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The floating solar panels could be used in windy conditions. (Image Credit: Saipem)   Norwegian oil group Equinor and Saipem, an Italian oil and gas contractor, have recently signed an agreement to develop a floating solar panel park technological solution for near-coastal applications. Project developments will be based on technology created by Moss Maritine, a subsidiary of Saipem's XSIGHT division that provides engineering services. The goal is to create a modularized system designed fo ...
I thought I'd share a bit of personal experience with designing products for harsh environments. I worked in telecom for several years, designing equipment for last mile applications. We designed central office racks as well as pole mount remote equipment. Telecom industry standards are very stringent and require a lot of safety and environmental protections. I thought I'd share 2 scenarios, one in which I was able to modify a test procedure in order to pass a stress test and another where I tho ...
Inoperable wind turbines could be recycled and be put to use in various ways in the future.   It can be quite challenging to recycle wind turbines, mainly because the blades are made of extremely rugged materials. The blades have been built to withstand all types of weather conditions, from extreme heat to hurricane-force winds, which means the blades will be removed and put into landfills. Every year up until 2022, approximately 3,800 blades are removed in Europe. A Danish start-up, Milj ...
The smelliest fruit, durian, can provide a better alternative for energy storage to fast-charge electronic devices.   Two of the world's smelliest fruits, durian and jackfruit, could be key ingredients when it comes to creating better energy storage for lightning-fast electric charging. Researchers from the University of Sydney have successfully built electrodes for supercapacitors out of durian and jackfruit waste that can smoothly send out energy. This will allow anyone to power their p ...