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Compact Flow Switch

  • Compact Flow switch with high working pressure capability

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    Compact Flow switch with high working pressure capability as standard. The Meister RVM_U-4 range of flow switches have a working pressure range of up to 350 bar with a stainless steel body or 300 bar with a brass plated body. Switching is via simple volt free contacts. The Flow switch can mounted in any orientation & with a number of adjustable set point range available for both liquid & gas applications the RMV_U-4 range it is ideal for those systems where space is at a premium! Now available with Ex contacts approved by Bureau Veritas for use in zones 1, 2, 21 and 22 in accordance with ATEX.

    Contact Tamo for more information.

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  • Consent granted for Dogger A and B Wind farms

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has granted permission for the building of an offshore wind farm that is to be constructed on the north-east coast of the United Kingdom.

    If the project goes ahead as planned, the Dogger Bank Teesside A and B Offshore wind farms will incorporate anything up to 400 wind turbines, and there will be two offshore wind generating stations.

    Dogger Bank Teesside A will measure 560 km² and Dogger Bank Teesside B will cover 593 km².  They will have the capacity to produce 2.4 GW of green power.

    The offshore wind farm is being developed by a consortium of four different energy companies called Forewind. The consortium includes Norway-based Statkraft, international energy company Statoil, Scottish-based Energy Company SSE and Germany energy company RWE.

    When the construction is finished, the new offshore wind farm will be situated at least 125 km away from the North East coast. Each generating platform will have up to 200 wind turbines and it is planned that they will be a number of collector platforms.

    In addition, there are plans to build four platforms that would be used for either housing or and helicopters and there could potentially be up to 10 weather stations.

    For the onshore part of the project, there are proposals for a converter station, and underground cabling would also be necessary.

    The onshore elements of the planned project are to be situated in Cleveland and Redcar and they have the potential to create numerous jobs in the area. Once the project is complete, it will have the capacity to produce enough energy to power 1.8 million homes in Britain.

    Commenting on the decision, Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne stated:

    “Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy. As we build the Northern Powerhouse, we want local communities to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low carbon developments like Dogger Bank Offshore wind project.”

    Once the project is complete, it is set to be among the biggest power generators in the United Kingdom.

    Forewind General Manager, Tarald Gjerde, said:

    “It represents a real opportunity for the UK to receive even more of its energy from its abundant wind resource while creating significant economic benefits, particularly for the north eastern regions.”

    Plans for the offshore wind development began with the statutory consultation phase in 2012 and with consent granted, the pre-construction and construction phrase are now free to begin.

  • Gas and oil production in the UK predicted to increase

    The UK’s gas and oil production increased by 7 per cent in 2015, according to new figures released by Gas and Oil UK, however, it is warning that it will be difficult to sustain these levels during the coming year.

    In a statement, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie, said:

    “Government data for the first 10 months of 2015 shows that the total volume of oil and gas produced on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) was up 8.6 per cent compared with 2014, with the production of liquids up 10.6 per cent and gas up 6.1 per cent.

    “Output in November and December tends historically to be more stable, but even so, Oil & Gas UK now expects year end production for the full year of 2015 to be seven to eight per cent higher than last year.”

    However, Michie also made it clear that gas and oil production will face many challenges in the year ahead; the most pressing challenges for the offshore gas and oil industry include the low prices for oil, and the sector is also facing job losses.

    In a recent statement, Michie also spoke of the importance of a resilient gas and oil industry, and it is imperative that the gas and oil industries adapt their strategies if they are going to compete globally and gain vital investment.

    The official announcement that production was on the increase followed predictions issued by the government in late 2015, but figures are expected to decline from 2020, according to the UKCS Oil and Gas Production Projections.

    New Initiatives

    A number of new initiatives were introduced in 2015 to help bolster the gas and oil sector in the UK. In late 2015, an Industry Behaviours Charter was signed by the Oil and Gas UK Board. The aim of the charter was to improve efficiency in order to transform the offshore gas and oil industry and enhance collaboration between SMEs, contractors and operators, as well as to develop new business models.

    In addition, the Rapid Efficiency Exchange was launched to allow gas and oil companies to come together to share useful advice on improving efficiencies in the industries, while also providing a forum to discuss the challenges that face the sector.

    Government support

    Oil and Gas UK added that an important factor for the future of the industries would be support from the government and HM Treasury.

  • Lynemouth biomass plant given EU state approval

    Plans to convert a coal fuelled plant in Lynemouth to biomass have been granted state aid approval, the EC has announced. Owners RWE now intends to press ahead with the plans for conversion.

    The European Commission opened its investigation early in the year and made its ruling on December 1, 2015. It announced that the UK government support for the project was in compliance with EU state aid rules and said the conversion would help the UK to reach the environmental and energy targets set out by the European Union without “unduly distorting competition”.

    Plans to convert the station were first announced in 2014, and the government is supporting the project by paying a premium in addition to the market price. The project will continue to receive aid until 2027.

    Commenting on the announcement, Andree Stracke, Chief Commercial Officer of RWE Supply and Trading GmbH said:

    "We welcome this confirmation of the government support for biomass power generation, which provides a reliable base load to complement other renewables such as wind and solar.”

    Stracke added that the company hope to have converted the plant within the next 18 months and he said it would allow the export of 390 MW of low carbon electricity to the National Grid, thus aiding the government’s climate change aims

    The government has set itself a target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. One of the ways the government intends to reach its aim is by switching to low carbon alternatives and becoming less dependent on fossil fuels.

    When the conversion goes ahead, Lynemouth power station intends to use renewable wood pellets, which will be exported from the United States, Europe and Canada. In addition, a sustainability management system will be put in place to ensure that the biomass fuel produced by the plant will meet the minimum sustainability standards that have been set out.

    The plant, which is based in the Northumberland in the UK, has the capacity to make enough electricity to power more than 450,000 homes. In addition, converting the Lynemouth plant from coal power will have a positive impact on the environment and on the economy in the north east.

    Moreover, it will burn 1.5 million tonnes of wood pellets annually, and produce an estimated 2.3 TWh of power.

    The Lynemouth power station has been powered by coal since the early 1970s and was previously owned by Alcan. In 2012, RWE took over the running of the plant and as a result the Lynemouth Power Company was established.

  • Manufacturing gains pace

    Purchasing Manufacturing Index (PMI) figures released by Markit on July 1 indicate encouraging news for the U.K.’s manufacturing sector. The PMI figures showed their highest increase in five months at 52.1, up from 50.4 in the previous month.

    According to the data from Markit, new orders were also on the increase, and they were accelerating at the fastest pace since October 2015. However, there was less positive news on the employment front, with further job losses in the manufacturing sector being reported for the sixth consecutive month.

    Commenting on the figures, Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit said

    “With 99% of survey responses received before the end of 23rd June, the latest PMI signalled that the manufacturing sector has started to move out of its early year sluggishness in the lead up to the UK’s EU referendum.”

    CBI figures indicate greater stability

    In further positive news, figures released by the CBI indicated greater stability for the manufacturing industry. Its Industrial Trends Survey showed order books had gained in strength, with the food and drink sector among those receiving a boost.

    Manufacturing output and selling prices also showed signs of stabilising, and manufacturers are optimistic they will continue to increase in the next quarter.

    The Brexit Effect

    However, it needs to be considered that both sets of figures were compiled before the results of the Brexit vote were known and it will be some time before the full effects of leaving the EU are felt by businesses.

    There are concerns that the on-going certainty following the vote could impact on current business deals. In addition, it is not yet known what trade deals the UK government is going to be able to secure during its negotiations with the EU, or whether it will be possible for the UK to keep access to the single market.

    As uncertainty remains, the CBI are calling on the government to draw up firm plans for the UK and its future without EU membership, and it’s urging ministers to establish a framework, which would enable businesses to work effectively with the government.

    Brexit and Challenges for the Manufacturing Industry

    The fall in the pound following the vote has already left some businesses concerned over the rising prices of imports, which they feel they might have to pass on to customers. Also, the manufacturing industry is likely to face further challenges due to the increase in import costs

  • New solar power farm opens in Vale of Glamorgan

    A new solar far has been opened on a former brownfield site in the Vale of Glamorgan. The 20 acre solar farm was launched by the local MP Alun Cairns and it was built by British Gas for use by Associated British Ports.

    Work began on the site in March 2015; the installation of 15,000 solar panels were completed shortly afterwards.

    Commenting on the opening of the new site, MP Alun Cairns said:

    "The new solar farm on Barry Docks is a fantastic example of maximising the use of industrial space, in a very impressive scheme. The energy partnership between ABP and British Gas will allow Barry Dock to become more competitive in the industry, and the project in the Vale of Glamorgan could become an exciting model for other docks and ports around Great Britain.”

    The opening of the new farm is predicted to produce approximately 4.5 megawatts of green power annually for use by ABP’s port operations. The energy that is produced will also be used by 75 tenants of ABP, and surplus energy is to be sold back to the National Grid.

    The new solar farm is set to lead to a significant reduction in the CO2 emissions, reducing them by 2,000 tonnes annually.

    Representatives from both ABP and British Gas were at the site for the opening, and it has recently been announced that the site has already been nominated for the Wales Green Energy award.

    At the launch, Chris Morrison of British Gas reaffirmed the company’s commitment to greener energy and reducing the impact of carbon stating: stating:

    “This solar farm will generate a significant contribution towards that goal.”

    Solar power in the UK

    The drive towards green power has been welcomed by environmental campaign charities. There are now more than 400 wind farms in the UK and the growth has increased rapidly in recent years. A Press Association report featured in the Guardian shows that there are now 650,000 solar installations being used in the UK.

    However, there has been some concern over the government’s on-going commitment to green energy after it was announced by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Amber Rudd, in July that the Government was to reduce its renewable energy subsidies. The decision to cut green energy subsidies was made amid concerns that they were on course to be higher than had been previously predicted.

  • Record levels of investment for European wind farms

    The European offshore wind industry has attracted more than €14 billion worth of investment in the past six months, with the UK being one of the biggest winners, a new report says. The record level of investment comes from 7 projects that have all reached the Final Investment Decision during the first months of 2016.

    The report from WindEurope also indicates energy companies continued commitment to renewable forms of power generation, with companies such as Dong Energy and Siemens continuing to invest.

    According to the report, there are now 82 wind farms across 11 countries with the capacity to produce 11,538 megawatts of power. 114 wind turbines have been grid connected in Europe in the first six months of the year, and work has been carried out on 13 windfarms, including four in the United Kingdom.

    Commenting on the new figures, CEO of WindEurope, Giles Dickson, said:

    “The record investment numbers show a clear industry commitment to offshore wind. We expect installations will pick up significantly in 2017 but there are a lot of challenges out there still on offshore wind. Not least the uncertainty over future volumes and regulation in many key markets for the period after 2020. We’re a long way from being able to say job done on offshore wind.”

    Ministerial Support

    The move toward wind power also has the backing of ministers. Recently, energy ministers from nine European countries met together to discuss what they could do to further enhance cooperation when it comes to offshore wind, and they also made commitments to reduce the costs involved in producing it.

    Hornsea Project One

    One of the biggest projects to receive a Final Investment Decision is the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, which is planned for Yorkshire. The site will have the ability to produce 1.2 gigawatts and will power more than 1 million homes, making it the world’s largest wind farm. DONG Energy also has the rights to a further two projects.

    Government Subsidies

    The record investments figures are good news for the UK, especially as the government announced in 2015 that it was to end subsidies for wind farms. This led to some fears that companies would be less willing to invest in this renewable form of energy, but the plans for many more projects show this might not be the case.

    Instead, some energy producers are looking to alternative means of funding wind farms. Earlier this year, Good Energy announced plans for a wind farm in Cornwall, which will give members of the local community the opportunity to invest.

  • The Meister RVM_U-4 range of flow switches

    Compact Flow Switch

     

    Compact Flow switch with high working pressure capability as standard. The Meister RVM_U-4 range of flow switches have a working pressure range of up to 350 bar with a stainless steel body or 300 bar with a brass plated body. Switching is via simple volt free contacts. The Flow switch can mounted in any orientation & with a number of adjustable set point range available for both liquid & gas applications the RMV_U-4 range it is ideal for those systems where space is at a premium! Now available with Ex contacts approved by Bureau Veritas for use in zones 1, 2, 21 and 22 in accordance with ATEX.

    Read More

    Contact Tamo for more information.

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