Research and development

Energy, Eniday, Environment, Research and development, Technology

How air conditioning changed the world

Nicholas Newman Eniday September 2017 Keeping cool in the heat of summer has been a challenge since ancient times. In fact, air conditioning in buildings is not a new idea… There are records of ancient Romans making efforts to keep themselves cool in the heat of summer. In fact, the third century Roman Emperor Elagabalus sent […]

Documented Energy, Energy Storage, Research and development, Technology, Wind Power

A new future with hybrid power plants

 Nicholas Newman Documented Energy May 2017 We have probably all read of hybrid cars and buses powered by a combination of petrol or diesel with batteries. The same approach to making electricity is being taken in the operation of hybrid power plants. Such plants often combine renewables, such as solar or […]

Energy, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines, Pipelines Gas Journal, Research and development

New Integrity Solutions Facing The Same Old Problems

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Gas Journal June 2016 The protection of oil, gas and refined product pipelines against natural events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis, as well as human actions including construction excavations,  illegal tapping and terrorist sabotage, is an ongoing concern for operators around the world.  However, in the […]

Britain, Energy, Gas, Innovation, Investment, Research and development

Velocys at the heart of the GTL revolution!

Energy Journalist Nicholas Newman   visited today the team at Velocys’ Didcot laboratories. Velocys specialises in developing small-scale GTL (Gas To Liquids) technology. GTL  is the process used to convert natural gas, shale gas, waste gas or biogas into premium products, such as diesel, jet fuel, waxes and base oils. Velocys’ expertise  is likely […]

coal, Design, Energy, Engineers, Innovation, Nuclear, Oil, Power, Renewables, Research and development, Technology, Wind Power

“Energy Fest” at Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam

Looking for new solutions that face your energy business, then a good place to be on 26 May is the “Energy Fest” at Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam. Here many of the world’s leading innovators involved in the energy sector will be there. These include such trend setters in the […]

Innovation, Research and development, Rigzone

Shell’s GameChanger Program: Turning Frogs into Princes

Nicholas Newman Rigzone March 2016   On a visit to Shell’s Rijswijk Technology Centre at Rijswijk in Amsterdam, Rigzone contributor Nicholas Newman finds out the key ingredients behind the firm’s strong innovation record. Royal Dutch Shell plc established its reputation for ground-breaking innovation with the design and construction of the […]