Features

Deepak Sharad, category manager for final distribution at Schneider Electric, discusses the importance of making procurement safe for the 18th Edition.

Surprisingly, despite the dangers, high-voltage electrical engineering can often be one of the safest areas to work. While it might sound like a daunting way to spend your nine-to-five, John Smith, managing director at Smith Brothers, looks at some of the sector’s stringent health and safety regulations which protect workers – both on- and off-site.

The island of Ireland as a whole is heavily reliant on electricity from Great Britain. The Republic and the North have constituted one single energy market ever since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Effectively, a discrete energy island – save for just two underwater power links, both of which go to Great Britain. 

Vincent de Rul, director of energy solutions at EDF Energy, explains why when it comes to our energy consumption, flexibility is the foundation of the future.

From diesel to electric locomotives, the railway industry has seen numerous advancements since the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the dawn of steam-powered rail travel. Simone Bruckner, managing director of Cressall Resistors, discusses how braking resistors have helped revolutionise the railway industry.

An IR thermography camera is a useful tool for electrical inspection and data capture – but for an effective IR inspection, you need to be thinking ‘FORD’, says Andrew Baker, sales director north Europe, FLIR Systems Ltd.

As incidents of meter cheating continue to rise, Lloyd Birkhead, group managing director at Grosvenor Services Group – part of Echo Managed Services – outlines the dangers and why it is essential energy companies do more to safeguard the public (and their wallets).

Sick of late payments? Inna Kaushan, CEO and co-founder of Solna, explores how automated invoicing and credit scores can help electricians avoid awkward encounters, as well as mitigate any pain to their pockets.

Milan Sima, railway general manager at Saft, explains how the batteries on board new trains for the Chengdu Metro will keep the system running for over 11 million people. 

I confess I was always rather impressed by the Demand Response Association. Its public utterances were always pertinent, forceful and “took no prisoners.”