In the news this month are 400,000 hybrid cars from Toyota and 126 fighter jets due in India from France.
The future of the last flying Avro Vulcan is in doubt. The charity that operates the historic aircraft needs at least £100,000 by the end of February or it will run out of funds, forcing it to cancel vital repairs and put staff on notice.
If the money can be raised the Vulcan to the Sky Trust would then need a further £200,000 to keep winter service work on schedule and see it through to the display season, when commercial income will increase dramatically. 2012 is not only the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II but also of the Vulcan aircraft type, which first flew on 30 August 1952.
The Trust is appealing for corporate and private donations. If it fails it will spend its final weeks putting the aircraft into a state of protective hibernation from which it might be too expensive to recover.
Ofcom expects to assign up to 20,000 wireless frequencies for use during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, more than double the number usually assigned in a year.Demand will be fuelled by broadcasters’ increasing use of wireless cameras and wireless microphones.
There will also be extensive use of walkie-talkies by the organisers, talkback systems for broadcasters, wireless location, timing and scoring systems and wireless sports commentary systems within the venues.
India has chosen France’s Dassault Aviation as the preferred bidder to supply 126 fighter jets for its air force. The decision to begin exclusive talks on the purchase of the Rafale aircraft is a blow for backers of the rival Eurofighter Typhoon: the UK’s BAE Systems, EADS in Germany and Spain and Italy’s Finmeccanica.
In 2011, 9,616 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in the EU, representing 21.4 per cent of new power capacity, according to the European Wind Energy Association. EWEA says wind can now supply 6.3 per cent of the EU’s electricity.
Growth in onshore installations in Germany and Sweden, and offshore in the UK – together with strong performances from some emerging onshore markets such as Romania – offset a drop in installations in mature markets such as France and Spain.
Both fuel oil and nuclear capacity fell last year, with more decommissioned than installed.
The European Space Agency has ordered a further eight Galileo navigation satellites from OHB System and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
The SSTL-OHB partnership is already building 14 satellites for the Galileo programme. OHB will be responsible for the satellite platforms and overall integration, while SSTL will build the navigation payloads.
Toyota has delivered its 400,000th hybrid car in Europe, a British-built Auris from its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire.
The Auris hybrid has been manufactured at Burnaston since 2010 and has helped build the popularity of hybrids with European customers, together with three generations of Prius. Ten per cent of Toyota Motor sales in Europe were hybrid vehicles last year. To date the company has sold more than 3.5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide.