Energy News – April 2019

The world’s first test centre aimed at accelerating the development of materials and structures for tidal energy is to be built in Scotland, thanks to collaboration between Babcock International and the University of Edinburgh. The £2.4m Fastblade project is to be based in Rosyth and will be the first facility ever to carry out large-scale accelerated testing of tidal blades. Engineering researchers plan to use complex forces that simulate real-world environments; this will enable the highest design capabilities to be achieved. Fast ... Read more

Energy News – February 2019

Scottish Power in the UK will invest up to £2bn in 2019, as the company transitions from fossil fuels to wind power, battery storage and EV charging. It is claimed that a total of £6bn will be spent between 2018 and 2022, with 40% invested in new wind generation, 42% going towards smart networks, and 15% on new products and services for its customers. This will include a new public EV charging business, with installations set to get underway in 2019. There ... Read more

Energy – Nuclear News February 2019

A new high-tech nuclear centre set to bring millions of pounds to the Midlands has opened. However, this comes at a time when the UK's nuclear industry faces criticism. The Derby Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre will reportedly deliver on the commitments set out in the government’s nuclear sector deal. The deal seeks to ensure that the UK continues to power British homes through innovation, new technologies and promoting a diverse and skilled workforce in the nuclear sector. NAMRC expects to generate £5m ... Read more

Energy News, November 2018

It’s fair to say that most manufacturers are concerned about their escalating energy costs. Industrial business in the UK pays a lot for the energy they use. Aside from labour, energy can be the largest overhead for many manufacturing businesses, and as a result, efficient at using it. Efficiency, however, can be hard to sustain in in ever-changing regulatory and political landscape.   Which makes understanding the government’s recently released energy documents a key priority for all businesses – but particularly those operating ... Read more

Nuclear News, June 2018

More than half of manufacturers taking part in the Nuclear AMRC’s ‘Fit for Nuclear’ programme are confident of winning new nuclear work this year, a new survey has found.   The latest survey of companies which are currently progressing through ‘Fit for Nuclear’ (F4N), or are already granted, shows that most are confident of winning new business and have seen real benefits from the programme.  In all, 89% of participating companies would recommend F4N to other manufacturers.   F4N is a unique service which lets ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, June 2018

With the oil and gas industry under pressure, manufacturers are turning to additive manufacturing for reduced costs and shorter timeframes. Gas turbines sit at the heart of power plant operations. A mixture of fuels, such as diesel, kerosene and liquid petroleum gas, is heated at high temperatures until a rush of hot air is produced, forcing a turbine’s blades to spin and generate electricity.   It’s a relatively simple method, which dates all the way back to the late 1930s when the first ... Read more

Power Generation News, June 2018

A bid has been lodged to expand a wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills, taking its turbine total to more man 100. The Crystal Rig development straddles the boundary between the Scottish Borders and East Lothian. Developers Fred Olsen Renewables have submitted an application to the Scottish government to add another 11 turbines to the site. It has described the area as the “ideal location” to help meet national renewable energy targets.   The original 25-turbine Crystal Rig development became operational in 2003 ... Read more

Energy News, June 2018

£2bn of new funding to help UK businesses invest in a more sustainable future and increase productivity has been announced by Lloyds Banking Group.   The Clean Growth Finance scheme aims to deliver the most Inclusive UK green funding in the market by providing the incentive of discounted lending to help businesses Invest in reducing their environmental Impact as well as reducing their environmental impact as well as boosting productivity more generally.   The funding will support all Commercial Banking clients across multiple ‘green lending’ ... Read more

Energy News, May 2018

EDF Energy has said its plans for two major windfarms on the Isle of Lewis may need to reach heights normally preserved for turbines at sea, prompting an outcry from local opponents. The French company’s renewables unit said it may need to go higher for the project to be economically viable and win millions of pounds in government subsidies. Kerry MacPhee, who heads community liaison, told locals that one of the windfarms could be 200 metres (650ft) tall, with the other ... Read more

Power Generation News, May 2018

Lewis Wind Power wants to increase the maximum height of turbines at a site at Uisinis to 200m (656ft). The developer has also proposed increasing turbines to a site near Stornoway to a height of 187m (614ft). It said bigger turbines are more efficient and would help to attract subsidies to a subsea cable needed for exporting power to the mainland.   For more than 10 years, it has been planned to lay the cable, known as the interconnector, to link Renewable energy ... Read more
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