Recolight, the UK's WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, has triumphed at the Rushlight Awards winning the Waste Management Award for its low-energy light bulb collection solutions the Bulbstore Mini and Bulbstore Maxi.

The Rushlight Awards are a celebration of furthering environmental technology and innovation in the UK covering sectors as varied as renewable energy, clean fuels, energy efficiency, green products and services, waste, and environmental management. The Waste Management Award recognises the most environmentally effective resource collection, separation and handling arrangements for the whole waste cycle, and the judging panel especially commended Recolight for its collection solutions for low-energy light bulbs.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight chief executive said; "We are very proud and pleased to have won this award. It is recognition of all the hard work and dedication put in by the team to expand our consumer collection network and ultimately increase recycling rates of low-energy light bulbs."

Sentec, the smart grid specialist and product development company, has won the Green Enterprise Award at the inaugural 2011 Entrepreneur Country awards. Held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on 1 February, the winners were selected by a panel of expert industry judges.

The awards were created to recognise the success, innovation, and achievements of UK businesses and the entrepreneurial leadership behind them. The prestigious Green Enterprise Award was awarded to Sentec following a nomination from Greenbang editor, Dan Ilett, in recognition of the company's significant contribution to the development of green sector technologies.

Rockwell Automation, part of a $4.8 billion global automation, power, control and information solutions provider, is further supporting the drive to recruit new talent into the UK engineering sector by extending its new Advanced Apprentices in Engineering programme with the announcement of more posts starting in September 2011.

The continuing relationship with Milton Keynes College to offer another two new apprenticeships at Rockwell Automation this year follows the successful intake of three during 2010.

Recolight, a specialist WEEE compliance scheme for gas discharge lamps, has announced it has funded the recycling of 100 million lamps since it commenced operations in July 2007. This figure represents more than a third of a tonne of mercury which would otherwise have entered landfill[1], and cements Recolight's reputation as a unique force in WEEE compliance.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight's chief executive, said; ""Reaching the 100 million mark is a significant achievement - not just for Recolight, but for the lighting industry as a whole. The dedication of our collection points and environmentally aware contractors, as well as the vital support of our members, have all contributed to our success.

"Through Recolight, the lighting industry is arguably responsible for recycling more items of WEEE than any other UK industry sector, As the UK's specialist lamp compliance scheme, we are continually looking at ways to increase recycling rates and raise awareness of the need to recycle."

Saft's batteries will provide the energy storage at the heart of Eltek Valere's hybrid telecom power systems that are currently being rolled out to 80 mobile telecom sites across Nigeria.

These co-location sites are being provided for Nigeria's wireless operators on a fully managed leased basis, and QOS (quality of service) is absolutely vital in this competitive market. The Eltek Valere and Saft hybrid power systems will therefore play a crucial role in ensuring the close to 100% uptime demanded by customers leasing the new sites.

Hybrid power systems are ideally suited for applications in the developing world, where they ensure continuous, energy-efficient operation of off-grid mobile base transceiver tations (BTSs) while delivering major savings in fuel costs and significant reductions in carbon emissions. Eltek Valere is initially targeting its hybrid solution at Nigeria, since it is the most important market in the African continent with over 77 million mobile subscribers (source: Nigerian Communication Commission), and successful trials have already been carried out at sites in Lagos.

National Grid, owner and operator of the gas National Transmission System (NTS) for Great Britain, is installing Alcad Vantex rechargeable nickel-based batteries in a programme to upgrade the DC power backup systems at some of its gas compressor stations. The Vantex batteries, developed specifically to ensure maximum reliability and optimum TCO (total cost of ownership) in stationary industrial installations, will support vital control and safety functions at the compressor stations in the event of a loss of mains power.

National Grid has 25 compressor stations in Great Britain that boost gas pressure up to 85 bar to increase transmission capacity and move gas through the pipelines. They are driven either by industrial gas turbines fuelled by gas taken from the pipeline or by electrical compressors.

The recent government announcement of a review of the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) payments has seen a flurry of worried solar companies clambering to condemn energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne, and predicting a gloomy future for the solar energy market.

However, Ploughcroft MD, Chris Hopkins, believes most companies are missing the point. As a key leader of solar discussion for the roofing industry and now a voice for solar roofing for the solar industry, Chris spoke at the Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Partnership Conference in Harrogate held on 31 March.

Hopkins used this platform to highlight his views on the announcement stating: "The whole purpose of the Feed-In-Tariff for solar technology was to encourage homeowners, fuel poor community projects and small commercial property owners to generate their own electricity during the day and export any excess to the grid. Conversely, large investors from overseas were seeing this as a route into the UK market and siphoning funds that were meant for the UK homeowner. I am pleased a step has been taken to stop this."

The review's aim was to reduce the number of solar farms and large scale solar installations claiming the F-I-T funds that are intended for homes, communities and small businesses. The review has resulted in the government's decision to reduce the subsidy on any installations over 50 kWh by 70%.

Hopkins added; "At Ploughcroft we wholeheartedly agree with this announcement. On the contrary to this I would have liked to see a clause in the review that stated should the investor of a large system, such as a factory, be able to produce evidence that they needed the majority of the electricity being used, then a larger F-I-T be authorized. Perhaps this is something the government could look to add in the future as it would encourage Britain to become a greener nation."

Homebase, one of the UK's home improvement retailers, has signed an agreement with specialist recycling scheme Recolight to provide in-store collection facilities for low-energy light bulb recycling.

Over the next six weeks, Recolight's Bulbstore Mini collection containers will be rolled out across Homebase's 320 stores nationwide, providing customers with facilities for them to dispose of their old energy saver light bulbs.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight chief executive said: "Recolight is committed to making it as easy as possible for people to recycle their old low-energy light bulbs, and to raise awareness of the importance of doing so. Homebase has over 70 million customers through its stores each year and we believe this partnership will enable us to spread the recycling message more widely and provide convenient collection locations for customers to take their old light-bulbs. We are delighted by the commitment made by Homebase. This is a really exciting development which will be integral to helping us to raise recycling rates as more low-energy light bulbs start to reach end-of-life in the coming years."

As part of the partnership with Homebase, volunteers collecting light-bulbs in their community under the Recolight CoBRA scheme will also be able to use Homebase stores as drop off points.

Priva Building Intelligence, a supplier of building control systems, has scooped - through its partners and employees - several prizes at the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards 2011.

Priva Partner Keep Keen Controls was awarded Technical Innovation of the Year (Project) for its work at low-carbon Leeds development, Greenhouse. At the BCIA Awards ceremony, which was held on 12 May 2011, Priva's Pep Niemeijer was also honoured as Engineer of the Year. Priva Partner, Novac Controls, was named Independent Systems Installer of the Year.

One of Priva's successful and recent building controls projects is Greenhouse, a development of sustainable offices and homes in Leeds. Using building control technology from Priva, occupants of the low-impact building are able to quickly and simply access information about their own energy and water consumption through their TV screens. Working alongside its partner organisation, Keep Keen Controls, and Greenhouse developer, Citu, Priva contributed technology that has helped to create a green development.

UK-based Oxford Sustainable Group, one of Europe's largest renewable energy and sustainable development businesses, has announced the launch of Oxford Park, the most advanced sustainable village in Europe.

A total of thirteen FG Wilson generator sets have been returned to the FG Wilson Dealer, Stuart Power, in London having helped power one of the biggest media events of 2011.

Thursday 16 June marked an important milestone for the energy efficiency of low-voltage (LV) motors in Europe.

ABB has welcomed the European Union's (EU's) introduction of minimum efficiency levels for LV motors, as the new requirements are in-line with ABB's focus on providing customers with high efficiency motors both for the NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) market in the U.S. and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) market throughout the rest of the world. Industry accounts for about 42% of the world's electricity consumption and about two-thirds of that electricity is used to power electric motors, so any regulation to improve energy efficiency of motors will have a significant impact on energy usage and help reduce carbon emissions.

The requirements, in the form of Commission Regulation EC 640/2009, came into effect on 16 June 2011. Generally referred to as EU MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standard), the requirements cover most two, four and six pole motors in the power range 0.75-375 kW (kilowatt) for alternating current (AC) power supply frequencies of 50 and 60 Hz (Hertz).

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