University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce celebrated their joint collaboration to establish an HTRC (High Temperature Research Centre) when the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor David Eastwood and Rolls-Royce Director of Research and Technology Ric Parker ‘broke ground’ at the Centre’s new site at Ansty Park, near Coventry.
Over 1,000 IBM workers in China launched a protest against the plan to move them into Lenovo, which announced its $2.3 billion bid to acquire IBM's x86 server business including System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, together with NeXtScale,iDataPlex and others.
A new £20 million three-year programme that will support research to develop new low carbon manufacturing processes and technologies, low carbon cities and offshore renewables in the UK and China has been agreed.
A "Wind Energy Update" study carried out over six months of research with in depth industry interviews is behind a fascinating portfolio of the interesting, expected, unexpected and sometimes downright depressing statistics.
As the Los Angeles, California City Council passes a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, making it the largest US city to prohibit controversial oil and gas drilling procedures, Scotland might well have a care of its own targeted franking geography.
Shell and SSE are to develop a world’s first full-scale gas CCS (carbon capture and storage) project – the Peterhead CCS Project. Up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be captured from the Peterhead Power Station, transported by pipeline offshore for long-term storage deep beneath the North Sea.
Supercomputer TSUBAME recently upgraded from 2.0 to 2.5. Swallow in Japanese, Tsubame is the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) symbol. TSUBAME also stands for Tokyo Tech Supercomputer and Ubiquitously Accessible Mass Storage Environment,one of the world's top, large-scale supercomputers.
Colin McInnes, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde writes in The Herald to remind Scotland that EDF and its existing nuclear capacity is still a major carbon conscious player in the total UK energy scene.
SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy) is to withdraw its Section 36 planning applications for Dalnessie wind farm (81MW) in Sutherland and the proposed extension to Fairburn wind farm (36MW) in Glen Orrin, Ross-shire. Reviews of both proposals have concluded that continued investment in progressing them is no longer financially viable.
AIM listed Atlantis Resources Ltd secures €7.7 million EC grant funding that will support deployment of multi tidal-turbine arrays at the business’ MeyGen tidal energy site, an installation that will be supported by DHI, Royal Haskoning DHV and the University of Edinburgh.
Ghent University researchers report progress with an optical circuit that uses bend and stretch interconnections made of PDMS (poly-dimethyl siloxane) in a light guide light that can even operate when stretched up to 30% and when bent around an object the diameter of a human finger. Next move, system shrink!
Swedish power and automation group ABB follows the Chelmsford-based Global Marine Systems, Hampshire A-2-Sea Solutions and the Aberdeen Ecosse Subsea Systems in the supply and lay of submarine telecom or power cables.
The development of wind farms in Europe has an extremely limited impact on the climate at the continental scale, and this will remain true until at least 2020 is the main conclusions of a French and Italian study But researchers urge fresh studies using other models and different scenarios for wind energy development in order to determine the exact consequences of an even more massive deployment of wind energy by 2050.
The Gill Instruments WindObserver, an intrinsically safe ultrasonic anemometer is now certified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for use in Ex (explosive) atmospheres and will be displayed at Oceanology International, London from 11-13 March 2014
Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte has launched the OREDP (Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan), intended to provide a framework for the sustainable development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources and also explore the potential for international collaboration with Scotland.
A £155 million fund for a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that exploit quantum physics properties to develop quantum technologies - with the view to eventual application - has been opened for bids by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). Between £10-20 million a Hub will be available, complemented by a £75 million fund for capital investment across the network.
An exhibition of paintings by Jean Duncan, artist in residence at Dundee University's CECHR (Centre for Environmental Change & Human Resilience), showing the effects of climate change on globally important glaciers, opens later this week. Latest news Jakobshavn Isbræ (Glacier) is moving ice from Greenland ice sheet into the ocean at fastest ever recorded speeds. Washington University and DLR (German Space Agency) researchers measure dramatic speeds of the fast-flow glacier in 2012 and 2013, results published in "The Cryosphere" EGU (European Geoscience Union) open access journal.
The Port of Ardersier now has the full backing of Highland Council for plans to turn the former oil fabrication yard on the Moray Firth into a manufacturing ‘super-hub’ for offshore wind and been granted onshore planning consent for ambitious plans to transform 160 hectares (400 acres) vacant site into a manufacturing, assembly, operations and maintenance base for new Scottish east coast offshore wind fields.
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