Swiss-based Ineos, Grangemouth Refinery owner is planning to attract companies to its industrial site to expand customer base and share soaring energy and other utility costs. But in growing Grangemouth it will impact the demand for expensive North Sea piped oil.
An international collaboration agreement has been signed between the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), Singapore, to support development of the marine renewable energy industry in Southeast Asia.
Just what every small island would hope to get for Christmas - a Dark Skies status award. Now Hebridean Coll can play among the world of dark sky islands, as it joins Sark, smallest of the four Channel Islands, which won its status in January 2011. Neat strategy would organise a trip that encompassed both with a stop off for Northumberland and Galloway Forest.
'Thermal issues are the biggest challenge facing the trend to smaller and more powerful devices, and new techniques to increase power density, such as embedded chips and 3D chip packaging, will only produce more heat,' explains Afshin Ziaei, a manager of research at Thales Research & Technology in France.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, has opened the Angus Smith Building, that brings together over 400 staff from SEPA's (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) scientific, regulatory and other teams into a single, modern, fit-for-purpose facility.
The visual, the noise and the flicker may be stated in an Environmental Assessment during planning, but there has never been a multi-site study of the match against the statment in the EA during the planning process and the actuality of the impact on the environment, later once the wind farm is operational.
Gaberlunzie opted to try to download the actual "Scotland's Future - blueprint for a fairer country" report but after dipping around a bit discovered discovered the only downloadable seemed to be the three page commentary from Alex Salmond rather than the report itself.
UK's first floating wind farm and the largest floating European wind scheme i to date is to be sited off the Aberdeenshire coast as part of Norwegian Statoil's ambitious Hywind project for five 6MW floating turbines at tje Buchan Deep site between 12 and 20 miles east of Peterhead as Norwegian company Statoil is granted its lease by Crown Estate.
In Scotland, S&C Electric Europe provides RC (reactive compensation) equipment to the Bettyhill wind energy generation project. Germany is turning to VPPs (Virtual Power Plants) to tackle the intermittent supply of renewable energies with a gradually overhaul its energy mix, while ABB lauds Microgrid skills.
For wireless communication, the amount of data that needs to be transferred keeps growing and the basis for this to happen are highly perfected crystals with very specific features. An international team of researchers has now developed a material system that meets the highest requirements, results of the research published in "Nature'.
World-leading scientists will push the boundaries of studies on how to deflect asteroids and manipulate space debris, as the University of Strathclyde gets set to transform international space research.
In June 2011, IEA (International Energy Agency) produced its Geothermal Heat & Energy Technology roadmap. Two months later Scottish Government produced its own report on Deep Geothermal Energy. More recently it commissioned AECOM with BGS (British Geological Survey) to undertake a more considered report on use of this energy source iin Scotland.
The University of Edinburgh Policy and Innovation Group has led the proposal for DTOcean (Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays) and will be coordinating the consortium made up of 18 international members from 11 countries , with the redoubtable Sandia national laboratory on renewable energies of the United States as the only non-European member.
DONG Energy and FLiDAR started Europe's first commercial floating offshore wind measurement campaign in June using its lidar buoys in the southern east Irish sea. The buoy adapted Leosphere lidar, (self-powered with its own solar and wind energy) has been sufficiently successful for Renewable Power to sign up a launch of the device at its Neart Na Gaoithe farm, 6km off Scotland's Fife Ness coast in early 2014.
Project WINDTRUST has as its objective to improve wind energy sector competitiveness by developing and testing components to improve turbine reliability. Co-financed by European Commission, coordinated by GAMESA, it is set to run to September 2015.In the background the wind energy industry and companies are starting to have an understanding of turbine yaw misalignment and its associated energy and revenue losses. This largely thanks to newer measurement tools, that ease the detection problem and its exact characteristics for any given turbine.
As Dundee city exhibits its first completely-off-grid solar panel renewable energy building, SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy) gets £1 million fund boost for its offshore wind turbine testing plant at Hunterston, Ayrshire, while the Island of Mull opts for hydro-energy from its Allt Achadh na Moine watercourse.
Exploration of the biggest construction project Dundee has seen in a generation and the pioneering super-energy-efficient studio in the city’s Botanic Garden are on show in Dundee Central Library this month.
European interest in buying into UK sources of renewable energy is demonstrated by Norway's FOR (Fred Olsen Renewables ) acquiring the remaining 50% share of joint venture Brockloch Rig Wind Ltd from RWE npower renewables.
The EUOEA (European Ocean Energy Association) annual conference Ocean Energy Europe 2013, taking place outside Brussels for the first time, is held today at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, supported by SDI (Scottish Development International). It will be followed in November by the International Tidal Energy Summit in London. Both gatherings help to renovate images of remorseless mega-windfarms imposed on rare unique landscapes, by offering UK that important, but often sidelined, wave and tidal power.
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