New science features and news site launched…..

A new website, ScienceOmega, aimed at showcasing high-quality scientific features and news has been launched and may be worth keeping an eye on.

It is boasting quite a list of contributors – Sir Patrick Moore, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation Dr Lars Heikensten, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Dr Hamadoun Touré, President of the United States’ Council for Chemical Research (CCR) Dr Seth Snyder, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology Dr Mark Downs.

It is aiming to cover a very wide range of disciplines. Science Omega says it “has one overarching goal; to communicate high-quality scientific content to the largest possible audience. It is paramount that Science Omega contains content that will interest the scientific community. However, science cannot afford to be elitist, and we are convinced that if we present material in a clear and engaging way, it will prove fascinating for scientists and non-scientists alike.”

UK Energy Research Centre Summer School 2012

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) have announced revised dates for it’s eighth annual Energy Summer School; from 17th June – 22nd June 2012, at the University of Warwick. There will be 100 places available for UK and international students.

The School has been specifically designed to give second year PhD students an understanding of energy systems as a whole and of pathways to low-carbon and resilient energy systems. This directly relates to international climate change issues and policies as students will become engaged in a mock United Nations style negotiations throughout the week in order to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions through the use of energy systems. This is a week-long course, which runs in parallel to UKERC’s Annual Assembly, and the course is professionally facilitated to provide continual support for participants, and includes a number of networking opportunities as well as social events.

Applications are invited from those engaged in energy-related research including technical, physical, social, economic, environmental and business aspects of energy and energy systems.

Nominations are open until 1700hrs (5pm) GMT Thursday, 8th March 2012. There is no charge for registered research students to attend the School; UKERC will provide accommodation and all meals and materials for activities. The School is conducted in English, and as it is highly interactive a good standard of comprehension and spoken English is essential.

The nomination form can be accessed from the UKERC website

Full information is available from the UK Energy Research Centre website at:

ERG team at AllEnergy 2011

ERG team at All Energy Aberdeen 2011

The team were very happy with this years show and the four-way-split stand to showcase the research teams and facilities across UHI that ERG helps to represent.

Our stand was right on the end of the Highland section of the show (hosted by HIE) overlooking the section showcasing the Orkney Islands – an excellent spot we thought! After offering the four corners across the UHI partnerships, 3 were able to provide display material leaving one corner for ERG to display a mix of information and leaflets of our own and from various UHI partners dealing in energy research (such as the Agronomy Institute, ETEC and ORCA). Along side us ERI, SEAM and SAMS took-up the other corners of our stand and all had a good level of interest from both the casual enquirer and old friends seeking updates and information.

For those who have never been it’s a massive event and attended by all kinds of energy related companies from the smallest components to full-scale test project facilities providing an incredible insight into the current developments within the sector.

Full information on the show available at the All Energy website.

Renewable Energy Review: CCC

The independent government advisory body ‘Committee on Climate Change’ has just released its newest report into the possibilities for renewables to 2030. This report sets the Committee’s advice on the potential for renewable energy development in the UK, and advice on whether existing targets should be reviewed.

The Committee was asked to provide this advice as part of the Coalition Agreement in May 2010.

The report contains new analysis of technical feasibility and economic viability of renewable and other low-carbon energy technologies and scenarios for renewable energy deployment to 2030.

Report launch summary

Full report and other documentation on CCC website

ALL-ENERGY Exhibition and Conference

The biggest energy event of the year by far with 543 exhibitors including multi-national companies, small business start-ups, local councils, professionals from all aspects of energy production, engineering and delivery with associated events and careers fair. Everyone with any connection to energy in Scotland attends this event and the ERG team will be there for both days, exhibiting at stand L30.

ALL-ENERGY conference in Aberdeen – information here

ALL-ENERGY homepage

Greenspace Live building energy analysis

Greenspace are a research spin-off from Lews Castle College UHI working on projects to provide energy analysis reports and energy performance certificates (EPC’s) for new and existing buildings in the community and all over the UK.

The Buildings group at Greenspace Research also examines how renewable energy technologies can reduce the carbon emissions of buildings.

Greenspace Live Energy analysis and EPC generation

This interdisciplinary project group carry out investigations and gather data in relation to the facilities of the Stornoway Campus of Lews Castle College commenced work in summer 2010. A total of seven sub groups are working together closely within the project team to contribute to the overall project target which is the creation  a low carbon campus. The findings and recommendations of the initial project will now be assessed in detail with view to a complete or partial implementation.

There is so much more information on the Greenspace website.