"We are not going into this to be the first people to break fusion. What has attracted me to this sector is I run a 3D printing company, which is for rapid-prototyping complex shapes, and have also had a project which has forced me to study asteroids for 10 years."
Investment in R&D (research and development) by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite unfavourable economic environment. However, growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind US (5%) and Japan (5.5%) companies.
Engineers from Massachusetts University researching multilayer graphene from10 to 100nm thick, find it may make excellent body armour absorbing 10x the amount of energy that steel can, before failing. In Poland a prototype machine creates the material in a significant breakthrough, potentially allowing mass production at a low cost .In the USA Graphene Stakeholders elect Keith Blakely as chair. While in the UK Morgan Advanced Materials and 2D-Tech agree long-term research collaborations with the £61m NGI centre (National Graphene Institute ) set to open in early 2015.
As Australia's Carnegie Wave Energy developer receives two separate innovation awards for its CETO combined desalination water and wave energy technology, on the other side of teh globe in Scotland, Pelamis is in receivership and Aquamarine now downsizing, leaving only Nova Innovation still riding the wave as it were.
Shetland Composites will start manufacturing blades for a bank of tidal turbines to power 300 homes. It has secured the six months contract from Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation that is developing five 100kW tidal turbines for the Shetland Tidal Array.
Researchers from UC3M (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) are developing a new transmission mechanism with no touching parts, based on magnetic forces that prevents friction and wear and makes lubrication unnecessary. Applicable in space travel and exploration, it has also been adapted for use in such areas as the railroad and aircraft industries.
A week ago, directors of Edinburgh based Pelamis announced they were unable to secure the additional funding required for further development of its wave energy technology. The board reluctantly has appointed an administrator to assess the options for securing a future for the business and Pelamis employees.
Power plants and grids are stretched to their limits. To ensure operational safety, critical factors such as "Hot-Spots" inside high voltage transformers, power factor correction capacitors and alternators are monitored. Other possible capabilities are temperature measurement on high voltage distribution power lines s as for electric trains or in gas isolated power breakers and in power factor adjustment capacitors.
Imaging, sensing & metrology, computing & simulation and communications are all embraced by four new QTH (quantum technology hubs )to be located at the Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Oxford and York. The new £120m network will involve 17 universities and 132 companies announced Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities.
National Trust for Scotland is contacting all its 320,000 members urging them to support John Muir Trust’s opposition to the Stronelairg wind farm development that has already been strenuously opposed by both Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Cairngorms National Park Authority..
Offshore wind is now an annual multi-billion pound market poised for double-digit growth at least until 2020. This is exactly why a 20:20 vision of ''Beyond 2020 energy policy dialogues should start now, to discover the scenarios of what wind farm operators and other energy player should be planning to co-ordinate when current turbine lifetimes expire.
As NPL (National Physical Laboratory) and Manchester University sign a MOU (memorandum of understanding to work on quality and standards to bring graphene closer to practical use, ab approach to accelerate commercialisation of the remarkable 2D material, on the other side of the globe is Ionic Industries aka Grafitech, subsidiary of Australia's Strategic Energy Resources at work with Monash University to develop sustainable manufacture of graphene from natural graphite and grapheme-based nano-filtration membranes.
US and European nuclear experts and observers emphasise that an industry which has previously been geared up for expansion may have little acquaintance with decommission costs, and shortage of nuclear engineers. It is viewed as an emerging market of somet €80.4bn as an estimated spend for global decommissioning in the next 25 year with some 200 reactors to be shut down by 2040.
Long time a happy user of Petrol Prices which does a price comparison of local garages saving many pennies seeing offered what in the way of diesel prices and how far away one had to drive to reach the fuel, Gaberlunzie has been using a energy supplier swtiching scheme also from Petrol Prices.
A new kind of clean, cheap battery that stores energy from solar and wind power has come to market. It is claimed as by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to rely heavily on intermittent, renewable energy sources.
Thync is creating a new category of wearable products based on advanced neuroscience, and engineering the first lifestyle wearable that uses neurosignaling algorithms– waveforms that signal neural pathways –to shift and optimise people's state of mind in areas related to energy, calm, and focus.
EDF ER (EDF Energy Renewables) has acquired the rights to develop the Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Project near Blyth port, Northumberland, securing both the seabed rights from The Crown Estate, and associated land rights and meteorological data from the ORE Catapult.
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