AI system better assesses bridge structural health with existing sensors

September 1st, 2020 no comment

Modern bridges are typically built with weight-in-motion systems including sensors that measure vibrations, strain and deflection.
By measuring the bridge’s response to these elements, they can estimate the gross veh…

One-third of customers being overcharged on their mobile bills, says Which?

August 28th, 2020 no comment

Which? estimates that around £182m of mobile phone overpayments are being made each year, with some individuals potentially overpaying by more than £400 a year.
Last year, Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, secured volun…

Solar cells printed with inkjet onto various surfaces

August 27th, 2020 no comment

Solar cells can now be made so thin, light and flexible that they can rest atop a soap bubble. Along with other novel power devices such as Tengs, solar cells offer an alternative means of powering electronics, such …

‘Home of 2030’ – shortlist designs revealed

August 24th, 2020 no comment

The competition is calling for designs of low-carbon homes which can support people in continuing to live independent and fulfilling lives as the UK population ages, while also promoting healthy living and the buildi…

Homeless people to be given phones and laptops to help stay connected

August 19th, 2020 no comment

Tesco Mobile and homelessness charity Crisis will supply homeless people with £700,000 worth of phones, computer devices and internet data. The two-year partnership aims to help rough sleepers stay informed, connecte…

Transparent solar panels that can cover windows reach record efficiency

August 18th, 2020 no comment

A team from the University of Michigan said they had also achieved 43.3 per cent transparency with their organic, carbon-based design rather than using conventional silicon.
Although the cells have a slight green tin…

Rooftop radiative cooling system produces renewable power at night

August 14th, 2020 no comment

A team of researchers from Stanford University, led by Professor Shanhui Fan, has developed the system around the principle of creating power from radiative cooling.
Although solar power brings many benefits, its use…

Electric buses stored in London garage to become ‘virtual power station’

August 13th, 2020 no comment

The initial trial will use the batteries of 28 state-of-the-art double decker buses, capable of returning over 1MW energy to the grid.
V2G technology helps manage the peaks and troughs of electricity demand, as well …

Electric buses stored in London garage to become ‘virtual power station’

August 13th, 2020 no comment

The initial trial will use the batteries of 28 state-of-the-art double decker buses, capable of returning over 1MW energy to the grid.
V2G technology helps manage the peaks and troughs of electricity demand, as well …

Book review: ‘Bunker’ by Bradley Garrett

August 10th, 2020 no comment

Although it is tempting to think that the idea of hiding underground in response to environmental and social cataclysmic forces is squarely in the ballpark of those who take the Book of Revelation a touch too literal…