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Leading global testing and compliance consultancy TRaC Global has launched a new intuitive USB testing toolkit designed to accelerate rapid product development.
Tracer is a suite of test tools which initially focuses on the smart energy market giving manufacturers of ZigBee Smart Energy (ZSE) products the ability to perform pre-testing of their designs at all stages of development. The Tracer ZSE emulates a device within the smart energy ecosystem, performing a set of tests to verify functionality of a manufacturer’s product and providing the user with instant pass or fail verdicts.
TRaC is an official ZigBee Alliance Recognised Test House and has been working closely with the organisation to develop its smart energy profiles over the past five years. Paul Russell, director of TRaC, commented: “With the increased adoption and roll out of smart energy devices across the world, it was an obvious choice for us to focus our first Tracer product on addressing this popular technology.
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TRaC’s Tracer has a simple graphic user interface for ease of use and clarity across both in-lab and remote pre-testing and there are two versions available to suit the level of functionality required.
The Tracer ZSE supports all Zigbee Smart Energy device types including Energy Service Portals (ESI), In Home Displays (IHD) and Meters (MTR).
Paul added: “The Tracer will provide the highest level of confidence that all test criteria have been met prior to the formal testing by TRaC, a recognised ZigBee Alliance test house. We want to help our customers develop their products quickly by providing high confidence in pre-certification to save them time and money.”
Edited by Carin Hall
Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector
Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre.
At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable.
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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.”
“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement.
The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.
“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government.
“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.
“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”
However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future.
“We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.”
The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours
This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly