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4th November 2022
Each week, we scour the worlds of innovation, tech for good and social impact to bring you seven of our top stories…
Project Cassiopeia – a plan to harvest solar energy from space and beam it down to Earth using microwaves – has been announced by Martin Soltau, the co-chairman at Space Energy Initiative (SEI). By collaborating with industry experts and academics, this is something that could be into action as soon as 2035. The project would see satellites placed in a high Earth orbit that, once deployed, would harvest solar energy and beam it back down to Earth. In theory, the solar energy harvested from space has the potential to supply all the world’s energy by 2050!
Drones have become an essential for mountain rescue teams. Now with 21 drones, the Scottish Mountain Rescue teams relies on this technology to save people every month. These drones check terrain, such as cliffs, helping expeditions plot where it is safe to rope down to casualties. Tim Hamlett, leader of Assynt MRT in the north west Highlands, described drones as a game changer in terms of missing person searches.
Staffordshire County Council are using a new method to carry out road repairs by harnessing thermal technology and solar power. The new machinery uses these sustainable sources of power to heat the road surface to over 400 degrees, allowing the crew to easily re-lay the surface and add more bitumen where needed. This method not only reuses existing tarmac, minimising waste in the process, but it also harnesses renewable sources of energy, paving the way for future sustainable infrastructure development.
Researchers from MIT and Brown University have worked together to develop new technology that could enable better control systems for prosthetic limbs. The researchers demonstrated both the accuracy and safety of using magnetic sensors to track muscle length during movements – making it easier for people with amputations to control prosthetic limbs. The production of this new technology could help to improve the control and efficacy of bionic limbs for people who have lost limbs.