Plant & Works Engineering
Energy company extends hyper compressor lifetime in LDPE production line

A major European energy company has extended the lifetime of an aging hyper compressor in a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) production line in France. By reverse engineering the compressor’s first-stage cylinder and designing replacement parts, the team ensured continued operation and improved maintenance efficiency for years to come. PWE reports

Celebrating diversity and innovation at the Decentralised Energy Awards

The winners of the prestigious Decentralised Energy Awards hosted by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) were announced recently at a ceremony in Westminster’s Church House, where organisations from across the energy sector came together to celebrate this year’s achievements. A citywide heat network, the world’s smartest university campus and schemes to transform the heat networks and flexibility markets were all among those receiving awards.

Which technology is best at reducing energy costs?

Stuart Hawkwood, founder of Powerdown220, compares the pros and cons of three different technologies that can help organisations reduce their energy bills and help towards achieving net-zero

Manufacturer slashes energy use by 20%

BEP Surface Technologies, a leading electroplating and surface finishing specialist, has announced it has cut energy use by 20% after investing in control and automation technologies.

Rethink of temperature control strategies paramount to circumventing skill shortages

With a recent report further underlining skills shortage issues faced by the UK manufacturing sector, a prominent utilities equipment supplier is calling upon industry professionals to re-evaluate their current approaches to temperature control. PWE reports

Pioneering collaboration agreement with the University of Birmingham

Vital Energi has announced it has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Birmingham to develop and commercialise a range of innovative thermal storage solutions, which will help accelerate decarbonisation within the heating and cooling sector.

Entries now open for Energy and Utilities Industries Skills Awards

Entries for award nominations are now open. The Energy & Utility Skills Conference and Awards is the inaugural event dedicated to fostering knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and excellence in the energy and utilities industries, focusing on skills relating to tackling climate change and achieving net zero.

How maintenance engineers can discover cost and energy savings

James Goodby, director at voltage optimisation specialist Powerdown220, explains how avoiding running unnecessary voltage through your equipment also reduces your maintenance costs.

First steps for efficiency gains

Amid reports that doubling energy efficiency by 2030 could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as a third, energy specialist Aggreko is highlighting some of the key areas that industry can make immediate efficiency gains.

Coventry University Vice-Chancellor to speak at global climate summit COP28 in Dubai

Coventry University’s Vice-Chancellor will speak on how today’s youth can make a real difference at the global climate summit COP28.

Innovative Breakthrough in SAF Technology

The success of the first-ever 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) trans-Atlantic flight by a commercial airline, operated by Virgin Atlantic, signifies a new era in SAF technology. This step towards eco-friendly air travel was made possible thanks to an innovative process, BioForming Sugar to Aromatics (S2A). The technology was originally invented by Virent and jointly developed for commercialisation by Virent and Johnson Matthey. The process marks a significant move towards decarbonising the aviation sector and a breakthrough in SAF.

Real Progress campaign to accelerate global sustainability launched

ABB has announced it has launched its new global sustainability initiative, showcasing the power of technology and expertise to accelerate sustainability while enhancing productivity. ABB says its Real Progress campaign is a rallying call to customers, partners and suppliers, inspiring them to harness technology leadership and the solutions that exist today to amplify their own impact across process industries such as mining, metals, and pulp and paper.

Large energy users urged to consider equipment sizing under new EU Energy Efficiency Directive

Following the European Union’s launch of a new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) to reduce emissions across the continent earlier this month, energy solutions specialist Aggreko is encouraging businesses to make sure their energy needs are being correctly specified.

Engine overhaul provides Southern Water with sustainable CHP power

Finning, exclusive distributor of Cat engines and power solutions in the UK and Ireland, overhauled a CHP generator for Southern Water – helping the utilities company to benefit from a lower-cost and more sustainable way to power its operations. PWE reports

Design for a building that absorbs carbon dioxide

A team of Coventry University students combined their architectural knowledge to claim top prize at a national competition with a design for a building that absorbs carbon dioxide.

Heat pump technologies: Future proofing your heating system

A plastic packaging manufacturer has future proofed its heating system by replacing fossil-fuelled equipment with heat pump technologies. PWE reports

Birmingham start-up awarded funding for technology that generates water out of air

NovNat Tech, a  new company based in the Unit 9 incubator at the Birmingham Research Park, has announced it has secured funding from Innovate UK to develop a novel technology that can generate water out of air.

Sustainability through production efficiency

Sustainability doesn’t have to come at a cost, in fact many companies are finding that their initiatives are saving them money. Turck Banner has identified three broad areas where they can assist companies in saving costs as well as becoming more sustainable. Production efficiency, energy management and supply chain management.

Aston University wins £1.8m to boost West Midlands low carbon markets

Aston University has announced it is to receive £1.8 million to transform the West Midlands into a powerhouse of low-carbon product development and commercialisation.

Celebrating environmental wins

Birmingham-based photochemical etching company Precision Micro has announced a series of environmental improvements, highlighted in the release of its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Impact report.

Where the IoT meets sustainability

PWE Spoke to Jörgen Friesendahl, Global Offer Manager for data driven machining at Sandvik Coromant, who offers advice to the metal cutting industry on implementing smart factory solutions — both to reduce carbon and increase profits.

Decarbonising petrochemical refining

Petrochemical processes have traditionally been heated with fossil fuels, but pressure is building to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and advance long-term decarbonisation goals. Fossil fuel heated processes leave big shoes to fill when it comes to thermal processes, so electric process heaters often raise two big questions: how big can an electric heater be? And what is required to maintain proper control of large electric heaters? Dennis Long, Chief System Designer at industrial electric equipment manufacturer Watlow, explains further

Hydrogen production apparatus for universities achieved with flexible valve cluster

Developing gas reaction experimental research apparatus for academia, DarbyTech needed a valve system that could handle both methane and ammonia. The valve manifold system also had to achieve multi-channel mixing of these gases, and scalable gas distribution options were also required for system expansion potential. DarbyTech turned to Bürkert’s engineers to provide the right valve solution.

Schneider Electric deepens its relationship with Warburtons

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced a multi-year extension to its technological partnership with Warburtons to improve production at six of its manufacturing sites across the UK and mitigate the rising cost of energy and raw materials.

Supporting clean energy transition

Parker Hannifin’s Sales Company UK and Ireland has announced that it has become a member of the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA), the largest industry-funded regional hydrogen alliance in the UK.

Sustainability initiative to support environment

For many years Turck Banner has been working with customers to improve efficiency in areas ranging from saving energy by using its LED lighting, through to identifying areas for improvement with OEE Kits. PWE reports

Thinking workplaces and homes can help us create a safer more sustainable world

Adapting our buildings following the Covid pandemic is an invaluable opportunity to reimagine the relationship between buildings and the health of their occupants, writes Dr Thorsten Müller, Head of Global Product Group Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB.

Monitoring NOx emissions from combustion processes

Due to the environmental and health effects of the nitrogen oxide gases, global regulations are driving down emission limits. This creates and greater demand for monitoring and control procedures. PWE spoke to James Clements, Managing Director of UK gas analyser manufacturer Signal Group, about the current issues and unveils the latest advances in monitoring technology

Talking energy efficiency

Andy Pye reports on June’s Talking Industry, which covered the topical subject of Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing.

Heat regeneration should be key consideration

Many industrial processes require energy, but only a portion of that energy input is used for each operation such as pasteurisation or evaporation. Unused energy is wasted, often passing to the environment as hot gas or liquid. However, by using heat exchangers, it is possible to recapture most of this untapped energy through waste heat regeneration. Matt Hale* explains further.

Are heat pumps the answer to the energy crisis?

Given that Europe is currently in the midst of an energy price crisis, many businesses are looking to alternative, renewable means of decarbonised heat. Luke Worrall* explores why heat pumps may offer a reprieve for industry.

How can VSDs make HVAC applications more efficient?

One way to make heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems more efficient is through the use of variable speed drives (VSDs),as Marek Lukaszczyk* explains

Reducing your HVAC carbon footprint

Mark Goldsworthy* looks at how different HVAC methods and new technologies can help with the ongoing efforts across the globe to reduce carbon emissions.

Industrial chiller refrigerants

Richard Payne* takes a look at industrial chiller refrigerants

H2 combustion technology is ready for the market

H2 combustion technology is ready for the market and offers a wide range of advantages - but there are some engineering challenges to overcome. PWE reports

Technical boiler house risk assessments in focus

PWE takes a look at technical boiler house risk assessments, from their legalities to the potential savings that can be achieved.

Water reduction in manufacturing - a commercial no-brainer

Ian Hart* sets out the many benefits – commercial and otherwise – of reducing water consumption in manufacturing and argues that businesses should adopt an altogether different approach to a precious resource that will come under increased pressure in the years ahead.

Proactive cooling tower maintenance

Many service contractors and cooling tower owners take a reactive approach when it comes to maintenance and repair. They replace a component only after it breaks, or they contact someone to perform a repair when a component failure is imminent. David McDaniel* and Robert Swafford* reports.

Proactive cooling tower maintenance

Many service contractors and cooling tower owners take a reactive approach when it comes to maintenance and repair. They replace a component only after it breaks, or they contact someone to perform a repair when a component failure is imminent. David McDaniel* and Robert Swafford* reports.

Maximising safety in the boiler house

Boiler systems are required to comply with a raft of different legislation, including the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999; the Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999; the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, and The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. Derry Carr – CEA Immediate Past Chairman, and David Kilpatrick – CEA Director, report.

Optimising food production & manufacturing with building automation systems

When most people think about smart buildings and building automation, they think of large office buildings or city centres. But Building Automation Systems (BAS) have applications far beyond that of the corporate office world. This software technology can be applied in any building with HVAC, IoT devices, security systems, lighting, refrigeration or energy management needs. Chris Irwin* reports.

A head of steam

From the first industrial revolution to the fourth, inspirational change has been driven by a willingness to embrace the unconventional and cross traditional industry boundaries. A partnership between one of the UK’s oldest and best-known boiler manufacturers, Byworth Boilers with SICK’s industrial instrumentation division, has helped fine-tune its boiler house controls to save up to 7% on customer fuel bills.

Can effective combustion control reduce emissions by 10% each year?

Martin Thirsk, managing director of Energy Technology and Control, explains to Plant and Works Engineering how effective combustion control can reduce emissions by up to 10% each year, saving industrial burner operators thousands in energy costs.

Bridging the gap with combined heat and power

Craig Akers, sector team leader for manufacturing at Aggreko, explores the benefits of temporary combined heat and power (CHP) solutions, and how by mitigating the impact of these rising costs, they can make UK companies more competitive worldwide.

New lease of life for boiler feed pumps

Boiler feed pumps are essential pieces of equipment for power generation plants. High energy requirements mean they need to be efficient as well as reliable. For one liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in South East Asia, nine boiler feed pumps needed urgent attention and Sulzer was called in to deliver the most effective solution. PWE reports.

Building efficiency, safety and comfort

Regardless of the season or external conditions, variable speed drives help make HVAC applications efficient, safe and informative while providing high levels of comfort, control and safety. ABB’s Carl Turbitt takes a tour around a typical plant and highlights the opportunities.

The heart of the matter!

When looking around at various boiler operations and asking such question as “What would happen if you lost your boiler/boilers?” The common answer is “We would lose production,” or if it’s a hospital then it would be “We would have to close the operating theatres.” With replies of this nature it starts to become obvious that in the vast majority of cases the boilers and associated plant are the heart of the operation. Derry Carr – CEA Immediate past chairman – reports.

Evaporative cooling provides economical solution

Last year’s unusually hot summer caused disruption for many factories and industrial facilities where overheating staff and customers resulted in drops in production and sales. While refrigeration systems are often considered too expensive and uneconomical for large space cooling, evaporative cooling offers a cost effective and reliable alternative. PWE reports.

Manufacturing savings with CHP

Manufacturing is an energy-hungry industry, requiring huge quantities of both heat and electricity. This high demand for energy means that the manufacturing sector is ideally suited to take advantage of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. However, making the investment requires some careful consideration, says Nigel Thompson, sales manager – Gas Power Solutions at Finning UK & Ireland (Finning).

Humidity’s hidden impact

The UK is once again facing some recording-breaking temperatures this summer. And so the main question on everyone’s minds will soon be, how do we keep our workplaces cool and comfortable, without wasting money, energy or resources? It’s a question that comes up every year. Humidity Solutions spoke to PWE to give some inside info on how to keep your environment cool by remembering one important factor – humidity.