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Technology and Innovation Political Roundup - 16 November

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

UK government commissions space solar power stations research – Press release


‘The UK government has commissioned research into space-based solar power (SBSP) systems that would use very large solar power satellites to collect solar energy, convert it into high-frequency radio waves, and safely beam it back to ground-based receivers connected to the electrical power grid. It is an idea first conjured by science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov in 1941, now being studied by several nations because the lightweight solar panels and wireless power transmission technology is advancing rapidly.’ Read more.

The world’s first space telescope which will look at how exoplanet atmospheres form and evolve has the go ahead from the European Space Agency. The Ariel telescope will chart the chemistry and environment of around 1000 planets in our own solar system and go on to detect signs of water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane and more in the planets’ atmospheres.

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme has been recognised with a GEO Sustainable Development Goals Award for its investment initiative to further research into earth observation and satellite technologies.

Government sets clear ambition to support green jobs, launching new Green Jobs Taskforce to set the direction for the job market as we transition to a high-skill, low carbon economy.

Industries will be helped to tackle waste, boost recycling and build back greener from coronavirus through funding for 5 state-of-the-art research centres.

Magnox supply chain engagement

Ongoing ‘ideas2input’ sessions focusing on programme and project delivery, waste management, dismantling/demolition.

Why no products for older people? – Innovate UK blog

Examines the manufacture and promotion of new products and services for the over-40s, exploring reasons why innovation often bypasses older age groups. Read more.

Coronavirus: Returning to work – Research Briefing

This Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses issues relating to returning to work. It provides an overview of relevant health and safety law and a discussion of Government guidance on working safely in the context of Covid-19. It also includes a discussion of the positions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Download.

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