ERG at All Energy, Aberdeen

All Energy, 23 & 24 may 2012

As this important annual gathering in Aberdeen approaches again I thought it was timely to advise of our participation.

The ERG team will be attending All Energy this year with a combined stand accommodating 4 UHI partner institutions. SAMS, ERI, LCC and ORCA will all be represented with Research & Enterprise staff available to speak to over the two days of the conference and exhibition. We are also participating in the visitor click-through and sectoral trails – anyone wishing to come and see us can obtain a special visitor pass by clinking the link below and completing their details.

We will be on stand K41 in hall 2



Commons inquiry into The Future of Marine Renewables in the UK

Announced 06 July 2011

The Energy and Climate Change Committee, chaired by Tim Yeo MP, is has launched an inquiry to investigate the potential for marine renewables to contribute towards the UK’s renewables and emissions targets. It seems to indicate this is related to the DECC announcement On 28 June 2011 that £20 million of funding would be used to support two projects to test prototypes in array formations.

The inquiry will assess the success of existing Government support and measures on marine renewables and investigate the potential impact of Government spending decisions on this area of low carbon technology.

The Committee invites submissions on marine renewables, in particular:

  • What are the potential benefits that marine renewables could bring to the UK and should Government be supporting the development of these particular technologies?
  • How effective have existing Government policies and initiatives on marine renewables been in supporting the development and deployment of these technologies?
  • What lessons can be learnt from experiences within the UK and from other countries to date in supporting the development and deployment of marine renewables?
  • Is publicly provided innovation funding necessary for the development of marine technologies and if so, why?
  • What non-financial barriers are there to the development of marine renewables?
  • To what extent is the supply chain for marine renewables based in the UK and how does Government policy affect the development of these industries?
  • What approach should Government take to supporting marine renewables in the future?
  • Are there any other issues relating to the future of marine renewables in the UK that you think the Committee should be aware of?
  • Written evidence is invited from interested parties. The deadline for the submission of written evidence is Thursday 8 September. Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format-please do not use PDF format-and sent by e-mail to

    Full announcement a details of rules regarding submissions on the House of Commons website

    New developments in Lithium rechargable SSFC from MIT

    Researchers at MIT, led by Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang (co-founder of A123 Systems), have reported on their development of a new energy storage concept.

    They have been working on a semi-solid flow cell (SSFC) combining the high energy density of rechargeable lithium batteries with the flexible and scalable architecture of fuel cells and flow batteries – they claim it offers energy densities an order of magnitude greater than previous flow batteries giving possible applications in transportation and grid-scale storage

    They are still working-through some issues but have published some details of their work – see the link below….

    SSFC development by MIT