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April 2019 business work for clients

Here is a list of some of the business work including energy and technology writing and public relations, I have done for a variety of corporate and media clients worldwide.

For more about my work and services ring me in the UK 01865 762710 or from outside the UK on +44 1865 762710 or email me on info AT nicnewmanoxford.com

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Wind Farm Design: Planning, Research and Commissioning

For most people, little thought is made about the designing, the placing, the research, the completion and commissioning of a wind farm. However, for the various investors and operators involved there are considerable efforts made to find a suitable site, gain planning approval, specifying the installation followed by the purchase of component, construction, completion and commissioning of such a wind farm. This feature will give a guide about such issues including the various challenges involved to get a wind farm fully online and connected to the grid.

Engineering and Technology

Young innovators under 35

The fact is many of the world’s most famous scientists and innovators like Marie Sklodowska Curie, Copernicus, Einstein, Rosalind Franklin etc., made many of their innovations under the age of 35. However, for some innovators the passion for innovation continued throughout their life, for instance, Thomas Edison, Tim Berners-Lee and Leonardo da Vinci etc. Here is a list of 10 such young innovators.

How the AI is changing the use of robotics in the energy sector

The increasing usage of AI is changing how the energy sector uses robotics to manage, monitor and protect their installations. For a start, we are seeing the use of AI equipped robot to aid staff in the way they do their job. Also, such robots are replacing staff in dangerous locations like the deep sea. And in the management of power grids, oil and gas networks AI equipped robots isn’t taking our jobs – but it is changing how the industry recruits. Increasingly, the industry requires professionals who not only have the technical acumen to deal with today’s challenges, but the flexibility to adapt to those of tomorrow.

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La Presse

5 Future Hotels

Looking for a good hotel with the latest technological gadgets to do your bidding, then there is an increasing number available to meet your needs. Here is a list of 5 such hotels: The Henn –Na also known as the weird hotel-Tokyo Japan Henn-na, said to be the world’s first hotel run by robots, turns out to need a surprising amount of human intervention – except where you would most like it. This hotel is full of amazing gadgets and robots. There is a robot receptionist will help guests in check-in and checkout procedures and speaks three languages including English, Korean and Japanese. The hotel’s other robots include a giant mechanical arm in a glass case that stores luggage in individual drawers for ¥500 (£2.50). There’s also a foot-high “concierge” who explains breakfast times and locations (only in Japanese) and orders taxis. Robot “porters” are two rechargeable luggage trolleys–but only for residents of one luxury wing.

5 TOP CONFERENCE INDUSTRY TRENDS

According to American Express’ Global Meetings and Events Forecast, conferences and corporate events — like trade shows or sales and marketing meetings — are set to increase. In the UK alone, corporate events are big business amounting to a staggering £18.1bn in 2017. In this competitive environment, conference organizers are employing technology to organize and deliver the event and marketing to attract and retain clients. Five current trends are discernible.

Future factories-humans are underrated

Tesla’s new factory in Fremont California was the world’s first fully automated car plant, equipped with machines and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled robots, which would do everything. Unfortunately, the output of the Model 3 electric car fell well short of its 5,000 targets. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO conceded on Twitter last April, “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”

Transforming big oil

Several oil majors led by Shell, BP, ENI, and Total have their eyes on the incipient take-off in demand for clean power occasioned by growing populations in Asia and Africa, plus the up-coming electrification of transport. Meanwhile, government decarbonisation policies in Europe and promotion for offshore wind power by governors keen to show their “green credentials”  in North-eastern states in America, combined with the urgent call for global action against climate change by the IPPC,  pose a long-term risk to the oil major’s core business.

TRANSFORMING DETROIT

Detroit is renowned as the early 20th century home of mass-market car producers such as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Near Downtown, the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts is famed for the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera, and inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname “Motor City.” It is also world famous as the birthplace of Tamla Motown Records, who introduced Diana Ross and brought a new sound to pop music. Their chart-topping history is on display at their original headquarters, Hitsville.

REBUILDING LIVERPOOL

Liverpool is famous as the home of the Beatles and the Walker Art Gallery, housing Hockney, Degas, and Turner. It is also an important maritime city endowed with grand 19th-century civic buildings and an unrivalled musical heritage.  In the 1960s, Liverpool lost its main economic base with the closure of its city-centre docks, killed by containerization. The 19th port buildings soon became derelict. Unlike most other cities, Liverpool was a “one horse town” and when the port died – so did the city. The resultants huge job losses in the Liverpool region, known as Merseyside, caused the population to decline by over half a million people–from 1.9 million in 1980 to just 1.3 million residents in 2001. Parts of the city resembled a ghost city of abandoned homes, shops, and businesses. The only benefits were that the deserted buildings became popular with film and television makers such as the crime movies ‘Going off Big Time’ and ‘The 51st State’.

Nico Bezuidenhout

 Provided business caching services  to this Business Development Executive – ICT, Mining, Oil/Gas & Renewable Energy

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Power Generation Technology

E.ON starts construction on South Texas windfarm

This spring E.ON began construction on a 151 MW Peyton Creek wind project. With the addition of Peyton Creek, E.ON will have a total capacity of more than 4,000 MW online in the U.S. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The project is located in Matagorda County, Texas.

Largest offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea opened

The Arkona offshore wind farm owned by E.ON and Equinor came into operation this spring. Arkona is the largest wind farm in the entire Baltic Sea. At an event to celebrate the launch of this project were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig and Norway’s Minister of Energy and Petroleum Kjell-Børge Freiberg launched power generation together with E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen and other guests of honour.

Kusile Unit 3 synchronised to the national grid 8 months ahead of schedule

​This spring, South African state power utility Eskom announced that the Kusile coal power project, located near Malahleni in Mpumalanga, had reached a new milestone on Sunday 14 April 2019 when Unit 3 was synchronised to the grid and produced its first power in the early evening.

New Forest pylon project

Despite strong support, England’s National Grid has decided to pause work on its landscape enhancement project to remove eight pylons from Hale Purlieu in the New Forest National Park following advice from legal experts, the regulator and its independent Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Australian thermal battery launched

Thermal energy could hold the key to cheaper, more sustainable electricity; with South Australian Company CCT Energy Storage unveiling the world’s first working thermal battery today. Known as TED (Thermal Energy Device), the battery accepts any form of electrical input to convert and store energy as latent heat – making it versatile, affordable and long lasting.

 The new tunnel lining that kept explosives safe

Normet explains how it developed an innovative solution to keep explosives safe and dry during construction of Hong Kong’s MTRC West Island Line Extension. Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) was undertaking an extension of the West Island Line (WIL) from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town. A majority of the tunnelling works were excavated using the drill and blast tunnelling methodology due to the geological conditions.

Pakistan Power Projects

This feature looks at some leading renewables and coal power projects being developed in Pakistan with a total power generating capacity of some 8 GW.Suki Kinari Hydropower ProjectThis 870 MW hydropower project is being developed in the Himalayan foothills on the Kunhar River in Pakhtunkhwa province. It has been under construction since 2016 and is a run of the river hydropower project, due for completion in 2023.

Building power interconnectors

Around the world we are seeing an increasing number of power interconnectors linking both regional and national power grids together. Such projects are giant cables that allow electricity to be transmitted in either direction. In the U.K.’s case, such interconnectors are usually subsea high voltage power cables crossing the seas like the English Channel, North Sea or Irish Sea. In other parts of Europe, they cross mountain ranges such as the Pyrenees or Alps or the forests of the Baltic States or Scandinavia.

Utilities investing in start-ups

An increasing number of leading European power companies are investing in start-ups, these include such companies as France EDF, Germany’s EON and Italy’s Enel. Already, several billion euros have been allocated by such utilities in various venture capital funds they have set up to invest in innovative start-ups.

Peaking power plants prospects

Traditionally, utilities worldwide have used peaking plants to supplement power at times of peak demand on the grid. Such peaks in demand can be caused by people switching on the air-conditioning during a heat wave, or even when people return from the office to home. In addition, they have become increasingly used to supplement power needs when output declines from renewable power plants.

Shell aims to be the world’s biggest utility

Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas groups, is aiming to become the largest electricity company by the 2030s, as it prepares for a fundamental shift in global energy supplies towards lower-carbon sources.

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Pipeline Gas Journal

MEXICO’S GAS OUTLOOK

Mexico’s rapid growth of demand for electricity over the last decade happily coincided with burgeoning supplies of cheap shale gas in nearby Texas. This Mexican demand and Texan abundance drove a boom in cross-border pipeline construction which continues to this day.  Mexico’s own declining gas output helped encourage liberalisation of the energy market in 2013, allowing both the private and public sector to seize the opportunity provided by cheap gas supplies to begin building gas power stations and new gas pipelines, a trend which was subsequently reinforced by the government’s commitment to meet its Paris Accord targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Quatre Ltd

Consulted on political lobbying efforts

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