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Fuel for thought: how to meet the growing demands of industry

Research and development is the cornerstone of any fuel's development programme. Here, Vincent Tertois outlines how Shell is developing new formulations to meet the needs of industry and private customers



Replacing PCs and SBCs with a low power embedded platform

Designing a PCB for an embedded module can give significant gains in system design, production and, particularly, running costs over a commercial PC board or single board computer, says Richard Bethell



Monitor surface deformation with Earth-orbiting satellites

Alessandro Ferretti and Brian Young look at how the permanent scatterer technique is being used to measure surface deformation.



Variable speed drives: the ecological payback

Study demonstrates how long drives of various sizes need to be used before they begin making a positive contribution to the environment



Largest circulating fluidised bed boiler begins production

Lagisza power plant in Poland offers cost effective energy while reducing emissions



Recycled plastics offer commercial and environmental benefits

Manufacturers of products incorporating plastics are finding recycled materials increasingly attractive, both for economic and marketing reasons. Alistair Rae looks at the options available and the latest developments in recycled post-consumer plastic waste



Resin developments speed up the automotive production process

Andreas Moser looks at the future of the automotive industry and the latest composite materials technologies



Alternatives to four-stroke engines promise an increase in efficiency

For 100 years the four-stroke internal combustion engine has been the dominant automotive powerplant, but there is a pressing need to improve fuel efficiency, emissions and power density



Magnetic sensor bearing designed for micro-hybrid cars

SKF has developed a magnetic sensor bearing for use in Valeo's Stars (starter alternator reversible system) for micro-hybrid cars



Risk analysis for low carbon systems

The challenge of moving towards a low carbon future requires the development and the deployment of a portfolio of low carbon systems for the power generation sector



The global heat is on: preparing for a carbon-constrained world

No longer are we asking whether there should be limitations on emissions, but when and how. Measuring carbon emissions along the value chain is now vital as Dr Peter J Nieuwenhuizen reports



Hydrogen fuel cells: from automotive power to distributed generation

Fuel cell power systems, often primarily associated with the automotive sector, actually represent a practical, highly efficient and reduced carbon emissions power source for a wide range of applications and markets. Jon Moore reports



Romanian cogeneration plant meets EU energy efficiency goals

A major investment programme in combined heat and power engines is helping a multinational soft drink manufacturer to meet efficiency goals set out by the European Union. Sean Ottewell reports



Fuel efficiency drives next phase of automotive engines

For 100 years the four-stroke internal combustion engine has been the dominant automotive powerplant, but there is a pressing need to improve fuel efficiency, emissions and power density beyond what can be achieved through fine-tuning this concept. Paul Stevens reports on some innovative alternatives



Wheel bearing uses novel spur gear tooth connection

An innovative production process has enabled Schaeffler to develop a new FAG wheel bearing that is 10 per cent lighter than conventional alternatives



Increasing array of 4D kit as the market shows steady growth

Since 4D and related systems came into use in the mid-1990s, there has been a steady growth in the market and growing array of kit and techniques designed to improve data quality and therefore provide better reservoir management tools. Jeremy Cresswell reports



Reservoir characterisation: microseismics now a key tool

William Wills looks at the increasing use of passive seismic and microseismic monitoring within the oil and gas industry



Flowmeter for biomass fermentation

Biogas flow must be measured at several points in the system to provide operators with critical information for optimal gas production, control and reporting



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