Posts tagged as Mike Rycroft

Industrial power and energy savings initiatives in South Africa

The electricity crisis of 2008 sparked numerous initiatives by government, Eskom and industry associations to reduce power demand and energy use. This article provides a summary of some of these, their effectiveness and impact. The main purpose of these programmes was to reduce the demand on the grid and to free up generating capacity. Two […]

Rectifier transformers: Technology update

  Industry sectors such as the electrochemical and smelting rely on low voltage high current DC supplies for operation, which are supplied from sources known as rectifier transformers. This article is an overview of the technology available in this field. The transformer and rectifier are provided as a combined unit. The low voltage and very […]

Industrial power quality standards

  Power quality becomes more and more important as energy efficiency equipment is brought into use in industrial networks, and as embedded generation is installed in distribution networks and own generation equipment is brought into use by industrial users. This article examines the standards for both utility networks and industrial users. All networks, however well […]

Pitfalls on the road to urban grid independence

  Urban grid defection, also known as grid-independence or off-grid generation, is a topic which has received much attention of late. There are numerous articles suggesting that, in the not very distant future, it will be economically possible for urban consumers to operate independently of the grid with a suitable combination of renewable energy sources […]

Not-so-smart metering: an end-user’s point of view

  Smart metering, we have been told, allows the utility to read the meter remotely and the end-user to monitor and control energy consumption. The reality, however, is somewhat less appealing. Never having had such a facility available before makes one fairly ignorant of what can be expected and, as is usual in these cases, […]

@Leisure: On the ancestral trail – Part 2

  After meeting some of our “long-lost” family on our ancestral trail through the UK, our scheduled port of call was Birkenhead, our paternal homeland, where my sister Wendy and I located a number of surviving aunts and cousins. Leaving King’s Heath in Birmingham, we travelled south to join the M25 ring road around London. […]

Engineers@Leisure: On the ancestral trail – Part 2

  by Mike Rycroft After meeting some of our “long-lost” family on our ancestral trail through the UK, our scheduled port of call was Birkenhead, our paternal homeland, where my sister Wendy and I located a number of surviving aunts and cousins. Leaving King’s Heath in Birmingham, we travelled south to join the M25 ring […]