Scotland's public sector has the potential to lead the next stage of the country's green energy evolution, according to industry body Scottish Renewables. Local authorities, NHS Boards, National Park Authorities, enterprise agencies, emergency services and other public organisations could all play a key role in Scotland meeting its future climate change targets – including switching to using more renewable power, heat and transport.
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) spinout FastCAP Systems founded in 2008 develops and markets ultracapacitors, and ultracapacitor-based systems, that offer greater energy density and other advantages. Now, University of Surrey, UK, has specifically tailored a plastic designed to replace the electrolyte component, and boost the energy density of their supercapacitors, making them up to 10,000 times more powerful.
EPSRC puts £60 million as a boost to UK’s manufacturing base through of set up six new research hubs at universities across England, Wales and Scotland that will share government funding to improve the UK’s manufacturing processes An additional £87.5 million is the total contribution from partners, academia and industry. Sectors are: compound semiconductors, continous manufacture and advanced crystalisation, advanced metrology, targeted healthcare and composites manufacturing.
Exactly 14 different variants of a very specific bacterium that damages grapevines is to be found in Austria, a key result of a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) which looked at the damage caused to vines by phytoplasmas.
World Soil Day, (5th December) is the day that the United Nations asks all to think about the role of soil in our daily lives. Farmers already know its central importance to their business and its future. But current crop production levels are often maintained by increased inputs, as fertilisers, pesticides and technology. These mask production loss due to reduced soil quality. Project SoilCare, is investigating ways to improve quality through cropping systems and techniques, that benefiting both farm profitability and the environment. This is essential to break the negative spiral of soil degradation, increased inputs, increased costs and environmental damage.
It is well known that F1 teams use 3D printing in developing their cars. Rapid prototyping has advantages in F1, particularly if the less secretive Formula Student is anything to go by. 3D printing is an obvious tool for working on a high performance car that is constantly evolving and changing. And as with aerospace, where many advances in 3D printing are first seen, F1 racing can also provide some indications of what might be next in 3D printing.
Pioneering laser technology could boost the performance of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN to new levels of efficiency, helping unlock some of science’s greatest mysteries going back to the `Big Bang’.
First oil from the Scolty/Crathes development was achieved on 21 November 2016. “EnQuest is pleased to confirm the delivery of first oil from Scolty/Crathes ahead of schedule and under budget, approximately a year after the Field Development Plan (‘FDP’) was approved and the project was sanctioned. This was the only offshore pure oil FDP approval in the UK North Sea in 2015. Unit operating costs are expected to be under $15/bbl in the initial peak volume years and production is anticipated to continue until 2025.
One of the most highly endowed German research awards funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will be used to establish a junior research group to study dark matter at Mainz University. Together with six other award winners, particle physicist Dr. William Shepherd received the highly endowed Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin yesterday. The award was presented by Georg Schütte, the State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and Enno Aufderheide, the Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
OAS (Ocean Array Systems) is to use the ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult’s 7 MW offshore wind demonstration turbine to validate software designed to improve the control strategies of offshore WTGs. Improved turbine control, adopted farm-wide, could see as much as a 2.4% reduction in the LCOE (Levelled Cost of Energy) of offshore wind, says OAS.
Trax Interconnect, is believed the creator of the most complex circuit board ever made in South Africa. Researchers from the EHEP (Wits Experimental High Energy Particle Physics) group showcased the benefits of collaboration between science and industry when they displayed a South African made prototype of a high-tech electronics board at the ICRI (International Conference on Research Infrastructure) held recently in Cape Town.
Anyone with an interest in photography will know that to get features such as a powerful zoom, you usually need a big camera. Reason being that most cameras rely on refraction. That is whereby the light passing through lenses slows down, and changes direction. Focusing this refracted light requires a certain amount of space. Now a promising route to smaller, powerful cameras built into smartphones and other devices is in the design of optical elements that manipulate light by diffraction, or the bending of light around obstacles or through small gaps, instead of refraction.
Despite its detection, due to the small size of the lander and the resolution of the HiRISE camera on the MRO, the exact configuration of the lander on Mars was not clear - despite collecting 8 images of the lander and use of advanced image processing techniques. Now, however, the researchers from De Montfort University and the University of Leicester have worked together to come up with a new way to detect the lander configuration. The study finds the Mars lander deployed at least three or all four of its solar panels. Well, what would you expect from a loyal and true blue robot!!
While the UK Government will support the growth of offshore wind, it puts off renewables decision for Scotland’s remote islands leaving the renewable energy industry developers and communities on the remote islands of Scotland ‘bitterly disappointed’ claims industry body, Scottish Renewables.
Blue Spectral for colour blind and insomniac is demonstrated by innovative video personalisation technology on IPTV set top box at OTTtv World Summit. Multiple studies have shown that blue light can reduce melatonin production, resetting body clocks and making it difficult to sleep after watching TV or using tablets/laptops. To combat this Spectral Edge (www.spectraledge.co.uk) has announced its new image enhancement technology Nighteq, that helps viewers get a good night’s sleep by reducing the amount of blue light coming from TVs, tablets and computer screens,yet maintaining contrast and picture quality.
Scottish ministers and the leaders of three island councils have written to Greg Clark UK Business Secretary over claims that government indecision is putting at risk more than £1.3 billion of funding for large-scale renewable energy products. Their letter was announced as Holyrood ministers met council leaders from Orkney, Shetland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar at the Convention of the Highlands and Islands (COHI) in Inverness.
In a welter of worrying news ranging from Ross and Cromarty sea wildlife being at risk; only two Asiatic Iranian cheetah’s being alive and a hair raising tale that Wind farm statistics are a cover-up; comes the amazingly good news that New Zealand, the USA and Russia, along with 24 other member countries have at last agreed that the Ross Sea, Antarctica, is now an official Marine Protected Area.
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.
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