Africa, with its population and resources, could experience steady economic growth, Abbas El Fassi told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.“This potential notwithstanding, Africa remains largely on the sidelines when it comes to foreign direct investment [FDI] flows, a trend which has been compounded further by the global economic and financial crisis,” he added.According to a recent report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), FDI flows to Africa fell by nearly 19 per cent to $59 billion in 2009, mainly due to a contraction in global demand for the continent’s exports.Mr. El Fassi said today that “the magnitude of the challenges posed by globalization requires urgent, substantial reforms of the current global economic governance set-up as well as further mobilization to lay the foundations of a new, equitable, balanced and efficient environmental order that will enable us to safeguard our planet for the sake of current and future generations.”The official’s address also touched on human rights, Western Sahara and the situation in the Middle East. 27 September 2010To maximize Africa’s potential, the Prime Minister of Morocco today called for a high-level General Assembly dialogue on spurring investment in the continent, which is home to more than 900 million people and abounds in natural resources.
On 12 October at Rockingham, young people will have the chance to learn more about job opportunities available in the UK’s motor industry at a special automotive-themed careers fair.Organised by the Education Enterprise Foundation (EEF), the event will feature workshops and displays covering the industry, further and higher education courses, national qualification routes, the world of karting, motor sport and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathmatics) schools programmes. A look at working in the media and career opportunities specifically for women in the automotive industry will also be part of the programme.Director of EEF, Graham Lloyd, said, “The event will be a fantastic opportunity for students from across the Midlands to hear first-hand from people who are passionate about this vibrant and exciting industry. The event will demonstrate just how big the automotive sector is and that it’s not all just about cars.”National engineering and automotive companies including Babcock International, Caterpillar, Halfords Auto Centres, Jaguar Land Rover, Perkins Engines and Snap-On Tools will share their experiences, while driving and riding experiences will be provided by the AA, ASDA and the Motor Cycle Industries’ ‘Get On’ programme.Chief Executive of Rockingham, Charlotte Orton, added, “At Rockingham we have always believed in playing a part in promoting the automotive industry as a great place to work. Our concern goes beyond motorsport and we need to play our part in making young people aware of what an interesting industry we are part of, as they are an essential part of its future success.”The event will also highlight the great wealth of opportunity available on Rockingham’s doorstep, with organisations such as Centurion Automotive, Nital Training and Development, Tresham College, the Institute of Operations Management and local automotive dealerships all taking part. To find out more, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Water found in disused coal mines has been identified as a new source of renewable energy for the UK, following a two-year study by Nottingham Trent University. In conjunction with renewable energy firm Alkane Energy, research has established that thermal energy found in groundwater in mines – which is naturally lukewarm due to ground heat – can be condensed and used to heat or cool buildings above the ground. This is similar to the work being done in the USA by Michigan Technological University, as posted to this website on April 13.“In a way we may never have previously envisaged, coal mines could once again be used to provide warmth to thousands of homes across the UK,” said Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh, of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, who led the study. “But the key difference between yesteryear and tomorrow is that we now have the ability to harness their energy potential in a completely sustainable way.”The technology is based on the use of a ground source heat pump system which takes the water from the mine shaft and pumps it to the surface where the latent thermal energy is extracted using a heat exchanger. Thereafter a heat pump is used to produce a much higher temperature than the original mine water by condensing the energy and circulating it in a separate central heating-type system. The cooler groundwater is then returned to the mine where it becomes lukewarm again via ground heat.For the purposes of the study, the Coal Authority provided Alkane Energy with permission to explore redundant mines over a 30 km area with the potential to produce enough energy to heat around 45,000 homes.The system also was tested at the former Markham Colliery, northeast Derbyshire, where the abstracted heat was used in an industrial building owned by Alkane.The project was funded by Innovate UK and the research findings were presented at the global Applied Energy Conference, in Abu Dhabi, March 28-31.Among the findings were that for periods when solar or wind energy is insufficient to power the ground source heat pump, the technology could still be four times more efficient when running on mains electricity than a modern gas boiler with 90% efficiency rating.Al-Habaibeh has also developed with the research team and his students a small scale simulator of the technology for educational purposes (pictured).Keith Parker, the Project Director at Alkane Energy, added: “Alkane has traditionally utilised gas contained in disused coal mines to power its core electricity generation business. The utilisation of heat from mine water gives rise to a further opportunity to make use of the mines to provide green, sustainable energy to homes and businesses in the UK.”