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13/07/2010 Inverters drive Aquamarine’s Oyster marine energy generator The world's largest working hydroelectric wave energy device – Aquamarine Power's Oyster – has entered a new phase, having been installed at the European Marine Energy Centre's test site in Orkney. » Read More

13/07/2010 EU rules clarified on industrial plant emissions Clearer rules and cleaner air are among the aims of the Industrial Emissions Directive, approved by the European Parliament last week. » Read More

12/07/2010 Shampoo plant doubles capacity with impeller mixing upgrade By upgrading the agitator assembly in an existing two-tonne process vessel, shampoo processor Herb UK reckons it will see a return on its investment in less than eight months. » Read More

12/07/2010 ABB completes acquisition of oil, gas and water specialist K-Tek ABB has completed its acquisition of US-based instrumentation manufacturer K-Tek, which is now part of the Measurement Products business unit of ABB's Process Automation division. » Read More

09/07/2010 Speedy open plant hire superstore in Edinburgh Plant hire firm Speedy, which recently won the Hire Association of Europe's (HAE) Award for Environmental Initiatives, has opened its first Scottish Superstore in Edinburgh. » Read More

09/07/2010 Black Sheep brewery rates Boge compressor Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire is reporting excellent performance over a four year period from a Boge SD 40 screw compressor it installed to power a then new cask filling line. » Read More

08/07/2010 Plants in danger of missing CRC deadlines, warns npower Energy firm npower has issued a warning to plant managers that they risk facing financial and reputational penalties unless they act fast to meet the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) deadlines. » Read More

07/07/2010 Wellman Robey gets Euro fighter production back on track BAE Systems Warton plant reports exceptional service from Wellman Robey Boiler Hire Division last month, when a complete boiler house failure threatened scheduled production of Euro fighter assemblies. » Read More

07/07/2010 Severn Trent and United Utilities extend maintenance contracts Severn Trent Water (STW) and United Utilities, which between them supply water to more than half of England, have renewed and extended their plant maintenance contracts with Deritend. » Read More

06/07/2010 First WEG high efficiency motors to pump bio-ethanol fuel in Belgium The first W22 high efficiency motors supplied by WEG in Europe have been installed on a green production plant producing sustainable bio-fuels. » Read More

06/07/2010 Jet grouting speeds difficult storm water tank construction Geotechnical contractor Bachy Soletanche, along with the project team of Severn Trent Water, main contractor Forkers and engineer Mott MacDonald, have developed a novel solution for a storm water tank in Washwood Heath, Birmingham. » Read More

05/07/2010 M Barnwell Services is latest SKF Seals Distributor SKF has appointed fluid sealing products supplier M Barnwell Services as a specialist distributor for its sealing solutions. » Read More

02/07/2010 ATEX process package solves biodiesel plant problems Biodiesel equipment manufacturer Green Fuels is partnering with Bürkert Fluid Control Systems for its new generation of automatic biodiesel production plants. » Read More

30/06/2010 ATEX solenoids boost safety in offshore cleaning Ultra high pressure water jetting plant for offshore platforms is using ATEX-compliant solenoid valves so that it can be used in Zone II hazardous areas. » Read More

29/06/2010 Achilles gives green light to Speedy rental plant Plant equipment rental firm Speedy has received three accreditations for its work across a range of industrial sectors, via the global pre-qualification service Achilles. » Read More

28/06/2010 Quantum helps wallpaper factory save £27,000 in energy costs Cheshire-based wall coverings manufacturer Fine Décor reports savings of £27,000 a year in energy costs thanks to the installation of ABB variable speed drives by Quantum Controls. » Read More

25/06/2010 Gear units improve cooling tower efficiency at Connah’s Quay New Flender FZG gear units from Siemens Industry are proving their worth at Connah's Quay power station, E.On's largest combined cycle gas turbine power station, on Deeside. » Read More

25/06/2010 New respirator standards demand particle loading test All 3M's disposable particulate respirators have been recertified, and the company advises that products manufactured from 31 July this year will be marked in accordance with the EN149:2001+A1:2009 standard. » Read More

24/06/2010 AVEVA Instrumentation reports average 30% savings AVEVA Instrumentation says it is helping plant engineers to achieve design and material savings of 30% or more on instrumentation and controls – according to feedback from the customers. » Read More

24/06/2010 Federal-Mogul acquires Daros Group for piston rings Federal-Mogul has acquired the Daros Group, a privately-owned supplier of high technology piston rings for large-bore industrial generation and shipping engines. » Read More

23/06/2010 Luton waste recycling plant got type tested control panels Automation firm DB Controls reports that, by selecting Schneider Electric to supply all controls for a new waste recycling plant, it was able to offer a cost-effective Form 2 type-tested control panel. » Read More

23/06/2010 Little Barford to get uprated clean air plant RWE npower has selected GE's technology to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and extend the life of its Little Barford power station near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire. » Read More

22/06/2010 Sinusoidal pumps solve sticky problems for Halewood drinks Three Maso-Sine SPS4 pumps, from Watson-Marlow Pumps, have survived and successfully solved problems of cavitation and noise at beverage giant Halewood International. » Read More

22/06/2010 First screw generator for water industry saves £127,000 a year An unusual renewable energy system, based on an Archimedes screw an induction motor and variable speed drive, is saving Yorkshire Water more than £127,000 a year in electricity costs. » Read More

21/06/2010 Buncefield convictions are lesson to others, warns HSE Three firms have now been found guilty, at St Albans' Crown Court, of charges relating to the Buncefield oil storage depot explosion and fire on 11 December 2005. All now face unlimited fines. » Read More
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