Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Benefits of Wind Turbines

Wind Energy
Did you know that the UK home turbines could be taking advantage of the 40% of wind energy that’s available in the whole of Europe? Now you do! Using home turbines could help to save more money and generate electricity from a renewable energy source, which the UK has a lot of.

There are many additional benefits to wind power on top of doing your little bit for the environment. Below we have listed a number of advantages for you to consider:

-          It provides a free energy source, with plenty throughout the UK to go around.

-          You will reduce your Carbon Footprint, as this type of renewable energy will not release any harmful carbon dioxide.

-          High electricity bills will be a thing of the pass, as once you have installed your turbine the electricity that comes from it is completely free!

-          Store generated electricity in batteries in preparation for a day when there is no wind.

-          Make additional income by selling the electricity you do not use to the National Grid to help others.

There are a great number of positive attributes regarding turbines, but getting one for your home may appear absurd to some. The two most frequently used methods used to harness renewable energy today are solar panels and wind turbines. Wind farms appear in coastal and other open spaces where there isn’t an abundance of trees or buildings to absorb the wind, before it hits the turbine.

Let’s rewind and explain what a wind turbine is. A wind turbine is effectively a windmill-style device that converts the kinetic energy that comes from the wind, into usable mechanical energy. You may hear or read them being described as ‘wind chargers’ or ‘wind generators’.  They have developed greatly over the years, but the ones you see today can also be seen with both horizontal and vertical axis.

Some new built housing estates now come complete with a wind farm in order to provide every home on the estate with a renewable energy source. Some houses will continue to vary to another and will also include other energy sources such as solar panels.

Although a great energy source and cost-effective solution to generating electricity for your home, many will argue the point they are not an attractive device to have in view of your home. Pretty or not however, wind turbines are doing a vital job and should not be opposed by anyone with a conscience. 

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Construction Projects in North Wales 2015

North Wales Prison
North Wales and the North West region have undergone some major work throughout the year of 2015, with a number of truly great projects under completion from civil engineering, defence and groundwork contractors.

North Wales Prison, Wrexham

Although an official name for the new ‘super’ prison has not been announced yet, the prison is already well underway towards completion for its deadline in 2017. Jennings Building & Civil Engineering Contractors have been involved in the construction of the prison from the get go, achieving a substructure contract for the groundwork contractors.

The prison is set to be the largest in the UK and second largest in Europe, whilst boosting the economy by creating 1,000 jobs. The prison site on Wrexham Industrial Estate has already pumped more than £19 million into the local economy.

The prison itself is being designed with a ‘rehabilitative culture’ at its heart, which ranges from specialist training of staff to education, employment and recreation. It is also known that half of all labour for the site will be recruited locally, together with 100 apprenticeships and 500 work placement days per year.

Tetney Sealine Replacement Project, Grimsby

Tetney Sealine transports Crude Oil via a monobuoy in the Humber Estuary. The oil is then pumped through the subsea pipeline to tank storage at Tetney oil terminal before being piped to the Humber refinery for processing. Refined products are exported by ship from Immingham dock and transported to inland customers by road, rail and pipeline.

The site is only accessible by boat, taking 25 minutes to transport plant and operatives of the project to the site on a daily basis. The Yorkshire Lady dive vessel transports 20 pieces of heavy plant to install the on shore section of the 1,200mm diameter, 4km long pipeline.

Aldi, Flintshire

Another Aldi foodstore has been underway throughout 2015 and is opening in Buckley, Flintshire. The super foodstore aims to open 65 stores per year, giving a total of 1000 by 2021. Aldi are currently the 6th largest food retailer in the UK, with realistic ambitions of increasing their UK market share.

There have been a number of great projects, with more on their way to the North Wales & North West region.

Monday, 2 November 2015

4 Reasons to Choose a Cable Harness

Cable Harness Solutions
A cable harness, also known as cable assembly, is an assembly of cables which transmit signals or electrical power. The cable industry, particularly within the harness sector, has grown rapidly for the past five years and continues to grow further.

Increased achievements in technology have contributed to this growing success within the industry, with advanced industrial machines enabling full customisation of a cable harness. This ensures that the customer gets a fully customisable assembly of cables that meet their specific application requirements.

If this is not a good enough reason to assume a cable assembly is the right choice for your application, then here are four more reasons why you should select one.

They prevent disasters. The recent advancements in harness technology have largely been driven by the automation industry particularly. The largest portion of the harness market is dedicated to meeting the specifications of every type of vehicle currently being manufactured today. The length, fuse configuration and appropriate terminal end connectors are just a few of the things that need considering to ensure the vehicle runs smoothly.

Improved safety. The harness component of a cable harness is the mechanism that prevents loose cables and wires inside the vehicle from being damaged. All machinery has multiple wires inside it to connect power generating components to enable it to function properly. The harness is what bundles all these components together, protecting them from heat, vibration, stretching, abrasion and many other environmental conditions.

Quicker installation. The design of cable assemblies are constantly being refined in their design to ensure the installation and manufacturing process is efficient. Nowadays, rather than needing to install one cable at a time, a large number of wires can be installed quickly and easily using a pre-assembled harness.

Better performance. There are various types of harnesses you can select, which are tailored for your application: domestic household appliances to large industrial machinery. There are a number of standard cable harnesses used which span several industries. However, you can choose a custom harness to ensure you get exactly what you need. This ensures safety, improved performances and more reliability for the end product.

Cost effective. Although a custom cable harness can be costly, purchasing everything from one manufacturer can save you money in the long run. From the cables, components and the custom cable assembly service, all of this combined under one roof is better than having three separate suppliers.