The University of Strathclyde’s PNDC (Power Networks Demonstration Centre) first of its kind in Europe is officially opened, established in response to demand for secure, reliable and environmentally-friendly electricity across the globe.
Calamitous computer glitches could be prevented if research by the University of Strathclyde academics together with experts from Microsoft and Universities of Edinburgh and Copenhagen are successful in developing the 'ne plus ultra' of program verification.
Having abandoned the silicon glen approach, Scottish movers and shakers are now determined that a “bio-corridor” from Glasgow to Edinburgh could be created as attractive to international investment and creating high-value jobs in the cities.
Sensors, imaging, industry & health will be the focus for three new Innovation Centres to be set up across Scotland's central belt. Two will base in Glasgow, where the University has received the Scottish Funding Council pledged of £10m over the next 5 years to support the IC-SIS (Innovation Centre – Sensor and Imaging Systems)
Using metagenomics so bypassing the need to grow bacteria in the lab, researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham, Glasgow, the Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany and the sequencing company Illumina have been able to reconstruct the genome sequence of an outbreak strain of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC), which caused over 50 deaths in Germany
In a refreshing change from wind energy, ResHydro, specialising in hydrokinetic energy generation, with a device that requires further R&D, is to set up a base in Scotland, supported by a £100,000 award from Scottish Enterprise, and will work in partnership with the University of Strathclyde.
In March, the public was told the good news, that it would get its first chance to ride Edinburgh's trams from April, following an inaugural passenger run yesterday on the first completed section of the line.
US-based Daktari Diagnostics is to locate its manufacturing base in Inverness, creating up to 126 jobs while the US software company SAS creates a further 94 jobs with an advanced analytics lab, and safeguards its 126 staff based in East Kilbride R&D Centre for Public Security. Both are thanks to a £3.5m investment package announced in New York during a Scotland Week.
Accelerating orthopedic & dental implant coatings program Taragenyx Ltd. the privately held medical technologies company focused on developing regenerative orthopedic and dental implant coatings, has successfully closed $2.0 m (£1.3m) in seed finance.
As Taqa Bratani’s Darwin development (50% farmed out by the Fairfield Energy group) was last night seen as proof that the North Sea still has “huge potential” in the discovery, 80 miles off Shetland, a the first major find in the UK North Sea for some three years, industry leaders in the power and energy sector are made honorary graduates of the University of Strathclyde recognising their outstanding contribution to one of the most important fields in the Scottish economy. These being presented at a special Power and Energy event in the Glasgow Science Centre,
When consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers announce that Shale oil is the next energy revolution, the cynical might be tempted to wonder how many of its clients are involved in the shale oil and franking business business? But as geophysicists from the august Royal Astronomical Society's British Geophysical Association claim that decisions about future energy challenges are too often hindered by propaganda, half-truths and limited grasp of the science that informs the choice and use of hydrocarbon and other resources, it is probably time to ponder the issue very carefully.
A major new pharmaceutical drug discovery initiative is to be centred at BioCity Scotland (the former Merck factory) in Lanarkshire, in partnership with the University of Dundee. The project will bring at least €19m (£16.3m) research funding to Scotland after the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) launch of its European Lead Factory.
Glasgow jeweller, Eric N Smith, who has run his business in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, for more than 35 years, has spent several months negotiating with the body that handles hallmark matters, the Assay Office to reintroduce a Glasgow mark.
Dr John Hunter has developed, with the aid of Scottish Government funding, to prototype stage a ‘Giraffe’. This is just a browser with user friendly interface. The target markets are 23% of households, many not connected with broadband to the Internet, because of expense and complexity; and to provide TV internet access for homes for example to watch the BBC i-player. Dr Hunter now needs an organisation with skills to source hardware, market, sell, and provide support to commercialise Giraffe.
Hot on the heels of the £1m robotics competition and the £8.75m for measuring R&D genomic agri-food, Technology Strategy Board is splashing out up to £900k in innovative competition for R&D projects, centred on an emerging cluster of creative and digital businesses in Glasgow, which already has won the the UK Smarter City campaign.
Over the next four years, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding will see a consortium of UK universities led by Strathclyde University developing innovative technology to help unleash the full potential of ‘Li-Fi’ – transmission of internet communications by visible light,rather than the radio waves and microwaves currently in use.
Glasgow may not have won Urban Broadband funding as did Cardiff, London, Edinburgh Newcastle, Belfast, Bristol and Birmingham and joint Leeds & Bradford. But it may have gone one better by beating 30 UK cities to host Technology Strategy Board's 'Future Cities Demonstrator' and winning the £24m government investment.
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