The energy cost to run an electric motor over ten years is at least 30 times the original purchase price. With energy consumption responsible for the vast majority of whole life costs, Marek Lukaszczyk of motor and drive manufacturer, WEG, explains five ways to improve motor energy efficiency. 

Karl Walker, market development manager at Beckhoff, discusses what the term “smart building” might mean from various viewpoints and explains why data is the key to a truly effective intelligent building. 

E+I Engineering explores the role of microgrids in critical power management.

Rob Mather, solutions director at Power Control, discusses the often controversial topic of sizing DC cables and DC isolation.

In my December diary I pointed out that there might be problems ahead for the woman who had been appointed in the summer by Prime Minister Johnson to be president of the big fortnight-long multinational climate change conference, due to be held in Glasgow this November.

A transformational decade lies ahead for building and construction. Gail Cook, global head of marcoms, Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, predicts the trends that will shake up the industry.

Katie Burrows, energy services solutions manager at Haven Power discusses how to build a business case for sustainability.

Koen Verleyen, marketing manager at nVent, explores the rise of heat tracing cable technology.

Strict regulations are synonymous with hazardous environments. Despite this, changes to legislation can still cause disruption. Marek Lukaszczyk, European and Middle East marketing manager at WEG, explains the changing regulations for hazardous area motors and how the new energy efficiency requirements could provide significant financial gain.

Orlando De Leon of Omicron Electronics outlines the main challenges specific to testing circuit breakers installed in gas insulated substations when both sides are grounded.

Saima Shafi, sales and marketing director at Goodlight, discusses how new LED lighting technology is evolving to make car parks safer, smarter and brighter.