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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The Future of Electricity

The Future of Electricity

In the UK, the majority of electricity comes from large, centralised power plants. Although this approach enables economies of scale in the energy sector, it means that customers, particularly those within inner cities depend on long-distance transmission to receive power. Here Nick Boughton, sales manager at industrial systems integrator, Boulting Technology discusses how businesses need to adapt to keep up with increased energy demands. In a bid to reduce energy costs and improve reliability, customers…

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The Rise of the Energy Challengers

The Rise of the Energy Challengers

By Aaron Slebos ‘Gentrack Energy Market Specialist The energy market is changing. New, smaller enterprises are looking to challenge the ‘Big Six’ energy companies in the UK and bring a new approach to how we buy our energy. However, challenger brands in the energy market are nothing new and many have failed in the past – so what has changed, what are the recipes for success, and what will the future of UK energy look…

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Could energy guzzling transformers be wasting significant amounts of energy on your estate?

Could energy guzzling transformers be wasting significant amounts of energy on your estate?

The European Commission estimates that around 2.9% of all energy consumed in the EU is wasted through transformer losses. The introduction of the EU Eco Design directive for transformers recognised the fact that modern power and distribution transformers have the ability to generate significant energy savings. What does that mean for you and the transformer(s) on your site? Traditional distribution transformers are contributing to important energy losses across the UK’s distribution networks. As a rough…

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The UK’s ageing power infrastructure just can’t take the heat

The UK’s ageing power infrastructure just can’t take the heat

Over the last few weeks the UK has been hit by an array of extreme weather conditions. From heat waves in the South that have had many turning up their air conditioning, to thunder and lightning illuminating up the northern skyline and floods closing down critical infrastructure. Whilst many of us have been either sweltering, soggy or watching the night’s sky light up, this extreme level of weather conditions is having a profound effect on…

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