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Decarbonising Hydropower with Industrial Coatings and Repair Composites

Considering the imminent exponential growth of the hydropower industry, it is essential that an arsenal of strategies is implemented in order to raise the sustainability standards within hydropower facilities - driving the industry towards a net zero future. 

Of these strategies, protective coatings and repair composites have an important part to play. By intrinsically improving the integrity of key hydropower assets, these products help to accelerate the drive towards more sustainable hydropower facilities and, therefore, the decarbonisation of the sector.


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Industrial coatings support decarbonisation of hydropower industry (Photo by American Public Power Association on Unsplash)   

The Carbon Footprint of Hydropower

While the environmental benefits of hydropower far outweigh fossil fuel alternatives, like most alternative energy sources, hydropower is not without its carbon footprint. Indeed, all energy sources, even renewables, produce carbon emissions in their lifecycle, due to the emissions caused by their manufacture, construction and operation.

While there are some hydropower facilities, such as Iceland’s Landsvirkjun, which have pledged to become carbon neutral, on average, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) states that hydropower has a median greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity of 24 gCO₂-eq/kWh. This is the grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated allocated over its life-cycle. By comparison, the median figure for coal is 820 gCO₂-eq/kWh.


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Average life-cycle CO2 equivalent emissions (source: IPCC)

Hydropower Capacity Needs to Double by 2050  

The need to mitigate this carbon footprint somewhat ratchets up when considering the huge role hydropower is set to play in supporting a net zero emissions by 2050 pathway (in line with The Paris Agreement). 

In the International Energy Association’s (IEA) ‘Net Zero by 2050’ Roadmap (revised version 2021), the required growth of hydropower is colossal. The Roadmap states that hydropower capacity needs to ‘double by 2050’, positioning the industry as ‘[…] the third-largest energy source in the electricity mix by 2050.’ 


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Image source: International Energy Association’s (IEA) ‘Net Zero by 2050’ Roadmap 

A Call to Modernise Aging Plants 

While it is essential that hydropower capacity ‘doubles’ by 2050, one way of increasing this capacity is by, what the IEAdescribes as ‘modernising ageing plants’. In fact, their Roadmapdetails how between now and 2030, USD 127 billion – or almost one-quarter of global hydropower investment – will be spent on modernising ageing plants.  

In regards to these ‘ageing plants’, according to the IEA, in North America, the average hydropower plant is nearly 50 years old and in Europe, the average is 45 years old. 

The report goes on to say how: ‘These ageing fleets – which have provided affordable and reliable renewable electricity on demand for decades – are in need of modernisation to ensure they can contribute to electricity security in a sustainable manner for decades to come.’

Extend Lifespan of Hydropower Assets with Industrial Coatings and Composites

Industrial protective coatings and epoxy repair composites play a fundamental role in ‘modernising ageing plants’, which in turn, supports the decarbonisation of the hydropower industry. 

By investing in this polymeric technology, aged assets can be repaired, protected and improved for the long term. This process successfully helps to mitigate the carbon footprint of hydropower facilities as it breathes new life into assets that would otherwise be decommissioned, replaced or sent to landfill. 

Companies such as Belzona (established in 1952) have a portfolio of protective coatings and repair composites that have been used to improve the efficiency and performance of hydropower assets for decades. 

Based on the level of erosion resistance required, the epoxy paste, Belzona 1111 (Super Metal) and composite repair polymer, Belzona 1311 (Ceramic R-Metal), can be specified for rebuilding damage and restoring efficiency in areas such as turbines, wicket gates and turbine casings. 

The efficiency improving capabilities of these systems can be demonstrably identified in the two-part epoxy coating, Belzona 1341 (Supermetalglide). With this high-performance coating, the efficiency of fluid handling equipment, such as pumps, can be increased by up to 7% on new equipment and up to 20% on refurbished equipment. 


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Francis turbine prior to application, visibly damaged

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First coat of epoxy coating, Belzona 1341 (Supermetalglide), applied

As seen in the graph below, in a study carried out by Leeds University, it was found that when compared to polished stainless steel, Belzona 1341 (Supermetalglide) was 15 times smoother.

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Roughness comparison between polished stainless steel and Belzona 1341 (Supermetalglide). Surface inspection: Leeds University

The two-part polyurethane resin, Belzona 2141 (ACR-Fluid Elastomer), can be deployed in areas that are particularly subjected to high levels of cavitation, such as Kaplan turbine blades. This system offers an outstanding level of protection against cavitation at ultra-high velocities (up to 115 knots with no damage). 
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Application of  Belzona 2141 (ACR-Fluid Elastomer) on Pelton turbine nozzle head 

Belzona’srange of polymeric systems can be specified in the following application areas, amongst others: turbines, penstock gates, generators, spiral casings, draft tubes, transformers, powerhouses, control valves, dams, stilling basins and spillways.

Mitigating Hydropower’s Carbon Footprint 

By investing in industrial protective coatings and epoxy repair composites, the lifespan of hydropower assets can be considerably prolonged. In turn, this supports more sustainable operations within hydropower facilities and, therefore, helps to mitigate the carbon footprint of the industry.   

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Fluke Calibration launches new 5560A High-Performance Multi-Product Calibrator

Ideal for 6.5-digit resolution DMMsFluke Calibration’s 5560A is complemented bythe new 5550A (5.5-digit) performance multi-product calibrator and the 5540A (4.5-digit) multi-product calibrator, enabling laboratories to increase accuracy while reducing costs and increasing bench space. 

Eindhoven, Netherlands. 12 January 2023Flukeglobal technology leader in the manufacture of compact, professional electronic test and measurement tools and software, has today introduced the Fluke 5560A High-Performance Multi-Product Calibrator, which provides the broadest electrical workload coverage and highest accuracy.

Satisfying demand at the high-end of the multi-product calibrator market, the 5560A sits neatly in Fluke’s product range under the high-accuracymulti-function 5730A calibrator designed for calibrating 8.5-digit resolution DMMs. The 5560A is an ideal solution forcalibrating up to6.5-digitDMMs

New class of multi-product calibrator

With demand for calibration growing every year, the Fluke 5560A defines a new class of multi-product calibrator by catering for new and inexperienced workers joining the calibration business without muchtraining. Key features of the Fluke 5560A include a large7-inch display with intuitivetouchscreen for ease of useVisual Connection Management™ terminals and an optional accessory for efficientdigital multimeter (DMM) calibration with minimal or no lead changes. The rugged and portable calibrator can also be automated using MET/CALCalibration ManagementSoftware.

Among the key benefits to users of the 5560A are minimal training requirements andreduced maintenance as well as the ability to calibrate a wider range of equipment using a single calibrator. These all contribute to significant reductions in cost of ownership for calibration laboratories. The 5560A is also protected against expensive damage caused byincoming voltages or overload conditions.

In its quest to offer calibration laboratories the next generation of advanced tools, Fluke Calibration has also launched the 5550A Performance Multi-Product Calibrator which enhances the highly popular multi-product 5522A to provide a better match for a customer’s existing DMM workloads.The 5550Agreatly improves the accuracy delivered by the 5522A 5.5-digit DMMas well as offering greater functionality. Featuring an intuitive graphical interface, the 5550A can calibrate the most popular handheld DMMs with increased test uncertainty ratios (TURs) and clamp meters to 1500A with continuous current output (30A). 

Flexible calibration on-site andin the field

The 5540A Multi-Product Calibrator is another new addition to enhance Fluke Calibration’s improved range. It extends the capabilities of the 5502A with better performance levels, making it an ideal solution for on-site or mobile calibrationof the most demanding field instrumentation workloads.The 5540A is perfect for calibrating handheld 4.5-digit resolution DMMswith increasedTURsand clamp meters to 1500A with continuous current output. Improvements in comparison to the 5502A include an increase from 20A to 30A of continuous current output and cutting waiting times during heavy usage. wider range of thermocouple types and a new easy-connect thermocouple connector widens the temperature workload coverage of the calibrator. The 5540A can be fully calibrated with a Fluke 8588A 8.5-digit Reference Multimeter plus one shunt for the highest current range.

Wim Sibon, Fluke Calibration Technical Sales Manager for ElectricalCalibration in Europesaid:In recent years, we have experienced increasing demand from laboratories for greater accuracy in their calibrators while also wanting multi-product solutions that free up bench space and keep costs down.The 5560A calibrator provides exactly what the market requires and will deliver a significant boost to the productivity of calibration laboratories around the world. This will enable our customers to cope with thedemand for more accurate measurements but with less experienced workforce.

“Fluke Calibrationis committed to providing calibration laboratories with the widest workload calibration capabilities and our latest additions to the range will enable lab technicians to expand their existing workloads with confidence. The 5502A and 5522A have been the workhorses of calibration laboratories for many years and we are delighted to take their capabilities to a whole new level with the 5540A multi-product and 5550A performance multi-product calibrators. Backed by more than 50 years of continuous engineering improvementsour comprehensive range of powerful tools are the result oflifelong dedication from some of the best calibration experts in the world. At FlukeCalibration, we are passionate about measurement science.”

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2023 Thorite will showcase new team and technology at major engineering event Company to attend Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show

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Compressed air and fluid power specialist Thorite will launch its new dedicated Electronic Automation (EA) Team at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show in February.

The Bradford based company will also be unveiling new products and technology at the event, to be held at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre in Hampshire from February 7th to 9th.

Visitors to the show will be able to meet EA Technical Development Manager Mik Rhodes, who will be on hand to explain how Thorite can help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) unlock the potential of electronic automation to develop equipment which delivers faster changeovers and improved productivity.

The team will employ demo units to explain the best uses for pneumatic and electronic automation, as well as electric pick and place grippers demonstrating the range of motion available with the latest technology. 

Tom Simpson, Marketing Co-Ordinator for the EA Team, said: “Electronic automation is increasingly being recognised by OEMs as a more efficient alternative to pneumatic power on some machinery.

“We have expanded our expertise over the years in line with this shift and we’re excited to be sharing it at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show, which is a highlight of the engineering events calendar.”

Thorite’s Systems Team will be available to discuss everything from panels and valve islands to compressor and OEM sub-assemblies.

Thorite will also use the event to introduce the newly launched Ultima range of oil-free compressors from Gardner Denver, which are 37% smaller and 13% more efficient than other compressors and have no need for ducting thanks to their internal heat exchangers. 

Thorite’s in-house pump expert will provide hands-on demonstrations using a cut-away unit of Graco’s new game-changing electrical-operated double diaphragm (EODD) pump, QUANTM, which requires zero compressed air and delivers up to 80% reduction in energy consumption, while maintaining proven air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump benefits. 

The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show boasts a diverse range of suppliers which attracts manufacturers ranging from major players to SMEs, from across the UK and continental Europe.

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If you’re working outside in cold, wet, or windy weather for long periods, work gets tough. That’s when you’ll need to keep safe from the elements with your own protective shell. A weatherproof outer-layer with one of Snickers Workwear’s Winter Jackets. This kind of protective shell will deliver effective wind and water protection to keep you warm, dry and ensure the effectiveness of the clothing underneath. You’ll want to avoid getting too warm, so insultation combined with ventilation features in your Jackets are absolutely vital. Check out the new FlexiWork Quilted Jacket, which is windproof, water-repellent and designed to be durable and weatherproof for great technical functionality. Like all Snickers Workwear’s Work Jackets, it’s built to be weatherproof enough to keep the elements at bay and durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of hard day’s work but still delivering the level of breathability and ventilation you need for a comfortable and effective day at work.

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T Cards Online Releases Milestone Update at Southern Manufacturing Show


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T Cards has reached it’s latest 2022 milestone update with the latest release. Now it’s even easier to plan and improve task management; helping you to be more agile and quicker to respond to changing requirements.

T Cards have been a proven management tool for allocating, tracking, and improving efficiency for many years. Every workplace has its own specific requirements for a planning system. This adaptable, simple to customise system is a simple tool to improve business. 

T Cards Online was first released over 10 years ago. Since then, updates have continued to reflect the requirements of users and new features have been regularly added. The milestone release this winter, however, is a big step forward and will be demonstrated at the Southern Manufacturing Show Stand M135

Mark Rigby, Managing Director at MTR Logistics commented “I really like the system – It works brilliantly for remote working. This is the Most Simple Visual Management tool on the internet. It has made a big improvement on the way we manage” 

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Pioneering sustainable energy project seeks engineers wishing to develop their skills




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AN INNOVATIVE academy programme is on the hunt for engineers to develop their skills while working on a pioneering project aimed at making power generation across the UK more sustainable.

Co-Lab Engineering Managing Director Clyne Albertelli is looking for participants on the next project of the newly launched Engineering Academy, with the cohort challenged to help develop technology which will convert water supplies intoelectricity within domestic and community settings.

Through a unique partnership with Technology Consortia Limited (TCL - Cumbria), the engineers will work with TCL founder Ian Stephenson, who has 50 years of experience in applications engineering, to manufacture Compact Hydro Energy Devices (CHEDs) to change the face of power generation by reducing carbon emissions usage and improve sustainability across the UK, and beyond.

Supported by Innovate UK, Ian has developed a concept design of the CHEDs but is teaming up with the Engineering Academy for assistance in manufacturing the electro-mechanical and electronic control components of the devices, providing budding engineers with the opportunity to develop their skills while working on real-world, industry wide challenges.

During the six-week ‘sprint’ project, Academy participants will work with other organisations to identify the challenge, design a model and build a prototype for testing to ensure the devices can operate successfully.

Ian said: “I have been working to develop devices which can be installed and adapted to main water supplies to convert hydropower into electricity to provide a more sustainable way of generating power, and the feasibility of the concept has been researched and proven.

“My strengths are in fluid engineering, but my weaknesses lie in micro-electronics, so this is why I reached out to Clyne and his exciting Engineering Academy to provide assistance where my skill sets are lacking, while allowing the participants to develop key skills needed in the industry. 

“The Engineering Academy is such an interesting formula as it helps engineers wanting to improve their skills and gives them the chance to work on a real industry challenge. I have 50 years of experience in engineering so I think there are a few bits of advice I will be able to pass on.”

The Engineering Academy was launched by 26-year-old Clyne in November and the first cohort are nearing the end of its challenge to find a mechanical or chemical method of cleaning unwanted biofouling from the hulls of submarines and boats.

The CHEDs project, the first of five currently planned for 2023, will run for six weeks from January 16 and Clyne is keen to hear from candidates wanting to upskill by developing project management, business, practical problem solving, teamwork and collaboration skills.

He said: “The partnership with TCL is a really exciting one and it will be the first of its kind in this field as we pool our resources to help develop the skills of a local workforce.

“We are very much looking forward to creating a concept that has huge potential to have such a positive impact on the UK’s sustainability agenda, and the end result of the project could help change the face of power generation across the world.

“In my opinion, working on this project is such an appealing prospect for engineers looking to improve in the industry and we can’t wait to hear from candidates who want to join us on this exciting journey.”

Community regeneration initiative iSH (Industrial Solutions Hub), which was created to promote collaboration between industry, SMEs, academia and other organisations across Cumbria, will sponsor two places on the next Engineering Academy project; a placement for a student wishing to develop their skills in the sector and a placement open to a SME which would like one of its staff members to benefit from the programme’s activities.

The Engineering Academy is being supported by delivery partners the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), University of Cumbria, the Centre for Leadership Performance and TEDx speaker Jo Corbishley, who will all feature in the activities during the six-week programme.

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Celanese, NOVA Chemicals and Petronas to Discuss Lean Scope in TARs



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