Scientists develop robot inspectors for offshore wind farms

Scientists have developed fully autonomous robots which are able to inspect wind farms for damage. Unlike many drones, these do not require a human operator and can assess the integrity of offshore wind turbines. Those behind the devices believe they could help prevent technicians having to undergo the “dangerous and expensive” process of abseiling down…

Urban wind turbine inventors scoop James Dyson Award

Young inventors from Lancaster University have won the international James Dyson Award for their innovative urban turbine which generates energy from multidirectional winds. Wind is unpredictable when passing through tall buildings in cities, making it tricky to generate renewable energy in the same way wind farms can in the country. Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani…

Living in the smart city – solar powered pavements and roads that can charge electric cars

  From big data gathering information about pollution, water use and traffic through to smart roads capable of managing autonomous vehicles and charging electric vehicles, Fast Future's Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells and Alexandra Whittington look at what the future has in store for the smart city In the coming decades, the planet’s most heavily concentrated…