• Handling radioactive waste from nuclear power plants

    Materials World magazine
    Plans for waste assaying and disposal need to be at the forefront of all future nuclear builds. This was the conclusion at an event on Handling of Radioactive Materials held on 13 February 2008 in Birmingham, UK. Presentations covered site characterisation, recycling and reusing materials, decommissioning, nuclear facility layout, and engineering waste management solutions.
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    Exploring nanofuels

    Materials World magazine
    Nanofuels are the subject of a new feasibility study at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. They could provide a more environmentally sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, say researchers. The concept is to inject wet and dry fuels made from silicon, aluminium or iron nanoparticles (separately, as single fuels) into internal combustion engines.
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    Hydrogen storage at room temperature for fuel cells

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at the University of Virginia, based in Charlottesville, USA, claim to have discovered a material, made from titanium atoms complexed with ethylene, that can store large quantities of hydrogen at room temperature. This could help in the search for a more efficient and affordable hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
  • Technology transfer from academia to industry

    Materials World magazine
    Academic research with a view to commercialisation is becoming increasingly popular. The number of university spin-out companies and partnerships with industry is growing. Rupal Mehta investigates the reality behind this entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Energy efficient curing for concrete masonry and clay aggregates blocks

    Clay Technology magazine
    A UK manufacturer of concrete masonry and clay lightweight aggregate blocks has achieved a 44.5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through the use of more energy efficient curing chambers and alternative aggregates.
  • Ore haul truck in Pilbara, Western Australia. Partners in Performance, based in Sydney, Australia, addressed debottlenecking, planning and scheduling, and haul-road maintenance at the mine site

    Resource efficiency in mining and minerals processing

    Materials World magazine
    Skipp Williamson, Managing Director of Partners in Performance (PIP), in Sydney, Australia, discusses how mining and minerals processing companies can improve operational performance and ensure resource efficiency.
  • Wireless bridge sensor powered by traffic vibrations

    Materials World magazine
    A novel wireless sensor for use on bridges can be powered by the vibrations of vehicles passing overhead. The device, made from piezoelectronics, measures temperature, humidity, light and pressure, and could function for years without requiring maintenance or battery replacement.
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    Energy materials supply chain consultation

    A consultation has opened on the UK’s energy materials supply chain.
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    Discussing carbon footprinting strategies for the FMCG chain

    Packaging Professional magazine
    A benchmark for assessing a packaging manufacturer's carbon footprint is a long way off, concluded delegates at the Intertech Pira conference on reducing carbon footprint in the FMCG supply chain’, held from 27-28 November 2007, in London, UK.
  • Materials solutions for climate troubles

    Materials World magazine
    The Energy Materials Working Group of Materials UK has launched its Strategic Research Agenda for the energy sector over the next five, 10 and 20 years.