Innovation of the Week

Hot Topic! Robotic Firefighting Systems That Can Assist (Or Even Replace) Firefighters In The Most Hostile Environments.

Robot firefighting systems for the most hostile environments.
Milrem Robotics and InnoVfoam are developing robot firefighting systems to assist or even replace firefighters in the most hostile environments. The jointly developed firefighting solutions combine Milrem Robotics’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) Multiscope Rescue and InnoVfoams various firefighting systems, specifically foam proportioning systems and fire monitors. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Mobile Robots, Autonomous Vehicles, and Drones in Logistics, Warehousing, and Delivery 2020-2040. The firefighting robots are remotely operated by firefighters who remain at a safe distance while receiving a complete overview of the operation area via various cameras, i.e. thermal and infrared, and sensors onboard the… Read More »

What We’ve Learned About Boeing’s Scary and Game-Changing Loyal Wingman Fighter Jet Drones

Everything We Learned From Boeing About Its Potentially Game-Changing Loyal Wingman Drone

In what is a massive milestone for Boeing and potentially for unmanned aerial combat systems as a whole, the company officially rolled out the first of three pre-production unmanned teaming aircraft, which is the central component of a total system called the Airpower Teaming System, or ATS for short. The War Zone was part of a small roundtable of journalists that talked with two of the minds behind ATS ahead of the official unveiling and we learned a lot about this potentially game-changing system, to say the least.

ATS is designed to work with manned aerial assets in the ‘loyal … Read More »

New Scavenger Technology Launched That Allows Unique Robots to ‘Eat’ Metal To Create Sustainable Energy

New Scavenger Technology Allows Robots to ‘Eat’ Metal for Energy

When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. Batteries store energy internally, but are therefore heavy and have a limited supply. Harvesters, such as solar panels, collect energy from their environments. This gets around some of the downsides of batteries but introduces new ones, in that they can only operate in certain conditions and can’t turn that energy into useful power very quickly.

New research from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is bridging the gap between these two fundamental technologies for the first time in the form of… Read More »

New Dredging Innovation Launched by Royal IHC – the IHC Otter

Dutch dredging machinery manufacturer Royal IHC has just announced that they are extending their dredging product family with new compact dredger, the IHC Otter.

The IHC Otter is a range of compact dredgers as platform for deploying the well-known IHC TT-Pump, which provide customers with a compact, cost-effective solution to dredge slurry for smaller dredging projects.  The IHC Otter is mainly used to dredge silt, medium sand and gravel. It combines the advantages of the IHC TT-Pump unit into a single dredging solution.

FIT FOR PURPOSE

The design is based on the principles of production maximisation and reliability, and its … Read More »

Satellite Image Technology Is Being Used To Find And Solve Potholes On Roads In Blackburn

Sometimes they can make motorists feel like they’re driving on the rocky surface of the moon.

But the pothole crisis has been solved for one council – by spotting them from space.

Blackpool Council says it is the first in the UK to use satellite image capturing to identify craters in the roads in seconds.

The high-tech scheme has so far filled 5,145 potholes and saved the council £1million in repair and manpower costs.

The technology detects the damage before using a colour-coding system to inform engineers what action to take.

Councillor Fred Jackson said: ‘Project Amber and the use … Read More »

How this New Innovative Material Could Help Solve Bushfires Like In Australia and The Amazon Rainforest

Professor Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, has developed the crystalline material after decades of research Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
After the hottest and driest year on record, Australia faced a bushfire crisis in late 2019 that burned approximately 25 million acres of land across the country.

Dozens of people died and millions of animals perished due to the blazes, the extreme drought and the searing temperatures.

Australia’s bushfire tragedy and countless other incidents of drought around the world mean that innovations in water technology are all the more precious and timely.

That’s why recent findings at the University of Limerick, in mid-western Ireland, are showing some promising applications to solving potential global water and bushfire crises.

After ten years … Read More »

The UK Launches The World’s First ‘Human Detector’ To Protect Homeless People Sleeping In Bins From Harm

A waste management company has developed a device to help protect homeless people who seek shelter inside industrial bins from harm.
A waste management company has developed a device to help protect homeless people who seek shelter inside industrial bins from harm. As temperatures drop across the country, waste containers become increasingly important refuges for rough sleepers, of which there are currently 320,000 in the UK, according to the latest research by Shelter. While finding people sleeping inside bins is rare, the rise in homelessness means that it is becoming an increasingly common situation. Over the last 10 years, the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum states that 20 people have died after being accidentally thrown into trucks by rubbish… Read More »

The New Unexpected Uses For Irish Whiskey In The Production High-Quality Graphene Material

In an unlikely marriage of science, researchers have found a way to produce high-quality graphene using Irish whiskey.

You would think a team of researchers turning to drink would mean bad news for science, but in fact it is leading to some exciting developments in the field of materials science. Researchers from the SFI Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) centre at Trinity College Dublin have revealed a new way to produce graphene using Irish whiskey.

One increasingly popular method of producing the atom-thick, highly conductive ‘wonder material’ is liquid-phase exfoliation (LPE). Deemed to one of the most efficient and … Read More »

How About Getting Pure Water And Electricity From This New Solar Panel Device?

Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have invented a device that can produce solar electricity while simultaneously purifying water.

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, Professor Peng Wang explains how the device can distil potable water without compromising electricity generation performance. It does this by using the waste heat from a photovoltaic (PV) panel as energy for the water distillation process – typically, up to 90% of the energy generated is thermal waste.

According to the team, the water production rate of the unit is three times higher than that of a conventional solar … Read More »