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Warm homes trial targets supercomputer waste heat and disused mines

A first-of-its-kind system in the UK is being trialled in Edinburgh to see if waste heat from a large computing facility can be stored in disused mine workings and used to warm homes.

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Heidelberg awards FEED deal for cement CCS project

Heidelberg Materials has signed a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant at its Padeswood cement...

Newhaven FC scores a winner with donated aggregate

Two aggregate firms have teamed up to donate 20 tonnes of marine-dredged aggregates to Newhaven FC to support the football club in the construction of...

Coal miners finish the final shift at Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire. Credit: Nigel Roddis and Getty Images

Coal Authority and National Highways strengthen ties

The Coal Authority and National Highways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage more closely on work that addresses the impacts of former...

Professional body launch for heavy clay sector

A new industry body, the Heavy Clay Technology Association (HCTa), has launched to support professionals working within the heavy clay sector.

Heidelberg secures 100% stake in Smiths Concrete

Heidelberg Materials has acquired the remaining shares of Smiths Concrete, enabling it to take full ownership of the Banbury-based company.