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  • Record amounts of energy produced by renewable sources

    New figures indicate the growing popularity of wind power. The statistics, which were recently released by the National Grid, show that an increasing amount of power is being generated by greener forms of electricity generation. According to the figures, the wind energy produced in 2014 was enough to power 6.7 million U.K Homes in 2014, which is a record figure.

    The figures for 2014 show an increase of 15% from the previous year, and wind farms and smaller operations that help feed the National Grid accounted for 9.3% of the United Kingdom’s energy supply in 2014 – this is a steady increase from the 7.8% in the previous year.

    In December 2014, yet more records were broken when statistics showed that 14% of the U.K.’s total electricity was produced by using wind power; this is compared with 13% from the year before. The figures from the National Grid show quarterly records were also broken, with 12% of energy in the United Kingdom coming from wind power in the last quarter of 2014.

    Commenting in a press release, Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive for Renewable Energy UK, said:

     “It’s great to start 2015 with some good news about the massive quantities of clean electricity we’re now generating from wind, with new records being set month after month, quarter after quarter, and year on year, as we increase our capacity to harness one of Britain’s best natural resources.

    “We are now into a general election year so we know that the political temperature is set to carry on rising over the next few months. The cost of energy has become a political issue, so now would be a good time for voters, prospective parliamentary candidates and MPs to take account of the fact that onshore wind is the cheapest from of renewable energy we have at our fingertips. So if we are serious about cutting bills, and securing an indigenous supply of clean power, all parties need to support it in the month ahead”.

    Green energy a growing trend

    In recent years, the government has launched numerous different strategies that are aimed at getting companies to invest in greener forms of power generation, and there have been a number of different announcements regarding new schemes that have opened up to encourage firms to find innovative ways of producing cleaner energy; these figures highlight the growing trend towards renewable energy in the U.K.

  • 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 INDUSWITCH-DU pressure switch

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    The INDUSWITCH-DU pressure switch available from Tamo incorporates a friction free force-balance measuring system, high repeatability & very high long-term stability. The INDUSWITCH-DU can be used on vacuum / pressure applications up to 60 bar range & with gaseous, liquid, also aggressive & high viscous media in industrial or medical application.   

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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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  • The MINICOMB EDS Electronic Pressure Switch

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    The MINICOMB EDS Electronic Pressure Switch 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.

    Contact Tamo for more information.

  • 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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