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WORLD OF TEST


BREAKTHROUGH STUDY INTO RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL


Safely decommissioning the legacy of radioactively contaminated facilities from nuclear energy andweapons production is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century. Current estimates suggest clean- up of the UK’s nuclear legacywill cost around £117bn and take decades to complete. Now, a group of scientists


fromthe University of Manchester, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the UK’s synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source (DLS), has completed research into radioactively contaminated material to gain further understanding around the issue, crucial for the safe andmore efficient completion of future


decommissioning projects. The teamidentified a concrete


core taken fromthe structure of a nuclear fuel cooling pond contaminatedwith radioactive isotopes of caesiumand strontium, located at the former Hunterston A,Magnox nuclear power station in Ayrshire, south- west Scotland. The core,which was coated and painted,was taken to the DLS synchrotron for further analysis. By identifying the specific


location of the radioactive isotopes, the researchmakes future investigation easier and could potentially lead tomore efficient decontamination, savingmillions of pounds by reducing the volume of our radioactivewaste.


 Specific location of Isotopes could save millions of pounds


TECHRULES GEARS UP FOR GENEVA 2017 UNVEILING


Techrules, the Beijing automotive research and development company,will present the final design of its first production car on 7March 2017 at the 87th GenevaMotor Show. The design of the Techrules GT96 supercar is being undertaken byworld- renowned automotive designers Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro. Chief TechnicalOfficerMatthew


Jin said: “We have beenworking tirelesslywith theGiugiaro team on the design of theGT96 for manymonths.Our dreamof seeing turbine-recharging electric vehicles on the roads is getting closer to reality.”


The GT96 promises blistering


 Techrules’ TREV system promises


blistering performance Fabrizio Giugiaro commented:


“The Techrules GT96 is the flagbearer for a truly revolutionary electric vehicle technology, andwe reflect this innovation in the production car’s design. Not only does the car feature unique and bold styling attributes tomake an


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immediate impression, but it is also extremely versatile, enabling different configurations for road, track and race, for example. The design spearheads distinctive Techrules styling characteristics thatwill in the future be seen across a family ofmodels.”


performance thanks to Techrules’ innovative, proprietary turbine-recharging electric vehicle (TREV) powertrain. Engineering and production


partner, LMGianetti,will begin production of up to 25 cars a year in late 2017 at its facility in Turin, Italy. Initial outputwill be a track


variant, before a fully homologated road version, as well as other cars inmore conventional vehicle segments, followover the next fewyears, with the TREV systemconfigured for optimal efficiency.


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