• Five year contract marks milestone for Natural Power and E.ON

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has secured a five year contract to deliver HV support to E.ON UK. By the end of the contract term, the two businesses will have been working together for more than 20 years. Natural Power first delivered operational support to E.ON (formerly Powergen) in 2002 at the 24-turbine Bowbeat Wind Farm in the Scottish Borders, which at that time was Scotland’s most powerful wind farm. Alistair...Source: RealWire
  • HUBER+SUHNER enters mining market with innovative solutions for critical communication infrastructure

    The company’s established knowledge and expertise in fiber optic technology has proven to be key in the mining market and will be showcased at China Coal & Mining Expo 2019Drawing on its extensive experience in providing solutions for optical connectivity in harsh environmental conditions, HUBER+SUHNER is now leading the way in supplying the mining industry with innovative bespoke solutions that address the market challenges.Working with Ampcontrol, a key player in the industry for pow
  • Wiltshire County Council Expands Telensa Deployment to 42,000 Smart Streetlights

    Central Management System has paid for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs and will provide a low-cost platform for future smart city applicationsCambridge, UK - 29 October 2019 Telensa, the market leader in connected street lighting and Smart City applications, today announced that it has been selected by Wiltshire County Council to expand its PLANet intelligent street lighting system by an additional 7,000 lights across the county. The established deployment already controls 35,000
  • Orbital chooses SKF technology for world’s most powerful tidal turbine

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 23 October 2019: SKF has developed a power train for the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, capable of generating 2MW, being developed by Scotland-based Orbital Marine Power.SKF has been supplying bearings and components to Orbital since 2011 but has now taken a further holistic step in its technical capacity, by developing the full power train system.Thomas Fröst, President Industrial Technologies at SKF says: “We have almost a decade’s worth of expe
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  • Natural Power recruits Energy Manager to support clients' carbon targets

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has appointed Duncan Wren in the role of Energy Manager. This new role has been created in response to the growing demand from clients in the built environment to help with lowering their carbon emissions. Euan Hutchison, Associate Technical Director (Planning), said: “Working with our teams of technical specialists, Duncan will provide clients with a route map to net zero, considering appropriate low carbon heat and
  • Natural Power awarded innovation grant to improve wind farm efficiency

    Following a pilot project to improve wind farm efficiency, leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has been awarded more than £100,000 from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to further develop its research into ‘Combining complex and disparate data sources to define and deploy leaner and smarter operational strategies to improve the performance of wind farms’. As wind power generation enters a new era in subsidy-free markets, there
  • Rezatec launches deployment to monitor water pollution around Lake Maumelle for Central Arkansas Water

    Harwell, Oxfordshire, 10 September 2019 – Central Arkansas Water, a metropolitan water utility system located in Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA has partnered with Rezatec, a world leading data analytics company, to conduct a deployment to identify and monitor sources of contaminants entering one of its primary drinking water sources, Lake Maumelle.Lake Maumelle is a 13.9 square mile man-made reservoir that provides approximately 65 percent of all drinking water to the Arkansas state capital
  • US Department of Energy selects Natural Power for smart curtailment technology fund

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power has been selected to receive substantial funding to develop and test a smart curtailment system to protect bats while minimising power loss during wind farm operations. The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected ten projects to receive funding totalling $6.8 million that will reduce environmental compliance costs and the environmental impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy. Christine Sutter, Global Head of Wildlife T
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  • Fred.Olsen Renewables raise more than £16k with Three Peaks Challenge

    Fred.Olsen Renewables, with the help of Natural Power, SeaRoc and ZX Lidars, has raised a total of £16,078 for the Marine Conservation Society, Scottish Mountain Rescue and Mountain Rescue England and Wales by completing the Three Peaks Challenge.A team made up of 27 employees from all four companies took park in the challenge scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales.Finley Becks-Phelps, development manager at Fred.Olsen Renewables, said: “Original
  • Natural Power and FVB form strategic partnership

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, and Swedish district energy consultant and design engineering expert, FVB, have formed a strategic partnership to further the advancement of district heating projects in the UK and Ireland.The combined skills of the organisations provide a unique complete lifecycle service to developers, owners and operators of district energy systems (heating, cooling and power). The partnership will be supporting the drive from fossil fu
  • Natural Power appoints Offshore Services Lead in North America

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power has appointed Matthew Filippelli as Principal Engineer and Offshore Services Lead. He will be based in the New York office located in Saratoga Springs. Jim Adams, President of Natural Power in North America, said: “The US has a vast offshore wind energy resource, and as this market continues to gather pace, it is important that we prioritize expanding our team and expertise to meet the needs...Source: RealWire
  • Natural Power advises Blackfinch Investments on subsidy-free solar farm acquisition

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acted as technical advisor to Blackfinch Investments for the acquisition of a new subsidy-free solar farm project in North Wales. The site, which is located on the Llyn Peninsula, is in advanced stage of development and already has planning consent, a grid connection offer and the option for lease in place to install a 6MW solar farm. It was acquired from Wiltshire based developer Luminous...Source: RealWire
  • Controllis launches Smart48 Hybrid Power Unit for mobile and off-grid site power back-up

    Integrated solution slashes fuel use, adds renewable energy and increases site reliabilityLeading hybrid power systems specialist Controllis has launched the Smart48-Hybrid Power Unit (HPU) which allows mobile and telecoms operators to increase their network reliability and significantly reduce their fuel costs and carbon footprint.There are millions of mobile tower and telecoms sites deployed globally. Powered by a combination of mains (where available) or generators (when there is no mains), s
  • Controllis launches IonLiFe® battery

    New lithium-ion battery transforms hybrid power solutions for telecoms & off-grid sites United Kingdom, 5th July 2019 Critical telecoms and off-grid sites can now gain significant performance and cost improvements by switching to state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries. Leading hybrid power systems specialist Controllis has launched an innovative 48V 105 Amp hour lithium-ion battery solution, IonLiFe®, specifically designed to integrate into the company’s flexible hybrid power syste
  • On-demand production of high-performance seals

    The latest SKF seals have been developed for applications where better sealing performance is required than that provided by a labyrinth seal, but where space does not allow for a taconite seal. The new seal profiles are: TX, a single acting design with a lip seal facing outwards that prevents the ingress of contaminants while enabling grease flushing; TY, a double acting design with a lip facing outwards and a lip facing inwards; TZ, a double acting solution that features two single-lip seals i
  • SKF condition monitoring solution helps Barcelona Metro take a smarter approach to service quality

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 3 July 2019: For over a century, the citizens of Barcelona have relied on the metro to travel into and around the city. At peak times, 150 trains shuttle passengers between 158 stations on the eight-line network, which connects central Barcelona with seven surrounding municipalities.Similar to many public transport systems around the world, the Barcelona Metro network operates in an environment of continually rising demand. In 2018, there were 407.5 million passenger journeys
  • In every revolution, it’s the details that matter

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 2 July 2019: The automotive powertrain is in a state of flux. While engineering teams rush to develop new EV and hybrid architectures, they must continue to squeeze every ounce of efficiency from IC engines and transmission designs. This multilane development strategy has many miles to run.Although governments around the world are announcing plans to phase out petrol and diesel engines over the coming decades, combustion engines, combined with different levels of hybridizatio
  • Natural Power expands commercial team with focus on emerging markets

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, continues to expand its commercial team in 2019 with some key appointments. Keith Burns began as Commercial Director earlier in the year and has now been joined by David Tidhar who moved from the planning and environment team to take up the new role, Head of Emerging Markets. Keith’s role has been focusing on the wider commercial operations of the business by leading the team in...Source: RealWire
  • MIRIS AS Launches Debt Sale

    Investors in sustainable smart community real estate developments now have the opportunity to achieve significant savings and complete transparency, through the power of Blockchain technology.Oslo, 20 June 2019 - MIRIS AS, the Norwegian-domiciled sustainable Smart Community delivery company, today announced the launch of its innovative Debt Sale Program, aimed at expanding their reach in to a global investor base.The Debt Sale supports MIRIS’ evolution into an integrated Smart Community de
  • Introducing the world’s first hybrid bearing life model from SKF

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 June 2019: Called the Generalized Bearing Life Model (GBLM), its development will ensure that SKF customers and distributors choose the right bearing for the right application, every time.Until now, it has been difficult for engineers to predict whether a hybrid bearing will outperform a steel one in a given application, or whether the possible performance benefits that hybrid bearings enable are worth the extra investment they require. The conventional equations engineers
  • HUBER+SUHNER to address challenges limiting the development of the offshore industry at OGA 2019

    Speaking at Oil and Gas Asia (OGA) 2019, the HUBER+SUHNER Head of Business Unit Offshore/Energy Frank Thorn will address the urgent changes that need to be made in the offshore cable industry to allow for future progress.The demand for oil and gas has grown consistently over the last few decades, despite developments in renewable energy. This demand has resulted in a necessity for the offshore industry to explore ever more remotely in order to access...Source: RealWire
  • Launch of ground-breaking split spherical roller bearings

    Most advances in split bearing technology have been incremental improvements over the last 100 years. However, with the introduction of the SKF Cooper split spherical roller bearing, a new level in product quality and precision engineering has been achieved by combining SKF’s spherical roller bearing and SKF Cooper’s split bearing expertise. Manufactured at SKF Cooper in the UK, the new split bearing range enables customers to significantly reduce downtime by the replacement of solid
  • New SKF JIS compliant ball bearing units for the European market

    SKF has released a new, competitive range of JIS compliant ball bearing units for the European market that builds on the success of the company's recently launched JIS compatible UC offer for Asia. The new UC range is supplied as standard with two types of locking systems, a well proven sealing design and superior machined features, and will be available with full after-sales support through SKF's global distribution network.UC bearings offer optimised protection against contaminants and washdow
  • New strategic partnership launches integrated marine coordination service

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has joined forces with SeaRoc and VALEMO to deliver an integrated solution for marine coordination that is fully dedicated to French offshore wind projects. VALEMO, which provides technical services to assist clients in boosting the production of renewable energy plants; together with SeaRoc, provider of the industry-leading marine management system, SeaPlanner, formed this strategic partnership that is being supported by
  • HUBER+SUHNER becomes founding member of IMPI’s new Solid State RF Energy Section, further committing to RF Energy development

    Membership of new group further enhances the company’s work in RF Energy which includes development of a unique portfolio of solutionsHUBER+SUHNER, a leading expert in RF connectivity, has reinforced its commitment to developing products dedicated for solid-state RF Energy applications as it became one of eight companies to found the International Microwave Power Institute’s (IMPI’s) new Solid State RF Energy Section. With significant advantages over existing solutions, such as
  • Customised and hybrid bearings solve fundamental issues in electric vehicles

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 17 May 2019: On the surface, there appears little difference between an electric and hybrid vehicle (EV&HEV) and the conventional car, powered by an internal combustion engine, that it will increasingly replace.However, beneath the chassis, the gulf is huge, with the most fundamental shift being in the drivetrain. Here, powerful electric motors provide the power, and the way in which they work, and how they connect to the rest of the car, requires critical components such
  • SKF confirms closure of Stonehouse factory

    Gothenburg, 17 May 2019: Following aconsultation process with local employee representatives, SKFconfirms the proposed closure of its factory in Stonehouse, UK. Theproposal was made in December 2018 as part of a wider consolidationof the Group’s aerospace manufacturing footprint inEurope.The Stonehouse factory employs some 185 peopleand will be closed by 31 December 2021, as previouslyannounced.Bernd Stephan, President, Automotive andAerospace, says: “The parties have worked together
  • Sandwell Council Selects Telensa to Provide Smart Streetlight Infrastructure

    West Midlands Council’s 2030 vision includes connection of over 11,000 lights by 2022Cambridge, UK 16th May 2019: Telensa, the world leader in smart street lighting and smart city applications, today announced that it has been selected by Sandwell Council to provide a smart street lighting solution as part of the region’s 2030 Vision Initiative. The Council plans to install nearly 4,000 lights by 2020, with the intention to increase this to over 11,000 by 2022,...Source: RealWire
  • Rolling railway maintenance to a digital destination

    Condition-based maintenance (CBM), which involves measuring and monitoring parameters such as vibration and temperature to spot anomalies at an early stage, has been applied for a long time in many industries. The monitoring aspect is commonly known as conditioning monitoring.Historically, the rail industry’s maintenance regime is to service trains on a time or mileage basis. Though this approach has been used successfully for many years, it does not take account of whether parts actually
  • Finding fault: determining the true cause of premature bearing failure

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 2 May 2019: Modern manufacturing practices, and techniques such as predictive maintenance, have helped to make premature bearing failure a rare occurrence. However, it can still happen and, when it does, can have a catastrophic effect. The most worrying thing is that some failed bearings are nowhere near the end of their calculated lifespans and may only have operated for 5-10% of their rated life. This is a source of great expense and annoyance to customers, who expect their
  • Safety first at higher bearing speeds with SKF Explorer single row angular contact ball bearings

    If the rotating machinery industry had a mantra, it would be ‘faster, faster’ - this is particularly relevant for equipment such as pumps and compressors. These industry workhorses are increasingly expected to deliver higher outputs. The way to increase power density is to boost rotation speed, but with this comes potential instability, increased wear and possible failure.For example, pumps are increasingly expected to operate continually while receiving minimal maintenance. Many fac
  • The centre of pressure with hydraulic piston seals

    The piston seal lies right at the heart of hydraulic cylinder performance. Located in a groove on the outer diameter of the piston, this seal must contain the high pressure hydraulic fluid without impeding the motion of piston along the length of the cylinder.Since most hydraulic cylinders operate bi-directionally, the seal must be able to handle pressure from either side. The design of piston seals requires engineers to tread a fine line between friction and sealing performance. If the seal all
  • The centre of pressure

    The piston seal lies right at the heart of hydraulic cylinder performance. Located in a groove on the outer diameter of the piston, this seal must contain the high pressure hydraulic fluid without impeding the motion of piston along the length of the cylinder.Since most hydraulic cylinders operate bi-directionally, the seal must be able to handle pressure from either side. The design of piston seals requires engineers to tread a fine line between friction and sealing performance. If the seal all
  • Celebrating 100 years of the spherical roller bearing

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 16 April 2019: Originally developed in 1919 by an SKF engineer, Arvid Palmgren, the spherical roller bearing (SRB) has since made its mark worldwide.
    Created to complement the self-aligning ball bearing, due to its ability to accommodate misalignment under heavy loads, the initial SKF design has now become part of the largest family of products in the industry. 
    On the fabled Las Vegas Strip in the US, the High Roller ferris wheel contains two of the largest SRBs ever pr
  • Natural Power advises on one of Taiwan’s largest offshore wind power projects

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, is delighted to have acted as technical advisor to a consortium of Japanese investors led by Sojitz Corporation (“Sojitz”) for the agreement of a significant equity position with international wind farm developer WPD on the Yunlin Offshore Wind Park. The transaction will see Sojitz and its consortium participate as a co-owner in the project right through construction and into operations for the 640MW offshore w
  • telent wins IT and communications contract for UK’s first new nuclear plant in a quarter of a century

    Warwick, 08 April, 2019: telent Technology Services Ltd (telent), a leading UK technology and network services company, has been awarded a six-year contract to supply the communications and IT infrastructure at Hinkley Point C (HPC) – the UK’s first nuclear plant to be built in 25 years. telent was chosen by EDF Energy to provide a multi-faceted, IT and communications package at the new site. Once running HPC will generate low carbon electricity for around...Source: RealWire
  • Digitalization: in practice

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 4 April 2019: There has been much conversation about the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, but the focus has generally been about the concept and the technology surrounding this revolution, rather than about the ways it can be put into practice. Here we look at why delivering customer value is so important and how digitalization is beginning to transform business models and industrial partnerships.Delivering customer value
    Recent improvements in connectivity, co
  • Natural Power advises on Cubico's £272m refinancing of 200 MW UK portfolio

    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acted as technical advisor to London headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments (“Cubico”) for the refinancing of its UK renewables portfolio which is comprised of 17 onshore wind farms and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Natural Power carried out technical due diligence services on all 17 operational wind and solar farms across the UK, including an assessment of the projects’ long-term energy pro
  • New online tool makes bearing evaluation faster and easier

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 1 April 2019: SKF has updated its online Bearing Select tool, to make the process of selecting and evaluating a bearing faster and easier.To use the new tool, designers access it online (www.skfbearingselect.com) and enter relevant values for their design. The software then uses SKF engineering knowledge to evaluate bearing performance and calculate relevant results, such as rating life, bearing loads, relubrication interval and frequencies.“SKF Bearing Select automatic
  • SKF collaborates with ATS to develop solutions to reduce life cycle cost for rail freight

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 26 March 2019: The North American rail freight market is the biggest in the world and like most other freight markets are continuously searching for ways to improve efficiency and reduce life cycle cost of assets. The truck or bogie system influences a significant part of the life cycle cost of a freight car. Lighter truck systems that make use of sensor technology and digitalization can enable a shift to a more efficient and reliable solution with less wear, higher payloads
  • Orcan Energy's World Premiere: First ORC-Plant Park in Myanmar

    Munich, Germany - March 26, 2019 - Orcan Energy, a leading manufacturer of energy efficiency solutions based on the proven Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, and its joint venture partner VPower have reached a major milestone: In Myanmar, Southeast Asia, the world’s first 90-megawatt power plant fleet with 70 second-generation ORC products has been built and put into operation. "For Orcan Energy, this installation represents a giant leap towards efficient and sustainable power generat
  • Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts comes to Stirling

    Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power is to headline sponsor the fifth Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts (CWW 2019) that will be hosted in Stirling, Scotland, on 27th to 29th August this year. In a series of keynote talks, sessions and workshops, experts from across the globe will come together at the University of Stirling to share their knowledge on the impacts that wind energy has on wildlife, and to discuss...Source: RealWire
  • Continued success in Hong Kong for the UK based Organics Group

    The Organics Group, a UK and Thailand based wastewater treatment specialist, recently completed the turnkey design, manufacture and installation of its latest HK$ 38 million (US$ 4.8 million) thermal ammonia removal facility to treat leachate from the West New Territories landfill (WENT), the largest landfill in Hong Kong operated by SITA Waste Services. The facility is designed to treat up to 1230 m3 per day of landfill leachate with an ammonia concentration of 4500 mg...Source: RealWire
  • Bioplex and Controllis: Turning farm waste and sunshine into electricity

    Innovative biogas and solar power system provides onsite power from plant and animal wasteFarms and local communities could soon be able to go off-grid, with self-sufficiency in mains electricity and heat thanks to a breakthrough biogas and solar power system.The self-contained, onsite electricity generating solution uses a mix of solar power alongside biogas made from both plant and animal waste. The new hybrid system from Bioplex and Controllis could not only reduce or eliminate electricity...
  • Digitalization: The cultural challenge

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 08 February, 2019: Regardless of their sector, size or history companies are recognising that the recent improvements in connectivity, control and analytical capabilities have the potential to unlock significant improvements in the cost, quality and productivity of their operations. More fundamentally, digital technology is enabling entirely new product and service offerings, and underpinning the creation of new business models.You don’t have to look far to see this pro
  • Ultimate choice for heavy-duty shaft seals

    SKF has extended its range of reinforced shaft seals for heavy industrial applications. As well as providing a wide range of standard catalogue products, SKF offers tailored versions, in terms of both size and engineering properties.“SKF’s extensive range of products, which is not limited to listed catalogue part numbers, ensures that customers in heavy-duty industries find the exact seal they need for their application,” says Darron Henn, Seals Manager at SKF.Seals can be deli
  • Natural Power appoints drone specialist

    Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy Natural Power, has appointed Andre Louis Ferdinand as a Senior Engineer in the inspections service team, based in North America.Andre joins from Ascent Technologies, a Texas-based firm specialising in developing software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Ascent Technologies was acquired by Natural Power earlier this month. Craig Gordon, Global Head of Inspections at Natural Power, said: “Andre is a very welcome addition to
  • Natural Power acquires drone software specialist Ascent Technologies

    Natural Power acquires Ascent TechnologiesLeading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acquired the Texas-based firm Ascent Technologies – a developer of software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations.The specialist software, which has been developed by Ascent Technologies during the course of the past two years, will enable Natural Power to automate drone flights, thus increasing speed, consistency and quality of the data gathered during
  • Sumitomo, SQM, Tungco and ArcelorMittal discuss the future of batteries, sustainable sourcing and trading politics at Argus Metals Week 2019

    Global energy and commodities price-reporting agency Argus will host Argus Metals Week 2019 in London, UK, on 26 February -1 March.Drawing on the success of an established portfolio of metal events, the 11th annual Argus Metals Week conference will provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the metals industry across three focused agendas — Battery materials, SnWTa, and NiCoMo.It will bring together mining companies, producers, manufacturers, traders and market specialists from Australia,
  • SKF sets new standard for hygienic design with ground-breaking Food Line ball bearing units

    With companies striving to perfect a proactive approach to food safety, SKF is launching the new Food Line ball bearing units – Blue Range, which extend a hygienic-design mentality to bearing unit components for food-processing equipment.Since 2012, the food and beverage industry has seen a significant increase in units recalled—a 92.7% spike in FDA recalls and an 83.4% uptick in recalled products by the USDA.1 Meanwhile, bacterial contamination and undeclared allergens together repr
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