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Newsletter 278 - 11/04/14


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Interesting developments

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Jobs and opportunities

Funding

Events and Conferences

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Interesting developments

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Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:02 BST - Expires At: Sun 11 May 2014 09:46 BST - (22 Reads)

Home Area Network (HAN) Installations - Energy suppliers are required to take all reasonable steps to install smart meters in GB domestic and SME premises by the end of 2020. This includes installations in 5% of properties, including some multi-dwelling units, where additional ‘range extending’ technology might be required to establish a Home Area Network (HAN) to allow consumer devices to be connected to smart metering equipment. This consultation considers whether any changes need to be made to the existing regulatory framework to ensure that a HAN is provided in all property types.

(Smart Metering) Changes to equipment installation requirements and governance arrangements for technical specifications - Smart meters will play an important role in Britain’s transition to a low-carbon economy and help to meet some of the long-term challenges in ensuring an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply. The government has introduced licence conditions on energy suppliers that require them to take all reasonable steps to install smart metering systems in domestic and smaller non-domestic premises by the end of 2020. The licence conditions require that energy suppliers install smart metering systems that meet the requirements set out in the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (“SMETS”). The initial version of the SMETS (“SMETS 1”) was designated by the Secretary of State on 18 December 2012 . SMETS 1 remains the version in legal force, although the Government intend shortly to make some minor clarificatory changes. In August 2012 the government consulted on proposed updates to the specification (“SMETS 2”), arrangements for the provision of communications hubs and enduring governance of the technical specifications. This consultation focuses on how these policies will be enacted.

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...and Response

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:01 BST - Expires At: Mon 11 May 2015 09:44 BST - (19 Reads)

Role of UK refining and fuel import sectors - The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published the conclusions of its review of the role of UK’s refining and fuel import sectors. The review was designed to assess the respective contributions that domestic production and imports make to resilient fuel supplies. It sought to understand better the global context and challenges facing the oil supply sector, and the impact that market distortions and the regulatory framework have on competitiveness. It also considered what role the government should play in supporting the sector.

The review concluded that resilience and security of supply in the UK is supported by retaining a mix of domestic refining and imported product. This is in line with the government’s energy security of supply strategy which recognises the benefits of supply diversity. Global commercial factors will continue to affect the refining market in the UK and the EU more broadly, and further closures across the continent are likely in future. A package of actions has been developed by government, which taken together, could help improve the operating environment for the refining and import sectors.

Future management of the Compulsory Stocking Obligation in the UK - DECC is also today publishing the government response to the consultation on the future management of the compulsory oil stocking mechanism in the UK. In this the government sets out its support for the establishment of an industry-owned and operated central stocking entity in the UK which will encourage a more efficient system that incentivises the development of UK oil storage capacity.

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A new era for EERA: latest news from the European Energy Research Alliance

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Fri 25 April 2014 13:53 BST - (20 Reads)

This week saw two important events in the journey of EERA, the huge network of people and institutions who are working together since 2008 on energy research in many fields.

Since Tuesday 8 April 2014 EERA exists in a new form, evolving from the previous voluntary collaborative activity to become a legal entity, a not-for-profit association established under the Belgian legislative system. The signature of this agreement is intended not to radically modify the goals and the ways the members have been working so far, but rather to allow them to have easier access to funding opportunities as, for example, the current and future European ones.

EERA is currently developing 15 thematic research projects, the Joint Programmes, each addressing strategic themes in a specific energy field or some cross sector issues related to energy, economy and society. Each work is a joint and coordinated effort of many experts belonging to different European countries who are trying to share knowledge, expertise and facilities to draw and drive a common strategy.

The involvement in these activities has been so far voluntary and supported by everyone personal resources.

During the Annual Congress on the 9 April acknowledgments arrived for the obtained results from representatives of the EC and of national institutions, thus showing that the work done by EERA is taken into account, really well valued and that it will increase its coordination with the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap.

The importance to measure EERA impacts and the need for a closer relationship with industries were also discussed and could shape future actions of this community.

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Global shifts

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Sun 11 May 2014 10:23 BST - (19 Reads)

Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power - Reports from Reuters indicate that Japan's Cabinet have approved a new energy policy, reversing the previous government's plans to gradually mothball nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The plan defines nuclear as an "important baseload power source" and says Japan will do as much as possible to increase renewable energy supplies, Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a news conference after the Cabinet meeting.

Putin Expected to Sign China Gas Deal as Crisis Forces Hand – Reports by Bloomberg suggest that Vladimir Putin is more likely to sign a 30-year deal to supply pipeline gas to China next month after more than a decade of false starts because the crisis in Ukraine is forcing Russia to look for markets outside Europe.

While Putin and President Xi Jinping will make the final decision in Beijing next month, Russia’s need for new customers means it’s pushing to complete a deal first mooted in 1997, a manager at gas-export monopoly OAO Gazprom (GAZP) and a government official said, asking not to be named because talks are ongoing. In China yesterday, Russia’s deputy prime minister said he “hoped” a deal would be signed in May.

The crisis in Ukraine has increased the importance of Russia’s relationship with China, its largest trade partner outside the European Union and the only country in the United Nations Security Council not to censure its actions in Crimea.

Norway wealth fund to ramp up renewable energy investments – Norway's $860 billion oil fund should scale up its investments in renewable energy and weigh the risk to future returns posed by climate change, the finance ministry said on Friday, a shift green groups said was insufficient. The switch is part of government reforms of the fund - the biggest of its kind in the world - that also include changes to its ethical guidelines and a review of its activities in emerging markets.

Critics said the rise in renewables investments - to a range of between $5-$8.3 billion from $3.3-$5 billion currently - was insufficient. They also question a second planned change that would see the fund take over responsibility from an independent ethics council for excluding firms that break its investment mandate, which they argue might undermine its ethical commitments. That suggests the government, which announced the reform of the fund when it took office in October, may struggle to win consensus support for its proposals in parliament, where it has a minority and relies on the support of the Christian Democrats and a second small centrist party, the Liberals.

Another reform will see the appointment of a panel that will examine whether the fund - which invests exclusively outside Norway - should exit its investments in foreign coal, oil and gas companies. That measure was announced earlier to defeat a parliamentary motion put forward by the opposition, and backed by a majority of parties, to make the fund quit its investments in coal firms.

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UKERC Energy Data Centre (UKERC-EDC) – external links updated and 5 new data sets

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Thu 24 April 2014 13:35 BST - (30 Reads)

The UKERC Energy Data Centre (UKERC-EDC) team, part of the UKERC Research Atlas activity,  has been very busy in the last 6 months, taking delivery of and publishing 5 exciting new large data sets. These include:

  1. Industrial Energy Use (UK) database, contributed by University of Bath, containing energy use and emissions for key process industries (iron & steel; chemicals; food & drink manufacture; paper; cement) in the UK industrial sector and opportunities for reducing these (improvement potentials).

  2. Disaggregated Scenarios for Demand Studies (DS4DS) database of domestic and non-domestic building heat demand by 1km grid square for the UK, contributed by Loughborough University,

  3. Disaggregated Scenarios for Demand Studies (DS4DS) energy demand projections for future years, also contributed by Loughborough University,

  4. UK Domestic Appliance Level Electricity (UK-DALE) database containing disaggregated UK domestic house appliance consumption data at 6s intervals (4 houses), contributed by Jack Kelly (PhD student) at Imperial College,

  5. UK Domestic Appliance Level Electricity (UK-DALE) high speed (1s) aggregated demand data (2 houses) – well I call it “high speed” but Jack has some contemporaneous 16 kHz (!) aggregated data that we’re just looking at how to import onto the UKERC-EDC (it can be used in conjunction with Jack’s other data to learn and then identify when specific devices are switched on or off – applications in smart metering, I think).

Jack Kelly has also pioneered a new relationship for UKERC-EDC with a simultaneous publication in Nature's new open-access, online-only journal: Scientific Data, due to launch in May 2014 and specifically intended to encourage publication of useful data sets. Now you can post your data in the UKERC-EDC and send a paper to Nature to get a citable publication for your data. How good is that?

Additionally we have checked and updated all the external links on the UK and International External Links pages. As well as a few new individual data sets, there are new sections on Nuclear (almost no data – are they publicity shy?) and Carbon Capture & Storage (the first two data sets listed for this community). Is your favourite data source missing? Let us know!

And, finally, this is a timely reminder to let us have your data before the end of UKERC Phase 2. You know you want to do it: send an e-mail to Geoff Dutton at the EDC now and let us know what data you’ve been hiding for the last few years!

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Reports

This week's reports

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Thu 17 April 2014 13:37 BST - (20 Reads)
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Jobs and opportunities

Graduate Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Engineer , St Andrews University

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:04 BST - Expires At: Mon 21 April 2014 23:59 BST - (27 Reads)

Are you a highly motivated graduate with the right skills to optimise how we operate our building energy systems and help the University to reduce its carbon footprint and be carbon neutral for energy by 2016? 

The role of Graduate BEMS Engineer is a major part of our efforts to make our built environment more energy efficient and to support the first class research and teaching that is carried out.
In this exciting new role you will have responsibility for BEMS within the University buildings where you will use your existing knowledge supplemented by training from industry experts to provide the University with specialist BEMS expertise.  You will ensure that BEMS systems, metering and associated infrastructure deliver the most efficient, cost effective and technically competent service and solutions in order to meet University requirements now and in the future.

You will be part of a team of energy and engineering professionals, ensuring that BEMS and energy metering are developed to deliver environmental conditions and critical services to specification whilst maintaining utilities expenditure within budget.  As a graduate, you will be provided with the assistance and development training that you need to help you to build your own knowledge and leadership skills.

Candidates should ideally be educated to degree level, with a buildings-related and systems controls qualification. Those with mechanical, electrical and sustainable engineering, relevant science or I.T. qualifications will also be considered.  You will have excellent IT skills, and an enquiring mind, willingness to learn, excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and enjoy problem solving.

In addition to the salary specified, the University offers favorable terms and conditions including generous holidays and the opportunity to join a competitive superannuation scheme. 
The closing date for application is 21 April 2014.

For more information please go here.

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Biomass Programme Manager, London

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Wed 30 April 2014 23:59 BST - (31 Reads)

Are you a self-starter who sees the opportunity for business development and likes to take on a lot of responsibility? This is a great opportunity to play a central role within an expanding renewable energy business. Based in London you will be responsible for the design and development of initial projects, speaking with potential partners and assessing eligibility for funding. Your role will be broad and include:

  • Business development.

  • Using financial models to assess potential returns.

  • Assessing lease agreements.

  • Drafting and negotiation on key legal documents with stakeholders.

  • Day to day management of contractor relationships.

Ideally you will have strong business development and project management skills, proven experience in the renewable energy sector along with a good understanding of legal/lease agreements and legislation around FITs and commercial RHI.

For more information please go here.

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Energy Industry Reporter, Bloomberg, London

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Wed 30 April 2014 23:59 BST - (26 Reads)

Bloomberg News seeks a reporter to help lead coverage of the global energy industry from London. The reporter will be responsible for writing news and features on some of the world's largest companies under deadline pressure.

Candidates should have first-class reporting and writing skills and be able to show examples of work that demonstrate a superior track-record of in both breaking news and enterprise. They should also have the ability to develop sources at a senior level.

Qualifications

  • Journalism experience is essential;

  • Experience of working in a real-time news environment or newspaper is preferred;

  • Experience of covering the energy or commodities industry would be an advantage

For more information please go here.

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3 roles within the Green Investment Bank, Edinburgh

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Wed 30 April 2014 23:59 BST - (25 Reads)

The GIB is seeking for 3 new people to join their team in Edinburgh.  The following roles are available:

  • Financial Accountant

The successful candidate will be responsible for monthly management and annual statutory report preparation as well as cash flow reporting and managing the relationship with key third party suppliers. This role will also be key in assisting in the preparation and updating of the company's forecasting, as well as the overall annual report, and income tax return.

  • Financial Controller

As a member of the Senior Finance team this role has responsibility for the core finance function, reporting to the Finance Director. The Financial Controller will be commercially aware and will, along with their team, deliver the core financial reporting requirements for the business as well as advising on the best manner for the delivery of the Group's mission and strategic objectives. The role requires strong leadership, from an experienced finance professional who will take ownership of the numbers, reporting and analysis.

  • Head of Internal Audit

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Head of Internal Audit to join our Risk team in Edinburgh. The successful candidate will ensure the establishment and operation of an effective internal audit function. Reporting to the Chief Risk Officer, the Head of Internal Audit will define, develop and implement an internal audit programme to provide a robust third line of defence which will give an assurance as to the effectiveness of the bank's systems and controls.  

GIB is committed to ensure that the highest standards of governance are in place, in line with best practice in leading regulated institutions. The Head of Internal Audit will have direct lines of communication to the CEO, Chairman and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

For more information about these posts please go here.

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Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College of London

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Sun 04 May 2014 23:59 BST - (29 Reads)

A Research Associate position is available to carry out research in the area of Molecular Systems Engineering developing model-based approaches to the design of CO2 capture processes using the SAFT methodology. The post holder will be involved in developed thermodynamic models and process models and will use these models for optimisation. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary project involving a team with expertise in thermodynamics and systems engineering, led by Professors, Claire Adjiman, Amparo Galindo and George Jackson.

The successful candidate will have expertise and experience in at least two of the following: thermodynamic modelling, advanced process modelling, process design and optimisation, parameter estimation.  

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in chemical engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant topic. The post is available for 12 months, with possibility of extension, starting on or after 1 May 2014. Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within a correspondent salary range.

The closing date for application is 4 May 2014.

For more information please go here.

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Professor/Associate Professor in Circuit Breakers, NTNU, Norway

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Thu 01 May 2014 23:59 BST - (31 Reads)

The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a full-time professorship/associate professorship in Circuit Breakers affiliated with the Department of Electric Power Engineering.

The professor/associate professor is expected to take a leading role in research and education in current interruption and insulation systems for switchgear. The professor/associate professor is also expected to have responsibility for research within emerging technologies such as solid state breaker technology.

The closing date for application is 1 May 2014.

For more information please go here.

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Full Professor of Electronics, TU Delft, the Netherlands

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Thu 01 May 2014 23:59 BST - (28 Reads)

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) seeks a full Professor in the field of electronics. This chair is embedded in the Microelectronics Department. You will strengthen and expand the current research programme and lecture in the Bachelor and Master Electrical Engineering programmes.

Your research deals with promising topics in the design of integrated electronic circuits and their application in wireless, biomedical and space-borne systems, as such improving the current state of the art in functionality, power consumption, operating frequency, information handling/gathering and linearity. Your research includes advanced analogue/digital intensive design techniques that make use of dedicated (custom) devices/technologies such as (on-chip) passive components, high-speed/low-power nanoscale devices and other products. Knowledge of both the system and technology layers is desired in order to support and enhance the current synergy among the various research groups of the Department of Microelectronics.

The closing date for application is 1 May 2014.

For more information please go here.

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Professor/Associate Professor in Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics (Drilling Engineering), NTNU, Norway

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Wed 30 April 2014 23:59 BST - (29 Reads)

The professorship is administratively linked to the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics (IPT) at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (IVT). The department currently has 30 professors (including 15 adjunct professors), 6 associate professors (including 3 adjunct associate professors) and about 60 PhD and postdoctoral research fellows. The department annually graduates about 120 students with a master degree.

The Petroleum Engineering part of IPT covers the specialization disciplines of drilling technology, production technology and reservoir engineering. Drilling technology is a multidisciplinary specialization encompassing well planning, well design, well drilling, well work over, and well plugging & abandonment. This professorship has emphasis on exploration and production drilling; drilling technology engineering and methodology. The professorship has responsibility of teaching and research in the field of drilling engineering. The professor/associate professor will supervise master and doctoral students.

The applicant must have high-quality knowledge of the engineering skills and fundamentals used in drilling engineering. An important requirement is demonstrated through research and development work, including publications and other disseminations of the results achieved. The candidate should have good understanding of the drilling process, the wellbore interactions and geology. Experience from hands-on drilling, engineering and international activities will be valued.

The closing date for application is 30 April 2014.

For more information please go here.

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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Reader in Energy Engineering , Imperial College London

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Wed 30 April 2014 23:59 BST - (25 Reads)

Major long-term funding (10 years) by Qatar Petroleum and Shell International through the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC) is enabling Imperial College London to expand further its research into the cleaner use of fossil fuels – aimed in particular at improving the energy efficiency of oil and gas recovery closely coupled with reducing greenhouse gas emissions through advanced carbon storage technologies. The Centre is a joint activity between the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Earth Science and Engineering.

We are now inviting applications for an additional lectureship/senior lectureship/readership, to be held in the Department Chemical Engineering. Applications are invited from candidates with a proven world-class research track record in any relevant aspect of Chemical Engineering relevant to the storage of carbon dioxide in underground reservoirs.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue their own research interests, to contribute to the teaching and administration in the Department and to be active and take on an academic leadership role in the activities of QCCSRC. Exciting opportunities exist for evaluation of engineering applications in a field environment in Qatar, to work closely with scientists and engineers in Shell and Qatar Petroleum and also for research collaboration with academic institutions in Qatar. Significant funding for studentships and equipment will be available. The Lecturers will also have the opportunity to contribute to the multidisciplinary Energy Futures Lab and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change.

The closing date for application is 30 April 2014.

For more information please go here.

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Funding

350+ new PhD Positions in Engineering, Imperial College London

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Mon 14 April 2014 23:59 BST - (26 Reads)

Imperial College London’s Faculty of Engineering is offering over 350 new PhD positions in Engineering over the next five years following the award of eight new EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). Fully funded EPSRC PhD studentships cover the cost of Home/EU fees, an annual maintenance grant (at the RCUK specified rate plus London Weighting) plus a contribution towards research costs.

CDTs in leading centres of engineering are offering world-class PhD training starting from October 2014. Imperial College London offers Centres for Doctoral Training, covering various fields of research: Fluid Dynamics Across Scales; High Performance Embedded and Distributed Systems; Nuclear Energy; Plastic Electronic Materials; Sustainable Civil Engineering; Theory and Simulation of Materials.

EPSRC-funded Centres of Doctoral Training bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures, build relationships between teams across universities and forge lasting links with industry.

The closing date for application is 14 April 2014. For more information please go here.

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Call for SPIRE 2015 - Sustainable Process Industries

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Tue 09 December 2014 23:59 GMT - (26 Reads)

Investment of up to €77m are available within the Horizon 2020 programme by the European Commission. One of the topics for this call is SPIRE-06-2015: Energy and resource management systems for improved efficiency in the process industries.

Specific challenge: manufacturing sustainability has been improved considerably in environmental, economic and social terms, by sharing resources (e.g. plants, energy, water, residues and recycled materials) through the integration of multiple production units of a single company or multiple companies on a single industrial production site. Nevertheless, a more general cross-sectorial interaction is needed for a major impact within the process industry. This could take a long time to achieve and the aim is to pave the way for future cross-sectorial interactions and potentialities in the development of holistic measurements and activities. 

Currently, poor understanding of each other's processes is hindering the development of technical and non-technical interactions and exchanges, which are necessary for industry to properly face the challenges.

Scope: Projects should enable the implementation of a broad variety of technologies, encompassing a wide range of disciplines, such as fundamental science, and plant engineering and management. The integration into a single management system of all these environmental, energy and economic factors is key for the improvement in efficiency of the process industries.

The deadline for application is 9 December 2014.

For more information please go here.

 

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Realising the graphene revolution: funding for industries and universities performing feasibility studies

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Wed 04 June 2014 23:59 BST - (25 Reads)

The Technology Strategy Board and the EPSRC are investing up to £2.5m in feasibility studies to accelerate commercial applications in the novel material, graphene. It will include related carbon-based, two-dimensional nanotechnologies that have recently emerged from the science base. 

This competition will invest in projects that explore the realistic potential of graphene to yield new products that could disrupt markets. We expect them to stimulate development of a robust and competitive supply base to support the nascent graphene-using industry. 

Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. We are looking to attract consortia drawn from small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) and/or large companies.  

Universities and other research organisations can be partners in consortia where their high-end academic knowledge and innovation expertise is needed to deliver the project. 

We expect to fund feasibility studies (mainly pre-industrial research projects) in which a business partner will generally attract up to 65% public funding for their project costs (75% for SMEs). Research organisations can attract funding of up to 100% of their costs. We expect projects to last up to 12 months and to range in size up to total costs of £200k. 

The deadline for registration is 28 May 2014.

The closing date for application is 04 June 2014.

Useful preparation events

A briefing for potential applicants will be held on 24 April 2014. Consortium building events will be run by the Graphene Special Interest Group between 27 February 2014 and 18 March 2014. We strongly advise potential applicants to attend at least one of these events.

For more information please go here.

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2020 Researchers: Train 2 Move - Mobility Fellowships at Turin University, Italy

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Mon 05 May 2014 23:59 BST - (28 Reads)

2020 Researchers: Train 2 Move (T2M) is a new mobility fellowship programme cofounded by the Marie Curie Actions under the FP7 – COFUND programme. T2M aims at attracting 14 outstanding post doc researchers for a period of 24 months at the Università degli Studi di Torino – UNITO (Italy). 

T2M programme intends to offer to researchers the opportunity to carry out a research project at one of 27 hosting departments of the University and to attend a unique training on soft skills. T2M experience will contribute to the development of personal transferable skills of awarded fellows and will train them for developing careers in academic and non-academic sectors.

T2M supports 24-month research grants for experienced researchers of any nationality who at the time of the call deadline:

  • have up to 7 years of research experience since obtaining their PhD or

  • have a maximum of 4-10 years in full time research equivalent experience since obtaining their master’s degree and in the last ten years.

  • In addition, applicants must not have worked and/or studied in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the call deadline.

The closing date for application is 5 May 2014.

For more information please go here.

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ETI seeks partners to develop innovative software tool to simulate future local energy systems

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Mon 02 June 2014 23:59 BST - (26 Reads)

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to develop a flexible software tool that will simulate the operation of future energy systems and inform the design, architecture and cost of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions necessary to enable their operation.

Future energy system solutions will vary by local area depending on a number of factors including the needs of consumers in that area, including geography, population and existing assets.  There is likely to be a range of value propositions to different households, different business models throughout the energy value chain and fixed market rules. The ETI believes a software tool is required to provide confidence that the physical assets in place can be operated dynamically to deliver these value propositions, business models and market requirements. 

Deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal: 05 May 2014

Closing Date: 02 June 2014

For more information please go here.

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Fully funded PhD Studentships available for entry in October 2014 - Norwich, Norfolk

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Fri 25 April 2014 23:59 BST - (31 Reads)

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has invested £5 million pounds to create the new Environment East Doctoral Training Partnership led by the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, along with associated research partners from across the UK.

The EnvEast DTP will provide bespoke graduate level training and individual research in topics from across the environmental research agenda supported by NERC, with a particular focus on:

  • Climate, Marine and Atmospheric Systems 

  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development

  • Natural Hazards

A choice of 21 research projects are currently on offer to begin in 2014. Click here to view

Entry requirements: a degree equivalent to a UK first class honours (or a good upper second class) in an appropriate discipline is required. UK residents are eligible for full Studentships; EU applicants are eligible for remission of tuition fees and for research expenses. For full details please click here

The closing date for application is 25 April 2014.

 

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CHPA Policy Intern, London

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:22 BST - Expires At: Mon 21 April 2014 23:59 BST - (22 Reads)

The Combined Heat & Power Association is seeking an enthusiastic Policy Intern to support the delivery of an ambitious programme of policy development and stakeholder engagement.

The CHPA is a leading advocate for a more local and less wasteful energy system. We offer an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with decision makers at the forefront of energy policy, and helping to shape the future energy market.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and proactive person to work with our policy team to promote improvements in the law, in regulation and in public policy that will facilitate the sustainable development of combined heat and power and district heating and cooling in the UK.

The role will embrace a broad spectrum of public policy, including energy markets, renewables, energy efficiency, planning, and infrastructure, and may also involve working directly with government departments, local authorities, regulators and parliamentarians.

This position would be ideal for someone who is in the final stages of completing their Masters degree.

The closing date for application is 21 April 2014.

For more information please go here.

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Events and Conferences

Connecting Projects to the Grid 2014

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:40 BST - Expires At: Thu 08 May 2014 23:40 BST - (15 Reads)

Securing grid access and planning to connect new energy infrastructure.

8 May 2014, London

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Energy Storage 2014

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Thu 15 May 2014 23:59 BST - (19 Reads)

14-15 May 2014, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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European Maritime Days conference and Workshop

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Tue 20 May 2014 17:00 BST - (23 Reads)

19-20 May 2014, Bremen, Germany

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20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Tue 20 May 2014 23:59 BST - (19 Reads)

15-20 June 2014, Gwangju Metropolitan City, Korea

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Global Offshore Wind 2014 – Conference & Exhibition

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Thu 12 June 2014 13:50 BST - (21 Reads)

11-12 June 2014, Glasgow

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Fuel Poverty Research Symposium

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Fri 18 July 2014 17:00 BST - (18 Reads)

18 July 2014, Belfast

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Deadline for abstract: 16 May 2014

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ICEPR 2014 - 4th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Wed 13 August 2014 23:59 BST - (17 Reads)

11-13 August 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

Closing date for paper submission: 1 May 2014

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Quality for Photovoltaics, The key driver for sustainable growth

Published At: Fri 11 April 2014 09:00 BST - Expires At: Tue 07 October 2014 17:00 BST - (20 Reads)

7 October 2014, Berlin, Germany

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UKERC Energy Data Centre (UKERC-EDC) – external links updated and 5 new data sets

The UKERC Energy Data Centre (UKERC-EDC) team, part of the UKERC Research Atlas activity,  has been very busy in the last 6 months, taking delivery of and publishing 5 exciting new large data sets. These include:

  1. Industrial Energy Use (UK) database, contributed by University of Bath, containing energy use and emissions for key process industries (iron & steel; chemicals; food & drink manufacture; paper; cement) in the UK industrial sector and opportunities for reducing these (improvement potentials).
  2. Disaggregated Scenarios for Demand Studies (DS4DS) database of domestic and non-domestic building heat demand by 1km grid square for the UK, contributed by Loughborough University,
  3. Disaggregated Scenarios for Demand Studies (DS4DS) energy demand projections for future years, also contributed by Loughborough University,
  4. UK Domestic Appliance Level Electricity (UK-DALE) database containing disaggregated UK domestic house appliance consumption data at 6s intervals (4 houses), contributed by Jack Kelly (PhD student) at Imperial College,
  1. UK Domestic Appliance Level Electricity (UK-DALE) high speed (1s) aggregated demand data (2 houses) – well I call it “high speed” but Jack has some contemporaneous 16 kHz (!) aggregated data that we’re just looking at how to import onto the UKERC-EDC (it can be used in conjunction with Jack’s other data to learn and then identify when specific devices are switched on or off – applications in smart metering, I think).

Jack Kelly has also pioneered a new relationship for UKERC-EDC with a simultaneous publication in Nature's new open-access, online-only journal: Scientific Data, due to launch in May 2014 and specifically intended to encourage publication of useful data sets. Now you can post your data in the UKERC-EDC and send a paper to Nature to get a citable publication for your data. How good is that?

Additionally we have checked and updated all the external links on the UK and International External Links pages. As well as a few new individual data sets, there are new sections on Nuclear (almost no data – are they publicity shy?) and Carbon Capture & Storage (the first two data sets listed for this community). Is your favourite data source missing? Let us know!

And, finally, this is a timely reminder to let us have your data before the end of UKERC Phase 2. You know you want to do it: send an e-mail to Geoff Dutton at the EDC now and let us know what data you’ve been hiding for the last few years!

Northern Ireland experiences the most severe fuel poverty in the United Kingdom, affecting 42% of households in 2011, compared to around 20% in England, for example. Fuel poverty is widespread in Northern Ireland as household incomes are lower and energy costs are less affordable. The majority of households (over 70%) are off the gas network and must use other, more expensive sources of fuel, usually heating oil.

Fuel poverty is being tackled via a number of initiatives, most commonly through improving the energy efficiency of housing. Northern Ireland maintains a government-subsidized energy efficiency scheme for vulnerable households. This is known as Warm Homes. Recent audits have indicated that this scheme has not been well targeted, where a lot of expenditure and resources have not reached households most in need (Walker et al., 2013).

In order to improve targeting and reach households most in need, the Northern Ireland government commissioned a pilot scheme, known as the Affordable Warmth Pilot (AWP), which took an area-based approach to targeting places where households are deemed to be at risk of severe fuel poverty.

Spatial analysis was carried out by the University of Ulster, using computer mapping techniques, known as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This procedure brought together a range of statistical datasets which are relevant to fuel poverty in Northern Ireland (e.g. income, housing quality, climate, fuel prices) and maps them at small area-level. Each area contains about 125 households and there are about 5,000 across Northern Ireland. Using this approach, areas with a high probability of severe fuel poverty were able to be identified (Walker et al., 2012).

Once priority areas had been identified, each household in these high risk areas were surveyed by staff from the local authority. Over 2,100 households were surveyed in total. These surveys were used to assess the household’s eligibility for measures under the Warm Homes scheme. Analysis of these surveys suggests that over 60% of households in these high risk areas are eligible for energy efficiency measures. Further analysis indicates that almost all households in these high risk areas are in fuel poverty. It is estimated that almost 90% of households need to spend over 10% of their income to heat their home, as well as covering all other necessary energy use.

These findings suggest that there is merit in using area-based approaches to target fuel poverty. Large numbers of households in fuel poverty can be reached and economies of scale can accrue, through delivering resources in a concentrated way. Area-based approaches can contribute to an improved local environment and also make it possible to offer all households in an area some kind of assistance, which removes the stigma which some households attach to receiving energy efficiency measures.

An innovative statistical approach, along with GIS mapping, facilitates the identification of areas where many households are in need of assistance and the subsequent delivery of energy efficiency measures.

For people who would like to know more about these topics, a one day event is going to happen in Belfast on 18 July 2014. The Fuel Poverty Research Symposium will address the key points, reasons and the consequences of fuel poverty, bringing together contributions from the research community. The call for abstracts is now open until 16 May 2014. To know more about the event, please contact Ryan Walker or Ben Christman.

 

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