As Wave Energy Scotland selects four of the 10 stage-one PTO (power take-off) call participants to progress to stage two with combined funding of almost £2m, solar perovskite cells are rising stars in the photovoltaic world as in less than a decade, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% – an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. The name ‘perovskite’ is taken from the light-harvesting layer that characterises them as lighter, cheaper, and more flexible solar cells than the traditional crystalline silicon-based cells.
The new VTT CNS (Centre for Nuclear Safety), which is intended for research purposes, has been inaugurated in Espoo, Finland. Both experimental work and computational modelling will be carried out in the facility.
The review of social and ethical consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in Ukraine concluded that one of the most important lessons learned was that assessment and management of radiation risks needs to go beyond a purely technical assessment (Oughton 2011).
Gaberlunzie ponders on Apple's latest moves with white paper bags and discussions with McLaren Technology group and can only conclude that as the falling apple brought gravity to Newton, so for Apple the white paper bag will maybe wrap up the McLaren deal!
Curiously, while wave energy (focus of Universities) seems to be funded primarily within Scotland, there seems to be no problem with other countries such as Canada or China buying into Scottish wind-farms. Nice to see InfraRed balancing up the score. But also InfraRed slippage is a male:female management ratio of 50:27
Canadian renewable energy firm Boralex has acquired about 200MW of wind power projects in France and Scotland for C$103m (€70m). This includes a 51MW ready-to-build Moulins du Lohan project, Brittany, France, and a 23.5MW Scottish project at an advanced stage of development (locale not identify) together with a further 126 MW of projects in Scotland at preliminary stages of development.
Interfaces between different materials and their properties are of key importance for modern technology. With an international team, physicists of Würzburg University have developed a new method, which allows them to have an extremely precise glance at the interfaces and to model their properties.
A textile machine is used to weave together both solar cells constructed from lightweight polymer fibres with fibre-based tribo-electric nanogenerators. It comes on the heels of developing thermoelectric fabrics or power generated clothing, a study,published in "Nature "
Atlantis has officially unveiled the MeyGen project, the world’s largest free-stream tidal power array. Jenny Hogan, director of Policy for Scottish Renewables (below left) notes ”Scotland has been at the forefront of tidal energy innovation for many years, from design to testing, and now – with the MeyGen project – deployment. Our waters have the lion’s share of the UK’s tidal stream resources, so it makes perfect sense that we utilise that advantage by installing devices like those developed by Atlantis.
In 1997 some enlightened study began ahead of the construction of a wind farm, and in scoping work for the farm developer, ScottishPower Renewables, identified and disclosed the Kintyre site as the nesting territory for Scotland’s Golden Eagle.
The European Commission has approved a JV between Hutchison and VimpelCom in Italy, allowing merger of Wind and Three mobile telecoms operators. Three and Wind are the respective third and fourth largest mobile companies in Italy. The Commission had concerns that this transaction would harm competition. However, the two companies have offered structural remedies, that will allow French operator Iliad into the Italian market.
An international Conference on Embedded into Everyday Computers brings together experts from academia, industry and fashion/gadget exhibition newest prototypes. Computers an important tool in daily life, whether as a PC or a smartphone will In future, increasingly merge with the everyday objects such as a watch, display glasses, sensor clothing and much more to support the user. Scientists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers and users are to exchange upon their products and visions at a conference co-organized by KIT ISWC /UbiComp from 12 to 16 September 2016 in Heidelberg about this trend of digitization.
IBM has revealed more information about Power9, its nextgen CPU, the hero that will regain market share ceded to Intel. Currently being built on GlobalFoundries 14nm finFET process, Power9 will be the heart of power servers by the second half of 2017. Both a brand new core as well as new chip architecture, IBM has optimised it for for HPC workloads, hyperscale, analytics and machine learning applications.
ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult, in collaboration with Centrica, has successfully delivered the first in-field measurement campaign under its industry-leading BLEEP (Blade Leading Edge Programme), and concluded that an uplift in AEP (annual energy production) of between 1.5 to 2% is possible following the repair of moderate blade erosion.
The river where Scotland's very first hydro-electric scheme was thought to have been sited in the late 1890s by Sir John Fowler, a civil engineer famous for his work both on the London Underground and the Forth Bridge, now makes headlines yet again for as community water powered renewable energy system that is starting to pay money back to its original investors.
Australia has blocked the sale of Ausgrid, the country's biggest energy grid, to two Chinese companies over security concerns. Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison officially rejected the bid by the two firms to buy a 50.4% stake in Ausgrid, a sale having already been put on hold which had drawn much criticism from China.
Researchers from CCDC (Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre) and the U.S. DOE's (Department of Energy’s) Argonne National Laboratory have teamed up to capture neon within a porous crystalline framework. Neon, well known for being the most unreactive element, is a key component in semiconductor manufacture, but neon has never been studied in an organic or metal-organic framework until now.
What Albert Einstein famously dismissed as “Spooky action at a distance” in 2015 finds the universe officially proven to be weird! Many decades of research, and a series of experiments show that distant, entangled objects can, seemingly, interact with each other through what Einstein dismissed “Spooky action at a distance”.
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