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.
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.
Selling surplus energy to a transmission system operator (TSO) is an important source of income for many operators of renewable energy systems. However, as Paul McClean of embedded monitoring system specialist eMS explains, this income can be usefully augmented – provided monitoring requirements are met – by delivering balancing services, such as fast/firm frequency response (FFR).
It’s almost impossible to think of a business that doesn’t use electric motors. In industry, they power the manufacturing processes, and in virtually every commercial building they drive the systems that provide a comfortable working environment. Motors also use a lot of energy. According to the Carbon Trust, a 2.2 kW motor typically costs around £2,300 a year to run. This makes energy efficiency of motors a key concern for every business owner and manager, says Julian Grant of Chauvin Arnoux.