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In The Spotlight
Napit has launched a brand new website, making it easier than ever before for tradespeople to join, self-certify their work, manage their membership and boost their online presence.
With an uncluttered design, intuitive navigation, and fully interactive feel, www.napit.org.uk has been completely redesigned to offer a vastly improved user experience.
The Electrical Industries Charity is urging everyone in the industry to make a will to ensure your estate is shared amongst the important people in your life when you’re gone.
Coming to the end of our days is something many people find difficult to talk about but if you want to protect the people you love then you need to make your wishes known – regardless of your circumstances.
When specifying LED lighting it is important to be aware of all of the factors that impact on the performance of the installation. Simon Miles of Carbon8lighting highlights the key issues
Anyone who has even a passing interest in lighting cannot have failed to notice the rapid emergence of LED lighting, that has now become the light source of choice for many commercial lighting applications. However, what is less known is the fact that the latest generation of LED modules, coupled with luminaires designed specifically, are now delivering sufficiently high light outputs for many other applications. As a result, LED luminaires can now be specified with confidence for high bay and exterior lighting.
A plague of pylons
A terrifying army of “nude giant girls”. That is how the peerless poet Stephen Spender described the electricity pylons that went up right across Britain in the 1920s.
Now National Grid has erected the first of a new generation of pylons. And to be frank, they are every bit as visually awful. Although shorter than their predecessors, the white “T-pylons” resemble most of all cut-price ski-lift supports.
Saft, a designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, was honoured by the Energy Storage Association (ESA) with the Brad Roberts Outstanding Industry Achievement Award during the ESA’s 25th Annual Conference & Expo, that took place on 28 May in Dallas, Texas. Saft was lauded for its support of the ESA and for its leading role in providing a range of battery systems and technologies that deliver reliable and efficient energy storage in both off-grid and on-grid applications.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced a new White Paper #202; How to Choose IT Rack Power Distribution, which discusses the criteria for selecting IT rack power distribution from the myriad of choices available, and outlines the practical decisions required to reduce downtime.
European power companies were recognised for their outstanding industry achievements this week at the Power Engineering International and Peabody awards ceremony during the annual POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe Gala dinner.
Power downtime or disruption is never acceptable for data centre equipment. It is common for mission critical devices to apply primary and secondary power sources, however some network devices and entry-level servers are not designed with power redundancy. For single corded equipment Austin Hughes InfraPower Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) provides dual power sources. If the primary source becomes unavailable, it switches to the secondary power source seamlessly.
Tridonic Distribution continues its growth and investment with the announcement of a new website http://www.tridonicdist.co.uk/index.html Tridonic’s extensive portfolio includes LED and OLED light sources, electronic lighting control gear and digital lighting control systems and the site provides easy to navigate information about the ever increasing product range.
Testing underground – and undersea – high-voltage power cables is always a challenging task and has often involved the use of huge lorry-mounted test sets. As Damon Mount of Megger explains, however, recent developments mean that much smaller, easily transportable test sets can now provide results that are accurate, detailed and dependable.
Portable high voltage testing
In recent years, the increased focus on renewable energy sources and the growth of national and international power transmission networks has meant that a lot of buried HV (high-voltage) cable, usually operating at around 132 kV, has been installed, in both on-shore and off-shore locations. This growth in the use of buried HV cables is will undoubtedly continue, and this will place increasing pressure on cable testing resources.
Two things are particularly important when taking oil samples. The first is to ensure that the proper sampling procedure is followed, and the second is to ensure that all of the essential information is properly recorded. If the sample is to be sent to a test house for testing, the test house should advise on the information needed, as well as the volume of the sample and the type of container to use.
Two centuries after the humble transformer was invented, Anthony Hall, senior transformer designer and engineer at Bowers Electricals, looks at how far technology has come...
In 1831, Michael Faraday conducted a series of experiments that effectively demonstrated the principle of electromagnetic induction. Even though Faraday’s invention contained all the basic elements i.e. two independent coils and a closed iron core, it would be more than 50 years before the first transformer appeared. Since then, there has been relatively little change in concept, but advancements in the design and construction have ensured that the ubiquitous ‘grey box’ remains an essential component in today’s energy networks.
Fascinating first report
This month we are due to see the first report from Lord Chris Smith, the Environment Agency’s former chairman, into the risks and benefits of shale gas.
The National Grid’s warnings that factories could see mandatory shutdowns at peak times this winter has renewed concerns over the future of the energy sector in the UK. The best solution is the transition to a smarter grid that allows for better integration and management of different electricity assets, leading to improved reliability of supply. Pascal Schaub, director and principal engineer of DT Partners in Australia, explains the significance of the IEC 61850 standard for the energy sector. Also discussed is the importance of the training needed to implement the standard effectively and efficiently to deliver a smarter grid. Schaub has recently provided an in-depth IEC 61850 training session for several UK companies during a daylong workshop organised by industrial software expert COPA-DATA.
In a world of ever-changing legislation and best practice it is a constant challenge to remain current, ensuring electrical suppliers are providing the best possible service to their
customers. In most residential installations the biggest challenges are with the selection of the correct consumer unit. Take, for instance, the introduction of the 17th edition wiring regulations and the implications they had with electrical contractors, designers and consultants. Steve York, residential market manager at Hager UK, discusses the influencing legislation and best advice to ensure consumer units in residential applications are correctly selected and installed
EMEX (www.emexlondon.com), taking place on the 11th and 12th November 2015 at ExCeL London, is for everyone responsible for reducing their organisation’s energy consumption. This can be achieved through better energy buying, staff training and innovative technology. Attendees from private and public sectors will be able to find and talk to companies that have developed the best solutions to decreasing your energy costs.
It is FREE to register to attend EMEX. There are 100+ exhibitors and over 80 seminar sessions focusing around 4 key areas:
1. Energy Management Solutions.
Innovation | Technology | Green IT | Data
2. Energy Management as a Profession.
Training | Career Development | Best Practice
3. Utilities and Energy Services.
TPIs | EnPC | Water Competition Market
4. Energy Use in the Built Environment.
Role of Facility Managers | ESOS | Auditing | M&V
- Who Should attend:
Electrical Engineers, Data Managers, IT Managers, Energy Managers, Facility Managers, Purchasing and Supply Managers, Training Managers and, HR, CSR, Legal and Finance functions, Business owners and General Managers from public and private sectors.
EMEX is an event that will focus on educating all those who work and are responsible for managing energy on how they can reduce their company’s energy cost.
EMEX will not only educate visitors but will be a major opportunity to find and talk to companies that have developed the best solutions to decreasing energy cost. This is not a show about the price of energy, it is a show about understanding its use.
- 11 November 2015 - 12 November 2015
- Excel London
- Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL
Countries across Europe are aiming to meet the EU goals of installing smart meters in most homes and reduce energy waste and many are in the same position as the UK, at the crucial stage in the road towards full roll outs. Additionally, gas, electricity and some water suppliers face similar challenges in managing existing meter assets and planning for the roll out and maintenance of smart meters.
- 22 June 2015 - 23 June 2015
- Holiday Inn Regents Park
- Carburton Street, London, W1W 5EE
Call for Papers deadline: 4 September 2015
The IET is pleased to invite Electrical Review readers to take part in the programme of one of the world’s most important power electronics conferences. PEMD 2016 will bring together hundreds of power electronics, machines and drives specialists from around the globe to discuss the latest developments in the technologies and applications of electrical drives, machines and power electronic systems.
- 19 April 2016 - 21 April 2016
- The Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, UK
- 1 William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT