Features

I am willing to bet that, up until a few weeks ago, few if any of my devoted readers were aware that the UK government has an official Commissioner for Shale Gas. And even fewer will have known that this important post was created last autumn, let alone that it was filled for just over six months by a woman called Natascha Engel. 

With a shortfall in engineering graduates on our hands, Vinnie Edge, international operations manager at engineering solutions provider, Boulting Ltd, explores what can be done to secure the future of engineering. 

Delphine Clement, commercial and industrial building segment leader EMEA, Eaton, explains how the country can prepare for an EV-centric future. 

Energy stored in batteries, especially energy generated from renewable sources, could ease our move away from fossil fuels and towards the low-to-no carbon future prescribed by the recent CCC Net Zero Report, writes ECA energy and emerging technologies solutions advisor Luke Osborne. 

The US Senate recently voted against the proposed Green New Deal programme, designed to combat the threat of climate change by reducing sales of coal, oil and natural gas.

For those who despair about the political machinations of Brexitland, here is a cautionary tale from South America, and the way in which the electricity market is run there.

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.