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Profile: Allan Robinson, Tidal Power Engineer

Creating cutting-edge energy systems to tap the tides

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sdf Sea Power: Allan Robinson develops highly reliable submarine turbine systems that generate electricity from the tides. Photo: Sean and Yvette Photography

The tides may be predictable, but for an engineer testing and developing some of the world’s first commercial-scale tidal turbines, conditions can be more than a little unpredictable. Just ask Allan Robinson, a senior electrical engineer at OpenHydro Group, a leading tidal power company based in Dublin.

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Special Report: Top Tech 2021

After months of blood, toil, tears, and sweat, we can all expect a much better year

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Last January in this space we wrote that “technology doesn't really have bad years." But 2020 was like no other year in recent memory: Just about everything suffered, including technology. One shining exception was biotech, with the remarkably rapid development of vaccines capable of stemming the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year's roundup of anticipated tech advances includes an examination of the challenges in manufacturing these vaccines. And it describes how certain technologies used widely during the pandemic will likely have far-reaching effects on society, even after the threat subsides. You'll also find accounts of technical developments unrelated to the pandemic that the editors of IEEE Spectrum expect to generate news this year.

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