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Editor: David Keighley
11th September 2014

New research from Siemens Industry highlights an increasing recognition of energy management at UK company board level. For its report 'The Future of Energy: the UK Manufacturing Opportunity', Siemens canvassed the views of 600 board directors, senior management and energy managers across a range of manufacturing sectors, with 79 per cent reporting energy as a business critical issue in the year ahead.

UK manufacturing is making tangible progress in managing its energy consumption, says Siemens, with almost three-quarters of respondents reporting a beneficial impact on the bottom line. But the primary driver behind this activity is seen as achieving a competitive advantage, with most manufacturers measuring the success of energy management projects against these criteria.

Nevertheless, the report warns of what it sees as 'perceived barriers' to investment in energy management for some companies, with the main reason given as fears over return on investment still pervading. Read more here.

NEWS

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PRODUCTS

yaSoftware uses energy indicators to track plant performance
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abHigh power cable can boost renewables system efficiency
ABB has developed a powerful underground power transmission cable to increase the efficiency of renewable energy systems. More?

acEnergy recovery units boost compressor performance
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dsFirmware allows frequency converters to suit all motor types
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pcSoftware monitors PV system performance
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APPLICATION STORY

vrEfficient boiler system plays key role at AD plant
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TECHNICAL ARTICLE

mrSemiconductors remain key to efficient EV developments
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David Keighley
Editor
EfficientEnergy.net

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