The family car of the future will no doubt be electric, but more challenging are heavy vehicles, which account for around 30 percent of transport emissions. Digital hydraulics offer a solution, says Niall Caldwell from Artemis Intelligent Power.
Battery-driven diggers may sound appealing, but in reality the energy requirements of off-road machinery make electric power very limited in practice. However a new breed of digital hydraulic pumps is set to transform the sector.
Scotland’s island groups – the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland – are some of the windiest places not just in Europe, but in the world. Now plans to connect them to the GB electricity grid could spark a £2.5 billion British investment boom.
Yet again EDF has called into question the financial viability of the proposed Hinkley Point C power station. However most commentators fail to mention the true cost of the new nuclear power plant which will fall directly on the UK taxpayer.