STFC: Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) affects all cloven-hoofed animals, both domesticated & wild, and is one of the most contagious of animal diseases. Its threat grows every year with increasing trade in animals & animal products and of course through growing global tourism. The 2001 outbreak is estimated to have cost the UK almost £20bn.
Scientists using the Diamond Light Source have developed a new methodology to produce an FMD vaccine, which is completely synthetic - made up of tiny protein shells designed to trigger optimum immune response. It doesn’t therefore rely on growing live infectious virus and is therefore much safer to produce – potentially significantly boosting its usefulness for farmers in the developing world.
ScotGov: The Scottish Government has announced consent for the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay. The development consists of 11 wind turbines and their connecting cables, sited between 2 & 4.5 km off the Aberdeenshire coast, capable of generating up to 100 MW, providing enough energy to meet the needs of over 49,000 homes – almost half of the homes in Aberdeen.
The Centre, which is not a conventional wind farm, but an offshore deployment centre, will allow offshore wind developers & supply chain companies to test cutting edge wind technology in an offshore environment before commercial deployment. This will reduce development risks and capital costs by providing the opportunity to test real time reliability and capacity generation and will ultimately support the creation of jobs across the industry.
OS: A recent hack event, supported by Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation team, generated a number of innovative demos showcasing how technology can support greener business, paving the way for other budding innovators & entrepreneurs to submit their ideas to the latest GeoVation Challenge.
Over the weekend of 16-17 March, the GeoVation team supported the env:hack event organised by Environment Agency and Geeks of London. The event, held at the University of Bristol, attracted over 50 software & hardware developers to look at the problems associated with environmental responsibility and create some innovative demos showcasing how technology can tackle this global issue.
Hopefully the hack event will whet the appetite for other developers to submit their ideas to OS’s latest GeoVation Challenge, which could win a share of the £100,000 development prize. The challenge runs until 1 May 2013.