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The future of electricity

Nick Boughton discusses how businesses need to adapt to keep up with increased energy demands



The black sheep of the electrical industry

Steve Hughes addresses the fears of water cooling and looks at the benefits it actually provides to businesses. In particular, the three key advantages: a more compact design, a reduced frequency of maintenance and a boost in energy efficiency



Recycled food waste helps power homes

More than 100,000 tonnes of food waste have been now been recycled by Scottish Water



Dramatic shift in the European renewable electricity market

Total demand for Q1 reached a record volume of 165TWh, states the statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies



Record-breaking January for UK wind energy

Wind provided 14% of Britain’s electricity (4.13 terawatt hours), enough to power the equivalent of 8.7 million UK homes



Nearly 15% of UK electricity from renewables

53% of renewable electricity from onshore and offshore wind; 30% increase in renewable electricity last year compared to 2012



Choosing the best option for overcurrent circuit protection

Kent Hou looks at the options for protecting against overcurrents in designing electronics



Novel pumping technology operates by using solar energy or waste heat

Various applications could benefit from a new pumping technology, ranging from domestic central heating circulator pumps to irrigation systems in developing countries. Jon Severn reports on the Non-Inertive Feedback Thermofluidic Engine (NIFTE) that is currently under development



High-performance polymer coating can be spray-applied

A new flame spraying technique has been developed that enables Vicote high-performance polymer coatings to be applied to metal and ceramic substrates



Chemically resistant electromagnetic flow-sensors

Polymer improves accuracy flow-sensors for measuring chemical liquids in demanding industrial environments



LEDs offer rare ray of hope during electronics downturn

LEDs are expected to enjoy a revenue increase of 2.9 per cent in 2009, following 10.8 per cent growth in 2008



Small drives can mean big energy savings on production lines

Saving energy on a large scale therefore is not rocket science, one area that is equally as simple, but in many instances is being overlooked is small motors and small drives, often driving continuous process items such as fans, pumps and compressors



Flexible meter technology for a fast changing energy market

Energy companies have been developing business practices to comply with changes in industry, government legislation, and general shifting attitudes towards energy management



Intelligent actuation allows better system control at solar power plan

Novel actuator technologies are giving the level of fine control required to ensure that industrial activities reach new levels of efficiency and cost effectiveness



HVDC cable sets standard for transmission projects

The Netherlands and Norway are now linked, thanks to an underwater cable using high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. Based on this success, the same solution could also be used to join the Netherlands and Denmark. Sean Ottewell reports



Energy improvement: look at the big picture for real savings

Russell Page examines how a holistic approach to energy improvement can deliver real savings



Roller chain drives offer longer life, even in harsh environments

Roller chains have evolved a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched his ideas in the 16th century and Hans Renold invented bush roller chain in 1880. Jon Severn takes a look at some of the latest developments in power transmission and conveyor chains, as well as chain attachments and chain-monitoring sensors



Manufacturters’ electricity costs 51 per cent higher than last year

However, the upwards trend through 2008 was reversed in Q4 with the cost of electricity reducing by 27 per cent from the high cost points of Q3 2008



New process could cut the cost of LEDs

Researchers believe they have found a new way to manufacture LEDs that could cut the production cost to one-tenth of the current cost



Switchgear key for ultra high-voltage ac transmission

Ultrahigh-voltage gas-insulated switchgear has a switching capability of 6,900 megawatts, says ABB



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