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Satellites, solar cells and the skills crisis: 10 top stories of the week

Professional Engineering

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What the Chancellor’s statement means for engineering

Professional Engineering

The statement will have been of particular interest for companies in green industries such as insulation and solar. There will be £1bn of grants to public sector bodies to improve energy efficiency, and £50m to improve the efficiency of social housing, as well as a further package of green measures announced separately. 

XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks shipped to Switzerland

The Engineer

The first 10 units of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, have been shipped to Switzerland.

Australian team uses electricity to clean up industrial wastewater

The Engineer

Technology developed by a team of researchers at the University of Sydney could ultimately make it easier to clean up contaminated industrial wastewater streams.

UK government to acquire OneWeb global satellite system

The Engineer

The UK is set to gain a sovereign global satellite system after the government successfully led a consortium in the acquisition of OneWeb.

How can we solve the skills crisis in engineering?

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We've surveyed key engineering industry leaders on one of the industry's biggest challenges

Welsh scientists set highest efficiency record for printed solar cells

E&T

A new study has reported the highest efficiency ever recorded for full roll-to-roll printed perovskite solar cells (PSCs). This marks a key step in creating cheaper and more efficient ways of generating solar energy.

Ofgem unveils £25bn plan to boost renewables and slash energy firm profits

E&T

Energy watchdog Ofgem has unveiled a five-year £25bn investment programme designed to help transition the UK’s energy grid to renewables and cut costs for households.

Lamborghini lifts the lid on a supercapacitor-enhanced Sian Roadster

New Atlas

The supercapacitor allows extremely fast charging and discharging, meaning the Sian can capture a good amount of energy in regenerative braking and the electric motor can run flat chat without running into any battery issues such as overheating. It also allows the engineers to handle things like reversing solely through electric power.

SSE Renewables renames two of the largest offshore wind farms in development in Scotland

Energy Live News

Two of the largest offshore wind farms in development in Scotland, SSE Renewables‘ Seagreen 2 and 3, have been rechristened to distinguish the projects from the neighbouring project, Seagreen 1. The two projects are to be renamed Berwick Bank wind farm and Marr Bank wind farm.

Mining giant Rio Tinto shuts aluminium factory in New Zealand amid high energy costs

Energy Live News

The mining giant says it could not ‘secure a power price reduction aimed at making New Zealand Aluminium Smelters a financially viable business’.


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