World's first grid scale pumped heat energy storage system operational
The world's first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage system has been assembled and commissioned by the technical team at the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research at Newcastle University.
Gene editing possible for kidney disease
For the first time scientists have identified how to halt kidney disease in a life-limiting genetic condition, which may pave the way for personalised treatment in the future.
EPSRC announces £16 million investment in Supergen Energy Hubs
Three £5 million energy research hubs and a new £1 million network in solar energy that will build multidisciplinary collaborations between universities, academic bodies and industry were announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
First 3D printed human corneas
The first human corneas have been 3D printed by scientists at Newcastle University.
Fastned wins another tender in the UK
Fastned will build and operate fast charging stations in Newcastle and Sunderland.
Breakthrough in clean diesel research
A breakthrough in catalysis research by academics at the Universities of St Andrews and Newcastle could lead to the development of clean diesel engine technology and help combat air pollution.
Hand that sees offers new hope to amputees
A new generation of prosthetic limbs which will allow the wearer to reach for objects automatically, without thinking - just like a real hand - are to be trialled for the first time.
Are your sensors spying on you?
Cyber experts have revealed the ease with which malicious websites, as well as installed apps, can spy on us using just the information from the motion sensors in our mobile phones.
Wearable for recovery of hand movement for stroke patients
Neuroscientists have developed a device, the size of a mobile phone, which delivers a series of small electrical shocks followed by an audible click to strengthen brain and spinal connections.
Smart bricks will transform how buildings work
Smart bricks capable of recycling wastewater and generating electricity from sunlight are being developed by a team of scientists.
Traction motors for electric vehicles change radically
There are about 200 companies making traction motors for electric vehicles, rather like the 200 making the lithium-ion batteries that increasingly power them.
Electric vehicle end game: self-powered, energy autonomous
The end-game with electric vehicles by land, water and air is for them to be self-powered. They will create all their electricity from ambient energy such as light, wind, waves and tide where necessary storing it until needed.
Ultra lightweight motors for electric drones and airliners
Newcastle University in the UK was chosen by Boeing to develop an ultra-lightweight electric motor for an upper atmosphere electric aircraft. These spidery fixed-wing aircraft can have the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a small car.
Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
This article primarily investigates the hybrid and pure electric powertrains and electrics being used or considered for UAVs and the new missions made possible by electrification. UAVs survey military threats but also the melting ice caps and natural disasters. They can carry ordnance but also drop aid and locate disaster survivors and lost climbers and trekkers. Little wonder then that new electric UAVs are announced frequently these days.
Tracing paper boost for solar cells
A piece of transparent paper made from wood-based cellulose fibres is an unlikely addition to a solar cell that actually increases its efficiency.