Two reports from the International Energy Agency imply solar power (thermal and photovoltaic) could by 2050 be the world’s largest source of electricity ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear. As USA NIST ) idevelops the measurement tools and techniques to characterise physical processes related to light absorption, energy transfer, and carrier dynamics in thin-film inorganic PV materials and devices, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in ZSW (Baden-Württemberg) has just set a new world record in TFT PV, with Stuttgart scientists achieving 21.7 percent efficiency with a CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide) solar cell.
Early this month, a US nuclear engineering company Lightbridge, based at Tysons Corner, Virginia, presented at the Euro Pacific Global Investment Conference, .an update of its planned first tests in a full scale reactor of new design engineered fuel rod to boost power output by 10 to 17% while ensuring safety and reducing security costs.
Researchers in the University of Huddersfield Centre for Efficiency and Performance Engineering unite with China's Kunming University of Science and Technology for new work on friction stir welding, a complex new welding technique that could be increasingly valuable to modern industry.
Space technology STAR Dundee is “a role model spin-out” with the company taking a major prize at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s inaugural awards. Coming close after Clyde Space, Craig Clark winning the Baird of Bute award, the next breathlessly awaited news will be chosen location of UK's first space port.
New research in "Advanced Functional Materials" suggests that graphene-treated nanowires could soon replace current touchscreen technology, significantly reducing production costs and allowing for more affordable, flexible displays. It also illustrates the global reach for graphene research from China to Dublin and Oxford.
AI (Artificial intelligence) and machine learning are the tech trends that will have the biggest impact on our lives over the next ten years according to two of the panelists at ScotSoft 2014. Speaking ahead of the event, which will include a forum on emerging trends. Gareth Williams, CEO of Skyscanner, and Greg Williams, executive editor of WIRED Magazine, highlighted AI as the development most likely to radically change the way we live and do business.
The August announcement that video games companies across the UK can claim corporation tax relief for the production of games qualifying under new cultural test regulations, is now followed by the launch of The NextGen Skills Academy at the London EGX games show
A new Scottish Renewable report shows the wave and tidal energy sector has invested more than £217m in the country to date, with £31.8m spent in the last 12 months alone while two thirds (62%) of the industry's supply chain is Scottish. Marine energy, where Scotland is recognised as a world leader, is forecast to be worth £50bn by 2050.
As the Royal & Ancient opens it doors to the ladies, and some of the world’s top golfers prepare to descend upon Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, both traditional and modern golfers on 22 September will be considering the 3D-printed club head on display at Geddes Quadrangle, University of Dundee. Researchers have celebrated the game's history in having produces the world's first 3D metal printed clubs, using irons loaned by the British Golf Museum in St Andrews.
Weightless SIG has launched Weightless-N, a breakthrough, complementary open standard for IoT. The vision for Weightless SIG is to deliver wide-area machine connectivity standard that enables the 95% of the IoT opportunity denied by the high cost and power consumption characteristics of traditional cellular alternatives. This delivers on that vision and complements the existing Weightless-W standard through extension into the licence exempt frequency spectrum.
A change in the mobile device landscape is reported by Enterprise mobility experts at Peak-Ryzex as customer demand for consumer devices changes the landscape of rugged devices used for business applications. It comes at a time when the UK wide retailer Phones 4 U goes into administration, putting 5,596 jobs at risk with the chain blaming EE and Vodafone for failure to renew contracts..
Research carried out by the Department for Business innovation and skills, analysed how STEM (Science, Technology, Economics and Maths) subjects are perceived by young people on social media. Terms ‘geek’ and ‘boring’ were mentioned frequently online to describe technology based subjects.
The Stonehenge landscape has been the focal point of archaeological studies for more than four centuries. However, no detailed mapping of buried landforms have been conducted, although knowledge about this is pivotal to understanding the prehistoric occupation of such an enigmatic landscape.
Seven Fraunhofer Institutes have presented their latest developments in seafaring and navigation at the SMM Convention in Hamburg this month. while the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute Sintef MARINTEK believe that in 10-20 years there will be 200 metre cargo vessels plying the oceans without a captain or crew. But for this to happen, the emerging hard and soft technology will need to be seen working working on existing vessels.
“We know what we are looking for, we just haven’t found it yet." Research between Surrey and Ben-Gurion Universities (Israel) uncovers a new method to detect Majorana particles, a key element for a next-generation quantum computing platform.
It's an interesting exercise to consider a recent infographic for the five most wanted features for the iPhone 6 and what Apple has launched with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ in its determination to have a two tier state of interaction and mobility.
This month the University of Amsterdam (below left showing solar panels) is starting a research project on the use of big data within companies and governmental institutions. A survey has been set up in cooperation with ORTEC Consulting Group in order to gather information about the adoption and implementation of big data applications among businesses.
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