Northern Powergrid adopts eco-paint to boost air quality and slash power cuts

20/08/2020 09:33 Energy Efficiency


The new paint formula is forecast to save more than 5.5 million tonnes of volatile organic compounds from being emitted into the air

Can an eco-paint reduce power cuts and improve air quality?


UK distribution network operator Northern Powergrid says yes – it has announced plans to adopt a more environmentally-friendly paint for its electricity network’s assets in a bid to increase the grid’s reliability and improve local air quality in the North East, Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.


The paint provides a protective coating for its infrastructure assets and it claims the new formula will save more than 5.5 million tonnes of volatile organic compounds from being emitted into the air.


The new paint also needs a much thinner coat to protect an asset, reducing raw materials by up to a third and it can dry in less than an hour, cutting the time taken to paint a transformer from two days to less than one.


Taking an asset offline for maintenance temporarily reduces the security of supply for customers – halving the downtime for transformers will therefore increase network resilience.


Following a successful trial, Northern Powergrid will deploy the new paint across all its network.


Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid’s Director of Safety, Health and Environment, said: “This project demonstrates our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions in every way possible.”


The company uses thousands of gallons of paint each year to protect 1,200 transformers across the region it operates.


Daily (18.09.2020): European carbon prices fell by more than 5% on Thursday due to stronger selling

18/09/2020 14:15:00

Oil prices rose for the third consecutive day on Thursday, following OPEC’s meeting which had a positive influence on market. However, oil market is still kept under pressure, due to higher supply and flagging demand. Hence, Brent crude soared by nearly 2.6% to $43.30 a barrel. While the American WTI crude gained 2% to settle at $40.97 a barrel.


Nuclear essential to hydrogen future

18/09/2020 08:50:00

Untapped options for clean hydrogen - including the use of advanced modular reactors - can put the world back on the pathway to meeting the Paris climate goals, according to a new report from energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst. The report says the clean energy transition from oil to hydrogen-based fuels could be achieved with a global investment of USD17 trillion, spent over 30 years from 2020 to 2050.


WindEurope seeks clear policy for offshore hybrids

18/09/2020 08:44:00

Trade body calls on EU to enable projects that connect into multiple power markets