ABB power factor correction bridges power gap for french fries production line

ABB power factor correction (PFC) equipment has provided a vital boost in energy efficiency for the McCain Food’s massive site at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, which produces many of the company’s key products.

The result is that the existing power network, which previously was operating close to its maximum 9.5 MW load, is able to cope comfortably with the demand of the new Homes Fries production line without needing a major investment in new network infrastructure.

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McCain Foods called in ABB during the planning of the its new Homes Fries line when it became clear that the existing power network serving the site might not be able to handle a major additional demand.

If this proved to be the case then an additional 11kV/400V substation would be required, at an estimated cost of around £250 000 ($390 000). Even worse, the YEDL power lines that feed Scarborough from the York Distribution Centre were already operating up to their limit.

In November 2007 ABB carried out a site survey that established that a number of key loads were operating at a significantly low power factor (PF). PF is essentially a measure of how effectively electrical power is being used. Ideally it would be 1, and the closer to this figure it actually is then the more effectively electrical power is being used and vice versa.

ABB’s verdict was that by installing suitable power factor correction equipment it would be possible to significantly improve network efficiency to release sufficient useable power to meet the needs of the McCain Home Fries line.

ABB’s sophisticated Advance automatic capacitor banks have been installed at eight strategic points in the McCain network – representing a total of 2900 kVAr.

This has restored the PF to acceptable industry standard levels, ranging from 0.95 to 0.97, and has made an extra 600kVA of power available.

This enabled production to start in April 2008 without the need for any new network infrastructure.

Bill Bartlett, Corporate Affairs Director of McCain Foods said: “ABB’s power factor correction equipment has played a key role in our energy efficiency programme that enables the line to draw all the power it needs from our existing power network without the need for significant capital expenditure on a new substation and power lines.”

AEP subsidiary deploys GE Energy smart meters in pilot project

GE Energy and American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power subsidiary have announced the deployment of 10 000 GE Energy smart meters in a pilot project in South Bend, Indiana, that will begin on 1 January, 2009.

The pilot programme will help consumers track their electricity consumption and empower them to control their energy costs.

American Electric Power (AEP) will also deploy a variety of GE Energy smart grid products and technology solutions that will help it improve productivity and power reliability, increase energy efficiency, more quickly restore power after an outage and reduce the need for new power plants.

Bob Gilligan, vice president of GE Energy’s transmission and distribution business, said: “Smart grid solutions enable utilities to increase energy productivity and power reliability while empowering consumers to better manage their electricity consumption and costs through real-time knowledge exchange. This will help electricity customers and consumers lower their carbon footprints, without having to compromise lifestyle or habits.”

The problem of obsolete bearings is growing, says Barden

Locating and sourcing a supplier of an obsolete mechanical component such as a bearing, is a growing concern for many organisations, particularly if the component is part of a safety-critical system on an aircraft or nuclear power plant application.

Sourcing a bearing for a mechanical system on a military aircraft, for example, can be a challenging process, particularly if the system is an ageing one. The aircraft itself may have been in operational service for more than 40 years and may also be projected to remain in service for many more years to come.

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However, if the operator needs replace the original bearings, the original supplier of the component may have ceased to exist, is now relocated overseas, or perhaps is no longer willing to manufacture the equivalent bearing in such small volumes (less than 1000 units). This means that many aircraft (and other mechanical) system operators and managers are now facing significant bearing obsolescence issues, particularly if the quantity of bearings they require is relatively low.

In addition, there may be other design features about the bearings that make it equally unattractive, or even impossible, for a supplier to adhere to. For example, the bearing may require special materials, special lubrication, certification, special features such as tapered outside diameters, or may need to fit an Imperial chassis size.

There are similar issues in the nuclear industry too. Bearings are commonly found in nuclear power plants as part of actuation systems, which position the control rods into the fuel bundle. In an emergency situation, the control rods are dropped into the fuel bundle to absorb the reactor heat, which dictates that the bearings must not, under any circumstances, fail. This means bearing suppliers must offer full manufacturing traceability, controlled lubrication and complete retention of records, similar to the aerospace and defence industry.

The solution for the system operator is to find a bearing supplier who is able to manufacture the specified bearing to the same (or higher) quality standards as the original and who is also willing to supply in small batch sizes, anything between 10 and 500 units. Robin Kyte is a sales manager at Plymouth-based bearings manufacturer The Barden Corporation (UK) Ltd.

The company manufactures a range of super precision angular contact and deep groove ball bearings. The focus is on special configuration bearings that add value and provide engineered solutions for the customer.

As Kyte states: “In the UK and most of Europe, the problem of obsolete bearings is predominant in the military aerospace and nuclear sectors. The problem usually arises when the mechanical system is very old, usually more than 25 years. In this scenario, many customers approach Barden because we are willing to manufacture direct replacement bearings in relatively small batch sizes and we have the manufacturing capability to produce special engineered bearings. Barden also have a strict non-obsolescence policy.”

Barden bearings are manufactured and controlled under strict aerospace procedures that the company employs, providing full traceability, controlled lubrication and complete retention of records.

“Often the bearing drawings on such legacy products will define only the chassis size, with little or no information regarding the internal design, materials or tolerances. With such a basic specification, a wide range of bearings could meet the requirements, ranging from low precision, commercially-produced bearings to high precision bearings with full traceability and inspection,” says Kyte.

“Some of these bearings may be relatively inexpensive to buy, but they were never designed to operate in these types of environments or applications. Often, the buyer doesn’t actually realise that the bearing they have just purchased is not a like-for-like replacement. Certification, full traceability and quality should be the key issues here,” he advises.

He also says that some of Barden’s customers actually visit the company’s manufacturing plant to witness the correct lubrication of a bearing. “When you consider the potential risks of fitting an incorrectly lubricated bearing for a nuclear or aircraft application, you begin to understand why the customer wants to witness the lubrication themselves,” says Kyte. “Yes, the customer may pay more for our bearing compared to a commercially-produced one, but they also get a guarantee of bearing quality and know that we will produce custom bearings in small batch sizes.”

Cleanliness of bearings is also important and for this reason, Barden’s manufacturing plant in Plymouth boasts more than 1700 square metres of clean rooms for contaminant-free assembly and inspection of bearings.

Drax enjoys a Quantum of solace

Implementing a refit of the process control systems at Drax Power Station, which supplies about seven per cent of the UK’s electricity, was a major project that took over four years to complete and overcame many technical challenges.

Quantum PLCs and Unity Pro software from Schneider Electric have, however, provided an ideal foundation for the station’s new control architecture. One of the largest power stations in the UK with six generator sets, each rated at 660 MW, construction of Drax began in the mid 1960s. Phase one was comissioned in the 1970s and the second phase in the 1980s. It has been in continuous operation ever since. The control systems on the original three generators were refurbished in the 1990s.

Unsurprisingly, the control systems on the remaining three generators were starting to show their age, and were also inflexible and costly to maintain.The decision was taken to refit the entire process control installation with modern equipment. Capula Limited, one the UK’s leading system integrators and a company with extensive experience in large scale systems, was appointed to handle this major project.

Among the technical requirements was the need for the highest possible level of availability for the new system. This dictated the use of redundant architecture with hot standby, so that no single failure could shut down the system.

In addition, the new system would have to provide open connectivity to communicate with the station’s high-end SCADA installation, and it needed to use IEC61131-compliant software.

The new process control system for each generator set comprises 17 hot-standby pairs of Quantum PLCs, supporting a total of almost 8000 I/O points. The I/O, all of which is remote, is linked to the PLCs via dual redundant connections, and the PLCs communicate with each other by means of a self-healing Ethernet fibre-optic ring. Connections to legacy equipment are implement in Modbus TCP and Modbus, both of which are supported as standard in Quantum products.

Nationwide UK network of Belzona authorized coating centres launched

Belzona Polymerics Limited, providing solutions to industry for over 55 years through the manufacture of polymer repair composites and industrial protective coatings, has introduced a scheme to differentiate and reward specialist service centres that invest heavily in surface preparation equipment and are dedicated to maintaining high levels of application procedures and customer service.

To receive recognized status as a Belzona Authorized Coating Centre (BACC) service centres must first win the endorsement of a ‘Belzona Champion’, who nominates the company for assessment.

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Here, they will demonstrate up-to-date equipment and facilities, a dedicated coating room and temperature controlled area and, crucially, ongoing staff training in Belzona approved application techniques.

Steve Cooper, Commercial Manager for Belzona said, “The BACC concept was created to distinguish between regular machinery and equipment contractors and a specialist group of service centres that go the extra distance”.

BACC certified centres receive valuable sales and marketing support from Belzona, including referrals, lead and appointment generation and integration to national advertising and PR campaigns. They also have the benefit of sales and technical training that keep them at the forefront of product and application breakthroughs; invitations to leading industry events.

The BACC network allows Belzona to broaden its service offer and reach. Customers receive a full turnkey repair service on rotating equipment, such as pumps, fans, blowers, screw conveyors and agitators. This covers mechanical repair and replacement, as well as preventative long term coating protection.

Steve Cooper further commented, “This gives us the platform to target key industries that require a “total service”. These include petrochemical, power, paper and water”.

BACC status has already been granted to four companies. One of the latest to be presented with an Authorized Coating Centre certificate is Hertel, Wilton Workshops, Teesside. Hertel is an international industrial services company, which builds, maintains, modifies and dismantles plants and installations for the (Petro) chemical, Process and Power industries.

Annette Salter, Workshop Manager said: “We have built up an excellent relationship with Belzona sales and technical people over the last ten years, both at the Harrogate headquarters and across the UK.

“This partnership has allowed us to enter accounts together and secure business that, individually; we would have been unable to win”.

HgCapital wins Euromoney and Ernst & Young Equity Deal of the Year Award

HgCapital, the European sector-focused private equity investor, has picked up the Equity Deal of the Year (Infrastructure) accolade at the Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards.

The award was given for the company’s equity investment in the 95.4 MW Havsnäs wind farm, Sweden’s largest onshore wind farm, in a transaction that closed in April this year.

The Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards, dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’, take place every year alongside the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) London. The awards honour the projects, companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the global renewable energy sector.

The Equity Deal of the Year (Infrastructure) Award recognises innovation in financing and structuring, rather than on the size of the transaction itself. The €185m ($254m) project was the first true merchant project financing of a wind farm in Scandinavia and the largest energy project financing in the Nordic market.

Working in partnership with Renewable Energy Systems (RES), the original developer of Havsnäs and one of the world’s leading wind farm developers, HgCapital secured a €127m, 17-year debt package from CommerzBank, ING Bank and NordLB.

This landmark deal has set the standard for future Swedish wind farm financings. Furthermore, the transaction was closed in a deteriorating credit market with no syndication risk.mTom Murley, Director and Head of HgCapital’s Renewables team said: “We are delighted to be recognised for this innovative, landmark financing. I want to thank RES for selecting HgCapital as their equity partner and their vital role in securing the support of our banking partners, whose innovation and support we also applaud.

“Within HgCapital, much of the credit must go to Jens Thomassen and Jean Perarnaud, who led the transaction with the team at RES. It is extremely rewarding to achieve recognition for our contribution to Nordic renewables.”

Honourable retirement for Megger multimeter

Launched to great acclaim in 1951, and undoubtedly the most popular professional multimeter of the 20th Century, the venerable AVO Model 8 has reached retirement: the final Model 8 left Megger’s Dover factory in the United Kingdom in October, where it has been produced since its introduction.

Despite rising prices over the years, forced by the labour-intensive production methods needed to manufacture analogue instruments, demand for the AVO Model 8 has continued to this day, albeit at much reduced levels. The decision to discontinue this iconic product has, however, been forced by the lack of availability of the components needed for its production.

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“This is, in some ways, a sad moment,” said Nick Hilditch of Megger, “but it has to be said that measurement technology has moved on a long way since the AVO 8 was designed.

“Our latest multimeters offer much more than the AVO 8 ever could and, of course, they are much more competitively priced.”

“One thing hasn’t changed, however,” he continued. “When the AVO 8 was launched, we were at the forefront of developments in portable instrument technology, and today we still retain that position.

“Our development laboratories in Dover and the USA continue to come up with innovative instruments that satisfy our customers’ needs efficiently and cost effectively.”

If you are one of the many who have always wanted their own brand new AVO 8, Megger has suggested that contact is made with the its sales department immediately, and hope that you are still in time to order one from the final batch.

Areva doubles its Aix-les-Bains production site capacity

Areva’s Transmission and Distribution division has inaugurated the extension of its site in Aix-les-Bains, where €20m ($27.5m) has been invested in the construction of two new buildings, offices, and assembly workshops for gas-insulated substations (GIS), increasing the surface area from 30 000 m² to 40 000 m².

This investment responds to the booming worldwide demand for GIS and enable Areva to double its production capacities and thus reinforce its position as world leader in the area.

This increase in capacity was supported by a massive recruitment campaign in the region. As of 2009, the site will welcome more than 1000 employees, representing an increase in the workforce of 370 people in three years, making Areva the second largest private employer in the Savoie region. The new assembly line will be operational in October.

Philippe Guillemot, Chairman and CEO of Areva’s Transmission and Distribution division said: “The extension of the site of Aix-les-Bains symbolizes the incredible worldwide growth in the GIS market”.

Shell Lubricants launch hydraulic oil designed to improve energy efficiency

Shell Lubricants, one of the world’s leaders in lubricants technology and innovation, have added a state-of-the-art, energy-saving lubricant to their high quality Shell Tellus hydraulic oil range.

Shell Tellus EE, formulated in response to rising energy prices, has been shown to help companies reduce the energy consumption of their hydraulic machinery by up to eight per cent.

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Shell Tellus EE is Shell’s first hydraulic fluid that has been specifically designed to help improve the energy efficiency of the machinery in which it is used. The fluid contains a unique and patented additive technology, and has undergone extensive laboratory tests and field trials, which have demonstrated its ability to help improve a machine’s energy efficiency.

With hydraulics being at the core of many production processes, Shell Tellus EE has the potential to contribute to the goal of reducing an organisation’s energy costs.

Guru Gurumurthy, Shell Lubricants’ Global Hydraulic Oils Marketing Manager, said: “Energy costs, which continue to rise, represent a significant part of an industrial organization’s operating overheads. As a result, investing in a hydraulic lubricant designed to improve the energy efficiency of the machinery in which it is used makes good sense from a commercial perspective.”

Shell Tellus EE has been formulated to help hydraulic systems transmit power as efficiently as possible. This includes paying particular attention to the lubricant’s viscosity: too thick and extra energy is required to move parts, too thin and parts come into contact leading to excessive wear and the resulting component replacement and downtime costs.

The density of the lubricant is also important and Shell Tellus EE has been designed to retain an optimal density to help transmit rather than absorb power. In addition, Shell Tellus EE benefits from low friction properties through the careful selection of base oil and additive formulation.

Richard Dixon, Shell Lubricants’ technology manager for hydraulic oils, said: “When developing Shell Tellus EE, it was essential that this lubricant’s ability to contribute towards a machine’s energy efficiency was combined with the high performance characteristics expected from a Shell Tellus product.

As a result, Shell Tellus EE has been formulated to provide excellent wear protection, oxidation resistance, filterability and hydrolytic stability. This means that customers who use Shell Tellus EE could potentially benefit not only from reduced energy consumption but also increased maintenance intervals, longer component life and reduced downtime.”

The launch of Shell Tellus EE is part of a long-term commitment by Shell to developing lubricants that will help to tackle today’s global energy challenges.

Simplifying leak detection in one go

A leak detection system has been developed by Chell Limited of the UK aimed at simplifying both local leak rate and integrated leak rate testing for nuclear power engineers.

Chell’s leak rate monitor, known as LRM, is a portable, ruggedized, local and integrated leak rate test system that has been built to satisfy ANSI standards for the power generation industry.

Its development was driven by the request from customers for a local leak rate tester with a simplified operation, improved precision and stability, while reducing maintenance and manufacturer dependency issues.

The LRM offers LED displays with large digits for unmistakable leak rate and pressure readings, even in dark environments. One display shows the applied leak test pressure and the others show from one to three leak rate ranges. The operator can adjust the precision regulator to the required test pressure, and read the resultant leakage rate.

The use of thermal mass flow meters mean that temperature and pressure corrections are not required, and 50 micron filters on both the inlet and outlets protects the LRM from particulate contamination to ensure long-term stability of their output.

It is available in a range of options, depending upon a customer’s specific requirements. Chell can tailor the number, range and precision of the leak rate ranges, as well as the controlled pressure range and precision.

Other variations include a bypass to quickly fill larger volumes, while another has an on-board vacuum pump to enable convenient negative pressure testing.

Konecranes to supply 56 cranes for new Vestas wind tower manufacturing plant

Vestas Towers A/S, a global wind power company headquartered in Randers, Denmark, has selected Konecranes to supply 56 cranes for its new wind turbine tower manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colorado.

This will be the second plant Vestas has built in Colorado. The first, located in Windsor, Colorado near Fort Collins, manufactures the blade section of the company’s wind turbine line. Vestas has targeted completion of the tower manufacturing facility for October 2009.

“Vestas Towers has selected Konecranes America Inc. as supplier of cranes to our new tower factory in Pueblo, Colorado, because we see their products as well known and very reliable. Reliability is a key issue for Vestas,” commented Vestas’ Production Expert for Towers, Thomas Sorensen.

The order includes both Konecranes CXT and SM Spacemaker type cranes, ranging in capacity from 10 to 45 tonnes, with spans up to 33 metres. The cranes will be used throughout the tower manufacturing process.

Four outdoor, cab-operated cranes feature SM Spacemaker heavy hoists; three equipped with semi-automation and DynAPilot antisway control systems.

These cranes will receive the incoming steel plates and flanges that arrive by railcar and place them into a storage area with a coordinate axis grid system. DynAPilot’s teachable-destination feature will assist the operator to take the outdoor cranes to predetermined locations along the three 155-foot runways where product is stored.

The operator then picks up the material, manually loading it on a conveyor. Inside the production facility the cranes are used to handle steel plates in the cutting, rolling, welding and painting operations. Many of the cranes are configured with magnet systems.

“The scope of this project includes more than supplying the cranes,” said Joseph Botros, Konecranes Regional Sales Manager. “Konecranes will also supply all of the rail, over 4.4 kilometres’ worth, plus 8.8 kilometres of conductor bar, and all of the disconnect switches. We will be doing a complete turnkey installation including load testing. This means we are closely involved not only at the shop level but also on site with the customer,” Botros continued. The installation construction and load testing will be staged over several months from April to August 2009.

According to Doug Maclam, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Konecranes America, this project is an example of two international companies developing a working relationship that has evolved into a global partnership. “We are also working with Vestas on similar projects in several other countries,” said Maclam. “Vestas appreciates the consistency of our global product platform, in particular Konecranes’ proprietary DynA load control technologies, which manage a number of critical functions to reduce structural stress, increase efficiency and prolong equipment life.”

Vestas’ Thomas Sorensen further summarized the relationship between Vestas and Konecranes. “Vestas Towers found that Konecranes America was best able to accommodate our requirements for cranes at the Colorado tower facility in relation to performance, quality and price.

“We also found the team from Konecranes America to be very professional during the whole phase from inquiry to final selection. We therefore have high confidence in Konecranes America, and are sure that they will do whatever needed to make this project a great success,” Sorensen said.

Amphenol new cable management solutions offer most secure connections to electrical equipment

Amphenol Industrial Operations, a global leader in interconnect systems, has introduced a family of cable management solutions designed to ensure the most secure cable connections to electrical equipment.

This product offering extends from industrial cord grips and cable glands through to ATEX and IECEx explosion-proof cable glands. It provides industrial OEMs with high integrity solutions for equipment requiring exceptionally sturdy cable connections.

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A variety of sealing and cable retention options are available for both the cord grips and cable glands to provide moisture-proof strain relief at the entry of a cord, cable or other flexible conduit into electrical equipment. This watertight construction makes the cord grips and cable glands suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications so ideal for marine, railway, automotive, process control, production machinery and communications equipment and installations.

Amphenol’s industrial cord grips are made from diecast aluminium and the cable glands are available in machined aluminium or molded plastic, with colour options. Strain relief options include compression nuts, mechanical clamp nuts or basket-weave cable grips.

The cord grip bodies come in a straight version as well as in 45° and 90° elbows to allow for custom cable routing. A single- or multiple-hole sealing grommet option is offered as well to allow for additional customization.

Conduit hub sizes range from 1/4” through 3-3/8” and the components accept cables ranging from 1/8” through 2-7/8”. Both products are suitable for use in hazardous locations as per the NEC and are CSA certified.

The ATEX and IECEx explosion-proof cable glands provide grounding, bonding, insulation and strain relief or a combination of these functions. Combining an operating temperature range of -40°F to over 180°F (-40°C to 82°C) with their explosion-proof feature, the cable glands are ideal for harsher environments such as oil and gas exploration, production platforms, chemical and paint manufacturing plants as well as machinery and heavy equipment.

The explosion-proof cable glands are CSA approved, NEMA rated and SIRA/ATEX-approved for use in Zone 1 and 2 rated applications. Available in brass or stainless steel, they can accept any type of cable, including armor-braided cable, and feature IP68-rated product options.

Amphenol’s line of RoHS-compliant cable management solutions is supported by a full range of accessories including locknuts, washers and earth tags. For maximum versatility most styles are offered with a choice of male or female and metric or NPT threads.

HydroSele success at Italy’s largest pumped storage plant

James Walker’s HydroSele S has proved its sealing efficiency by running maintenance-free for over two years at Enel’s massive Entracque pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme in Italy.

The HydroSele cartridge unit replaced a troublesome mechanical seal that had to be changed frequently on the plant’s Unit 9 turbine — a costly exercise that created an unacceptable loss of generating capacity.

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With a working water head of around 600 m from the Rovina dam high in the Maritime Alps, the pumped storage scheme has nine vertical multi-stage reversible Francis turbines.

The Unit 9 turbine supplied by Ansaldo has a 680mm diameter shaft running at 600 rpm to produce 130 MW. It was originally fitted with a spring-energised conical wedge mechanical seal that leaked up to 300 litre/min, causing plant flooding.

“This was an obvious application for our innovative HydroSele cartridge unit,” stated Marco Nogarin, senior representative of James Walker in Italy. “We estimated that at this site, the HydroSele would pay for itself in less than two years, in terms of maintenance costs, turbine downtime and power absorption”.

To work with the 600m head of water, the system was designed with a relief line that reduced the pressure at the seal interface to 10bar, making it perfectly suitable for HydroSele operation. The cartridge unit and adapter plate from James Walker were installed by Enel maintenance staff in spring 2006, supervised by Marco Nogarin. Since then, the HydroSele has operated perfectly and adjustment-free with a carefully controlled leakage rate of only 15 litre/min. This is about one-twentieth of the water leakage from the troublesome mechanical seal it replaced.

Explained Tim Smith, James Walker’s business development manager for rotary cartridges: “The dramatic savings our HydroSele has achieved for Enel at Entracque shows that we can reduce maintenance costs and improve uptime on high-pressure pumped storage systems worldwide.”

The innovative feature of HydroSele is the way its sealing elements operate within the fully-split cartridge. Two elements work back-to-back with filtered flush water introduced between them.

In operation, the elements are pressure balanced and run on a hydrodynamic fluid film that provides high-speed capability with a low level of controlled leakage.

James Walker & Co Ltd is a member of the James Walker Group. This global manufacturing group, with an annual turnover in excess of £125m ($217m), operates through two strategic business units: Sealing Products & Services, and Rail Systems & Products. It has 50 production, engineering, distribution and customer support sites worldwide and sells in over 100 countries.

Industry first for electrical efficiency in micro-CHP system

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited a leading developer of high efficiency and low emission microgeneration products for homes, today announces that it has achieved electrical efficiency of 50 per cent in its proprietary NetGenPlus micro-CHP system, marking a first for the fuel cell industry.

In February, CFCL announced that it had achieved similar levels of efficiency with its fuel cell stack in a test station environment. CFCL has now achieved the same result in a complete NetGenPlus micro-CHP system, comprising a fuel cell module integrated with all balance of plant components.

The NetGenPlus unit has been operating at CFCL’s facilities in Melbourne, Australia in real-world conditions for approximately 1300 hours (or two months), using fuel supplied from the natural gas pipeline and exporting approximately 1 kW of electricity to the local grid at 50 per cent electrical efficiency.

Commenting on the achievement, Brendan Dow, Managing Director, said: “So far as we are aware a system electrical efficiency of 50 per cent is higher than any other micro-CHP product has achieved. High electrical efficiency is core to the value proposition for microgeneration products and a key driver of our strategy and product design at CFCL.

“It is also a key requirement for commercial micro-CHP products – several recent independent market studies have reinforced our view that higher levels of electrical efficiency can create greater cost savings and CO2 emission reductions for customers. We look forward to similar achievements.”

Monitoring energy is the first step to effective management

For companies looking to reduce their energy costs, Jekyll Electronic Technology, a UK designer and manufacturer of modems for a host of M2M industrial applications, is pleased to announce the launch of its new ELMO-IT energy monitoring and targeting solution.

What makes the ELMO-IT package unique is that Jekyll is the only UK company that can offer a complete hardware and software solution.

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By wirelessly monitoring and logging energy usage over time, this innovative new product allows statistical analysis of the kilowatts consumed and can quickly identify areas of excess usage.

By simply modifying usage, significant savings can be achieved within weeks of initial installation and ongoing data can be collected to ensure there is sustained energy reduction over time.

The main advantage of this new Jekyll ELMO-IT system is that it uses radio telemetry. With no additional wiring to be installed and a number of monitoring options available, ELMO-IT is ideal for both straightforward current monitoring and more complex utility meter monitoring, working equally well on gas, water and electricity meters.