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Hamilton Smith, technical sales manager at specialists in Arc Flash protective wear, ProGARM, shines a spotlight on the life changing risks an Arc Flash incident can create. Here he highlights nine shocking (but lesser known) Arc Flash facts. But first, what exactly is an Arc Flash?

The Government’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 depends on a range of technologies, including carbon capture and hydrogen, to decarbonise our industrial and energy sectors. But does the UK workforce really have the skills needed to undertake such a massive transformation to the way we power the country?

The energy industry has already been looking at how households will be supported in their participation in demand-side services. This area has traditionally been the domain of large commercial customers, but the current situation of low energy demand and high renewable generation has brought the need for flexible household consumption to the fore. Oliver Archer, senior analyst at Cornwall Insight, looks at the potential benefits and flexibility models available to domestic customers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many sectors across the UK, and investment in low-carbon infrastructure has paused in many markets. Daniel Atzori, research partner at Cornwall Insight, comments on the likely impacts of the Covid-19 crisis in low-carbon infrastructure finance and investor confidence.

Knowing how keen many are to switch electricity providers in order to pick up a marginally lower fuel bill, I have a sad warning for you. 

If autonomous vehicles are to make it onto our driveways, braking systems will be crucial to minimising accidents. Mark Templeman, technical sales engineer at power resistor manufacturer Cressall, explains why vehicle designers must make energy-efficient braking a top priority.

Karl Walker, market development manager at Beckhoff, and Jamie Finnan, managing director of TR Control Solutions, explain how the increasing concern around climate change is having an impact on attitudes among younger people to building management, and why students can now take more responsibility for managing the energy efficiency of their own schools and colleges.

How many people are currently working in the UK in the nuclear industry? Being a simple chap, I had thought that such a number would be easily established, at least within a few hundred or so. But not so.