The UK is about to get smarter about the energy it uses. Announcing
the next stage of the Government's planned smart meter
roll-out at the recent Smart Metering Forum in London, Energy
Minister Baroness Verma said that some 53 million smart meters
will be installed in UK businesses and homes by 2019.
And while the Government "recognises that the roll-out
poses some challenges", she maintained that the programme
will bring about real and substantial benefits to consumers - "which
is the heart of the smart meter programme". Government
is also to publish new rules for smart meters on privacy and
security, while a Central Delivery Body is planned with the aim
of building user confidence and understanding.
Meanwhile suppliers are awaiting the announcement of the Government's
decisions on the second version of the Smart Meter Technical
Specification. This is expected shortly, along with establishment
of the new central Data & Communications Company and a smart
energy code governing the relationship between the D&CC and
its service users.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
opens Power Centre for UPS training
Riello has launched its own training and demonstration suite to
showcase live UPS systems, demonstration units and monitoring packages. More?
seminar puts focus on voltage optimisation
EMSc is to host a sustainability seminar to focus on the role voltage
optimisation can play in a sustainability strategy for carbon reduction
and lower energy costs. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
motors designed to provide high efficiency levels
NORD has expanded its fast assembly service for efficient ATEX
geared motors to include Gas Zone 1 and 2 and Dust Zone 21 and
22 for ratings up to 18.5kW. More?
upgrades meet specific water industry use
Upgraded inverters from Mitsubishi now include functions dedicated
to meeting specific water and pumping sector applications. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
solution for energy savings in buildings and IT
Verdiem's new VBOX hardware/software and its Smart Buildings
solution can bring energy savings through integrating IT and building
management systems. More?
pump system adapts for optimum HVAC control
Armstrong's efficient IVS variable speed pumps adapt to changing
building use and avoid the over-sizing 'energy efficiency
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
drive systems a route to greater vehicle efficiency
Automotive sector supplier Schaeffler outlines new developments
in vehicle drive systems that can lead to improved economy and
lower emissions. More?
Point and ABB collaborate on vehicle charging network
Electric vehicle charging specialist POD Point is collaborating
with power and automation company ABB to provide networked rapid
vehicle chargers. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
platform helps co-ordinate energy supply and demand
A smart grid software platform from IPL allows producers of renewable
energy to co-ordinate effectively with the wider distribution network
and with energy storage. More?
developed to maximise energy efficiency in IT applications
For IT and facilities managers facing rising energy costs, Eaton's
9PX UPS can offer electricity supply protection through high power
density and effective power use. More?
provide high level of insulation for solar equipment
Morgan Thermal Ceramics has introduced a range of ceramic insulation
products specifically to meet the needs of the solar power sector. More?
Life Costing - making the case for CHP
Rising fuel costs and the need for clean, efficient energy has
put Combined Heat and Power systems firmly in the limelight. More?
FUNDING & FINANCE
for business/college energy efficiency partnerships
Seven new university and business research partnerships in sectors
including energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing have been
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
highlights potential savings of smart energy policy
The potential for huge energy savings if a 'smart' solutions
policy is implemented on the UK electricity network is detailed
in a report by the Energy Networks Association. More?