Scotland's First National Peatland plan is something everyone should look at if only to make you hold your breath at the absolute beauty of the peatlands and thankfully at last the plan that will make a concerted effort to sustain and work to repair and damage to these lovely and lonely places.
£5.4 million will be spend researching next generation biomaterials announces the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) as the grant is awarded to Professor Morgan Alexander at the University of Nottingham.
Scottish solar power in a Google search retrieves seven webpage stories - latest being the issue that a small Feed In Tarriff will make future renewable energy small scale solar projects unviable. A similar Scottish wave & tidal power search offers an old story from September 2014, a Wikipedia renewable energy piece and four other tales, one being an EMEC blog on Virginia looking to Scottish marine renewables and of course an inevitable solar panel 2015 advert.
Experimental physicist Rainer Blatt from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information is awarded the international John Stewart Bell Prize for his pioneering research in quantum physics at an award ceremony at the University of Toronto on 20 August 2015.
GE is likely to secure EU approval for its proposed €12.4-billion ($13.8 billion) bid for the French ALSO.PA (Alstom's power business) its largest ever dea,l reports Reuters. European Commission approval comes after its rejection 14 years ago when GE attempted a $42 billion takeover of HON.N (Honeywell International), despite US authorities approval.
For music enthusiasts, Elysion is the Greek gothic-metal band from Athens, formed in 2006 members Christianna (lead vocals), Johnny Zero (guitar),[Anthony FxF (bass guitar), Nid (guitar) and Laitsman (drums). Blue tooth enthusiasts know Elysion as a Spaceship speaker, but for the Carl Zeiss Foundation, ELYSION is the Advanced Lab for Electrochemistry& Electro-organic Synthesis at Mainz University.
Gaberlunzie, always moth to spectacular flame, would draw your attention to two spectaculars. The manmade is the US-China Renewable Energy Partnership (USCREP) the Huanghe Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Project and from your nearest dark place go and watch the Perseids meteor shower.
The recent report from telecoms watchdog Ofcom finds still that a quarter of Scotland’s landmass has no mobile coverage . At 97.1 per cent, Scotland has the lowest proportion of premises in the vicinity of which a 3G signal can be received compared s with 99.6 per cent in England, or the UK-wide average of 99.3 per cent.
John Muir Trust welcomes its hard fought victory with a coalition of outdoors, environmental and community organisations, (not to mention breath-holding and praying others) who have waged a five year campaign to stop the proposed Allt Duine Wind Farm on the western edge of the Cairngorm National Park.
NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”
As Scottish Renwables organisation has a 1-2 September International North Sea conference lined up in Edinburgh, and an August 15-16 Marine conference, exhibition and dinner in Inverness, it will have plenty to discuss and is publicising that in the last five weeks, a series of announcements from the UK Government have brought huge changes to the UK’s renewable energy industry. Worth noting that in the US there is a movement to pull the plug on renewable energy while a WWF Scotland analysis shows wind farms generated the equivalent of 98 per cent of Scotland's electricity needs last year and power companies were paid more than £53 million to switch off their turbines in 2014!
In an especially rare and historic event, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita) will host many of the founding members of modern physics in Stockholm in an attempt to solve one of the most complex and mind-twisting topics of our time: whether singularities in black holes exist and whether Hawking radiation has any bearing on their existence.
At the CFCC, there were some who were of the belief that it might be too late to just rely on clean energy. “We should have done this 20 to 30 years ago" And others note "there are limits to adaptation." From the STEM viewpoint four women players have three male counterparts.
Glasgow-based Star Renewable Energy has won a £350,000 contract to supply heat pumps for a pioneering renewable energy scheme which will, for the first time in the UK, see solar thermal panels being used to power a district heating scheme.
An exciting opportunity emerges to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath and work with Professor Chris Bowen, on a European Research Council Advanced Fellowship in "Novel Energy Materials: Engineering Science and Integrated Systems (NEMESIS)"
The emergence of the NSCOG (North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid) initiative is progressing with a recent report that focuses on concerns over the use of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) systems in particular and also on the development of VSC (Voltage Source Converter) technology.
The John Muir Trust has welcomed the decision by Scottish Government Reporter Richard Hickman to refuse permission for the Beinn Mhor wind farm on the edge of Glen Affric, while the Highlands Flow Country proposal for a 24 turbine development near Reay in Caithness has been rejected by minister Fergus Ewing. But the jury is still out on the Stronelairg judicial review.
IDTechEx is the only market analyst tracking the development of 45 electric vehicle categories and not just electric cars. Based on research it sees that there are now lithium-ion battery options for everything from forklifts and mobility vehicles for the disabled to e-bikes. Indeed, almost all the e-bikes in the West and Japan use them. 8000 forklifts in the USA have fuel cells with lithium-ion batteries though the Toyota Mirai fuel cell car and the Prius hybrid car still use NiMH.
Three sectors of the growing wearables industry will raise the market value to $90B by 2020 and new applications such as safety enhanced automotive, medical monitoring and next-generation wearable smart equipments in a number of theses systems will be powered by energy scavenging technologies. Already, whether it is to get the best battery autonomy or to fit within the power budget, energy efficiency has become the key challenge across most of applications.
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