Feb 21, 2018

ABB to drive digitalisation in its Power Generation & Water division with Collaborative Operations

Technology
Sophie Chapman
2 min
ABB to use technology in Power Generation and Water
ABB will now apply its industry-leading ABB Ability technologies to its Power Generation & Water division from a centre in Genoa, Italy...

ABB will now apply its industry-leading ABB Ability technologies to its Power Generation & Water division from a centre in Genoa, Italy.

By opening its cloud-based platform through the new Collaborative Operations Centre, the Swiss tech leader will help customers improve operations and maintenance by delivering its latest digital technologies.

The centre will monitor key performance indicators through a suite of applications, ensuring that each customer’s plant operates within regulatory, load, environmental and cyber security requirements while turning data into actionable information.

Collaborative Operations Centres are already helping customers in other ABB divisions such as Oil, Gas & Chemicals and Marine, with its applications proven to have helped extend machine life by 20% and create a 50% reduction in maintenance costs.

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Kevin Kosisko, Managing Director of ABB’s Power Generation & Water business, launched the centre alongside Susan Peterson, the division’s Digital Lead, in front of customers and media in Genoa.

“ABB Ability Collaborative Operations will help us bring the benefits of digitalisation to our customers in power generation and water by giving them information insights that lead to better business decisions,” said Kosisko.

“We are driven to help our customers benefit from emerging digital technologies so they can respond to the changing energy market and contribute to a sustainable future.”

ABB, which worked with Microsoft and HP to build its Ability platform, has developed into a key digital transformation player across industries. It currently operates 70mn connected devices and 70,000 control systems, and has committed over $1bn into research in digital technology.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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