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  • Report proposes new Office for Energy

    An Energy and Economics consultancy called Vivid Energy has issued a report detailing the need for an Office for Energy.

    The report has the backing of Npower and it sets out how an Office for Energy would provide accurate data and analysis of Britain’s energy sector. It is suggested that the proposed office would either be established as a new organisation or have its base within an already existing organisation.

    Among its duties would be to ensure there will be detailed, impartial analysis of such issues as the low carbon energy sector and it would also examine changes to policies and regulations and how they would affect policy goals.

    However, the proposed new body would not have the power to suggest laws or regulations and its purpose would not be to replace government bodies that are already in existence. Instead, it would provide support for government and regulators and would function in the same way as the Office for Budget Responsibility.

    Commenting on the need to improve consumer confidence in the energy industry, Robin Smale, Director at Vivid Economics, said:

    “The UK energy market has been subject to criticism and controversy, due in part to a lack of analysis that is both trusted and clear. 

    “There is a case for a new role to enhance consumer and investor confidence by providing much needed trusted and clear analysis across the whole of the energy sector. Many stakeholders see value in this new role, and in identifying options for how this role could be delivered.  With the CMA about to report, now is an opportune time to consider it.”

    Other sectors such as healthcare, already have similar body in place and it is suggested that due to the success of these organisations, there would be confidence in a new institution for the energy sector.

    The report argues that while there are already several UK energy institutions, it is perceived they have not always been able to provide a “balanced and clear analysis of key issues across the whole of Britain's energy sector”.

    Paul Massara, CEO of RWE npower said said:

    “Earlier this year I asked Vivid Economics to look at whether there could be a new way to build the debate about energy on a complete foundation of fact and reliable analysis.

    “…An Office of Energy would support and empower a continuing open and transparent debate about the competing issues of the trilemma.”  

  • RWE inaugurates Germany wind farm

    As it continues with its commitment to greener forms of power generation, RWE has introduced the German-based Nordsee Os windfarm into its business. The windfarm is one of the biggest in Germany and has enough capacity to produce 295 Megawatts of energy. There are 48 wind turbines in the wind park, which bring power to 320,000 homes.

    RWE’s investment into the windfarm stands at more than €1 billion. An operation room situated in Heligoland will operate and manage the running of the windfarm and a control room has been set up to monitor the project. Moreover, an apartment block has been built for employees to stay while they work.

    It took more than 60 kilometres of undersea cable to make the installation possible and the installation vessels used in the project cover 137,000 nautical miles; each of the blades weighs more than 23 tonnes and measures over 60 m long. The turbines weigh 350 tonnes and they measure 160m in height.

    Commenting on the project, Peter Terium, CEO of RWE AG, said:

    “The expansion of renewable energy is one of our main growth areas and offshore wind energy will play a vital role. RWE will become the third largest player in the European offshore market this year. And we are growing further: In only one month’s time, we will be commissioning another wind farm, Gwynt y Môr, located off the coast of Wales.

    “We are developing and operating additional offshore projects alone and with partners in Germany, the UK and the Benelux region.”

    Hans Bünting, CEO of RWE Innogy, added:

    “At the end of this year, 40% of our power generation from renewables will already come from offshore power production. Thanks to the Nordsee Ost and Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farms our operating result will see double-digit growth."

    Further wind farms are in the development stages and when they are completed, they will be situated in the German North Sea. The wind farms will have an expanse of 150 km² and they will be able to produce 1000 MW of power.

    Gwynt y Môr windfarm

    RWE will introduce the Gwynt y Môr windfarm into its business in June 2015. The farm is located in Wales and it has the capacity to produce 576 MW of energy. The building of the windfarm has been carried out in conjunction with Siemens and other partners.

  • The compact pressure switch for OEM applications

     

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    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is a compact-sized 30x30 pressure switch for measuring compressed air, low-viscous media and non-aggressive gases. 

    The MINICOMB® is available in pressure ranges 0.2 to 16 bar, -0.9 to 0 bar or -0.9 to +1 bar. Sub-base mounting or ¼” BSP female thread for process connection & electrical connection via 4-pin plug to ISO 4400 or plug M12x1. 

    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is approved for applications where PLc (Performance Level according to ISO 13849) is required, or applications within a hazardous area (zone 2 / 22 according to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC).

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  • The compact pressure switch for OEM applications.

    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is a compact-sized 30x30 pressure switch for measuring compressed air, low-viscous media and non-aggressive gases. 

    Minicomb

    The MINICOMB® is available in pressure ranges 0.2 to 16 bar, -0.9 to 0 bar or -0.9 to +1 bar. Sub-base mounting or ¼” BSP female thread for process connection & electrical connection via 4-pin plug to ISO 4400 or plug M12x1. 

    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is approved for applications where PLc (Performance Level according to ISO 13849) is required, or applications within a hazardous area (zone 2 / 22 according to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC).

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  • The MINICOMB EDS

     

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    The MINICOMB EDS has been used in a number of applications to control pumps / compressors with pressure ranges up to 600 Barg. With the option of 1 or 2 switch output models or the 1 switch & 4 – 20mA output model a range of applications can be covered. 

    The pressure switch features a robust design rated to IP67 & a highly functional user friendly operating system featuring a multilingual plain text menu which clearly explains the selected menu item, ensuring a rapid and hassle-free installation is ensured.

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  • Throttle Master NEEDLE VALVES

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    The Throttle Master valve with No elastomers (o-rings), metals or lubricants is ideal for precise flow control with fine adjustment of corrosive and ultra pure fluids.

    Now available with PTFE tipped needle for constant on / off applications giving longer service life. 

  • Unexpected slowdown of manufacturing sector, but it’s still at a three-year high

    Concerns over an unexpected slowdown of the manufacturing sector led to a fall in the pound when the PMI figures were released in early July. The latest PMI figures revealed a fall to 54.3, however, the sector hasn’t fallen into contraction. Growth in exports also proved disappointing, as was the level of new orders.

    Business uncertainty is thought to be a contributing to the unexpected fall, but there are other issues too.

    Commenting on the figures, Rob Dobson, who serves as the senior economist at HIS Market said:

    “The main factor driving the broad slowdown in June was a steep easing in the rate of increase in new order intakes.”

    Manufacturing at a three-year high

    As George Nikolaidis, Senior Economist at the manufacturers’ organisation EEF, made clear, it’s not all bad news for the manufacturing sector.

    Nikolaidis stated:

    “Despite a broad-based slowdown in the rate of expansion in June, manufacturing activity for the last quarter still came in at a three-year high, pointing to a solid contribution from the sector to growth. This adds to recent data over the past few months indicating that industry will continue to support the UK economy by providing a counterweight to slowing services output.”

    The EEF has also stressed the importance of the government providing some clarity over its Brexit strategy so the manufacturing sector can start making firm plans regarding recruitment and investment.

    Economic activity slows among other sectors

    It should also be noted that the slowing in economic activity wasn’t just limited to the manufacturing industry; both the service and distribution sectors were affected in the last quarter, according to a CBI survey.

    Commenting on the latest survey, the CBI’s chief economist, Rain Newton-Smith said:

    “Growth has slowed across our surveys for a second successive month and expectations for the quarter ahead have cooled.

    "With the economy shifting down a gear, and higher inflation eating into household incomes, it’s vital the Government creates the right environment for businesses to continue contributing to the country’s prosperity.

    Manufacturing, productivity and innovation

    There have already been calls for the government to do more to enhance productivity and innovation in the manufacturing sector, which is going to be essential to all industries as the UK comes out of Europe. And in a press release issued by the CBI, it reiterated the need for government to assist businesses by providing support for improved innovation, infrastructure and exporting.

  • Valve World Expo celebrate success of 2014 event

    Organisers of the Valve World Expo are celebrating the success of its most recent event. The third exhibition was held in Dusseldorf from the 2 - 4 December 2014; it attracted 665 exhibitors from around the world.

    Valve World Expo provided an opportunity for manufacturers to reach new markets and demonstrate the latest technologies from the valve and fittings industry. Manufacturers had the opportunity to exhibit the latest in valves, valve components, parts, compressors and engineering services.

    More than 12,000 visitors attended the event from 57 different countries. These figures are up nearly 20% on the last Expo, which was held in 2012. It attracted visitors from the UK, India, France and the Netherlands; the Asian and South American regions were also strongly represented.

    Commenting on the success of the event, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH Managing Director Joachim Schäfer said it was:

    “An excellent trade fair – not just because we yet again were able to significantly boost the number of exhibitors and space sold compared to prior events – we’ve further optimised the linkages between the expo and the conference. With marked visitor growth of about 19% to 12,500 trade fair guests, the Valve World Expo is emerging as an impressive factor in our portfolio of plant and machinery trade fairs”

    The Valve World Expo was aimed at manufacturers from the petrochemical, chemical, food, oil and gas industries, and the pharmaceutical, medical and power plant technology sectors. The majority of visitors were executives, however, the event also attracted a lot of interest from manufacturers, distributors and end users of the valves and fittings.

    Exhibitors at the event all responded positively to the latest Expo saying that it had enabled them to meet up with old customers and to establish links to new ones. Others said that the Expo enabled potential buyers to learn more about the products, and they were pleased about the networking opportunities the exhibition had given them.

    As well as attending the Expo, visitors had the opportunity to attend a conference to discuss the latest innovations and new technologies in the valve industry. The conference covered many topics including control valves, the importance of maintenance, new designs and a presentation of some of the latest application solutions. More than 400 delegates were in attendance at the conference, which was integrated into the Expo for the first time.

    The next event is scheduled for November to 29 2016; it will be the fourth bi-annual event.

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