Electricity distribution networks – a new model for a new age

Electricity distribution networks – a new model for a new age

Barrie Cressey, business development director – smart grids at Schneider Electric If you speak to any distribution network operator (DNO), they will tell you that customer service and satisfaction is their number one priority. If there is an outage or failure, they want to be seen to be responsive – giving timely updates and information on when the problem will be fixed. To do that, they are investing in new technologies to improve the design,…

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Hybrid heating systems that use smart controls could save up to £1.7 billion annually says PassivSystems

Hybrid heating systems that use smart controls could save up to £1.7 billion annually says PassivSystems

Call made for a well-defined policy framework for deploying greater volumes of low-carbon heating in the UK Since 2014, PassivSystems has played a significant role in four out of five innovative UK smart heat pump projects highlighted by Delta Energy & Environment Limited (Delta-ee) by installing its PassivLiving home energy platform to measure, manage and aggregate heat energy. Data published by Delta-ee shows the potential value domestic heat pumps could have in bringing more renewable…

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Police set example for climate protection

Police set example for climate protection

Successful pilot project in Germany – monitoring by Passive House Institute With the completion of the new police administrative building, the German state of Hesse has shown how energy efficient construction works. The administrative building in Baunatal in northern Hesse contributes significantly to a reduction in the energy consumption of government buildings in the province of Hesse and thus promotes climate protection. This is one of the numerous outcomes of the monitoring carried out by…

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Today’s energy managers invited to ‘have their say’ in order to develop pre-emptive solutions to tomorrow’s utility challenges

Today’s energy managers invited to ‘have their say’ in order to develop pre-emptive solutions to tomorrow’s utility challenges

In September 2017, leading business energy consultancy Inenco released its latest insight into how the role of the energy manager will change by 2030, and has highlighted the level of investment needed. Inenco partnered with independent research agency DJS Research to commission primary research among UK businesses, interviewing energy managers across a range of sectors. Inenco then worked with Ricardo Energy & Environment to combine the findings with industry, digital and environmental trends to determine…

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aM&T & Behavioural Change

aM&T & Behavioural Change

Increasing the awareness of energy consumption at all levels within an organisation is certainly nothing new. Labels applied to light switches and heating controls imploring us to consider the impact of our actions come in and out of fashion. The last few years have seen much debate on the subject. To some, ‘behavioural change’ is the holy grail of energy management, hard to achieve but a fight worth winning. Does an increased level of awareness…

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Getting the right heating mix for your school

Ever-increasing pressure on the budgets of schools around the country means optimised energy performance is key to maximising the funds available for educational resources rather than the running costs of the building. Pete Mills, Commercial Technical Operations Manager at Bosch Commercial and Industrial, explains some of the most important considerations to make when it comes to heating and hot water, and which technologies are best-suited to delivering reliability and energy efficiency: Finding the funds for…

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How to Make Your Office Work For You

How to Make Your Office Work For You

Written by Louise Quarrell, Director at Carbon Smart The building you’re working in right now could be making you sick, stressed and less productive than you can be. Through some relatively straightforward design and refit actions you could dramatically increase your performance and that of your colleagues and staff. In the UK, we spend, on average, between 80-90% of our time indoors. With around 20 hours per day spent within a building it seems odd,…

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3 Ways Data Centre Managers Can Optimise Energy Consumption in Data Centres

3 Ways Data Centre Managers Can Optimise Energy Consumption in Data Centres

Airedale’s Controls Project Manager Jon Martinez explains three ways data centre managers can optimise energy consumption in data centres. Chiller water setpoint There are a few ways of optimising energy consumption in a data centre; one of the ways is to optimise the set points of your operating equipment. For example, you can dynamically optimise the chilled water set point. Rather than having it too low, what we do here at Airedale is have a…

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Major Losses with a Simple Solution to Improving Energy Efficiency

Major Losses with a Simple Solution to Improving Energy Efficiency

Julian Grant – General Manager, Chauvin-Arnoux UK Limited In a world where Energy isn’t getting any cheaper and where its generation and use is subject to ever increasing environmental scrutiny and legislative requirement, the pressure on us to not only use it efficiently, but also to not waste it, is growing year on year. Reports by the Carbon Trust have shown that up to 20% of a business’s energy costs are due to wasted energy…

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Rinnai Builds Business with O’Neil’s

Rinnai Builds Business with O’Neil’s

Rinnai, manufacturer of the Energysaver energy efficient range of gas fired wall heaters, recently pulled out all the stops in collaboration with Ayr-based installer O’Neil Gas Services to keep the congregation warm at St Mary’s Church in Saltcoats, Ayrshire. O’Neil Gas Services with mission statement: ‘Big enough to cope. Small enough to care’ – is a family-run company founded by John O’Neil and now presided over by his son Brian O’Neil. It has 22 employees,…

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