UK green energy supplier Ecotricity’s application for an up to seven-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway was turned down by a Scottish government reporter as the benefits from the project cannot compensate for its impact on the landscape and cultural heritage. The seven turbine project on Stroans Hill, close to the village of Carsluith would have produce as much power as 10,600 UK homes consume it was claimed. Ecotricity appealed against non-determination to Scottish Government's DPEA (Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals) and It has now been refused planning permission.
A new report analyses future energy demand in Glasgow, the only Scottish contender among the other major UK cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield all preparing for an energy smart future.
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale. University of East Anglia research reveals these sources of timber are far from sustainable or entirely environmentally friendly. A study in PLoS ONE reveals once prime tropical hardwoods - such as Brazilian cedars, ipe (Brazilian walnut), and rosewood – have been logged, they do not grow back to the commercial levels again and are at risk of disappearing altogether.
Tidal power company Atlantis' majority owned MeyGen project has entered into agreements with windfarm developments to provide access to the distribution grid, needed as part of the Ness of Quoys distribution network is constrained and will provide no additional capacity for other generators, until larger transmission upgrades are completed over the next few years. The Scottish Govern, gives two wind farms the go ahead with 18 turbines based in Cloich Forest, near Peebles, and a 24 turbine approval for Stanch in Dumfries and Galloway
With fellow researchers at the PSI and the ETH Zurich, Ivo Aixneit has developed a procedure that uses solar energy to produce fuel by using a chemical process that uses the sun’s thermal energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into high-energy fuels: a procedure developed on the basis of a new material combination of cerium oxide and rhodium.
Siemens founded in 1847 starts up its Next47 initiative to foster disruptive ideas and accelerate new technologies development more vigorously, The new unit will have funding of €1 billion for the first five years and the unit will be headed by CTO Siegfried Russwurm on an acting basis.
As Siemens extends its contract with Scotland’s Clyde wind farm, John Laing Enviro Assets buys the 26MW South Lanarkshire Dungavel wind farm, operational since October 2015, for £38.2 million, including working capital, as part of its First Offer Agreement with John Laing Group while Cubico Sustainable Investments completes the acquisition and financing of UK Solar Parks from British Solar Renewables London.
New research has identified clear signs that the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close. Scientists from the University of Leeds were part of an international team led by Professor Susan Solomon of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to confirm the first signs of healing of the ozone layer, which shields life on Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
The TLPWIND project, led by Iberdrola Engineering & Construction (IEC) bringing together the expertise of the ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult and University of Strathclyde, sees the development of a TLP (Tension Leg Platform) turbine foundation deliver a lightweight and stable solution for floating wind.
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.
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