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Ubiquitous Connectivity One Step Closer Thanks to 5G RuralDorset
After three awards and two world-firsts, one could be forgiven for assuming the 5G RuralDorset project had peaked. The ground-breaking DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and Dorset Council backed initiative has had a fruitful year showing how 5G can make Dorset a better place to live, work and visit. But the seemingly unstoppable team have gone a step further, achieving a UK first by successfully demonstrating Neutral Hosting over 5G with unique cores. This advanced 5G concept has the potential to transform rural and coastal regions. It does so by enabling connectivity in areas where Mobile Network Operators have traditionally been unable to afford to operate.
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Satellite Applications
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Ubiquitous Connectivity One Step Closer Thanks to 5G RuralDorset
After three awards and two world-firsts, one could be forgiven for assuming the 5G RuralDorset project had peaked. The ground-breaking DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and Dorset Council backed initiative has had a fruitful year showing how 5G can make Dorset a better place to live, work and visit. But the seemingly unstoppable team have gone a step further, achieving a UK first by successfully demonstrating Neutral Hosting over 5G with unique cores. This advanced 5G concept has the potential to transform rural and coastal regions. It does so by enabling connectivity in areas where Mobile Network Operators have traditionally been unable to afford to operate.
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High Value Manufacturing
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New Report Released on Bridging the Academic-Industrial Gap
A new report from the UK Manufacturing Forum (UKMF) has been released today setting out five key recommendations to address the barriers to fostering collaboration between academia and industry. Particularly in high growth areas like advanced manufacturing, successful collaboration between universities and industry is key for a country to succeed in a globally competitive and constantly evolving landscape. The Bridging
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Connected Places
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Hydrogen as the future – UAE and UK innovation?
Hydrogen is front and centre of the net zero conversation, with COP26 just having taken place, governments’, industry and citizens alike all trying to understand the take aways around how to be more sustainable and what sort of lifestyle changes we can make to help save the planet and make decisions to reverse the damage done to the climate. Hydrogen is something that is being looked at globally as a sustainable source of energy, although this in itself can be misleading as hydrogen can be produced utilized using fossil fuels and only in October did a startup win the Earthshot prize around producing sustainable hydrogen, AEM Electrolyzer uses technology to turn renewable electricity into emission free hydrogen gas. With many governments looking at ways to utilize hydrogen innovation in their future net zero plans, for transport and energy, this is a topic which can foster some exciting partnerships between countries.
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National Grid and Digital Catapult partner to explore 5G benefits to deliver net zero
National Grid has partnered with Digital Catapult to deliver the UK’s first feasibility report to assess the opportunity for adoption of 5G within the Electricity & Gas Transmission networks. The project – ‘5G Art of the Possible’ – will be the first 5G techno-economic feasibility study on UK energy networks, setting the foundations for potential follow-up trials and rollout of applications into operations that can support the UK’s net zero ambitions. This project aims to investigate the opportunities for 5G in the provision of high-speed and reliable wireless communications, to enable the digitalisation of operational processes and applications. These could range from digital image inspection, and condition and health monitoring of high-value assets, to field force enablement via the provision of improved connectivity and applications for operational staff across National Grid’s network.
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Offshore Renewable Energy
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ORE Catapult appoints aerospace innovator as Technical Director
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK’s leading research and innovation centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, has appointed one of the aerospace industry’s thought leaders, Dr Cristina Garcia-Duffy, as Technical Director and a member of its Executive Management Team. Working with colleagues across the business, she will lead the strategic development of the Catapult’s technical capabilities and new areas of innovation, taking up the role in February 2022.
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Cell and Gene Therapy
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Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and Deep Science Ventures collaborate to create a novel approach to overcoming barriers and boost innovation in the advanced therapy industry
This new collaboration will deliver a powerful and innovative approach, to overcome barriers and form new companies that address current needs within the pioneering area of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs). The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult), an independent innovation and technology organisation with the aim to create powerful collaborations which overcome challenges to the advancement of the ATMP sector, and Deep Science Ventures, a London-based venture creator, are together launching a partnership to generate innovative approaches to address barriers in the ATMP industry, create new companies and deliver better patient outcomes.
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Energy Systems
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13 SMEs chosen for HSBC Climate Innovation Platform
The Climate Innovation Platform (CIP) has welcomed its first cohort of 13 SME’s focussed on driving energy technology innovation. Supported by HSBC UK and delivered by the University of Birmingham in partnership with Energy Systems Catapult, the CIP programme will provide the SME’s with tailored packages of support to drive the commercialisation of innovative energy products and services. Each of the 13 SMEs will have access to: business engagement, acceleration and incubation support; start‐up mentoring; market research reports; funding and investor opportunities; advice on regulations; a dedicated support team as well as incubation space at Tyseley Energy Park.
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