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Organisations Operating in the Bioeconomy in Scotland Offered Funding

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Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, announced a £1.5 million funding opportunity for ‘bioeconomy’ businesses in Scotland

Businesses and research institutions working in industrial biotechnology, food and drink, and the wider bioeconomy in Scotland, could obtain this funding.

The funding opportunity, highlighted during Mr Wheelhouse’s address to delegates at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy Conference 2016 in Glasgow, has been created by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC). It includes funding from the European Regional Development Fund to support innovative work that will help deliver circular economy growth.

The partnership is intended to encourage collaboration between business and research to drive forward transformative projects in the industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy areas. Projects may help reduce waste and provide added value opportunities for the food and drink sector in Scotland.

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said:

“We want Scotland to be recognised as an international leader in the sustainable use of our biological resources, and I am pleased to say that Scotland is already home to a number of innovative businesses. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce a further £1.5 million from Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, to support collaborative projects between business and research institutions that will help to further develop Scotland’s bio economy.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “The bioeconomy has a key role to play in creating a more sustainable future where we use resources in the most efficient way and reduce waste. This is an area of growth for Scotland’s economy and this funding is intended to support transformative projects.”

Scotland is already home to pioneering companies working in this area. These include CelluComp, a company turning nano fibres from root vegetables into an environmentally friendly thickener for paint and Ogilvy Spirits, which is making vodka from potatoes not suitable for the supermarket.

Funding may be awarded to bioeconomy projects led by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and supported by Scotland’s academic talent; or to projects led by SMEs to progress innovative projects themselves or as part of a collaboration.

Roger Kilburn, CEO, IBioIC said:

“We are delighted to be working with Zero Waste Scotland on this call. With a wealth of opportunities, we are confident that we will see many industrially led projects that link industrial biotechnology with the circular economy.”

For more information and to apply to access the Bioeconomy Accelerator, people should go to www.ibioic.com. The deadline for outline project proposals is 19th December 2016.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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