09 Jun 2015

An exhibition of engineering innovations, announced last month as the finalists for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2015 MacRobert Award, is currently being hosted in the foyer of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Inaugurated in 1969, the MacRobert Award identifies and celebrates outstanding engineering innovation with tangible social benefit and proven commercial success. Visitors to BIS can expect to enjoy three superb examples of such developments by UK engineers, all of which are demonstrations of engineering’s widespread application and potentially profound impact on society.

A scale model of a wind turbine and a high-efficiency electronically controlled pump form part of a showcase of the Digital Displacement technology developed by renewable energy innovators, Artemis Intelligent Power. To date, the potential of wind turbines has been limited by the power output capacity of each turbine, which is largely dependent on its transmission system. Artemis’ technology overcomes this problem through the creation of a hydrostatic transmission 20 times bigger than any previously made. The technology is already being used to develop world-leading systems, cementing the viability of wind power as a significant power source for the future.

The exhibit also includes a working display from healthcare company Endomag, responsible for pioneering the development of an alternative method of breast cancer diagnosis. Traditional diagnostic scans rely on the detection of radioactive tracer signals within sentinel nodes, raising cost and logistical challenges that limit their application to one in six people globally. Endomag’s Sentimag probe overcomes these challenges by using magnetic tracer signals to detect the spread of cancer through the lymphatic system.

Exhibitor Victrex creates the highest-performing ultra-thin plastics in the world. Victrex’s APTIV film has redefined smartphone speaker technology, making smaller and thinner devices possible without compromising performance or reliability. Today, it is estimated that around 70% of smartphone speakers are made with APTIV film (more than one billion devices). Having initially enabled smartphone speakers to produce high-quality sound in small spaces without the risk of failing, Victrex is currently exploring the potential for a 3D printing material for high grade uses and as a flexible substrate material that could meet new market demands for flexible electronics.

Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng, Chair of the MacRobert Award Judging Panel, says:

“The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills work closely to promote growth through innovation. We also share a desire to inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to explore engineering careers. The MacRobert Award 2015 finalists’ innovations displayed at this BIS exhibition are outstanding demonstrations of innovative ideas in UK engineering and their important contribution to society, locally and internationally.”

The work will be on show until 3 July 2015.


Notes for Editors:

  1. About the MacRobert Award.
    First presented in 1969, the MacRobert Award is widely regarded as the most coveted in the industry. Founded by the MacRobert Trust and supported by the Worshipful Company of Engineers, the Award is now presented by the Royal Academy of Engineering after a prize fund was established with donations from the MacRobert Trust, the Academy and British industry.


  1. About the Royal Academy of Engineering.
    As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society. 


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Photos of the MacRobert Finalists Exhibition at BIS

Artemis Intelligent Power's digital hydraulic power system enables the generation of much greater levels of power from offshore wind turbines.

Artemis is already developing world-leading systems, dramatically improving turbine efficiency and with it the prospects for future exploitation of wind power.

This high-efficiency electronically controlled pump showcases the Digital Displacement technology developed by renewable energy innovators, Artemis.

Endomag has pioneered a new breast cancer diagnostic tool that avoids the use of radioactive tracers in determining the spread of cancer through the lymphatic system.

Sentinel lymph node biopsy – currently the best method of breast cancer staging – is  only available to one in six patients globally. The SentiMag probe reduces costs and enables accessible diagnosis.

Endomag's SentiMag probe.

Victrex’s APTIV film makes smaller and thinner devices possible, without compromising performance or reliability.

Today, around 70% of smartphone speakers are made with APTIV film (more than one billion devices).

Victrex PEEK polymers are high performance thermoplastics, available in pellet and powder forms, which have delivered reliability in a wide range of challenging applications. 

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