Electrical Review is pleased to announce the video footage from its recent TTSC (transformer technology and substation) event.

Sponsored by Megger, Wilson Power Solutions and Roxtec, the free, half-day, London seminar focused on the latest developments in transformer technology and substations and educated attendees on the latest developments in transformer and substation technology. Themes included energy efficiency, reliability and diagnostics.



Not a natural
None of the Big Six will forget in a hurry how, during a highly publicised cross-examination session before the House of Commons energy select committee, a hitherto unknown Irishman running an utterly obscure electricity brand stole all the headlines from them.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, the CEO of OVO Energy, played the cheeky upstart to perfection. Whenever the panjandrums of EDF or SSE tried to explain how the big price rises were all down to external forces way beyond their control, up would pop the little leprechaun fellow, saying that precisely the same worldwide trading conditions were allowing him to drop rather than increase his charges.


New from the the Electrical Review team is its Transformer Technology and Substations Conference (TTSC). This free, half-day seminar will focus on the latest developments in transformer technology and substations and educate attendees on the latest developments in transformer and substation technology. Covering themes including energy efficiency, reliability and diagnostics, the conference will provide essential information for those looking to upgrade, maintain and reduce energy costs for transformer and substation assets.

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.