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”.
As SNP ministers dramatically downgraded by tens of billions of pounds their predictions for the tax revenue generated by North Sea oil compared to their claims before the independence referendum. They finally published updated figures on the day that MSPs left Holyrood for their two-month summer break. Ironically, for the first time on record, wind turbines have generated more electricity than was used in all of Scotland on a single day.
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New research suggests that it is possible to create a new form of light, by binding light to a single electron, combining the properties of both. According to the scientists behind the study, from Imperial College London, the coupled light and electron would have properties that could lead to circuits that work with packages of light – photons – instead of electrons. It would also allow researchers to study quantum physical phenomena, which govern particles smaller than atoms, on a visible scale.
As more objects become "smart" solar and wind energies look to be teamed up with energy-emitting bricks, so buildings could be "large-scale living organisms” and generating power. Scientists at the UWE Bristol, (University of the West of England) are working on smart bricks to make use of microbes for recycling wastewater, generating electricity and producing oxygen, while the Melbourne a ZEB house following on Norway's is designed to produce surplus energy.
Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after government postponed a final decision until the early autumn. French firm EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset, approved funding at a board meeting. anad contracts were to be signed on Friday.
Solar scientists are putting Scotland on the world map and a September conference will see academia and industry meeting in Edinburgh, as a hub for research into solar power, with scientists from 10 universities probing the potential of this rapidily developing renewable energy source.
As climate change garners more attention around the world, scientists at the University of Virginia and Cornell University have made critical advances in understanding the physical properties of an emerging class of solar cells that have the potential to dramatically lower the cost of solar energy. Solar cells remain a focal point of scientific investigation because the sun offers the most abundant source of energy on earth. The concern, however, with conventional solar cells made from silicon is their cost. Even with recent improvements, they still require a significant amount of electricity and industrial processing to be manufactured.
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.
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