RTE One 7.30PM, Friday, October 11, 2013

On this week’s show, Aoibhinn finds out about biomedical diagnostic devices which could transform our healthcare, Jonathan looks into the evolution of the 80s solar calculator, and Kathriona investigates a unique Irish technology which could revolutionise the way we manage our renewable energies.

Part 1 : Quantum Energy

Energy sources have changed dramatically over the last few years with a move towards sustainable energy from renewable sources, specifically wind. One of the key challenges is how to store wind energy, and Kathriona investigates the Quantum Heating System which allows us to store surplus energy generated by wind farms and then release it as heat when it is needed.

Part 2 : Solar Cell Technology

Photo voltaic (PV) technology is a form of solar technology that can convert natural light into electricity. Production of PV technology worldwide has been doubling every two years, making it the world’s fastest-growing energy technology – in the consumer electronics and wireless sensors markets alone powering solutions is a multi billion euro industry. Jonathan meets the team at SolarPrint, who specialise in the area of dye sensitised solar cell (DSSC) technology – the next generation of photo-voltaic technology – which involves the production of power-generating solar cells that can be printed and applied to a range of different surfaces.

Part 3 : Weird Science - Sink Holes

Ever wished the ground would swallow you up? Be careful what you wish for…

Part 4 : Biomedical Diagnostics

The Biomedical Diagnostic Institute in DCU are working on a number of devices that will allow for simple testing of major diseases, such as cancer, liver disease and cardiovascular conditions, in primary care settings such as the GP office rather than being referred to hospitals for major testing, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. The technology is now in clinical trials at the RCSI Clinical Research Centre in Beaumont Hospital, where Aoibhinn meets Prof Dermot Kenny to find out how these new tests could transform the future of healthcare.