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‘Game changing’ digital portal for green technology launched


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K Power Networks has launched a new online portal that is making it quicker and easier for installers to connect clean technologies to homes and businesses.


Smart Connect will give many technology companies an instant decision on whether they can connect domestic electric vehicle charge points, heat pumps, battery storage or solar PV, to the local electricity network. It removes the need for multiple paper forms and streamlines the process. Launched after close collaboration with project partner Octopus Electric


Vehicles, the new platform is a result of listening to customer feedback that the old process for domestic vehicle-to-grid projects was confusing and time-consuming. UK Power Networks is forecasting up to 700,000 electric heat pumps and 4.5m electric vehicles connected to its networks covering London, the East and South East by 2030, meaning new products are needed to ensure a seamless customer service as volumes increase. The service is designed to make life easier for specialist installers of low carbon technologies, and help domestic customers ensure their electricity supply is ready to connect them. The new portal will automatically refer customers if their electricity supply needs to be upgraded to manage the additional power. Installers will also be able to see the current status of multiple applications at the click of a button. Ian Cameron, head of customer service and innovation at UK Power Networks said: “Millions of electric vehicles will connect to our networks over the next decade, and so it is critical that we find faster, smarter ways to facilitate the connection to the network and streamline the customer journey as customers go electric. We worked with experts in their fields to create a new customer journey that’s more responsive to their needs and will make a tangible difference to anyone looking to upgrade to low carbon technology in their home.”


Yuasa add new batteries to leisure and marine range


the Yuasa brand, which is manufactured by GS Yuasa, significantly expand its current line up and increase coverage for leisure and marine applications considerably.


Y The additions feature two entirely new ranges, YBX Active Marine


Dual EFB and YBX Active Leisure and Marine Dual Purpose. In addition, a new NCC Class B EFB battery has been added to the YBX Active Leisure and Marine range. All seven batteries will be available from Yuasa distributors and leisure retailers nationwide from today. The Yuasa Active Marine Dual EFB range has been developed to meet the specific demands of marine starting and auxiliary power requirements. The three Enhanced Flooded battery (EFB) types are constructed precisely for this dual starting and auxiliary power use and provide greater endurance, more available cycles and faster charging.


Panduit launches connector to optimise rack density A


uasa has announced the launch of several new battery types within its popular YBX Active Leisure and Marine offering. The move sees


s bandwidth speeds continue to increase apace, high speed optic applications have become omnipresent in today’s high performance data centre, requiring enhanced capabilities at the rack level. Panduit today launches the CS Connector, its next generation high density fibre connector solution that optimises the data centre environment.


Complex applications including AI, Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) are driving the requirement to push higher data density to the rack and dense compute technologies need close proximity to optimise workflows. Critical assets need to be physically located where space is at an increasing premium or simply not available based on the size of a traditional connector systems Panduit’s CS Connector solution provides 50 per cent greater port density per RU, used in Panduit’s HD Flex Cabling system, and double the density in QSFP-DD and OSFP transceiver compared with LC connector solutions. Cable management in the rack using unitary cable reduces congestion in pathways and the push-pull insert/withdraw feature allows easy access in high- density applications without disturbing adjacent circuits. As rack density increases using CS Connector-based solutions allow up to 216 connections compared to 144 connections using LC connectors, in the same space. The CS Connector therefore supports the reduction in connectivity footprint within the hyperscale, multi-tenant and large data centre environments.


The CS connector is set to become an increasingly popular choice following its adoption within QSFP and QSFP Multi Source Agreement’s (MSA) backing by the Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) and more recent progression as a new TIA connector standard -TIA 604-19/FOCIS-19, where CS is reference as the SEN connector. Panduit is a founding member of the CS Consortium, which is a vendor neutral organisation dedicated to educating end users and design consultants on the technical merits of the CS fibre connector solution.


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