Oil and gas services firm signs $5.5m deal with Repsol

An oil and gas services company has secured a $5.5 million (£3.8m) contract with energy giant Repsol. The deal will see Proserv upgrade and build new subsea production control equipment for the Yme field redevelopment in the Norwegian North Sea. It says the life of the existing equipment will be extended significantly beyond its original […]

US announces $3m for improving energy materials

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $3 million (£2.2m) of funding to support research into the materials used in a range of severe or complex environments. The funding will bring industry together with national science laboratories to research and develop ways to improve the metals and plastics used in power plants, batteries and […]

$10.5m for energy efficient lighting research

The US Government is investing $10.5 million (£7.4m) in energy efficient lighting research and development. The nine projects that won funding are expected to help accelerate the development of LEDs that can significantly cut energy costs. According to the Department of Energy, today’s most advanced LED products are around 10 times more energy efficient than […]

Climate change, farming and poverty are a "collective crisis"

The problems surrounding climate change, food production and poverty are ‘inter-related’ and need be treated as a collective crisis. That’s according to a new report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in which its Secretariat Ulrich Hoffman says agriculture is both a driver and victim of climate change. He quotes […]

£250k boost for horizontal drilling

A drilling tool manufacturer for the oil and gas industry has been granted £250,000 for innovation in the technology. The cash will help Paradigm Drilling Services develop new systems for use in horizontal drilling in oil and gas wells. It will also help part-fund the firm’s project, which involves the design, development, testing and evaluation […]

Pollution could increase as cutbacks bite

Pollution and damage to property could increase because of cuts to public sector funding. That’s the message from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) who want urgent action to address cuts in funding for the brownfield sector. They say Government budget cuts mean councils and the Environment Agency are suffering from a […]

Scotland in energy pact with Caribbean and Latin America

Scotland’s expertise in developing low carbon technologies is to play a role in advancing clean energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has signed an agreement between the Scottish government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) which will promote Scottish know-how in the development of clean-tech projects in Latin America and […]

ENA welcomes Ofgem low carbon awards

Ofgem’s awards of £62m to four low carbon projects have been welcomed by the Energy Networks Association. The ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for electricity and gas in the UK and Ireland. Its chief executive David Smith said: “The funding of research and development projects for the networks is […]

ScottishPower funds university smart grid role

ScottishPower has joined forces with the University of Strathclyde to boost the progress of smart grids in the UK. The energy company will pay £750,000 over five years for a new position at the university called the ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grid Technology’. ScottishPower network development director Jim Sutherland said: “ScottishPower already has smart grid […]

Huhne unveils £10m offshore grants

Chris Huhne yesterday unveiled the first round of grants since the Budget for developing next-generation offshore wind technology, including £2m for Hartlepool’s JDR Cable Systems. The energy secretary revealed the £10m package of grants at the launch of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Perspective report. Five million pounds worth of cash will go to […]