• Petrofac acquires renewables sector technical specialist

    Petrofac, an international oil and gas facilities service provider, has purchased TNEI Services (TNEI) through the acquisition of its holding company New Energy Industries Limited for a consideration of £7.5m, of which 30% is contingent upon senior management's continued participation in the business.

    TNEI is a specialist consultancy supporting the energy, power and renewables sectors and has some 50 staff in Newcastle and Manchester; its acquisition further broadens Petrofac's technical consulting capacity. TNEI provides services in the areas of power transmission and distribution, planning and environmental consent and energy management. The acquisition brings to Petrofac both a strong technical reputation in the power sector and valuable new customer relationships.

    Martin Barnes, managing director of TNEI, commented: "As part of the Petrofac group, we see great potential both to provide broader services to TNEI's customers and to help Petrofac build a strong, technically-competent service to the wind renewables sector; we are excited about this step and the new opportunities it will provide for our team."

    Petrofac's group chief executive, Ayman Asfari, said: "Petrofac intends to build a position in the renewable energy sector and our existing technical consulting, offshore engineering, project management and operational skills provide a strong base from which to enter this rapidly developing market. The addition of TNEI's technical capabilities enhances Petrofac's ability to serve the wind renewables sector.

    "We are delighted to welcome Martin and the entire TNEI team to Petrofac. We look forward to working with them to grow Petrofac's access to renewables markets."


  • A renewables mountain to climb for the BSE sector

    New research by SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering, has revealed the sector has a steep training climb ahead if it is to be ready for the future demand for environmental technologies.

    The new report, Potential Training Demand in Environmental Technologies in Building Services Engineering: Indicative training needs analysis using a scenario-based approach, is the second of a set of three reports analysing trends in the sector's engagement with renewables.

    It identifies the potential impact of these trends on training demands in the UK up to 2020 using two scenarios; one based on the concept of a mass-trained workforce, i.e. a nominal 100% of the sector being trained in the technologies appropriate to their core competencies, and the other a pro-rata analysis of scenario one, where 25-60% of the sector are trained depending on the environmental technology under consideration.

    Summarising the training figures for twelve environmental technologies in the English regions and devolved nations of the UK, the report estimates the number of awareness training places which would be required to promote careers in the sector. In addition, consideration is given to programmes and events in each region and devolved nation that could trigger a sudden demand for environmental technologies. The report will be subject to future updates as Treasury forecasts become available.

    Dr Mike Hammond, research manager at SummitSkills, said: "We've known for some time there is a gap between supply and demand in the renewables market, and this is only set to increase, particularly in the domestic market now the Government has given the green light to the continuation of the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-In Tariffs. This report attempts to identify early indicators of change and estimate training needs to avoid a scramble to meet market energy demand for renewables and government carbon reduction targets. To prevent overheating of the supply network and proliferation of rogue traders, the sector needs to take action now to train a workforce capable of meeting future demand for environmental technologies."


  • Napit offers free renewables workshops for London enterprises

    London-based trade installers can take advantage of free Renewable Energy workshops throughout October and November. Funded in part by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and spearheaded by the Institute for Sustainability, Flash, working in partnership with Napit, provides access to specifically designed workshops which focus on business opportunities relating to low carbon emissions and the renewable energy sector, including:

  • ECA launches renewables and microgeneration e-forum for M&E contractors

    The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has launched an e-forum for mechanical and electrical contractors who want to keep up to date and share their questions and expertise in the area of microgeneration and renewables.

    Paul Reeve, head of safety and environment at the ECA, said: “The e-forum has already proved to be a powerful tool for discussing policy and practice across the full range of renewable and low carbon measures.  Since we launched the forum in mid-September, over 200 registered members have joined. Both members, and the ECA team, are learning daily from each other’s experience and expertise.

  • S&C selected by EDF Energy Renewables to supply equipment for UK Grid compliance

    S&C Electric Europe has won the multi-million pound contract to supply reactive compensation to EDF Energy Renewables’ Fallago Rig wind farm, one of the UK’s largest onshore wind farms. The site in the Scottish borders will consist of 48 turbines providing 144MW of renewable electricity, which can power around 90,000 homes and will form a major step forward in meeting the government’s renewable energy targets.

  • Renewables Event reacts to government renewables subsidy announcement

    With the government announcement ‘calls to reduce the subsidy by 25% have been resisted in favour of a 10% drop’, the renewables sector will no doubt be analysing the finely balanced issues of business and consumer energy bills, carbon reduction commitments, investment opportunity and complete decarbonisation.

    According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), in an announcement by energy secretary Ed Davy: “Renewable energy will create a multi-billion pound boom for the British economy, driving growth and supporting jobs across the country.”

  • Get ready for the 'Green Rush' with the Renewables Roadshow

    With thousands of businesses looking to turn green into gold, those that get on board first will reap the rewards.

    With the Government's flagship investment programme, Green Deal, due this Autumn, the organiser of the Renewables Roadshow argues that if your business doesn't get on board now, you might miss out on the biggest opportunity the construction industry has seen for years.

  • Big name line-up for Renewables Awards

    This September the Renewables Awards returns and is set to be even bigger than before.

    On Thursday, 13 September the Renewables Awards returns to the Ricoh Arena to reveal the winners across a series of sixteen extremely competitive categories. "The quality and quantity of entrants for this year's awards surpassed expectations yet again and we want to ensure the evening's entertainment does the same," said event organiser, Dan Caesar.

  • Use your energy efficiently, visit the Renewables Roadshow

    With dozens of demands on your time this Autumn, the Renewables Roadshow is the only exhibition that brings the best products & presentations to you, and with theatre timetables finalised, now is the time to get on board!

    Keeping your finger firmly on the pulse of our marketplace is seemingly impossible these days and that is why the Renewables Roadshow has been built for the busiest of businesses. With a variety of visitor attractions brimming with bitesize content and an exhibition showcasing energy efficient solutions, we have everthing you need to get up to speed in a single day.

  • 2014 the year of renewables and energy efficiency says Napit

    With the Green Deal scheme being simplified and starting to gather momentum, the domestic RHI launching in the Spring and renewables maintaining popularity in the UK, 2014 is the perfect year to expand into the renewables and energy efficiency markets, according to Napit.

  • Sustainability Live 2015

    Sustainability Live – incorporating Nemex and Energy Recovery - a UK exhibition for innovative energy management and sustainability returns to the NEC Birmingham from 21 to 23 April 2015.
    This year’s show is a must attend for electrical contractors, engineers, project managers and consultants, showcasing more than 160 participating organisations, including technology launches and solutions from the industry’s leading suppliers.

  • Substations to facilitate integration of renewables and strengthening of power transmission grid

    ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won a significant order to provide substations and related power infrastructure for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. ABB will provide power infrastructure for the offshore platform as well as the onshore substation to efficiently integrate the new wind farm into the country’s transmission grid. ABB will also extend an existing substation that will receive the wind power. The wind farm is scheduled for completion in 2018.

  • Award winners announced at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe

    European power companies were recognised for their outstanding industry achievements this week at the Power Engineering International and Peabody awards ceremony during the annual POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe Gala dinner.

  • Offshore wind park denied

    Energy minister Lord Bourne today announced development consent has been refused for the proposed Navitus Bay offshore wind park in Dorset.

  • Carbon Trust launches global competition

    The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a new global innovation competition to find and fund the development of innovative solutions to a challenge facing the offshore wind farm industry today: how to monitor the condition of subsea cables to ensure that they are not damaged during the load out and installation process. The competition aims to solve this challenge by identifying and supporting the development of novel condition monitoring systems for subsea cables.

  • Greenpeace report shows need for greater transparency and collaboration to improve data centre energy sustainability

    Greater transparency in energy sustainable practice among data industry players will help improve collaboration to tackle rising carbon emissions seen in the industry. In Greenpeace’s 2017 green IT report, ‘Clicking Clean: Who is winning the race to build a green internet?’, many hyperscalers scored highly in the report for its adoption and initiatives on renewable energy, but other players in the industry were urged to improve advocacy and transparency, and to work more collaboratively.

  • Electrifying vehicle technologies gain pace

    Simone Bruckner, director at power resistor manufacturer, Cressall, explains the recent popularity of electric vehicles and the challenges they have yet to overcome. Electric vehicle technology is continually developing through improvements in battery technology, regenerative braking and charging stations and this is only set to continue in order to meet the increased demand for electric vehicles.

  • Fourth acquisition this year

    In June 2018, Boels Rental acquired the entire share capital of the Dutch company van Deuveren Traffic BV. 

    With this acquisition Boels is able to further expand its specialist business units. Van Deuveren specialises in the field of road traffic equipment related to message boards, which are mostly solar-powered. 

  • Former MHI Vestas CEO joins Global Wind Service board

    “We are very pleased to have Jens join our board and look forward to his contributions,” said Lars Bo Petersen, CEO of Global Wind Service. “Jens is a strong wind industry profile and he has a thorough understanding of the market we are operating in. His experience from the OEM perspective and industry as a whole will be very valuable for Global Wind Service and our clients. There is no doubt that Jens can support us, delivering on our growth strategy.”   

  • Falling fossil fuels

    Fossil fuel generation fell to record lows last month for the second successive August. Rob Lalor, senior analyst at EnAppSys comments on why August has been an increasingly clean month for the power market.