UK joins hands with China for next-gen ORE technologies

first_imgUK and Chinese researchers are set to collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies.The three-year collaborative initiative will tackle key challenges affecting the development of tidal, wave, and offshore wind systems to maximize their environmental and socio-economic benefits.The projects will seek to determine where the best energy resource is available and where would be best to implement ORE technologies, and inform the development of technology so that structures are resilient to extreme events such as typhoons and earthquakes.The work will also focus on the advancement of virtual prototyping in the design and optimization of ORE power take-off (PTO) systems, and on tackling challenges related to the integration of different offshore technologies into multi-purpose platforms.The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are supporting the projects with almost £4 million of funding, which will be distributed from the Newton Fund.The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is providing the funding for all of the projects, as part of the Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy program.Duncan Wingham, NERC’s Chief Executive, said: “This research will develop the potential of offshore renewable energy technologies, integrating environmental science to provide a better understanding of the energy resources, the sustainable development of ORE systems and where best to locate and deploy these systems to ensure a stable power supply with minimal environmental impact.”Richard Harrington, Minister for Energy and Industry, added: “This £4 million investment will support collaborative research into the next generation of offshore technologies with one of our largest global trading partners, unlocking further opportunities for projects across the UK and the rest of the world.”last_img read more

Farmers get weather break but crops remain behind schedule

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers in Iowa finally got a break in the weather last week to catch up on planting, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state remains significantly behind average seasons in crop development.The USDA reported Monday that Iowa farmers have now planted 93% of the corn crop, about three weeks behind the five-year average.For soybeans, the Iowa crop is 70% planted, about 17 days behind the average for this time of year.last_img

Delight as Letterkenny Shopping Centre now fully let

first_imgLetterkenny Shopping Centre is celebrating a prosperous year as they reach full occupancy and welcome a 12% increase in footfall. The shopping hub now serves over 70,000 weekly shoppers across 104,000 sq. ft. of prime retail space. Lettings totalling 6,150 sq. ft. has resulted in Letterkenny Shopping Centre being fully let. The centre has become a principal shopping destination in the North West with anchor tenants Tesco and Penneys and a further 40 other retailers including DV8, Costa Coffee, Pamela Scott, Argento, Euro Giant and Eason to name but a few.The accessibility and convenience for customers are second to none, with 660 free surface level car parking spaces.The scheme continues to deliver an enhanced offer and customer experience for over 70,000 weekly shoppers,representing an increase in footfall of 12% in the last year.The adjacent bus depot further connects the Centre to its 200,000 strong catchment and beyond. The Shopping Centre is the largest in Co. Donegal and one of six regional Shopping Centres in the Harcourt Development retail portfolio located throughout Ireland, with a combined area of over 1,000,000 sq. ft. and over 300 occupiers.Ed McCulloch, Senior Property Management Surveyor, Harcourt Developments said:“We are delighted to report a fully let position in Letterkenny Shopping Centre.“Overall economic performance has had a positive impact on retail spending and sentiment.“In the Harcourt retail portfolio this is evident through the retention of existing occupiers and increased demand from new entrants for retail space. “With continued support to many local charities and the introduction of community rooms, play zones and periodic mall entertainment and promotions, we continue to reinforce each centre’s commitment to the community.”Delight as Letterkenny Shopping Centre now fully let was last modified: November 21st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Shopping Centre.last_img read more

Why the Customer Experience Counts

first_imgThe importance of customer experience to your brand.Most companies use brand-tracking research to figure out which market communications are delivering the most customers for each brand buck.  However, many companies fail to consider the importance of the customer experience in brand success. How a person experiences each product touch point (the store, the purchase, issue resolution) is a significant indicator of brand success. The customer experience weighs heavily on whether a person is likely to buy the product again or recommend it to someone else.Social media communications have both brand and experience elements. This makes social media a significant touch point that is well worth watching. Your brand tracking research resources should be focused on measuring both communication and experience.When a company can see the whole picture, it is much easier to make changes to attract more customers. Big picture research also helps to diagnose areas of customer experience that might be undermining the brand.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more