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£6.5M INVESTMENT IN GEOTHERMAL ELECTRICITY POWER PLANT


Myriam Madden has been confirmed as non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) ofgem.gov.uk


Smith Brothers has added 95 years of electrical engineering knowledge to its portfolio as three new faces join the team smithbrothersltd.co.uk


CamdenBoss has launched its latest engineered enclosure solution - the 1500 series is the company’s most innovative yet camdenboss.com


The world’s fastest circuit-breakers are now installed on London’s electricity network – and by 2050 they could save energy customers £400m and reduce the capital’s CO2


by 3.8 billion kilograms ukpowernetworks.co.uk


Schneider Electric has announced its membership with The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative to launch a Green Fleet policy, which aims to replace 100 per cent of its car fleet with electric vehicles by 2030 se.com


According to research by MPA, over a third of UK engineers surveyed are concerned that their business will be affected by a lack of skilled workers mpa.co.uk


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enewable energy investment


company, Thrive Renewables, has announced plans to invest up to £6.5m in the UK’s first geothermal power plant being developed by Geothermal Engineering. The plant, which is


on the United Downs Industrial Estate in Cornwall, aims to supply circa 3MWe (Mega Watt electrical) of baseload electricity to National Grid and up to 12MW of


renewable heat for local use. So far, two wells have been successfully drilled, one of which is the deepest onshore well in the UK at 5.1km vertical depth, almost four times the height of Ben Nevis. Initial flow tests show that the project will be capable of producing the UK’s first geothermal electricity. The project is now in its final testing phase. Thrive Renewables is investing funds to complete the final rounds


emissions


of testing and to build the geothermal power plant. Radial turbines, powered by the energy from water heated deep in the earth, will generate enough renewable electricity to power approximately 6,500 UK homes and will be available 24 hours a day. There are also early stage plans to use the residual heat energy from the project to provide renewable heat locally. The United Downs geothermal power plant could start to generate


renewable electricity as early as next year. Geothermal electricity generation technology has proved very successful in Europe and beyond, with over 12,500MW currently operational globally.


REVOLUTIONISING RENEWABLES


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lectricity distributor, SP Energy Networks, claims to have the world’s only technology


that can measure in real time the short circuit capacity (fault level) of the network, by using two prototype monitors. The prototype Real Time Fault Level


Monitors helps the company actively manage its network by measuring and managing the fault level of electric power supply in real time. Trials are currently taking place in substations across Chester, Warrington and Liverpool. More renewable energy devices and battery


storage units could be connected to existing distribution grids, thanks to the project. A 20-second reading from the Real Time


Fault Level Monitor could remove the need for expensive and time consuming switchgear replacement in substations, which becomes necessary when the fault level is exceeded. This could save millions of pounds on repairs, hours of engineer labour and closed substations. This technology is to be combined with


Active Network Management software to automatically avoid excessive risk of additional power flowing into any short circuit, from the connection of additional generation and energy storage in already high fault level parts of distribution networks. The technology will allow for greater


visibility of the entire electrical network at any given time, as well as the ability to accommodate more renewable generation sources as the UK shifts to more sustainable energy to support the race to net zero.


UK NOT DOING ENOUGH TO ENCOURAGE UPTAKE OF EVS J


ust 30 per cent of people working in the automotive industry think that the UK government is doing enough to encourage the widespread uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). This is just one of the findings from a DNV GL survey


of automotive manufactures, power suppliers, charge point operators and investors for their view on how the EV landscape will change between today and 2025. However, despite this warning, 69 per cent of the respondents still think that the government’s Road to Zero strategy is still achievable. When asked whether they would consider buying an electric vehicle, 48 per cent of the respondents said ‘yes’ but a further 42 per cent said ‘not now’, revealing a reluctance which echoes that of UK consumers.


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