CENTIEL Ltd to Present at Critical Power & Decentralised Energy Conference

Michael Brooks, managing director, CENTIEL Ltd, the UK subsidiary of leading Swiss-based UPS manufacturer, CENTIEL SA, is to present at the Critical Power & Decentralised Energy Conference (CPDe).  CPDe is the largest and most reputable, independently run, stand‐alone Independent Power and Electrical trade exhibition in Europe and will be held at the RICOH arena in Coventry between 18-19 APRIL 2018.  

Showcasing the latest power products and technologies CPDe will incorporate an informative business conference focusing on aspects of Independent Power, Gen-sets, CHP / District heating, battery and UPS system results and many more aspects of modern energy needs.

Michael Brooks, managing director of CENTIEL Ltd comments: “Eliminating the risks of computer and equipment downtime is essential for those working in critical environments. Uninterruptible power supplies which provide continuous power availability, fault-tolerance and remove single points of failure are necessary to ensure availability.  However, energy efficiency also needs to be considered carefully, as this impacts on the overall cost of system implementation.

“Therefore, in the CENTIEL presentation: The Truth about UPS Energy Efficiency: What’s the Real Cost?:  as well as examining the need for power supply continuity, I will explore; optimum system design, efficiency and de-risking in addition to exploring total cost of ownership including ongoing maintenance costs.  Delegates will gain an insight into selecting the right system for the job, discovering the importance of the correct ancillary infrastructure and learn about optimising energy efficiency to control costs.”

Michael Brooks’ presentation will be held of the morning of Wednesday 18 April.  For details of this and other seminars taking place, please see: https://cpde.co.uk/

Michael Brooks has worked in the UPS industry for more than 30 years, holding a number of positions from service engineer through to engineering and managing director level. Centiel is a Swiss based manufacturer of high quality, innovative, and industry leading power protection solutions to an internationally diverse client base.

For further information please see:  www.centiel.co.uk 

Supporting the Evolution of Offshore Comms with Hytera

Scheduled to become operational in 2018, Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is currently under construction 50km off the Suffolk coast. As Galloper will become one of the biggest offshore Wind Farms in British waters, reliable communications are essential not just to organise work, but also to ensure the health and safety of employees.

The Challenge
Galloper’s Principal Marine Services contractor, James Fisher Marine Services, selected Lowestoft-based Fern Communications, an authorised Hytera dealer, to develop a purpose-built Hytera radio communication solution for the area.

FernCom was initially tasked with enabling communications along the Galloper transit routes and across the Galloper Field, which they achieved by installing a multi-site, multi-channel Hytera system. Soon after however, they were challenged by other subcontractors to develop a similar communications solution, which was when they conceptualised Wavecom.

The Solution

This digital trunked radio system is powered by a Hytera Tier III solution and provides coverage to all existing and future planned wind farm sites. Designed to deliver multiple operators and subcontractors with reliable communications across a wide area, Hytera’s digital trunked radio solution is intended to manage high radio traffic, maximising available capacity across user groups along the single and multi-site geographies.

Conventional systems operate dedicated channels, each of which is allocated to a specific user group. If you want to communicate with a particular group you need to manually select the correct channel.

With a trunked system however, radio channels can be pooled by multiple user groups and if one user wants to speak to another in a different group, the system dynamically finds and assigns a free radio channel.

The Wavecom System is integrated with a range of Hytera portable radios with Marine VHF, data messaging and dispatcher workstations.

The chosen radio handset is the Hytera PD755, which was selected due it its digital display and rugged, waterproof design – all fundamental given the working environment.

The inclusion of the Hytera SmartXPT dispatcher console provides a centralised control hub to manage and direct the DMR radio fleet; the management team can also benefit from a wide range of features such as text messaging capabilities to single or multiple handsets and voice transmission recording. Another exclusive feature offered by SmartXPT is crosspatch that allows two separate companies working on site to communicate through a private channel for inter-company coms.

The complete Wavecom solution offers a high level of redundancy and is tracked by a comprehensive diagnostic alarm control system designed and built by FernCom to monitor the environmental conditions in which the communications equipment is kept. Sensors are set-up to identify issues with power, cables or antenna and any problems will trigger an alert to the dedicated support team who can resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The Results
Siemens Games, Wavecom’s first customer, is using the system to integrate their offshore Marine Control Centre with portables and vessel radios working in the ports, the transit routes and the Galloper Field. The users have always had difficulty operating the hand portable radios inside turbine towers at sea, but Wavecom’s unique solution and the Hytera devices ensure they can now communicate with the wider system.

Thanks to the thought leadership and innovation at FernCom, combined with the leading Hytera digital solutions, offshore coverage for radio comms is now supported.

To recognise the outstanding work undertaken in developing Wavecom, FernCom engineer James Cleverly was recently awarded the Hytera Engineering Award – launched to recognise the skill of the top engineers in the radio industry.

Prestige LEDs – the easy, cost efficient way to update T5s and T8

Minimise Energy Lighting Technologies has added the OMS Prestige modular linear busbar LED System to its range of energy efficient lighting options.

Originally designed as a flexible and easily adaptable system for fluorescent T5s and T8s, this latest Prestige iteration now incorporates energy efficient LEDs. The beauty of Prestige is that both old fluorescent and new LED units are modular, compatible and easy to upgrade with new lamps and a range of accessories, significantly reducing the complexity and cost of switching to LED.

The system’s modularity makes it ideal for complex lighting designs in industrial, warehouse, logistics, retail, education and leisure applications. Furthermore, as all past, current and future Prestige elements are compatible, the system simplifies upgrades, both now and for years to come.

The Prestige LED LSK system incorporates high performance LEDs with lens-only optics. The system can be specified in both surface mounted and suspended variants and incorporates eight standard configurations: three width options, three depth options and two asymmetric options.

In addition, the Prestige LED II system incorporates a diffuser, polished aluminium reflector and parabolic louvre. Again available in both surface mounted and suspended formats, Prestige LED II units can be specified in six standard configurations: two widths, two depths and two asymmetric.

The system has been designed for flexibility of application, allowing lighting designers to combine any Prestige luminaire variant in any configuration to deliver the desired lighting levels and effects. Further customisation is available by the easy addition of accessories including speaker systems, power outlets, emergency kits, energy saving sensors and track luminaires to highlight focus areas.

Suitable for use with any lighting management system, Prestige units have a very high system efficacy rating of up to 138 lm/W and offer a CRI of up to 80+ RA as standard, with options to tailor the system up to CRI 90+. All have a lifetime of 50,000 hours / L80. Based on 20 hours of operation per day, 365 days per year, typical of a supermarket. This equates to more than 6 years of reliable service, and can be extended with the use of presence sensors of similar.

The Prestige system is part of the Minimise Energy Lighting Technologies new OMS range. For more details, visit www.minimisegroup.com/

Smart energy revolution ‘could help to avoid UK blackouts

A “smart energy” revolution could help ensure that the UK does not suffer blackouts, according to National Grid’s new UK chief.

Nicola Shaw, its executive director, said technological advances will reduce the need to build new conventional power stations in the UK.

An “internet of energy” will allow fridges, washers and dishwashers to help balance energy demand. Some commentators say the UK needs more gas-fired power to prevent blackouts.

Ms Shaw agreed that more investment in gas-fired power was needed, but argued that between 30% and 50% of fluctuations on the electricity grid could be smoothed by households and businesses adjusting their demand at peak times. “We are at a moment of real change in the energy industry. From an historic perspective we created energy in big generating organisations that sent power to houses and their businesses. Now we are producing energy in those places – mostly with solar power,” she told BBC News.

London-listed National Grid runs electricity and gas networks in the UK and the northeastern United States.

More and more people and companies were adjusting their energy consumption to use more when power was at its cheapest, Ms Shaw said.

“All of that is a real revolution … a smart energy revolution that’s changing the way we think about energy across the country,” she said.

This change was being driven by people and firms generating energy, storing it and using it flexibly through new controls and online software.

The move toward flexible energy use is supported by the National Infrastructure Commission. And the advances in energy software are described by the World Energy Council as the biggest change in 21st Century energy – along with solar power.

Price signals to consumers will be key to the change, as the UK relies on increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy.

Already some firms benefit from using extra power when it is cheaper off-peak. That trend is spreading to households: a firm in Cornwall is offering a “sunshine tariff” that aims to persuade households to use cheap solar power when the sun is out, for example.

Energy experts say that in future consumers will be able to ask for their appliances to be connected online to the grid.

Peak hour
A signal could then turn on, say, a washing machine, when there was plentiful energy from wind power, or turn off a freezer for a few minutes to smooth out a spike in demand at teatime.

Prof Phil Taylor, professor of energy systems at Newcastle University, said: “People are used to the idea that they pay more for using the trains at peak time, or they queue more if they use the roads at rush hour.

“Technology has enabled us to bring this price flexibility to energy consumers. No-one will be forced to link their home to the energy internet, but if they do choose to use it, it will save them money, save pollution and save power stations needing to be built.”

The challenge for National Grid is to attract more companies to adopt what is known as “demand-side response”, or DSR. Some firms are nervous, others have not heard of it – and business models are changing at breakneck speed.

Turn me on (and off)

  • Marriott Hotels has a contract that temporarily turns off its water-chilled air conditioning system at times of peak demand. The water temperature drops so slightly that guests do not notice the difference.
  • Japanese electronics giant Sharp is devising controls and software to allow solar storage batteries in homes to sell energy back to the grid when the demand (and price) are high. The firm says it expects the system to pay its way without subsidy by 2018.
  • Aggregate Industries – which makes road materials – is helping to smooth spikes in the grid even though it generates no power at all. The bitumen in giant containers stored near Heathrow airport can be stored at temperatures of between 130 and 185C. If a rise in demand is predicted for later in the day, the company is advised by a computer to heat the bitumen to the maximum temperature, then turn off the power until the demand – and price – subsides. Aggregate is also rewarded for gobbling up extra energy when there is a glut of wind power on the grid. Head of sustainibility, Donna Hunt, said: “I think this is a no-brainer for us because we’re saving energy. We’re not generating carbon whilst the power is off, and we’re making an income for allowing our assets to be used flexibly.”

Ms Shaw acknowledged that some were anxious about the lights going out as the smart energy revolution progressed.

However, she said: “I don’t think people should fret. There’s an awareness of the issues. There’s lots of activity on the market that will solve this problem. Be enthusiastic – it’s a moment of change that should take us to a better place.”

In response, the GMB union called National Grid “naively complacent”. Justin Bowden, its national secretary, said: “Avoiding winter blackouts with a ‘smart energy’ revolution is fanciful nonsense. The smart grid is years away.

“What’s needed to guarantee the lights stay on over the coming winters are new power stations and the go-ahead for Hinkley Point C.”

But the CBI’s head of infrastructure, Michelle Hubert, said: “Over the next decade, the UK’s energy system will see a profound shift towards a more flexible and dynamic system. Consumers – both businesses and households – will become much more engaged in how they use, manage, and even produce energy.

“This will play an important role in supporting the UK’s transition to a diverse energy mix, helping to meet our goals of affordable, low-carbon and secure energy across the country.”

Wiring up

The big questions are how far smart technology can ease the burden on the grid and how quickly it can make its mark.

Deepa Venkateswaran, from Bernstein energy analysts, said: “The smart grid revolution is going to be exciting. However, there’s a time frame – we need some time to get wired up and respond dynamically, but in the short term we need new gas stations to replace some of our ageing coal stations which are going to close.”

Ms Shaw agrees with the need for new gas power, but is wary of committing to new power stations while technology is producing unexpected improvements at a sharp pace.

The issue is central to the UK’s laws on cutting greenhouse gases. Under Ms Venkateswaran’s scenario, the UK will be locked into generating gas-fired electricity until well into the 2030s. This would wreck the government’s target of ending gas-fired generation in the early years of that decade.

Ministers are working on a long-term climate strategy, which was promised for last November but is now not expected until sometime before the end of this year.

The pressure is on the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to devise policies that will both keep the lights on and bills affordable – as well as carbon emissions down.

ABB appoints Pasquale Abruzzese as new head of Quality and Operational Excellence

Acknowledged expert in the field becomes head of Quality and Operational Excellence at ABB, effective June 6, 2016

ABB has appointed Pascale Abruzzese as head of Group Quality and Operational Excellence. Abruzzese, a British national, is currently Chief of Operations for Philips International. He succeeds Bill Black who is retiring after seven years in the role.

Abruzzese, born in 1966, is an acknowledged global expert in operations and quality management with more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of business transformation, operations and quality management. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Honeywell Operating System, a world-class standardized approach, which has been recognized as a key factor in that organization’s performance turnaround. Abruzzese is on the Board of Directors of the European Foundation for Quality Management.

“We welcome Pasquale in his new role. His solid track record in industrial leader’s performance improvement make him an ideal choice to lead the implementation of our leading operating model,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

“Pasquale is a recognized expert in the field of operations and quality and has played a key role in the transformation of Honeywell. He will be an asset to ABB in the continued roll out the Next Level strategy, and in driving best-in-class operational performance,” said Tarak Mehta, president of the Electrification Products division and Executive Committee member with overall responsibility for Quality and Operational Excellence. “The execution of our strategic priorities is based on a leading operating model which is driven by robust financial and operational metrics.”

Abruzzese holds a diploma in business administration and a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

ABB wins orders over $300 million to strengthen China’s power grid and lower environmental impact

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ABB and Solar Impulse show that a clean energy future is achievable

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By flying halfway around the world on solar power alone, Solar Impulse has already proven that it is possible to produce a stable, 24/7 electricity supply using only renewable energy. On the ground, ABB, a world leader in power and microgrid technologies, is helping remote communities and islands like Hawaii to meet and sustain their own energy needs by incorporating renewable and clean energy technologies into the power grid. Read more

Wrightstyle helps retailer to shop a Lidl smarter in Northern Ireland

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With the first concept store in mainland Britain also now open in Rushden, Northamptonshire, retailer intends to refit 150 of the group’s 629 stores over the next three or four years.

The state-of-the-art facility in Banbridge, Co Down will, according to the German supermarket, “ensure a greater focus on energy efficiency with a reduction of around 20%-30% on standard electricity costs.” Read more