Energy

Energy News, November 2018

It’s fair to say that most manufacturers are concerned about their escalating energy costs. Industrial business in the UK pays a lot for the energy they use. Aside from labour, energy can be the largest overhead for many manufacturing businesses, and as a result, efficient at using it. Efficiency, however, can be hard to sustain in in ever-changing regulatory and political landscape.   Which makes understanding the government’s recently released energy documents a key priority for all businesses – but particularly those operating ... Read more

Nuclear News, June 2018

More than half of manufacturers taking part in the Nuclear AMRC’s ‘Fit for Nuclear’ programme are confident of winning new nuclear work this year, a new survey has found.   The latest survey of companies which are currently progressing through ‘Fit for Nuclear’ (F4N), or are already granted, shows that most are confident of winning new business and have seen real benefits from the programme.  In all, 89% of participating companies would recommend F4N to other manufacturers.   F4N is a unique service which lets ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, June 2018

With the oil and gas industry under pressure, manufacturers are turning to additive manufacturing for reduced costs and shorter timeframes. Gas turbines sit at the heart of power plant operations. A mixture of fuels, such as diesel, kerosene and liquid petroleum gas, is heated at high temperatures until a rush of hot air is produced, forcing a turbine’s blades to spin and generate electricity.   It’s a relatively simple method, which dates all the way back to the late 1930s when the first ... Read more

Power Generation News, June 2018

A bid has been lodged to expand a wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills, taking its turbine total to more man 100. The Crystal Rig development straddles the boundary between the Scottish Borders and East Lothian. Developers Fred Olsen Renewables have submitted an application to the Scottish government to add another 11 turbines to the site. It has described the area as the “ideal location” to help meet national renewable energy targets.   The original 25-turbine Crystal Rig development became operational in 2003 ... Read more

Energy News, June 2018

£2bn of new funding to help UK businesses invest in a more sustainable future and increase productivity has been announced by Lloyds Banking Group.   The Clean Growth Finance scheme aims to deliver the most Inclusive UK green funding in the market by providing the incentive of discounted lending to help businesses Invest in reducing their environmental Impact as well as reducing their environmental impact as well as boosting productivity more generally.   The funding will support all Commercial Banking clients across multiple ‘green lending’ ... Read more

Energy News, May 2018

EDF Energy has said its plans for two major windfarms on the Isle of Lewis may need to reach heights normally preserved for turbines at sea, prompting an outcry from local opponents. The French company’s renewables unit said it may need to go higher for the project to be economically viable and win millions of pounds in government subsidies. Kerry MacPhee, who heads community liaison, told locals that one of the windfarms could be 200 metres (650ft) tall, with the other ... Read more

Power Generation News, May 2018

Lewis Wind Power wants to increase the maximum height of turbines at a site at Uisinis to 200m (656ft). The developer has also proposed increasing turbines to a site near Stornoway to a height of 187m (614ft). It said bigger turbines are more efficient and would help to attract subsidies to a subsea cable needed for exporting power to the mainland.   For more than 10 years, it has been planned to lay the cable, known as the interconnector, to link Renewable energy ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, April 2018

Oil prices hit their highest level since 2014, moving above $74 a barrel and lifting energy companies to the top of global stock indices.   Production cuts by Opec and Russia over the past 16 months have helped crude prices rally, with the latest increase spurred by rising risks to supplies, from Venezuela’s economic crisis to the threat of new US sanctions on Iran.   Brent crude has gained almost 8% this year. Read more

Power Generation News, April 2018

GE Renewable Energy and the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult have signed a five-year research and development agreement to test and develop next generation offshore wind technologies.   GE’s recently announced Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine and existing Haliade 150- 6MW will undergo advanced test and demonstration programs that accurately replicate real-world operational conditions to enhance performance and reliability.   Research and development activities will include cooling technologies, converters, loading conditions across mechanical and electrical components, grid testing and design validation.  This collaboration ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, March 2018

The oil and gas industry regulator has raised its forecast of what can be recovered from the waters around the UK over the next three decades. Changes in the way the sector operates are thought to have unlocked the potential for a further 2.8 billion barrels of oil or the gas equivalent.   It is now estimated that 11.7 billion barrels could be recovered between 2016 to 2050.   More than 43 billion barrels have been extracted from UK waters so far. Peak production was ... Read more
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