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MITIE axes mechanical and electrical engineering arm

20 May 2013

Outsourcing group MITIE will axe hundreds of jobs as it closes its mechanical and electrical engineering contracts arm.

Call to capitalise on smart meter roll-out delay

15 May 2013

The IET has called for the government to capitalise on the smart meter roll-out delay to formalise specifications for the system.

Platinum miners stage wildcat strike in South Africa

14 May 2013

Miners working for world number three platinum producer Lonmin launched a wildcat strike today, halting all mining operations.

Green Investment Bank pulls in £2.3bn since launch

10 May 2013

Roughly £2.3bn has been invested in low-carbon projects since the launch of the UK's Green Investment Bank (GIB).

Severn barrage firm announces partners

09 May 2013

The company bidding to create an electricity generating barrage across the Severn estuary have announced their partners.

Liquid air energy storage could become £1bn industry

09 May 2013

Liquid air energy storage technology could unlock a £1bn industry and 22,000 UK jobs, according to a new report.

Twitter users to take control of flower show garden

07 May 2013

Twitter users will be able to directly influence the appearance of a unique digital garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

New forum to boost UK’s power electronics sector

30 April 2013

A new forum focused on raising the profile and importance of the power electronics industry was launched today.

How to plan for a solar superstorm

30 April 2013

Strategies for dealing with a solar superstorm that could knock out critical infrastructure were discussed at a seminar today.

Committee blasts Government infrastructure plans

29 April 2013

A committee has branded the Government’s £310bn infrastructure proposals as “not a real plan with a strategic vision”.

Metals recycling needs bigger role in product design

24 April 2013

Designers of everything from mobile phones to electric car batteries should make their products far easier to recycle.

Fukushima fuel rod cooling halted

22 April 2013

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant halted cooling of a spent fuel pool at the site this week to remove two dead rats.

Busking, boating and broadcasting to engage public

18 April 2013

Engineers will have the opportunity to become buskers, radio presenters and barge drivers in an effort to engage the public.

Singapore Airport to build fourth terminal

17 April 2013

Singapore Changi Airport has unveiled plans to build a fourth passenger terminal at a cost of US$853m.

Reusable dam system for disaster zones patented

17 April 2013

Researchers have patented a reusable dam that can be easily transported to emergency zones or developing countries.

Too few experts trained in mobile lidar says report

17 April 2013

A new US report into mobile lidar imaging technology has highlighted significant constraints on achieving its full potential.

Japan rejects request to shut down nuclear reactors

16 April 2013

A Japanese court has rejected a petition to close down the country's only two operating nuclear reactors

Lockheed to build thermal power plant off China

16 April 2013

Lockheed Martin plans to build a green energy plant that will use variations in ocean water temperature to generate electricity.

Bentley puts factory roof to practical use

16 April 2013

Over 20,000 solar panels with a capacity of 5MW have been installed on the roof of Bentley Motors' factory in Crewe, Cheshire.

JCB records highest ever profits despite slump

15 April 2013

Digger manufacturer JCB has defied a slump in the construction market to record the highest profits in its 67-year history.

Uganda in talks in China to fund Karuma dam project

15 April 2013

Uganda is negotiating with China to obtain funding for construction of a Nile River hydro-power dam at Karuma.

Construction industry output down

12 April 2013

The weather-hit construction industry has had a seven per cent slide in output on a year ago, recent figures have shown.

Government website and folding wheel up for award

11 April 2013

The reinvention of the wheel and the Government's new website are in contention for the Design of the Year 2013 award.

'Most accurate' electric current instrument unveiled

10 April 2013

Cryogenic and the National Physical Laboratory unveiled the world's "most accurate" instrument for measuring electric current.

Iran plans to build more nuclear reactors in quake area

10 April 2013

Iran plans to build more nuclear power reactors in an earthquake-prone area, a day after a strong tremor struck the region.

Fukushima nuclear cooling system restored

05 April 2013

Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant lost the ability to cool radioactive fuel rods for about three hours on Friday.

North Korea to restart nuclear reactor

02 April 2013

North Korea is to restart a mothballed nuclear reactor in a move that could produce more plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Scottish offshore wind farm given green light

26 March 2013

A controversial offshore wind project off the coast of Aberdeen has been approved by the Scottish government.

Green bank pledges £18m to energy innovation centre

25 March 2013

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will provide £18m of funding towards a new energy innovation centre for an NHS trust.

Pressure mounts on UK to build gas storage

25 March 2013

Political pressure is mounting to increase natural gas storage capacity as high winter energy demand has depleted storage levels.

Didcot power station shuts after 42 years

22 March 2013

A power station which has generated electricity for more than 40 years closed today.

Budget lacks support for research and renewables

21 March 2013

The fallout from yesterday’s budget continues with lack of spending on research and the green economy top of the agenda.

Thermal modelling for non-specialists speeds up product design

21 March 2013

Mentor Graphics has launched an electronics cooling simulation package that design engineers as well as thermal specialists can use right through the design process, from concept to verification, significantly shortening the time needed to finalise the designs of electronic products.

Infrastructure, shale gas and R&D given Budget boost

20 March 2013

Boosts to infrastructure spending and tax breaks for R&D tempered gloomy economic news in today’s budget.

Tepco loses power to cooling systems at Fukushima

19 March 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co lost power used for cooling spent uranium fuel rods at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Free BIM and Lean construction guide released

19 March 2013

A definitive and free guide to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean construction has been compiled.

Hinkley nuclear power plant approved

19 March 2013

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has given the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.

Eight member states breach EU air quality rules

18 March 2013

Fewer European countries could face fines for breaching air pollution limits after recession slowed industrial activity.

Bill Gates brings Grand Challenges summit to close

14 March 2013

Yesterday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates closed a two-day summit aimed at overcoming the world’s most pressing challenges.

Ukraine receives €600m nuclear safety upgrade loan

13 March 2013

Ukraine will receive a €600m loan from two European bodies to upgrade its nuclear power plants.

Future Cities Catapult centre to be launched in London

12 March 2013

A new Catapult centre for smart cities will be hosted in London, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

Thought leaders meet to discuss Grand Challenges

12 March 2013

Business, research and policy leaders come together today to discuss how to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

Production resumes on Elgin platform

11 March 2013

Production has resumed on a North Sea platform almost a year after it was evacuated due to a major gas leak.

China could struggle with shale plans

11 March 2013

China's plans to unlock what could be the world's biggest shale gas reserves risk running further off track.

Brazil orders 1,000 JCB backhoe loaders

11 March 2013

Construction giant JCB has secured a £40m order from the Brazilian government for more than 1,000 backhoe loaders.

Solar batteries could threaten energy companies

08 March 2013

Solar batteries could make home-generated power much easier to use and cut customers' dependence on energy companies.

UK's largest coal mine to close after fire

07 March 2013

One of the UK's last remaining coal mines is to shut with the loss of up to 650 jobs.

Panasonic to showcase new dual-axis solar tracker

05 March 2013

Panasonic will showcase a solar panel system that tracks the sun all day in a new 50MW project in California.

Shell may shut Nigeria oil pipeline due to thefts

04 March 2013

Shell may be forced to shut down its 150,000 barrel per day Nembe Creek oil pipeline in Nigeria due to persistent thefts.

Areva plans nuclear fuel shipment to Japan

04 March 2013

French energy group Areva said it was preparing to send nuclear fuel to Japan for the first time since the Fukushima disaster.

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