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AREVA Launches Ground-Breaking Solution To Improve The Reliability Of Nuclear Power Plant Secondary Systems

SOURCE: AREVA | 18 December 2014

AREVA has developed an innovative technology to prevent the corrosion of the secondary systems of nuclear power plants through the application of a protective film on the inner surfaces. This solution reinforces the long-term reliability of these structures and contributes to extending the duration of reactor operations.

Atkins And University Of Edinburgh Launch Oil And Gas Masters Module

SOURCE: Atkins | 17 December 2014

Atkins has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to launch an “Introduction to Oil and Gas” module for the University’s Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Masters degrees.

Siemens Reports Nine-Percent Increase In Patent First Filings

SOURCE: Siemens | 05 December 2014

In fiscal 2014, Siemens filed 4,300 patent applications – a year-over-year increase of nine percent. In addition, the company intends to boost investments in research and development (R&D) by around €400 million. In fiscal 2014, R&D expenditures totaled roughly €4 billion.

Toshiba Develops World's Highest Efficiency Artificial Photosynthesis Technology For Generation Of Fuel And Feedstock From Carbon Dioxide.

SOURCE: Toshiba | 03 December 2014

Toshiba Corporation today announced the development of a new technology that uses solar energy, the power of the sun, to generate carbon compounds from carbon dioxide and water, and to deliver a viable chemical feedstock or fuel with potential for use in industry.

Alstom Chosen To Equip Pilot Tidal Farm At Raz Blanchard In France

SOURCE: Alstom | 02 December 2014

Alstom, together with GDF SUEZ, has been chosen by the Prime Minister to supply equipment for a tidal energy pilot farm at Raz Blanchard, west of the Cotentin peninsula (Manche), following the findings of a study conducted by the ADEME.

ABB Launches SmartVentilation For Underground Mines

SOURCE: ABB | 02 December 2014

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has launched its SmartVentilation system for mines. ABB’s SmartVentilation is a complete solution to the challenge of providing fresh air and venting toxic gases from subterranean mines. It also minimizes energy use by ventilating only those areas of a mine that require it.

New Enzyme Technology Converts Waste Oils Into Biodiesel

SOURCE: Novozymes | 02 December 2014

Today, Novozymes announced the launch of Novozymes Eversa®, the first commercially available enzymatic solution to make biodiesel from waste oils. The enzymatic process converts used cooking oil or other lower grade oils into biodiesel. Biodiesel producers can thereby reduce their raw material costs.

Alstom’s Tidal Turbines Have Generated Over 1GWh To The Scottish Grid

SOURCE: Alstom | 25 November 2014

As part of their testing programmes at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, Alstom’s tidal devices have now generated over 1GWh of electricity, in actual operating conditions, to the Scottish grid.

Atkins And Nuclear AMRC Sign Collaborative Agreement

SOURCE: Atkins | 24 November 2014

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Atkins have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on nuclear industry research and development and on support and training for the UK's civil nuclear supply chain.

Green Light For Nuclear Waste Reduction Project

SOURCE: Costain | 24 November 2014

Costain has secured Government funding for a £1 million project that aims to dramatically reduce the amount of nuclear waste needing to be stored.