A thermoelectric generator is a device which produces electricity from a change in temperature. These things can be expensive and difficult to make, not least because they often use toxic materials. Now a team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology in Dresden are demonstrating at the Hanover Trade Fair a […]
We are getting used to carbon fibre body tubs in performance cars but making one out of titanium is new to me. http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/ariel-developing-titanium-chassis Maybe Ariel know about the Metalysis breakthrough, which could produce titanium for one-tenth of the present cost: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21571847-exotic-useful-metals-such-tantalum-and-titanium-are-about-become-cheap
Ive been lucky enough to drive this. It’s a McLaren MP412C and it is built at McLaren’s new factory in leafy Woking, in the British home counties. Now a second car is being made there; the $1.3m P1. The covers came off the P1 at the Geneva motor show. Both cars use the innovative carbon-fibre […]
Imagine the cost of making titanium can be reduced to just one-tenth of the present process. Metalysis, a firm based near Sheffield in England seem to have found a way to do it. This form of Yorkshire alchemy can also be used to make titanium power for additive manufacturing. Story here.
Another example of production returning from China. The Raspberry Pi computer is going to be made in Wales. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e8e65a6a-8d90-11e2-a0fd-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2O7MTI57d
Without carbon-fibre composites flying around the world in a solar-powered aeroplane would not be possible. The Solar Impulse aircraft is a remarkable machine. The next step is a series of flights across America. My story here.