Those who follow these matters will know that each December somewhere in the world there is a Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Rio Convention on Climate Change. Here Government foregather to discuss, and frequently announce, what they are doing to minimise the threat of global heating, as it is now called.

With today’s unprecedented demand for energy, needless to say our current grid isn’t coping all that well. With our appetite for power only set to grow, Luke Osborne, energy and emerging technologies solutions advisor, ECA, explores what it would take to build a smart grid for our times.

Olivier Amiel, marketing director for Saft’s Industrial Standby Division, explains what the future has in store for backup battery technology, how the data centre market provides unique challenges for batteries and how environmental sustainability is central to the future.  

If introduced, the UK Government’s proposed plans for the tightening of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards could have major implications for building manager engineers everywhere, says Gavin Holvey, general manager, sales – UK & Ireland at Priva.

Lee Funnell, technical manager at Siemon highlights the importance of physical security in the data centre and discusses specific measures that can be taken at rack level to protect mission critical infrastructure.

There’s a lot to be learned from the famous fable, The Three Little Pigs. While the tale teaches us to stay wary of menacing wolves, it also reminds us of the importance of a sturdy home. Electrical equipment requires robust protection and a durable enclosure is vital to its safety. Andrew Keith, product development director at power resistor manufacturer Cressall Resistors, explores the top considerations when designing an effective electrical enclosure.

Electrical injuries can occur from the smallest voltage, but generally the risk of injury increases with higher voltages and can cause electric shocks, burns, loss of muscle control and even death. Reece Safety gives us some tips on how avoid these high voltage hazards.

Peter Harrop, chairman at IDTechEx explores the unknowns and uncertainties surrounding lithium-ion batteries.

With Brexit (possibly) on the horizon, it would be a fool’s game to think an exit from the EU won’t affect our energy sector. Dr. Craig Lowery, senior consultant at Cornwall Insight, highlights some of the potential outcomes should the UK’s initial decision to leave the European Union go ahead. 

Nadège Petit, executive vice president, global power products at Schneider Electric, explains how the effective use of IoT and dynamic systems architecture can help lower the risk of electrical fires.

Time spent reading the Hansard reports of House of Lords’ Question Time is seldom wasted.