September 28

Innovate UK Seeks Offshore Wind Cost-Cutting Projects

first_imgInnovate UK has launched a funding competition to encourage innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for economy, environment and society, including offshore wind.Projects for the infrastructure systems strand must show significant innovation in at least one of the following areas: smart infrastructure, energy, connected transport or urban living, while offshore wind solutions should results in substantial reductions in the cost of energy, Innovate UK said.The competition also comprises a manufacturing and materials strand, which was set up for projects which cover innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model; innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse; or a manufacturing or materials innovation, rather than a product innovation.The funding includes up to GBP 5 million for projects lasting up to a year and GBP 14 million for projects with the duration of one to three years. The total eligible project costs equal between GBP 25,000 and GBP 3 million.The minimum duration of the project must be three months, with the maximum duration of three years.Proposals must improve business growth and productivity or create export opportunities for at least one small- and medium-sized UK enterprise involved in the project.The final deadline for bids is 31 January 2018.The applicants will be notified about the status of their projects by 20 April 2018.last_img read more

September 18

Perone signing confirmed by QPR

first_imgBruno Perone has agreed a one-year deal with QPR and will sign subject to international clearance, the club have confirmed.The Brazilian defender, 24, featured in a number of Rangers’ pre-season friendlies and boss Neil Warnock recently confirmed that he intended to offer him a contract.Perone, who can also play in midfield, was initially regarded by the club as highly unlikely to be retained, but his performances convinced Warnock to keep him on.AdChoices广告Warnock was keen for him to play a full 90 minutes before making a final decision, but the manager’s plans were dashed when Perone suffered a broken nose during last Friday’s friendly at Luton.Perone, who has an Italian passport, is likely to start the season as a fringe player but had indicated that he would still accept an offer from Rangers rather than try his luck elsewhere.Several Championship clubs have been monitoring Perone’s situation since his arrival in England.last_img read more