LAUSANNE, Switzerland, 3-Mar-2020 — /EPR ENERGY NEWS/ — EH Group Engineering AG is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the European Commission as part of the highly competitive Horizon 2020 Accelerator program to boost the development of our innovative fuel cell technology. The project, which is planned for a duration of two years has an overall budget of EUR 2.1M and is focused on bringing our fuel cell technology to mass commercialisation.
EH Group’s core fuel cell technology is based on:
A uniquely simplified and re-designed FC stack at the micro level, making it significantly more compact, lightweight and efficient. It also simplifies overall FC system architecture making it more efficient and substantially cheaper. Our first-generation product already delivers market-leading power density.
A completely new concept of fuel cell stack design and assembly with high micro precision, integrating proprietary machinery that enables a sharp reduction of production
costs at scale.
Our FC technology can operate with minimal effects of gravity and in any orientation, making it a great candidate in the automotive, space and aviation sectors as a power generator.
In the words of Mardit Matian, founder of EH Group, “One of the major historical and current challenges of commercialising fuel cell technology has been cost. We believe EH Group will significantly influence the market by achieving significant cost reductions and hence more rapid industrialisation of hydrogen-based technology. Our product offering can be used in stationary applications such as commercial buildings, data centres, etc. Furthermore, due to its compactness, our technology will be a front-running candidate for mobile applications (buses, trucks, forklifts, trains, ferries, etc.) where weight and volume reduction are two key criteria.”
EH Group Engineering AG, based near Lausanne, Switzerland was founded in 2017. It is focused on the design, development and production of an innovative fuel cell technology. In addition, EH Group provides engineering services relating to hydrogen mobility and stationary projects, as well as innovative technology for the production of hydrogen.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 945810 – EHSTACK.
For further information please, visit www.ehgroup.ch or contact us at email@example.com.
Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR ENERGY NEWS/ — When you need to recharge yourself and your 12V system, look no further than an Adventure Kings Solar charging system.
We have pioneered a range that starts from a simple 10W USB solar charger to a fully fledged 250W output array with MPPT Regulation for absolute maximum output to give you the options to power your setup no matter what you take camping with you.
All Adventure Kings Solar panels use Monocrystalline silicone cell construction which is the most efficient panel design available remaining lightweight and compact whilst still outputting effective power for use at home or in the bush.
We have fully standalone systems that include a solar regulator in both hard framed designs or the more flexible folding solar blankets which are excellent for space saving in the back of your vehicle or for emergency use.
We even have a fully customisable 110W Hard mounted system that includes fittings so you can easily and permanently mount it to your vehicle, camper trailer, campervan, caravan or boat with your choice of solar regulator.
We stock both the easy to operate low cost PWM style of regulator that has become the standard across the industry, or you can upgrade to one of our high efficiency, high output MPPT style regulators which gives you up to 30% more efficiency in cloudy or overcast conditions ensuring you get the most out of your solar setup no matter what the weather conditions.
Adventure Kings maintains its reputation for supplying functional camping setups whilst also still offering some of the most affordable solar setups available to the Australian market!
Whatever your 12V setup, Adventure Kings has a Solar charging system to efficiently top up your batteries and run accessories, with zero running costs and zero noise, whilst you kick back and relax and enjoy your favorite campsite in peace and quiet….When you are looking for a solar panel setup, you can’t look past an Adventure Kings Solar setup.
When you’re building a tourer or planning a campsite in your head, solar panels should always be a consideration – they are a source of free, limitless power after all – but how do you know what panel to choose!?
Luckily Adventure Kings has a wide range of panels, that won’t break the bank.
There are two main considerations to make when choosing a solar panel – how much power you use and how much space you have to pack your panel/s.
First, to calculate your requirements, consider how many 12 volt accessories you use at camp.
Generally all electrical products will have a wattage listed (check for a sticker near the power cord) you can use this wattage to calculate the real-time amps the product will use while it’s on. Some products may also list an Amp/Hour rating which simply gives an average on the total amount of amps used per hour the product is turned on. For example, the Adventure Kings 60L fridge/freezer is rated to use less than 1 amp/hour when the interior is set at 5°C and the outside temperature is 32°C.
So let’s work through an example:
You arrive at camp at 6pm on Friday, and it’s 32°C – your fridge is down to temperature at 5°C thanks to being plugged in while you drive and you’re ready for an icy cold beverage while you light the campfire, roll out your swag and set up the awning. Then you set up an Illuminator Strip Light and as the sun sets you turn it on and wind it down for ambient light.
As the temperature drops into the night your fridge will use less power, but every time you open it for a bevvy it has to work to cool back down again, so we’ll assume the fridge is using the rated 0.83Amp/Hours all night and into the morning. 6pm to 8am the fridge has used around 12 amp hours. The Illuminator strip light was on for 5 hours total and uses 0.4A at its low level for a total of 2A
So between 6pm and 8am you used 14 Amps total – whether you have a 98AH or 115AH deep cycle battery you’ve still got plenty of juice.
But throughout the next day your fridge will continue to use power. Between 8am Saturday and 8am Sunday it will use another 24 Amps. Add another 5 hours of strip light use for 2Amps and add in a phone charge using a cig socket USB adapter rated at 12W – that’s another Amp per hour your phone is on charge. In this case your phone is charged in 2 hours so that’s another 2Amps. Plus you use your Thumper to inflate some inner tubes to relax and float in the river – you use your Thumper for 15 minutes. To calculate the amps used per hour, you find the instantaneous power listed on the sticker (45Amps) and because you’ve used it for a quarter of an hour, calculate one quarter of 45. For this example we’ll call it 12Amp/Hours.
So Saturday to Sunday morning 8am you’ve used 40Amp/Hours – combine this with the Friday night total 14Amps and you’re looking at 54Amp/Hours – at this point your Deep cycle battery has used over 55% capacity if you’ve got the 98AH battery, and over 46% capacity if you’re using a 115AH battery.
You’re planning to leave camp at 4pm so the fridge still needs to be powered by your battery for a further eight hours. That’s another 8Amp/Hours, bringing the total weekend use up to 62Amp/Hours. 63% of your 98AH battery and 53% of your 115AH battery – you should definitely add a solar panel to keep those batteries charged!
Now you can look at the output of the different solar panels available.
4WD Supacentre offers a 110W fixed solar panel, a 120W Folding Solar blanket (with PWM regulator) a 160W Folding solar kit (with PWM regulator) and a 250W folding solar panel kit (with PWM regulator). The table below shows their maximum charging amperage (assuming the same PWM regulator for all panels) as well as the estimated total Amp/Hours after 6,8 and 10 hours of sun light.
So even six hours of sunlight on the Saturday and Sunday and your battery will have recharged at least 72A/H with a 110W Fixed Solar Panel (with added PWM regulator.) This would cover your power usage and keep your batteries charged. Of course, this is only a guide and your actual consumption may vary depending on many factors including, but not limited to, the outside temperature, fridge temperature, battery condition, wiring size and condition, solar panel angle and position etc etc.
The second consideration is the amount of space you have in your vehicle – for smaller vehicles, a 120W portable Solar blanket is perfect as it packs down to a compact size and still packs a punch.
For permanent mounting solar panels, the choice is obvious – a 110W fixed solar panel (or two!) These feature a thicker aluminium frame and don’t come with a regulator so you can connect your own, use a DC to DC charger and even connect multiple.
For bigger vehicle where space is less of a priority a 160 or 250 watt folding solar panel is ideal. You can set these at varying angles to catch the sun, and they mean you can park in the shade and have your panel in the sun doing the hard work! They also provide plenty of power for bigger camp setups or hotter conditions where your fridge is working more to keep your drinks cool.
Wilmington, DE, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Energy News/ — M. Davis & Sons, Inc. announces the recent acquisition of Valtech, Inc., a manufacturer of VTi Power Distribution Equipment. M. Davis will continue the manufacturing and sale of this equipment under the new brand name “VTi by M. Davis”.
The types of power distribution equipment that will be manufactured at the Newark, Delaware facility located at 24 McMillan Way are Portable Power Distribution Equipment (PPDC), Fused Distribution Panel (FDP) and Unitized Distribution Substation (UDS). The UDS equipment is the main product that is currently produced.
The UDS equipment is utilized by engineering firms, plants and facilities due to their smaller footprint. “Facilities that have space constraints are looking for the UDS because of the compact footprint and the ability to distribute local, clean power” stated Edward J. Harrison, Project Manager for the VTi by M. Davis production facility. Additionally, the UDS equipment is customizable for color and accessories such as lighting contactors and heat trace EPD breakers.
M. Davis & Sons, Inc. has fabricated custom process control panels for years at the 200 Hadco Road, Wilmington, DE location. The addition of the VTi by M. Davis product line is an introduction into the power distribution market. “The VTi by M. Davis production business compliments the existing custom process controls panel shop,” says CEO Peggy Del Fabbro.
About M. Davis & Sons, Inc. M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation woman-owned mechanical/electrical contractor and fabricator based in Delaware. M. Davis & Sons has all of the in-house service capabilities to handle the entire scope for the customer to expedite a quality project. For more information, visit www.mdavisinc.com. For more information about VTI by M. Davis, visit www.vt-inc.com.
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Contact-Details: M. Davis and Sons, Inc.
Contact: Elaine Buonopane
VTI by MDavis website: www.vt-inc.com
Address: 19 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804
Tulsa, USA, May-31-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the AEGPL Congress on 21-22 June in Lisbon, Portugal. The AEGPL Congress serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.
TS EMEA will set up in Stand #C18 in the Lisbon Congress Centre both days of the conference. While there, TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.
“TS EMEA always looks forward to the AEGPL Congress,” said General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz. “The conference maintains a strong presence among LPG leaders in Europe, and it has always served as a very relevant resource for global LPG leaders facing the unique challenges and opportunities of the LPG industry today.”
The 2017 AEGPL Congress anticipates an audience of 1,500 industry stakeholders from Europe and abroad. TS EMEA intends to strengthen its relationships with stakeholders with whom it currently serves, as well as to establish itself as the leading LPG mobility solution provider with those who are newly in need of a NextGen mobility solution for their LPG fleets.
“TS EMEA is no stranger to Europe’s largest LPG conference and exhibition, and our robust experience at AEGPL in the past contributes significantly to our leadership in the European LPG community,” commented TouchStar CEO, Peter Gibbs. “As LPG’s role in the European market continues to grow and evolve, TS EMEA’s integrated fleet automation solutions evolve in similar fashion.”
Meetings may be arranged with TS EMEA General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, by contacting TS EMEA online at http://www.touchstargroup.com/contact-emea/. Mr. Pabeschitz may also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richmond, Virginia, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR ENERGY NEWS/ — Two Bills introduced into the Virginia General assembly last week raise the hopes of many. Hundreds of Virginians will lose their jobs over the coming months due to inaction on the federal level.
Virginia HB 1891 and SB 1392 seek to remedy the situation.
For years geothermal heat pumps, solar panels and wind turbines were treated as a triad and equally endorsed and supported by the government’s 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. When the Tax Credit was extended in late 2015 for solar and wind it left out Geothermal. Nancy Pelosi and other leaders immediately stated it was a drafting error that would be corrected ASAP. That never happened and we are left wondering, why?
“The government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers” Virginia Geothermal Heat Pump Association Director Richard Lay said recently. “We compete for the same consumers dollars. When the long standing Federal tax credit was extended last year for solar and wind and geothermal was omitted, we were left with an unfair playing field. Geothermal works better for Virginia than solar or wind. The return on investment is not even close. Side by side we beat them every time, but now our product is $1.00 and theirs is 70¢ and hundreds of people in the VA geothermal industry will lose their jobs because of it.”
Candidates for VA governor in 2017 Republican Senator Frank Wagner (7th district) and Republican Delegate Timothy Hugo (40th district) introduced bills last week to remedy this situation. Whether current state budget deficits keep them from being successful remains to be seen.
Virginia Geothermal Heat Pump Association,
12210 Fairfax Town Center Suite 500, Fairfax VA 22033
TULSA, OK, 03-Nov-2016 — /EPR ENERGY NEWS/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress on 15-17 November in Florence, Italy. The World LPG Forum serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.
TS EMEA, who will be situated in Stand #K8, will be one of roughly 150 propane and LPG vendors exhibiting at the World LPG Forum, a show that will welcome more than 2,000 attendees from 60+ countries. TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac LPG, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.
“TS EMEA is proud to be a part of the World LPG Forum,” said TS EMEA’s General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, about attending the event. “LPG plays a very significant role as a clean energy source in Europe. TS EMEA is happy to support that role with solutions that are keyed directly to its safe and reliable transport.”
TS EMEA’s goal at the show is to deepen its relationships with the members of the global propane and LP gas distribution industry and to provide increased insight into its propane and LP gas enterprise solutions at the event. At press time, TouchStar’s integrations fleet software is utilized by over 500 companies internationally.
California’s Direct Access (DA) Program is Poised to Expand in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E
Many Commercial & Industrial DA Companies Currently Save 10-25%
Pismo Beach, CA, June 02, 2015 — /EPR ENERGY NEWS/ — On April 21, 2015, California Senate Bill SB286 passed a Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee (11-0) and indicates the legislature’s desire to support both individual choice (increase the DA CAP) and renewable energy.
This is Great News – and is Electricity Deregulation in Action
Many companies currently participating in the DA program appreciate substantial savings between 10-25% on their generation costs over fully-bundled utility rates, which is why the DA program is so popular and in high demand.
Going forward, we expect the bill to be amended to either phase in the CAP increases or impose some alternative type of participation CAP, and include a renewable energy purchase obligation for new participants.
The Committee Chairman supports the bill and would like to see the bill amended to increase the CAP by 8,000 GWh and would also like to see any new participants be taken from the utility wait list.
** This “Wait List” and Timing are Extremely Important **
To be considered for participation into the DA program, a Six-Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access needs to be submitted by a company to their utility. With these notices, each utility creates their “Wait List” for any future DA openings that may occur under the CAP for the following year.
“It is extremely important that companies realize that the utility Wait Lists for 2016 are being formed NOW,” says Robert Kramb, president of Bmark Energy, “and the deadline is June 12 for any 2016 DA openings.”
Six-Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access forms are sent to the utility June 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015. If you miss the June 12, 2015 deadline, any DA opportunity for 2016 is eliminated.
Next Steps to Take:
1- Contact us at Bmark Energy at: 805-773-3762 Ext. 3
2- Email your electric utility invoice to: email@example.com
3- We will complete the form and return it to you for your signature.
4- We will then submit the form during the utility enrollment period.
Here are links to additional information on Direct Access, regarding FAQs, as well as savings charts and graphs.
Bmark Energy follows the political-regulatory energy changes in California and understands the DA process. We have been alerting California companies to utility-regulatory changes and assisting them in obtaining lower energy costs for over 22 years for both natural gas and electricity. There are two ways to reach us for more information.
Direct Access (DA) is an option that allows eligible companies the ability to purchase their electricity directly from competitive electric service providers (ESPs). PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E continue to transport and deliver electricity and their utility services for all companies in this utility DA program.
Bmark Energy, Inc.
791 Price St. #177, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Tel. 805-773-3762 Ext. 3 – Fax 805-456-2088 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Directors of Rancho Santiago Community College District unanimously approved the use of Redbird LED for their interior LED lighting retrofit project with the use of Prop 39 funding. The conversion to LED lighting will save the district over $2,000,000 throughout the life of the product. In addition, Southern California Edison (SCE) will provide the district over $300,000 in rebates. The project was completed on August 1, 2014.
“I’ve worked with the California Community College Districts on several lighting upgrade projects over the past 3 years,” says John Gilmore, of Gilmore Consulting Services, Inc. “I’ve enjoyed collaborating with the entire team at RSCCD and look forward to helping them meet their energy reduction goals on future projects.” The project consists of over 9,000 RedBird LED Stripit Kits® and 2,200 Cardinal® LED T8 Tube lights, encompassing nearly 700,000 square feet of classrooms, administration offices, gymnasiums, hallways and common areas.
The use of the Stripit Kit allowed the College to reduce their energy consumption by over 75% while increasing the light levels and the quality of the light. Virtually every fluorescent tube was replaced with Redbird’s LED technology. “I’ve worked on many projects for RSCCD and this one delivered one of the fastest paybacks yet,” says Scott Connors of Facilities Planning & Program Services, “I personally tested products from several LED lighting manufacturers and not one of them came close to Redbird’s quality, light output, efficiency and 10 year warranty.”
“Being selected for the first major Prop 39 lighting retrofit project in California speaks to the unique technological advantages RedBird LED has developed in our products”, says Jonathan Eppstein, President and Founder of Redbird LED. “This is a high visibility project that gives real world validation of the Stripit Kits’ quality and efficacy that makes them the best fluorescent retrofit solutions in the industry. The fact that RedBird has routinely been ranked with the highest efficacy LED products in America by the Design Lights Consortium ensures our customers that they are maximizing their return on investment, rebates based on energy saved, while deploying a truly state-of-the-art lighting system.”
For more information on RedBird LED’s Stripit Kit® solution, please visit our website at www.redbirdled.com or contact us 678.REDBIRD (733.2473).
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Energy Bulbs takes a pride in being able to supply bulbs to all different sectors of the market and the GU10 range has been a very important range over the years. The original GU range, which appeared some years ago when ceiling lights became a fashion in Kitchens and Bathrooms throughout the newer houses and apartment blocks of the British housing market. The original bulbs were standard 60 watt bulbs, which gave a much better lighting system to areas where a good light source increased the workload and the quality of work. Businesses and production units followed and the GU10 lamp became a highly used unit. They are however fairly costly to run in this form and the bulb life is relatively short which means extra maintenance and also these bulbs can often blow a fuse when they short out which puts the area into total darkness.
Decor 7W Quadruple High Power GU10 LEDs which are supplied by Energy Bulbs are an excellent workhorse that will go on for a very long time with the average working life of around 50,000 hours resulting in little or no maintenance and of course with no bulbs shorting out there are no power trips to bother about either. Energy Bulbs note that the Décor 7W Quadruple Bulb has 4 LEDs within the bulb to give the high power of the bulb and the cool white light. The 7 watt rating means a power saving of some 75 to 80% when pitted against the standard 60 watt halogen bulb. LED bulbs have a range of light quality and the colour of the light depends on the material sprayed on the diode. Historically white light is the most difficult to form as the sprayed materials are difficult to find which give white light and white light is often formed from a mixture of different colours from different materials. The Decor 7W Quadruple High Power GU10 Lamp gives a cool white light with a 36 degree angle of light spread, which is quite good for an LED lamp. If this light is a little too harsh Energy Bulbs can supply the same version of GU 10 lamp but with a daylight bulb to give a softer feel to the light.
Because of the very low power usage these bulbs run at a much lower temperature than the normal bulbs. Energy Bulbs are proud to note that the expected savings in power are some 20 times the cost of the energy bulb itself. These levels of saving are very good and do not take into account the savings light bulb changing time which over the 50,000 hour life cycle of the bulb would be quite large when compared to the expenditure on the normal bulbs. There is some outlay if bulbs are changed throughout a house or an office or work place but these costs will be very quickly recouped on normal operation. Call or email Energy Bulbs for complete details or look at the web site.
Arlen Van Draanen announced today that Alternative Energy Advisors now offers a full range of biofuels development services at its Biofuels Development Center near Atlanta Georgia. Van Draanen, co-founder of AEA, said “We are pleased to offer our clients a rapid and efficient means to evaluate a full range of process variables without the need to invest substantial capital.” Van Draanen continued “To date, our contracted facility has been successfully deployed to evaluate alternative feedstock strategies and optimize process conditions in the development of cellulosic ethanol technology. In addition, the facility has the capability to offer a wide range of additional biofuels technical support including advanced separation and purification techniques.”
About the Company: Alternative Energy Advisors is a full service consulting, engineering and advisory firm serving the alternative and renewable energy industry. The company is based in Houston with offices in Seattle and Chicago.
Renewable energy – if you haven’t noticed, it’s the buzz around the world. We are using an alarming amount of fossil fuels every day; fossil fuels that won’t last forever. Some experts say we will be known as the generation that destroys the earth unless we change our energy behavior now.
“Renewable Energy makes sense from both a financial and a green responsibility” says Todd Sachs, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of www.renewablehomeenergy.org.
“We are committed in educating consumers on how to turn their homes into Renewable Energy Homes. We help by connecting consumers with qualified installers throughout the United States so they can save money on their fast rising energy bills, create more value in their home investment, and join together in reducing dependency on fossil fuels; together reducing the carbon footprint.” Sachs says.
A recent press release from the whitehouse.gov states the following:
“President Obama is committed to an “all-of-the-above” approach that develops all American energy sources in a safe and responsible way and builds a clean and secure energy future. That’s why the President’s plan:
Challenges Americans to double renewable electricity generation again by 2020. In order to double generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020, relative to 2012 levels, the President called on Congress to make the renewable energy Production Tax Credit permanent and refundable, which will provide incentive and certainty for investments in new clean energy. Instead of continuing century-old subsidies to oil companies, the President believes that we need to invest in the energy of the future. During the President’s first term, clean energy tax incentives attracted billions of dollars in private investment in almost 50,000 clean energy projects, creating tens of thousands of jobs. Permanent extension keeps the momentum building, while creating new jobs in clean energy.”
Once Americans realize just how possible it is to remove their home from the grid completely and/or partially, many will turn to clean energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal for home energy systems. Renewable Home Energy (www.renewablehomeenergy.org) just launched last week and is serving-up a great way to connect homeowners with qualified renewable energy installers throughout the entire United States.
Renewable Home Energy is committed to working with local governments, manufactures and installers to help develop affordable ways for consumers to save money with Renewable Energy to remove them from the grid and reduce the carbon footprint by reducing the usage of the finite fossil fuels.
The process is easy. Just click on www.renewablehomeenergy.org and learn about Renewable Energy for your home. You can also complete a form to connect with a Renewable Energy Installer. You will be contacted by qualified installers in your immediate area. They will review your current energy consumption and suggest the best Renewable Energy alternatives for your home.
There are great tax incentives for you to install renewable energy in your home, and great finance options with 4% or less interest rates for up to 10 year terms for qualified buyers.
Npower has announced that Clare Balding will lead a line-up of 11 successful women from the world of sport to launch the energy company’s ‘What’s Your Goal?’ initiative, offering young people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in the football industry.
For the 2013 campaign, Clare Balding has joined forces with high profile female professionals who have shot to the top of their game and enjoyed success within the world of football. The likes of Jacqui Oatley and Kelly Smith will join Clare in a bid to encourage more girls and boys to think about a career in the nation’s favourite sport and to continue to boost the profile of sportswomen in the UK, following the success of last year’s Games.
The initiative is designed to encourage teens across the UK to start thinking about their careers. Clare Balding and the ‘What’s Your Goal?’ mentors will showcase the vast and varied jobs available to young people, both on and off the football pitch, demonstrating the range of employment opportunities available.
Working in partnership with The Football League, npower is searching for a ‘dream team’ of 11 ambitious and enthusiastic youngsters to spend a day being mentored by one of the successful sportswomen who have come on board to offer their time, knowledge, and support to the programme, offering them invaluable experience.
Having demonstrated why they should be chosen for one of the coveted roles with a CV and video application, the 11 lucky youngsters will be thrown straight into the action. One budding commentator will get to give their play-by-play account of the match alongside Jacqui Oatley at the Championship Play-off Final, while another will learn what it takes to be a top TV presenter with Clare Balding. Other roles up for grabs include reporting on all the action with Daily Mail sports reporter Laura Williamson and receiving first class professional football training with Arsenal Ladies and Team GB’s Kelly Smith.
In addition, young people can also get the chance to shadow: Everton U17s Ladies Manager Mo Marley, Sheffield United Goalkeeping Coach Leanne Hall, Exercise Scientist for Birmingham Ladies Ellie Maybury, Sports Photographer Georgie Gillard, The Football League’s most senior female referee Sasa Ihringova, MD at St George’s Park Julie Harrington and Ipswich FC Sales Manager Rosie Richardson.
Clare Balding said: “2012 was an amazing year for sporting achievement in the UK, especially for women, so I am delighted that npower will be continuing to keep up the momentum in 2013 and championing female athletes with ‘What’s Your Goal?’.”
Clare McDougall, npower’s head of education and community, added: “Last year’s sporting success had a real impact on young people’s perceptions of female athletes. We want to continue this with ‘What’s Your Goal?’ and encourage young people to think about a career within the football industry by providing them with a line up of 11 inspirational and successful women from the world of sport.”
Giving more young people across the UK a chance to try something new, ‘What’s Your Goal?’ will, again, see npower working with all 72 clubs in The Football League to offer over 350 valuable work experience placements to students in Years 10 – 11 in their local areas.
Students in Years 7 – 11 are invited to apply for the chance to spend a day shadowing one of the high profile experts such as Clare Balding, by simply filling out a job application which is downloadable at www.npower.com/whatsyourgoal.
Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON) has added a San Clemente office located at 1201 Puerta Del Sol, to serve Southern California Edison’s (SCE) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station bringing the total number of ENERCON offices to 25, nationally and internationally.
ENERCON, specializing in environmental, engineering, licensing, technical and management services will be adding additional resources to support its nuclear utility clients as a result of this expansion.
ENERCON President John Richardson said, “Our Power Generation Division is opening an office in San Clemente to support a recently awarded Engineering Services Contract from Southern California Edison Company for its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Under this contract, ENERCON will be providing Design Engineering Services in the Civil, Structural, Electrical, Instrument and Control, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering disciplines. The opening of the San Clemente office is our third one in California. Delivery of high-value services to our clients has continued to facilitate job growth and market expansion.”
npower research has revealed more than half (55%) of the nation’s small and medium-sized businesses will be taking an extended break over Christmas by shutting down completely from Christmas Eve until the New Year.
However, more than one quarter (28%) of those planning to shut down have no measures in place to avoid unnecessary energy wastage during the holidays, reveals new research released today from npower.
A significant amount (59%) of SMEs also say they will be reducing their operating hours, but nearly one third (31%) will not be adjusting their building systems to reflect these changes, meaning they could miss out on potential savings.
The research undertaken among more than 300 SMEs across the UK also revealed energy efficiency will increase as a business priority in 2013 for nearly one third (30%) of businesses.
Phil Scholes, SME Markets Director at npower, commented: “We undertook research among SMEs just before Christmas to highlight the opportunities for businesses to save energy. There are some simple measures such as ensuring lights and equipment are switched off and that heating systems are set to reflect the changes in opening hours, which can really make a big difference.
“We’d encourage those SMEs looking to take a break this year to fully embrace this great opportunity to make some savings, and with our research revealing energy efficiency is set to increase as a business priority in 2013, why not get the year off to a good start?”
While a significant number of SMEs do not have plans in place to manage energy waste over the shut down period, some businesses have planned ahead and the research shows that switching off equipment and lights are the most popular energy saving measures for forward-thinking companies. In addition, more than two thirds (69%) of those who will be reducing their operating hours over Christmas said they will change the settings on their building systems such as heating and lighting to reflect these changes, ensuring they will be able to use energy as efficiently as possible.
Phil Scholes continued: “It is great to see some businesses are ensuring they don’t waste energy over the Christmas break. Most organisations can save up to 20 per cent on their fuel bills by better managing their energy use and investing in cost-effective measures, so there is a real opportunity for more SMEs to save in 2013.”
A large-scale project to install solar panels across eight of its key UK sites was completed by npower between April – July 2012.
Approximately 200 photovoltaic panels, which generate a total of 50kW of electricity, were installed at each site by npower’s Business Energy Services division, while battling the wet and windy weather this summer. The installations ensure that the range of buildings, from one of npower’s power stations at Little Barford in St Neots, to one of its main call centres in Houghton-le-Spring, just outside Sunderland, will benefit from reduced carbon emissions.
As solar PV is an ideal renewable energy technology for most buildings, it suited the npower premises which differed in age and location types from urban to rural surroundings and featured varying roof styles.
The new technology will help npower achieve its target of reducing the carbon emissions from its offices by 38% by 2014. It will also allow npower to generate electricity during daylight hours and export any that is unused back to the Grid, thereby saving both energy and costs. The solar PV is already having an impact on the amount of electricity the offices are taking from the Grid for power. Birch House, an npower office in Oldbury in the West Midlands, which houses around 500 employees has already seen a 16% reduction in power used from the Grid when compared to the previous year thanks to the solar PV and other measures implemented across the site.
The installation of solar PV technology is part of the company’s wider commitment toenergy efficiency. Other measures have included the installation of energy efficient air conditioning units, motion sensor lighting and new recycling facilities.
Dave Horton, property sustainability and capital investment manager from npower, commented: “npower is committed to reducing the environmental impact and carbon footprint of our sites. This project is designed to help us meet these aims. It is great to see the significant results achieved already at Birch House and across our other sites.
“The comprehensive planning that went into the project was really important to make sure it was completed on time and as efficiently as possible. It was particularly essential as not only did we have to install the solar PV on a variety of buildings and roof styles, we also had to contend with all the elements the great British summer weather threw at us. The project was completed swiftly in less than two weeks and it was crucial disruption was kept to a minimum as the sites were fully operational throughout.”
The Columbia Business School Energy Club and the School of International and Public Affairs Energy Association will host the 8th Annual Energy Symposium on Nov. 30, 2012. The event brings together industry professionals, students and faculty at Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus in New York City for a day of learning, discussions and networking.
The Symposium will take place at Lerner Hall and features four panel discussions. This year’s panels explore several pertinent industry topics including: how natural gas is shifting energy policy, the financing of energy in a changing regulatory environment, innovation in energy and how China’s emergence is impacting global energy resources. Panelists include representatives from companies such as Schlumberger Business Consulting, A.T. Kearney, GE Energy Financial Services, PFC Energy, McKinsey & Co., Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Worldwatch Institute, General Motors and many others.
Keynote speeches will be delivered by Robert Catell, Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of National Grid; Ed Morse, Global Head of Commodities Research of Citigroup, Inc.; as well as Jason Bordoff, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, Energy and Climate Change for the National Security Council. Following the symposium, a reception will be held at the historic Low Memorial Library. The reception is sponsored by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. The Columbia University Energy Symposium is proud to partner with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, GE Energy Financial Services, ConEdison, A.T. Kearney, The Earth Institute, Schlumberger Business Consulting, PFC Energy, the Columbia Business School and Columbia’s School for International and Public Affairs.
The urgent need for up to £330bn of investment in the UK’s energy infrastructure to ensure a secure energy supply, meet carbon emissions reduction targets and protect the UK economy by 2030, is highlighted in a new report from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
The npower Future Report – ‘Energy and the economy: The 2030 outlook for UK businesses’ – reflects upon the need for a balanced focus on economic growth and investment in the energy infrastructure to deliver a low carbon and strong UK economy. It also calls on businesses to act now to ensure they are protected for the future.
Three potential scenarios for the 2030 energy and economic landscape and the implications for UK business are examined in the report; from continued austerity to a sidelining of carbon emissions reduction targets in favour of cheaper energy sources to power the UK and businesses. The report shows how a number of factors will shape what 2030 will mean for UK plc.
Professor Samuel Fankhauser, author of the npower Future Report, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at The London School of Economics and Political Science and a member of the Committee on Climate Change, commented: “This report shows how fragile and delicate the equilibrium of factors is for protecting the future of the UK energy industry. A slight change of emphasis in policy, a weakening economic picture or a preference for cheaper energy sources over low carbon energy generation could result in very different operating environments for UK businesses. It is crucial UK businesses take action now to overcome the potential challenges they may face.”
Volker Beckers, CEO of RWE npower, commented: “£200bn by 2020 has been the long-held figure recognised as being key to a secure energy future. However, this report shows that almost the same amount again is needed just 10 years later to provide the right environment to balance cost, carbon and continuity of supply. It is therefore crucial that the UK energy industry, Government and businesses work collaboratively to ensure this level of investment is secured and foundations are set for economic and environmental prosperity by 2030.”
Staff from npower and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery are celebrating the installation of a new £300,000 biomass boiler; replacing the museums two old, inefficient, oil fired boilers, which had come to the end of their useful life after 20 years of service.
The new biomass boiler is expected to give the museum at least 30 more years of heat and power, as well as saving energy and money.
The new boiler has been jointly financed by the npower Juice fund and Doncaster Council with npower financing over two-thirds of the overall cost. The project has been managed throughout by Doncaster MBC Construction Services Team.
Since the npower Juice fund was launched in 2001, it has raised more than £2 million and the money has helped to support renewable energy and community based projects all over the country. The Juice fund also helped three other community based projects over the summer holidays by installing renewable technologies which include solar panels and another biomass boiler.
To help with the celebrations, npower has invited Woodfield Primary School to the museum for a Climate Cops Academy day and a mini energy treasure hunt. Installing the new biomass boiler will help keep the museum warm and safe for many years, keeping Doncaster’s treasures safe for generations to come.
Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Of the two boilers that were in the museum, one had broken and the other was beyond the end of its economic life, so we are delighted with our new biomass boiler.
“It will help keep the museum powered for many more years to come and enable future generations to enjoy its fantastic exhibitions in warm and comfortable surroundings.”
Matthew Cole, npower’s Project Manager, added: “It’s fantastic that we were able to help Doncaster Museum as it’s a real asset to the community here. Not only will it enable the museum to stay open for at least another 30 years, but it will also save them money.”
Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central said: “It’s fantastic to see Doncaster Museum, npower and the council working together on this project. The new energy-saving measures will provide the museum with years of heat and power using renewable energy.”
Consumers looking to take control of their energy costs will be able to get the latest energy efficiency advice from npower at this year’s Grand Designs Live.
Visitors to Grand Designs will be able to meet with npower’s energy experts, receive energy efficiency advice, discuss what renewable technologies are available to them and sign up to receive more information about the Government’s new Green Deal initiative, as it progresses.
npower is inviting visitors to the stand to learn more about how to create a warmer home, including how the Green Deal might help them to achieve this. The aim of Green Deal is to revolutionise the energy efficiency of British properties and reduce carbon emissions. With the Green Deal, households will be able to receive finance in the form of a loan, to help pay for energy efficiency improvements, such as loft, cavity or solid wall insulation. It works on a ‘pay as you save’ principle allowing consumers to repay the loan in instalments via their energy bill. As well as avoiding potentially large up front costs, which can be a massive barrier, consumers can take comfort in the knowledge that repayments should not exceed the estimated savings on their energy bills – the so called ‘Golden Rule’.
Visitor’s who sign up to receive more information about the Green Deal and request an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for their home from npower, will automatically be entered into a free prize draw for up to £5,000 worth of energy efficiency improvements.
David Titterton, npower’s Director of ECO and Green Deal Delivery said: “Saving energy for consumers is key to running a successful energy services business. There are significant changes to government legislation taking place which, in principle, should make access to key energy saving improvements easier for everyone. The Green Deal is a fundamental shift in the way that people can finance energy efficiency improvements for their home.
“While the final details are still being worked on, we want to encourage as many people as possible to find out more about the Green Deal and energy efficiency. So why not come down to Grand Designs and visit us at our stand.”
Grand Designs Live is taking place until October 14th at the NEC and is the UK’s leading home show. The event will have over 500 exhibitors, across six different sections, covering interiors, gardens, home improvement, renovations and technology. Visit npower on stand B550.
RWE npower has announced that its 2000MW flagship power station in Pembroke is now fully commercially available. RWE now operates the largest and most efficient gas-fired power station fleet, as well as the largest renewable energy portfolio, in Britain
A group of officials and industry leaders joined John Hayes MP, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Peter Terium, Chief Executive Officer, RWE AG,and Stephen Crabb MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales to open the new Pembroke Power Station at a ceremony at the site.
The £1 billion state-of-the-art station is one of Europe’s largest and most efficient combined cycle gas turbine plants. At 2000MW, it will have an important role to play in the UK’s energy supply, able to respond quickly to the market to provide a highly flexible and reliable source of energy to over 3.5 million households.
Volker Beckers, Group Chief Executive Officer, RWE npower, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Pembroke Power Station into our portfolio of operational plants. This addition means RWE npower now has the largest and most efficient gas portfolio as well as the largest fleet of renewable energy technologies in the country.”
Minister of State for Energy, John Hayes MP, said: “The opening of Pembroke Power Station is great news for our energy security.
“Every new power station built is a real strategic asset for our economy. This billion-pound investment will play a vital role in our energy mix, providing a flexible, reliable energy supply for homes and businesses across the country.”
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb said: “As a Pembrokeshire resident and MP, I have been fortunate enough to see first-hand how the strong collaboration of RWE npower, local businesses and the wider community has led us to where we are today. I am delighted to be here to see all that hard work come to fruition.
“Apart from the long-term jobs this state-of-the-art facility will create, it will also play a significant role in promoting the wider economic development of the local community – and Wales as a whole – for generations to come.
“With the ever-increasing demand for energy production, the UK needs new sources of power generation. I have no doubt that this facility will play a vital role in maintaining the UK’s energy supplies for the future and make its own contribution to creating economic prosperity for Wales.”
Control of the final unit of Pembroke was handed over to the station team last week, marking the end of over three years of construction, in which over 10,000 contractors worked 7.4 million man hours to complete the state-of-the-art facility. The opening ceremony was also a chance to thank all of the people have been involved in the successful construction of the plant for their commitment and hard work.
RWE has invested over £1 billion a year into the UK over the past few years. As well as the £1 billion Pembroke station and the £650 million gas-fired Staythorpe power station which opened last year, RWE is also the UK’s leading investor in renewable technologies, with more installed renewable capacity and more investment than any other major energy company in the past five years.