June 30th, 2015

EU regulation needs holistic strategy to target the vast saving opportunity of Building Automation

At about 10% of all EU energy use the scale of cost-effective energy savings and carbon reductions by proper application of building automation and controls is very large. To unlock this potential, there is no need for more EU regulation but rather to ensure MS implementation of existing regulations is in line with an holistic strategy to target this specific savings opportunity.

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June 23rd

Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Electromagnetic interference, EMI, has become very important in the last few decades as the amount of electronic equipment in use has increased enormously.  This has led to an increase in the sources of interference, e.g. digital equipment and switching power supplies, and an increase in the sensitivity of equipment to interference, due to higher data rates.

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June 19th

Pumped hydro energy storage systems

As we move into a world with increasing amounts of renewable energy on the grid, reliable, affordable and grid-scale energy storage systems are essential. Pumped hydro is one such system.

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June 16th

Compressed Air

The supply of compressed air accounts for between 10 to 15% of the electricity bill of the average industrial consumer. Fortunately, compressed air systems frequently offer some easy to identify and rectify energy saving opportunities. These should be a priority at all sites using this versatile but costly resource.

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June 12th

Exploiting niches in hydro power

The UN Industrial Development Organisation calculates that 87% of Western Europe’s economically viable small hydropower capacity has been exploited. In Northern Europe that figure rises to 95%. Yet, innovative companies in niche segments are seeing opportunities in hydropower – and good growth.

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June 10th

Measuring Earth Resistance

Earth resistance is a key parameter in determining the efficiency of earthing systems. In this Application Note we look at the measurement of earth resistance.

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June 5th

Should MEPS be set significantly above the minimum LCC point?

Setting Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) at the point of Least Lifecycle Cost (LCC) is generally considered a best practice for sustainable product policy.

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June 3rd

Zero-emissions Refrigeration Transport Unit in test

An innovative zero-emissions motor for the refrigeration transport sector powered with liquid nitrogen is undergoing commercial road trials in Central England.

Dearman truck at liquid nitrogen filling station

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May 22nd

Saving energy in the pig and dairy industries

In farming businesses, a 20% reduction in energy costs can represent the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales. Being energy efficient can also enhance a business’s image and reduce its environmental footprint.

This article looks at energy-saving opportunities in the pig farming and dairy industries. Where applicable it deals with heating; ventilation & air circulation; refrigeration equipment; lighting; building fabric; and energy management.

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May 19th

Status Report on Ocean Energy

A recent report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) presents the overall state of play of ocean energy in Europe and globally in 2014. The report analysed in depth the four main types of ocean energy conversion technologies and the key activities undertaken to ensure and facilitate their commercialisation.

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