Although nuclear power has been described by some as "a busted flush," Scottish Enterprise is to invest in a project aimed at helping Scottish firms to skill-up and move into the nuclear power industry.
£30million funding is announced by Secretary of State for Industry the Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP for two new research packages to develop advanced materials and investigate NDE (non-destructive evaluation). The major Scottish player is Strathclyde University.
The UK Government’s £230 million loan to Ineos, for the Grangemouth Refinery to build a gigantic ethane storage tank to support its planned import of cheap shale gas from America, is being seen as good news for the Grangemouth workforce.
University of Manchester is to be the host of Graphene Week 2015 – a key international conference for scientists studying graphene. The international conference covering fundamental science of grapheme and applications of graphene-based devices - is to be the main annual event of the European Graphene Flagship in June 2015.
The Crown Estate as manager of the UK seabed agrees seabed rights in respect of six new wave and tidal current demonstration zones, which for the first time enable locally-based organisations to manage and sub-let parts of the seabed to a range of wave and tidal stream developers. And for five new wave and tidal current sites, each with the potential to deliver a project of between 10MW and 30MW.
As an International Energy Agency reports $8billion being wasted in online standby device power usage in 2013 and urges reform; VTT in Finland launches into a Neo-carbon Energy storage project, and an IHS report notes detail progress with a variety of MEMS energy sensor hubs with different routes to power conservation making huge market gains.
As the 68 turbine Harestanes wind farm near Moffat officially opens, Scotland’s wave and solar renewables may start to balance Scotland's energy portfolio with Nautricity joining forces with Canadian Fundy Tidal Inc to develop a 500kw commercial tidal project in Nova Scotia, and planners consider a PV (photovoltaics) farm for one of Scotland’s largest solar resources to be located outside Arbroath.
Energy specialists from universities in Aberdeen, Cardiff, Edinburgh. London, Manchester and St Andrews have written a joint letter to the "Sunday Herald" urging that Scotland should gain control over "a large portion" of the financial incentives for renewables energy schemes.
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Celtic Renewables is the first company to trial biobutanol technology at the Belgian demonstrator pilot facility and the first Scottish company to sign a partnership with BBEPP (Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant).
Michael Lebby, partime Professor of Optoelectronics at Glyndwyr University, Wales (where IQE is a name to conjure with when it comes to compound materials). Lebby is also CEO of OneChip photonics in Canada/USA and is to lecture on June 12th on photonics chips and how the compound semiconductor has evolved into the matured products that today hold great nextgen promise.
A team of physicists at the University of Dundee working with Southampton and Illinois Wesleyan universities, predictably turn science fiction into science fact by creating a functioning acoustic tractor beam using energy from an ultrasound array to exert force behind an object and pull it towards the energy source.
Divesting most of its energy business to Siemens,Rolls-Royce sees energy as a business where scale is important. It opts instead to focus on areas where it can grow most value and nuclear is one that present significant opportunity.
Aggreko power generation and temperature control services provider has announced the appointment of Chris Weston, currently MD ofInternational Downstream at Cetrica, as its new CEO, expected to join Aggreko next year having completed his commitments at Centrica.
Nano materials and nano power will make for interesting disruptions as SABIC collaborates with Cima NanoTech on a breakthrough, industry-first with transparent conductive polycarbonate film, and a Stanford University electrical engineer invents a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body, using it to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors.
Wind energy is a promising renewable energy resources but more research is needed to improve efficiencies. At Iowa State University, Dr. Hui Hu and his group have studied the effects of the relative rotation directions of 2 (counter rotating and single rotor) tandem wind turbines on power production performance, flow characteristics in the turbine wake flows, and resultant wind loads acting on the turbines.
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