John Muir Trust welcomes its hard fought victory with a coalition of outdoors, environmental and community organisations, (not to mention breath-holding and praying others) who have waged a five year campaign to stop the proposed Allt Duine Wind Farm on the western edge of the Cairngorm National Park.
NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”
As Scottish Renwables organisation has a 1-2 September International North Sea conference lined up in Edinburgh, and an August 15-16 Marine conference, exhibition and dinner in Inverness, it will have plenty to discuss and is publicising that in the last five weeks, a series of announcements from the UK Government have brought huge changes to the UK’s renewable energy industry. Worth noting that in the US there is a movement to pull the plug on renewable energy while a WWF Scotland analysis shows wind farms generated the equivalent of 98 per cent of Scotland's electricity needs last year and power companies were paid more than £53 million to switch off their turbines in 2014!
In an especially rare and historic event, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita) will host many of the founding members of modern physics in Stockholm in an attempt to solve one of the most complex and mind-twisting topics of our time: whether singularities in black holes exist and whether Hawking radiation has any bearing on their existence.
At the CFCC, there were some who were of the belief that it might be too late to just rely on clean energy. “We should have done this 20 to 30 years ago" And others note "there are limits to adaptation." From the STEM viewpoint four women players have three male counterparts.
Glasgow-based Star Renewable Energy has won a £350,000 contract to supply heat pumps for a pioneering renewable energy scheme which will, for the first time in the UK, see solar thermal panels being used to power a district heating scheme.
An exciting opportunity emerges to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath and work with Professor Chris Bowen, on a European Research Council Advanced Fellowship in "Novel Energy Materials: Engineering Science and Integrated Systems (NEMESIS)"
The emergence of the NSCOG (North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid) initiative is progressing with a recent report that focuses on concerns over the use of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) systems in particular and also on the development of VSC (Voltage Source Converter) technology.
The John Muir Trust has welcomed the decision by Scottish Government Reporter Richard Hickman to refuse permission for the Beinn Mhor wind farm on the edge of Glen Affric, while the Highlands Flow Country proposal for a 24 turbine development near Reay in Caithness has been rejected by minister Fergus Ewing. But the jury is still out on the Stronelairg judicial review.
IDTechEx is the only market analyst tracking the development of 45 electric vehicle categories and not just electric cars. Based on research it sees that there are now lithium-ion battery options for everything from forklifts and mobility vehicles for the disabled to e-bikes. Indeed, almost all the e-bikes in the West and Japan use them. 8000 forklifts in the USA have fuel cells with lithium-ion batteries though the Toyota Mirai fuel cell car and the Prius hybrid car still use NiMH.
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,
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