ScotGov: An American automotive company has established a new manufacturing & engineering centre of excellence in Glasgow, supporting approximately 80 jobs in Scotstoun. The announcement by AAM Europe of the expansion of their Albion Automotive site – supported by Scottish Enterprise – follows a meeting between First Minister Alex Salmond and key representatives from their parent company last week in Chicago.
HEFCE: The funding of £1.4m from Higher Education Funding Council England for Harper Adams University College will support the National Centre for Precision Farming. The centre will facilitate teaching & applied research activity in advanced agricultural engineering to enable precision farming techniques which contribute to the UK’s efforts towards global food security.
This is the first funding award to be made from HEFCE’s new Catalyst Fund which has been operational since 1 August 2012. The fund supports HEFCE's priority aims & objectives through investment in innovative & exceptional projects with universities & colleges. which has been operational since 1 August 2012.
DECC: Consent was given last week by the Government for the construction of a 60MW energy from waste generating station in Cheshire. The proposed development at Lostock, Northwich, will generate enough power to supply 80,000 homes and create a total of 500 jobs during the construction period and a further 50 permanent operating posts.
DECC: Investors that are interested in converting coal plants to renewable biomass facilities, and those that co-fire a high proportion of biomass with coal, have been given a boost under new plans set out by Energy Minister John Hayes.
The Government has introduced a voluntary reporting process under the Renewables Obligation for these generators. This will minimise regulatory burdens on generators and enable Government to better estimate how much financial support these schemes will need.
STFC: A PhD student co-funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council has won a prestigious award for demonstrating that a technique developed originally at STFC’s Central Laser Facility could take away the need for a needle biopsy in breast cancer diagnosis.
Marleen Kerssens, also funded by the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has shown that SORS (spatially offset Raman spectroscopy), a method using a laser to see inside objects without making an incision, is viable for detecting if abnormalities found through mammograms are malignant or benign.
Currently a needle biopsy is the only way to confirm this. Marleen received the Coblentz Society Student Award, an international prize to recognise young scientists in the area of vibrational spectroscopy, at a conference in Kansas City, USA recently.
WO: Secretary of State for Wales David Jones has welcomed the announcement that Turkish steel company HDM Steel Pipe will set up a new manufacturing facility in Cardiff. .
STFC: The ESA BIC Harwell is proud to announce that they have achieved the landmark of our first alumni in the programme, company G2way Limited. The company joined ESA BIC Harwell in July 2011 with their LLEO (Low Level Earth Observation) project, using electrically powered micro unmanned aerial vehicles carrying cameras to evaluate farmers' crops in the field. These are then able to advise farmers on the best use of fertilizers and pesticides to optimize yields.
DECC: Over 40 organisations have joined forces to set out a long-term vision for the deployment of offshore wind in the northern seas and the economic opportunities this presents. These included world-leading manufacturers, cutting-edge developers, supply-chain firms, researchers and industry-bodies.
The new network – called norstec – was first announced by the Prime Minister at the Clean Energy Ministerial in April 2012 and brought together around 20 companies. Last week, with its ranks more than doubled and numbers continuing to grow, the network held its first full meeting in London centred around this vision and the role that norstec can play in maximising the potential of the northern seas’ abundant resources.