Yorkshire-headquartered high voltage power contractor, Smith Brothers, has successfully completed electrical engineering works at the Next Energy Capital solar farm in Little Staughton, Cambridgeshire. Working as the independent

connection provider on the generation project, the 21-strong Smith Brothers team designed, constructed, installed and tested the UK Power Network’s 132kV substation

and private 132/33kV customer substation, right on schedule. With work having commenced on

the Little Staughton airfield development in May 2019, the 50MW connection was finished in early December, and generation has already begun. Yet, construction at the green power site wasn’t without its challenges – as 6.5km of underground cabling was needed to traverse tricky obstacles.

Battling unpredictable weather

conditions, the 4.7km of fibre-optic cabling – linking the new 132kV substation and that at Eaton Socon – needed to pass

through agricultural land, while a further 1.8km electrical system required coordination of directional drilling across drainage ditches and roads.

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Hello and welcome to the Spring issue of Energy Management. In this issue, Elta Fans looks at

how Brunel University London’s Hamilton Centre’s ventilation system was optimised; AVT Reliability’s Oliver Pogmore explains how ultrasonic detection techniques can help reduce energy waste leaks; and Babcock Wanson’s Chris Horsley writes on the process developed at Arigna Fuels to convert biomass into a fuel that is more environmentally friendly than direct alternatives. In our Bio Energy/Fuel/Mass

feature, a UK innovation - HERU - converts everyday items into energy to heat water in households and commercial buildings; and in Electric Transport, Philip Valarino from EDF looks at the electric vehicle charging challenge. In our Facilities Management

feature, the next decade of building trends is forecast as industry addresses sustainability challenges; a simple trick halves lighting bills; and building design drives innovation in facilities management. Additional features in the

Spring issue include Renewable Technology and Monitoring & Metering.

Carly Wills - Editor 4 SPRING 2020 | ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Members of the Energy Services and Technology Association’s Automatic Monitoring and Targeting Group (ESTA’s aM&Tg) have launched a new online guide to introduce and inform end users on the importance of monitoring their energy. is the home

of a new guide on automatic monitoring and targeting, and provides an overview of aM&T for energy users from the industry experts who provide advanced aM&T solutions.

The site offers advice on key

topics to help users implement aM&T solutions, providing them with confidence in their data, and enabling real energy and financial savings. The guide includes an

introduction to the topics of sub-metering, the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID), key design principles, data acquisition and explains what Monitoring and Targeting (aM&T) really is.


Renewable 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. The wells are also the hottest in the UK with an expected temperature of over 190°C. Initial flow tests show that the

project will be capable of producing the UK’s first geothermal electricity.

Thrive Renewables is investing

funds to complete the final rounds 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. Matthew Clayton, managing

director at Thrive Renewables said: “We are thrilled to provide the finance needed for the UK’s first geothermal electric power plant to become a commercial reality. It’s the first time that we have been able to generate renewable electricity using natural heat from the earth in the UK.” The project is now in its final

testing phase and could start to generate renewable electricity as early as next year.

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

Sontay has launched a new generation of intuitive smart sensors. This new range incorporates all the functionality of the first-generation sensors but with added features that meet the needs of the installer and the end user.

The total energy storage market is expected to grow to $546bn in annual revenue by 2035, according to a report released by Lux Research.

Switch2 Energy has been selected as a partner in Project Rewire-NW, which has won a share of £21m of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for ten ground-breaking smart UK energy projects.

Nearly half of Brits suffer from ‘green guilt’ and admit exaggerating about their green lifestyle because they feel pressure from family, friends and colleagues to be greener, according to research conducted by Kia Motors.


Baxi Heating is calling on the government to mandate hydrogen-ready boilers for all new gas boiler installations by 2025.

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