The Port of Ardersier has submitted plans to the Highland Council, Marine Scotland and Transport Scotland for consents needed to make the site a major European manufacturing port for the offshore wind industry. A renewables jobs boom could result in the Highlands if plans to turn the Port of Ardersier into a manufacturing ‘super-hub’ for offshore wind turbines get the go-ahead.
Sensors, imaging, industry & health will be the focus for three new Innovation Centres to be set up across Scotland's central belt. Two will base in Glasgow, where the University has received the Scottish Funding Council pledged of £10m over the next 5 years to support the IC-SIS (Innovation Centre – Sensor and Imaging Systems)
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission – part of SSE – is not only contracting for refurbished power stations, but has now asked Ofgem for permission to install cable that will connect to the onshore substations at Spittal in Caithness (red route) and Blackhillock in Moray and be able to transmit 1,200MW of electricity
As UK energy regulator Ofgem is to impose a £10.5m fine on utility giant SSE for prolonged and extensive mis-selling of gas and electricity over two years (the largest ever imposed on an energy supplier by the watchdog) hard at work Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has awarded four contracts with a cumulative value of £600m for new electricity substations in Northern Scotland
Moray region councillors are backing controversial plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the Scottish coast – on the basis that purported economic benefits far outweigh any objectors’ concerns about visual and environmental impact. The £4.5billion project of 339 turbines, some reaching 670ft above sea level, would lie in the Moray Firth east of Caithness, covering a total of 114 square miles that may not be renewable after such intrusion.
Aberdeen based Proserv has received orders for more than £15 million to install a three well high speed data network system for a high-speed for Taqa's Tern platform off Shetland that as well as providing a fibre-optic communications system for an offshore wells operation.
Rock Spring Ventures with a Princess Street office in Edinburgh, as well as offices in the USA, Japan and Korea, is understood to have raised £26m towards a £50m fund to target fledgling start-up health science and technology companies emerging from UK universities.
An advertisement last week in the Northern Scot for the planning application for the Estover Energy Biomass plant. The organisation Save our Speyside has been trying to ascertain precisely the situation, which has taken until now due to the absence of the case officer.
A proposed biomass plant in Speyside, Scotland has been described as ‘unsustainable’ by local residents. The plant has been proposed by Estover Energy as part of a Speyside Renewable Energy Partnership and, if approved, would prove CHP to the local electricity grid and heat to a nearby Scotch distillery. Proposals have already been submitted to Moray council.
Of Scotland's important kittiwake population one breeding colony is now extinct, others predicted to disappear within three years. Although one of the world's most abundant seabirds,they decline at an alarming rate, numbers having more than halved since the mid 1980s across the UK. The Scottish breeding population has declined by almost two-thirds.
The tide turns on Beeching concepts as Aberdeen moves toward more frequent rail services for travellers working in towns like Inverurie and Stonehaven, with the expansion of the oil industry and the knock-on creation of new jobs has resulting in a wish list of new stations.
Proact, a major Europe storage integrator and cloud services enabler, is to create of 50 new jobs at its European Operation and Support Centre based in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. In Aberdeen, two new deals for oil and gas logistics firm Asco are expected to create up to 14 jobs by next year.
TWO priceless collections of manuscripts, books and letters from the archives of the Catholic Church are to be housed at Aberdeen University, while The Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies (ScoTs) has opened at Napier University’s Institute of Creative Industries.
UK research, that in Scotland includes Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities, is to develop smart machines that think for themselves and will receive a £16m boost thanks to a major partnership between the government and industry. This research includes safe ways of monitoring in dangerous environments, as in deep sea installations and nuclear power plants, or ‘nursebots’ that assist patients in hospitals, and aerial vehicles to monitor national borders or detect pollution.
The Portable Sign language Translator (PLST) software App, expected will be available next year, is in pilot development at the University of Aberdeen's spinoff Technabling. Already with 10,000 different coded gestures (thus words) it promises a local, national and international communications approach for dthe eaf or hard of hearing and opens up the world for the young.
Bob Collier, CEO of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce calls on the Scottish Government to include Aberdeen in the pilot scheme testing WiFi connection on railway services as does Microsoft's regional director, Scotland & Wales, Derrick McCourt.
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