Gaberlunzie loves maps, they expand knowledge and let you mentally travel through deserts, climb mountains and enjoy forests and deserts. Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of countries in relation to one another. In fact, many passionate cartographers take pride in creating maps that present relevant knowledge through a visual medium.
Engineering Scotland’s Autumn Lecture is hosted by the University of Glasgow and delivered by Professor Jim Hough OBE on the detection of Gravitational Waves. Hosted by the University of Glasgow, Doors open at 18.00, October 24, 2016. Professor Hough will discuss the work done at the University of Glasgow, and elsewhere, leading to the announcement of the discovery of Gravitational Waves in February of this year.
Birds fly, swim and walk, but now scientific evidence indicates they can also windsurf! Olle Terenius from the Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences reports that Mute swan occasionally use their wings as sails when moving quickly on water surfaces.
Just as the UK Grid tenders out for stabilising power generation to backup growing renewable energies production, a US Yale laboratory identifies a molecule that transports oxygen in blood, and that could be the route to a new environmentally friendly method for producing batteries for cell phones, tablets car batteries and other electronic devices.
Scottish ministers have granted planning permission for a 19 turbine wind farm at Aikengall, despite the East Lothian council claiming that the 19-turbine wind farm in the south of Scotland would cause “unacceptably harm” to the landscape.
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, developed and made by engineering company Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd, has been installed on moorings at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney as part of site commissioning and testing. The 2MW SR2000 floating turbine was towed to site by Green Marine’s vessel the Green Isle. Leaving Kirkwall at 9am on 12th October it connected to its moorings on the Fall of Warness by 3pm. Adhering to engineering a low cost, low risk approach to their turbine solution: Scotrenewables completed construction and installation on site for the 2MW unit, including installation of the 500 tonne turbine itself, using locally available workboat vessels.
Powerbox Sweden, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies has four decades of optimising power use for demanding applications. It now introduces two new board mounted DC/DC converters to power industrial and railway applications; the extra wide input, ultra high power density
An economic, efficient, and environmentally-friendly technique for hydrogenation of graphene using visible light is developed by a team of researchers at Uppsala University and AstraZeneca Gothenburg, Sweden. The findings are published in “Nature Communications”.
A team of researchers from Solar Energy Institute at UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) are developing a system that allows the storage of energy in molten silicon - the most abundant element in the Earth's crust. The system, which has been recently published in "Energy Journal" has patent pending status in the United States, and aims to develop a new generation of low cost solar thermal stations and becoming the innovative storage system for electricity and cogeneration for urban centres.
A new framework for tackling waste has been unveiled by SEPA ( Scottish Environment Protection Agency) focussing on how SEPA will support a circulating economy in Scotland. Announced today at the Scottish Resources Conference today, “One Planet Prosperity – A Waste to Resources Framework”, outlines how SEPA intends to drive down waste production, keeping valuable materials circulating for as long as possible, whilst preventing and tackling the damage associated with waste management and waste crime. These guiding principles form the basis of the framework and define SEPA’s approach to waste and resource management across all sectors of the economy.
Using topology, Kosterlitz and Thouless described a topological phase transition in a thin layer of very cold matter. In the cold, vortex pairs form and then suddenly separate at the temperature of the phase transition. This was one of the twentieth century’s most important discoveries in the physics of condensed matter. (Illustration below) coutesy Johan Jarnestad.
A new report outlining the investment case for pumped storage hydro has set out 20 key benefits of the technology’s UK expansion. In the DNV GL study, funded by the Scottish Government, SSE, and ScottishPower, the report also identifies political and economic barriers facing “one of the most cost-effective options for grid-scale energy storage.”
Combined with the knowledge that a single technology will not do everything, a group of South African scientists at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, have pioneered a solar energy generation technology that had Google stumped.
Rosetta, the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, has merged in a final embrace with its watched satellite the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet of the past two years. The decade space hunt reached its climax as Rosetta was woken up on Monday from a two and a half year sleep that was required to charge its solar power and harpoon the passing comet. The European Space Agency caught the signal coming from 807,000,000 km from Earth.
Award-winning UK energy technology firm ELe (Extreme Low Energy Ltd) has appointed Peter Ormerod formerly VP of sales at global education company Promethean as head of the Merseyside-based firm’s worldwide development team new head of global business development.
The quantum revolution is afoot. Physicists are learning to harness quantum phenomena with ever-greater precision, quantum computers are becoming a reality, and a number of quantum technologies are already in use. Such technological advancement poses an important question: how will the era of quantum technology affect our lives? In a live webcast October 5, Michele Mosca will explore quantum technologies – those that already exist and those yet to come – and how they will affect our lives.
As Wave Energy Scotland selects four of the 10 stage-one PTO (power take-off) call participants to progress to stage two with combined funding of almost £2m, solar perovskite cells are rising stars in the photovoltaic world as in less than a decade, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% – an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. The name ‘perovskite’ is taken from the light-harvesting layer that characterises them as lighter, cheaper, and more flexible solar cells than the traditional crystalline silicon-based cells.
The new VTT CNS (Centre for Nuclear Safety), which is intended for research purposes, has been inaugurated in Espoo, Finland. Both experimental work and computational modelling will be carried out in the facility.
The review of social and ethical consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in Ukraine concluded that one of the most important lessons learned was that assessment and management of radiation risks needs to go beyond a purely technical assessment (Oughton 2011).
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