1 March 2024

Navigating UK Grid Connections: G99 and G100

The world of high voltage (HV) and extra high voltage (EHV) generation connections is often shrouded in mystery, with a dismal 15% success rate for developers. This translates to a staggering 85% of applications failing, leaving dreams of innovative projects unrealized. But why? The culprit often lies in misplaced applications, or the wrong application type […]

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30 April 2023

Net Zero – an SME’s first steps

Climate change and energy use is at the forefront of everyone’s minds as both summer temperatures and energy bills continue to hit record highs. The UK government has set a target of achieving net zero by 2050, but what does this actually mean for SMEs and how can we use these targets to benefit our […]

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16 February 2023

Decerna celebrates international day of women and girls in science 2023

We take a look at some of the work decerna has done over the past year, and the people who contributed to this work

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21 July 2020

Decerna is still fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic

During these challenging times, we are still providing renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency and LCA services.

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10 February 2020

EV car blog – 1 year in

It seems like five minutes ago, but it has actually been one year since I bought my first electric vehicle. I only realised this when I had to tax it – for free of course. Technically we had already placed a deposit on a Kia E Niro, but that wasn’t going to turn up until […]

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28 November 2019

Importance of maintenance of solar thermal systems

Recently I was looking at a colleagues’ hot water system and pointed out that his solar thermal system had no pressure in it. He assured me that the local installer had said it didn’t need recharging and that the system was working properly. So, what is the point of having pressure in the system? Well, […]

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15 October 2019

Are you being LED astray?

LEDs are great aren’t they? Low energy, long lifetime, great colour rendering, instant switch on, compatible with a wide range of controls, low cost… I remember seeing an LED for the first time when I was about 7 years old. It was a tiny red power indicator for a hi-fi amplifier in my dad’s friend’s […]

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20 September 2019

Heat pumps vs gas boilers (Part II)

This is an update on a previous blog from the 24th of June 2013, updated to take account of developments with Air Source Heat Pumps and the decarbonsing of the UK electricity grid. Air Source Heat Pumps Air source heat pumps use electricity to generate heat much more efficiently than normal electric heaters. They operate […]

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17 July 2019

Tea boiler energy use

Everyone is a creature of habit. One of my habits is to go round switching off lights. Sometimes I can be a bit over zealous about this and hear an angry voice from the office toilets as I “do my rounds”. The Decerna offices have the latest energy efficient LED lights but the controls haven’t […]

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3 October 2018

New build estates may not be able to cope with renewables

Due to the electrical connections on homes, new build housing estates have issues with large amount of renewables

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27 July 2018

What is G98?

Why the new standard? Well, the Energy Networks Association has revised G83 to both modernise the standard and to take into account newer technologies which are now commercially available. The new standard also falls in line with the current European standard EN 50438. The new standard applies to micro-generation up to 16A per phase (3.68kW […]

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5 February 2018

What is SolarCoin and does it matter to the UK Solar Industry?

What is SolarCoin, and could it help the renewable energy industry?

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12 December 2015

The Paris Agreement

A blog on the Paris Agreement, as agreed on the 12th December 2015

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5 November 2014

Decerna discussion paper – COP of water heating technologies

Discussion paper of the relatative COPs of solar thermal, thermodynamic and high temperature heat pumps - submitted to the MCS

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6 August 2014

Decerna updates off grid PV system

NDE worked with The Whiteburnshank Trust on a 2kWp PV array for the Whiteburnshank cente

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24 June 2013

Air Source Heat Pumps vs. Gas Boilers

PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS AN OLD BLOG FROM 2013, THE UPDATED VERSION OF HEAT PUMPS VS GAS BOILERS IS AVAILABLE HERE. Air Source Heat Pumps Air source heat pumps take energy from the air outside of a buildings through a process using a refrigerant fluid. The measure of performance of a heat pump is called […]

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13 May 2013

EU Anti-dumping duties for imports of PV Panels and components

In September 2012, the European Commission initiated an anti-dumping investigation on solar panel imports from China. The enquiry is due to publish it’s findings in June 2013 but the UK Solar Trade Association (STA), said this week that they believe that the Commission has already decided to impose significant import duties to any panels purchased […]

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12 March 2013

Does renewable energy cause fuel poverty?

There has been a great deal in the news over the past 12 months over how renewable energy subsidies are increasing the prices of energy, and how they are increasing fuel poverty. But how true is this? What real affect does renewable energy have on bills?

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5 September 2012

The effects of fuel poverty on children

Decerna have been carrying out a range of work to use renewable energy and low carbon technologies to fight poverty, specifically fuel poverty, but this also has a major impact on child poverty. Fuel poverty can have major effects on children. To give general information on child poverty in the UK, a well referenced selection […]

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28 August 2012

Construction of 3.4MW wind turbine in Blyth

Over the past week we have been watching the construction of a new REPower 3.4MW wind turbine for Hainsworth Energy. It has been an incredibly impressive event to watch, as after two weeks of preparation the whole system was put together in four days. The system will be commissioned at the end of September. Device […]

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2 July 2012

Decerna launch new renewable energy website

New website launched for Decerna, covering all onshore technology work by the National Renewable Energy Centre

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