Editor Blogs

June 2022
Japanese Tidal Generator Prototype Completes Testing
ihi corp

Tidal generator prototype developed by IHI Corporation

  Renewable energy has come on leaps and bounds over the last decade. Designs for solar and wind power especially have been refined until the main gains we see now are more incremental than revolutionary, and we still require more generation to replace fossil fuel sources. As suitable land has been used
Ferrari Confirms 2025 Date for its First EV

The first Ferrari EV (not pictured) has been confirmed for a 2025 release

­The Italian luxury automaker has confirmed what could easily end up being the world’s most expensive electric vehicle. Chic, too. Four years ago, we teased Ferrari’s plans to build an “electric supercar.” At the time, details we scarce, but Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that “
Land Rover Defender Gets an Aftermarket Electric Overhaul
When you think of vehicles, there are certain types that you’d instantly think were suitable for electrification, like milk floats for example, where the vehicle only performs short runs that are close to its base. There are other types that you’d think were much less suitable, such as company rep type cars th
Manufacturing Costs Skyrocket for Ford's Mustang Mach-E

Manufacturing costs have recently spiraled out of control for the Mustang Mach-E.

­Well, that’s a cold hard slap of reality. We often focus on solving “range anxiety” for electric vehicles, ensuring the infrastructure is in-place, along with quick-charge technologies and greater battery densities. But in the process, we sometimes takes costs for granted, especially the ticket pric
Ink Provides Thermoelectric Power for IoT Devices
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

A film treated with the thermoelectric ink that was developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The IoT is very much at the heart of our lives today. Whether it is a smart watch measuring our body functions, or monitoring the performance and condition of machines in an industrial installation, the IoT has helped to make our lives safer and more predictable. To be able to perform these functions requires
Wimbledon Fruit Provided by Solar-Enabled Greenhouses

As part of a study, the UK's Hugh Lowe greenhouses were fitted with transparent solar panels, so the fruit you eat at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships may have been the product of solar energy.

­The fruit at Wimbledon concession stands will be decidedly green…of a sort. Hugh Lowe Farms, which supplies the London tennis extravaganza with fruit, is taking part in a study with researchers at the University of Greenwich. As part of the study, transparent photovoltaic solar panels were added to Hugh Lo
US Moves to Secure Renewable Energy Capabilities
For decades the world economy has been going global. However, the COVID pandemic has changed that calculus. The supply chain for products that had grown over those decades was thought to be robust and other than black swan events, almost indestructible. While true that the COVID outbreak was itself a black swan
EV Adoption isn't Quick Enough to Meet Net-Zero Climate Goal by 2050

EV automakers have made dramatic strides, but according to a report, it won't be enough to hit an ambitious climate goal by 2050.

­It appears that manufacturer and government electric ambitions aren’t quite ambitious enough — according to research firm BloombergNEF in its seventh annual Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook, all parties concerned will have to redouble their efforts to fulfill their pledge of eliminating emission
Rise of the Robots
Robots have been becoming increasingly important to the workplace over the last few years. This trend will only accelerate in the next few years. As the skill shortage deepens, robots will become economically viable in many more roles. These applications won’t just be in manufacturing roles as most often found t