Gamatronic, a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply systems and high efficiency  power technology, will unveil a new UPS at its Efficient Energy Summit, being held to celebrate Gamatronic's 40th anniversary.

The event on 4 March 2010, is being held at the Tower of London, and will be attended by 200 industry leaders involved in the backup power supplies world. It will focus on new trends and innovations in efficient energy consumption leveraging off 40 years at the forefront of developing continuous, reliable, pure power and power protection solutions. The Efficient Energy Summit is supported by UK Trade & Investment and the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Gamatronic, whose products are currently installed in 80 countries across 5 continents, formed its UK operations in 2001, Gamatronic Electronic Industries, in partnership with Jayne Mansfield and Robert Hamilton, the UK co-managing directors.

Gamatronic's clients operate in areas such as data centres, IT rooms, telecoms, cable TV, banks, hospitals, oil and gas industries, universities, construction, and marine and its UK customers include leading organisations such as British Petroleum, British Royal Air Force, Budgens, and Thames Water.

Commenting on its decision to hold its inaugural efficient energy summit, Jayne Mansfield, co-managing director of Gamatronic Electronic Industries, said: "Gamatronic's 40th anniversary is an excellent occasion to launch our inaugural Efficient Energy Summit. The event will enable leading practitioners to debate the latest trends in the sector and provide an unrivalled networking opportunity. The team is also very excited about unveiling our new Modular Mega+ UPS 250KVA which ticks all the boxes for modularity, redundancy and power density, cost reduction, high efficiency, capacity all bundled up into the smallest possible piece of equipment."

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Following the hugely successful event in 2008, the 10th international conference on Developments in Power System Protection will provide a leading forum for the international engineering community to meet and exchange ideas. The event takes place from 29 March - 1 April 2010 at Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.

Through a tailored programme of presented papers, discussions and tutorials, attendees of this conference will gain an up-to-date understanding of recent developments and future trends in the design, application and management of power system protection and control systems.

These are all aimed at engineers involved in the application, ownership, management, design and development of power system protection and control systems. Paper submissions are invited from utilities, generation companies, industry, manufacturing and railway industries, as well as consultants and academia.

All papers will be peer reviewed and accepted papers will be delivered by oral presentations. The conference will be preceded by a one-day tutorial covering topics of relevance to the subject area.

This event regularly attracts over 300 senior decision makers from global organisations, from senior directors or engineers to consultants and research students. The DPSP series continues to grow into one of the most important conferences in the power system protection and control systems area.

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The latest £8m funding for offshore wind technology was made available today as the prime minister hailed the UK as a 'global leader' in the offshore wind market.

The announcement came as Clipper Windpower confirmed it is to start construction of a factory in Newcastle to build the biggest wind turbine blades in the world.

Visiting the site, where Clipper today confirmed it will employ up to 500 people by 2020 to manufacture blades for the massive 10 megawatt Britannia offshore wind turbine, the prime minister said: "I welcome Clipper's ground-breaking announcement to build the largest wind turbine blade in the world on the banks of the Tyne. The UK is a global leader in offshore wind power, and the North East is at the forefront in providing the skills, expertise and enterprise to capitalise on this rapidly expanding market, which has the potential to create thousands of future green jobs.

"The combination of our strong natural wind resource and the substantial backing we've given the industry mean the investment conditions in the UK are unrivalled."

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband, also visiting the Clipper site, called for proposals for the latest allocation of government funding for offshore wind technology development: "Government support can help make the difference between Britain leading in the new offshore wind industry or simply being a follower. The UK already has more offshore wind installed than any other country in the world and our plan is to build on that position.

"The £8 million being made available today will be invested in projects to support the development of a new generation of turbines. This is in addition to the £18 million already awarded, and the recent decision to issue rights for 32 gigwatts of capacity- the biggest expansion of offshore wind of any country in the world."

Sanyo has announced it will showcase its HIT solar technology at the Solar Hub at this year's Eco Build show, taking place in London from 2-4 March, 2010. The Solar Hub is one of four feature points at this year's Eco Build.

These feature points are designed to educate visitors on building trends and renewable technology and at the Solar Hub, a range of the latest solar solutions will be on display. In addition, visitors will be able to find out more about the government's Clean Energy Cashback Scheme.

Under this scheme, which is due to be launched in April 2010, owners of PV systems will be paid a guaranteed rate for the energy they generate.

Shigeki Komatsu, director of the European solar division for Sanyo commented: "We are very excited about the government subsidy scheme in the UK. In Germany, where a similar scheme has been in existence since 2000, the market has grown by approximately 3GW per year, creating what is now the largest and most developed market in the world. PV subsidies have been introduced in many other countries around the world with rapid market grown being achieved in each instance. We are sure the same is true of the UK."

Sanyo's modules are said to be some of the most efficient available, an important consideration when choosing modules for use under the Clean Energy Cashback scheme. The company's modules will be shown integrated into a Solar Century Sunstation, a simple solution using an 'in-roof' installation and able to incorporate a variety of PV modules.

Shigeki Komatsu added: "It is sometimes assumed solar technology is not suitable for Northern European climates, but this is not true. The solar market will grow under these suitable subsidies and the will of the people. We have been successfully selling PV modules in the UK since 2003 and customers have acknowledged Sanyo's performance thanks to our modules high output efficiency. Last year, we announced a record breaking 23% cell output efficiency at R&D level and we intend to bring this know how into our mass produced cells as early as possible, further enhancing the performance benefits for customers in countries such as the UK."

At Eco Build, the Solar Hub will demonstrate how simple it is to integrate solar technology into the built environment to support low-carbon development and construction. Solar solutions featured in the model will be shown full size, with information on the technology, application and income generation from the Clean Energy Cashback scheme.

SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for Building Services Engineering (BSE), welcomes the appointment of a new chairman to CITB-ConstructionSkills.

James Wates, who has been a board member for seven years, will take over from the current chairman, Sir Michael Latham, at the end of March.

Keith Marshall OBE, chief executive of SummitSkills said of the appointment:

"I would like to congratulate James on his appointment as chairman of CITB-ConstructionSkills. This comes at a crucial time for the broader built environment sector which is seeing the first early signs of economic recovery. Ensuring the sector has the right training and skills opportunities will be key to ensuring the sector's long-term future.

"SummitSkills has always worked closely in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills reflecting the different needs of our respective sectors, while recognising many areas of mutual interest. The support provided by Sir Michael in our early days was invaluable. We would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution he has made both as chairman and to the wider built environment and skills sectors.

Moving forward we look forward to working with James and continuing our close relationship with CITB-ConstructionSkills".


Powergrid Europe 2010 will feature sessions on smart grid developments, a look at technology details and a panel to discuss international smart cities, and is scheduled for 8-10 June 2010 at the RAI in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

A smart grid vendor panel featuring a variety of industry participants and a session on modeling for future networks will open the show on Tuesday 8 June. The vendor panel will discuss the concept of a smart grid, what the phrase really means and what products in that area will be of use to utilities going forward. The session on future networks will examine the use of models from wind turbine integration to the measurements required for distribution networks.

On Wednesday 9 June, attendees can visit two sessions: Interoperability: Raising the standard or Grid evolution. As projects grow and interconnect, the concept of a single set of international standards remains elusive. The interoperability session will look at the future of standards and how to coordinate the grid until we reach that goal. The evolution session will examine the practical and immediate ways the industry is moving forward in its efforts to grow a stronger grid.

On Thurs 10 June, Powergrid Europe attendees can get up close and personal with a number of smart city projects, including the developments in host city Amsterdam. Smart grids are a start, but smart cities remain the ultimate goal. The smart cities session will review a number of smart city projects from retrofitting parts of Amsterdam's grid to completing a city from scratch with Masdar. Each city will be discussed in a presentation followed by a long group-panel-discussion where the audience is invited to ask questions and hear how the lessons learned with these projects can be applied to every city.

Along with the discussion of smart cities, attendees can see these changes in action by taking a tech tour of Amsterdam's Climate Street project. Climate Street is a sustainable public space project under the umbrella of Amsterdam's Smart City initiative. It is a holistic concept for sustainable inner city streets focused on learning which technologies and approaches are the most successful and offer the most potential moving forward. The Climate Street visit will include a return boat transfer, a presentation and a street tour by Amsterdam Smart City, as well as a light lunch. Two tours are offered. Attendees can choose between Tour 3 on Monday 7 June or Tour 4 on Friday 11 June. 

This year Click Scolmore is celebrating its 20th anniversary and 2010 promises to deliver continued success for the company which is currently enjoying one of its best periods of trading. A raft of new products and promotions planned for the year and some major business developments yet to be announced will ensure that this anniversary year will see substantial growth for the business.

The company has grown significantly in size and reputation since it was founded in 1990 by Chairman, Barry Mordue and his son Gary, the current managing director. Back then they supplied 13A UK three pin plug tops from a small warehouse in Tamworth in the West Midlands. Still a family-run business, Click Scolmore is today one of the UK's leading manufacturers of electrical accessories and lighting products and operates from its 100,000sq ft purpose-built head office and distribution centre.

The brand remains popular with contractors and installers who value the flexibility and ‘one-stop solution' Click's product range allows. Recent innovations include additions to the MiniGrid range - which now allows for up to 18 different switching functions to be incorporated onto a single plate - and the new media plates and modules which provide a neat solution to the growing media and power cabling requirements. Further new product developments are planned for 2010 with launches in the electrical accessories and lighting sectors bringing even more choice to Click Scolmore's customers.

Gary Mordue, managing director, comments: "We want this to be a year of celebration for all involved in the continuing success of the Click Scolmore brand - staff and customers alike. We have just enjoyed one of our most successful quarters and that's down to the great work of all our staff and the relationships they have worked hard to develop and maintain with our customers."

The Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry (JIB) confirmed yesterday the Board will adopt optional arrangements to cover mechanical disciplines within the JIB Agreement.
Existing electrical arrangements will remain unchanged.

The new arrangements will be designed to offer the industry an option which reflects the JIB's view of the developing needs of the industry and those working within it.

A JIB working party, which has been established to develop the details of the agreement, will report to the Board as soon as possible.

Promulgation of the agreement will follow through the National Board. The JIB believes this approach is in the best interests of the industry.

The Electrical Contractors' Association and Unite the Union established the JIB in 1968. The National Board comprises representatives of the Association and the Union. Sir Michael Latham is the independent chairman of the JIB.

Further details of the JIB are available on its website at

Readers of Control Engineering magazine have selected ABB's cpmPlus Energy Manager software to receive the magazine's 2010 Engineers' Choice award for the best new product in the Dashboard Software - Energy category. The magazine's readers chose the top product in each voting category based on the product's technological impact, service to the industry and market impact.

"With more than 600 votes cast in the Engineers' Choice Awards this year, all entries across the 29 product categories were exposed to an array of voting engineers' scrutiny. As a result, ABB's win of the ‘Dashboard Software - Energy' category for its cpmPlus Energy Manager indicates a high level of end-user respect for the product in this rapidly growing and important technology segment. We congratulate ABB for its success in bringing to market a product of such high interest and value to the automation & controls engineering community," said David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering.

ABB's winning product, cpmPlus Energy Manager, helps customers manage and optimise energy usage for maximum efficiency and cost savings. It addresses the business side of energy management by producing accurate energy demand plans and taking advantage of them in energy supply planning and optimisation. Being able to accurately plan the energy requirements a day-ahead provides significant financial advantages, especially in the open electricity market, and ultimately lowers energy costs.

Energy Manager also includes reporting and analysis tools that evaluate the energy use patterns of all processes and pinpoint areas for improvement.

Gambica's Controlgear Group Technical committee has warmly welcomed the long-awaited publication of IEC 61439, the new series of international standards for low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies, which will soon be implemented in the UK as BS EN 61439. Gambica warns, however, that manufacturers working to the new standard still need to exercise a high level of skill and caution in relation to the ratings they adopt for components used in their assemblies.

The root of Gambica's concern is that the nominal current rating of circuit breakers and other components - including, for example, contactors, overload relays and even electronic devices such as variable speed drives - relate to tests carried out in ‘free air'. For these tests, the component is mounted on an open framework with air space all around it, which helps to dissipate excess heat.

Unfortunately, these test conditions are very different from the conditions in which the component will operate when installed in a power switchgear or controlgear assembly (PSC). As a result, substantial derating may be needed to ensure safe operation and to comply with the temperature rise requirements of IEC 61439. In effect, nominal component ratings should be considered only as a starting point for making sound engineering decisions relating to PSC design and construction.

Gambica notes reputable manufacturers of PSCs will be fully aware of these issues, and will willingly undertake the testing needed to determine ratings that are appropriate to the use of particular components in their enclosure systems. Alternatively, the manufacturers may choose to adopt another approach permitted by IEC 61439, which relies on calculations that incorporate generous safety margins.

Gambica stresses specifiers and purchasers of PSCs must insist on receiving guarantees from their suppliers that issues relating to component ratings have been fully addressed. If they have not, the consequences can be serious. PSCs operating in excess of their limiting temperatures may suffer progressive insulation breakdown ultimately leading to short circuits, users may be at risk of burns, and the possibility of the equipment catching fire is significantly increased. Further, the equipment cannot be declared as compliant with IEC 61439.

For users and manufacturers of PSCs needing further information and guidance on component ratings, the Gambica technical guide: Current rating of low-voltage electrical switchgear assemblies, July 2009, is available as a free download from

A consortium that includes EDF Energy and NGK Insulators, with Meiden and
JWD has signed an initial agreement to develop large scale sodium sulphur NAS
battery assets to provide ancillary services in the UK.

Large-scale NAS battery systems have been used in several locations across the
world to store energy and provide various applications such as load levelling,
stabilising renewable energy and the grid system and will be able to do so for many
years to come.

The consortium is working on the development of a demonstration project before
seeking to apply the technology more widely.

Martin Lawrence, managing director for energy sourcing and customer supply at EDF
Energy, said: "EDF Energy is delighted to be working with NGK, bringing their skills
and experience to the UK's energy market. This agreement is a significant and
exciting step in the development and potential use of this technology.

"As the UK's largest generator of low-carbon electricity, EDF Energy has a major role
to play in the UK power market. This innovative solution will provide energy and a
secure supply as well as help to maintain a robust grid during periods of high

A spokesperson from NGK said, "We are honoured to be working with EDF Energy to deploy the NAS battery in this innovative project. We look forward to this first installation of the NAS battery in UK. By linking our battery knowledge with EDF Energy's understanding of the British power market, we intend to demonstrate the value of reserve services supplied by a battery, instead of using conventional generating plant."

RS Components has announced the signing of a formal global distribution franchise agreement with Epcos AG. Since October 2009 Epcos has been combined with the electronic components business of TDK in the new company TDK-EPC Corporation, which markets its products under the product brands, TDK and Epcos.

Over 1,600 Epcos products are available from RS, covering a broad range of technologies including capacitors and EMC products. The product offer is available direct-from-stock in industry-standard production packaging, at flexible quantities so customers can order the quantity they need and avoid unnecessary stock-holding costs. Customers can also achieve larger discounts when ordering higher quantities.

Commenting on the agreement, Peter Arch, Epcos global sales distribution, said: "We are delighted to have concluded this agreement with RS. Their global reach, high quality service level and focus on meeting the needs of electronic design engineers and buyers is a perfect fit with the portfolio of innovative Epcos products. Our products focus on the fast growing leading edge technology markets, and, combined with RS' service and support, give design engineers a compelling offer."

For RS, Paul Webster, head of product management, Electronics said: "RS is committed to giving our customers the broadest and latest offer from the world's leading component manufacturers. Our partnership with Epcos demonstrates this commitment in action, and we are excited to be able to implement the new distribution franchise agreement."

A wide range of Epcos products is available online from RS at, where customers can link straight into the product range with technical documents, then select and order direct-from-stock.

Pictured at the signing ceremony, from left to right: Keith Rogers (distribution sales manager - Epcos), Chris Page (general manager, electronics - RS), Peter Arch (director, global sales distribution - Epcos), Roger Pickett (purchasing manager - RS).