VACANCY - Combined Business and Technical ManagerIndustrial sites could face higher costsCustomer loyalty counts for nothingUK energy storage growing and more...
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Issue 448
Wednesday 12 October 2016
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VACANCY - Combined Business and Technical Manager
Build Test Solutions Ltd (BTS) is an exciting new start-up business that develops and commercialises testing and performance verification solutions in the built environment. The first product offering is the PULSE air test which has the potential to transform the existing market for air permeability and create new markets. We are seeking a Combined Business and Technical Manager to complete the setup of the business (which would be fully supported by the three founding stakeholders and their teams) and also to bring the PULSE air test to full commercialisation.

EMEX (Energy Management Exhibition). EXCEL, London. 16-17 Nov
EMEX is one of the UK’s principal energy events and meeting places for the energy-saving supply chain. Attendees include Energy Managers, Facility Managers and anyone involved in energy bill reduction and procurement. It includes free presentations, case studies, research and a first look at important legislative changes.
As part of the afternoon session on the 16th, our Senior Energy Specialist, Dr Thomas Whiffen, will speak (at 4:05pm) on the ASSEMBLE project with a free presentation entitled: “Case study findings from a novel BEMS installation for small and temporary commercial buildings”. Thom’s session will:
  • Report on the major findings from two unique BEMS case studies.
  • Outline the use of TerOpta’s innovative BEMS, specifically adapted for small-scale modular implementation.
  • Provide details of the power line carrier technology that was used to control connected devices and enable communication throughout the buildings.
  • Look at the lighting and HVAC energy savings that were identified, as well as future energy saving potential.
2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations – a real game-changer for the property sector
With buildings accounting for around 40% of the EU’s total energy consumption and 43% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions, our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, looks at the potential game-changing minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for both domestic and non-domestic privately rented property.

Getting ready for HECA
Dale Hoyland, our Strategic Development & Affordable Warmth Manager, considers the next round of Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) reporting, the deadline for which is 31 March 2017. He looks at how the National Energy Foundation can help councils report on their actions from their last reports, set out their energy-saving ambitions and targets, and outline the key actions and partnerships needed to deliver them.

The Retrofit Academy Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
The Retrofit Academy provides Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses on the following subjects in London, Manchester and Milton Keynes:
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit.
  • Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation.
  • Building Services for Retrofit.
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit.
  • Retrofit Building Physics.
  • Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.
  • The Business Case for Retrofit.
  • Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit.
Hinkley nuclear power plant given go-ahead
Hinkley nuclear in numbers. Although the Government signs a deal giving the go-ahead for the construction of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station, it’s argued that both gas and renewables would be cheaper alternatives.

Industrial sites could face higher costs as a result of proposed rule changes on small power plants
According to new analysis, some 375 industrial sites around the country that have installed small CHP plants could face a combined increased energy bill of £160 million a year under new Ofgem proposals.

Clarity on smart meter benefits needed
The Commons Science & Technology Committee accuses the Government of not being clear on the benefits of smart meters.

Scottish energy efficiency scheme for public and social housing sectors
A major new programme to retrofit public sector buildings in Scotland and give all public sector organisations and registered social landlords the choice of having a combination of energy efficiency installations across their buildings is expected to save up to £30 million per year.

£9m to improve energy efficiency in Scotland
The Scottish Government announces £9 million of funding for a pilot scheme in 11 local authority areas to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses, and tackle fuel poverty

Energy switching continues up
According to the latest figures issued by BEIS, the number of electricity and gas switches is up 43.0% and 32.4% (respectively) between the second quarter of 2015 and the same period in 2016.

Quarterly number of PV installations tumbles
The latest PV installation statistics from BEIS reveal that there were less than 28,000 in the first seven months of this year, compared with over 81,000 in the same period in 2015.

ALEO calls for stronger LA role
The Chair of the Association of Local Energy Officers writes an open letter urging a change of policy involving a stronger role for local authorities in meeting the UK’s fuel poverty and energy efficiency targets.
Efficiency First means Consumers First
A report from the Energy Advice Exchange expresses concern that the role of energy advisory services in supporting consumers to undertake deep energy renovations is being overlooked.

Customer loyalty counts for nothing
The BBC’s Moneybox programme investigates how existing customers are being locked out of energy suppliers' best deals.

Solar PV home battery storage
The reasons for getting yourself a solar battery management system to make best use of the power your solar panels generate.

Subsidized solar storage to reduce demand
A Dutch energy company introduces a scheme that subsidizes domestic energy storage in order to reduce peak demand. UK next?

Health of the nation fuel poverty survey
Fuel poverty scheme providers and managers are asked to take part in a health of the nation survey, which forms part of a research project being carried out by SE2 Ltd and the London Borough of Lewisham, and is funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust.

Explaining the fuel poverty gap among social renters
An examination of the underlying reasons for the gap in objective and subjective measures of fuel poverty in the social housing sector in both England and across Europe.
Retrofit factfile
A short summary of facts, statistics and publications relevant to domestic retrofit, all in one place, and produced by the Carbon Co-op.

Recommendations for retrofit
New research from the Energy Research Partnership makes recommendations to address the uptake gap in the retrofit of the existing housing stock.

Cathedral to be oldest with PV
Gloucester Cathedral is to become the oldest cathedral in the UK (and possibly the world) to install a commercial sized solar PV array on its roof.

Leisure centre makeover on back of energy efficiency
A Haverhill leisure centre’s new CHP and air-conditioning systems help to fund a gym makeover and a refurbishment.

Spray foam helps insulate old school
Spray foam is used to improve thermal insulation in the narrow wall cavities in a Victorian school building.
Technology
Clean electricity from car road vibrations
Scientists in California announce plans to produce clean electricity from the vibrations caused by passing cars on busy roads. A 10-mile stretch of highway could generate enough electricity to power the nearby city of Burbank, with a population of over 100,000.

Game-changing solar system due for release soon
A device developed in California that combines batteries, software, inverters and solar panels into one is due for launch in the second half of 2017.

Solar trees bring light to Indian homes
Solar power trees developed in India can light five homes using just four square feet of land each.

Typhoon energy harnessed
A Japanese engineer develops a wind turbine to harness the power of typhoons and turn it into useful energy.
UK energy storage growing
The Renewable Energy Association reports that the UK now has 3.2 GW of energy storage. In addition, at least 453 MW of new storage projects, largely battery-based, are either planned or are in development, as well as the 200 MW of “enhanced frequency response” recently contracted by the National Grid.

Reimagining Buildings: A Zero-Energy Building in 2050
The UK Green Building Council launches an inspiring and challenging report that aims to build the capacity for zero-energy buildings by acknowledging the current ‘signals of change’ and looking forward to 2050.

Ofgem energy statistics
Ofgem provides some useful statistics and an infographic on Britain's energy security, and its energy use and supply.

Companies obtain UK's first renewable energy label
500 UK companies show their renewable energy credentials by obtaining the country’s first energy label specifying the source and carbon content of the electricity that they purchase.

Doubts on achieving carbon targets in buildings
A report from the Association for the Conservation of Energy paints a worrying picture of whether the UK will be able to achieve its 5th Carbon Budget targets in buildings.

The Benefits of Pumped Storage Hydro to the UK
A report funded by the Scottish Government, SSE and ScottishPower argues that there needs to be a radical overhaul of the way pumped storage hydro’s benefits are quantified to reflect the value it can bring to the electricity system. The report also makes several recommendations to encourage the expansion of the technology.

Which school is the most energy efficiency – 1976 or 2016?
School design has changed significantly over the past 40 years, but have results improved in terms of energy use? Two primary schools; one from 1976 and the other from 2016 go head-to-head.

DH and Passive House?
A detailed look at whether district heating can work with Passive House buildings.

Saving potential of CHP for NHS
According to a new report, CHP could save the NHS £26.4 million per year and reduce its CO2 emissions by 3,750 tonnes each year by 2020.

Havering goes further on solar
Having installed solar panels on eight of its largest buildings, the London Borough of Havering extends its energy-saving solar ambitions with a proposal to develop two solar parks in the borough.

World-beating energy from waste for Cheshire
The world’s largest waste-to-biogas plant will open next spring in Northwich, Cheshire. It will handle 120,000 tonnes per year and produce enough power for up to 10,000 homes.

LEDs a big plus for tomato growers
Two of Britain’s biggest tomato growers benefit from horticultural LED lighting, with increasing yields and significant reductions in energy use.

New wood chip CHP for north Wales
Three wood chip-fuelled CHP units are to be installed in Ruthin. The three units will have a combined capacity of 3MWe and 12MWh, and they are expected to come online by the end of this year.

Energy cost savings are academic
A new CHP system installed at the University of Bradford is expected to save over £8 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

Testing the water – tackling corrosion in pipework
How unseen corrosion in pipework can have a significant effect on the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.

Solar schools closes
After working with 80 schools, raising £700,000 and installing 2,730 solar panels since 2011, 10:10’s Solar Schools closes.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Energy, Waste & Water Efficiency Course For Charities, Voluntary and Community Groups in Brighton & Hove. Brighton. Thu 20 Oct
A practical and focused course designed to help organisations save money through improving energy, waste and water efficiency at their premises. Delegates will create Action Plans detailing the practical things they can do at their organisations, to reduce utility costs and environmental impact, helping to calculate potential savings and payback periods so that measures for implementation can be prioritised

Modernising the UK's Energy Network: Delivering a Smart Power Revolution - Interconnection, Energy Storage, Demand-Side Response and Local Network Management. London. Tue 1 Nov
This forum brings together representatives from across the UK's energy sector to discuss the progress made by government and industry on the recommendations made in the Smart Power Report, published by the National Infrastructure Commission in March, after which a minimum of £50 million of funding was promised for smart technology over the next five years.

Hacking the Energy System. Manchester. Fri 4 Nov
Organised by the community energy organisation, Carbon Co-op, in collaboration with the University of Manchester, this one-day conference is an opportunity for key players within energy system to discuss the change, challenges and opportunities ahead. The aim of the conference is to share knowledge and experience, catalyse new collaborations and document keys 'asks' from the sector around regulatory change.

Retrofit Advocacy. Manchester. Sat 22 Oct and Sat 5 Nov
This participatory Carbon Co-op course is aimed at enabling householders, volunteers and professionals to confidently discuss energy efficiency and inspire others to find out more about retrofit.

DIY Retrofit for Homeowners. Location TBC. Sat 12, Sun 13 and Sat 19 Nov
This Carbon Co-op course is for DIY enthusiasts, self-builders and practitioners. It tackles the key areas of fabric upgrades applicable to most homes.

Sustainable energy in building services (Building Services Summit). London. Wed 23 Nov
The difficult challenge of meeting legislation on energy efficient buildings is shared by the whole construction sector. Around 80% of a building's lifetime costs are in the operational period, but the focus is often on cutting costs at the outset, which can make buildings less comfortable for occupants and more difficult to run. The Building Services Summit 2016 will return to the original theme of '10-80-10' and host a wide cross-section of voices to open up the conversation and find a way forward together.

Routes To Retrofit: Seminars on planning and procuring home retrofit works. Location and date TBC
This Carbon Co-op course will be aimed at anyone looking to commission largescale energy efficiency building works on their home. It will be delivered by architects and experienced retrofit practitioners, and will include seminars that will guide delegates through the planning and procurement process. The date is to be confirmed. Please email to register an interest.
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