University of Edinburgh cuts ties with fossil fuels

The University of Edinburgh is cutting links with coal and tar sands investment within the next six months. This decision has been taken by the University’s Investment Committee which agreed changes to its fossil fuel investment policy. The institution invested in three fossil fuel companies and it is urging them to reduce their carbon emissions by […]

Giant tank for marine energy testing unveiled

Scotland has unveiled a large-scale testing tank that is set to make waves in the marine energy industry. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the £9.5 million FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at the University of Edinburgh can recreate waves and currents from coastlines across the UK, Europe and beyond. […]

Wind policy ‘blunder’ could cost £120bn and increase emissions

The Government’s policy of backing wind power could be a “blunder” which could cost roughly ten times as much as gas plants and actually be worse for the environment, claims new academic research. The study ‘Why is wind power so expensive?’ published by the climate change sceptic group Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) suggests wind […]

University in hydrogen fuel breakthrough

Low-cost clean hydrogen fuel could be a step closer thanks to a discovery by university scientists. Researchers at Edinburgh University have uncovered key details about chemical catalysts that use light to break apart water molecules, splitting them into hydrogen – for use as fuel – and oxygen. The findings will help researchers design efficient photocatalysts […]

ScottishPower ploughs £5bn into CCS research

ScottishPower is to invest almost £5bn in the UK’s first alliance between industry and academia to focus specifically on carbon capture and storage. Called the ScottishPower Academic Alliance, the scheme has been designed to match the needs of the UK’s fast developing CCS industry and draws on the research capacity academics from Imperial College London […]