Renewable Energy Resources and Their Investment in Scotland
Electric energy produced in Scotland comes from renewable resources such as wind, hydro, solar energy, and biomass. Following the UK’s announced plans to go ‘net zero’ on carbon emissions, we focus on Scotland’s renewable energy efforts—including its major wind farm project: the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm.
Bioinformatics: How Electronics Can Inform Biomedicine
DNA letter patterns and protein sequences essentially form the ‘language’ of the human body. This metaphor simplifies bioinformatics, which deals with reading information hidden in biological processes and drawing evolutionary conclusions about their possible functions). We look at the vital research area.
Geothermal Energy: The Challenges and Developments
Given its high costs and risks, geothermal energy harnessing is far from the most popular energy solution. Nevertheless, engineers have been developing new and improved methods of tapping into our underground resources. We consider geothermal energy developments and their overall potential.
Could Transparent Solar Panels Mean That Tomorrow’s Windows Will Generate Electricity?
Solar panels, being opaque due to their semiconductor layers, can traditionally only be mounted on buildings. Recently, however, scientists at Incheon University, South Korea created a transparent version of the energy harnessing technology. Could these see-through solar panels ever be integrated into windows?
Is It Time to Call into Question the Viability of Commercial eVTOLs?
Convenience is an important aspect of urban air mobility. If we consider safety, security, speed, and affordability as minor components of the umbrella term ‘convenience’, engineers have an arduous ahead road to make eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) technology convenient...
Accurately Detecting Earthquakes: Can We Engineer a Solution?
While there has been much progress in disaster predictions in certain areas, such as hurricanes, earthquake detection is falling behind. Now, engineering teams are stepping up to the plate, hoping that they can use AI areas, such as machine learning and complex algorithms, to create the beginnings of a solution.
Exploring Cooling Technologies for Electronic Systems
Increasingly, today’s electronic equipment and devices integrate additional functionalities, but this inadvertently results in greater heat flux. We explore the various techniques used to adequately handle heat flux to ensure that electronic systems operate with efficiency.
Exploring the Viability of Electric VTOL Aircraft for Commercial Transport
The reduction in conventional traffic congestion and greenhouse gases are just some of the advantages that eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft offer over current transport in growing cities. However, are we ready to adopt the technology as a means of commercial transport anytime soon?
Various Wireless Power Transfer Techniques in Neural Stimulators and Other Implantable Medtech
Wireless power transfer technologies are being extensively studied and developed for use in implantable medical devices, the advantages of which include the early detection of diseases and the treatment of specific defective organs. This article will explore wireless power transfer in neural stimulators and outline the key benefits and design challenges.
AI Accelerators And How Engineers Can Utilise Them
Understanding the role of AI accelerators in artificial intelligence gives an insight into its benefits in the world of electronics and computing, particularly as our collective interests in human-level intelligence increase. We look at the technology and how it may benefit engineers.
Motiv Space Systems’ Vice President of Business Development Discusses Motiv’s Collaboration with NASA
Motiv Space Systems, a Pasadena-based company specialised in space robotics, is collaborating with NASA JLP on the development of the Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm), a sophisticated robotic arm that can efficiently operate on the Moon and in other celestial environments.
The Scientific Instruments of the Mars Perseverance Rover
The successful landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover was not just a breakthrough for the world: it also marked the first time that the very latest sensor technologies may be used outside our planet. We look at the ground-breaking designs and other details behind the instruments on the rover.
TPS3899 Voltage Supervisor Featuring Programmable Sense and Reset Delay
Texas Instruments’ TPS3899 Voltage Supervisor is characterised by having a small body size (just 1.50 millimetres by 1.50 millimetres) and has applications in a wide range of sectors including consumer electronics and motor drives.
Teledyne T3VNA Family of Vector Network Analysers
Measuring tools, such as oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers allow electronic engineers to test and monitor signals when designing circuits and devices. The Teledyne LeCroy company is one of the leading companies that provide test tools for such engineers to use in their projects and have recently released the Teledyne T3VNA family of network analysers.
€1.8b Quantum Plan Puts France on the Map for AI
In 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron presented the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap: his vision and strategy to make France a leader in AI technology. Now, Macron has presented a new national strategy for quantum technologies, a five-year €1.8 billion plan that will finance research in quantum computing, communications, and sensing.
Autonomous Boeing Aircraft Makes Its Maiden Flight
In what may be a major leap forward for the future of autonomous aircraft, ‘Loyal Wingman’, Boeing’s autonomous uncrewed fighter-style, jet-powered drone, has taken to the skies for the very first time in a historic test flight, carried out by Boeing Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).