Scottish Enterprise has made a Proof of Concept Fund Award of £500k to Professor Lee Cronin from Glasgow University School of Chemistry. The finance is to support prototyping and demonstrator development of a new (80% cost reduction) combined electrolyser-&-fuel-cell system. This exploits a major 'materials' innovation from the Cronin Lab to generate an inorganic fuel used to produce hydrogen or electricity on demand.
Renewable energy exerts are predicted to inject around £350,000 into the economy of Lewis when they attend EIMR (Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables) international conference from 30th April (faunal interactions & methodology) - 1st May (Ecological modelling & overviews). It comes on the heels of the island's missile test range value being claimed by the First Minister as of more importance to Nato nuclear alliance than Trident.
As wind farms look to be going high altitude, drone satellites are seen as the future for communications, as US corporate Google plays catch-up on the Facebook acquisition of UK's team Ascenta, to buys Titan Aerospace.
Moray Council has put on the market, for lease or sale, a one hectare site at the eastern end of Buckie Harbour, which can accommodate ships of up to 86 metres long. The yard comprises three slips and two side slips, two boat repair sheds, a workshop, office block, warehouse and small stores. Facilities include 24-hour access, pilotage, bunkering by tanker, water on all quays and skilled stevedores.
As the IPCC urges energy efficiency to cut carbon, a UK design break through in signal amplifiers for mobile phone masts could deliver massive 200MW cut in the load of UK power stations, reducing CO2 emissions by around 0.5 million tonnes a year.
Many pathways to substantial emission reductions are available urges the newest report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that shows global greenhouse gas emissions have grown more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
With Scotland now home to half of the UK's onshore wind farms and set to have the largest offshore development in the Moray Firth, perhaps the country should consider the latest airborne technology which is to provide power to the remote region of Alaska, while removing the visual ground pollution of land-based generators.
Samsung's proposed Solar Powered Internet school is a self-sufficient school with electricity and internet access built around a shipping container. Now the Edinburgh International Science Festival will hear that Internet access fuelled by the power of the sun could soon be a possibility, as researchers at the University have developed technology that enables solar panels to detect broadband signals, allowing data to be transmitted on the world wide web, using daylight.
Four major contracts, cumulative value of approximately £450 million have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) to facilitate the delivery of new and upgraded power lines in the north of Scotland. This investment will help support over 600 jobs and to boost to local economies associated with the projects.
The Glasgow-based ORE Catapult is to merge with NAREC (National Renewable Energy Centre) to create a "national champion" for the development and cost reduction of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy across the UK.
As SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) advances determining SS&E (Scottish and Southern Energy) application to modify water flows within areas of the Tay and Spey catchments to improve the quality of some rivers, as is required by the EWFD (European Water Framework Directive) tidal energy developer, Oceanflow Development Ltd, Scottish-based subsidiary of Newcastle's Oceanflow Energy Ltd has attracted a £300,000 package of support to further develop and commercialise its second generation tidal energy device, Evopod,
As IDTechEx forecasts in its "Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles 2014-2024" an increased adoption of WBG power semiconductors in electric vehicles, means a silicon thaw is underway, as IQE declares its first 150mm VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) epiwafer process for high volume, low cost applications, and enters agreement with MACOM (M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc) to deliver GaN-on-Si (Gallium Nitride on Silicon) at vital 200mm silicon cost structures.
Professor David Delpy, EPSRC's CEO bows out from his post by announcing the prize winners of a national science photography competition organised by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
SSE that proposed to develop an 690MW offshore wind farm array off the coast of Islay will continue to work with other stakeholders in relation to the development, but will not be investing further in the project in the foreseeable future. It follows on SPR Renewables also moving out from the Tiree Array.
Siemens is to invest £160 million (€190m) in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire. The revised plan, worked on for more than four years, will be spread across two sites comprising the Green Port Hull project construction, assembly and service facility and a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in nearby Paull, in East Riding.
With 326 wind turbines planned, Moray Offshore Renewables Limited (MORL) and the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) will be the world’s third-largest offshore wind farm, far greater than the 630MW London array with its tiny flock of 175 turbines. The graphic above shows only 48 turbines
Lockheed Martin is adding to its renewable energy expertise in tidal energy generation with a contract from global tidal energy Atlantis Resources to optimise the design of Atlantis’ newAR1500, the 1.5-MW tidal turbine. Designed to facilitate operation in highly energetic tidal locations, this turbine will be one of the largest single rotor turbines ever developed.
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