The University’s Green Growth Platform, which supports green businesses to take them to the next level, will later this month unveil the latest technological innovations likely to impact on businesses in the future.
With technology playing an ever-increasing role in the way we live and the way businesses operate, ‘When Sci-Fi Becomes Business Reality’ will be an evening of talks and networking opportunities for green businesses that will demonstrate the opportunities that new technologies can bring to businesses.
Speaker Paul Smith, Global Field Operations Manager for Hyperloop One, will tell the story of the train being developed by Virgin that can travel at up to 760mph and seeks to transform the movement of people and freight. The company aims to have a system operational by 2021.
The train works on electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds – a journey from London to Paris, for instance, would take an estimated 28 minutes compared to the current two hours and two minutes by regular train.
Oenone Scott of Electron, a consultancy specialising in blockchain and e-trading, will share insights into how bitcoin, blockchain and other crypto-currencies work, and how there are real-world applications in the energy sector that could transform the market for balancing the electricity grid.