Is Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Sustainable?
We reportedly leave our cars parked up to 95% of the time, and on top of this, electrical grids currently have limited storage facilities. Points such as these have inspired a potential solution: vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. We consider the extent to which this promising power innovation may be sustainable.
COVID-19 is Driving Engineers to Further Develop Smart Technologies
As many continue to self isolate to combat COVID-19, we are seeing a continued drive for the need for advanced and remote systems that support our new way of life. Accordingly, engineers have been developing smart technologies to expedite the possibility of an autonomous and contactless world.
Will Gallium Nitride Soon Be Charging All Our Devices?
With the average household containing at least five connected electronic devices, there are huge expectations around charging capabilities and performance. While silicon has battled with delivering fast charging through small devices, gallium nitride (GaN) technology is uniquely positioned to provide a solution to the challenge.
Following the UK’s 2030 Petrol Ban Announcement: What Can the Country Do for a Better EV Infrastructure?
The large-scale production of EVs (electric vehicles) is already well underway in the UK and may well revolutionise its automotive industry, particularly after the government’s recent petrol ban announcement. Nevertheless, for the UK to accommodate its number of EVs on the road, further technological and infrastructural considerations are required.
Recycling Electronic Waste: Could Magnetic Density Separation be the Answer?
Magnetic density separation (MDS) offers many opportunities in recycling and is already used in some recycling plants for mixed plastic waste streams. Now, researchers are focusing MDS on electronic waste management, meaning it could one day be industrialised into a sustainable, mass-recycling solution for electronics.
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.
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.
Engineering Innovations Focused on Improving Our Mental Health
Never has the importance of our mental health been more prevalent. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a huge rise in anxiety illnesses across the globe. And, while our health services were already stretched, they are now bursting at the seams. Now more than ever, this has called for engineers to design technology that can monitor, research—and hopefully improve—our mental wellbeing.
How Difficult Is It to Design Electrical and Electronics Equipment for Space?
The minutiae required in the work of satellite and space electronics engineers is unlike that of their colleagues that design terrestrial systems —the challenge is to consider environment, power generation, safety, and reliability.
Critical Factors of Circuit Protection in Consumer Electronics
Consumer electronics such as smartphones, laptops, and TV sets require adequate circuit protection to prevent operation that can cause harm to users or varying levels of damage to electronic products, impacting their efficiency and reliability.