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NTSB: Dreamliner battery fire caused by design, testing

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:33 -- Laura Varriale
Boenig's Dreamliner

The battery fire that led to the grounding of Boeing’s Dreamliner fleet last year was caused by inadequate design and testing, according to the final report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The lithium-ion battery fire occurred on January 7, 2013 on a Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner while the plane sat at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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CAA and FAA introduce lithium battery safety guides

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:57 -- Laura Varriale
lithium-ion battery in laptop

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have issued fire safety videos about potential risks inherent in lithium batteries.

The videos highlight fire risks of lithium batteries on board and on ground caused by improper transportation. The safety guides show different scenarios to demonstrate how aviation staff and cargo personnel should handle lithium batteries and react in critical situations.

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MEMS Power Generation to keep power running at London Uni

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

A major London university contracted MEMS Power Generation to provide temporary power for the continuation of medical research and experiments during maintenance work.

MEMS supplied a total of 4100kVA to six buildings on the university site that house 20 years of experiments that cannot be affected by ongoing site maintenance.

Engineers installed two 800kVA generators, that will work in parallel redundancy, and 2600kg of cabling for total resilience. This was followed by two 1250kVA generators, which will work in parallel to power the site’s main building.

MEMS Power Generation, commented: “The University is renowned for carrying out a vast amount of medical research, so the temporary power we supplied needed to ensure that experiments and testing could carry on as normal during the maintenance period. If power had been lost, potentially 20 yeas of experiments could have been lost.

"Our aim was to ensure that the buildings never lost power for more than 15 minutes on installation of the temporary equipment and on reinstatement of the mains supply.”

Oz energy firm offer $10 000 in grants

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Australia’s biggest energy retailer, Origin, is offering AUS$10 000 in grants to encourage customers to install energy saving devices. The programme is intended to raise awareness of where energy savings can be made at household and business level.

The programme, called Origin Local Savers, is open to households, businesses and community groups in Ballarat, Victoria, with five grants being given out in total.

"We hope that Origin Local Savers will help Ballarat residents become more aware of the simple things that can be done around the office, home or in the community," said Amy Stockfield, Origin Consumer Media and Partnerships Manager.

The grant money can be used to upgrade electrical appliances, install eco-friendly lamps or set up timer switches to reduce the use of standby power.

Scania launches genset product line

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Swedish engine maker Scania has launched a small range of gensets primarily aimed at prime power applications for the mining and construction industries.

Scania Gensets are available in two versions, open or  closed canopy, ranging from 50 Hz 250-600 kVA and 60 Hz 280-665 kVA and powered by Scania 9.3 litre/5 cylinder or 12.7 litre/6 cylinder diesel engines. Scania Gensets will add a third engine to the range, a 15.6 litre/V8 with a power capacity of 800 kVA at 1800 rpm in 60 Hz later this year.

Unveiling the new product line at Middle East Electricity in Dubai on 17 February, Scania said the gensets will be packaged by Northern Ireland’s AJ Power with alternators provided by Mecc Alte and Cummins (Stamford). Cautious about brand reputation, Scania said potential distributors will be required to meet strict ‘Market Prepared’ regulations.

Robert Sobocki, Senior Vice Preident of Scania Engines told Critical Power Online: “Many of our mining and construction industry engine customers told us that they wanted a complete solution, so this has been driven by market demand.

“We are targeting all regions with the exception of North and South America. We see particularly strong demand in Southeast Asia.” Sobocki added Scania had already supplied a number of complete genset packages to Myanmar.

Perkins to exhibit new compact engine range at Middle East Electricity 2013

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Genset engine manufacturer Perkins is exhibiting a new range of 400 Series ElectropaKs at Middle East Electricity 2013, which takes place in Dubai on 17-19 February.

Perkins 4006-23TRS gas engineThere are four engines in total, all of which come in ElectropaK specification providing a turnkey package for direct integration into generating plant. The 403A-11G1 offers 9.2 kVA prime power at 1500 rpm, the 403-15G1 is rated at 13.2 kVA prime power, slightly less than its G2 counterpart, while the larger displacement 404A-22G1 completes the line up with 20.3 kVA prime power on tap.

In the field the 400A range has the option of the Extended Service Interval (ESI) package, which doubles the service interval to 1,000 hours. OEMs and Perkins distributors will be allowed to source all the individual components to create an oil top-up kit that meets Perkins’ recommended specification. As long as the kit is installed to Perkins standards, all warranty cover will be unaffected.

Perkins will also be exhibiting its 4006-23TRS gas engine. A turbocharged, air to water chargecooled, 6 cylinder inline engine, it is designed for operation on a wide range of methane based gases.

California mandates utility to provide 50 MW energy storage

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

California energy storageThe California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ordered Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure at least 50 MW of energy storage capacity as part of a plan to supply as much as 1,800 MW of electrical capacity in the area.

The requirement is the first of its kind for a utility in the state, according to Janice Lin, executive director of the California Energy Storage Alliance.

Under the CPUC's decision, energy storage resources must be considered "along with preferred resources" including energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation, consistent with the clean energy resource procurement priorities embodied in California's Energy Action Plan.

Lin said: "This landmark decision represents a major breakthrough for energy storage market development in California and nationwide, and  provides a much needed market signal that energy storage will be considered as a key asset class to help California address its long term local reliability needs." 

JCB supplies engines to Italian telescopic handlers

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

JCB is to supply Ecomax engines for a range of rotating telescopic handlers from Italian firm Magni Telescopic Handlers.

JCB Ecomax

The deal between the UK and Italian companies is for up to 1000 machines a year, made at Magni’s factory in Castelfranco Emilia, in northern Italy.

Magni is producing seven models of its Magni Rotos range, each powered by JCB’s Ecomax Tier 4i engine. The Rotos payloads will be between four and six tonnes, and have lift heights of between 18 and 30m. Production is due to begin in Spring 2013.

JCB said the introduction of Tier 4 interim legislation meant most engine manufacturers had set out to meet the massive reductions in particulate emissions by incorporating a diesel particulate filter. JCB claimed to have used the new laws as an opportunity to innovate and engineer a solution that would mean no after-treatment, and consequently lower running costs for the customer.

‘World'’s first’ low energy LED hydrogen fuel cell powered lighting tower launched

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

UK-based access equipment and systems provider Youngman has launched a hydrogen-fuelled LED lighting tower that is powered by a PEM fuel cell system.

Youngman claims the Ecolite-H2 unit, which runs on a BOC Hymera fuel cell, is the first time fuel cells have been integrated into a low energy, low voltage LED system.

The tower’s fully-autonomous run-time is 50-900 hours, depending upon its cylinder configuration.

It can be started and stopped remotely, produces zero on-site emissions and operates silently, delivering a number of important benefits over incumbent diesel-fuelled technology.

Schneider Electric makes energy use visible

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Schneider Electric now offers energy management solutions that highlight IT devices and plug load energy use online allowing it to be visible and, thus, controllable. Called EnergySTEP@Work, the system uses Cisco EnergyWise Technology to reduce wasted energy from applications such as PCs, printers, IP phones, task lighting and wireless access points.

Energy usage becomes controllable with Schneider’s StruxureWare software applications, which can manage other systems in a building such as the lighting, heating and ventilation systems.

“Today’s workplace is changing and more employees are bringing in their own devices to the office to connect to the network. Schneider Electric’s EnergySTEP@Work offers customers the ability to monitor and control those smaller plug loads that, when added together, can account for upwards of 40% of a building’s energy consumption,” said Barry Coflan, Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric, Buildings Business Offer Management.

While these devices often go unnoticed, the new software makes them visible and monitors usage in relation to the building’s wider energy usage.

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