Month: June 2023

Lidar and thermal imaging fitted to Northern trains to detect track problems

The trains, which would still operate public services, will travel the network and feed information about the track and surrounding infrastructure to Network Rail. Horizon-scanning lidar cameras, thermal-imaging software and HD CCTV footage will be used to record infrastructure defects, environmental factors and maintenance issues. Once the train is stationary…
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Thermal Energy Storage Is No Longer Just Hot Air

Next year, the town of Colchester, England, will transplant four roughly 6-meter shipping containers onto the site of a new mixed-use development. The shipping containers, which house a Frankenstein-like assortment of machine parts—motors repurposed from Volvo truck engines, giant tanks of compressed air, huge silos of piping hot sand—are produced…
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