Renewable Energy Generation

The latest findings from an ongoing project into community renewable energy will be presented at a conference in Findhorn near Inverness next week on 4 and 5 June 2015.

A system which could help keep the UK’s lights on and save the energy industry millions has been devised by a group of Heriot-Watt PhD students on a three month multi-disciplinary project.

Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.

Tuesday 14 October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Ada Lovelace Day Podcast
To celebrate we have developed an Ada Lovelace Day podcast (16 mins) of staff and students sharing stories of STEM women who have inspired them.

Colleagues featured in this recording are:

How do we keep Scotland’s energy supply secure, affordable and sustainable? Can Scotland unilaterally abandon nuclear energy? Should we develop shale?

Heriot-Watt University will be the site of one of two unique new centres which will form the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC).

IBiolC has raised a total of £2.7m to establish two bioprocessing centres that will contribute towards its aim to generate at least £1bn GVA for the Scottish economy by 2025.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, interviewed by Dr Gabriela Medero and Dr Aruna Ivaturi, will be sharing tales of her career to date; the highs and lows, the pivotal times, people who made a difference, key events and life stages.

The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility has opened at Edinburgh University and is the first of its kind in the world.

Research Futures has hosted the first UK national EPSRC Engineering Roadshow for Early Career Researchers at the Postgraduate Centre at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.

Current collaboration between the UK and Canada in the area of biochar as an effective way to capture CO2 has been strengthened by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ERPE Professor Raffaella Ocone at Heriot-Watt University (UK) and BioFuelNet Canada (BNF) and Bio-Char Network (Bio-Char) in Canada.

Dr Nick Bennett attended Parliament at the House of Commons on Monday 17 March to present his engineering research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain.

Heriot-Watt Crucible, the highly successful leadership and development programme for research leaders of the future, has been run for the sixth time. Joining researchers from Heriot-Watt on the programme this time were participants from University of Edinburgh, British Geological Survey, Moredun Research Institute and Selex ES.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology.

Based at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

BGS survey vessel White Ribbon under the Forth Rail Bridge

The important ERPE contributions to wave tank design are:

  • Design of absorbing wavemakers [2] for the accurate, controlled generation of waves in test tanks
  • Implementation of a curved tank, with associated computer drive, to make more effective use of small facilities [1]
  • Design and construction of the world's first wave and current test tank facility [3]
Edinburgh Curved Wave and Current Tank Panorama
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