Recycle, Whisky leftovers to provide fuel for cars

The BBC has reported that Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire has teamed up with Celtic Renewables, to recycle Whisky leftovers from the Scottish distillery to provide fuel for cars.

Tullibardine Distillery will provide the leftovers, including draff and pot ales, which will then be fed on by bacteria to produce butanol, a fuel that can be used to run vehicles.

Napier University’s Biofuel Research Centre, (Celtic Renewables is a spin off company from the University) has already shown that the right bacteria can feed on those by-products to produce butanol – a direct replacement for vehicle fuel.

Now Celtic Renewables, and independent malt whisky producer Tullibardine have signed a memorandum of understanding.  Together they will apply the process to thousands of tonnes of the distillery’s leftovers.

The project is being supported by a grant from the Scottish government’s Zero Waste Scotland initiative.

Celtic Renewables said it eventually aimed to build a processing plant in Scotland, with the hope of building an industry that could be worth £60m a year.

 

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Scotland attracts renewable energy investment

Scottish Development International has reported that Scotland’s growing reputation for the development of pioneering wind, wave and tidal renewable technologies is attracting many major global companies to establish bases in Scotland.

It has been reported that over the last 12 months international companies such as Gamesa, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Samsung Heavy Industries, ABB and Alstom have all announced plans to invest in Scotland to develop renewable technologies.

Gamesa, the Spanish-based international renewables manufacturer has established an R&D facility in Strathclyde, near Glasgow.  This year it announced that Port of Leith, Edinburgh would be the location for the company’s 150 million euro UK offshore wind manufacturing base.

Also the Japanese manufacturing giant Mitsubishi Power Systems plans to invest up to £100 million in Scotland to develop renewable energy research and is also considering creating a major offshore wind turbine manufacturing site.

 

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BiFab win a Premier Oil contract creating 350 jobs

The BBC has reported that Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) has secured a £145 million North Sea oil and gas contract with Premier Oil which will bring around 350 jobs to the Fife area.

The contract involves BiFab constructing both a 3500 tonne topside module and 8000 tonne jacket for Premier Oil’s Solan development west of Shetland.  BiFab will create structures for the platform at its Methil, Burntisland and Arnish yards, as Premier Oil develops its Solan oil field, west of Shetland.

The Solan field is expected to produce about 40 million barrels of oil, with an estimated initial production rate of 24,000 barrels of oil per day from the fourth quarter of 2014.

The contract is due for completion in April 2014 and will create a total of 350 jobs, with around 40 being based at BiFab’s Arnish yard on the Isle of Lewis.

 

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Aberdeen scientist’s show link between deficiency of sunlight, vitamin D and autoimmune diseases

Pharmiweb have reported that scientists at the University of Abeerdeen have demonstrated for the first time a clear link between sunlight, vitamin D and an impact on regulatory cells in the immune system in findings that might provide new insights into diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Some studies have suggested a link between vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune diseases such as MS. This possible link might also explain the increasing prevalence of autoimmune disease among those living far from the equator, where there are lower levels of winter sun

University of Aberdeen researchers studied patients in the north of Scotland – which has the highest rate of MS in the UK – who were being treated during winter with artificial UV-B light therapy for skin diseases caused by their immune systems acting inappropriately

Dr Anthony Ormerod, Clinical Reader in Dermatology at the University, said: “Our study shows that UV-B light, which mimics sunshine, can have a striking effect on the immune system of patients.

“We found that UV-B light boosted the production of vitamin D, and of regulatory T cells, which play an important role keeping our immune systems in check..While too much exposure to sunlight is harmful and increases skin cancer risk, these results suggest that subjects in our study would have some benefits from small amounts equivalent to summer exposure in the winter but more work needs to determine the role of sunlight and the role of supplementing the diet with vitamin D.”

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200 life sciences jobs created

As reported by BBC News, a £12.5m upgrade of Dundee University’s College of Life Sciences could create 200 life sciences jobs.

The new scientific research jobs will be created at the University’s Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CTIR). Work on the upgrade is due to be complete in the autumn of next year.

The 200 research staff will be joining an already established scientific community at the University. The college currently has over 1,000 scientists, research students and support staff from 62 countries across the world working there.

As explained, by Professor Michael Ferguson, dean of research in the College of Life Sciences, the new facility will bring together scientists from a range of disciplines including “…mathematical biology and biophysics, bioinformatics, data analysis and software development.” It is hoped that this will inspire innovation which will then go on to develop novel drugs and medicines of the future.

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Wood Group PSN create 150 Aberdeen jobs

The BBC has reported that the energy company Wood Group is creating 150 jobs at its Production Services Network (PSN) division in Aberdeen.

The company is setting up a dedicated project delivery arm to the business, which they hope will help it secure and deliver large-scale North Sea projects.

Earlier this year, it was awarded a £250m contract from Premier Oil to deliver services to the Balmoral support vessel, which provides services for six oil fields.  WGPSN has taken on more than 1,000 new employees in the UK this year and currently Its UK-based onshore and offshore workforce now stands at more than 8,300.

WGPSN estimates the oil and gas project market worldwide to be worth nearly £100bn a year – of which about 30% involves brownfield projects.

 

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QC Analyst Job (Biotechnology) – Scotland

Our client a biotechnology company located in the Central Belt of Scotland require a QC Analyst on a temporary basis.

As a QC Analyst you will carry out chemical testing in accordance with approved methods (including HPLC, FTIR, GC) and in compliance with GMP. You should have a suitable qualification in chemistry and be competent in using techniques such as HPLC, GC and FTIR ideally gained within an industrial environment. The role is initially temporary but there is a likelihood it will be extended or made permanent.

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For more information or to apply for this QC Analyst position, please contact Graeme Pallas at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH21599 in all correspondence.

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