‘Ultra Fast Electrode’ Promises Huge Increase in EV Battery Performance
Researchers from the South Korean Pohang University of Science and Technology have recently announced their development of a faster charging and longer-lasting lithium-ion battery material that can charge an EV (electric vehicle) up to 90% in just six minutes.
Renewables Could Cover One-Third of Europe’s Energy Demand by 2030
The International Renewable Energy Agency’s November 2020 report, which explores Central and South-Eastern Europe’s growth of renewables, says that such European economies could cover one-third of rising energy demands within ten years.
COVID-19 Has Led to a Pivotal Moment for Renewables, Such as this Floating Hybrid Energy Platform
The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is pressuring governments to review their energy strategies. As long-term recovery plans are outlined, there is an opportunity to incorporate innovative renewable energy solutions—and this is certainly the case with SINN Power’s Ocean Hybrid Platform.
New Electric Vehicle Market Report Suggests 19% Drop in Sales for 2020
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, recent forecasts from market researcher IDTechEx say that the total sales for 2020 in the electric vehicles (EVs) market across all segments—land, sea, and air—will come to a total of 24 million. This reflects a 19% decline in year-on-year EV sales, owing to the higher sales seen in pre-pandemic 2019.
Texas Instruments’ TPS543620 Step-Down Converter Featuring Variable Switching Frequencies
Texas Instruments’ TPS543620 is a highly efficient synchronous buck converter. It has a small body size of 2.5 millimetres by 3 millimetres and suits both test and measurement applications and healthcare. It is designed to tolerate environments that have a high ambient temperature.
New Study Says Sodium-ion Batteries Are the Most Promising Alternative to Lithium-ion
Various university researchers have come together to combine their knowledge and expertise to assess the current state of sodium-ion technology, presenting a comparison of the key performance indicators for sodium-ion and lithium-ion batteries.
When GPS Fails: Advantages of Quantum Navigation with Quantum Gyro Sensors
High-precision, high-risk, costly moving objects lack a backup navigation solution. Mostly reliant on GPS—or the Global Positioning System—they present two major weaknesses: low accuracy and poor security. Such problems can be improved with quantum gyro sensors and other elements of quantum positioning systems.
The UK Government Plans to Have Offshore Wind Power in All UK Homes by 2030
The UK government has predicted that offshore wind will produce enough power for every home in the UK by 2030. The prediction is in keeping with the government’s ambitions to ‘build back better’ as it attempts to recover from a COVID-damaged economy.
Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Sensor to be Developed by Infineon and Medtech Startup Blumio
Infineon Technologies AG has partnered with Blumio, the developer of a cuffless blood pressure monitoring system. The joint team plans to co-develop a wearable, non-invasive blood pressure sensor that will use Infeneon’s Xensiv radar chipset to ensure a seamless experience for patients.
The UK Has Recently Launched Its First All-Electric Ambulance
The UK’s first all-electric, zero-emissions ambulance—launched by VCS (Vehicle Conversion Specialists)—was unveiled in early October following the country’s announced plans to begin imminent trials with the West Midlands Ambulance Service.
World’s First Commercial-Grade Hydrogen Plane Embarks on Its Maiden Flight
At the end of September 2020, in what was called a landmark moment, aviation firm ZeroAvia completed the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft. The flight took place at ZeroAvia’s R&D facility in Cranfield, UK.
£9.3M Investment Made by UK Government for the Uptake of Electric Vans
The UK government recently announced its investment of £9.3 million into a scheme to replace diesel van fleets with EV (electric vehicle) fleets. The initiative will involve a two-month ‘try [electric vans] before you buy’ agreement and will be provided by Highways England.
Beyond Conventional E-Studies: Immersive Learning Opportunities for Electrical Engineers
Virtual reality and augmented reality (or VR and AR) are just two examples of human-machine interfaces (HMIs) that are integral to immersive learning. Using industry-focused simulations, such HMIs can educate both prospective and experienced electrical engineers for practical work—and ultimately help companies to safely and affordably take on engineering graduates.
Toshiba’s Automotive Display Interface Bridge ICs for In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems
Acting on the complex functionalities of automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), systems, Toshiba has launched two display interface bridge ICs (integrated circuits): the TC9594XBG and TC9595XBG. These bridge ICs are made to minimise the functionality demands that engineers encounter when working with IVI system designs.
Intel’s ‘Horse Ridge’ Chip and What It Could Mean for the Future of Quantum Computing
During the last couple of years, corporations in collaboration with researchers have been working in the field of quantum computing. Notable examples are IBM Quantum, Microsoft’s Azure Quantum, and Google’s Sycamore, to name just a few. The category also includes Intel’s partnership with QuTech in their research and development into quantum computer control circuitry.
The World’s First Mass-Produced Fully-Electric Digger
Earlier this year, a JCB electric digger, called the 19C-1E, won the UK’s annual MacRobert Award, the leading prize in the UK to recognise engineering innovation. The vehicle is the world’s first volume-produced, fully battery-powered digger and offers the potential to drive sustainable engineering in the construction sector.