• Thenue Housing Association Launches New ā€œSelf Service Appā€

    Thenue Housing has launched an exciting digital “app” which will provide a new way for customers to engage with the Association. The totally free Self-Service app uses the latest software from 1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com) to offer a range of services via phones or tablets. Thenue is hailing the app as “great digital advance” and says it is part of its Digital Strategy to ensure that people can contact the Association as easily as possible. Thenue...Source: RealWire
  • The high pollution levels that hit Europe in...

    The high pollution levels that hit Europe in January brought home the importance of promoting less polluting modes of transport and redesigning traffic flows to reduce congestion. Some cities have tackled the problem by implementing traffic-regulating schemes. Cities have a major part to play but asthe mayors of 20 European cities reminded the COP21 audience in Paris, measures also have to be taken at the European level, for example by tightening up the overly lax European standards on NOx (...)
  • A whiff of pure air : what measures can reduce traffic in cities ?

    The high pollution levels that hit Europe in January brought home the importance of promoting less polluting modes of transport and redesigning traffic flows to reduce congestion. Some cities have tackled the problem by implementing traffic-regulating schemes. Cities have a major part to play but asthe mayors of 20 European cities reminded the COP21 audience in Paris, measures also have to be taken at the European level, for example by tightening up the overly lax European standards on NOx (...)
  • Launch of the Efficient Buildings thematic community 'MEDNICE'

    In the Mediterranean area cooling (and heating) as well as low building standards induce high consumption and expenses. And this, even though a wealth of natural resources and a conducive climate do provide excellent conditions for greening residential and public buildings.
    The Horizontal Project MEDNICE, co-funded by the Interreg Mediterranean programme, aims at setting up a MED community of building experts and practitioners in order to share common challenges and solutions in this (...)
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  • Olygas Technology Joins Aspect Partner Network To Extend CTRM Capabilities

    Houston, TX March 15, 2017 – Aspect and Olygas Technology have entered into a premium partnership with a strategic vision to further expand Aspect’s cloud trade and risk management solution throughout the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Olygas Technology is a recognized consultancy in the region, unlocking actionable intelligence and opportunities for clients with local and global assets.Olisa Udezue, Chief Executive Officer at Olygas Technology says: “Working with Aspect f
  • New start for the European Energy AwardĀ®

    25 years of experience, 1,397 municipalities participating, total population of 46 million involved, and now the Association European Energy Award AISBL which will take over all international activites.
    The European Energy Award® was an initiative launched by Switzerland, Austria and Germany (Land NordrheinWestfalen) in 2003. It's a programme for planning and implementign energy and climate protection policy goals and mesures in municipalities.
    Created at the end of December 2016, the (...)
  • Prysmian Strengthens Its Position In Offshore Wind

    Two new inter-array projects awarded in Germany and DenmarkFocus on product innovation and installation capabilities Milan, 10 March 2017. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded two new contracts for offshore wind farms in Germany (Merkur OWF) and Denmark (Horns Rev 3 OWF). Both assignments are for the development of inter-array cable systems to link among the turbines composing the off-shore wind farms, a growing market segment...Source:
  • Join us in Stuttgart and learn from your peers in 40 interactive sessions !

    This year again, the Energy Cities annual conference will offer you a unique opportunity to exchange in lively group discussions with 40 experts and urban practitioners who deal with energy transition and climate protection in their everyday work at the local level.
    Come and find out how the 3D - Divestment, Democracy and Devolution - give impetus to new ideas on innovative energy and climate initiatives on the ground !
    Listen to the stories of the cities of Stuttgart, Lisbon, Utrecht, (...)
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  • 100%RES - Recommendation 3 : Funding renewable energy production and energy efficiency

    For cities and metropolitan areas, embarking on a 100% renewable energy path involves changing scale and supporting the development of renewable energy production in their own and surrounding areas. This support requires new tools. Capital contributions to renewable energy production projects enable the local authority to improve project viability by increasing the amount of equity, depending on the investment resources available to it.
    It also means that the local authority is involved in (...)
  • SKF releases next-generation electromechanical linear actuators

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 3 March 2017: Making its debut at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, an efficient and powerful new range of electromechanical linear actuators from SKF is set to provide viable replacements for many more hydraulics applications in construction vehicles and agricultural machinery.SKF has substantially increased the thrust and holding force of its CAHB electro-mechanical linear actuators, as well as achieving a marked improvement in the sealing of these units, from IP66S to IP69K/66M (with
  • SKF highlights benefits of condition monitoring at Pump Centre Conference

    Pumps are the heart of the water supply and wastewater industries; keeping these critical assets running efficiently places considerable demands on maintenance resources. Therefore, SKF’s presence at this year’s Pump Centre Conference & Exhibition will focus on condition monitoring for pumps – and how machine health data can be exploited to achieve more closely tailored and economical maintenance planning and scheduling.SKF will bring a number of new innovations to the show
  • Prysmian ahead of schedule in the realisation of the Wikinger offshore wind farm in Germany

    Cable laying phase successfully completed, highlighting Prysmian’s capabilities in managing turnkey inter-array contracts for offshore windMilan, 02 March 2017. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has successfully completed the laying phase for the Wikinger offshore wind farm ahead of schedule. Termination and testing works are currently in progress.“This milestone, which is quite uncommon in the offshore wind market, highlights the Group&rs
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  • SKF custom machined seals raise the bar for reliability in chocolate manufacturing

    A major global confectionary manufacturer has called on specialist seal design and manufacturing expertise from SKF to solve a sticky issue in its global chocolate manufacturing operations. The solution – custom machined seals manufactured from SKF’s proprietary food grade H-Ecopur-95A-Blue material – has eliminated the frequent seal failures and resulting product leakage that were leading to costly machine stoppages and lost production.The company turned to SKF after facing re
  • SKF bearings ensure solid performance for offshore vessel

    SKF bearings with Solid Oil have helped an offshore engineering company to cut the cost of maintenance on specialist pipe-laying equipment.As well as improving safety and cleanliness – through the lack of liquid lubricant – the use of Solid Oil helped to boost operating efficiency, which is of critical importance to the UK oil and gas industry.The solution devised by SKF was used on a pipe tensioner that sits on the deck of a pipe-laying ship. The machine helps to control tension in
  • Health monitoring system keeps an eye on the fleet

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 February 2017: When you’re out at sea, the last thing you need is a major breakdown. In such a case, it would mean being towed back to dry dock for expensive repairs – and that’s something that hard-pressed shipping companies can do without.One way around this is to keep a constant watch over onboard assets condition, and SKF has helped one shipping customer to do this – introducing condition monitoring to its ship, with plans to extend the service
  • A step change in affordable machine health monitoring from SKF

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 February 2017: SKF has launched a compact 8-channel version of its highly popular IMx machine health monitoring platform. Initially targeted at the Offshore Wind and Marine sectors, this versatile system brings affordable machine health monitoring to a much wider industrial user base.The Multilog IMx-8 eight-channel unit provides an attractive option for users of mechanical and fluid power train applications, while the combination of an 'Event Capture' feature will appeal
  • SKF seizes counterfeit bearings in West Yorkshire raid

    A raid, led by members of the UK Trading Standards authority alongside staff from SKF's Brand Protection Team, has resulted in the seizure of counterfeit bearings which otherwise could have been sold on to unsuspecting industrial customers and end-users. Several thousands of bearings, of more than 170 different types and sizes were seized, with an estimated total weight of 1.5 tons. A wide range of products was seized, including items used in automotive applications as well as industrial machine
  • Counterfeit SKF bearings seized in West Yorkshire raid

    A raid, led by members of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards authority alongside staff from SKF's Brand Protection Team, has resulted in the seizure of counterfeit bearings which otherwise could have been sold on to unsuspecting industrial customers and end-users. Several thousands of bearings, of more than 170 different types and sizes were seized, with an estimated total weight of 1.5 tons. A wide range of products was seized, including items used in automotive applications as well as indust
  • Spare parts management

    Machines need spare parts. Any business operating significant quantities of machinery will carry of a stock of replacement components. Those parts fulfill a variety of purposes. They are there to replace items that wear out during normal operations, such as bearings, seals and filters and they need to be ready for planned upgrades and overhaul activities. They act as insurance, allowing maintenance teams to fix breakdowns faster than the lead times required to secure replacements from an externa
  • Moving data from big to smart

    Collecting data is one thing, but making sense of it is what adds value. In modern industrial parlance, it’s about turning ‘Big Data’ into ‘Smart Data’.Big Data is often considered to be simply the vast amount of data – generated from sensors, devices, systems and other measurements equipment – which you then have to make sense of. However, it is actually a bit more than that.Data does not all take the same form. Some is ‘structured’ –
  • Prysmian to provide submarine power cable links for offshore wind farms in France

    Valued more than €300M the award by RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Électricité) is the first contract ever for connecting offshore wind electricity to the French gridPrysmian re-confirms its leading role in offshore power grids enabling the development and growth of offshore renewable energy Milan, 21 February 2017. Prysmian, world leader in the energy and telecom cable industry, has been awarded a contract worth more than € 300 million with Réseau de Transport
  • Just released! Two new guidebooks on financing the energy renovation of public and residential buildings

    Learn how to develop and implement three innovative financing schemes that have been tested by 11 European cities and regions !
    Although many cities and regions have engaged into the energy transition, financing sustainable energy measures remains a great challenge. Some project investment costs are high, and covering them by using only municipal budget and traditional financing mechanisms is difficult.
    Local and regional authorities have to be resourceful and open-minded to invent and (...)
  • Just released ! Two new guidebooks on financing the energy renovation of public and residential buildings

    Learn how to develop and implement three innovative financing schemes that have been tested by 11 European cities and regions !
    Although many cities and regions have engaged into the energy transition, financing sustainable energy measures remains a great challenge. Some project investment costs are high, and covering them by using only municipal budget and traditional financing mechanisms is difficult.
    Local and regional authorities have to be resourceful and open-minded to invent and (...)
  • ETL Systems RF equipment selected by EMCALI for Colombian power project

    Madley, UK. 21 February 2017: ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF signal distribution equipment for satellite communications, has been chosen by Colombian telecommunications, water and electricity services provider, EMCALI, to provide RF equipment for its Cali teleport expansion project. EMCALI required a 32 input x 128 output L-band matrix system that could be used to manage L-band signal necessary to improve operation and performance of video and data traffic. This in turn...
  • SKF inverted roller screws engineered for high performance

    SKF’s range of inverted roller screws has been engineered to withstand high loads under the most challenging conditions.Products in the company’s ISR and ISB ranges ensure powerful electromechanical actuation in applications that require compactness, low torque and high load. They were developed for compact electromechanical cylinders – in which the motor is wrapped around the screw – and typically replace hydraulic or pneumatic actuation systems.Common applications inclu
  • First Utility adds Netmums accreditation and Institute of Customer Service ā€˜ServiceMarkā€™ to its growing collection of customer service accolades

    17 February 2017 – First Utility, the largest challenger to the Big Six energy providers, has become the only Netmums-accredited energy company for customer service and value in 2017 and has also achieved the prestigious ServiceMark recognition from The Institute of Customer Service. These accolades complement its Customer Service of the Year award and its Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended status for service and value. Netmums, the UK’s largest parenting website, presented First U
  • SKF highlights latest rail service offerings at Railtex 2017

    At Railtex 2017 on Stand U45, SKF will demonstrate a wide range of services and hardware solutions that bring substantial improvements to rail maintenance scheduling and operational reliability.SKF Insight Rail takes centre stage this year. This wireless-enabled, vibration sensor-based condition monitoring system provides key information on the state of critical wheelset mechanical components. The sensor signals are processed and transmitted via the GSM network to a remote diagnostics centre for
  • Registration open for Energy Cities' Conference : 26-28 April in Stuttgart

    Each year, there is this one special moment, where our network comes together in flesh and blood, with smiles, handshakes and hugs. This special moment is Energy Cities' Annual Conference, a gathering not only of network members but also an invitation to other energy transitioners from the public and private sector to share their innovative thoughts and best practices with European peers. CLICK TO REGISTER !
    Our team is in the starting blocks to welcome you in the German city of (...)
  • New White Paper from IEC assesses the worldwide needs, benefits, policies and preconditions for Global Energy Interconnection

    Geneva, Switzerland, 16 February 2017 – Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces. However, one fifth of the world population still lacks access to energy and 3 billion people rely on wood, coal or animal waste for cooking and heating. Today, sustainable energy and climate change are big global concerns.The interconnection of grids would open up an unprecedented opportunity to globally share the resources of the whole planet, bringing...Source: RealW
  • Training catalogue lays out SKF courses for 2017

    SKF’s catalogue of its 2017 training courses is now available – offering multiple opportunities for employees to enhance their skills.The courses cover everything from basic knowledge of bearings, through more advanced techniques – such as bearing damage classification – to complete modules on condition-based maintenance and work control processes.“Companies that invest time and money upgrading the skills of their employees will, in time, reap the rewards of their i
  • Prysmian Group Academy Celebrates Five Years

    Created in 2012, it has trained over 1,500 individuals worldwideMilan, 14 February 2017 – Prysmian Group Academy — the corporate university of the world leader in the energy and telecom cable industry — is now in its fifth year of operation. Created in 2012, also thanks to a partnership with the SDA Bocconi School of Management, it has allowed over 1,500 individuals of various nationalities to receive training from 50 SDA Bocconi faculty members, an...Source: RealWire
  • A Politicial Board of Cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

    The European Commission's Covenant of Mayors held its first political board meeting on Friday 10 February 2017 in Brussels.
    “Mayors in Europe have been committing to climate and energy issues for years now. We are achieving great results, on track to deliver our part of the EU 2020 objectives. A number of cities have done even more. We are ready to go further, in line with the Paris Agreement, but for that we have to change investment scales, and the scales of (...)
  • A Political Board of Cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

    The European Commission's Covenant of Mayors held its first political board meeting on Friday 10 February 2017 in Brussels.
    “Mayors in Europe have been committing to climate and energy issues for years now. We are achieving great results, on track to deliver our part of the EU 2020 objectives. A number of cities have done even more. We are ready to go further, in line with the Paris Agreement, but for that we have to change investment scales, and the scales of (...)
  • Fluid situation: sustainability in compressors

    The COP21 meeting in Paris was a seismic event that will have a huge effect on sustainability. Future legislation and guidelines are likely to be shaped by what was decided at the conference.Rob Jenkinson, director of corporate sustainability at SKF, says the agreement reached in Paris must now lead to a raft of sensible and challenging legislation – introducing the practical measures that will restrict future temperature rises to less than 2 degrees C.However, the ‘Paris effect&rsqu
  • Prysmian at FTTH Conference 2017: ā€œThe world is moving towards a ubiquitous global fibre presence and we are ready to contribute with our best innovative solutionsā€

    The Group will showcase latest innovations to support the development of broadband in Europe and discuss plans for the future Milan, 9 February 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry and owner of the only European technology for the production of optical fibre, will showcase its latest innovations and discuss its plans for the future at FTTH Conference 2017, taking place February 14-16 in Marseille. “With the world...Source: RealWire
  • Pamplona: How does the city take back control of its energy services?

    It is not an easy task to make the transition from a private to a city-run system. The circumstances leading to this move can vary greatly, be it dissatisfaction with the private services, new political priorities of the city council or pressure from civil society.
    In Pamplona, a city of 196,000 inhabitants located in north-eastern Spain, the shift to renewable and decentralised energy has become a clear political objective since the elections in 2015.Armando Cuenca is the Urban Ecology (...)
  • Prysmian Group at Middle East Electricity 2017

    The Group showcases its full range of cables, including its most recent innovations for Construction, Power Transmission and Industrial applicationsFocus on PRY-CAM Monitoring Systems, TECSUN Solar cables and P-Laser, the most powerful cable solution for HVDC power transmission, with dedicated technical seminarsMilan, 07 February 2017 – Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, will showcase state-of-the-art technologies at MEE 2017, the electrical
  • Superior performance and reliability, precisely delivered by Lincoln PowerLuber cordless grease guns

    The latest generation of Lincoln PowerLuber cordless grease guns from SKF uses lithium-ion battery technology to deliver unprecedented performance. Lithium-ion batteries offer extended operation on a single charge and a longer battery lifetime, even under heavy use.The lithium-ion PowerLuber range is the most comprehensive in the industry, with 12, 18 and 20 V models available to suit every lubrication application, from light workshop and hobby use through to the most demanding production enviro
  • Smart controller simplifies the management of complex lubrication systems

    A new addition to SKF’s comprehensive range of lubrication products, the LMC 301 is a programmable controller for applications where sophisticated control of lubricant delivery is required. Designed for use with pumps that have no built-in controller, the LMC 301 combines all critical lubrication system management functions in a single package, simplifying system setup, operation, monitoring and maintenance.The unit has been designed with modern, precision lubrication applications in mind.
  • 100%RES - Recommendation 2 : Creating new urban-rural partnerships

    Local governments want to get involved and participate in the economic development of their area together with new, game-changing stakeholders, cooperatives and smaller businesses. Rural communities with sufficient resources (forest, wind, agricultural waste, etc.) and space will be able to produce energy, as they already produce food, and “export” their surpluses (electricity, biogas, wood, etc.) to energy intensive urban areas with insufficient resources to meet all their needs. Ne
  • SKF Year-end report 2016

    Gothenburg, 2 February 2017Alrik Danielson, President andCEO:“In 2016 we have seen market conditions graduallyimprove and SKF is now growing again. In the fourth quarter,organic sales increased by 1.2% compared to last year.Sequentially, sales were slightly higher, mainly driven by Asia.Net sales in the quarter were SEK 18.8 billion. We saw a gradualstrengthening in demand during the quarter and less of the seasonalpre-buying which is otherwise associated with that time ofyear.Operating pr
  • Energy Cities presents a brighter State of the Energy Union !

    The Energy Union should be an opportunity to accelerate the energy transition and define a new set of roles, rights and responsibilities for the new players who are at the forefront of it. Instead, the project is mostly focused on creating a giant supergrid of interconnected national energy markets, forcing almost all kinds of renewable energy projects to compete along the same rules. As the Commissioner in charge makes his presentation of the “state of the energy union”, Energy Citi
  • Energy Cities presents a brighter, local State of the Energy Union !

    The Energy Union should be an opportunity to accelerate the energy transition and define a new set of roles, rights and responsibilities for the new players who are at the forefront of it. Instead, the project is mostly focused on creating a giant supergrid of interconnected national energy markets, forcing almost all kinds of renewable energy projects to compete along the same rules. As the Commissioner in charge makes his presentation of the “state of the energy union”, Energy Citi
  • SKF destroys 15 tons of fake bearings

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 1 February, 2017: SKF has recently completed legal proceedings against a dealer of counterfeit bearings in Greece. Initiated in 2009, a total of 15 tons of counterfeit SKF bearings were seized as part of a raid at a dealer’s warehouse in the area of Piraeus, with whom SKF had no business relationship during these years. The bearings have now officially been declared counterfeit by the Greek courts system, resulting in their destruction.The raid in 2009 resulted in the s
  • Hasta la transiciĆ³n! Una transizione per favore!

    Energy Cities' Proposals for the energy transition of cities and towns are now available in Spanish and Italian.
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  • SolarEdge's HD-Wave Inverter First Ever to Reach 99% CEC Efficiency Rating

    Fremont, USA (January 31, 2017) – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, announced today that its award-winning HD-Wave inverter set a new record for the California Energy Commission (CEC), by reaching 99% weighted efficiency. Topping the CEC inverter efficiency list, SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter is based on a novel power conversion topology that significantly decr
  • SKF simplifies the design and operation of centralised lubrication systems with the Lincoln EDL1

    A new dosage and pressure boosting pump offers a simpler, more controllable way to deliver high precision lubrication in demanding production environments. The Lincoln electrically driven lubricator EDL1 is a robust, self-contained lubricant dispensing system that can inject grease at a pressure of up to 280bar (4,060psi) to the connected lubrication system or lubrication point.The device incorporates an electrically driven piston pump with an integrated control board that manages the lubricatio
  • Roller screws for valve actuation

    Modern plants depend on a wide range of electromechanical actuators to provide the vital link between control logic and the process itself. For processes to perform safely and efficiently, those actuators must be quick, precise and reliable. To optimise plant layouts, and simplify installation and maintenance, they should also be small and compact. For the most part, today’s electromechanical actuators fulfil all these requirements, offering levels of performance that far exceed their hydr
  • Improving your process equipment step by step

    The value chain in the food sector is dominated by the major retailers, who seek lower prices from their suppliers without compromising food quality and safety. These demands place considerable pressures on food producers to find greater efficiencies in their manufacturing processes, reducing waste and energy consumption, and improving machine availability. So, at the machine component level, where can these efficiencies be made?Bearings are to be found in almost every machine used in food and d
  • Housing benefits

    Bearing housings are modular assemblies designed to make it easy to install bearings and shafts while protecting bearings, extending their operating life and simplifying maintenance.Housings are available in many sizes, and generally fall into five standard categories: split plummer (or pillow) block housings, non-split plummer block housings, flanged housings, take-up housings and two-bearing housings. These products can be designed to meet specific duty requirements such as load, speed and ope

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