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    Biogas field of dreams?

    Materials World magazine
    German researchers are building what they say is the first-ever biogas pilot plant to run entirely on agricultural waste, while achieving 30% more biogas than previous facilities. This technique could create a sustainable source of energy that does not rely on edible materials, preventing competition for food crops and land.
  • Economic crisis headlines

    Trialling times – the credit crunch

    Materials World magazine
    As the full brunt of the recession starts to take effect, Materials World talks to 18 leading members of the UK engineering and manufacturing industries to get their views about the effects of the economic climate on their sector and where future redemption may lie. To express your views on the impact of the recession, visit the Materials World forum at the link below.
  • GE Energy launches GE Energy Ecomagination Challenge

    GE Energy, a supplier of power generation and energy delivery technologies, has launched the GE Energy Ecomagination Challenge, an environment-based contest called ‘How can you make your campus greener?
  • Armed with portable solar generators

    Materials World magazine
    American soldiers could soon be taking a new piece of kit onto the battlefield – a portable solar-powered generator smaller than a laptop. The Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHESC) programme is made up of a group of US universities, Government research laboratories and companies, and aims to reduce the weight of batteries a soldier has to carry and simplify logistical supply chains.
  • Smart nanostructures to make chemical reactors more energy efficient

    Materials World magazine
    Nanostructured materials, tailored to respond to various stimuli, may form the basis of more energy efficient chemical reactors by regulating reactions, momentum, and heat and mass transfer inside the plants. A consortium of three UK universities, Leeds, Bath and Glasgow, is in the early stages of developing this nanotechnology from molecular metal oxides and polymers.
  • Aerial view of the Andrew production platform in the North Sea, UK

    Microwave processing heats up oil drill cuttings

    Materials World magazine
    UK researchers aim to scale-up a microwave system to treat oil-contaminated waste from fossil fuel exploration on and offshore. The technology is said to be more energy efficient and cost effective than existing thermal desorption methods, as well as providing a small, portable and modular system suitable for in situ activity on offshore rigs.
  • Artist's impression of the facility

    Capturing carbon from the air

    Materials World magazine
    Engineering a facility to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from ambient air could help in the battle against global warming. Professor David Keith of the University of Calgary, Canada, aims to enable absorption of CO2 emissions from sources such as aircraft and automotives.
  • Outline of Linc’s demonstration coal to liquid plant at Chinchilla

    Underground coal gasification

    Materials World magazine
    Australian company Linc Energy Ltd has announced the first production of diesel from its demonstration coal to liquid (CTL) facility at Chinchilla, Queensland. The firm claims this is the first time underground coal gasification has been combined with CTL, reducing the cost and lifecycle carbon emissions of the fuel.
  • Research and Development Strategy Workshop - Geological Disposal Facility

    Energy Materials Group
    Professor Robert Pine attended the NDA’s workshop on the R&D Strategy for a Geological Disposal Facility. He attended on behalf of IOM3 on 17 and 18 November 2008.
  • Helping lean production

    Clay Technology magazine
    A UK Productivity and Competitiveness (PAC) programme to help small companies develop an approach to lean manufacturing has been launched by the UK Manufacturing Skills Alliance.