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  • United Nations says nature sends a message on World Environment Day Nature
    United Nations says nature sends a message on World Environment Day

    During these exceptional times nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature. For today's annual World Environment Day, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) state: "It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature."

    For World Environment Day 2020, everyone is invited to share why it’s time for nature. Nature is on the verge of a breakdown. One million animal and plant species are likely to disappear - soon. UNEP say be a part of the solution and join them in the global call #ForNature.

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  • Packaging firm uses infrared to tackle 'rogue' plastics in recycling Resource & 'Waste'
    Packaging firm uses infrared to tackle 'rogue' plastics in recycling

    New figures from packaging company DS Smith have revealed the large amount of plastic waste that ends up in UK paper and cardboard recycling streams.

  • Naturally designed 'leaky dams' prevent flooding Water
    Naturally designed 'leaky dams' prevent flooding

    A natural "leaky dams" flood management scheme, which was only installed in Tudeley Woods near Tunbridge Wells, Southern England in January this year, has functioned effectively during extreme weather conditions in Kent caused by Storms Ciara and Dennis which swept across the UK in February, according to the South East Rivers Trust (SERT). In partnership with local landowner The Hadlow Estate, the scheme has been introduced to protect properties in Five Oak Green, downstream of the Alder Stream catchment, from future flooding.

  • Interactive map uncovers coastal towns due to be swept away Buildings & Cities
    Interactive map uncovers coastal towns due to be swept away

    A new interactive map, predicts the shocking speed of erosion on England's coastline over the next 20, 50 and 100 years, with thousands of homes at risk of being lost as our coastline fades away.

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Synaptec Ltd

Synaptec's offshore turbine monitoring tech wins award for slashing costs

Glasgow-based Synaptec Ltd was the winner of the Best Offshore Renewables Innovation at the 2017 UK Energy Innovation Awards for its Refase™ product.

synaptec webBy their nature, offshore windfarms are hard to reach so when something goes wrong it costs £Millions to locate and repair the cause. At particular risk are the underwater cables which link offshore turbines together in 'strings' up to 12 long. If any part of these submerged cables fails (due to erosion, overheating, or an impact for example) the entire string can be taken out of service for days while engineers are sent out to sea to locate faults.

This is where Refase™ comes in; by using the fibre optic lines already embedded in all underwater cables, Refase™ can remotely monitor each turbine and each connecting cable without any power, locating faults in milliseconds rather than days. This reduces outage time, asset damage, repair times and even reputation cost, thanks to a unique combination of lower-cost monitoring technology, scalability and software:

Refase™ PCTs (Photonic Current Transducers) provide lower-cost monitoring for each intra-array cable by eliminating the power supply, copper, and telecommunication expense traditionally incurred at every sensor location.

Refase™ uses revolutionary photonic multiplexing to remote-monitor as many as 50 of these low-cost PCTs through only one standard, singlemode fibre - even if that fibre is already being used for telecommunications. This effectively creates up to 16 distinct protected sections per string at a lower cost than ever before.

Refase™ software instantly sends digital fault reports which refer to a specific intra-array cable. This enables controllers to focus on repairing faults, rather than finding them, resulting in greatly reduced outage costs and faster repair times.