The European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (euspen) has announced a workshop focused on the role of precision engineering in stimulating innovation in solar, wind, and oceanic renewable energy and energy storage technologies. The workshop will be held October 9-10, 2019 at the University of Strathclyde in the U.K.
Sustainable energy strategies center around cleaner methods of producing energy through the use of solar, wind, and oceanic energy technologies, and energy storage considerations — the cost of which have decreased in recent years due to government support policies and investor confidence as the sustainable energy market expands exponentially.
The role of precision engineering in the sustainable energy sector will stimulate the advancement of various technologies that are needed to gain industrial competitiveness, and this euspen workshop will bring together professionals from academia, industry, and government to share experiences concerning the use of precision engineering principles to help develop new ideas and manufacturing systems to reduce production and ownership costs in sustainable energy solutions.
All new and innovative technologies in these sectors will require the design and manufacture of extremely accurate, robust, and decisive mechanical components. The workshop will look at automated precision production of components and systems ranging from manufacture of solar cells and panels to their installation and maintenance; to ever larger wind turbines on and offshore including in-situ manufacturing of ever larger elements; to energy storage systems from batteries to hydro power systems.
For sustainable wind technology, the specific focus will be on the design and manufacture of actuators, gearing and controls, blades and materials, and towers. The hot topics that will be covered when looking at solar energy will be concentrating solar power (CSP) and photovoltaics, and for oceanic energy wave, tidal, off-shore wind, and automated aquaculture and mineral harvesting will be considered.
Obviously of critical importance when looking at any energy solution is the topic of storage, and so hydro, flywheel, battery, and thermal (including geothermal) storage technologies will also be central to the Workshop.
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