Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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The death of biomass conversions

John McKenna, Editor

EDF Hinkley Point C site preparation

AMEC to partner Chinese nuclear firm

Engineering contractor AMEC today announced it had signed an agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to co-operate across the civil nuclear sector, both in China and the UK.

Energy saving

National Grid awards “shutdown” contracts

National Grid is in the process of awarding contracts to major energy users such as process facilities to shut down their operations at times of peak demand.

Monsal AD tech

Biogas boost for food processors

Food and drink processors with anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities were yesterday given a boost by an Environment Agency ruling on feedstock.

Argonne National Lab graphene

£60m graphene centre announced

Chancellor George Osborne yesterday announced plans to build a second graphene research centre at the University of Manchester.

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Protective clothing

Protective clothing

Designed to provide protection against a range of potential skin hazards in the workplace, 3M coveralls provide superior levels of protection combined with comfort.

Wireless range

Wireless range

Electronic instrumentation specialist Mantracourt Electronics has announced that it has appointed Tokyo Sokki as a technical partner for Japan.

Samson valves

Crevice-free valves

Smooth ‘crevice-free’ valves for critical aseptic control.

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Drax biomass conversion

The death of biomass conversions

By John McKenna

The government’s legal victory over Drax has rendered future conversions of coal plants to biomass virtually impossible.

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Stan Higgins

Integration or bust

The UK’s chemical industry may be sleepwalking into further decline, says NEPIC’s Stan Higgins.

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exams

Educational reform

By Robert Smith

Engineering could be in crisis as examination regulator Ofqual looks to axe it from the national curriculum.

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Milton Roy PX horizontal pump

Precision pumping

By Bryan Orchard

A thirst for accuracy is driving demand for metering and dosing equipment, and traditional technology is being challenged.

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Lewa Ecoflow process diaphragm pumps at the Arla site

Ensuring an even spread

Dairy giant Arla uses multiplex pumps for its spreadable butter ingredient metering.

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German ExxonMobil employees drink fracking fluid - web

ExxonMobil staff drink fracking fluid

Staff of ExxonMobil this week appeared on national television in Germany to attempt to show that fracking fluid is harmless.

Water treatment roundtable Video

Blacoh University has facilitated a roundtable video with industry leaders to discuss key aspects of a project to secure new equipment for a water reservoir and treatment facility.

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