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The oceans have been around for roughly 4.5 billion years. They cover 70% of the planet, but we have yet to explore 95% of their depths. In a bid to further investigate the wonders of the deep, scientists have recently researched mining rare metals — such as copper, zinc and gold — from volcanic rock on the seabed

All data centre operators understand the importance of emergency power – no site can operate without it or achieve the efficiency ratings required to attract profitable business. However, with the upcoming Triad season just around the corner, the critical nature of backup power needs to be emphasised. Ian Wilcoxson, investor diesel sales manager – Data Centre Power Solutions for Finning Power Systems, discusses this consideration in more detail, ensuring data centres select the best solution to suit their needs

Chinese chequers

My thousands of devoted readers will recall the main reason why the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, placed a seven week moratorium upon endorsing any go-ahead for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station. It was the overt horror of those charged with overseeing the nation’s defences, at the prospect of a Chinese government-controlled company owning 40% of a British nuclear power station.

Electrical Review hosted a roundtable debate among lighting designers and consultants in partnership with Hager.  It was arranged to facilitate wide-ranging discussions around some of the current challenges facing lighting installation and design, from ‘spec busting’ to issues around commissioning, and some of the key trends for the future including, the evolution and growth of LED technology and interconnectivity across lighting and broader building management systems

A Turkey voting for Christmas?

Let us get one thing straight about Hinkley Point C nuclear station.  It does not follow that PM Theresa May’s approval to build means that we shall (in that immortal phrase ) definitely be cooking our Christmas turkeys with its power in 2025.

Chinese Checkmate

My many devoted readers will not have been as surprised as apparently everybody else was that a change of Prime Minister has led to a serious re-think about the security implications of the Cameron Government’s open-door policy towards Chinese nuclear investment.

Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector is poor. In 2014, 16% of private rented sector tenants in England experienced problems with electrical hazards, which equates to nearly 1.5 million people living with unsafe electrics. Coupled with the fact that 5,622 accidental domestic fires were caused by electrical distribution systems in 2014/15, the scale of this risk is greater than most people perceive.

Half angel, half bird

My many thousands of devoted readers will recall I have long been sceptical about the practical effects of the government’s Contracts for Difference flagship scheme. All too often it has been a case of the taxpayer generously subsidising electricity generation that would have occurred regardless. So, just nice little earners for supply companies.

UK government and suppliers are currently rolling out smart meters with the goal of having one in every home by 2020. This shift in the market means energy companies will have a wealth of real-time data on how their customers consume power at their disposal, which will have significant benefits for both providers and consumers. Martin Dunlea, utilities industry strategy for Oracle EMEA and Ireland, explains

Transported with celestial delight

Year on year electricity sales have been falling in the UK. Those hoping to reverse the trend are pinning their hopes upon a big switch out of petroleum into electricity fuelling the cars we drive. For the past ten years, UK governments of all shades have been offering massive taxbreaks to encourage drivers to switch. But sadly very few of us have been prepared to make the leap.

I have seen it suggested that this is because electric cars are untried technologies. This is plainly rubbish. Those of us who are car buffs know all too well that electric cars are not an entirely new technology, even amongst mainstream carmakers.