Author: John Lincoln

UK photovoltaic capacity hits 13GigaWatts exceeding power generation from coal fired power stations.

Latest government statistics on photovoltaic installations shows PV capacity in the UK exceeded 13GW in November 2018 from over 972,000 installations. November also saw the highest number of new installations in the month since September 2016. UK PV power generation capacity now exceeds that available from coal fired power stations in the UK and is…

UK Photonics in Horizon 2020

In a report released recently by the European Technology Platform Photonics 21, the UK received the second highest funding from the European Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program in projects related to photonics. 494 organisations received 240M€ to carry out market focused research and innovation. At least 50% of participants of photonics related projects under…

Summer Placements 2019

If you are interested in improving your recruitment pipeline consider hosting a Physics student for a workplace placement in 2019.  The South East Physics Network are now seeking placement projects for Summer2019 for both undergraduate and PhD physicist.  Any organisation interested in recruiting physics graduates can submit and register a project. With student demand normally…

Photonics innovation big winners in Defence Growth Partnership

Light and laser based solutions for situational awareness were significant winners in the MOD and Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge announced by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew at the Institute of Engineering and Technology on 12 November 2018. QinetiQ’s Software Defined Multifunction LIDAR (laser radar) system will provide a range of capabilities including 3D imaging,…

Photonics and the 2018 budget

Whilst the 2018 UK budget may not include any specific or direct support for photonics, there were significant announcements for industries heavily dependent on photonics including: £121m for Made Smarter supporting digital manufacturing £315m for the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support greater energy efficiency in manufacturing Both ‘made smarter’ and ‘energy transformation’ should open new pathways…