Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, has announced that its 448MW offshore wind farm, 15 miles off the Scottish Fife coast will use two newly launched technologies set to decrease costs, reduce construction and operational risk, improve safety and accordingly provide the cheapest electricity ever produced by a UK offshore wind farm.
Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada report a new design for electromagnetic energy harvesting, based on the "full absorption concept." This involves the use of metamaterials tailored to produce media that neither reflects nor transmits any power—enabling full absorption of incident waves at a specific range of frequencies and polarisations.
Renewables energy continues to destabilise the German energy grid. In Cologne recently several areas experienced black outs three times in 24 hours. One outage lasted for 45 minutes. As "The Herald" trumpets solar power's coming of age in Scotland, time to examine hybrid systems as well.
Another type of Aurora, the supercomputer this time, is on track to become the fastest system in the USA and possibly the world as DOE Undersecretary Franklin “Lynn” Orr, announced that Intel Corp. and Cray Inc had been selected to supply Argonne National Laboratory with a 180 petaflops system, Aurora, and a secondary system of about 8 petaflops, called Theta, marking the final instalment in the Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) initiative.
An international research team, led by the University of Dundee, has made an important discovery about black auroras, dark patches which often subdivide the glowing curtains of red or green in the Northern and Southern Lights.
CSIC (Construction Scotland Innovation Centre) the £10 million venture designed to exploit Scotland's existing industrial and academic strengths in the field of building, has appointed a ten-person expert advisory group as it finalises its collaboration agreement with 12 partner universities.
Enegi Oil has said the fall in oil prices is likely to increase demand for its unmanned production systems in areas like the North Sea. Its website also alert the industry that scammers are offering fictitious jobs and are counselling that if you sent money to a third part and not received legiitimate documentation contact your local Police.
Longannet in Fife, is to close after it failing to win the valuable electricity supply contract from National Grid. The coal-fired power station on the Firth of Forth, rated by environmentalists as among the 30 most-polluting plants in Europe, is to close by March 2016, after loosing out to its rival and cleaner gas-fired power station Peterhead , owned by SSE, that was granted the £15m contract.
BASF and eight partners cooperate to optimise production processes for renewable-based products through PRODIAS (PROcessing Diluted Aqueous Systems) that fosters competitiveness of the European process industry.
The deadline for applications for the Scottish Government Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund is April 30th. The fund promises to award £250,000 grant funding to assist the development of a number of geothermal energy demonstrator projects in Scotland by financing feasibility studies. Applications must be for between £10,000 and £50,000 which provides a very significant and much needed boost to the sector.is April 30th and winners will be announced in June.
Ten day countdown to a total eclipse of the sun will take place, visible from the North Atlantic Ocean. Observers in the UK and Ireland will see a partial solar eclipse, with up to 97% of the Sun blocked out. This will be the deepest eclipse in the UK since 1999 and not happening again until 2026. Lerwick will be a prime viewing site. Though as Gaberlunzie seems to remember a lot depends on the cloud cover and rain/snow of course!
A new UK partnership Adwen (slightly hi-jacked from Adidas), will be responsible for the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and services of offshore wind turbines which will be manufactured in Germany, Bremerhaven and Stade. Gamesa and AREVA announce they have signed the definitive agreements and closed the transaction for the creation of Adwen, a JV dedicated to offshore wind and responsible for design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and services of offshore wind turbines.
Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since Einstein, scientists have been trying to observe both of these aspects of light simultaneously. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this behaviour.
A drilled rock bolt anchor will help to significantly reduce the foundation and installation costs for marine renewable energy devices. Current costs account for more than 40 percent of capital expenditures.
UV LED has now entered a fast growth. Indeed, the overall UV LED market of only ~$20M in 2008 grew to $90M in 2014 and we are expecting a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 40% for the next 5 years, claims Yole Développement in a recent UV LED Trends report
In Canada, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge, a yearly challenge organised by the Ontario Centers of Excellence, has as this year's theme as “Meeting the Energy Challenge of Remote Communities.”
Seems that the Pelamis and Aquamarine withdrawals from the wave energy scene has revitalised Scotland’s first wave energy technology development body, Wave Energy Scotland will receive a total of £14.3 million over the next thirteen months declares Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.
Under the EC Habitat and Birds Directive any new plan or project has to undergo an HRA (Habitat Regulations Appraisal) to determine whether it is likely to have a significant effect on certain European protected sites and how an adverse effect on site integrity can be avoided.
A Glasgow Chamber of Commerce report outline how technology will uimpact the city over the next five years. ‘Tomorrow’s City Centre: Glasgow Agenda’ white paper ‘considers how constantly evolving digital technologies will influence consumer behaviours and potentially impact the Glasgow city centre experience in the next five years.’
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