Video – Electrical Energy Storage Systems

We have found the following video made by the IET on Electrical Energy Storage Systems, it gives a good insight, please let us know your thoughts.

The IET’s Code of Practice Electrical Energy Storage Systems was developed by industry leaders. In this video, hosted by Robert Llewellyn, some of these committee members discuss the impact of electrical energy storage systems, the need for standardisation in this area and how the Code will help inform best practice for the industry.

 

What’s Inside Wiring Matters – Issue 67 – September 2017

Let’s take a look at whats inside the latest edition of the IET Wiring Matters magazine (Issue 67 – September 2017)

The Impact of the 18th edition (BS 7671:2018)

In this article, Geoff Cronshaw looks at some of the proposed changes in the DPC (draft for public comment) for electrical installations, focusing on Section 704, Section 708, and Section 721.

Electrical qualifications

For some, the electrical industry might seem like a bit of a minefield when trying to assess the skill and capability of a person who is carrying out electrical work in the UK. In this article, Steven Devine sheds some light on the qualifications (past and present) that persons may have, what they all mean.

Double success for JIB Apprentice Exchange

Two electrical apprentices have been named as the lucky winners of the Joint Industry Board (JIB) Apprentice Exchange Programme and will travel to Australia later this year to spend six weeks working ‘down under’. The IET would like to extend their congratulations to Joshua Horton of RB Emerson Group Ltd and George Stickings of T Clarke plc, who were chosen as the stand-out candidates following a challenging selection and interview process.



Statutory and non-statutory documents applicable to the electrical industry

Do you have any responsibility for the installation, maintenance and/or upkeep of the fixed wiring or portable appliances at work? If so, a time will come – if it hasn’t already – when you will need to know how to stay on the right side of the law. So, do you know the difference between which legislation has to be complied with and which documentation you can rely on to help comply with it? If not, Gary Gundry, electrical safety specialist, trainer and technical consultant, is here to help.

The store-age: the start of smarter energy consumption

Dr Andrew Crossland MIET discusses changes in the installation notification process for energy storage systems and how flexibility-technologies, including energy storage, are fast impacting how we consume energy.

You can read the full story’s online here

 

Schneider Electric Agrees To Buy Aveva

French industrial group Schneider Electric has agreed a takeover of Aveva a UK engineering software developer, in a deal worth more than £3bn.

Shares in Aveva surged almost 25% in early trading on Tuesday 5th September, after the UK engineering group announced plans to merge with the software division of French giant Schneider Electric.

The deal, which will create a company worth approximately £3bn and will be completed by the end of 2017, is a case of third time lucky, as over the last three years Schneider has twice tried to merge with Aveva.

“I believe in this case, in the third period, things are different,” Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric’s CEO and Chairman told CNBC.

Schneider Electric is expected to take a 60 percent stake in the enlarged group’s stock under the terms of this deal, with the combination being classified a reverse takeover, the companies added. The enlarged Aveva Group stock is expected to remain listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Are We Ready To Switch To Electric Cars

Electric cars are on the way, but are we ready ? If they take off like the government suggests, more people will need electric charging points installed and that is a bonus for the electrical industry.

The government recently announced plans to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, which is part of a long-term plan to tackle air pollution. Emissions from vehicles contribute to pollution and climate change, as well as harming our health. As the UK’s plan for this notes: “Although air pollution has improved, it still poses an urgent health problem”.

Nearly all of the cars on our roads are diesel or petrol

There were 30.8 million licensed cars on the roads in Great Britain in 2016. This has risen by nearly 10 million since 1994.

In 2016, diesel cars accounted for 39.1% of licensed cars on our roads, up from just 7.4% in 1994. Meanwhile, petrol cars accounted for 59.7% of all licensed cars in 2016, down from 92.6% in 1994.

The rise in the sale of diesel cars in recent years is linked to a tax cut on diesel cars and a reduced vehicle tax on all cars with low carbon dioxide emissions, which encouraged people to trade their petrol cars for diesel vehicles.

There has been an increase in the number of alternative fuel vehicles, which includes electric cars, illustrating some willingness for consumers to adapt to new technologies. However, they still make up a tiny percentage (1.2%) of all licensed cars on the road today.



Motorists pay the bulk of environmental taxes

Environmental tax accounts for 7.2% of all taxes and social contributions to government. It includes transport, energy, pollution and resource taxes.

Government revenue from environmental taxes reached £47.6 billion in 2016. Revenue from the taxes that affect motorists – indirect taxes like the tax on fuel, and direct taxes like vehicle tax – make up a high proportion of the overall revenue from environmental taxes.

Few people are thinking about buying an electric car

Just 5% of adults aged 16 and over had thought about buying an electric car or van in 2016. Meanwhile, over half (55%) reported they had not thought about buying an electric car or van. Some 16% said they considered it, but decided not to buy one just yet.

The most significant barrier to buying an electric car, for many people, was related to the battery. This included the perceived lack of charging stations, and concerns that they won’t be able to recharge when they need to, or that the battery is limited to a distance that is too short.

The advent of new technologies, which can increase battery capacity and therefore the distance vehicles can travel on one charge, may convince motorists that electric is a more attractive option.

Story via gov.uk

17th Edition – Installing Consumer Units

We have found a useful guide published by Hager regarding installing consumer units.

This guide will help you understand the Wiring Regulations and current Building Regulations, providing the necessary facts to construct compliant installations including Consumer Units.

The PDF can be found here – http://www.hager.co.uk/files/download/0/2802_1/0/Hager%20Guide%20to%2017th%20Edition%20Consumer%20Units.pdf