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How to get a career in electricity networks

The electricity network sector is meeting a constant demand for power, with a workforce that is ever-growing. A reliable supply of electricity is the backbone of almost all commercial industries, so distribution must be efficient and secure.

What does the future hold for nuclear power?

There is a large focus on the falling perception of nuclear power while renewable energy rises in prominence, meaning the industry has had a difficult time recently. However, is there actually any truth in this negative perception of the industry? Alongside HTL Group, suppliers of hydraulic torque wrenches, we look at the current performance within the sector.

Pumps for high efficiency

Thanks to their unique, seal-less design, Hydra-Cell pumps are able to operate at exceptionally high efficiency levels, claims WANNER INTERNATIONAL… And higher efficiency translates directly to ‘lower energy costs’.

Chopper pumps solve pumping problems

During 25 years of providing solids pumping and mixing solutions to numerous sites in the UK and Ireland, P&M PUMPS says it has met the demands of some of the most varied, large scale and interesting applications and a good example of this is the recent supply of 2 self-priming Vaughan Chopper pumps to replace 2 dry-dock sump scavenge pumps in Aberdeen Harbour.

Prepare yourself…. summer is coming

By Karl Lycett – RITTAL UK’s product manager for climate control:

Oil versus gas – the business argument …

Businesses are constantly having to grapple with staying competitive to survive, as well as adhere to being ‘green’.

Online learning platform

VPINSTRUMENTS, manufacturer of leading flow metering equipment for easy insight into energy flows, has announced the new online learning platform: VP Academy. The company says this platform will cover all instructions and information about its products and it shows how, when and where VPInstruments’ products can be used.

Monitoring solution cuts energy bills

AIRMATICS, a simple cloud-based air compressor monitoring, performance and control solution that provides real time data, analytics and insights at the push of a button, has been launched by global compressor management specialist, CMC.

Storms good for major company

Working for a major transnational company active in water and waste management as well as energy services, HART DOOR SYSTEMS reports it has installed three Speedor Storms at an in-vessel composting facility capable of processing 60,000 tonnes of kitchen and green garden waste each year.

Taking control of combustion efficiency

Burner manufacturer EOGB ENERGY PRODUCTS has announced it has launched a new service to design, develop and integrate bespoke burner controls for commercial heating systems and industrial processes.

Pressure on water leaks

ABB reports it has launched a Lunch ‘n’ Learn training session that shows how water companies can use variable speed drives (VSDs) to make dramatic improvements in their leakage rates.

Dealing with hazardous waste

Dealing With Hazardous Waste: A Constant Battle In Construction & How Technology Can Combat It

Improved monitoring for site operations

CASELLA, air sampling, noise and vibration monitoring specialist, has announced it has launched an improved version of its Dust Detective Enclosure and says the ideal survey tool for efficient area monitoring, Casella’s Dust Detective Enclosure is a game changer in short-term boundary monitoring, on the market from November 2018.

Battle against blockages

Of the 366,000 sewer blockages occurring in the UK around 80% are caused by the presence of ‘non-flushable’ items and the biggest offender is said to be wet-wipes.

Implementing an effective waste management plan for your business

If you’ve just set up a new business, or your business has been around for a while, managing how to get rid of industry waste, can always be a challenge.

Can plastic be environmentally friendly?

As landfills grow and global warming continues, it’s easy to point the finger when it comes to what is damaging the environment. Alongside gas-guzzling motors, plastic has been a target for many years now — but is it really as bad as it’s perceived?

Refurbished fountain

As part of a recently completed £1.5million project to refurbish the historic Ross Fountain in Edinburgh, WINN & COALES (DENSO) reports it supplied Densostrip and Densostrip Primer to provide a permanently watertight seal between precast concrete units.

Vertical tubeless steam boiler solutions

The claims made by vertical steam boiler manufacturers are easy to get excited about, especially at a time when stringent industry and environmental standards – such as the MCPD and London’s Air Quality Strategy – are making the headlines. FULTON’S Carl Knight takes a closer look.

Low temperature cleaning

Thanks to state-of-the-art LED technology, lighting systems are becoming increasingly efficient and sustainable and companies such as SITECO are ensuring lighting casings play their part too. HENKEL says its low-temperature cleaning developments have allowed SITECO, to save around a third of the energy used in coating these components.

Specification system for water main

An aging water main located near Irvine, Ayrshire, was identified by Scottish Water as needing replacement in 2017. A WINN & COALES DENSO P1 Specification System was selected for the protection of various ductile iron fittings on the project as a result of its products meeting the requirements of the CESWI P1 Specification.

ErP – we are ready

NORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations. The company says its ABX range of industrial air curtains are ideal for exceptionally high doors and are the perfect complement to its ErP compliant heating appliances.

Environmental standard gained

PREMIER COATINGS, a leader in corrosion prevention and sealing technology, says it is proud to announce that it has achieved the internationally recognised environmental standard ISO 14001:2015.

ErP - we are ready

NORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations. The company says its ErP compliant range includes, RTU (packaged heat pump air handlers), the RTU series is a range of packaged direct expansion (DX) Air Source Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning units showing compelling performance under EN 14511:2013 and EN 14825:2016 standards and these are equipped with EC Plug fan technology and free-cooling as standard.

Embracing MCPD regulations

FULTON reports that the list of applications for high quality, dry steam is almost endless. However, while many steam boilers are extremely robust, they are often inefficient because they are based on old or ageing technology. In an effort to make them more efficient, many manufacturers simply fit modulating burners and bolt on economisers in an attempt to improve both steam output and efficiency, but this often isn’t enough.

Ready for the next milestone

Nortek_ERP.jpgThe September deadline for the ErP Directive for Warm Air Heaters 2018 (Lot 21), is fast approaching. New legislation has changed the way that the seasonal efficiency of heating equipment is calculated. Danny Packham, European product manager – warm air and radiant, from NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC, outlines the key points.

Industrial process chillers

Thermal_Exchange.jpgThe UltraChill range of process chillers go from 0.89 to 160 kW. These compact, energy efficient units are suitable for a wide range of process cooling applications and industry sectors, including automotive, engineering, food and drinks production, pharmaceutical, plastics, print and packaging, medical and scientific.

Combustion management system

Lamtec.jpgLAMTEC says its CMS Combustion Management System is now available and based on an innovative modular architecture the CMS offers the most flexibility on the market allowing users to meet the most demanding combustion applications.

ErP – we are ready

Nortek.jpgNORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations. Warm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20. Minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72% and radiant heaters is now 74%. Crucially, these minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products. As a result, Nortek says customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained.

Is your business ready to profit from smart meters?

en_Untitled.jpgThere have been many news reports and expert commentaries regarding the use and efficiency of the smart meter. However, discussions have mainly revolved around how they can help owner-occupiers and renters in the residential sector. This means that, in the main, the advantages smart meters can offer small businesses to keep tabs on their commercial gas and electricity usage has been pushed aside. So, what can installing smart meters do for your company?

Plastic: is it ever environmentally friendly?

shutterstock_68680795.jpgAs global temperatures rise and carbon emissions continually damage the planet, it can be easy to see all the things that damage our planet. Whether it’s a thirsty diesel tank, or a shopping bag, plastic can be seen as a significant contributor to global warming – but is it as bad as people think?

ErP – we are ready

Nortek.jpgNORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations and says warm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20. Minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72% and radiant heaters is now 74%. Crucially, these minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products. As a result the company says, customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained.

Energy saving solutions

JBC.jpgJBC, a leading UK Industrial aftercare provider, says it offers customers proven and tested methods of reducing consumption of fuel, providing considerable savings on the annual fuel bill, not to mention a reduced carbon footprint. The company says Oilon burners are designed with consideration given to economic and ecological factors for complete reliability and low emission levels and its Ecosafe Digital combustion controls replace old mechanical burners with an extremely accurate electronic system.

Fully automatic filter

Bollfilter.jpgBOLLFILTER UK says after 10 years of carefully consulting with water treatment and sewage plant operators, followed by 5 years of intensive product development, rigorous testing, patenting and finally global certification by 40 classification societies, it can proudly present the aquaBoll.

Air sampling calibration

Casella.jpgCASELLA, an air sampling, noise and vibration monitoring specialist reports it has introduced the Flow Detective air sampling pump calibrator and says the product is the first in the industry with the ability to measure pulsation, with a 70-hour battery life; the longest on the market and double the duration of competitive products.

Thames-side demolition project

Brand_Energy_Tideway_sgb_edit_1.jpgAn unusual demolition project on the banks of the River Thames has reportedly been completed safely and successfully, thanks to a bespoke scaffolding solution provided by SGB. The company says it created a highly unusual scaffolding system, part of which was regularly covered by the river water during the demolition process.

Cooling units with output class

rittal2.jpgRITTAL says its Blue e+ cooling units are acknowledged as the most efficient of their kind on the market and independent tests have shown they are 75% more energy efficient than previous cooling solutions. On the back of this success, the company says it is now extending the Blue e+ range and the new unit to be launched in the first quarter of 2018 will provide an output class as low as 1.6 kW, extending the existing range of between 2 to 6kW.

Is it time for construction to go green?

current-gas-station-2276054_1280_1.pngMuch of the construction sector and many industries throughout the western world depend upon cheap crude oil for use within their manufacturing processes and the machines they use to implement these processes. What is striking is that within the UK, construction accounts for approximately 50% of all carbon emissions produced by machinery and production.

Environmentally friendly packaging solutions

Pregis.jpgPREGIS says it will be showcasing its world class suite of Easypack environmentally friendly packaging solutions at this year’s Packaging Innovations and eDelivery Expo shows taking place at the NEC in February and March 2018. The company says the award-winning Easypack range of high quality, in-the-box packaging systems produce 100% recycled, 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable paper cushions, suitable for protecting and securing all kinds of goods-in-transit from breakables through to heavy engineered products.

ErP – we are ready

Nortek.jpgNORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations and says its ErP compliant range includes, RTU (packaged heat pump air handlers), the RTU series is a range of packaged direct expansion (DX) air source heat pumps and air conditioning units showing compelling performance under EN 14511:2013 and EN 14825:2016 standards and are equipped with EC Plug fan technology and free-cooling as standard.

Strengthening European operations

Pregis_signage.jpgUS packaging giant, PREGIS, has announced it is expanding its global operations across Europe following its 2016 acquisition of a leading UK environmentally friendly packaging brand, Easypack. The company says over the last two years, Easypack has strengthened its entire operations in preparation for European growth, and from January 2018 the company will trade as Pregis Limited.

ErP – we are ready

norUntitled.jpgNortek reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations, warm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20, minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72% and radiant heaters is now 74%. Nortek says crucially, these minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products and as a result, customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained.

Are the Big Six energy companies losing their grip on the market?

emissions2.jpgWith around 80% of the UK’s households (not to mention scores of businesses) powered by it, mains-supplied natural gas is an integral fuel to the UK’s energy mix. The result is continued high demand, and a busy, competitive market for both domestic and commercial mains gas.

Will waste fuel our aeroplanes?

new_planefueljpg.jpgThere has been a continuous climb in the amount of people travelling by plane and there are no signs of it slowing down — but when people are boarding their flights, the last thing they think about is the source of fuel the aircraft is using. To find out more, waste management expert, RECONOMY, who says it is unbeatable on skip hire finds out if waste will be used as the new fuel for our aeroplanes.

What is the government’s Clean Growth Strategy?

climatechange.jpgAs part of its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a national scale, the Government has launched the Clean Growth Strategy – outlining its proposed approach to building a lower-carbon future for the UK.

Kanthal Award 2017

Sandvik.jpgA climate protection organisation with a focus on travel, atmosfair, has received a donation of €5,000 from Sunfire after the latter company was appointed winner of the 2017 Kanthal Award.

Successful training workshop

Advanced_Valve_Solutions.JPGADVANCED VALVES SOLUTIONS (AVS) was established in 1998 to provide solutions to the Power Generation Industry when excessive wear, thermal cracking and stressing became a major problem – resulting in millions of pounds in lost revenue. AVS says it takes its industry knowledge and actively shares it with key customers and end users to create a detailed understanding of cause and effect in power generation.

Infra-red system saves energy

Heraeus_Noblelight.jpgA custom-built, short-wave infra-red system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is reported to be helping to save energy and allow faster production line speeds at the Cramlington manufacturing site of RENOLIT.

Rethink Water

Recovery_RO.jpgWith ever increasing sustainability, regulatory and financial pressures, VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES says now is the time to Rethink Water with its help. The company says Circular Economy initiatives operated by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) have achieved water reductions in many industries so what more can be done in 2017? Veolia says rethinking water can open up a wide range of opportunities to manage water more efficiently, reduce consumption and save money via water reuse or reduced discharge costs.

Pumps reduce operating costs

SEEPEX_pumps_at_Thames_Water_Reading_site_schwing.jpgThames Water, a water and sewage treatment company, providing wastewater services to 15 million customers says SEEPEX progressive cavity pumps (PCPs) have delivered process improvements at the Reading STW by replacing piston pumps to reduce operating costs and onward sludge transport costs.

AQE agenda announced

Quantitech.jpgThe organisers of AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions Show (Telford, UK, 24-25th May) have published the programme for Day 2. Developed with IAPSC, there will be three sessions covering: pervasive air quality monitoring; vehicle emissions monitoring and data management; and local air quality management and policy.