Author Archives: Joao Delgado

About Joao Delgado

Joao is a Research Fellow in Futures Research and leads on medium-large scale futures projects at CERF. Amongst other projects, he has led the development of scenarios for the future of river basin management for the Environment Agency. His professional interests include veterinary science, epidemiology, risk and systems thinking.

Towers to convert sound into energy

In urban environments noise pollution presents a considerable hazard to inhabitants. At the recent Skyscraper Competition the company eVolo presented a novel design that takes advantage of excess noise pollution by converting sound waves into energy. Dubbed the Soundscraper, the … Continue reading

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Robotic bees

Researchers from Northeastern University are working to develop robotic bees. Steps have been taken to develop both the hardware for miniature flying robots (e.g. microchips, fuels cells and transmitters), and the software to simultaneously manage large numbers of robotic bees. … Continue reading

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Data mining: a tool for social initiatives

The 2012 US presidential campaign provided a platform for the development of new voter interaction tools. The Obama campaign personnel developed two projects, Narwhal and Dreamcatcher, to capitalise on interaction with voters. The technologies mobilised the voting base and used … Continue reading

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All-carbon solar cell built by Stanford scientists

Stanford University scientists have built the first ever carbon-only solar cell which may be a promising lower cost (and high performance) alternative to current photovoltaic energy devices. Existing solar cells often rely on multi-step processing and rare metals such as … Continue reading

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An international approach for data centres

Approximately 30 million kW of electricity is used by data centres across the world, around the same as 30 nuclear power plants. The power demand in data centres (per rack) is growing very quickly for the UK and other developed … Continue reading

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News: River eco-systems could be improved with new Cranfield research

A new remote-controlled ‘boat’ being developed at Cranfield University for the Environment Agency could assist in the recovery of fish populations in UK rivers, by improving migration routes and access to vital food and breeding grounds. The surveying device, or … Continue reading

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Commercialisation of synthetic fuel made from air and water

Air Fuel Synthesis, an English company, has begun producing gasoline (petrol) from air and water. The company’s process combines carbon dioxide and hydrogen to create synthetic gasoline. Electrolysis is used to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen and carbon capture … Continue reading

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