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New opportunities for solar generation on landfill sites
With soaring energy prices, challenging emissions targets and the demand for greater security of supply, any imaginative and effective new way of harnessing renewable energy should be very welcome. Adrian Lea, technical director of engineering consultancy Wardell Armstrong, looks at the potential for solar generation on landfill sites
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Getting the right mix 'vital' to anaerobic digester performance
Generating energy from waste materials by the anaerobic digestion (AD) process is well established in the UK. However, what constitutes ‘good operation’ for a digester, how can it be measured and how can AD operators improve the performance of their digester and be even more competitive?
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Investment potential of low carbon biofuels
In this Viewpoint article from the Carbon Trust, Technology Acceleration Manager Al-Karim Govindji and Manager, Innovation, Jenya Khvatsky, discuss finance and investment in biofuels as an alternative, lower carbon fuel for transport
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Making the best motor choice to match a VSD upgrade
There are documented cases of motors that have given 20 or 30 years' service only to fail within hours of being fitted with a variable speed drive — which was meant to save energy and protect the motor from high load on start-up. It's an unusual occurrence, but engineers planning an upgrade to their facilities should be aware of the possibility, says Jerry Hodek, MD of Rotor UK
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Working in tandem: energy efficiency and preventing energy theft
Energy regulator Ofgem is proposing a clampdown on energy theft. Keith Wyatt, Commercial Director at Premium Lighting Solutions and Honorary Advisor on Environmental Issues to the UK Warehousing Association, believes such a move should operate alongside a nationwide energy efficency programme
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Adapt or die — our sustainable future lies inside business
In this 'Viewpoint' article, Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust, explores why putting sustainability at the heart of business is the only option for businesses to succeed in a world where consumers expect more and where resources are scarce and expensive
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Key role for seals and synthetics in energy efficient machinery
Elastic, wear-resistant, reliable, space saving and cost-effective — that’s what seals are supposed to be. Sealing technology is becoming increasingly important in the design of plant and machinery, as well as in helping to improve the energy efficiency of complex mechanical components, says Harald Peschke, Manager of Sealing Technology & Synthetic Materials at Schaeffler
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Providing cost-effective protection for smaller plant
Protecting smaller, yet critical, items of rotating plant such as fans and pumps has become increasingly important as the focus to improve efficiencies, reduce energy consumption and eliminate downtime has moved beyond protecting only more expensive assets, such as turbines and compressors. Condition monitoring specialist Sensonics has been working with industry to develop effective and affordable monitoring and protection devices which are appropriate for smaller items of plant
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