MOMENTUM JV, comprising Amec Foster Wheeler, Assystem and KEPCO E&C, named construction management-as-agent contractor on unique international project. Representatives of the ITER Organisation announce they have signed a CMA (construction management-as-agent) contract with the MOMENTUM joint venture, led by Amec Foster Wheeler in partnership with Assystem and KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company.
Very large lithium-ion battery banks were largely unknown ten years ago, writes Dr Peter Harrop, chairman of UK Cambridge-based IDtechEx. Now, it is tough to keep up with the variety of uses for them. On ships, where there were no such batteries, we are starting to see 1-5 MWh banks. Autonomous underwater vehicles, mining trucks and buses can sport ones of up to 350 kWh. But it is in stationary applications that really big facilities have arrived. Here there is a multiplier effect with Li-ion gaining market share in growth markets.
The low voltage distribution network under the microscope as Stuttgart's folk festival on the "Wasen" one of the largest folk festivals in Europe, proves both a challenge for the grid operator in Stuttgart and in 2015 also serves as a field test. Mobile measuring boxes captured all load flows in the ten local secondary substations on the festival site precisely to the second. Measurements not only increase the supply assurance of a folk festival, but In the mid-term it is intended that such measures will toughen up the entire distribution network for future energy supply to the region covered by the Stuttgart grid.
Home storage systems for PV (photovoltaic) electricity are gaining attractiveness, as their costs are declining. However, standardised, verifiable criteria for end clients to assess their performance are still lacking. The largest German study so far has now been launched to analyse commercial systems with respect to safety, quality, and grid suitability and to derive recommendations for manufacturers, standardisation bodies, and authorities. The “SafetyFirst” project is funded with€4 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and scheduled for a duration of three years.
Professor Caroline Dean of the John Innes Centre receives the accolade of an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The Norfolk plant scientist has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire both for her work in understanding genetic regulation and LAO for her commitment to advancing careers for women working in science.
Gaberlunzie is charmed to hear that Japanese scientists are behind the discovery of element 113, the first atomic element found, not in Europe or the United States, but in Asia. It is dubbed "ununtrium" but to be named "nihonium" after the Japanese-language name for the country.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an extremely efficient small-size energy storage, a micro-supercapacitor, which can be integrated directly inside a silicon microcircuit chip. The high energy and power density of the miniaturised energy storage relies on the new hybrid nanomaterial developed recently at VTT. This technology opens new possibilities for integrated mobile devices and paves the way for zero-power autonomous devices required for the future Internet of Things (IoT).
As Scottish home solar panels receive enough energy to meet their entire electricity consumption last month, and as wind turbines also produced enough energy to meet the electrical needs of about three-quarters (76%) of homes and over a third (36%) of Scotland’s entire energy consumption in May, worth looking around to see how the global environment is getting its act together.
To celebrate the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th Anniversary, North Wales based artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant Dickinson have created a sensory installation of light, colour, optics and sound inspired by astronomy. The exhibit is on display at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flint, north Wales, until 4 June.
Research carried out by University of Glasgow academics describes how double-stranded DNA splits using de-localised sound waves, that are the hallmark of quantum effects. The paper is published today in "Nature Communications".
National Grid and Renewable Energy Systems are working on the first battery energy storage systems to provide a dynamic frequency response service in sub-second timescales in Great Britain. Both have signed a 4 year contract that will see RES provide 20MW of frequency response from battery storage. This new service is to aid National Grid in its system balancing role, increasingly requiring innovation and use of new technologies. The RES’ service delivery battery storage systems will provide cost effective frequency response to the grid, within one second of the detection of a frequency deviation. The battery storage systems to be fully operational in 18 months.
AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations) started a 2-year research project announced in September 2014 to stimulate the development of the bio-based economy in Europe. It was to overcome technical hurdles in the innovation value chains. With TU Darmstadt, it preached to the already converted as biology Professor Ralf Kaldenhoff was making microalgae fit for industry, micro-organisms that could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide to light. Now Norwegian SINTEF has its scientists extract Omega 3 fatty acids from fish, which absorb them from their food, such as small crustaceans, which in turn have obtained them by grazing on micro algae
A locomotive-sized plasma generator in a tangle of scaffolding, sensors, gauges, magnets, instruments, cables, and pipes deliver fusion technology to release huge amounts of energy. TriAlpha is pulling its current model to pieces, to build a bigger model that could lead to a prototype reactor sometime in the 2020s. UK player in the fusion technology market Plasmatreat presented its latest developments for atmospheric plasma pretreatment of lead frames and electronic components to acclaim at China's leading trade fair for electronics development and production in Shanghai this year.
The 64-turbine Neart na Gaoithe project had its contract terminated by the LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company) that pulled the subsidies after a 26 March deadline to invest £200m into the £2bn development was missed by a judge delayed verdict on an RSPB challenge on the threat to the gannets at nearby Bass Rock colony, the largest in the world. Now however, The Crown Estate has granted Statoil a lease that will allow construction to proceed on the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind project. The UK seabed landlord has been working closely with the utility, the Scottish government and other partners to “help bring forward this innovative project”.
Atlantis Resources completes the acquisition of Scottish tidal project assets from SPR (ScottishPower Renewables) in exchange for a 6% stake in its wider development portfolio. Atlantis subsidiary, Tidal Power Scotland also gains development rights for an additional 110MW of projects in Scotland. This includes the seabed rights, grid access and consents for the 10MW Sound of Islay project.
IBM Research announced today that for the first time ever it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM’s quantum processor. IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today’s supercomputers.
Heat dissipation in electronics and optoelectronics is a wicked bottleneck in the further development of systems in these fields. To come to grips with this issue, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an efficient way of cooling electronics using functionalised graphene nanoflakes. The results are published in “Nature Communications”.
Four years ago in October Sophant Technologies launched its software muscled antenna. Now the pioneering Sofant Technologies Ltd has secured €1.97 million (£1.54 million) of European funding. The investment, part of the €3 billion Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme will be used to take Sofant’s patented technology to market, potentially doubling battery life for mobile devices and greatly reducing antenna energy usage.
(SCC) Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s “Sustaining Growth, Supporting Business” campaign sets out the key priorities for Scotland’s businesses over the next five years. It forms the foundation of SCC’s engagement with the next Scottish Government and calls to action will help Scotland’s businesses to compete and deliver growth in our economy.
A new report published today by Beecham Research helps enterprise companies to match their IoT (Internet of Things) applications to the most appropriate public connectivity services to enable them. The report, "An Introduction to LPWA Public Service Categories: Matching Services to IoT Applications" proposes a new acronym/name for this new class of providers. Those offering LPWA-based connectivity services directly to users are referred to as Public LPWA LSPs (Services Providers,) Where LSP services are enabled through a Cloud-based service – for example, to provide a co-ordinated international coverage the Cloud-based provider is referred to as an LSE (LPWA Services Enabler).
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