Electronics Design Engineer
Would suit a recent graduate.
AML is currently recruiting for a dynamic and motivated Electronics Design Engineer to join the design team in Arundel, developing next generation sensors and control systems. An interest in software application development would also be useful.
- Electronics design from concept through to production working from a design brief supplied by the senior design engineer.
- Schematic capture, simulation, PCB layout
- Embedded software development
- Windows application development (or a willingness to learn)
- Design validation and testing
- EMC and safety testing
- Production of high quality, consistent design documentation and artefacts
Ideal Qualifications, skills & experience
- A degree in Electronics Engineering or a related discipline, with strong A Level results
- Embedded firmware development in C (experience in PIC and ARM Cortex processors ideal)
- Windows PC software development in C#/.net or C++
- Schematic capture and PCB layout (Proteus preferred)
- Modelling and simulation using tools such as MATLAB
- Subversion: Document management
- Self-motivated and self-managed, well organised with strong problem solving, analytical & administrative skills
- Fluent English language skills
The successful applicant will be confident and capable of working under pressure and on multiple tasks simultaneously to achieve results. They will have a positive and resilient attitude, being able to work both on their own initiative and as part of a wider team. The successful applicant will be capable of communicating effectively across all levels and disciplines, both internally and externally. They will have strong influencing skills and be able to project a clear sense of purpose, with the ability to identify and prioritise activities being essential.
Salary £25,000 - £27,000 per annum
Reuterweg 51 - 53
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Trading Name: Arun Microelectronics Limited
Address: Fitzalan Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9JS
Telephone: +44 (0) 1903 884141
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What is the Future of Nuclear Power?
Despite countries such as Germany phasing out their nuclear power programme, the use of nuclear power worldwide is growing faster than ever. China is currently building 27 new reactors and plans to build 200 more, to meet the rapidly growing demand for electricity, which is expected to triple by 2050.
In the UK, we face similar challenges, as well as a demanding carbon reduction target set by the European Union. Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Andrea Leadsome, recently made it clear that the Government is supporting new nuclear power initiatives such as the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant and the development of Small Modular Reactors. Objection is still strong, however, and cost is a major factor so ongoing experimentation is essential.
Hinkley Point has been earmarked as the location for a new nuclear power plant proposed by French electric utility company, EDF. EDF has stated that, “the next generation of nuclear power stations are intended to generate secure, affordable, low-carbon electricity over their 60-year lifetimes.” They claim that their EPR (pressurised water reactor) uses approximately 17% less uranium than existing reactors, which means that less fuel is used per unit of electricity generated, lowering the cost and radio-active waste burden. EDF claims that the four proposed EPRs in the UK could generate up to 6.4million kW of electricity, enough to supply around 10 million homes.
Small Modular Reactors
Other options for the future of nuclear energy in the UK exist though and Prof Ian Fells, emeritus professor of energy conversion at the Newcastle University, has stated that, “problems continue to dog the Hinkley Point C nuclear station as costs have escalated from £5bn to £24.6bn. It will be much better to build a series of Small Modular Reactors using the British nuclear supply chain.”
Modules are prefabricated in factories and, being more compact than current power plants, can be shipped out to areas which previously would have been unsuitable for nuclear operations. They can also be used in conjunction with renewable power sources. Small Modular Reactors are still under development so more research is required but this kind of progress in nuclear power could mean it continues into the future as a low-carbon power generation option.
These kinds of developments in the industry are possible because of radiation resistant equipment made here in the UK. AML makes stepper motors that can be used in high radiation environments for a large range of nuclear applications. Call us now on 01903 884141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Nuclear Power to Become Crucial in Achieving the UK’s Carbon Target
The use of nuclear power will always be controversial, but new developments in the industry and the 2008 Climate Change Act, which requires the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% of its 1990 level by 2050, means that politicians are seeing it as a way to help achieve climate change goals. Although groups, such as Greenpeace, have objected to the increased use of nuclear power, a great deal of research using radiation resistant equipment is taking place worldwide to make nuclear power cheaper, safer and faster to install. As such, the UK government has big plans for it as part of its climate change strategy.
Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Andrea Leadsome, addressed the Nuclear Industry Association conference in June saying, “Your industry is key to delivering our vision of the clean, affordable, safe and reliable energy British consumers and businesses need and vital to keeping the lights on in the decades ahead.” She continued, “Nuclear power is also one of the cheaper forms of low carbon electricity...emitting similar levels of CO2 to renewables over the life of the plant.” Her department is keen to exploit these benefits and plans to change legislation to make it easier for new nuclear power stations to be built.
Greenpeace, however, is not so enthusiastic about the expansion of nuclear power and lists the following concerns as reasons why it should be halted:
- Safety – activists reference Chernobyl
- Security – nuclear power stations present targets for terrorists
- Waste Disposal – disposing of nuclear waste is difficult, dangerous and costly
- Cost – building and running nuclear power plants is extremely expensive
- Pulling Focus – investment and research into nuclear power could take it away from renewable power sources
On the other hand, scientists including Prof Ian Fells, emeritus professor of energy conversion at Newcastle University, suggest that new developments, such as the creation of Small Modular Reactors, could overcome many of these concerns. These plants are much smaller than conventional power stations, can be mostly prefabricated in factories, work alongside renewable power sources, pose far less of a risk of catastrophic accident and present less of a target for terrorism. As such, they are considerably cheaper, faster and safer than conventional nuclear power plants, they claim.
Whether the future of nuclear power lies in Small Modular Reactors or other new scientific breakthroughs in the industry, research into this area is more important and prevalent than ever. Stepper motors, which are resistant to radiation, are essential to this research and those made by AML are tried and tested in these environments. To find out more about them call today on 01903 884141 or email email@example.com.
New Semiconductor to Help Power Spacecraft
Researchers at the University of Arkansas in the USA are currently developing a new type of semiconductor that could be used to create more efficient photovoltaic solar cells to be used on space missions. Thanks to a $750,000 grant from NASA, the US space agency, they will be able to improve the existing solar energy technology being used on the International Space Station and Hubble telescope to help NASA achieve its 15-year goal of reaching 45% efficiency in solar power. Better radiation tolerance and lower manufacturing costs are further benefits of this new material. Other space agencies are also experimenting with new ways of harnessing solar power for space exploration missions.
What does this new semiconductor do?
The new photovoltaic devices are being made using a semiconductor comprised of silicon-germanium-tin (SiGeSn), which can source, detect and control light. The devices work by using a semiconducting material, which creates a photoelectric effect – metals emit electrons when light shines on them – after which an electrochemical process takes place, where crystallised atoms are ironised in a series, which generates an electrical current. Most solar panels work in this way but the new SiGeSn does so more efficiently than the current semiconductors being used.
How is the new semicondutor made?
Creating the silicon-germanium-tin involves an ultra-high-vacuum chemical vapour disposition process on a silicon substrate. To do this, the substrate is exposed to a precursor – a compound that participates in a chemical reaction to create another compound – that reacts on the substrate, leaving behind the desired deposit.
Other ways solar energy is powering space missions
Using solar power for space exploration is not a new phenomenon but it is a technology that is continuously being explored in new ways. Not only are new materials being created, such as silicon-germanium-tin, but they are being deployed in new ways too. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun) spacecraft in 2010 using a 20-metre solar power sail to power its flight. At only 0.0003 inches thick, the sail is incredibly thin and uses a combination of photons striking its surface to push it through space and ultra-thin solar cells to generate electricity. These cells are made of amorphous silicon (a-Si) which can be spread very thinly on a substrate and generate electricity in a not particularly efficient but highly environmentally-friendly manner as they do not rely on toxic heavy metals.
Both of the above scientific developments into powering space missions through solar power would not be possible without highly controlled ultra-high-vacuum conditions here on Earth. AML manufactures the type of Ion Gauge Controllers that make this innovative research possible. Find out more by calling 01903 884141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: NASA