s latest microgrid study, the global market for ‘microgrid enabling technologies’ such as diesel generators, natural gas-fueled generators, fuel cells, combined heat and power (CHP), solar photovoltaics (PV), distributed wind power, micro-hydropower, biomass, smart islanding inverters and energy storage will see rapid demand growth over the next several years.

Source: www.cospp.com

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