Robots equipped with cameras and magnetic wheels have been produced by European researchers which can look for damage on ships while they are in port and help shipping operators meet safety standards quicker and more easily. Large cargo vessels can carry many different materials from oil to shipping containers of products and must comply with...
A group of Dutch researchers has produced a relatively inexpensive catalyst for use in Fischer-Tropsch reactors, opening up the possibility of a cheaper industrial process to make synthetic fuels from natural gas and biomass. The Fischer-Tropsch process is used for producing fuels from natural gas, biomass or coal. The large reserves of shale gas and...
Oil firms are returning to fields up to 40 years old in the North Sea with expensive 3D seismic surveys and the latest oil recovery technology to extract previously unobtainable extract oil and gas resource. According to the Oil & Gas UK 2013 Activity Survey, overall North Sea oil and gas production has fallen by...
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded £4.2 million to three UK universities to develop ceramic-based composites capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 2700⁰C. Loughborough University’s Department of Materials is partnering with researchers from Imperial College London and Queen Mary University for the research project, which aims to design, manufacture and...
German researchers have concluded that the idea of “seeding” oceans to absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere is too inefficient a process to stop climate change from the ruining the world. The research, published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, analyses the idea of dispersing ground- up olivine into oceans to soak up...