A project has kicked-off in London that will create artificial storms to help predict worst-case scenarios for coastal flooding. Using computer models to make real storms more extreme, this NOC (National Oceanography Centre) led project will help inform the planning of coastal defences and emergency response.
A partnership between Morocco’s Dar Si Hmad non-profit and Germany’s Water Foundation and Aqualonis, the award-winning CloudFisher water gathering project is now being expanded to help other communities. Located on Mount Boutmezguida in the pre-Saharan Atlas Mountains, CloudFisher nets gather water from the frequent heavy fogs and funnel it into storage tanks and pipelines that provide clean drinking water directly to homes.
A rates fiasco threatens to end hydro-power in Scotland with a new regime of business rates marking out hydropower for “special punishment”, and threatening to end independent development of schemes north of the border, Scottish industry representatives at Alba Energy are warning. Small hydro-businesses now face an increase in rates of up to 650%, with bills on some sites rising to as much as a quarter of total turnover. With some operators facing insolvency, others are left to calculate the cost of a future in which renewable energy ceases to be financially sustainable.
Dr Peter Harrop, (below right) Chairman, IDTechEx notes that just when many investors are running for the exit, having burnt their fingers with toy drones and the like, research reveals a much bigger picture, with considerable potential for the level-headed. The new IDTechEx report, Electric UAV Drones: Autonomous, Energy Independent 2017-2027 invites consideration of the trends to larger drones increasingly with autonomy of navigation, task and energy.
A new method uses near infrared light to shed light on memory loss conditions as researchers at Hiroshima University have developed a new laser activated technique for bridging missing links in memory flow.
European countries installed around 6.9 GW of solar power systems in 2016 - a 20% decrease compared to the 8.6 GW that grid-connected in 2015, according to SolarPower Europe, the association of the solar power sector in Europe. In the same period, the global on-grid solar power market grew by about 49% to around 76.1 GW in 2016, from about 51.2 GW in 2015.
Applications are sought for an EPSRC-funded post-doctoral position, available from April 2017 for up to 3 years (depending on salary and start date). The successful candidate will work as part of a team of researchers and technicians developing new laser-plasma experiment capability using the 350 TW and 40 TW lasers at SCAPA. The post involves designing, developing and commissioning the three new beamlines and supporting experiments using this new facility. Applicants will hold a PhD level qualification (or be close to PhD completion) in a related field with significant experience in design, planning and fielding successful experiments, using high power lasers.
The gigantic telescope ALMA is set to extract a range of the sun's secrets by picking up radio waves. Stay tuned! High up in the Chilean highlands, surrounded by guanaco herds and cacti, a huddle of 66 antennas similar to satellite dishes now face the sun.
ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is able to register radio-waves of about one millimeteter length. Radiowaves of this range will illuminate details of the solar atmosphere that can not be seen with regular telescopes,giving researchers a completely new view of the sun's physical processes.
Santa Clara-based IDTechEx Research and the German Solar Association of Berlin both report that energy independence of vehicles such as a solar powered piazza van, and country's as China’s NEA (National Energy Agency) stopping construction of 100 coal-fired power plants nominal capacity of over 100GW, in favour of solar systems, combine to create a global solar power takeoff.
As Glasgow wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has produced its 1,000th machine, Scottish Renewables Policy Manager Stephanie Clark (below right) commented: "Gaia-Wind's success is a fantastic story for both the Scottish renewable energy sector and for our manufacturing industry.
A security system is being developed that analyses the user's brainwaves. The system then determines whether the user is in a fit mental state and grants them access to resources only if appropriate. Such a system might be used to control entry to a building, access to computer resources or even the withdrawal of money from an automated teller machine. It could also have applications in the military, electronic learning, and healthcare, according to research published in the "International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms."
A widely-held understanding of electromagnetic radiation has been challenged in newly published research led at the University of Strathclyde. It has found the normal direct correspondence between the bandwidths of the current source and emitted radiation can be broken and was achieved by extracting narrowband radiation with high efficiency, without making the oscillation of the current narrowband.
The Common Market has done little for energy crowdfunding platforms. Investors experience many problems if they want to finance projects that cross legal boundaries between EU member states. International experts are now struggling to harmonise to European sector regulations.Three different parties are involved renewable energy crowdfunding. These are the fundraising platform, the investors generally expecting a return, and project developers needing money. They may also come from different nations. And that is the biggest complication, as not one legislative framework fits this business sector, nor is one sufficiently recent as to be linked to the use of the web.
First ever gas giant outside our solar system to reveal weather patterns. Clouds on the planet could be made of corundum, the mineral which forms rubies and sapphires. The Kepler satellite measured the changes in the light reflected from this auspicious planet.
Speaking ahead of the debate on the future of renewable energy in Scotland being held in the Scottish Parliament today, Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “Renewables are already providing enough power to provide around 57% of the electricity we use in Scotland, but much more remains to be done in the heat and transport sectors.
Scotland's public sector has the potential to lead the next stage of the country's green energy evolution, according to industry body Scottish Renewables. Local authorities, NHS Boards, National Park Authorities, enterprise agencies, emergency services and other public organisations could all play a key role in Scotland meeting its future climate change targets – including switching to using more renewable power, heat and transport.
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) spinout FastCAP Systems founded in 2008 develops and markets ultracapacitors, and ultracapacitor-based systems, that offer greater energy density and other advantages. Now, University of Surrey, UK, has specifically tailored a plastic designed to replace the electrolyte component, and boost the energy density of their supercapacitors, making them up to 10,000 times more powerful.
EPSRC puts £60 million as a boost to UK’s manufacturing base through of set up six new research hubs at universities across England, Wales and Scotland that will share government funding to improve the UK’s manufacturing processes An additional £87.5 million is the total contribution from partners, academia and industry. Sectors are: compound semiconductors, continous manufacture and advanced crystalisation, advanced metrology, targeted healthcare and composites manufacturing.
Exactly 14 different variants of a very specific bacterium that damages grapevines is to be found in Austria, a key result of a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) which looked at the damage caused to vines by phytoplasmas.
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