DONG Energy and FLiDAR started Europe's first commercial floating offshore wind measurement campaign in June using its lidar buoys in the southern east Irish sea. The buoy adapted Leosphere lidar, (self-powered with its own solar and wind energy) has been sufficiently successful for Renewable Power to sign up a launch of the device at its Neart Na Gaoithe farm, 6km off Scotland's Fife Ness coast in early 2014.
Scotland’s third largest local authority is using TotalMobile to change its working practices and improve on service delivery to 366,000 citizens, and Fife Council claims to be on target to realise efficiencies of £20M, after implementing the mobile working software approach of TotalMobile.
Two energy issues reported are "The Scotsman" focus on a letter regarding export of Scotland electricity and the "Daily Express" and "Press & Journal" examining Baron Nicol Stephen of Lower Deeside, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and head of an expanding wind turbine empire worth more than £1.5million, director of 10 renewable energy companies, seven incorporated in the past five months, and with four wind farms in planning stages across Scotland.
The ‘Name the Bridge’ public vote, which attracted around 7,600 unique suggestions and more than 37,000 votes during a seven-month process to find a permanent name for the new Forth replacement road crossing, has been declared as the Queensferry Crossing. Time now perhaps to auction Name a Tram?
Mainstream Renewable Power,the Irish solar and wind farm developer led by Eddie O’Connor, has been granted planning consent for the onshore cable works to connect its proposed £1.4bn offshore wind farm, 'Neart na Gaoithe, off the coastline of Fife, Scotland, to the national grid, while Infinergy, Netherland's KDE Energy subsidiary, also has approval from Scottish government to develop the 39.1MW Tom Nan Clach wind farm in northeast Tomatin, Nairnshire. Meantime£1million is to be spent examining how to link the ISLES (Irish-Scottish Link on Energy Study) energy grids of Scotland and Ireland.
Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Fife-based Cameronbridge Distillery drinks business. Diageo has just completed a £105million investment expansion of the distillery building a bio-energy plant, a global first in combining renewable energy and water treatment technologies to make the distillery potentially one of the World’s most environmentally sustainable.
Scotland, having offered Korea a tidal sweetener in its renewables partnerships, now approves the construction of a 7MW wind turbine by Samsung Heavy Industries Co, allowing the South Korean manufacturer to test different offshore models at a the Fife Energy Park in Methil, north of Edinburgh.
St Andrews becomes the first UK university to receive a prestigious award for its IT provision in the form of Two-Star Service Desk accreditation from the Service Desk Institute (SDI) awarded only to only those organisations which demonstrate the best possible Information Technology Service.
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.
Raytheon has officially "opened for business" a new SiC (silicon carbide) "foundry" facility in Glenrothes after several years' research into the II-VI advanced manufacturing processes and materials science.
Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power today announces the submission of its application for Offshore Consent to Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT) for its 450MW Neart na Gaoithe (“NnG”) or Power of the Wind offshore project in Scottish territorial waters. The application, now open to consultation until Monday 10 September, is a significant step to delivering the project into offshore construction in 2015.
ScottishPower has started a test project that will see CO2 emissions extracted from the Longannet power station, the first time in the UK that these have been captured from a working coal-fired power plant. The company will be working to deliver a full CCS demonstration project by 2014 in line with government objectives.
As Donald Trump with his Balmenie course development violently contests the plan for an offshore 11-turbine test farm in view of the Menie resort, saying private assurances were made that it would not get permission, the stooshie is being spread by Tiree Array campaigners desperately protesting "death by 180 to 300 turbines" for Tiree, and drawing the proposed Methil site into the action with some (below) turbine height graphics
As multi-million pound wind energy deal between Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and UK firm David Brown Gear Systems is to be followed by more high-profile business partnerships, the British ambassador to Korea has said. Simultaneously the Borders Fallago Rig has been bought by EDF Energy Renewable Ltd from North British Wind Power.
Pupils from a Kirkcaldy primary hosted and took part in a nationwide broadcast event recently when Strathallan Primary was chosen to put on the live event broadcast to schools throughout Scotland through the Scottish Government’s GLOW intranet service.
Researchers at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and at the University of St Andrews have been awarded €1.25m as part of a European Commission-funded project to research improved programmability and performance of parallel computing technologies.
Oil and gas services firm FMC Technologies is to create 240 jobs in Bellshill and Dunfermline, taking its Scottish workforce above 1,000.The US company's expansion was secured with a £2.5 million regional selective assistance grant from the Scottish Government and will include a significant number of research and development posts.
Advanced Checking Services, the Glasgow-based specialist in checking driving licences, has been bought by the ID management specialist GB Group in its second Scottish based acquisition during July. While the Pinacle Telecom Group with Glasgow offices, has purchased MacLellan IT Ltd outsourcing business for around £1.1m in a bid to expand its cloud-computing services.
Dunfermline-based Exactive is urging that MicsoftLync used by Scottish councils could save tens of millions of pounds in operating costs each year by implementing systems that vastly improves efficiency in their computer and telephone networks.
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