Engineering themes

Environmental/Climate

A total of 110 items listed.

Wasting future resources

Hywel Thomas and Jim Poole

An insight into the difficulties faced in changing the way in which people manage and use waste

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Concentrating solar power for sustainable electricity generation: Perspectives

Hans Müller-Steinhagen FREng and Franz Trieb

The second part of two articles discusses the resource potential of greater cooperation between countries to make more efficient use of common renewable energy resources

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Distributed generation – harder than it looks

Malcolm Kennedy CBE FREng

A review of the virtues of distributed generation and the problems in effecting its implementation. How can the government help to overcome these barriers?

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Concentrating solar power: A review of the technology

Hans Müller-Steinhagen FREng and Franz Trieb

This first of two articles on one of the most potent sources of renewable energy outlines the principles and potential of the latest advances in solar power technology

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Power for the people

Professor Alan Williams CBE FREng, Professor M. Pourkashanian and Dr J.M. Jones, University of Leeds

Amid ever-diminishing fossil fuel resources and increasing environmental concern surrounding electricity generation, what needs to be done to ensure long-term security of our power supplies?

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An under-valued service?: the business benefits of reliable weather information

Peter Ewins CB FREng

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Going underground - A Cumbrian perspective

Phil Reddy

Sustainable and eco-friendly: are underground dwellings a viable option for the future?

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Underground space: the final frontier?

Fiona Chow

Greater use of underground space in our cities could enable us to meet the increasing demand for buildings and extensive transport systems

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The World Summit on Sustainable Development: A view from an engineer

Adrian Campbell

The summit was held in South Africa between 26 August and 4 September 2002. What were its implications for engineers?

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Design for green – Jubilee campus, Nottingham

John Berry, Special Professor in Building Technology at University of Nottingham John Thornton, Visiting Professor in Structural Engineering Design at University of Newcastle

The new Jubilee campus was developed with the objective of keeping energy costs low and ensuring a good fit with the surroundings

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Photovoltaic cells cast new light on the world’s energy problems

Harry Shimp

A combination of technological innovations and larger-scale production is making photovoltaic solar energy increasingly affordable

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A cloudy energy future

Ian Fells CBE FREng FRSE

If the UK is to move to a low-carbon economy, there are difficult decisions to be made now

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