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Safety in the renewables sector 15 September 2021

As preparations ramp up for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow later this year, global attention on renewable energy has rarely been greater. At the same time, the UK’s commitment to 2050 Net Zero emissions has given fresh emphasis to the drive for cleaner energy over the past two years and, whilst the ultimate goal remains some way off, some recent milestones clearly indicate the direction – and pace – of travel....

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Corrosion and explosive management in anaerobic digestion processes 14 September 2021

An anaerobic digester (AD) refers to an airtight tank where anaerobic bacteria, or those that thrive in the absence of oxygen, are used to breakdown organic wastes into smaller molecular compounds for use elsewhere. These anaerobic bacteria generate both methane and CO2 gases in near equal volumes as they digest the waste material. In modern AD this biogas is captured and converted into energy to provide heat, power and sanitation....

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Under pressure: the benefits of explosion venting panels 14 September 2021

In industrial, manufacturing or power generation facilities where potentially explosive atmospheres or processes exist, specialised venting can be used as a means of limiting damage in the event of an explosion. Andy Moul, Technical Manager at Construction Specialties considers the role of venting wall panels in protecting the workforce as well as ensuring a building’s structure is not compromised....

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Factors to consider when choosing lighting for offshore wind energy applications 13 September 2021

When selecting lighting for an offshore wind farm, a number of important factors should be considered, including maintenance, energy costs and quality of light to minimise downtime, says Gordon Low of Glamox....

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Top tips for flash point management 12 September 2021

There are many treatments for migraines, from cold compresses and over-the-counter medicine, to Botox. However, if you don’t deal with the cause of the migraine, for example stress or dehydration, it will keep coming back. Similarly, when operating a heat transfer system, the key to maintenance is dealing with the problem, not the symptoms. Here Clive Jones, Managing Director at thermal oil supplier Global Heat Transfer, gives his advice on effective flash poi...

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Large volume liquid hydrogen releases: key results and outcome of modelling exercises 04 August 2021

Decarbonising shipping and transportation remains a significant challenge as storing electrical energy from renewables in significant capacity makes it of little use against the requirements of running a ship at sea where space and load requirements inhibit battery options. Liquid hydrogen (LH2), commonly used as fuel in the space industry, forms one potential solution where the required energy density/volume can feasibly be met for ships of all sizes....

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Improving process safety culture – what’s required? 04 August 2021

Much of the emphasis on the subject of ‘process safety culture’ originates from the Buncefield and Texas City incidents that occurred in 2005. Both incidents resulted in significant fires and explosions that had repercussions industry wide. In the decades since those events occurred, there’s been an increased emphasis on the subject of process safety and safety culture....

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How mobile tech is reducing risk in hazardous environments 04 August 2021

Keeping employees healthy and safe is a challenge for many employers – perhaps none more so than those whose staff work in hazardous environments. Fortunately for these organisations – many of which are now responsible for a higher number of lone workers – safety technology is evolving rapidly, with mobile solutions now providing a high level of protection for workers in even the most hazardous of workplaces....

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Augmented Reality drives real change in remote training and safety 04 August 2021

Augmented reality technology is allowing field engineers to connect directly to off-site experts for more efficient maintenance, data collection, training and safety, as Kim Fenrich, global AR/VR and digital services product manager, ABB Process Automation, explains....

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Using assisted reality to maximise safety and worker productivity 04 August 2021

According to the HSE, 142 workers were killed in work accidents in the UK in 2020/2021. Such a sobering statistic is another reminder for organisations across all industries to continue to focus on health and safety measures in the workplace. Increasingly, organisations are looking for ‘fit for purpose’ technology to enhance worker safety and productivity....

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