Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems.

For many of us right now, the scale of the Covid19 (Coronavirus) crisis calls to mind historic events that have reshaped society in lasting ways.

In dealing with this extraordinary shock to our system the team at Powersystems wanted to reassure you and let you know how we are dealing with the challenges that we face from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The health, safety and well-being of our Powersystems partners, colleagues, customers, supply chain partners and wider public is our top priority. We have implemented procedures to safeguard our partners with the office closed and all the team working from home. Whilst we are ensuring that the necessary procedures and assessments are in place to allow site operations to be carried out safely in accordance with the latest official guidance from the UK Government.

Our technology and communication systems are working well and serving the business successfully.  

We continue to advise Powersystems partners and wider stakeholders on government guidance.

We are actively promoting preventative measures to minimise the risk of infection, through revised protocols and daily procedures, these include continued focus upon hygiene-cleaning, sanitisation, encouraging video conferencing and virtual meetings via Zoom, Face-time and Skype and avoiding non-essential face-to-face meetings. Where these may take place, they will do so within guidelines and will continue as long as it is safe to do so.

Powersystems partners can be contacted on our usual mobile and office numbers as well as email and LinkedIn which can be found on our website https://www.powersystemsuk.co.uk/

Looking forward, we welcome new business enquiries and will continue to tender for future contracts even whilst our office may be closed.

Our focus is on the safe continuity of business this is a difficult time for everyone and the immediate future is uncertain. Please be reassured however, that Powersystems is resilient and we are responding to the challenge presented with the support of our partners. To them we are grateful for their agility and proud of their response to this current situation.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with your usual Powersystems engineering contact.

Stay Safe Everyone

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Powersystems Announce First Major Bus Electrification in Scotland

Powersystems Announce First Major Bus Electrification in Scotland

Powersystems UK are part of a nationwide team that design, install, commission and maintain electrical vehicle (EV) infrastructure for bus and vehicle manufacturers as well as fleet transport operators.

As a leading high voltage engineering specialist, Powersystems have been appointed to design, supply, install, test and commission the electric vehicle charging infrastructure for 22 BYD ADL Enviro 200EV buses for First Bus, Glasgow.

As part of the project Powersystems will also be installing the client’s High Voltage (HV) and Low Voltage (LV) infrastructure, which, will include high voltage substations, transformers, LV distribution switchgear and LV cables connecting to 80 kW electric vehicle charge points.

In parallel Powersystems will be engaging with SP Energy Networks to enable the design and installation of the HV assets from the connection point to the metering substation which will be adopted by Scottish Power.

Mark Tanner, Contracts Manager at Powersystems said, “There are a number of factors you need to consider when upgrading local electricity network for your bus or fleet infrastructure projects. Early engagement is key to enable clients to secure grid capacity.”

The delivery of this project will be overseen by Gary West, Engineering Director for First Bus in Scotland, he said: “We are delighted to be working alongside SP Energy Networks and Powersystems UK to future proof our depot with the installation of 22 Electric Vehicle charging points as part of our electric bus launch. This project will see us introduce the first fully electric commercial bus service to Glasgow. The installation of the Electric Vehicle charging points also allows us to plan for and consider more fully electric vehicles for future fleet investment.”

First Bus continues to invest in a modern fleet, manufactured in Scotland by Alexander Dennis.

The electric buses are being fully funded as part of SP Energy Networks £20million Green Economy Fund, which supports Glasgow’s mission to become the UK’s first net zero emissions city by 2030. It also contributes to the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to meet climate change targets, boost local economic growth, improve air quality across the country and deliver a better future, quicker for their communities. Powersystems have been engaging with and assisting the major bus and fleet operators in the UK with their grid and infrastructure requirements as the nation moves towards decarbonised transportation.

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UK should stop plans to ramp up use of ‘industrially’ compostable packaging

UK should stop plans to ramp up use of ‘industrially’ compostable packaging

UK should stop plans to ramp up use of ‘industrially’ compostable packaging, MPs warn.

Compostable plastic packaging has been criticised by a committee of MPs

The use of ‘industrially’ compostable packaging should not be promoted in the UK because the waste management infrastructure to deal with it is ‘not fit for purpose’, a committee of MPs has warned.

Much of the compostable packaging produced for the UK market only degrades in industrial composting facilities in specific industrial conditions, rather than in home composting – but not all is sent to these facilities. Industrial composting conditions require “elevated temperatures (55-60°) combined with a high relative humidity and the presence of oxygen”.

In its latest report on plastic food and drink packaging, UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee stated: “Although industrially compostable plastic packaging is appealing as an alternative to conventional plastics, the general waste management infrastructure to manage it is not yet fit for purpose.

“In addition, we are concerned that consumers are confused about how to dispose of compostable packaging, particularly if there is no dedicated compostable waste bin available. This could result in contamination of dry recycling as well as littering. We therefore don’t support a general increase in the use of industrially compostable packaging at this stage.”

However, it went on to state that industrially compostable packaging could play a role in closed loop environments, such as sporting events and workplace with catering facilities, where there is a dedicated disposal and collection service.

The news comes as the use of alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastic are being adopted by many food and drink companies, cafes, takeaway coffee venues, cafes and retailers.

Overall, experts that gave evidence to EFRA echoed the committee’s concerns over industrially compostable packaging.

‘Problem to marine life’

Sarah Greenwood, packaging technology expert at the University of Sheffield, said: “There is a perception with compostable packaging that it turns into compost, but it does not. It turns into carbon dioxide, water or methane with a tiny amount of biomass left behind.”

Environmental NGOs told the committee that the rapid introduction of such alternatives could actually increase plastic pollution.

Juliet Phillips, ocean campaigner of the Environmental Investigation Agency, said: “If a biodegradable cup gets into the sea, it could pose just as much of a problem to marine life as a conventional plastic cup.”

Trade body the Environmental Services Association highlighted that “there are a number of barriers to ensuring compostables work effectively with the waste management system and actually offer an environmental benefit”. The organisation said that industrially compostable packaging should be “sent to an In-Vessel Composting facility (IVC)”.

However, the Government’s “preferred option for treating food waste is anaerobic digestion (AD), meaning that the infrastructure portfolio will move increasingly in that direction and away from IVC”, the ESA added. The trade body went on to say that compostable packaging “is not currently processed by AD plants, and so operators will seek to extract it as they do with plastic contamination, and send it to energy from waste or landfill”.

However, not all the experts who gave evidence to EFRA’s report were critical of compostable packaging and gave praise to the material.

Vegware (@vegware), a compostable packaging manufacturer, stated that “where suitable composting is not possible, we advise people to put our products in general waste”. Vegware also stated that “the benefits of choosing lower carbon, renewable, recycled or reclaimed materials apply no matter what happens to them after use” and stated that studies showed that incineration of their products “produces more heat than newspaper, wood or food waste”, which is beneficial when producing energy from waste, and that “it produces no volatile gases and leaves little residue”. It added that “in landfill, studies show that compostable packaging and does not give off methane”.

The Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) has stated that compostable materials are an “answer to specific packaging challenges and could substitute around 5-8% of current plastic packaging”.

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Jaguar Land Rover announce huge electric vehicle investment

Jaguar Land Rover announce huge electric vehicle investment

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a huge investment to build electric cars in the UK.

The investment will be centred around the Coventry car maker’s plant in Castle Bromwich, the home of Jaguar, but other plants will also benefit.

Dr Ralph Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric and as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK.”We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, electronic drive units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

The news was welcomed by the Government and the trade union Unite.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence in the UK automotive industry – protecting thousands of skilled jobs.

“It reflects our determination for the UK to be at the forefront of the development and manufacturing of the next generation of electric vehicles.”
Our sister website BusinessLive is running a live blog on Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement today You can find it. He added: “JLR’s announcement recognises the strength of the excellent workforce at Castle Bromwich and acknowledges the efforts of many parties, including the government and the Mayor Andy Street, to invest and build a sustainable future in the region for advanced manufacturing, safeguarding jobs and skills.”

The investment, which was revealed in the media earlier this week , marks the run-out of the existing XJ, which was made at Castle Bromwich.

It comes in the wake of an agreement by employees to work a four-day week at the Birmingham site.

The agreement was drafted between the company and Unite and hailed as a deal that would secure the future of the Castle Bromwich plant and pave the way for future investment. Employees will still work a 37-hour week.

Huge electric investment, what the credit rating downgrade means, Slovakia update and F-Type spy shots – your Jaguar Land Rover digest Unite’s assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: “Today’s trailblazing announcement by Jaguar Land Rover is testament to the skill and hard work of Unite members and shop stewards.

“Once again they have pulled out all the stops to secure the new investment needed for this new model which will be the first UK built all-electric executive saloon.

“Not only is it a fantastic boost to the UK car industry, but it ensures that Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich site remains a powerhouse of the regional economy providing a living for thousands of workers and supporting many more in the supply chain.

“This is a proud day for our members and Jaguar Land Rover.

“The Government and Theresa May’s replacement as prime minister must make sure it is not the last for the UK’s world beating car workers and their families. “

The Castle Bromwich plant, near Junction 5 of the M6, employs around 2,500 workers.

It produces the XE, XF, XF Sportbrake, F-Type and the current XJ models.

Jaguar Land Rover said the transformation of Castle Bromwich will be “the most significant in the plant’s history”.

The new electric vehicles will be based on the company’s Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA).

Mr Speth said: Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle.

“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad.

“The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”

Jaguar Land Rover was the Jaguar I-Pace, which is made under contract by Magna Steyr in Austria.

Batteries for new electric vehicles will be made at a new factory being built in Hams Hall in Warwickshire, while the electric motors will be manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s engine plant near Wolverhampton.

The news of investment will come as a welcome shot in the arm for Jaguar Land Rover, as the firm battles the triple woes of falling sales in China, declining demand for diesel vehicles and ongoing uncertainty over Brexit.

Earlier this year the company announced plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs and later posted losses of £358m (or £3.6 billion if a writedown on the value of assets was taken into account) for the 2018/19 financial year.

Rumours have persisted of a tie-up with, or takeover by, French car maker PSA Group, though Jaguar Land Rover has recently signed a partnership deal with BMW to produce electric drive units (EDUs) for the next generation of electric vehicles.

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Press Release – 1st energisation at the Clocaenog Forest Wind Turbine Farm

Press Release – 1st energisation at the Clocaenog Forest Wind Turbine Farm

Powersystems completed the 1st energisation at the Clocaenog Forest Wind Turbine Farm 132kV compound with 2 Grid Transformers

Powersystems UK were appointed to design, supply installation, testing and commission a 132kV grid connection by Ruthin-based Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK who is the principal contractor and working closely with the Clocaenog Forest Wind Turbine Farm for developer innogy Renewables UK.

This marks a massive milestone in the renewable energy development project in Denbighshire to connect 27×3.6MW Vestas Wind Turbines. And further progress the £120 million scheme.

Powersystems have constructed the dual transformer 132kV substation to enable the 96MW of power generated from the wind turbines to be exported to the grid.

Within Clocaenog Forest itself, Powersystems the electrical engineering company has also laid 181km of 33kV power and fibre optic cable works to connect all 27×3.6MW Vestas Wind Turbines.

Managing Director Chris Jenkins said: “We’re proud to get to this milestone in the project and again, prove our capability to deliver for our clients.

“Operating at 132kV requires specialist capability and at Powersystems we have a track record of delivering projects at this high voltage level.

“Final connection works to the turbines continues and we see the completion of this over the summer of 2019, with first generation expected in June.

Powersystems UK, have installed the infrastructure for 3GW of Wind Farm generation across the UK representing 25% of on-shore windfarms built.

The wind farm, situated within the working forest managed by Natural Resources Wales, will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of up to 63,800 average UK homes per year.

Wind Farms

Experience in the design and installation of high voltage electrical infrastructure has placed Powersystems in a position ideally suited to carryout wind farm electrical balance of plant contracts. Since our first wind farm installation at Goonhilly Downs in 1992 we have been actively involved with wind farm projects ranging from single turbines to 60 plus turbine sites.

For more information about the Clocaenog Wind Turbine Farm project please visit https://www.powersystemsuk.co.uk/project/15382-clocaenog-wind-farm/

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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

Photography Copyright please credit all images used to www.powersystemsuk.co.uk

Powersystems UK Ltd are a specialist High Voltage electrical engineering company established in 1977.  Our head office is located in Yate, Bristol. Our current turnover to December 2018 is in excess of £27 million, in 2019 we celebrate our 42nd year of trading.

Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a major force in the design and installation of high voltage infrastructure across the whole of the United Kingdom.

As one of the first Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme ‘s accredited Independent Connection Providers we are capable of delivering contestable grid connections at voltages up to 132kV.

We have supported and delivered projects for diverse clientele; this includes:

  • Dyson Hullavigton, electric vehicle research and development facility for UK electric vehicle production
  • Millbrook Proving Ground, electric vehicle testing facility
  • EV infrastructure, for bus transportation projects UK wide
  • Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio, London
  • Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Airbus
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Formula One Race Teams (Mercedes Petronas, Williams F1 and Red Bull Technologies)
  • Public Sector – Ministry of Defence, Universities, NHS Trusts UK wide, Schools, Water Utilities.
  • Bristol, Newport and Southampton Port Authorities

Powersystems UK Ltd. is an Employee Owned Business and as such has a keen interest in the well-being of all its employees. We encourage and empower you to be imaginative, share great ideas and be involved in the success of our business.

 

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Employee ownership sector shows positive growth

Employee ownership sector shows positive growth

Latest employee ownership sector shows  positive growth in top 50 report

Employee ownership businesses enjoy higher levels of productivity. In the latest publication of the Employee Ownership Association’s (EOA) annual 2018 Top 50 Report, shows positive growth for the employee ownership sector. With a combined sales value of nearly £20bn, five new entries to the Top 50 and an almost 10% median increase in operating profits.

 Productivity Rising in the Top 50 year on year

25% UK-Registered companies are under employee ownership

The Top 50 list, covers independent UK-registered companies that are at least 25% owned by their employees on a broad basis. And UK subsidiaries of non-UK companies that are more than 75% employee owned. Nigel Mason, Director of the RM2 Partnership said: “It’s been a challenging year for UK businesses. Especially for those on the high street, but total sales for companies on this year’s Top 50 list are up 6.5% on a like-for-like* basis. A figure that shows resilience and sustained high growth in the employee owned sector.

250 Companies transitioned to employee ownership since 2014

“More than 250 businesses including Aardman Animations and Riverford Organic Farmers have transitioned to an EOT since 2014. Many of them below the Top 50, which has helped the sector diversify in size. As more businesses realise the benefits of this business model. We will continue our conversations with government about support for employee ownership. We are very confident that the sector will continue to grow.” 2018 has been a particularly interesting year for the EOA. It enjoyed significant attention in the national media, which generated new levels of interest and engagement in the sector. In addition, the three main political parties in the UK directly consulted with the EOA to incorporate elements of employee ownership into their manifestos.

The top findings from the employee ownership report include:
  • £19.8bn combined sales of Top 50 employee-owned companies (up 6.5% on like-for-like basis)
  • 9.2% median increase in operation profits
  • 7.3% increase in productivity year-on-year (Compared to UK productivity which fell by 0.1% Q1 2017 to Q1 2018)
  • 171,000 combined employees (down 1% on a like-for-like basis)
  • 54% of companies with no net debt

For the first time in five years, there has been a decrease in the combined sales of the Top 50. This is because of tough trading conditions in the retail sector. Mainly due to the demise of wholesaler Palmer and Harvey. Meanwhile, there was a fall in profits and head count for the Top-50’s number one John Lewis & Partners, which still fared better than many of its high street counterparts.

Employee owned businesses securing future business values

Employee-Ownership-Trust

Deb Oxley, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association, said: “It is an exciting time for the sector with founders of big British brands such as Riverford, Aardman and Sawday’s choosing employee ownership. In order to secure the future of the business’ values and ethos while rooting the jobs and associated value to the region in the UK indefinitely. “A tough time for retail in 2018 has had an impact on the total sales of the Top 50. This shows that no business is immune to market pressures. However, like-for-like total sales are up by 6.5%, and our sector has seen a continuing rise in productivity bucking the national trend. Findings that only add weight to the evidence and recommendations of the Ownership Dividend. Evidence shows that the independent nature of EO business and the structures they adopt to engage their employees allow for growth over the longer term and have a huge, positive impact on business performance.”

The ownership dividend report

This year The Ownership Dividend report was published. Chaired by Baroness Sharon Bowles, the inquiry Report contains the most comprehensive, robust and compelling evidence about employee ownership in the UK to date. This report shows how the employee ownership sector can provide the positive solutions needed to face many of the challenges currently facing the UK economy.

The employee-owned sector counts for over £30 billion contribution to UK GDP and is growing by a rate of 10% a year. Despite this, the sector’s profile is comparatively low and its potential contribution to the economy is under-exploited as a result.

To view the full findings of the Employee Ownership Top 50 Report, please visit https://employeeownership.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Employee-Ownership-Top-50-2018.pdf

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