PACE https://pacetoday.com.au Process & Control Engineering Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:21:45 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 https://pacetoday.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/prime-creative-media-50x50.png PACE https://pacetoday.com.au 32 32 Engineering of a quantum computer set to start https://pacetoday.com.au/engineering-quantum-computer-set-start/ https://pacetoday.com.au/engineering-quantum-computer-set-start/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:06:00 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44908 A research initiative is setting Sweden on course to a global top position in quantum technology. The focus is on developing a quantum computer with much greater computing power than the best supercomputers of today. The initiative is headed up by Professor Per Delsing at Chalmers University of Technology. The progress of research in quantum … Continue reading Engineering of a quantum computer set to start

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A research initiative is setting Sweden on course to a global top position in quantum technology. The focus is on developing a quantum computer with much greater computing power than the best supercomputers of today.

The initiative is headed up by Professor Per Delsing at Chalmers University of Technology.

The progress of research in quantum technology in recent years has brought the world to the brink of a new technology revolution – the second quantum revolution. Researchers have learnt to control individual quantum systems such as individual atoms, electrons and particles of light, which is opening the door to completely new possibilities. Extremely rapid computers, intercept-proof communications and hyper-sensitive measurement methods are in sight.

The Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology is now being launched under the leadership of Chalmers University of Technology to contribute to, and implement the second quantum revolution.

Some 50 researchers are to be recruited under the decade-long research programme which begins in January 2018.

The programme’s focus project centres on the engineering of a quantum computer based on superconducting circuits. The smallest building block of the quantum computer – the qubit – is based on principles which are entirely different from those of today’s computers, thus enabling the quantum computer to process vast quantities of data using relatively few qubits.
“Our goal is to have a functioning quantum computer with at least a hundred qubits. Such a computer has far greater computing power than the best supercomputers of today and can be used, for example, to solve optimisation problems, advanced machine learning, and heavy calculations of the properties of molecules,” says Per Desling, Professor of Quantum Device Physics at Chalmers University of Technology and the initiative’s programme director.

There is a great deal of interest in quantum technology throughout the world. Major investments are being made in the USA, Canada, Japan and China and the EU is launching a Quantum Technology Flagship in 2019. Companies such as Google and IBM are also investing in quantum computers and, like Chalmers, have chosen to base them on superconducting circuits. Policy-makers and business managers are starting to realise that quantum technology has the potential to change our society significantly, through improved artificial intelligence, secure encryption and more efficient design of medicines and materials.

“If Sweden is to continue to be a leading nation we need to be at the forefront in these fields. By focusing on the long-term expansion of expertise and by attracting the best young researchers we can put Sweden on the quantum technology map in the long term. There are no shortcuts. By investing in basic research we can ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place so that over time other players and companies can take over and develop applications and new technologies,” says Peter Wallenberg Jr, chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

In addition to the focus project the research programme includes a national excellence initiative with the aim of carrying out research and building up expertise in the four sub-areas of quantum technology: quantum computers, quantum simulators, quantum communication and quantum sensors. Chalmers University of Technology is coordinating the first two sub-areas. The expansion of expertise in quantum communication is headed up by Professor Gunnar Björk at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Professor Stefan Kröll at Lund University is coordinating the quantum sensor field.

Chalmers researchers have been working on superconducting qubits for almost 20 years and have made many contributions to enhance knowledge in the field, including publications in Nature and Science. They were among the first in the world to create a superconducting qubit, and have explored a completely new area of physics through wide-ranging experiments on individual qubits.”

“I am pleased that our quantum physics researchers, along with colleagues in the rest of Sweden, will have this opportunity to focus on a specific and important goal in a way that all of Sweden can benefit from the knowledge acquired. I would also like to extend my warmest thanks to the Wallenberg Foundation for its deep commitment and long-term support,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers.

 

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Bosch wins design award for Sigpack VPF https://pacetoday.com.au/bosch-wins-design-award-sigpack-vpf/ https://pacetoday.com.au/bosch-wins-design-award-sigpack-vpf/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:46:34 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44905 The Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine from Bosch, has been honoured with the German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Product Design category. The German Design Council presents the prestigious award on an annual basis. The German Design Award is the second prestigious accolade for the … Continue reading Bosch wins design award for Sigpack VPF

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The Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine from Bosch, has been honoured with the German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Product Design category.

The German Design Council presents the prestigious award on an annual basis. The German Design Award is the second prestigious accolade for the Sigpack VPF following the German Packaging Award in 2016.

The Sigpack VPF represents a concept for the filling of flat pouches with powder products such as sugar. The equipment is said to break new ground in terms of flexibility. Manufacturers from the food and pharma industries will be able to scale production from two to 12 lines and/or to change pouch sizes quickly in order to meet current market demand. A further benefit of the Sigpack VPF is its innovative dosing system, whereby each line has its own dosing chamber and its own stock of product. This means for example two products can be filled on the same machine at the same time.

The German Design Council is one of the world’s leading competence centers for communication and brand management in the field of design. The organization presents the German Design Award on an annual basis. A high-profile, international jury honours innovative products, projects, their producers and their designers

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Solar cells integrated into canvas https://pacetoday.com.au/solar-cells-integrated-canvas/ https://pacetoday.com.au/solar-cells-integrated-canvas/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:01:26 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44902 Norwegian company Tarpon Solar AS, together with Midsummer AB, has developed a canvas in which solar cells have been laminated into the screen in a very innovative manner. For this solution, they have now won the 1st place in the Technology and Innovation Competition MTI Technology Award. “Each cloth is made for the purpose it will … Continue reading Solar cells integrated into canvas

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Norwegian company Tarpon Solar AS, together with Midsummer AB, has developed a canvas in which solar cells have been laminated into the screen in a very innovative manner. For this solution, they have now won the 1st place in the Technology and Innovation Competition MTI Technology Award.

“Each cloth is made for the purpose it will be used for, so the amount of fabric and type of fibre and layer vary. The solar cells are integrated in the production itself and become part of the material”, said Marius Borg-Heggedal, Technical Manager at Tarpon Solar AS.

Tarpon Solar develops canvases for large outdoor structures such as sun shading, stages and much more. The company has now designed a laminated fabric with stable, static structures that do not extend and realised that this material has the properties needed to integrate with Midsummer’s thin film solar cells.

“We obviously see great potential with this solution. Being able to produce renewable energy in a canvas opens up for so many different applications around the world”, said Mattias Dahlberg, Project Manager at Midsummer AB.

Tarpon Solar uses Midsummer’s thin film solar cells, as they are light enough, flexible and robust for the purpose. They produce about 120 watts per square meter. With the technology used, very light canvases are produced. With integrated solar cells, the weight becomes almost the same as with conventional PVC material and the canvas is also stronger and more durable.

Midsummer is a leading developer and supplier of advanced solar energy solutions for the production and installation of flexible solar panels and also a leading Swedish growth and export company. Midsummer has often been named one of Sweden’s and Europe’s fastest growing technology companies.

MTI Technology Award is a competition for new and established companies with a business concept in technology.

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RFID antenna with 200mm range and diagnostic LED https://pacetoday.com.au/rfid-antenna-200mm-range-diagnostic-led/ https://pacetoday.com.au/rfid-antenna-200mm-range-diagnostic-led/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:45:19 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44892 A multitude of applications with long ranges. Just released from ifm efector, the ANT600 RFID antenna operates in the 13.56 MHz range with extended 200mm sensing range. Diagnostic and display LED’s along with adjustable transmitting power ensure easy set up and optimisation. Connectivity to Ethernet IP, Profinet, EtherCAT, Profibus or Ethernet TCP/IP is facilitated using … Continue reading RFID antenna with 200mm range and diagnostic LED

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A multitude of applications with long ranges.

Just released from ifm efector, the ANT600 RFID antenna operates in the 13.56 MHz range with extended 200mm sensing range. Diagnostic and display LED’s along with adjustable transmitting power ensure easy set up and optimisation.

Connectivity to Ethernet IP, Profinet, EtherCAT, Profibus or Ethernet TCP/IP is facilitated using the DTE10x compact evaluation unit. The DTE10x is a robust IP67 module designed for harsh industrial environments, with the facility to connect up to four RFID antennae via M12 connectors. Optionally, unused ports can also be used for the control of outputs or the monitoring of digital input signals.

The ANT600 is ideally suited to many applications due to its long read / write distances.  Typical applications include product tracking in the production process where the ANT600 may be used for storing production data or quality parameters on the ID tags. In material logistics, the RFID system can easily determine whether the material and quantity of material match the production order.  In plant control, product-specific machine parameters can be read from the ID tag attached to the product.

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Lincoln Gap wind farm progresses https://pacetoday.com.au/lincoln-gap-wind-farm-first-stage-almost-complete/ https://pacetoday.com.au/lincoln-gap-wind-farm-first-stage-almost-complete/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:17:29 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44885 Nexif Energy, an independent power producer in Australia and Southeast Asia, has announced that it has reached financial close for the first stage of the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in Australia. Located near Port Augusta in South Australia, the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm project’s 126 megawatts (MW) first stage involves the construction and operation of … Continue reading Lincoln Gap wind farm progresses

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Nexif Energy, an independent power producer in Australia and Southeast Asia, has announced that it has reached financial close for the first stage of the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in Australia.

Located near Port Augusta in South Australia, the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm project’s 126 megawatts (MW) first stage involves the construction and operation of 36 wind turbines, supported by innovative offtake contracts with Snowy Hydro and ERM Power. The full project, a 59-wind turbine farm, will produce 212MW, which is enough electricity to power approximately 155,000 homes. The project will feed into the State’s electricity grid via the ElectraNet transmission network.

The project also includes installation of a utility scale battery system of 10MW, with potential expansion capability to utilize battery technology advancements. This will be one of Australia’s largest private sector-initiated and owned grid battery systems not underwritten by a government contract or funded by government grants.

“As a new, independent participant to the Australian market, we are excited to implement an innovative contracting strategy that will not only provide renewable power to thousands of Australian homes but also optimise the use of grid-scale battery storage on a commercial basis,” said Matthew Bartley, a Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Nexif Energy. “We value the support of all project stakeholders who have worked with us along the way to achieve this important milestone.”

Lincoln Gap will be constructed under the terms of a turnkey contract with Senvion Australia and is expected to begin operation in Q1 2019. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will act as financier, lending up to A$150M (US$115M) for construction of the first stage of the wind farm and Investec has provided facilities totalling A$39M (US$30M) for working capital and letters of credit.

“We are committed to becoming a leading regional independent power generation company and are striving to achieve this by briskly executing on our active projects in Australia, Vietnam and other markets such as Thailand, Bangladesh and the Philippines,” added Surender Singh, a Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Nexif Energy. “We are also seeking additional large-scale investment opportunities in Asia-Pacific as we continue to look toward the future.”

Nexif Energy was formed in 2015 by independent power management company Nexif and global private equity firm Denham Capital. Nexif Energy’s equity commitment for Lincoln Gap represents its largest investment to date.

“This is another landmark project for Nexif Energy and builds upon prior Denham investments in Australia. We are excited to continue expanding Denham’s international power investment footprint across the Australian and Southeast Asian markets with the Nexif Energy platform,” said Denham Capital Director Saurabh Anand. “The region presents significant growth opportunities and we look forward to investing in more projects in the near future alongside Surender, Matthew and their team.”

 

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