Engineering themes

Environmental/Climate

A total of 108 items listed.

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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Towards sustainable growth

K.G. Adams CVO and W.E. Duckworth OBE FREng

In the future, will personal fulfilment be achieved more through intellectual, aesthetic, spiritual, physical and social activities and less through material consumption?

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Coping with the wash: The nature of wash waves produced by fast ferries

Professor Trevor Whittaker and Björn Elsäßer

Fast ferries used on routes previously served by conventional ships have caused increased wash problems

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