A Solar powered house in the North of Sweden

A Solar powered house in the North of Sweden

Skellefteå Kraft challenges the energy market with a real-time experiment A detached house, completely disconnected from the grid which can produce its own energy all year around by the use of solar energy – what’s so special about that? Well consider this, is exists in a place where there can be as little as zero hours of sunlight during parts of the year. Skellefteå Kraft is initiating the ’Zero Sun project’, a realtime experiment open…

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SGS urges EMEX visitors to improve energy performance and to think about ESOS compliance.

SGS urges EMEX visitors to improve energy performance and to think about ESOS compliance.

SGS, the leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will attend this year’s Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX) on 22-23 November, providing visitors with information about the ISO 50001 energy management system (EnMS) standard and its benefit to organisations of all sizes and sectors. Organisations are becoming increasingly proactive in measuring and managing energy performance – in fact, the ISO 50001 standard has experienced a 69% increase in certifications in 2016 compared to 2015. ISO 50001…

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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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New exterior LED lighting options save energy and Local Authority budgets

New exterior LED lighting options save energy and Local Authority budgets

LED alternatives available for traditional fluorescent tube fixtures, 2D luminaires, bulkheads, metal halide and SON lamps. Energy savings up to 80%, maintenance savings of 95% G5 LED battens with SMART Sensor technology Goodlight G5 LED battens now offer SMART Sensor technology, allowing luminaires to be grouped and respond intelligently to exterior lighting needs. By switching to LED, Local Authorities can reduce their lighting energy bill by up to 80%. The new G5 LED battens are…

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Too much data, not enough time?

Too much data, not enough time?

Data is at the foundation of every good energy management strategy. However, energy management is increasingly being dealt with by those who are too stretched in their day-to-day role to spend the time looking at their data in-depth, particularly when companies are collecting data points in the thousands. This means that opportunities to improve operational efficiency can be missed – a significant issue considering that energy costs are set to continue increasing for the foreseeable…

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District Energy Networks – Securing the future of these valuable assets

District Energy Networks – Securing the future of these valuable assets

By Dominic Barton, Metropolitan Infrastructure Ltd. District energy is a proven technology, with more than 2000 networks already in place in the UK. The recent injection of substantial Government loan funding for the public sector to encourage the development of district energy is expected to deliver £2billion of new heat network infrastructure. Many local authorities and other public-sector organisations are consequently considering implementing this energy solution by taking advantage of the funding and support available…

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HVAC rental: how efficiency is becoming top priority

HVAC rental: how efficiency is becoming top priority

Carl Webb, Specialist Hire Director at Andrews Sykes, discusses the importance of energy efficiency and getting the most from a hired climate control solution With UK businesses becoming increasingly geared towards efficient energy use wherever possible, the acquisition of economical short-term operational equipment – including HVAC systems – has become a main priority for many companies. Plant supervisors, facilities managers and industrial resource owners all share a common goal when it comes to increasing efficiency,…

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“Coming Soon: Free tools and data for heat network planning”

“Coming Soon: Free tools and data for heat network planning”

Joshua Thumim, Head of Research at the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol, introduces a new initiative designed to dramatically reduce the cost of planning local heat networks in Europe. Planning a local heat network is an expensive and complex business. This is hardly surprising, since district heating schemes are place-specific systems designed for the individual neighbourhoods they serve. There’s no off-the-shelf option. The networks themselves are conceptually straightforward; the top-level decisions are where the…

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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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Rethink water: reduce, recycle and recover resources

Rethink water: reduce, recycle and recover resources

The bottom line is important for any company. Efficient use of resources is essential in any sector, but the increasing costs of water and wastewater management mean that an inadequate water strategy can lead to businesses effectively pouring money down the drain. When it comes to water, there is a perception that sewer discharge costs nothing and there is little you can do with wastewater once it has been treated and cleaned in line with…

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