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£4 Million Boost To Help Switch Vans And Trucks To Electric

£4 Million Boost To Help Switch Vans And Trucks To Electric

The government is committing an additional £4 million to the Plug-In Van grant scheme extending the eligibility to larger electric vehicles.

  • electric trucks above 3.5 tonnes eligible for grants of up to £20,000
  • scheme will help improve air quality in towns and cities
  • move to electric vehicles crucial for decarbonising the transport system

Businesses will now benefit from grants up to £20,000 when switching their large trucks to electric vehicles, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced during a 3 day visit to Japan where he is meeting Japanese automotive companies.

The Plug-In Van grant has been available to small commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes since 2012, but sales of new electric vans have remained limited.

Electric vans and trucks have significant air quality benefits, as they spend much of their time in towns and city centres and over 96% of them are diesel-powered.

The government is now committing an additional £4 million to the scheme so that all vans and trucks meeting the necessary requirements are eligible as part of the drive to reduce carbon emissions from transport use.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

The electric car revolution is well underway with consumers and this funding will encourage more businesses to consider switching to cleaner vans and trucks.

Our automotive sector is thriving with the world’s most popular electric car already made in the UK and we are forging ahead to deploy new engine technology to make low-carbon vehicles mainstream, and leading the way in driverless car technology.

The government and industry continue to work together to support the UK’s world class automotive industry to ensure we continue to be the number one place in the world to develop and manufacture cars.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), a joint unit of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport, believes extending the scheme will stimulate demand for more electric vans and trucks, and consequently encourage new entrants into the electric van market.

The government and industry continue to work together to support the UK’s world class automotive industry, including on the Advanced Propulsion Centre, which has invested £1 billion to develop low carbon technologies. We have also invested £100 million in connected and autonomous vehicles, and through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles we are also helping work up the most constructive programme to support the adoption of electric vehicles.

It is the second visit the Business Secretary has made to Japan since his appointment in July 2016, highlighting the personal importance he attaches to this particular relationship. Japan is the second biggest investor in the UK and their track record of co-operation in the development of new technologies and business models is second to none. In addition to visiting Nissan, the Business Secretary also met with Honda and Toyota executives.

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story via gov.uk

UK Electronics Company Develop Parts For Britwind Wind Turbines

UK electronics company develop bespoke coil and machinery for wind turbine manufacturer

AGW Electronics have designed and developed a bespoke coil and associated winding machine for UK wind turbine manufacturer Britwind.

Due to the compact nature and unusual shape of the wind turbine, standard products were unable to be used. AGW have not only ensured that the coil was wound with great control and precision, but also manufactured a specific machine allowing them to fulfil this order.

Initially, Britwind approached AGW with a prototype coil that had been made in parts where the separate wire strands had to be soldered together. This had been challenging and the coil that was developed was subject to vulnerability and quality problems, as well as taking up some needed space in the design.

AGW were able to develop a bespoke coil which had a continuous run of the wire strands (so no solder joints) despite the coil winding having to change direction.

“We knew that we would be able to provide a solution to our client’s challenge, however, initially we did not have a machine at that time that was capable of making the specified coil. As specialists in the design and manufacture of bespoke electronics components we manufactured a specific machine to allow us to fulfil their requirements.”
Nigel Godwin, MD AGW

We hope that our new development for this company will allow us to work further with other similar companies in this industry with cost effective results.

“The winding component was very technically challenging, however AGW displayed their knowledge and years of technical experience throughout the process and their winding technique achieved a very consistent control of the coil. We had great communication with AGW all the way through the project and we were very impressed by their resourcefulness in building a bespoke machine.”
Mike Wastling, Technical Director, Britwind.

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AEG Creates Hybrid Energy Storage System

 

AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, today announced it has developed a unique Hybrid Energy Storage System which combines standard battery storage with power-to-heat technology to reduce the total cost of energy storage operation.

The solution can be installed in any type of facility which uses thermal processes, including local heat networks in combination with an electrical distribution network.

With the Hybrid Energy Storage solution from AEG PS, the power conversion system (PCS) becomes the central key element operating the power management and controls both the battery as well as the heating system. The PCS and all equipment required for grid connection (e.g. transformer and switch gear) therefore are used for both the batteries and the heater. The platform allows for all typical applications of standard battery energy storage in particular, frequency regulation; bby combining both systems, the capacity of the thermal storage adds up to the battery storage capacity.

“Technically, in a stand-alone battery energy storage system, explains Andreas Becker, Product Manager at AEG Power Solutions, it’s necessary to keep a battery charge stable at the 50% level in order to provide grid frequency regulation. By combining it with a power to heat system, we allow extra energy to go to the thermal process. The battery can then operate at 100% capacity.”

This in fact leads to dividing the battery total capacity required by almost two. Taking into account that they represent usually around 70% of an energy storage installation, the economic benefit of the innovation is obvious and the payback period of the investment is approximately 3 years faster in a primary control power market.

AEG Power Solutions engineers the complete solution and provides the key components such as the power conversion hardware and the power management software.

AEG PS is an innovator in energy storage and management thanks to its many decades of experience in the world of UPS, power electronics, batteries as well as international grid connection compliance. This unique combination of know-how has been leveraged to design products and solutions for energy storage.

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The Amazing Folding UK Plug

The Amazing Folding UK Plug

We found this amazing plug when looking on line this week. The history behind it is from The Royal College of Art’s graduate show, and the show-stopper was this plug. Min-Kyu Choi impressed every passer by with his neat, apparently market-ready plug that folds down to the width of an Apple MacBook Air. “The MacBook Air is the world’s thinnest laptop ever. However, here in the UK, we still use the world’s biggest three-pin plug,” says Choi.

As with many things it started with a problem; the size of the UK plug versus the products that they serve. Min-Kyu Choi had a direct encounter with this having discovered a scratch on his laptop being caused by the UK plug in his bag. The UK plug, having been designed in 1947 when portability was not a consideration, had long since become outdated.

Min-Kyu set about solving the problem.  Min-Kyu Choi and Matthew Judkins came together in 2009 to make Min-Kyu’s solution a reality. Having subsequently won a number of awards and having seen a concept video receive over 500,000 hits, their first product was launched in 2012 under the crowd sourced name ‘Mu’.

For more information take a look at http://www.madeinmind.co.uk/

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Energy Companies Targeted By Laziok Trojan

computerVirusIt has been reported that A Trojan is targeting firms in the energy industry, infiltrating systems in a bid to gather information about a company’s operations.  The malware, discovered by researchers working at Symantec, found that most of the attacks involved victims in the petroleum, gas and helium industries, especially those based in the United Arab Emirates, which accounted for one in four attacks.

The group behind the attack does not seem to be particularly advanced, as they exploited an old vulnerability and used their attack to distribute well-known threats that are available in the underground market. However, many people still fail to apply patches for vulnerabilities that are several years old, leaving themselves open to attacks of this kind.

The full details are found in the following Symantec blog – http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-reconnaissance-threat-trojanlaziok-targets-energy-sector

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