Skills and innovation: mind the gap – Michael Ayres

2017-05-22T16:47:21+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Viewpoints|

Not long ago, the Engineering and Technology Board published a figure estimating that in 2014, the engineering sector contributed 27% of the UK’s GDP – that’s £455.6 billion. But while engineering is vital to our economy, we cannot take its future for granted. The industry faces well-documented skills gaps and [...]

European Commission highlights innovative liquid air technology – Laura Gilmore

2017-05-22T16:47:21+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Viewpoints|

The European Commission is taking on the ambitious task of developing a continent wide ‘Energy Union’. This has the potential to improve the efficiency of the way we generate, distribute and use energy across the whole of Europe. When we talk about energy people generally assume we mean electricity. Power [...]

Interview: Nick Owen discusses Dearman’s test programme

2017-05-22T16:47:24+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Viewpoints|

Dearman’s zero-emission transport refrigeration system is undergoing final-phase closed-road trials ahead of commercial deployment this year. But what is involved in testing a brand-new technology and making it ready for the real world? What has it taken to get to this stage? Nick Owen discusses the final phase of testing. [...]

Why cold needs to go off-piste – Toby Peters

2017-05-22T16:47:24+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Viewpoints|

As the world’s leaders descend on the ski resort of Davos once more, they will have come prepared for a snowy climate. Given the sub-zero temperatures they’ll face, the planet’s growing need for cooling is unlikely to be high on their agendas. But if we want to build a sustainable [...]

Cooling a warming world – Toby Peters

2017-01-10T16:20:47+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Viewpoints|

As the world’s leaders come together to discuss climate change, cold should be on the agenda. It sounds counterintuitive, but cooling must be part of the debate around global warming.  Cooling is currently part of the problem, and it’s getting worse, but it could become an important part of the [...]

Interview: an introduction to liquid nitrogen – Nick Owen

2017-05-22T16:47:25+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Viewpoints|

When we think about fuel, we generally think about something that burns – wood, coal, diesel. Since the age of steam, and later the advent of the internal combustion engine, power has come from heat. So, it may seem counterintuitive to say that power can be extracted from a liquid [...]

An avalanche is coming – it’s time to do something – Toby Peters

2017-05-22T16:47:25+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Viewpoints|

In the UK we take cold for granted. We can always buy food that has been kept cold from farm to fork. We don’t consider the energy required to keep vaccines cold. And when we update Facebook, the amount of cooling needed by data centres doesn’t cross people’s minds. But providing [...]

Keeping Cool Need Not Cost the Earth – Toby Peters

2017-01-10T16:20:49+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Viewpoints|

The world relies heavily on cold. The food we eat, the buildings we inhabit, the data we consume and the medicines that keep us healthy all need cooling. Getting food from the farm to our plates depends on a seamless network of refrigerated processing, storage and transport to ensure it [...]

Time the UK woke up to Cold Economy – Toby Peters

2017-05-22T16:47:27+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Viewpoints|

A recent article in Time Magazine suggested that most truly world-changing innovations are only obvious in hindsight. That’s entirely true. The internet has revolutionised our lives to such a degree that business, entertainment, healthcare and even government will never be the same again. Yet even once the internet was well [...]