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19/09/2016 - Hinkley C decision heralds UK nuclear renaissance
The UK government’s much delayed decision to proceed with the country’s first nuclear power station in a generation has been welcomed by IChemE. The agreement, which is still to be confirmed in an exchange of letters between the government and EDF, will give a green light to the construction of a new 3.2GW power station at Hinkley point in Somerset, UK. The £20bn project is based around two pressurised water reactors designed by Areva and will create 25,000 jobs across the nuclear supply chain during the construction phase.
23/08/2016 - HRS Heat Exchangers: Creating a richer biofertiliser
Following the welcome news that the RHI budget is set to treble between now and 2021, Britain’s AD industry is breathing a small sigh of relief. However, succeeding in the AD industry means optimising every single part of the operation. Today’s successful operators understand that maximising the value of the significant volumes of digestate generated from the AD process can be the difference between a project’s success or failure.
20/07/2016 - Prioritising asset performance for Industry 4.0 transformation
As industry 4.0 takes hold and organisations the world over become more connected, being able to integrate and exploit information in a real-time, will be essential to maintaining market share and rising above the competition.
16/06/2016 - HRS Heat Exchangers - Heat: The forgotten element of Anaerobic Digestion
Anaerobic digestion (AD) produces many valuable and useful products, including biogas (which can then be turned into heat, electricity or biomethane gas) and digestate, a biofertiliser rich in nutrients and organic matter. However, many farm AD plants also produce incidental heat, which can be captured and used within the AD process or for other on-site operations.
25/04/2016 - Educating the benefits of automation to food manufacturers – as they face short retail contracts
Winning a large retail contract is a coup for any food manufacturer. However, supermarket price wars and changing food presentations to gain and maintain the interest of consumers, means that many manufacturers are being squeezed out of the market.
08/03/2016 - Automation stepping stones - SME’s jump on the automation bandwagon with Endoline’s simple pointers
It’s official; SME’s in the UK are on the up with growth and start up business rates returning to pre-crisis levels. Considered the back bone of the economy SME’s contribute a staggering £1.2 trillion to the UK each year.* Now, in the face of a national living wage, coupled with the growth of affordable systems, SME’s are beginning to take a leap of faith into the fast paced world of automation.
04/01/2016 - Managing by Exception - getting it right
President Obama famously said, "you'll see I wear only grey or blue suits. I'm trying to pare down decisions. I don't want to make decisions about what I'm eating or wearing because I have too many other decisions to make." In a world filled with information overload, the technology we use constantly asks us to make decisions.
14/12/2015 - A Look Back at SCADA Security in 2015, by Deborah Galea, manager, OPSWAT
It should come as no surprise that Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) that control key functions in critical infrastructure are especially at risk of cyber attack. If saboteurs manage to compromise critical infrastructure services, a country’s economy and military defenses can be severely hampered. In addition, since organisations that operate critical infrastructure often own valuable intellectual property, this information can be a target for foreign state actors trying to steal intellectual property to advance their economies or to win competitive bids.
30/11/2015 - Protecting oil and gas industry from email threats
According to a recent report from the US Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), the energy sector, including oil and gas, is facing a significant rise in cyber attacks. There are a number of reasons that this industry is an ideal target for attack: Oil and gas pipelines are part of a country’s critical infrastructure, and they are an ideal target for those looking to cause disruptions in critical services for political or military motives.
27/10/2015 - Top scientists show that environmental benefits of shale gas have been underestimated
In a new report The Facts About Fugitive Methane, published by the Centre for Policy Studies on Monday 26 October, Richard Muller, Professor of Physics at the University of California, reveals that previous estimates of methane leakage in shale gas production have been seriously over-estimated.
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