The loss of 17,000 jobs at Nokia Siemens Networks and $400m worth of growth in mobile applications dominate the figures this month.
Airbus has completed the first flight of ‘Sharklet’ wing-tip devices on the company’s A320 development aircraft. Sharklets are around 2.5m tall and will be offered as an option on new-build A320s. They are designed to reduce fuel burn by up to an additional 3.5 per cent, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700t per aircraft, and will also enhance the aircraft’s performance.
By 2015, 70 per cent of all new vehicles manufactured will feature Start-Stop technology, predicts Johnson Controls, which is the world’s largest supplier of lead acid batteries through its Optima and Varta brands. The company has just introduced a Wi-Fi diagnostic tool to help technicians in independent workshops to service these vehicles.
Start-Stop, whereby the engine switches off when the vehicle comes to a halt and restarts when the accelerator is pressed, requires a special battery linked to the on-board electronics via a battery management system or intelligent battery sensor.
Marine energy could satisfy up to 15 per cent of EU energy demand by 2050, according to a position paper produced by the European Ocean Energy Association in collaboration with a new Member States Ocean Energy Interest Group.
The report, which calls for funding and support for the industry from the EU Commission, is backed by the UK, Denmark, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal and Spain, as well as Belgium and the Netherlands, which have research and supply chain interests
The sports and health mobile application market will grow to over $400m in 2016 – up from just $120m in 2010, according to an ABI Research report, ‘Mobile Devices and mHealth’.
Applications on mobile handsets will become increasingly important in healthcare for personal or remote monitoring, says ABI, but sports and fitness will dominate the market, driven by the ability of handsets to connect easily to wearable devices.
Nokia Siemens Networks intends to shed 17,000 jobs by 2013, as part of a programme to cut costs and improve profitability. The company is restructuring its business to focus on mobile network infrastructure and services, with a particular emphasis on mobile broadband, and says its commitment to research and development remains unchanged.
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has launched a £20m carbon capture test programme in Yorkshire.
The CCPilot 100+ project will use amine scrubbing technology to extract up to 100t of CO2 a day from a flue gas stream corresponding to 5MW of electric power generation at Scottish and Southern Energy’s Ferrybridge coal-fired power station. The plant bridges the gap between pilot-scale trials and future commercial demonstrations.
More than 20 British-based suppliers have provided equipment for the project.
Fifty-four Chinese high-speed trains that were pulled out of service for safety checks in August were due to be back on the Beijing-Shanghai line by 12 December. State-owned train maker China CNR Corp recalled the trains for modifications in the aftermath of a crash that killed 40 people, citing defects in outsourced components.