Category: Power systems and networks

Top 3 ways to Successfully Protect your Substation from Flooding

With over 55,000 homes and businesses being affected by the 2007 floods and wet winters being commonplace, g2 Energy take a look at what can be done to help protect substations from future flood damage. Flood BarriersDue to the remote location of substations, they need to be ‘self-sufficient’ when it comes to protecting themselves from flood damage. Flood barriers can either be temporary or permanent fixtures around a substation; they are designed to prevent flooding reaching behind the protected area. A great example is the Thames barrier albeit on a much larger scale than what most substations will require. Where space is limited flood barriers may not be a realistic option, but don’t despair there are other options. Flood DoorsReplace access doors with flood doors. Flood doors can be installed to help protect your substation against intrusion from flood water, protecting the crucial operating equipment housed inside. Flood PumpsInstallation of Sump pumps to your substation will help to remove water that gets through external defences. Most sump pumps are activated automatically through sensors so no manual interaction is necessary. One consideration of a sump pump should be their reliance on electricity to operate therefore back-up power sources should be looked into before installation. If your substation is sited on, or near, an area which is at risk of flooding ensure that you have taken the necessary steps to protect...

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Fugro secures new contract for marine site investigation in Mexico

Offshore operations, including multi-site high resolution geophysical and geotechnical surveys together with laboratory testing and geoconsulting services, will support design and/or installation of platforms, pipelines, jack-up platforms and deepwater facilities. More information on field development...

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This is what America's eco city of the future looks like

This is what America’s eco city of the future looks like Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas – The Guardian When the caller said he worked for Harry Reid and the former Senate majority leader wanted a word, Dale Ross assumed it was a joke. “OK, which of my buddies are messing with me today?” he wondered. He shouldn’t have been so surprised. Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources. Georgetown’s location in oil-and-gas-centric Texas and Ross’s politics add to the strangeness of the tale. The mayor is a staunch Republican at a time when a Republican president – and his Environmental Protection Agency administrator – reject the scientific consensus on climate change and are trying to revive the declining coal industry. Ross has appeared in a National Geographic documentary, a forthcoming film about clean energy for HBO directed by James Redford (son of Robert) and in this year’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, which saw the advocate and former vice-president Al Gore visit Georgetown. The day after we met at city hall,...

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Northern Power Systems Energy Storage Solutions

Northern Power offers energy storage solutions as integrated equipment or as a turn-key provider including site prep, installation, and commissioning. Leveraging our FlexPhase™ inverter technology and PowerRouter® controls along with qualified battery technology partners our solutions are configurable for a range of applications with output power from 250 kW to 2000 kW per inverter and energy duration from minutes to hours. Download the Northern Power ESS Capabilities...

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Latest Scottish wind farm nears completion as reinstatement work finishes

Reinstatement works on one of Scotland’s biggest current wind farm sites are nearing completion. The balance of plant at Clyde wind farm extension, has been delivered by Jones Bros Civil Engineering in a joint venture with civils partner Balfour Beatty, on behalf of the client Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Limited, one of the UK’s biggest wind farms. The construction engineering works were completed in time for a handover to the client at the end of August, while the landscaping and reinstatement work on the wind farm, which comprises 54 Siemens turbines, is on course to be finished by the end of October. Under the contract, as well as turbine bases and crane pads, a total of 32km of tracks were constructed, to allow heavy plant to travel across the site. From a total construction workforce of 90 at its peak, there are now 25 employees completing reinstatement at the site, located between Biggar, Abington and Moffat. During the lifetime of the construction work, the joint venture employed local labour where possible. They included several Scottish plant operative apprentices and a number of labourers recruited from the surrounding area. In addition, the site recruited trainee civil engineer Alistair Dow, 25, from Symington, South Lanarkshire. Alistair put the skills learned on his HNC (higher national certificate) in civil engineering into practice, working as a setting out engineer, preparing the ground for...

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Fugro boosts offshore wind projects in Taiwan

Complementing its 30 years of experience offshore Taiwan, Fugro has completed geotechnical and geophysical surveys for feasibility studies, installation, commissioning and cost-effective operation of offshore wind farms in UK, European and North American waters. In 2016 it undertook the first geotechnical and geophysical survey and metocean study project in Taiwanese waters for a major offshore wind developer for engineering design and environmental impact assessment purposes. Amongst Fugro’s successful projects in the region’s oil and gas sector is a large-scale clearance survey for an exploration 3D seismic survey programme. The survey was conducted with International Ocean Vessel Technical Consultant Co Ltd (IOVTEC), with whom the company has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Optimising their service offerings in marine site characterisation under this MoU, Fugro and IOVTEC will also install a lidar buoy to collect wind resource data off the Taiwanese coast in January 2018. In addition to its surveying activity, IOVTEC will provide logistic and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects. The agreement will see the two companies cooperate on marine survey projects in the waters surrounding Taiwan, with IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise. “IOVTEC brings to the MoU its specialist skills in domestic hydrographic and bathymetric surveys for coastal mapping, government port and harbour agencies, dredging and marine contractors and offshore wind farm developers in Taiwan,”...

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Triad Recycling and Energy Case Study

The first Northern Power turbine at Triad was installed in 2016 to support the company’s expansion into new recycling technologies, leveling energy costs and load for their new drywall gypsum board recycling/grinding process. When they first installed the 300 horsepower equipment, it caused Triad’s energy load/power bill to jump considerably. “The wind turbine is relieving that cost pressure,” said John Hannon, Vice President at Triad. “We turn on the line when the wind is blowing.” said Hannon. “That will make a big difference to our bottom line.” In the first six months of 2017, Triad’s first turbine has produced over 97,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. At the going rate of approximately 11 cents per kilowatt hour in costs from the utility, that production can be valued at over $10,000 worth of energy. Additional savings from reducing demand charges have not yet been calculated, but are expected to be significant. Download the Triad Recycling and Energy Case...

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