Longannet in Fife, is to close after it failing to win the valuable electricity supply contract from National Grid. The coal-fired power station on the Firth of Forth, rated by environmentalists as among the 30 most-polluting plants in Europe, is to close by March 2016, after loosing out to its rival and cleaner gas-fired power station Peterhead , owned by SSE, that was granted the £15m contract.
BASF and eight partners cooperate to optimise production processes for renewable-based products through PRODIAS (PROcessing Diluted Aqueous Systems) that fosters competitiveness of the European process industry.
The deadline for applications for the Scottish Government Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund is April 30th. The fund promises to award £250,000 grant funding to assist the development of a number of geothermal energy demonstrator projects in Scotland by financing feasibility studies. Applications must be for between £10,000 and £50,000 which provides a very significant and much needed boost to the sector.is April 30th and winners will be announced in June.
Ten day countdown to a total eclipse of the sun will take place, visible from the North Atlantic Ocean. Observers in the UK and Ireland will see a partial solar eclipse, with up to 97% of the Sun blocked out. This will be the deepest eclipse in the UK since 1999 and not happening again until 2026. Lerwick will be a prime viewing site. Though as Gaberlunzie seems to remember a lot depends on the cloud cover and rain/snow of course!
A new UK partnership Adwen (slightly hi-jacked from Adidas), will be responsible for the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and services of offshore wind turbines which will be manufactured in Germany, Bremerhaven and Stade. Gamesa and AREVA announce they have signed the definitive agreements and closed the transaction for the creation of Adwen, a JV dedicated to offshore wind and responsible for design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and services of offshore wind turbines.
Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since Einstein, scientists have been trying to observe both of these aspects of light simultaneously. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this behaviour.
A drilled rock bolt anchor will help to significantly reduce the foundation and installation costs for marine renewable energy devices. Current costs account for more than 40 percent of capital expenditures.
UV LED has now entered a fast growth. Indeed, the overall UV LED market of only ~$20M in 2008 grew to $90M in 2014 and we are expecting a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 40% for the next 5 years, claims Yole Développement in a recent UV LED Trends report
In Canada, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge, a yearly challenge organised by the Ontario Centers of Excellence, has as this year's theme as “Meeting the Energy Challenge of Remote Communities.”
Seems that the Pelamis and Aquamarine withdrawals from the wave energy scene has revitalised Scotland’s first wave energy technology development body, Wave Energy Scotland will receive a total of £14.3 million over the next thirteen months declares Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.
Under the EC Habitat and Birds Directive any new plan or project has to undergo an HRA (Habitat Regulations Appraisal) to determine whether it is likely to have a significant effect on certain European protected sites and how an adverse effect on site integrity can be avoided.
A Glasgow Chamber of Commerce report outline how technology will uimpact the city over the next five years. ‘Tomorrow’s City Centre: Glasgow Agenda’ white paper ‘considers how constantly evolving digital technologies will influence consumer behaviours and potentially impact the Glasgow city centre experience in the next five years.’
The Cisco specialist Integrated IT networking and communications specialist, Arrowdawn, has secured new contracts worth £200,000. Arrowdawn has completed a system upgrade for EnerMech, the mechanical engineering specialist to the energy sector, at a number of sites sites including Aberdeen and Norway. The news comes as a welcome if slight offset to the haemorrhage of local specialist skills for any future engineering extraction and exploration on the continental shelf.
As the court judgement over the wild, lonely, lovely Monadhliath range is expected in the next two to three months, "Save Wigtown Bay" campaign gains further momentum, and the Scottish Government is now considering an appeal against a ban on building a meteorological mast a current application for a seven turbine site. Wigtown conservationists dub Ecotricity "disrespectful" in its farm application, others hit out over a planning application for a wind park in Galloway and Germany's PNE Wind lines up to portfolio with other as well as Scotland's Forestry Commission portfolio.
Lighting Innovators, iViTi Lighting Ltd, based in Cardiff and Shropshire have developed both pioneering LED/Battery lighting as well as a Grid frequency monitoring technology in responding to energy supply and climate change challenges.
As the £60m boost for community scale renewable energy project is in Loch Lomond National Park, Crianlarich’s powerful start to renewable energy scheme could also be echoed by parallel complimentary networking for broadband to local communities, so that the energy funding could more efficiently afford better links for remote Scottish rural communities than to date BT has to date been able to supply although it is recorded as trialling white space.
VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and used a mass production method based on printing technologies that allows manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels. Design freedom improves the panels range of applications on the surfaces of interior and exterior building spaces. VTT is also studying the feasibility of mass production printing technology of solar panels made from inorganic perovskite materials.
As ForArgyll web enquires how many nuclear power lighthouses, buoys and oil rigs are there in the UK, after it discovered a little island off the Irish west coast in County Donegal – Rathlin O’Birn was nuclear powered, the new technology nuclear arena, has Ontario Canada startup Terrestrial Energy commercialising a new reactor design, based on work done at ORNL (Oak Ridge National laboratory) in Tennessee.
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