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Future Opportunities in Smart DC

Published At: Fri 21 December 2012 11:00 GMT - Expires At: Fri 04 January 2013 11:00 GMT - (796 Reads)

The Future and Emerging Opportunities group held the second webinar in its ‘Future Opportunities’ series on Smart DC. The recording is now available here and the slides from the presentation are here.


RCUK Energy Strategy Fellowship launches report on the role of the environmental and social sciences in energy research

Published At: Fri 21 December 2012 10:56 GMT - Expires At: Fri 04 January 2013 10:56 GMT - (696 Reads)

The RCUK Energy Strategy Fellowship, led by Professor Jim Skea, have launched the report of their second workshop, entitled ‘The Role of Environmental Science, Social Science and Economics’.

This workshop focused on the role of social and environmental sciences and economics in fulfilling the UK’s research and policy goals. The workshop engaged researchers from a range of relevant disciplines plus stakeholders from the public sector. The workshop explored how the different disciplines worked together and supported each other in interdisciplinary projects, and looked at the challenges facing researchers wishing to engage other disciplines in collaborative efforts to tackle the UK’s energy challenges.

The workshop report and supporting materials can be downloaded from the Fellowship’s website here.


ETI license The Crown Estate and British Geological Survey to host & develop online database

Published At: Fri 21 December 2012 10:54 GMT - Expires At: Fri 04 January 2013 10:54 GMT - (719 Reads)

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced that it has agreed a licence with The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey to host and further develop its £3.8m UK CO2 Storage Appraisal project into an online database of mapped UK offshore carbon dioxide storage capacity. 

The web-enabled database – the first of its type anywhere in the world - contains geological data, storage estimates, risk assessments and economics of nearly 600 potential CO2 storage units of depleted oil and gas reservoirs, and saline aquifers around the UK.

The UK is potentially well served with offshore CO2 storage and although various estimates have been made of the total amount available, these figures vary widely. This new database will enable interested stakeholders to access information about the storage resource and to make more informed decisions related to the roll out of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK.

For more information please go here.


EPSRC announces green engineering fellowships

Published At: Fri 21 December 2012 10:22 GMT - Expires At: Fri 04 January 2013 10:22 GMT - (721 Reads)

Four leading academics from the universities of Exeter, Sheffield, Bristol and Cambridge have been awarded substantial fellowship grants, totalling £2.38 million; it was announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

They will carry out innovative research that will:

  • Monitor the health of structures in the aerospace and wind energy sectors to save money and improve lifespan
  • Develop tools for optimising manufacturing design of aircraft and wind turbines
  • Provide computational models to calculate the effects of energy policies on global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Enable better water management

For more information please go here.


UK Energy Innovation Awards 2013

Published At: Fri 21 December 2012 10:19 GMT - Expires At: Thu 25 April 2013 10:19 BST - (1000 Reads)

Organised by the Energy Innovation Centre, the annual UK Energy Innovation Awards celebrate ground-breaking pioneers working to develop the next generation of energy products and services to benefit the wider industry, customers and the environment.

Nominees will enjoy unique exposure to the UK’s largest gas and electricity network operators, all of whom are committed to identifying new technologies and turning them into commercial reality.

Innovators, their advisor or clients can nominate online or call 0151 347 2433 to make a nomination in one or more of the following categories:-

Best Energy Network Improvement / Best Innovation Implemented by a Contractor / New Energy Innovation Start Up 2013  / Best Innovation Contributing to Customer Quality and Reliability of Supply /Best International Trade Award / Best Asset Security Innovation / Best Network Safety Improvement / Environmental Impact Award / Best Smart Grid Technology / Best University Technology 2013 / Growth Innovation of the year

The UK Energy Innovation Awards will be held at The Radisson Edwardian, Manchester on the 25th April 2013.


EERA Joint Programme in Shale Gas

Published At: Fri 14 December 2012 13:38 GMT - Expires At: Fri 21 December 2012 11:38 GMT - (818 Reads)

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is initiating a new joint programme of work to align research focused on Shale Gas across Europe.

There are a number of issues where R&D is needed, for both industry and government, which includes but is not limited to:

  1. Assessment of shale gas potential
  2. Technology for safe exploitation
  3. Environmental impact & footprint
  4. Energy and carbon efficiencies
  5. Regulations, market and policy issues
  6. Public perception

UKERC therefore invites all potentially interested UK researchers to indicate

  • their interest in inclusion
  • the area in which their research interest lies

At this stage a response does not mean definitive commitment but indicates serious interest. We would also welcome suggestions of areas of potential work ahead of an awareness event in Brussels early next year. This event would aim to formalise the work packages for the description of work to be submitted to the EERA ExCo in April 2013.

To express your interest or for more information please contact Nicola Combe.


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