Features

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that offshore wind power has the capacity to meet all of the world’s electricity demand, and is set to be a “game-changer” for energy systems. 

Mackenzie Peters, global product group manager, HEFH at MSA Safety, explores the associated benefits of proper head protection.

Big fights still continue within the Labour Party regarding what future (if any) nuclear fission should have.

The golden ticket to widespread EV adoption will rely on a large network of public charging points. Contributing editor, Jordan O’Brien, finds out what needs to be done to grow the UK’s EV charging infrastructure. 

While we may associate data with being up in the clouds, it’s very much in the ocean too. Beneath our seas lie thousands of cables, tasked with carrying the world’s internet traffic. These cables form a vital communications network — and the world would seem like a much bigger place without them. What is less often considered is how these cables made it to the sea floor in the first place. Simone Bruckner, managing director at power resistor manufacturer, Cressall Resistors, explains the challenges of cable laying.  

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.