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ECA president optimistic on business outlook

Dave Kieft, the outgoing President of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), believes there is significant potential for business growth in the engineering services sector, as a result of recent developments and new commercial opportunities. One of the key themes for Mr Kieft’s ECA presidential term, which ends in May, has been to raise the profile […]

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Smart home design provides great opportunities for heating engineers

The growth of smart home technology is helping to transform domestic heating in both efficiency and design; a combination that is encouraging more homeowners and housebuyers to prioritise heating system design in their planning, refurbishing and purchasing decisions. This progress in innovation and choice is good news for installers and heating engineers. As the country’s […]

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How will Brexit affect the UK’s relationship with the EU’s renewable energy plans?

Lycetts, a renewable energy insurance provider, will help you understand the impact Brexit will have on the EU and its relationship to renewable energies. Read on to find out more about this emerging and progressive form of energy renewal. Although the result of the Brexit vote has questioned the efficacy of future research into climate […]

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The Environmental Benefits of Burning Wood

The Government recently completed a Domestic Wood Use Survey, which underlines the need to burn wood in efficient wood burning stoves. The SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) commented that wood burning stoves are the most popular appliance for burning wood, followed by the much less efficient open fires. In a world that focuses so much on […]

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The electricity network revolution – what’s next?

The electricity network is changing rapidly. Those that manage it, the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), have weathered the storm of solar PV applications over the past few years, and now face a blast of energy storage applications. Working with the DNOs to help them adapt to the changing energy system has been a key priority […]

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Biopower market set to rise to 165.2 GW of installed capacity by 2025

Despite a slump in annual additions, the global biopower market is set to show steady growth, rising from 106.2 Gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity in 2015 to 165.2 GW by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 4.4%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that global biopower is […]

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The introduction of the smart energy revolution

The executive director at the National Grid, Nicola Shaw, has announced in recent weeks that new innovations within the energy industry could mean that the UK will not be subject to any blackouts due to a smart energy revolution. Traditional methods which have historically being used in the industry are completely shifting, as energy is […]

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BRE takes a cool look at air conditioning in non-domestic buildings

A newly published BRE report sheds important light on electricity usage by air conditioning in UK offices and retail environments. Comprising the findings of a two-year study commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) – now part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – the report provides key insights […]

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Storage: The Final Piece In The Global Energy Transition Puzzle

Recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A) featuring substantial investments in energy storage companies indicate a structural shift in global energy systems. S&P Global Ratings believes this is a sign of things to come, as leading estimates predict that the world will need 150 gigawatts (GW) of battery storage if it is to double the share of […]

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How to make battery energy storage attractive to UK customers

Costs for residential battery energy storage in the UK remain too high. For storage to enter the mass market, suppliers have to innovate their customer propositions and business models, according to new research from Delta-ee’s Energy Storage team. The research shows that the payback for a newly installed PV + battery storage system is more […]

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