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NI systems aid Wavebob development
Wave energy technology company Wavebob has been developing a prototype wave energy converter (WEC) to enable offshore wave farms to provide significant electrical power for the onshore grid. Wavebob's Eugene Doogan describes the role played by National Instruments' LabVIEW, Compact FieldPoint and Compact RIO systems
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ABB variable speed drive cuts dust extraction energy costs
Specialist metal forging company Firth Rixson is saving 20 per cent on the energy use for its dust extraction system after installing an ABB variable speed drive
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Leeds development sets high sustainability standards
Greenhouse, a new development of sustainable offices and homes in Leeds, is setting the standard for low-impact working and living, with sustainable building methods creating well-insulated interiors, which benefit from on-site renewable energy generation
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Efficient motor and drive system revitalises historic bridge
One hundred years old this year, Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge has been given a new lease of life, following replacement of its original electric motor and drive system with energy-efficient WEG motors and inverter drives supplied and installed by distributor Deritend RMB
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Parker drives help small-scale hydro scheme to supply grid
The regulatory framework is now in place to allow small-scale producers of electricity to export and sell their surplus power via the national grid — but transferring that power to the grid is no trivial task. Washford Mill Hydroelectrical Co, a specialist designer and installer of hydroelectric plant has, however, developed a dependable, efficient and cost-effective solution based on inverter drives from Parker SSD
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Energy strategy cuts costs and emissions at IoM schools
Construction services company Stroma is trialling a new approach for improving energy performance across the Isle of Man Department of Education’s building stock to assist in reducing running costs and carbon emissions
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Refurbishment gets wind turbine drive back into gear
The main drive gearboxes of wind turbines are well known to suffer in-service performance issues, says power transmissions specialist Brevini. But the rapid growth of this market, and demand for higher energy generating capacity, has meant that as fast as existing designs are improved, newer, larger gearboxes with potentially new issues have entered the market. The result is a large number of main drive gearboxes that are in need of periodic repair and refurbishment
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WEG's traction motors bring increased economy to trolleybuses
WEG is supplying new, lighter traction motors that can save over 400kgs in weight on the latest generation of trolley buses. The buses employ the traction motor and a matched inverter on their differentials to increase power, reduce weight and improve economy
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VSDs drive down office building's HVAC energy costs
Operators of a prestigious office building in Surrey are saving £20,000 a year on energy costs for the building’s HVAC system following the installation of ABB standard drives for HVAC
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Variable speed drive improves efficiency at wastewater plant
A water treatment station in the USA has slashed its energy bill by £12,000 a year by implementing AC drives from Parker in place of a 40-year-old eddy current clutch
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Lighting system pulls NS&I building up the BREEAM rating ladder
National Savings and Investments — operator of the Premium Bonds scheme — is benefiting from a 40 per cent cut in lighting consumption at one of its operational offices in Blackpool. This follows the installation of lighting management systems from Honeywell company Ex-Or
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BMS keeps rebuilt college energy efficient
Building controls specialists BG Controls has installed a Building Management System in a Sussex school to optimise energy efficiency
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