Cressall Resistors Articles
The role of generator choice in consistent wind power
The Danish government recently made history with the commission of the world’s first energy island. The island will house 200 giant wind turbines to power three million households across Denmark, and could support neighbouring nations such as Germany and the UK. Although wind is abundant, ensuring a consistent, high-quality power output can be challenging. Here, Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of Cressall Resistors explains the importanc...
Powering the shift to electric mines with resistors
The development of mining vehicles has taken many twists and turns throughout its 500-year history — from wooden carts to diesel-fuelled trucks and most recently, electric vehicles (EVs). Increasing environmental, financial and governmental pressures are driving the mining industry towards electrification. Here, Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of Cressall Resistors has investigated the benefits of electrified underground mining and ...
Diving into marine resistor design
Covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, the oceans are a vital element of our planet’s ecosystem. However, for the millions of vessels that cross them, the aquatic environment can present a problem. Vessels are increasingly using electrical systems to power across oceans, but a component’s design must account for these extreme conditions. Here, David Atkins, project director at Cressall, investigates offshore resistor des...
The benefits of neutral earthing transformers
Thanks to the health and wellness scene, the term ‘grounding’ has taken on a whole new meaning. Connecting directly with the Earth’s surface by walking barefoot is thought to enable the ground’s free electrons to restore the body’s energy balance, alleviating illness. Similarly, in electricity transmission, earthing stabilises the electrical system, helping to prevent damage from earth fault currents. Here, Martin Ni...
Increasing the efficiency of solar power
Solar power is currently the UK’s third largest renewable energy generator, but inefficiency challenges its growth. Here, Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of power resistor manufacturer Cressall, has explored how solar panel efficiency can be improved to increase its supply to the grid.
Overcoming bumps in the EV road
The ten-year countdown is on for the UK’s 2030 petrol and diesel vehicles ban. Changing the fuel source of the nation’s vehicle fleet is sure to present some hurdles, so what can be done to make widespread Electric Vehicle (EV) rollout a reality? Here Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of Cressall, investigates.
Can we expand offshore wind to reach 2030’s 40GW target?
The UK’s history is enriched with maritime activity. Surrounded by water from John o' Groats to Lands’ End, the surrounding waters have played a pivotal role in trade, travel, and most recently, electricity production. Achieving the Government’s target of generating 40 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power every year by 2030 will require continued investment and development in power equipment. Here, Simone Bruckner, Managing Di...
Securing the UK’s net carbon future
Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced ambitions to reduce carbon emissions by 68% by the end of 2030, placing a greater emphasis on renewable energy resources. However, renewables’ weather-dependency can make securing consistent power difficult. Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of power resistor manufacturer for renewables Cressall, has explored how biomass can ensure a reliable electricity supply on a renewable grid a...
The developments that steered EVs from past to present
With sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs) already rising by 144% in 2019, the popularity of EVs will only continue to increase - but they haven’t always been racing ahead. Here, Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of Cressall, looks at the history of EVs, and the developments that advanced them.
How can tidal power realise its potential?
The UK Government estimates that tidal energy could meet around 20% of the country’s electricity demands. Despite this fortunate position, uptake of tidal power has been slow. How should we encourage the development of this promising resource? Here, David Atkins, Projects Director at Cressall, has explored how technology can guarantee the future of tidal power.
Is the end of rail franchising enough?
In September 2020, after 24 years, the UK Government announced the end of rail franchising. The goal is to move to a simpler and more effective operatingmodel that improves the transport experience for passengers. In parallel with the transition to the new rail system, what more can be done to reform our railways? Here David Atkins, Projects Director of Cressall, looks at the system change and some of the technologies that are improving rail...
Cressall improves efficiency of mesh resistor element
Power resistor manufacturer, Cressall, has trialled a new configuration for its expanded mesh resistor element. The new, 'Omega' shaping of the resistor elements will provide customers with an improved resistor design and better displacement of the mesh elements.
Eliminate modern power headaches before they occur
Health advisors always reiterate that prevention is better than cure. Take care of yourself, and preventable problems are less likely to arise. Engineers dealing with power-reliant processes should adopt a similar approach to power protection. In this article, Joshua Piccaver, Electrical Design Engineer at Cressall, takes a look at the areas of industry that require power protection.
Electrifying the UK heavy vehicle market
The Department for Transport Statistics reports that there were 501,500 heavy goods vehicles licenced in the UK in 2019, but only 400 of these were battery electric powered. With heavy goods vehicles being a significant contributor of carbon emissions, will we see an increase in electric power? Here, Joshua Piccaver, Electrical Design Engineer at Cressall Resistors, has explored the potential of electrifying the UK heavy vehicle market.
Power resistors aren’t only for industrial plants
While many of us probably have a vague idea of a resistor’s function, you most likely think of them as part of an industrial plant or large-scale operation. In reality, you’re never too far away from this essential power component. Here, Mark Barfield, Engineering and R&D Manager at Cressall Resistors, explores the range of applications for industrial power resistors.
Is the UK’s coal-free hiatus here to stay?
Britain passed a significant landmark in June 2020, as the nation went coal-free for two months. A decade ago, around 40% of the UK’s electricity came from coal and, while the recent plummet in demand accounts for some of the success, it isn’t the full story
How to choose a resistor for your automotive application
The electric car boom is upon us. However, the technology behind the movement must continue to be refined to perfect its use in commercial vehicles. Here Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of power resistor manufacturer, Cressall Resistors explains what manufacturers must consider when choosing power resistors for electric vehicles.
Cleaning up rail power
A British solar power company is developing a technology that could use solar energy to power the UK’s railways and thus be key for cleaning up rail power.
(Re)designing resistors with computational fluid dynamics
Here, Damiano Natali, research and development engineer at power resistor manufacturer Cressall, explains how Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) improves product designs that have stayed much the same for decades.
Key considerations when designing electrical enclosures
There’s a lot to be learned from the famous fable, The Three Little Pigs. While the tale teaches us to stay wary of menacing wolves, it also reminds us of the importance of a sturdy home. Electrical equipment requires robust protection and a durable electrical enclosure in order to reassure its saftey.