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.
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.
By Chris Needham, Healthcare Solutions Lead, Schneider Electric
Hospitals are the second most energy-intensive buildings to run after restaurants. Globally, the cost of operating healthcare sites, including energy costs, are on the rise. Whether building a new hospital, or retrofitting an existing facility, hospitals are under mounting pressure to do more with less, while also complying with strict regulations, ever-changing technology, plus health and safety measures.
Different requirements, different business objectives, different spaces; data centres come in all shapes and sizes, further complicated by varying desires of what it actually needs to do. So, their requirements for power generation, transmission and distribution also vary significantly. The response to these diversities is to have an agile data centre design approach.
Despite 2015 being dubbed ‘the year of the electric car’, with record sales of electric vehicles (EV) in the UK, current public opinion still suggests we are a nervous nation when it comes to migrating to electric fuel solutions. But with the climate debate more pressing than ever before, and the pressure in the aftermath of the Paris climate summit to find alternative fuels to combat global warming, it’s time for EV to be adopted on a wider scale. Here Kevin Norman, senior product marketing manager at Newey & Eyre explores the drivers and accelerators behind the electric vehicle revolution