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Day: October 2, 2003

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Guidelines for gas turbines

The use of gas turbines for power generation is well established. The risks associated with it arise from the use of fuel under pressure, often in an enclosure, the high speed rotating equipment, noise, and electrical hazards. There have been a number

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Number one fuel cell

A fuel cell from MTU Friedrichshafen is enabling a clean propulsion system for a yacht christened ?No.1?. Dubbed CoolCell ? because the fuel cells function at a temperature of 65?C, almost 600?C cooler than MTU?s hot fuel cells ? the unit provides

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Carbon Trust report of little value

The Renewable Power Association has reservations about the value of the Carbon Trust report ?Building Options for UK Renewable Energy?. Much of the report, the Association says, covers old ground. ?You don?t need 20 pages of glossy text to know that wind

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CIBSE encourages submissions from students

CIBSE is launching a competition to reduce the carbon emissions from its headquarters by 60%. Last month CIBSE chairman, Terry Wyatt, criticised the ?failure of modern building design [which] has resulted in thousands of schools, offices, hospitals and other public buildings that

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The Health and Safety Executive yesterday urged those involved with heavy electrical equipment to consider carefully the risks from overturning, following a verdict of accidental death at an inquest at St Pancreas Coroners' Court into the death of an electrical contractor. Cormac

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ABB maintains track record

National Grid has awarded ABB a ?13m contract to enhance the power supply on the West Coast Main Line. Railway operator, Network Rail, must upgrade its local trackside power supplies to the 50kV system required for high-speed rail services. To enable this,

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WEG beats bear cheek

WEG commonly refers to its special outdoor enclosures as ?Bear Proof? units. Now we know why. A panel supplied by WEG and installed in the north of New Mexico was recently subjected to a mauling by a hungry Black Bear. Chancing his

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Smith strike it rich

Smiths Interconnect, the Smiths Group subsidiary, is to supply up to $500m of cable assemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Delivery of the first Times Microwave Broadband Airborne Cable Assemblies, which are designed to handle high-speed data in extreme avionics

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Free explosion protection poster

Free explosion protection poster In response to the ATEX Directives, Phoenix Contact has produced a poster explaining the definitions and descriptions surrounding the referencing of product approvals. Available free of charge, the poster offers manufacturers, users and operators a basic understanding of

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Market forces down prices

Market forces down prices Market forces down prices The majority of local authorities are awarding contracts on the basis of lowest cost, according to a report from the Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group. The SEC Group conducted the survey among members of

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