Four years ago in October Sophant Technologies launched its software muscled antenna. Now the pioneering Sofant Technologies Ltd has secured €1.97 million (£1.54 million) of European funding. The investment, part of the €3 billion Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme will be used to take Sofant’s patented technology to market, potentially doubling battery life for mobile devices and greatly reducing antenna energy usage.
(SCC) Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s “Sustaining Growth, Supporting Business” campaign sets out the key priorities for Scotland’s businesses over the next five years. It forms the foundation of SCC’s engagement with the next Scottish Government and calls to action will help Scotland’s businesses to compete and deliver growth in our economy.
A new report published today by Beecham Research helps enterprise companies to match their IoT (Internet of Things) applications to the most appropriate public connectivity services to enable them. The report, "An Introduction to LPWA Public Service Categories: Matching Services to IoT Applications" proposes a new acronym/name for this new class of providers. Those offering LPWA-based connectivity services directly to users are referred to as Public LPWA LSPs (Services Providers,) Where LSP services are enabled through a Cloud-based service – for example, to provide a co-ordinated international coverage the Cloud-based provider is referred to as an LSE (LPWA Services Enabler).
It seems curiously timely, as the world recalls Chernobyl, the nuclear accident that occurred 30 years ago today, that the focus from the nuclear energy sector is on the next challenges for the technology with its decommissioning market in the next decade. "Nuclear Energy Insider" journal has organised its Decommissioning Conference to be held 31st May-1st June. And that other most intriguing development, the next generation of small modular reactors has a Handbook is in place as well!, The cost from $195 (Kindle) to $265 hard cover.
Created inside a thermos tube of Graphene, Carbyne is said to be stronger than both graphene and diamond, and twice as stiff as the stiffest known materials. Simultaneously sustainable industry carbon, emerging from research at University of Vienna, Austria, discovers new super material Steambio, a sustainable industry carbon. Glasgow will be hosting a Meeting & Workshop on Steambio from 28-29th June.
Kite Power Solutions (KPS) founded in 2011 in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK to develop a low cost solution to harness energy from the wind using kites, has received funding from the UK DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) and other private sector funders. In February the KPS-led consortium was awarded a £1million development.
Honey bee workers collecting artificial pollen diets from a feeding dish. The bees can distinguish diets by color, taste and/or smell, and they show dietary preferences accordingly. Moreover, in regards to previous colony nutrition, bees diversify their food uptake, preferring complementary nutrition.
A new study has shown a significant reduction in the number of breeding birds following the construction of turbines at a wind farm in the north of Scotland, which authorities chose to ignore RSPB advice stating the area was unsuitable for windfarms.
Plans for a new hydro scheme and fish-pass made back in 2014 could now bring significant long-term ecological benefits to protected species, and was approved by councillors, with the community hydro power scheme being given the go ahead in Aberdeen, for harnessing energy from the rumbunctious River Don.
ALLOS Semiconductors, Dresden, Germany has transferred its latest generation GaN-on-Si epiwafer technology in under twelve weeks to a major international industry player. This is part of a comprehensive joint project to accelerate the
GaN-on-Si power semiconductor product development of that customer.
Show me what you ate and I’ll tell you where you come from. This approach in the latest bat research study conducted by the Leibniz IZW (Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research) in Berlin, Germany. Based on isotope analyses of several kinds of tissue, scientists headed by Christian Voigt successfully defined the preferred habitats of three bat species. For the first time ever, results shed light on which habitats bats prefer during their annual migrations.
Equitix infrastructure developer will allocate more than £100m to Scottish tidal power, in a new partnership agreement with developer Atlantis to aid the emergence of the world's largest tidal stream project.
Iceland is considering investing up to £3 billion to install a subsea power cable from the Highlands of Iceland to Britain, to deliver 1000MW [the equivalent of a modest power station] of reliable renewable energy on demand.
For the country that gave the world the macintosh, the good news In the journal "Angewandte Chemie" is that Chinese researchers have now introduced an all-weather solar cell, triggered not just by sunlight but also by raindrops!! SolaBat lies at the end of the rainbow
In the pleasurable reassurance that both the Motherwell and Cambuslang steel works are to be kept open, Gaberlunzie heaved a sigh of relief and turned from the "Financial Times" report, to see what "ForArgyll" was thinking!
Ineos, owner of the Grangemouth industrial complex which holds the fracking exploration licences for large swathes of central Scotland, said that while remaining supportive of a Scottish Government "moratorium and evidence gathering process" now believes its position would be vindicated with new research meaning fracking is to be permitted from 2017.
A team of engineers from Saarland University are developing intelligent motor systems that function without needing additional sensors. Essentially transforming the motor itself into a sensor, the team led by Professor Matthias Nienhaus are creating smart motors that tell if they are still running smoothly, and can communicate and interact with other motors to effect efficient controll.
UK government is to set out a strategy by 2017 that aims at the UK becoming one of the "world leaders” in '5G' mobile wireless communications. The strategy is to be informed by recommendations made by the National Infrastructure Commission before the end of 2016 so that the Commission delivers in 2017 the 5G strategy recommendations according to chancellor George Osborne's Budget statement.
Dubbed a photo opportunity on Friday 1st April at Dundee University Students’ Union, Airlie Place, University Principal Professor Sir Pete Downes will be starting the ‘Ergathon’ and evading, if possible, any cry of Huntie Gowk!
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