Persuasion from London

Sometimes you do think the UK government seems determined to do all in its power to persuade the Scots to vote for independence in their referendum this September. Take this latest ham-fisted example, perpetrated by energy minister Michael Fallon.

On Thursday 10 April Electrical Review and Schneider Electric held a webinar on prefabricated modules for flexible data growth.

Prefabricated data centre modules continue to show value to the industry as a viable option in designing and building a data centre.

Historically, the case for prefabricated data centres has focused heavily on direct cost comparisons with that of traditional builds. While this type of correlation may be valid in most cases, it over simplifies the discussion, resulting in complex comparisons that leave evaluators unconvinced.

This presentation discussed the business justification for prefabricated data centres and feature examples of actual applications, concluding with a review of Schneider Electric's capabilities, tools and offer.

Speaking at this webinar was Scott Neal, product marketing director of prefabricated data centre modules, Schneider Electric.

Scott is responsible for communicating the value and strategy of Schneider’s prefabricated solutions. He has a broad technical background and has focused much of his 19 year career on new product development and technical marketing in support of products and solutions for data centre infrastructure.

The webinar broadcast is now available here.

Insuring the improbable

Lloyds of London has the reputation for being the go-to place for insurance of the most improbable things. For four hundred years, it has normally been possible to find a syndicate who are prepared to insure whatever outlandish item needs covering. Ranging from oil tankers to a Premiership footballers’ legs, from invasions from Mars to cyber attacks upon power companies’ information networks. Except it now seems this last category is proving to be rather more difficult to find insurance cover for. For years, Lloyds’ syndicates have offered cover against potential data breaches, to help companies recover if attackers penetrate networks and steal customer information. Underwriters now acknowledge that they have seen over recent months a “huge increase” in demand for cover from electricity firms.  In consequence, re-insurance agents have been examining the existing cyber-defences.


After the roaring success of its inaugural PowerOn Briefing, the Electrical Review team is delighted to announce it will be hosting another free seminar on Thursday 3 April at the City of London Club.

This programme aims to inform delegates how to best maximise energy efficiency and build the data centre of the future.

Themes will include:

There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

The webinar will look at the following areas:

•    Risk assessment
•    CE marking
•    Technical files
•    Regulations and machinery directive
•    Compliance
•    Training and competence

The webinar will also feature a live audience Q&A session with the panel of experts.

The search is now on to find the country’s top apprentices and apprenticeship employers.

The Awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, are now open for entries to compete to be named ‘the best of the best’ on a regional and national level.Skills and enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock said: “Apprenticeships are vital because they encourage ambition, help individuals develop fulfilling careers, drive competitiveness and fuel economic growth.“The National Apprenticeship Awards are a real opportunity for employers and individuals to gain the recognition they richly deserve for their commitment to Apprenticeships, and the hugely positive example they set for other individuals and organisations to follow.”

Short shrift

The Disney Corporation does not like being associated with gas fracking. That is undeniably true. How do I know? Because I have seen how it has reacted in that ultimate in politically marginal US states, Ohio, to the prospect of being bracketed with those who promote fracking. It has told its subsidiary, Radio Disney, to quit a roadshow it was running , aimed at 8 to 10 year olds. Despite being called ‘Rocking in Ohio’, the events had nothing to do with music. But rather was a series of events funded by the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, designed subliminally to tell the children how deeply benevolent is the idea of fracking the night away in their state.

Napit and Certsure (which operates the Elecsa and NICEIC brands) this week took the next step in providing a single point of reference for consumers seeking an electrician. The organisation will create on easily identifiable mark for full scope Part P registered electricians, easily recognisable by consumers and supported by a single register.

12 months ago Certsure and Napit created separate registers to promote the use of competent, registered electricians to consumers. The intention of both organisations was to help simplify the market and raise public awareness about the dangers of sub-standard electrical repairs and installations.

The BBC this week reported on calls by Karl Koehler, head of Tata Steel's operations in Europe, for the government to help heavy industries deal with the burden of energy costs.

The businessman said government ministers needed to support businesses that form the "foundation industries" - including chemicals and metal based manufacturers.

Koehler quoted a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), claiming these companies had nearly half a million UK employees and accounted for 30% of export and imports, as well as "forming a key part in any rebalancing strategy for the economy".

On 3 April Electrical Review will be holding its second PowerOn briefing for the data centre market, an area that is looking at enormous growth.

One topic raised at the last event was the shortage of young people entering the data centre sector or even being aware of the opportunities the area offers.

While organisations like the Data Centre Alliance (DCA) are attempting to tackle the problem with the launch of a boot camp, it is vital universities and schools raise the profile of a career in the data centre, be that in IT, business development or even wiring.

The subject is one close to the heart of Adelle Desouza business marketing executive at Enlogic, a company that specialises in power for the data centre.

Click here to read a blog Adelle has written for Computer Weekly.

Welcome to the final Electrical Review newsletter of 2013.

This year has seen many exciting new projects for the magazine including webinars, supplements and the first PowerOn briefing on energy efficiency in the data centre. We have another PowerOn briefing planned for April 2014 and would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in being a speaker. Keep an eye on the Electrical Review website for further details.

It only remains for me to wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas on behalf of everyone at Electrical Review! We look forward to working with you throughout 2014.