Fall in UK Energy Consumption

The UK was the only country in the EU to reduce its power consumption last year, with electricity use growing or stable throughout the rest of the bloc’s 28 member states. Britain’s appetite for electricity continues to be heralded for more than a decade since industrial activity declined and companies and households chosen for more energy efficient lighting and appliances. However, an investigation of official figures by campaign group Sandbag found that the collapse between 2016 and 2017 was one of the greatest in several years, signaling a striking divergence…

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Steel Producers Harvesting Energy

Producing steel is one of the highest energy cost industries and across 2017 there has been an increasing consideration to both reducing carbon emissions and securing stable pricing for energy needs. This has led a number of steel producers to plan and build their own renewable energy plants to supply both their own needs and supply excess to the burgeoning energy demands markets and countries reduce their dependence on coal fired power. Tata Steel’s efforts towards decreasing carbon footprint, has seen a 3MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant was commissioned…

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Thames Water Cancels Dividends Seeks to Clean Up its Image

Thames Water sought this month to draw a line below a terrible year, as Britain’s largest water utility faces a huge image cleanup challenge to match the billions of litres of sewage it leaked into the river which it takes its name. Thames Water has suspended dividends to its shareholders this year as it attempts to clean up its image after coming under fire for polluting waterways, piling debt and paying no UK corporation tax. In march a damning verdict in Aylesbury Crown Court Judge Francis Sheridan explained the scale…

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BASF New World Scale Chemical Catalysts Manufacturing Plant Expanded

Picture Courtesy http://www.basf-coatings.com: The 3-D robot can simulate nearly any situation at a paint line anywhere in the world, which enables BASF’s new Automotive Application Center to optimize application processes and products. It can apply the coating not only vertically and horizontally, but also three-dimensionally, for instance, for mirror housings. BASF announces its investment to construct its initial regional Automotive Application Center at Asia Pacific, to be found in the BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific (Shanghai), China. Start of operations is intended for the end of 2018. As an integrated…

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Business Stream secures wastewater services contracts at three UK airports

AGS Airports has signed fresh three-year contracts with Scottish water merchant Business Stream for the source of wastewater and water services in Britain for three of its airports. UK-based AGS Airports owns Aberdeen International Airport Glasgow Airport and Southampton Airport. Business Stream has secured a new source contract for Southampton Airport, also has expanded its existing contracts. AGS Airports procurement group head Maureen Jamieson said: “Business Stream’s providers and account management support allow us to deal with the airport’s water systems smoothly and economically. “As a business dedicated to reducing…

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Sellafield workers prepare for industrial strike

Sellafield workers are getting ready to hold an industrial action ballot in a dispute over pay. Unite and GMB members in the nuclear reprocessing plant will hold the ballot over a 1.5 percent payoffer that’s been enforced by management. GMB intends to ballot its 3,000 members, asserting Sellafield has ignored repeated requests for talks. Its ballot starts on Monday, August 14 and will close on Monday. Unite’s shop stewards decided at a meeting last Friday to proceed with the union’s 2,000 members’ ballot in the site. Members can anticipate ballot…

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UK Food and Drink Trends 2017-2018

Each year, the gastronomic forecasters at The Food People publish their annual list of food and drink trend predictions. We have already been seeing a number of these taking shape. Veganuary saw 60,000 people pledge to go vegan for the entire month of January. It was a number of signs-ups, increasing 260% on the preceding calendar year. Alternative milks have seen a increase in popularity. At the end of this past year, The Grocer reported earnings of Alpro goods grew up $23 million over the preceding year, while earnings of…

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Shetland Islands smart grid trial hailed as success

The system operator claims its five year long Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project has shown that the capability of smart grids to work reliably with high levels of renewable penetration. In addition, it has demonstrated scope for integrating countless UK home appliances into electricity distribution networks, SSEN that was stated. The scheme examined using a new active network management (ANM) management system along with nationally demand-side reaction (DSR) and also utility-scale energy storage to enable the greater integration of renewables into the islanded power grid. “By creating flexible…

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Andritz to upgrade Thai Paper wet lap plant

Andritz has received an order to upgrade the damp lap place of Thai Paper Co., Ltd. at its Wangsala pulp work in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Startup is planned for July 20 17, as the business claims in the press release obtained by Lesprom Community. Andritz will provide important parts for an upgrade of the 2.4 m wide Andritz twin cable press, installed in 1990 and used in a wet panel application. The Andritz delivery also contains oversight is worked by erection and start up of the place. Indian Paper is a…

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Central heating for cities’ networks share £24m of government funding

Nine councils will be given a share of $24 million for heating network schemes that behave as “central heating for cities”, the Government has declared. The money is the first round of financing from a $320 million pot to encourage district heating systems that can provide cheaper and cleaner heat and warm water to homes and companies. The nine successful councils vary from Sheffield to four London boroughs and demand technology including gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants, an ‘energy from waste’ plant along with a heat pump scheme.…

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