January 21st

Future Power Systems

"The Future is out there somewhere; we just have to make sure we get the best one"

"There are an infinite number of ways of running an Electricity Supply system badly"

When the GB System Demand Peaks at 60GW, we are pushing 85 million Brakehorsepower through a quite fragile set of wires.

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January 18th

Forty years of energy security trends

An interesting article by Marilyn A. Brown et al. entitled ‘Forty years of energy security trends: A comparative assessment of 22 industrialized countries’ concludes that many industrialized countries have made limited progress toward the goal of achieving secure, reliable and affordable supplies of energy while also transitioning to a low-carbon energy system.

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January 15th

New webinar series on the low carbon economy

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new and very exciting series of webinars on the low carbon economy.

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Energy saving opportunities per sector

Improving energy efficiency – doing more with less energy – is a key objective. It is fundamental to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, maintain secure energy supplies, cut greenhouse gas emissions, increase the productivity of businesses, save money, and enhance the quality of life.

In all sectors it is therefore vital that energy efficiency opportunities are fully deployed.

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January 9th

Energy-saving measures in hospitals

Hospitals represent some 6% of total energy consumption in the tertiary sector. Here are some ideas to save some of that energy.

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January 8th

Options to decarbonize industrial energy use

Industry contributes directly and indirectly to about 37% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with a major share from the energy intensive industries. This situation demands strong actions to improve energy efficiency and reduce the GHG emission intensity of industrial plants. Taking action in this direction will also enhance the competitiveness and productivity of the industry and will provide them with a range of ancillary benefits.

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January 2nd

Smart grid: A grid suitable for renewable energy

The conventional electric grid is a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and more that deliver electricity from power plants to homes and industry. However, with increasing global industrialization and population growth, the grid is being stretched, resulting in the increased likelihood of failures during peak load hours.

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December 23rd, 2014

Energy efficiency: case studies in industry

A number of economic case studies on the application of energy efficiency measures in an industrial environment:

  1. variable speed drive for water pump
  2. variable speed drive on combustion air fan
  3. energy savings in compressed air systems
  4. steam valve insulation
  5. condenser set point in cold storage room


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December 18th

Saving energy in the plastics industry

It has been estimated that the plastics processing industry is responsible for 4% of global energy consumption. So any attempts to save energy by this industry are likely to lead to significant advantages.

In 2012, 288 million tons of plastic were produced worldwide, with most production centred in China (23.9%), Europe (20.4%) and NAFTA countries (19.9%). The industry is very process-specific and its energy use can be mainly attributed to the following applications:

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December 17th

Good Practice Guide

The Leonardo Energy Good Practice Guide covers power quality, energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, electrical networks and electricity for buildings. This page provides a thematic overview of our 70+ published application notes in 10 themes:

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