New petrol and diesel car ban could be brought forward to 2030

New petrol and diesel car ban could be brought forward to 2030

The original deadline for the ban on new petrol and diesel sales was 2040 but in February this year, Boris Johnson announced at the UN climate conference (COP26) that the government will bring this forward to 2035 or earlier if feasible, subject to consultation.

Now another five years has been taken off the original deadline, but the 2035 date is reportedly being kept for the end of hybrid car sales.

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RAC head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes, said while extremely ambitious, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise as “there’s an urgent need to reduce the emissions generated from vehicle use”.

Lyes said: “The car industry clearly now faces a monumental challenge to change its production lines, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure will need to be expanded at an incredible pace to cope with the surge in electric vehicles (‘EVs’) coming on to our roads.

“We believe many more rapid charging devices are needed in order to give drivers the confidence that they can make longer journeys in a convenient and time efficient manner. While many people, especially those with off-street parking, will charge their vehicles overnight at home, this won’t be possible for everyone so access to a reliable national charging network is vital to make the process of recharging simple and convenient.”

He added that the upfront cost of electric vehicles is currently “far too high for most people to afford” when comparing them to an equivalent-sized conventional vehicle, so prices “will have to come down dramatically in order to make them a realistic option for more people and spark take-up quickly”.

“Unfortunately, at the moment EVs are something of a rarity on the used car market which is something that needs to change as around eight million people a year buy second-hand cars, many more than buy brand-new vehicles. For now, the government should focus on how it can better incentivise consumers to go electric.

“The government also now needs to work out how it’s going to plug the inevitable hole in fuel duty revenue that the switch to EVs will create. Currently, it collects around £28bn a year from fuel duty so the treasury will need to quickly devise a new system that is fair for all drivers,” he said.

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High-voltage power line between France and Britain begins active power transfers

High-voltage power line between France and Britain begins active power transfers

A new high-voltage power line between France and Britain started active power transfers on Monday that will last until the beginning of December, French grid operator RTE said.

The Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2 (IFA-2) is the second direct current connection between France and Britain, increasing the transport capacity by 1,000 megawatts (MW).

Current power transfers range up to 100 MW, Elexon data showed.

“With the testing of a new asset, issues may be identified, and the plan may be modified accordingly,” RTE said on its website on Saturday, adding that they will publish details of planned flows for each following day.

The line was initially scheduled to be in service in the third-quarter of this year and has remained on schedule as of the last update.

Britain already has sub-sea electricity interconnectors linking France, Ireland and the Netherlands, but plans to build several more to increase its supply options as older coal and nuclear plants close.

Under European Union regulations, revenues generated by power transmission operators must be used to guarantee availability and reinvested to increase interconnection capacity.

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Powersystems Electrical Cable Installation Works Contract For World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Dogger Bank

Powersystems Electrical Cable Installation Works Contract For World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Dogger Bank

Powersystems has announced they has been awarded the electrical cable installation works contract for Dogger Bank Wind Farm by Jones Bros Civil Engineering, one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, headquartered in Ruthin, North Wales.

Powersystems have been appointed to construct the 2.4 Gigawatt (GW) Dogger Bank wind farm A and B onshore cable route. The site will be located over 130 km of the coast of North East England and will be “capable” of powering up to 4.5 million homes each year when complete in 2026.

In September 2019 Powersystems were awarded and completed the design contract to design the 320 kV HVDC on shore cable route, and the 400 kV cable route for Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor (formerly Statoil) and is made up of three offshore wind farm sites in the North Sea:  Dogger Bank A (1.2 GW),   Dogger Bank B (1.2 GW) and Dogger Bank C (1.2 GW).   All three sites were successful in the UK’s September 2019 Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions.

The 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm project, this project has already been over a decade in the making.

Powersystems will be installing the onshore cable infrastructure for the Dogger Bank A, and Dogger Bank B sites. The works will also involve logistics with delivering 192 cable drums. (120 KM of HVDC cable and approx. 24 km of 400 kV cable)

The onshore infrastructure includes the installation of approximately 20 miles of electrical cables within ducts. The ducts will be installed within trenches and where required via drilling under existing infrastructure and natural obstacles.

The completed onshore cable will transport the power generated by the two offshore wind farm sites, Dogger Bank A, and Dogger Bank B from the landfall point at Ulrome to the new convertor stations (one per project) in the South of Beverley. The cable route will connect to the existing National Grid substation at Creyke Beck, Cottingham.

GE Renewable Energy Ltd, has confirmed it has received the worlds single biggest order for wind turbines. The agreement includes the purchase of 190 units of the Haliade-X wind turbines with a 5-year service and warranty agreement.

The Dogger Bank project will the first in the world to feature the 13 MW rated turbine, it will have 107m long blades, 220 m rotor. One spin of the Haliade-X wind turbine can generate enough electricity to power a UK household for 2 days.

Chris Jenkins, Managing Director of Powersystems, said: ‘The Powersystems team are incredibly pleased to work again, with one of the UK’ leading civil engineering contractors, Jones Bros as they commence construction and start delivering Dogger Bank. This will be our 43rd  project over the last 6 years with Jones Bros and is testament to our quality partnership in our joint effort in delivering support to what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.’

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will play a critical role in the UK’s effort to achieve net-zero through the use of low-carbon fuel sources.

The full works are expected to take approximately two years to complete.

Experience in the design and installation of high voltage electrical infrastructure has placed Powersystems in a position ideally suited to carry out the onshore  design and cable installation for offshore windfarms. Recently completed projects include; The Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm which is a 348 MW offshore wind farm located on the west coast of the UK in the Irish Sea. It consists of an original 90 MW wind farm commissioned in 2007 and a 258 MW extension completed in 2017. As well as Race Bank Wind Farm, which was a 573 MW Round 2 offshore wind farm located 27 km north of Blakeney Point off the coast of Norfolk. The farm was commissioned in February 2018.

Since Powersystems first wind farm installation at Goonhilly Downs in 1992 they have been actively involved with wind farm projects ranging from single turbines to 60 plus turbine sites. Powersystems engineers are experienced in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of wind farm switchgear, transformers, cable infrastructure, earth systems and SCADA cabling, enabling the complete installation to be carried out.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another example of UK leading the world in the generation of #greenenergy and helping to get closer to reaching #zeroemission targets. The future looks bright.

Notes To Editors Contact Information – This article is written by Jules Daly, Marketing and Communications Manager at Powersystems UK. Email jules.daly@powersystemsuk.com Telephone 01454 318000

About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Consent was granted in 2015, located in the North Sea water depth ranges from 20m to 35m
  • Creyke Beck A and B are approximately 130km from the Yorkshire Coast, with Teesside A located approximately 200km offshore
  • Each project will have an installed capacity of 1.2 GW and will be able to power 1.5 million homes. Together, the projects can generate approximately 5% of the UK’s estimated electricity demand
  • The first project is expected to achieve first power in 2023
  • The Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) will be 12+ MW
  • The WTGs will be installed on monopile foundations
  • The transmission system will be High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) due to long distance to grid connection point.
  • The Contract for Difference is a 15-year contract which will be indexed for inflation. The strike price will be paid for every MWh generated by the wind farms during the contract. After the CfD contract ends, the projects will receive the market price for electricity

About Powersystems:

Powersystems UK Ltd are a specialist High Voltage electrical engineering company established in 1977.  Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a major force in the design and installation of high voltage infrastructure up to 132 kV across the whole of the United Kingdom. We support and deliver Greener Power Solutions for diverse renewable energy clients.

About SSE Renewables:

SSE Renewables is the leading renewable energy company across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, its strategy is to drive the transition to a zero-carbon future through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets. SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of onshore wind capacity with over 1GW under development. Its 1,450MW hydro portfolio includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro. Its offshore wind portfolio consists of 580MW across three offshore sites, two of which it operates on behalf of its joint venture partners. SSE Renewables has the largest offshore wind development pipeline in the UK and Ireland at over 7GW.

About Equinor:

Equinor is developing as a broad energy company, building a material position in renewable energy. Equinor now powers more than one million European homes with renewable offshore wind from four offshore wind farms in the United Kingdom and Germany. Equinor is building material offshore wind clusters in the UK, the US North East and in the Baltics. The company commissioned the world’s first floating offshore wind farm in 2017 off the coast of Scotland and is positioned for future floating wind options in several geographies, including UK, Norway and Asia.

About Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK:

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros’ leadership team consists of members of the second and third generations of the founding family. It employs more than 350 people. As well as renewable energy projects, the company is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highways, flood and marine defence, and waste management around the UK.

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Siemens to modernize the HVDC link between Northern Ireland and Scotland

Siemens to modernize the HVDC link between Northern Ireland and Scotland

Siemens Gas and Power (Siemens Energy) has been awarded a contract to refurbish the Moyle Interconnector, a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link between Ballycronan More in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and Auchencrosh, Scotland.

Owned and operated by Mutual Energy, the Moyle Interconnector control and protection system is almost 20 years old and is being modernised to enhance its operation. The refurbishment of the 500 MW interconnector will increase the security and reliability of the power supply to consumers in the United Kingdom. The project to upgrade the technology originally installed by Siemens in 2001 is now underway, and the refurbishment is scheduled to be completed in September 2022.

Refurbishment of the interconnector will address the demands of the evolving electricity networks in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In particular, the upgrade improves the dynamic performance of the interconnector, enabling Mutual Energy to offer enhanced ancillary services. These will provide a valuable range of options to the System Operators as they seek the continued reliable and efficient management of the networks, whilst accommodating more variable renewable generation. Additionally, featuring an overload capability, the upgraded Moyle Interconnector will have greater operational flexibility.

Speaking about the upgrade, Paddy Larkin, Chief Executive of Mutual Energy, said; “With almost 20 years in operation, the Moyle Interconnector has been a vital energy asset and we’re pleased to further enhance its operations and functionality. The new system will allow us to adapt to evolving security standards and changing grid conditions – best serving the needs of our customers and Northern Ireland’s energy requirements. It was crucial for us to ensure downtime during works was minimized so as to not impact operations, and we’re pleased to have a partner that can honor that requirement. Siemens’ diligence and collaborative approach make them a reliable and trusted partner and we look forward to their expert team safely delivering this project.

“With its enhanced control features, the HVDC Classic system will be perfectly equipped for the future to more effectively meet the energy market’s demands”, says Hauke Jürgensen, Head of Large Transmission Solutions at Siemens Energy. “The upgraded system will provide more operational stability to weaker AC grids and will operate in a wider range of AC grid system conditions. In the future, more energy – mainly produced by renewables – can be transmitted from Scotland to Northern Ireland and vice versa.”

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Powersystems bolsters Bristol Port green credentials with electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Powersystems bolsters Bristol Port green credentials with electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Powersystems are part of a nationwide team that design, install, commission and maintain electrical vehicle (EV) infrastructure to support fleet transport operators for Land, Rail and Sea at Ports and Airports.

As the preferred electrical infrastructure partner for over 25 years, Powersystems one of the UK’s leading high voltage engineering specialists have been appointed to design, supply, install, test and commission the electric vehicle charging infrastructure for The Bristol Port Company.

Bristol Port is preparing its first Air Quality Strategy which will set out long-term plans to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases within the Port Estate, helping to safeguard public health and protecting the environment.  The development of the Strategy gives Bristol Port the opportunity to build on existing environmental initiatives; to continue to make further reductions in emissions from port operations; and work in partnership with others to contribute to clean air initiatives in the wider Bristol and North Somerset area.

As part of the package of measures to contribute towards Bristol Port’s Air Quality Strategy, Bristol Port has reinforced its green credentials by investing in new electric vehicles and associated charging points.

This first stage of converting the Port fleet to electric vehicles will see four diesel fuelled Ford Connect vans replaced, with new zero emission e-NV200 Nissan vans.  This investment includes the installation of electric charging points at both Avonmouth and Portbury Docks, and new state-of-the-art air quality monitors.

Bristol Port requires additional infrastructure within their LV network to facilitate Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), which will enable charging of their new Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles. Powersystems were tasked with the design, installation and commissioning of the required LV infrastructure and EVSE units.

Powersystems provided the solution for supplying and installing two 14.4 kVA rated dual outlets; each outlet rated at 7 kW, the required LV infrastructure to facilitate the EVSE units, civils works and the installation of a back office management system with wireless unit communications which enables Bristol Port to collate data such as how much energy is being consumed and by who.

The Port derives approximately 35% of its electricity from the three 2-megawatt wind turbines on Avonmouth Dock, and continues to take significant steps to be more energy efficient.

Anne Hayes, Environment Manager at the Port said: “The future is green for Bristol Port. The newly acquired electric vans will promote sustainable travel around the docks. The new quiet vans are fully electric and produce zero harmful emissions.

The Port is in the process of installing dedicated twin charging points at both Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks. We are grateful to North Somerset Council for providing contributory funding towards these charging points under the “Go Ultra Low” scheme.  This has helped us to make an essential first step in our transition to a zero emission fleet.” Anne continued to say “Joining the new vans will be two e-bikes that the Port has secured with the help of funding from Travelwest and Bristol City Council.  These pool e-bikes will provide a sustainable means for staff to travel around Avonmouth and Portbury Docks, not only helping to reduce our emissions and carbon footprint, but importantly promoting health and well-being for our employees”.

The works aren’t complete yet, Powersystems anticipate this to be complete by the end of March

Click here to learn more about the environment work at Bristol Port.

Powersystems have been engaging with and assisting the major fleet operators in the UK with their grid and infrastructure requirements as the nation moves towards decarbonised transportation.

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Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity

Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity

Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity

In a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint, Bristol Airport has switched to a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply. The announcement follows the recent publication of a carbon roadmap setting out how the Airport will become carbon neutral by 2025 for emissions within its direct control.

The new three-year agreement with global renewable energy supplier, Ørsted, will see the Airport’s annual electricity use of 17 million kWh powered entirely by renewable sources. Electricity is the largest contributor to carbon emissions from on-site airport operations. In addition to the electricity used in the terminal and other buildings, a growing number of aircraft stands are equipped with Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP), reducing the need to use diesel powered engines for essential pre-flight services. Over the duration of the contract an estimated 14,000 tonnes of carbon will be saved across the Airport site as a result of the move to renewables – equivalent to the emissions from driving 34 million miles in an average car.

Simon Earles, Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, said: “From next month our terminal and other facilities will be powered by renewable energy – a significant step on our journey to carbon neutrality. There is more to do, but this is a clear statement of our intent to reduce our direct emissions.”

Ashley Phillips, Managing Director at Ørsted Sales (UK) Ltd said: “It’s exciting that an international airport like Bristol is placing such strong emphasis on sustainability. At Ørsted, we want to drive the transition to low-carbon energy systems in the UK, and support organisations like Bristol Airport that share this ambition of creating a greener energy future.”

As well as addressing direct emissions, Bristol Airport’s carbon roadmap includes a commitment to offset road journeys by passengers and explains how flights will tackled through the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) – an international agreement aimed at stabilising emissions at 2020 levels.

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