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World’s largest direct air capture plant comes online 

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18 June 2024

Icelandic company ON Power is supplying the renewable geothermal energy to power the DAC process, in which fans draw atmospheric air through a filter that selectively captures CO2. When the filter is full, it is heated to 100oC, and it is released from the filter and mixed with water. As part of the Carbfix process, the aqueous solution is pumped underground, where it reacts with basaltic rock, turns into stone, where it remains. The whole process is verified and certified by independent third parties, report Climeworks.

New Engineers Ireland report projects 6,000 jobs in 2024 

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15 June 2024

6,000 engineering jobs are projected to be created in Ireland in 2024, according to a new report by Engineers Ireland.

UNDERSTANDING THE HIDDEN IMPACT: NON-CO2 EMISSIONS IN AVIATION 

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14 June 2024

According to Transport & Environment non-CO2 effects account for approximately two-thirds of aviation’s total climate impact, but no mitigation measures have so far made it into the EU’s aviation climate package, with some airlines even opposing the monitoring of contrails altogether.

Hydrogen supply chains gather pace from Scotland to Abu Dhabi, but UK demo shelved 

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13 June 2024

A number of new developments have been announced that support the development of the hydrogen supply chain in Europe and the Middle East. Among latest projects, RWE plans to develop a green hydrogen project in Scotland; a new cooperation agreement will see the Port of Rotterdam establish itself as an international hydrogen hub for north-west Europe; and Cepsa’s latest award of contracts underpin its Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley project in Spain. Also, new developments support Abu Dhabi-based ADNOC’s goal of capturing 5% of the global low-carbon hydrogen market by 2030.

New wind power milestones reached in UK, France and Egypt 

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12 June 2024

The second phase of development of Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, has commenced 80 miles offshore from the Yorkshire coast. Meanwhile, France has awarded what is claimed to be the world’s first long-term contract for difference (CfD) to a commercial floating offshore wind farm. And in Egypt, a 10 MW project has taken the next step to becoming one of the world’s largest onshore wind farms. These stories and more are covered in this wind power news round-up.

Should we preserve traditional skills? 

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10 June 2024

What a wonderful members’ visit we had to the Verdant Works in Dundee on 27th May.

(for those who have never been it is well worth a visit!)

To see a Boulton & Watt engine operate so majestically was quite a thrill and to hear about the efforts required to install such a precious 200 year old machine in a 200 year old building was fascinating.

Heriot-Watt laser technology will boost new net-zero manufacturing hub 

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10 June 2024

Heriot-Watt scientists are part of a £13 million project funded by the UKRI Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to advance sustainable manufacturing.

5G drones project aims to transform mountain search and rescue 

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08 June 2024

A team of mobile connectivity and drone specialists from JET Connectivity and Abertay University have demonstrated the use of flying 5G drones as a moving connectivity bubble which could transform mountain search and rescue missions.

The demonstrations, which took place near Tarfside in Angus, Scotland, used pop-up 5G technology with an aerial drone to form a self-deploying 5G network.

AI breakthrough accelerates carbon capture and storage from 100 days to just 24 hours 

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06 June 2024

At Heriot-Watt University, we are pioneering ground-breaking artificial intelligence techniques that could revolutionise carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and collectively propel us toward a net-zero future.

Hybrid approach to titanium manufacturing boosts UK aerospace opportunity 

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04 June 2024

A new hybrid manufacturing method could boost capability in the UK and increase manufacturing efficiency for key aerospace components, which could in future be used by global manufacturers for the production of aircraft.

ABERDEEN SCIENCE CENTRE PARTNERS WITH NORWAY’S SCIENCE FACTORY TO EXPLORE INNOVATIVE NET ZERO SOLUTIONS 

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03 June 2024

THE NORTH SEA COLLABORATION PROJECT WILL WORK TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF GLOBAL DECARBONISATION

Aberdeen Science Centre has joined forces with Norway’s Vitenfabrikken (The Science Factory) to form the North Sea Collaboration Project.

The partnership, which is also supported by international energy company Equinor, will explore the innovative carbon emissions reduction solutions being developed by Scotland and Norway.

UofG WINS £4.9M TO COMMISSION A WORLD-LEADING MICROSCOPE FOR MATERIALS SCIENCE 

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31 May 2024

Professor Stephen McVitie is principal investigator for the project. He said: "Glasgow has been international centre for electron microscopy for more than 40 years and this new investment will now enable us to study magnetic materials on the atomic scale. This is critical because we collaborate with manufacturers to develop data storage devices using magnets that are only a few atoms in size."

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