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L-3 MAPPS to upgrade Brazil’s Angra 2 nuclear plant simulator

L-3 MAPPS has signed an agreement with Eletrobràƒ¡s Termonuclear S.A. à‚— Eletronuclear of Brazil to upgrade its Angra 2 simulator at the Almirante àƒlvaro Alberto Nuclear Power Station.

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The project started during the summer and will span approximately two years. “L-3 MAPPS is pleased to be involved with the Angra 2 simulator,” said Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales for L-3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “We look forward to continuing our expansion in South America.”

The first phase of the project will see the simulator’s software rehosted to PC/Windows-based computers running L-3 MAPPS’ modern Orchid simulation environment with advanced instructor station capabilities. The models are currently programmed in assembly language will be converted to C language.

The aging master controller will be replaced, and L-3 MAPPS will implement a new master controller to establish I/O communications with the hard panels. As a second step, the primary system models will be replaced with higher fidelity models.

L-3 MAPPS will supply its advanced neutronics model generated by Orchid Core Builder to replace the reactor core model, and use Orchid Modeling Environment to provide the nuclear steam supply system, containment, and HVAC models.

Angra 2, a Siemens-designed Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) with a net output of 1350 MW, was connected to the grid in 2000. It is located near the town of Angra dos Reis, roughly 200 km south of Rio de Janeiro. The site also houses the Angra 1 unit, a 657 MW PWR designed by Westinghouse. The completion of Angra 3, based on the same German technology as Angra 2, is also expected to proceed in the near future. The Angra 2 simulator is housed at Eletronuclear’s training center in Mambucaba (Municipality of Paraty).

Eletronuclear was established in 1997 for operating and building nuclear power plants in Brazil.

A subsidiary of Eletrobràƒ¡s, Eletronuclear is a government-controlled company which accounts for the generation of 3 per cent of electric power consumed in Brazil; the balance is made up from hydro-electrical sources. L-3 MAPPS, a division of the L-3 Marine & Power Systems group, has over 25 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and 35 years of experience in simulators to utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than three decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors.

UK electrical specialists win Wave Hub installation contract

The pioneering Wave Hub project has moved another step closer after a à‚£1m ($1.67m) contract was placed for electrical equipment installation and commissioning to link the wave energy project to be built next year off the UK coast of Cornwall with the National Grid.

Work will be carried out by Poole-based Powermann Ltd after it won a European-wide tender process to supply and install onshore electrical equipment. The company specialises in high voltage power station and sub-station projects and employs 75 people in Dorset. The Wave Hub project is being spearheaded by the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency) and will create a giant grid-connected electrical socket on the seabed off the coast of Cornwall to enable wave energy devices to be tested on a scale not seen before.

Previously the UK government announced South West England will become a world centre for wave and tidal energy after the region was designated the UK’s first Low Carbon Economic Area because of its strength in marine energy. The UK government is investing à‚£9.5 million in Wave Hub and a further à‚£10m to support other marine energy projects in the South West. The total Wave Hub project is now valued at à‚£42m, with funding secured from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence Programme (à‚£20m) and the RDA (à‚£12.5m).

Nick Harrington, Head of Marine Energy at the South West RDA said: “We are delighted to have Powermann on board to deliver the onshore electrical package for Wave Hub. Now that we have reached the stage of awarding contracts to suppliers the project is really taking off and we look forward to shortly starting the recruitment for a Wave Hub general manager, who will lead the operation of Wave Hub.”

With planning consent, funding and its first wave energy device developer (Ocean Power Technologies) now all in place, installation work on Wave Hub is likely to start in summer 2010, with the first wave energy devices expected to be deployed in 2011. The RDA has already placed its first equipment order with JDR Cable Systems Ltd to manufacture the cable and hub assembly for the Wave Hub in a contract worth à‚£7.6m. The latest contract awarded to Powermann includes the supply of transformer, electrical switchgear and other high-voltage equipment.

Nigel Ritchie-Lilley, Engineering Manager for Powermann, said: “Over the past 12 months we’ve seen a significant growth in our work within the renewable energy sector and we are very excited about working on our first wave energy project. As a South West based business we’re pleased to be playing a role in such a ground breaking project that will put the region on the world stage for the development of wave energy devices.”

Carlo Gavazzi launches 3 kW wind turbine solution

Carlo Gavazzi is meeting the increasing demand for small-scale renewable energy sources with a complete package for residential or commercial wind power generation.

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The Mistral solution comprises of a 3kW micro wind turbine, braking control unit and inverter, enables users to generate electricity for the home or office, and feed surplus energy into the public grid. Power is generated by a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT), which offers high efficiency with a low level of audible noise.

The 2.6m diameter propeller provides a sweep area of 5.31mà‚² and is integrated with a generator and tail atop a zinc-coated pole typically 6m in height. This 48.5kg unit makes use of lightweight, weather resistant materials: together with a specially-designed blade profile, it provides very high performance even in case of dominant wind turbulence. In harsh conditions, even when installed close to high buildings; this small turbine provides up to 39 per cent of total efficiency.

When the wind speed is more than 12.5m/s the safety “furling protection” tilts the mill tail, orientating the propeller diagonally to the wind direction, and forcing the propeller to slow down. In such condition the maximum power is also self limited to 3.3 kW.

The generator is a three-phase permanent magnet unit with 18 electrical poles, designed to produce power at low speeds and providing a maximum output of 3.3 kW. It is housed in a central body assembly, which also incorporates yaw bearings enabling the turbine to rotate and maintain the optimum heading. Electrical connections to the inverter and control system are via a slip ring located in the tower mount.

Three phase power at variable voltage is converted to a single-phase, 230 VAC output at 50Hz, using the WTI3 inverter unit. A safety and monitoring system maintains efficiency to better than 95 per cent and guarantees immunity from electro magnetic influence within international EMC standards.

Full digital control ensures low current distortion of better than three per cent, along with output frequency detection and synchronisation. Also integrated is Carlo Gavazzi’s maximum peak power tracking technology to maintain optimum wind power output. Active anti-islanding protection is provided for grid monitoring to ensure the highest levels of installer and user protection.

Three phase power at variable voltage is converted to a single-phase, 230 VAC output at 50Hz, using the WTI3 inverter unit. A safety and monitoring system maintains efficiency to better than 95 per cent and guarantees immunity from electro magnetic influence within international EMC standards.

electromagnetic brakes: a resistor brake, which operates when the wind speed goes above 13.5m/s, and a short-circuit brake that takes over if the resistor brake is activated repeatedly in a short time, or if the wind turbine speed increases despite the action of the resistor brake. In addition, manual brakes are provided via a mushroom switch and a maintained-action push button.

Braking unit and inverter are available separately or within a complete packaged wind turbine cabinet WTC3 that also integrates surge protection, along with the facility to monitor power output using a MID-compliant energy meter connected via an RS-485 interface, grid interface and breaker.

Yokogawa bags Vietnam order

Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte. Ltd. has received a contract from LILAMA Corporation to supply control systems and instrumentation for the Vung Ang 1 power plant, which is being built for the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group.

The contract is estimated to be worth $16.6m. Situated in Ha Tihn Province, the Vung Ang 1 power plant will have two 600 MW units, for a combined generating capacity of 1200 MW. Unit 1 is planned to be operational by mid-2012 and unit 2 by early 2013.

In this project, Yokogawa Engineering Asia is providing control systems and instrumentation for the boilers. These include a CENTUM series integrated production control system, the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System, the Exaquantum Plant Information Management System, and DPharp transmitters. As part of its full turnkey project solution, Yokogawa Engineering Asia is also providing engineering and installation supervision.

Tentec launches ‘Single Deck’ bolt tensioner for blade and bearing applications

A compact tensioning tool has been added to the Aero range of bolt tensioning equipment for wind turbines from industry specialists, Tentec.

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Developed by Tentec’s highly skilled engineers, this latest addition to the WTB range for blade and bearing applications is ideal where height restrictions mean that the existing ‘double deck’ bolt tensioners cannot be used.

These new ‘single deck’ tools include all the features expected from Tentec manufactured equipment including an overstroke limiter, geared nut rundown and a unique failsafe feature to ensure optimum safety standards.

Yokogawa power meter measures transformer losses at Holland’s SMIT Transformers

The Yokogawa WT3000 digital power analyser is at the heart of a test system being used by Smit Transformers NV, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of high-power transformers for power distribution networks, to provide accurate measurement of power losses.

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Smit Transformers, part of the SGB-Smit Group and based at Nijmegen in the Netherlands, manufactures very large (up to ‘house sized’) transformers for use in power stations and substations. These units are designed for 3-phase operation with voltages up to 525 kV and power ratings up to 1000 MVA.

At these power levels, the power losses which are inherent in every transformer design can have a significant effect. A typical large transformer may suffer losses of around 0.25 per cent of its total output, which can equate to a value of 2.5 MW for a 1000 MVA transformer. It is therefore important for the transformer manufacturer to know the exact value of the power loss before the unit is shipped to the customer.

The need for accuracy in these loss measurements is further emphasized by the fact that even a one per cent error in the measured value could still represent an error of 25 kW: again, a significant amount in financial terms. The situation is further complicated by the fact that these measurements need to be made at very low power factors where accuracy becomes an even more sensitive issue.

Smit Transformers used a number of transformer test systems incorporating proprietary power meters. Smit’s engineers decided to use the Yokogawa WT3000, which is renowned for its high accuracy.

Not only does the accuracy of the WT3000 meet the requirements of the transformer manufacturer – particularly at low power factors – the instrument also offers two other important benefits. Firstly, its multiple inputs enable it to carry out simultaneous measurements on all three phases, whereas previously Smit Transformers had used three separate wattmeters – one for each phase. Secondly, the built-in oscilloscope-type display on the WT3000 allowed engineers to view the current and voltage waveforms, so that they could see in real time the effects of those harmonics that can affect measurement results at low power factors.

To ensure that the measured results were correct, Smit Transformers then confirmed the calibration of the test system using the services provided by one of the world’s leading standards organisations: the Canadian Metrology Institute (part of the National Research Council of Canada). The extremely positive result of these tests, verifying an error of less than 10 parts per million, persuaded Smit Transformers to standardise on the Yokogawa WT3000 digital power analyser for use with all their transformer test systems.

Taking the lead in wind turbine blade testing

Megger says that its KC series of test leads, which were developed in conjunction with leading manufacturers of wind turbines, provide a complete and convenient solution to the problem of finding reliable test leads that are long enough to be used for testing the continuity of lightning protection conductors in wind turbine blades.

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Believed to be the first commercially available products of their type that have been specifically designed for wind turbine applications, Megger’s new test leads eliminate the need for engineers and technicians involved in wind turbine testing to fabricate their own test leads à‚— a time consuming and inconvenient process à‚— or to resort to makeshift arrangements that may deliver uncertain results.

KC-series wind turbine test leads are available 100 m, 50 m and 30 m versions, and are equally suitable for use on site or in the manufacturing plant. For convenience and ease of handling, they are supplied as standard on a heavy-duty cable reel that is fitted with a friction brake to avoid tangles when paying out the cable.

The leads are terminated with large robust Kelvin clips that have been specially designed to offer ease of use while providing the consistently reliable connections needed to ensure accurate and repeatable test results. Included with each lead set is a 5 m cable fitted with a duplex handspike for probing the lightning receptors on the tips of the turbine blades

KC-series leads are ideally suited for use with Megger DLRO10HD low-resistance digital ohmmeters, which combine robust construction with a high test current capability. They also have an IP65 protection rating with the lid closed, and an IP54 rating when the lid is open and tests are being performed, which means that they can be safely used outdoors even when it is raining.

While these features make DLRO10HD ohmmeters an excellent choice for wind turbine applications, KC-series leads can also be used successfully with most modern types of low-resistance ohmmeter.

Swagelok releases accessories for the M200 power supply

Combining form and function, Swagelok Company released new software for its Swagelok welding system M200 power supply to deliver increased performance in an updated graphical interface.

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The M200 offers ease of use, portability, and 200 amp capability for orbital welding at a weight of less than 50 lbs (23 kg). A high-resolution, 12.1 in. (30.7 cm) colour industrial touch screen gives users a simple, intuitive pathway to enter weld programs.

The streamlined display includes an improved weld head graphic, which presents weld progress in greater detail to help operators better evaluate the weld. The graphic shows progression, performance levels, and stop/start for each level of the weld in real-time. If the weld deviates from the selected weld schedule, those points are marked so the operator can evaluate after the weld is complete.

“In developing the version 2.01 software, we wanted to concentrate on making it easier for welders to evaluate the live progress of their welds,” said John Glessman, product manager, Swagelok Company. “Plus, by improving the recording of weld data with the M200, we can help welders make more efficient adjustments and reduce downtime.”

The software also includes a new tacking method to help ensure proper alignment of the workpieces prior to beginning the full weld. The new method stabilizes the workpieces during tacking to circumvent separation. The tack placement can be seen on the weld head graphic.

In addition to the version 2.01 software, Swagelok also recently introduced three new accessories for the M200 power supply. The port cover is designed to protect the ports on the M200’s side panel from contamination at the job site. The remote pendant enhances basic operation of the power supply. And the handheld barcode scanner allows for immediate data input and improved data integrity, delivering time savings in the tracking of welding projects.

Tidal power feasibility study power

The UK’s Peel Energy and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) have reached an important milestone in their quest to determine the feasibility of harnessing energy from the tidal power of the Mersey Estuary.

A team including Scott Wilson, EDF, Drivas Jonas, RSK, APEM, Turner and Townsend, Regeneris, University of Liverpool have been selected to undertake a feasibility study.

The objectives of the study are to identify a single preferred tidal power scheme which stands the greatest chance of delivering the maximum affordable energy with acceptable impacts on the environment, shipping, business and the community.

The Mersey Estuary has one of the largest tidal ranges in the UK. It has the potential to make a significant contribution to London’s target to secure 20 per cent of UK energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Tenet Consultants enters into nuclear collaboration with Yokogawa

Yokogawa UK Ltd. has signed a partnership agreement with Tenet Consultants covering collaboration in automation, instrumentation and safety systems for the nuclear industry.

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Under the terms of the agreement, Tenet will assist Yokogawa UK in the preparation and development of quotes for nuclear energy projects, and will also use their expertise in the nuclear sector to aid delivery and implementation.

Commenting on the agreement, Martin Ward, Managing Director of Yokogawa UK Ltd., said: ‘There is an increasing likelihood that nuclear energy will play a significant part in the UK’s future power generation mix, and Yokogawa is well placed to benefit from the extensive investment that will be involved. Teaming up with a consultancy with a proven track record in the nuclear sector is a key element in our strategy for growth in this sector.’

Tenet is a specialist consultancy company providing design and technical services to all sectors of industry and facilities management. Tenet was formed in 2005, and has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification for developing client concepts into detail designs. The company has a strong track record in the nuclear industry, and has established excellent relationships with end-user companies and major contractors in this sector.

Own the last ever AVOmeter

Testing technology never stands still, and Megger prides itself on being a company not only that stays abreast of the latest innovations, but also creates and drives those innovations.

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This was also true in 1923 when the AVOmeter à‚— the world’s first multimeter à‚— was launched AVO multimeters were to remain in continuous production for 85 years.

However, every product range eventually comes to the end of its life and late in 2008, production of the iconic AVO 8 analogue multimeter finally ceased. Though there was still a steady demand for this venerable product, its final withdrawal was forced by the impossibility of obtaining the components needed to build it.

And now Megger has given Power Engineering International readers the opportunity to win it.

All you have to do is to send Megger your most amusing story relating to your experiences with either an AVO multimeter or Megger instrument. Your entry must be no more than 200 words and you can either send it by email to competition@megger.com or by post to AVO Competition, Megger Limited, Archcliffe Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9EN, United Kingdom. Entries must be received no later than 31 December 2009.

LumaSense launches Mikron CoalScan thermal imaging system

LumaSense Technologies, a leading provider of infrared thermography and non-contact temperature solutions with its Mikron Infrared products, has announced the release of its new CoalScan Thermal Imaging System.

Designed specifically for the coal industry, the Mikron CoalScan is a cost-effective and comprehensive non-contact thermal imaging system for detecting hot spots on coal conveyors, coal piles and other sensitive areas. The core of the CoalScan system is the fully radiometric Mikron MCL160 thermal imaging camera.

This camera system has the ability to detect thermal abnormalities in environments where quick, accurate temperature measurement is required of fast moving and highly volatile targets. The CoalScan system allows the user to have a complete radiometric view of the crucial coal processes where pyrometers and other temperature measurement devices fall short.

The CoalScan system is a complete solution that includes thermal imagers, enclosures and MikroSpec RT software. MikroSpec RT software provides the user with complete configuration and control of the imaging system. With image transfer via Giga-E, the system is easily integrated into existing control schemes for remote monitoring through standard network protocols. In addition, multiple PLC interface options are available, including OPC and ModBus.

“The CoalScan system will allow for users to quickly and confidently take advantage of thermal imaging as a ‘real world’ tool to protect their processes and personnel. With the flexibility the CoalScan system

Peak performance for Multi-Contact solar connectors

Solar power junction boxes and connectors from Multi-Contact are helping to power the newly opened Matterhorn Glacier Paradise restaurant in the Swiss Alps.

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Located at an altitude of almost 4000 metres above sea level on the Klein Matterhorn peak, the complex receives most of its power from Europe’s highest photovoltaic (PV) installation in the form of a 200 m2 solar array.

The environmental conditions are extreme to say the least, and the Multi-Contact components were selected because of their high reliability and durability in such conditions. The 108 monocrystalline solar panels are built into the building’s southern facade and were specially developed and supplied by 3S Swiss Solar Systems.

The low temperatures, rarefied atmosphere and reflected sunlight from the surrounding snow fields all help to boost the efficiency of the solar array, which can deliver an output of 22 kW.

Unique in Europe, the installation uses Multi-Contact JB-PV/2 junction boxes and MC4 snap-in connectors on this pioneer project by Zermatt Bergbahnen AG and sol-E Suisse AG.

Offshore wind turbines plumb new depths thanks to Enerpac’s Synchronous Lifting System

Wind turbine manufacturer Bard Engineering GmbH has developed a unique concept for the foundations of wind turbines: the mast is placed on a supporting cross piece that rests above the water surface on three main pilings. Enerpac’s Synchronous Lifting System is used to level this supporting cross piece accurately and in just a short time frame.

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BARD Engineering was founded in 2003 with the aim of constructing wind turbines and offshore wind farms. Based on the philosophy that they did not want to depend on a wide range of suppliers, all parts plus everything needed for the installation are developed, manufactured or assembled in their own factory.

This also applies to the Wind Lift I, the ship that was specially built for installing the wind turbine farm at open sea. The BARD Offshore 1 wind turbine farm is currently under construction in the North Sea, about 100 km north-west of the German island of Borkum. This wind turbine farm consists of 80 wind turbines of the BARD VM type, 5 MW machines that will be equipped with what is known as a doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG).

The Bremen-based company developed a patented concept for the foundation of the wind turbines: the BARD Tripile. The 90 m high wind turbine rests on three main pilings that are each 90 m in length. Depending on the ground quality, these piles are driven 30m to 45 m into the sea bed using a guide frame.

Their position is accurately determined using a satellite controlled navigation system. The height of these pilings above the water surface is also automatically determined to an accuracy of 3 cm to 4 cm. Above the water surface, these three pilings are connected to each other by a cross piece on which the turbine mast stands.

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One of the unique things of our foundation is that this part and all connections are above the water surface, says Robert Ebert, Deputy Managing Director at Bard Building GmbH & Co. KG.

The mast usually rests on foundations that are below the water surface. We chose to have all installation activities performed above the water surface. The practical advantages are that we need fewer divers, that we are less dependent on weather conditions and that it allows us to carry out maintenance much more quickly and easily.

It is of course important that the supporting cross piece is level, so that the turbine mast is precisely plumb upright after installation. Enerpac’s hydraulic Synchronous Lifting System provided the solution for levelling the supporting cross piece.

“The connection flanges are not always straight and manual correction to the millimetre of any flange deviations turned out to be impossible. That is why we looked for options for installing the 500 tonne support construction quickly and accurately, and that was possible with the synchronously controlled hydraulic cylinders,” said Robert Ebert.

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Three cylinders, each with a capacity of 100 tonnes, are mounted equally spaced around each piling for installing the supporting cross piece. Each foundation therefore has nine cylinders with a total lifting capacity of 900 tonnes. The cylinders are then connected to the computer of the Synchronous Lifting System on board the Wind Lift I, which finally levels the supporting cross piece with one push of the button.

To achieve this, the cylinders first lift the supporting cross piece by approximately 20 mm and then level it to an accuracy of one millimetre from that starting position. The installation process is controlled by the software, using stroke sensors and an inclination meter. Once the supporting cross piece is level, it is locked in place together with the piles by a 5 m high concrete casing, with the concrete being poured into a hollow space to make a 13 cm thick ring against the wall of both the supporting cross piece and the piles. “Nothing is welded or bolted; the concrete casing handles all the stresses,” explains Ebert.

The cylinders remain in place until the concrete sets and will then be used for one of the other foundations. Meanwhile, Bard continues building the next foundation using other cylinders. “We want to install and align the foundations quickly and so we cannot wait three to four days until the concrete has set,” says Ebert. A total of 450 standard 700 bar cylinders have been ordered for the first 50 wind turbines.

“We expect to use these cylinders twice,” says Ebert. “This does not seem much, but because of the extreme weather circumstances and the salt sea water it is not totally clear how the cylinders will respond. We deliberately did not choose expensive special cylinders for the first test phase. Let’s wait and see if that is really necessary in practice.”

Siemens Surveillance SiteIQ offers 24/7 site protection from a single screen

Siemens’ Siveillance SitelQ automated wide area surveillance technology transforms traditional physical security systems by allowing an entire site to be automatically controlled and monitored from a single screen.

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Typical Siveillance SiteIQ applications include airports, seaports, railways, oil, gas and electricity providers, water treatment facilities, industrial plants, town centres, universities and hospitals. Using intelligent policy zones and virtual barriers, Siveillance SiteIQ gathers and filters real time data from camera and other sensor input, for example access control, intrusion and fire detection, GPS sensors and smart fences, and displays the results on a comprehensive digital map of the entire site.

Security staff can see what is happening in each area of the site at any given time. The system can detect, track, and classify more than 50 simultaneous, but independent, objects per camera as sophisticated 3D analytics determine object attributes in absolute “real-world” coordinates, meaning a reduction in camera numbers and lower infrastructure costs.

Virtual barriers trigger automatic alerts when unauthorised activity occurs. Siveillance SiteIQ detects and tracks the incident while alerting staff through audio, video notifications, and e-mail alerts. The system will also pinpoint the precise location where an incident has occurred so that security staff can be deployed quickly to prevent the situation escalating. Attempted security breaches can therefore be stopped before they occur ensuring that large scale sites and the people in them, remain secure.

Siveillance SiteIQ’s open architecture enables it to run on standard hardware and software and allows it to be modified and expanded to accommodate changing security needs. The technology easily accommodates site-specific operational conditions and varying security requirements allowing, for example, limited access to selected areas.

Peter Hawksworth managing director for the security solutions team at Siemens explains: “Siveillance SiteIQ is a really impressive piece of technology. With fewer staff needed behind monitors, personnel can be used out in the field, doing what they do best. The flexibility of the systems means that site-specific alarm zones and alert levels can create or change alarm zones and alert levels according to security needs or policies.”

Portuguese shipyard signs deal for construction of wave to energy devices

Following their recent agreement with Portuguese developer Eneolica, to develop a 4.5 MW wave energy site, UK wave power manufacturer Orecon has signed a letter of intent with the local shipyard Estaleiros Navais Do Mondego.

The two companies have agreed a contract to build Orecon’s 1.5MW MRC wave energy devices for the Portuguese market. Construction for the first unit is scheduled to start in February 2010, to be ready for installation in spring 2011. Estaleiros Navais do Mondego is based in Figueira da Foz, on Portugal’s Atlantic facing West coast, in the estuary of Mondego River.

Estaleiros Navais do Mondego have 65 years of shipbuilding, ship repair and ship design experience, using steel and aluminum. They have built 250 vessels for different purposes including: fishing boats, tugs, barges, ro-ro-platforms, dredgers, ferries, container ships, tankers and oceanographic research, .

Orecon’s Business Development Director, Ken Street, commented: “The Portuguese wave market is by far the best in Europe. They have an excellent wave resource grid connection and distribution are much simpler to achieve than elsewhere.

“The clear feed in tariff scheme makes the business case easier for developers like Orecon to establish and grow a new industry, which will create and secure local jobs. We have benefited greatly from the encouraging support given by Estaleiros Navais do Mondego and awe re looking forward to a long and productive relationship.”

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