Features

Darren Watkins, managing director of Virtus Data Centres analyses the struggles and successes of Data Centre Infrastructure Management and takes a look at what makes an ideal DCIM strategy.

When you need to test a relay protection system, particularly during commissioning, you need to decide early on whether to use primary or secondary injection. Both approaches have their merits, yet according to Marius Averitai of Megger, there are many cases where primary injection has the edge.

Alex Emms, operations director at Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd. explains the untapped potential of your UPS system, during mains presence, as well as in blackouts, and outlines the importance of selecting on-line systems.

Natalie Sauber, market intelligence lead at Arcadis, explores how autonomous and connected vehicles are driving a new generation of data centre requirements.

David Manning, managing director at MIGSOLV, one of the UK’s most secure data centres, gives us an insight into how he ensures your data is kept safe from physical threats and fire.

People talking about RCDs and the 18th Edition is, most of the time, a good thing, but occasionally it’s a dangerous thing, according to Electrium, home to brands Crabtree & Wylex.

More worker deaths are caused by falls from height than any other kind of work-related incident in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Alastair Hogg, sales director at MSA Safety, recaps on what we have learned from the year just gone, and explores what we need to be prepared for in 2019.

Spark Energy. Extra Energy. Gen4U. Future Energy. Usio Energy.Iresa. National Gas & Power. These seven small companies have one thing in common. During 2018, each ceased providing electricity supplies to British customers.

During last year there were no fewer than 73 active electricity suppliers  licensed by the regulator Ofgem . In 2017 there were 60. This time seven years ago, there were just 14.

When I first wrote this Diary, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, and Peter Walker her maverick energy secretary. Way ahead of his time, he was a great champion of renewable electricity. 

It was an enthusiasm not shared at the Treasury, then run by arch climate change denier Nigel (now Lord) Lawson. He went out of its way to block any renewables progressing. Even so, Peter Walker would litter his speeches with ecstatic hymns of praise to various embryonic  renewable electricity initiatives. 

Lighting controls specialist BEG has enabled a brand-new London free school to achieve its energy efficiency ambitions and provide an enhanced learning environment for its pupils. Elinore Mackay spoke to Stephen Payne of BEG to find out more about the project on what benefits the project has already brought and what can be expected from the future

 A decision from the European Court of Justice has brought to a crashing halt a UK Government scheme  which has already paid out £5.6bn. The money has gone almost entirely  to those in business to sell  electricity, ostensibly to ensure the lights stay on in winter.