After getting approval for the project in March 2012, the Institute, located in Villeurbanne near Lyon, was created in January 2014 by twelve shareholders from the electricity sector in France, including companies and academic partners 'in the spirit of scientific collaboration'.
In September the Virtual Reality Factory was launched in Coventry by Siemens to showcase UK's manufacturing potential and to urge the UK Government to provide tax reliefs for SME’s, encouraging investment in new productivity enhancing technologies - as well as industry funding for a ‘living laboratory.’ Already robots, sensor tools, Additive Manufacture & power cable developments are forging ahead in Europe, in the morph towards creating the fourth, probably to be quickly followed by the fifth Industrial revolution.
High-performance energy storage technologies for the automotive industry or mobile phone batteries and notebooks providing long battery times – these visions of the future are being brought one step nearer to the present by scientists from Graz University of Technology.
Lightsource Renewable Energy is predicting a ‘solar boom’ in Scotland and has opened a new office in Livingston to take advantage of it, as the majority of it's £1.1billion of UK investment in the solar industry up to now been deployed on large-scale ground mount projects. This year it also acquire Renewable Resources that has installed more than770 rooftops installations.
The UK is to join the USA and play a key role in an international project to develop a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed.
In October 2014 the European Commission invited the fusion community into the heart of the European Quarter, the Solvay Library, to officially launch the European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy, EUROfusion for short. The new consortium agreement will substitute the fourteen year-old European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA), as well as 29 bilateral Association agreements between the Commission and research institutions in 27 countries.
Gartner, Inc reveals its top predictions for IT organisations and IT users for 2015 and beyond and begins to examine a shift in the age old relationships between man and machine due to the emergence of digital business.
A new study led by Queen’s University Belfast into how cheetahs burn energy suggests that human activity, rather than larger predators, may force them to expend more energy and thus be the major cause of their decline.
Gaberlunzie was attracted to two elegant rarities recently. The vendace fish for one, declared extinct a decade ago, makes its cunning comeback in Bassenthwaite Lake, while Lamborghini finally sees hybrid power as the elegant twist for the & Lamborghini Asterion .
New research co-funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) is to focus on cyber-security aspects of UK's critical infrastructure as vital industrial control systems running power and manufacturing plants, the national grid, and the country's rail network system.
Edinburgh's solar meadow below, at the Jewel & Esk site could be overtaken in size by a proposed solar power park in Dundee. Building Scotland’s largest community owned solar power park in would tackle fuel poverty, cut CO2 emissions and regenerate derelict and contaminated land, according to a speaker coming to the University of Dundee next week.
Two reports from the International Energy Agency imply solar power (thermal and photovoltaic) could by 2050 be the world’s largest source of electricity ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear. As USA NIST ) idevelops the measurement tools and techniques to characterise physical processes related to light absorption, energy transfer, and carrier dynamics in thin-film inorganic PV materials and devices, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in ZSW (Baden-Württemberg) has just set a new world record in TFT PV, with Stuttgart scientists achieving 21.7 percent efficiency with a CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide) solar cell.
Early this month, a US nuclear engineering company Lightbridge, based at Tysons Corner, Virginia, presented at the Euro Pacific Global Investment Conference, .an update of its planned first tests in a full scale reactor of new design engineered fuel rod to boost power output by 10 to 17% while ensuring safety and reducing security costs.
SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) has received a letter from SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) dated 15 September 2014, notifying SEPA that it is withdrawing its application to vary the Tummel hydropower licence with immediate effect.
CCHL ( Callander Community Hydro Ltd) early saw the potential to turn the rainfall around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park into something of value for its community. The scheme is responsible for an exciting project building a community river hydro scheme.
A new Scottish Renewable report shows the wave and tidal energy sector has invested more than £217m in the country to date, with £31.8m spent in the last 12 months alone while two thirds (62%) of the industry's supply chain is Scottish. Marine energy, where Scotland is recognised as a world leader, is forecast to be worth £50bn by 2050.
The Lion and the Unicorn
Are now golfing the same ground
As they opt for being together
Being best for all, all round.
As neither fancies white bread,
Or even the brown,they are rejecting
Plumcake for confections of their own
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