Postings tagged with: efficiency

Chris King| Jan 14, 2016

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UK Distribution Utilities Providing Greater Value for Money

UK regulator Ofgem just released the results of its review of distribution company performance from 2010 to 2015. Overall, the Distribution Network Operators have "outperformed" and "delivered major benefits for consumers throughout the period." In short – excellent results.The DNOs, who deliver power to 27 million customers, spent a total of £15 billion during the period, including over £1 bn for increasing network capacity. The graphic shows where the spending was targeted. ...

SOV Log Book| Oct 12, 2015


Onboard Esvagt Faraday: Life as an offshore technician on the SOV

In the articles marking the first 100 days of our Service Operation Vessel (SOV) in official operation, we take a closer look at what life is like onboard the SOV through the eyes of an offshore technician. The SOVs are setting new standards in the servicing of offshore wind farms. Until now, the generally accepted rule was: the greater the distance to a wind turbine from shore, the more expensive and time consuming the service. And rightly so. Before the SOV, technicians were transported using ...

SOV Log Book| Oct 02, 2015


As easy as crossing the street

Learn more about the Service Offshore Vessel's (SOV) innovative hydraulic transfer gangway, and how it can help our service technicians with their daily tasks at sea. In the first of a series of blogs posts marking the first 100 days of our Service Offshore Vessel (SOV) in operation, we take a closer look at one of the advanced mechanisms on-board the vessel – the Ampelmann transfer gangway. Most of us can probably predict with ease that accessing an offshore turbine can be a problematic and ...

Chris King| Aug 05, 2015

Utilities of the Future: British Gas Refocusing on Customers

Much has been said about the "utility of the future." British Gas is joining other European majors such as E.ON and RWE and not just talking the talk but walking the walk.In its earnings announcement last week, Centrica (British Gas's parent) said it was cutting back investment in its oil and gas division and focusing on being a customer-facing business. This was the headline finding from its corporate strategic review.Like E.ON and RWE, British Gas is turning toward what it calls its ...

Sabrina Ruhmann| Jul 21, 2015


Two become one: Developing an integrated drive unit for electric cars

That the weight of a vehicle plays a role in defining its range is nothing new. This is why electric vehicles quickly lose their appeal as a result of excessive weight: Adapting their range to comply with the requirements of end users still represents a huge challenge. As a consequence, it is not just during the design phase where it is important to reduce the amount of material used. Compact and efficientIt becomes especially critical when more complex parts such as the motor and inverter are ...

SOV Log Book| Jul 10, 2015


Full steam ahead with Siemens’ BlueDrive system

It’s not so bad to be different

The childhood fairytale ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is a classic story about a duckling that is somewhat different to his counterparts. And with this fairytale in mind it comes to no surprise why so many have referred to our Service Offshore Vessel (the SOV) as an ugly duckling – as it too is quite different from other vessels. But the SOV’s extraordinarily shaped bow and high superstructure are not the only reasons why it is so distinctive. Inside the hull lays a unique piece of propulsion engineering, ...

SOV Log Book| Jul 03, 2015

The “Esvagt Faraday” in operation

Wind farm service: teamwork is essential

“Esvagt Froude” and “Esvagt Faraday”, Siemens’s new service operation vessels, are the result of excellent teamwork involving a large number of people. Throughout the design process, the shipyard, shipbuilders Esvagt, and Siemens, the client, came up with a number of clever ways to turn the idea into reality. And, of course, as far as life aboard and offshore service missions are concerned, teamwork continues to be of paramount importance. The numerous guests at the launch of the “Esvagt Farada ...

SOV Log Book| Jul 01, 2015

Ingo Bischof

Servicing one turbine after the other – Living and working on a wind farm

Recently christened, the “Esvagt Faraday” , Siemens’ new SOV, is now in operation on German offshore wind farms. Ingo Bischof, Project Manager for the Butendiek wind farm in the North Sea, has just returned from a trial tour of duty. He explains what it’s like to live and work aboard the new service operation vessel. The high, curved bows of the freshly launched SOV “Esvagt Faraday” soaring into the Hamburg skies are an impressive sight. At almost 84 meters, the special ship is a world first, d ...

Zoi Gioti| Jul 01, 2015

Jason Peel helicopter view quote IDS 458

As IDS Roadshow arrives in the UK, we are hearing from the experts and on the benefits of Integrated Drive Systems

Siemens Integrated Drive Systems are the world's first true one-stop solution reducing risk and maximising the uptime of your production line. Jason Peel, Head of Strategy IDS UK&Ireland shares his view on IDS: Customer requirements are constantly changing in the marketplace. Their challenges will be increasing year on year. Reducing their risk as a business, saving energy and minimising downtime are always at the heart of all customers’ requirements. To remain competitive, manufacturers o ...

SOV Log Book| Jun 26, 2015


The world’s first -Our offshore Service Operation Vessel

Full steam ahead for Siemens’ new SOVs

“I am a little nervous after all,” admitted the patroness of Siemens’ brand-new service operation vessel before christening the new ship at Hamburg harbor. The young lady in question, Ruth Harkort-Berge, daughter of wpd’s Offshore CEO Achim Berge Olsen, brought the launch a great deal of luck: the bottle shattered with a loud bang, and the name of the new vessel, “Esvagt Faraday,” was revealed. In the world of navigation, the customer is traditionally king and hence also provides the patroness ...