3D Photodetectors Inspired by Spider Webs
Spider webs have inspired a recent innovation from Purdue University, particularly in the field of photodetectors. This is as the formations that are weaved by spiders are not just complex and fascinating—they’re capable of forming very strong nets with high mechanical resistance.
In Case You Missed It: Embedded World to Go Virtual Again in 2021
Embedded World, the industry’s major embedded systems trade fair, has cancelled its physical presence for 2021 in favour of moving to a digital-only format, following the continued uncertainty that has arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.