Three sectors of the growing wearables industry will raise the market value to $90B by 2020 and new applications such as safety enhanced automotive, medical monitoring and next-generation wearable smart equipments in a number of theses systems will be powered by energy scavenging technologies. Already, whether it is to get the best battery autonomy or to fit within the power budget, energy efficiency has become the key challenge across most of applications.
As wind turbine funding falls, solar power may be moving to pole position, technology playing an undeniable role driving global solar with new materials, and new applications as in solar paint. But solar also threatens visual landscape and wildlife pollution. It is not simply a matter of reduced panel costs, but also its efficiency at large utility scale.
Researchers at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) have developed a material suited for PV photovoltaics). For the first time, a functioning organic solar cell consisting of a single component has been produced on the basis of (MOFs) metal-organic framework compounds. The material is highly elastic and might also be used for the flexible coating of clothes and other deformable components. This development success is presented inl Angewandte Chemie International Edition."
Perhaps bad news for Scotland to be loosing £3bn in investment, as UK government decides to exclude new onshore wind farms from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than planned. But the good news would be an end to “turbine alley” with no Stronelairg wind farm to visually pollute the Monadhliath mountains’ amazing landscapes, an issue still awaiting Court of Sessions judgement.
You have to feel sorry for Jonah, there he was stashed away in the belly while the interesting bit was the " tail." Researchers from the NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) are testing a model “whale's tail” that can be attached to ships to improve fuel efficiency. NTNU is conducting these tests in the Marintek Towing Tank in cooperation with Rolls-Royce and the British companies Seaspeed and MOST.
Funding electronics may have created 212 jobs and safeguarded 147 roles in manufacturing, but but unemployment is a rising tide at present in Scotland in the oil industry seeing BP to axe 300 North Sea jobs and National Oilwell Varco looking to close 100 jobs while both Aberdeen and Dundee Universities looking to around a total of 185 compulsory redundancies.
A lithium-ion battery storing double the energy of existing batteries is closer to commercialisation, having signed up with home appliance manufacturer Dyson, that is both investing $15million in the 2007 startup Sakti3 and undertaking to incorporate the batteries into new products
Research and Scifi have been fascinated by the brain-machine or brain-computer interface (BCI) since the early 1970s. Apart from cyborgs and the game industry, the most important application potentials lie in thought-controlled communication and movement support of physically disabled persons.
In an attempt to break the Ayrshire jinx on big data farms, ILI (Intelligent Land Investments) lodges its planning application for a 10,000 square metre centre in East Ayrshire
where the proposed facility will be 40 per cent powered by six nearby wind turbines.
Crowd sourced startup Outernet, is aiming to rent communication satellites to carry the 'essentials' of the internet, as Wikipedia, open source software, health resources from Disease Control Centres and international news to billions of people,
Page views and “likes” are great for journalists' and webmasters’ egos, but don't pay any bills. University of Luxembourg researchers may have a solution. They identify a secure, anonymous way for readers, viewers and gamers to pay for online content without having to make a cash payment.
As Edinburgh University takes action to reduce fossil fuel emissions, its efforts are rather counter balanced by President Obama’s administration giving 'conditional approval' for Shell to start drill for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer.
The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only it was known how to harvest and store it. But storing sunshine is not trivial. Now Anders Bo Skov, a student of Chemistry, at University of Copenhagen has researched his way to a breakthrough, possibly pivotal for technologies trying to capture the solar energy and saving it.
F4E awards to AMEC Foster Wheeler one of the largest robotics contracts to date in the field of fusion energy for ITER, the world’s biggest international collaboration designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power.
Echo, an up-and-coming technology brand, improves accessibility and usability of day-to-day products through innovative thinking and design and brings to life everyday electronics, merging lifestyle with technology markets. It is now offering its shares on CrowdCube.
HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise) has announced the appointment of Tim Hurst as MD of WES
(Wave Energy Scotland) set up in 2014 as a subsidiary of HIE has a budget of £14.3m until the end of the financial year in 2016. WES aims to support and accelerate the development of wave energy technology through a series of competitive technology calls.
Aberdeenshire and Scandinavia may yet enjoy a £2billion power link creating some 200 new jobs is the NorthConnect scheme that would carry electricity generated in Scotland and Norway both ways to meet demand.
An earthquakes epicenter not far from the Katmandu has the United States Geological Survey count 12 aftershocks by mid-afternoon, one of which measured at a magnitude of 6.6. Deaths were reported as far away as northern India and on Mount Everest.
Back in 2014 Buccleuch Estates sold its Buccleuch Bioenergy operation to Scot Heating for an undisclosed sum. Now the estate teams up with 2020 Renewables to examine the potential for 140 turbine windfarm stretching through Dumfries and Galloway, in Loather Hills between Sanquhar and Wanlockhead. Described as “insane” by conservationists, who can challenge them? If the beauty of Stronlairg, legally challenged by the John Muir Trust does not yield protection, the lovely, lonely landscapes will become an intricate map of turbine alleys without recycling plans.
Ancala Partners which in September 2014 advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of Roadchef, from Delek Group, an Isreali energy and infrastructure conglomerate, has itself now bought the Perth-based Green Highland Renewables.
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