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PlumbRhinosThe Punch Power 200 looks like an uninteresting box, yet has become known as a ‘magic money-saving machine’. It has already saved thousands of pounds worth of fuel for construction contractors. Initially developed by Flybrid for Formula 1 racing, this innovation is a flywheel energy storage module.

Using this technology boosts the efficiency of on-site generators, which have a reputation for inefficiency. This in turn drastically reduces the consumption of fuel, good news for contractors. This is in no small part due to the fact that diesel is set to double in price next April. Subsidised red diesel will no longer be an option for construction, and full duty payments will be required.

Flybrid’s technology ensures that less fuel is wasted whether it’s diesel, HVO, solar power or mains electricity. Construction site generators usually run at low load factors, despite being sized for peak loads. This means high emissions and poor fuel economy, but the Flybrid system delivers high power energy immediately during an increasing load step. A spinning tube captures the excess energy during a decreasing load step. This means smaller generators can be used thanks to Flybrid technology, a big advantage as the red diesel rebate is ending.

Managing Director at PUNCH Flybrid, Tobias Knichel, said “We believe that it will become more and more unacceptable to waste energy and it doesn’t really matter where that energy is coming from, whether it is fossil fuel or HVO or even energy coming from renewable sources. If you waste it, it is becoming more and more unacceptable”.

“Unfortunately for generators that are running on construction sites, often they are used quite dynamically and that means they waste energy. “When the driver stamps on the brakes it turns all of the kinetic energy into heat on the friction plates, and all that heat just gets lost. So that is a very inefficient way to use this really valuable fossil fuel.”

Rhinos Plant Hire source all of their hire equipment from reputable manufacturers, most of whom are making huge strides in renewable technology.

 

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Why are Homes Still Being Built on Flood Plains?

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rhinos plant hireNew building regs are being called for by MPs due to the continued practice of homes being built on flood plains. The government is also being urged to ensure mandatory installation of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in new builds. The House of Commons public accounts reported that there is “a disconnect between the developers who financially benefit from new housing developments and those who face the consequences of it not being sustainable or insurable”.

The report praises the Environment Agency for achieving its target to protect 300,000 homes on time and budget, it states “However, Defra should recognise that with new build on the flood plains and increased vulnerability to existing properties from climate change, the net number of homes that are better protected is actually lower.” Defra [the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs], is the parent organisation of the Environment Agency.

There is a fear that building on flood plains could increase by up to 50% over the next 50 years. The MPs say: “Planning policy guidance notes should be strengthened to avoid new builds in areas prone to flooding wherever possible, but in any case, the environment agency should be involved in measures to mitigate the risks”. According to Meg Hiller MP and chair of the accounts committee, floods are becoming very frequent, especially as a consequence of climate change. She stated “The risks to our homes, businesses, national infrastructure, food supply and whole ecosystems are not even being properly monitored, much less strategically mitigated.”

The report recommends new homes should include flood protection features such as sealed floors, and raised electrical sockets and fuse boxes. Adequate insurance cover is also an issue in these areas, and councils agree that this needs to be addressed. If you have experienced flooding in Bexleyheath, you can hire a submersible pump, or choose from a vast range of equipment at Rhinos Plant Hire.

 

 

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