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Co-ordinating virtual power plants intelligently

Virtual power plants combine different sources of renewable energy. To guarantee a stable energy network, the relevant sources will be combined automatically based on availability



Embedded databases help make grids smarter

Steinar Sande explores how embedding controllers around a grid can help measure power flows, demand requirements, etc, and leads to real-time management for best performance



European power prices dip in December as wind generation hits records

Natural gas prices stable after cold start, says global energy information provider Platts



Vertical-axis wind turbine gets go-ahead

Government funding is helping Qinetiq and other project partners to start work on a novel offshore vertical-axis wind turbine



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



Determination of real-time tide information using GPS

David Russell and Pieter Toor report on developments in the offshore positioning and navigation markets



Plug and play speed sensors are insensitive to electromagnetic fields

New speed sensor technology for industrial electric vehicles has been developed by to cope with the harsh environmental demands created by the switch to more powerful, compact ac motor designs



Cable protection is stronger, lighter and more versatile

With environmental issues and energy saving being hot topics in our current climate, you would not think that a cable fairing would be something that would spring to mind in either of those categories. Alan Cooper reports



Bearings increase reliability and performance of gearboxes

High capacity cylindrical roller bearings for wind turbines will give added load carrying capacity, more reliability and longer life gearboxes for wind applications



Flat Stations increase comfort and save heating energy

Rising energy costs and increasing environmental straining, combined with more demands for comfort at home, require efficient control and heat metering for the benefit of the individual consumer, which avoids waste of energy. Halldor Kristjansson reports



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



Clustering feature enables integration of all facilities and control on yacht

Through clustering, control environments can reduce the high costs associated with multiple redundancies in hardware, while still ensuring server availability



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



Major tidal turbine contract

The Neptune demonstration design is on schedule for delivery in 2010 at the UK tidal test centre located in Orkney, as a precursor to commercial deployment



StatoilHydro publishes report into Norwegian rig's oil spill

Norwegian company StatoilHydro has published a report which investigates the environmental impact of a crude oil spill at its Statfjord A North Sea platform in December 2007



How lagging impacts on temperature measurement

Ali Niazi and Dr Sarah Kimpton examine the impact of thermal lagging on temperature measurement for fiscal/custody transfer metering systems



New heavy-lift offshore crane

The new Liebherr offshore crane, type MTC 78000, marks the Liebherr group of companies' entry into a new market segment of heavy-lift cranes



Precision microwave radar-based wave and sea level sensor

Hazardous zone rated, requires no re-calibration and only minimal service attention, making it a suitable sensor for wave monitoring applications



Shaft couplings now available in carbon fibre

Bibby's Torsiflex shaft couplings for large equipment are now being manufactured from carbon fibre to reduce weight and boost performance



Wireless access points give 40km coverage

New Korenix Jetwave 2600 wireless access points give extended coverage for industrial wireless networks requiring high transmission performance



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