GWEFR has completed a study of the characteristics of a type of power line tap connector commonly used in the United States, in order to assess its compatibility with UK conditions and working practices. The project was carried out for EA Technology and considered factors such as long-term electrical performance, dimensional compatibility and a comparison of the relevant American and British standards.
Following its first 5 years of trading, the accounts filed for the financial year 2012-13 presented GWEFR's best gross profit figure to date
The manufacturers of electricity supply cable comply with well-established industry standards to ensure the quality and consistency of their products. However, the technology of polymeric cables is continually improving and these changes must be reflected in the range of tests and requirements included in the standards. Following on from an earlier desk study for LV/MV cables, GWEFR conducted an appraisal of the latest UK and European standards for HV/EHV cables and presented the results in a report to EA Technology's STP programme.
On March 12th, Dewi Jones attended a Local Business Profiling event organised by Horizon Nuclear Power. Brief presentations about the opportunities offered by the planned construction of Wylfa Newydd were given by the lead suppliers for the strategic framework contracts - AMEC Nuclear UK, Atkins, Cavendish Nuclear and Jacobs UK. A 10-minute presentation about GWEFR's areas of expertise was given to the profiling panel.
Dewi Jones met with Ieuan Wyn Jones, Director of the planned Parc Gwyddoniaeth Menai Science Park, at Bangor University's Management Centre on March 26th. The aim of the science park is to drive growth and commercialisation based on applied science in North West Wales. There will be an early focus on sustainable energy and technology, in line with Anglesey's status as a Wales Enterprise Zone and its designation as the Energy Island. The first phase of building to take place at a site in Gaerwen, just 10 minutes away from Bangor along the A55, were described. A mixture of facilities appropriate for start-up companies as well as more mature enterprises is planned.
GWEFR performed a brief consultancy to assist EA Technology and UK Power Networks (the Distribution Network Operator for London and South East England) with real-time software related to the development of LV sub-station automation.