Best IoT use cases, Wind turbine recycling, Designer, user, maker, Cow burps and the VCIM code

You know the drill by now. Every Friday we talk about and share the energy, manufacturing, technology and sustainability stories that have gained our attention through the week. This week's is eclectic, we have IIoT, Wind Turbine recycling, Design Museums and erm...cow burps.
Hark Friday Five

10 best IoT Industry 4.0 use cases for manufacturing

We’re big advocates of this piece by Darren Wall on IoT Tech News. Darren covers the top 10 use cases for IoT to enable Industry 4.0 in manufacturing. Covering things from Big Data and the pressure that this reduces on organisations collecting valuable insight, to Industrial IoT and the power that connected machines can give assembly or production lines, and closing with the opportunity that Augmented Reality can give ‘boots on the ground’ insight that otherwise wouldn’t be to hand.

1. Big Data and Analytics

2. Autonomous Robotics

3. Simulations and Digital Twins

4. Horizontal and Vertical System Integration

5. Industrial IoT (IIoT)

6. Cyber Security Technology

7. The Cloud

8. Additive Manufacturing (AM)

9. Artificial Intelligence and Manufacturing

10. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Where do Wind Turbines go When They Die?

We love the sound of this project – A new partnership aims to create playparks, bus shelters and bike racks in Scotland using old wind turbine blades.

The project is a partnership between renewable energy generator Fred. Olsen Renewables and wind turbine decommissioning service ReBlade.

Photo via Energy Live News

Recycling and repurposing is something that everyone should and can get behind, we can’t think of many examples on this scale, you can read more on the Energy Live News website.

Designer, User, Maker

Designer, User, Maker is a free exhibition looking at the development of modern design. The display features a broad range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering to the digital world, fashion and graphics. Last week our Lead Designer, Abbie, headed to the exhibit and here are her favourite displays:

The Internet of Things

This board explains IoT in a simplified physical diagram and relevance of what it can do and connected things can make life easier (see image below).

The Evolution of Technology

This board discusses the evolution of tech and hardware and taking advantages of new technologies, flexible ways of living and working through tech (see image below). It’s such a good point to note here; as consumers we often forget the impact that technological advancements in manufacturing have on the ability to iterate on the technology products we love so much. Faster, better, stronger, cheaper.

New Zealand Cow Burp Tax

Greater than 80% of New Zealand’s methane emissions come from animal stomachs, and if you’re not aware methane is a potent accelerant of global warming. Plans have been unveiled in New Zealand to tax farmers for the burps from their cows and sheep in order to try and get a handle on one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases.

That’s not a sentence we thought we’d be typing this week. You can read more about it over on Sky News.

The new code to stop Greenwashing

Carbon offsetting has been referred to by some as the wild west. In an effort to stop that opinion and the subsequent labelling of greenwashing, brands including Unilever and Google have agreed to sign up to the trial of a new code of practice designed to stop poor and inaccurate claims of sustainability.

The Provisional Claims Code of Practice comes from the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) which was established in July 2021.

The Code covers all of the VCMI’s ten principles for corporate climate action, which are:

  • Science-based action (ensuring compatibility with a 1.5C world)
  • Comprehensive action (covering all relevant emissions scopes to the appropriate extent)
  • Equity-oriented action (maximising social benefits, avoiding unintended negative consequences)
  • Nature-positive action (addressing the nature crisis as well as the climate crisis)
  • Rapid action
  • Scaled-up action
  • Transparent Action
  • Action that enables the delivery of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement
  • Consistent action
  • Collective and predictable action

That wraps up our Friday 5 for this week but as always if you’ve seen something we’ve missed then please get in touch on here or on our social channels.

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