Plessey Semiconductors Ltd has brushed up on its InGaN (indium gallium nitride-on-silicon LED light-emitting diode) technology, achieving a light output power of 563mW at 350mA with wall plug efficiency at 52.7%. Light output power (LOP) of 563mW at 350mA injection was achieved with the wall-plug efficiency at 52.7%.
Germany-based Siemens announced a contract late last week, revealing that it would supply 47 direct drive wind turbines to three separate Scottish wind farms which, upon completion, will supply the equivalent electricity necessary for powering 50,000 households in South and North Ayrshire and Lockerbie, in Scotland
Martin Ford wries on education being no defence against the rise of worker robots, but perhaps ignores one other possible route - namely worker owned robots with neatly complimentary skills, might just command a sound salary inbusiness or industry.
Norwegian oil giant Statoils reported it is going ahead with Hywind Scotland, as the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. Originally intended to be built as a demonstrator project off the coast of Maine in 2013, Gov. Paul LePage was reported by "Portland Press Herald" to prefer the option of cheap Quebec hydro power.
UNESCO cultural advisor, the Edinburgh based conservation architect James Simpson has declared no need to identify the inspectors coming to inspect whether Edinburgh is being protected from iconoclastic planning and building, as he is VP of the international council (ICOMOS) on Monuments and Sites UK, that impartially advises UNESCO on what should or shouldn’t have world heritage status.
Scientists at the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute have developed a new manufacturing method to create three-dimensional nanostructures and enables large-scale production of photonic crystals that can capture light.
The graphene industry is at a critical juncture for many small- to medium-sized companies: it is time for them to generate revenues and pre-empt any pending cash flow issues. But these companies often cannot afford to take the long view, which research groups and governments are rightly taking.
Few things are more frustrating than watching that spinning circle in the centre of your screen, as you wait for your computer to load a programme, or access data you need. Now a team from Sheffield and Leeds Universities may have the answer for faster computing: sound. Research – in Applied Physics Letters – shows certain types of sound waves move data quickly, using minimal power.
A new intelligent service helps Telecom operators to increase network availability. During power outage, operators can intelligently shut down technologies and transmission in steps, remotely from the NOC (Network Operations Center) based on actual performance data rather than set voltages, easily changing parameters without site visits. Functionality can double or even triple the uptime, without the need of more batteries.
IBM in collaboration with NVIDIA, Mellanox (ethernet meets the unbelievable!) and the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Hartree Centre announce plans for the UK's first PADC (POWER Acceleration and Design Centre) designed to help UK businesses exploit high performance computing on OpenPOWER systems for MSBD (Modelling & Simulation and Big Data Analytics).
In the world of the internet of things, three students create a company that attracts international attention in a development that generates real-time information of workers in risk industries, it both records vital signs as well as hours of performance.
The STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Hartree Centre (below) launches a £50,000 competition for UK SMEs to win ’Proof of Principle’ vouchers to help them unlock business opportunities offered by the IoT (Internet of Things). This competition builds on Hartree’s transformation of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory into an IoT ‘living lab’ – instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.
As wave energy falters, first with Pelamis in administration, and now Edinburgh based Aquamarine Power calling in administrators, Heriot Watt’s Professor Gary Pender, head of the Institute of Civil Engineers in Scotland calls for a national debate on Scotland’s long term energy supply, as it heads to being dependent on English imports.
Duddingston House Properties and the Urbanist Group that plan to open a 147-bedroom hotel on the former Royal High School on Calton Hill site by 2018 may face a public inquiry after (thankfully) Historic Scotland lodged a formal objection to their development plans plans, amid claims Edinburgh will lose its world heritage status if they are approved.
Thursday December 3rd is set for a London conference on next steps for UK airport capacity, with keynotes from Gatwick, Heathrow Hub, and the Transport Select Committee at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum morning. It might also be a straw in the wind to reveal where the UK spaceport is to be located, and when some action will be taken on that matter.
Atlantis Resources the tidal energy developer has been given the green light from the EU to redeploy the €17m grant intended for Marine Current Turbines’ abandoned Kyle Rhea project, with funds to be transferred to Atlantis’ MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth.
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