• Oil Storage Installation
    Oil Storage Installation

    Do You Need To Use Bunding In An Oil Storage Installation?

    Bunding is one of the best method to protect your business and the environment from chemical and oil spillages. The main purpose of bunds is to capture oil leakages during and after installation. And that answers our question if you need to use bunding in an oil storage installation. The fact remains, how will you know that your oil installation requires bunding? There are various factors that contributes most to why oil storage installation requires bunding.

    Some of the factors are listed below;

    If the vent pipe outlet is not seen from the filling point, then you should consider installing an appropriate bunding. Maybe the best location you can install is the one with such problems, then bunding should be considered.

    Private property:
    The availability of an oil storage tank with a holding capacity of more than 3500 litres in a private property should be bunded storage. It will be of great advantage as leaked oil will be captured and your property will be well protected for more projects.

    Some people use their oil storage installation for agricultural purposes. If the storage is of over 1,500 litres, consider a secondary bunding that will allow a second line thus it will be of great defence during an oil spill.

    Commercial business:
    Management of commercial business with your oil storage tank that can hold above 200 litres, consider finding a fitting bunding for the tank to enable you run your business smoothly.

    Environment consideration:
    According to bunding tanks regulations, an oil tank storage located 10 metres away from the sea, ocean, river or lake needs to be bunded. Moreover, if the tank is located 50 metres away from a drinking water source or well, then bunding should be considered.

    Impacts of non-bunded oil storage tanks include that you can be given an uncapped fine by the environmental agency, or can receive negative publicity. Since bunding is a way to protect the environment, your unbanded oil storage tank can result to the fall of your business as it will be in media. You can also suffer the loss of expensive and valuable oil, and may even cause injury to your staff.

    What type of bunding should be used for oil storage installation?
    The best bunds that can be used is the secondary bunds that are made of concrete bases and more secured outlets. You can also use the tanks with built-in bunds which are the commonly used. Consider using bunded stores when storing barrels and ensure you use at least 25% of the bund which depends with the total number of containers in the store. Bunding protects our environment and the people in it, ensure that your oil storage tank is bunded to save you from more charges. Moreover, it also helps you save money from purchasing the expensive oil frequently.

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  • Solar Power

    The future of solar power is the future of home energy

    Solar has a high likelihood of powering homes in the future and this is because they are becoming more reliable and cheaper every year. The growth of the solar panels is happening at a double rate with the passing of every year and becoming more affordable. In America for instance, an approximate of 2 million homes are installed with solar panels. In the same country, there are plans to incorporate solar panels to a couple of its states. Just recently the state of California just passed a requirement that every new home should have a solar panel.

    It is agreeable that not all areas are as weather fortunate as California but most of the homes in the country can benefit and will benefit from solar energy.

    One big transformation of the solar energy systems that affects positively how people use solar at homes, is the utilisation of the solar battery. This is allowing the system to store the excess energy for later use. You don’t have to wait for the sun to shine so that you can use solar energy. Batteries nowadays are well-designed to store energy people can use at night. This is one big consideration for the idea of solar panel systems in future homes.

    The solar systems are even designed to export to the grid from solar energy generated.  Although these systems are made a little bit smaller than what is needed for 100% in the grid, it doesn’t mean that it will be impossible for homes to be completely off the grid. Normally, systems are designed to target 80 to 90% of power from solar. If these can be made to target 100%, it could help solar energy to become prevalent, even in coming years.

    It has become a crucial thing for renewables to have a way to store energy. Various ways of storing the solar energy exist but the most helpful at the moment is a Lithium-ion battery. This solar battery is similar to one in most phones but much larger. These can store energy during the sunny days, then be utilised once clouds pass over. Here is an innovation that will make future solar-powered homes a reality.

    Another thing that will see future homes successfully utilise solar are the systems that come with the solar battery. These are being made smarter as years go by. They can regulate the battery and even your home with different sensors that they come with. With a design that is aggressive on conserving energy, these systems have a high potential of powering homes in the future. The system can know the optimal temperature of your home and regulate it depending on utility rates and time of a day, saving people expenses.

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  • playground equipment

    York company fundraising to build playground in India

    A North Yorkshire adventure sports company is taking on a project to build a children’s adventure playground out of leftover equipment in India. The company, Rat Race Adventure Sports is shipping leftover equipment worth £25,000 from the events in Australia to Karnataka province, near Bangalore over 5,000 miles.

    The company which is based between York and Easingwold in Shipton-by-Beningbrough specialises in obstacle-based events. It hopes to build a jungle gym with a climbing wall, zip wires, bridges and tunnels. Together with the charity Playground Ideas, Rat Race Adventure Sports worked to find the playground location near Bangalore.

    The company then teamed up with local charity Headstreams to secure support as well as funding from GAP Group, the UK-based, tools and equipment rental company. All these were efforts to bring the project to life. The founder of Rat Race Adventure Sports, Jim Mee now looks into raising £5,000 by launching an appeal. The money is to be used for finishing touches to the Malur project.

    Jim talks about a series of obstacles events they encountered in Australia, which yielded a container full of incredible obstacles. Unfortunately, these are playground equipment on the other side of the world. To Jim, it seems a waste to scrap this leftover equipment and dispose of them in non-ecological ways. Finding a new way to use the gear is the best alternative. They have even plans for the shipping container which will form the centerpiece of the whole play park.

    Hopefully, the UK construction team will fly to India to build the playground this October. Jim explains that GAP has been really helpful in the supply of all practical components and even making extra significant financial contributions. What the team actually need is a little extra assistance to ‘put the icing on the cake’.

    The events division manager at GAP Group Daimon Dunhue will be joining the team as they set to work on the play space. He talks about how the project has become a personal thing for him.

    Jim Mee says that the £5,000 is for finishing touches including safety nets, fireman’s poll, as well as some special climbing holds. The founder hopes to create a fun and safe climbing feature. Jim feels that these extras that will be achieved through the money from the fundraising will transform the playground into a truly world class one and send it into orbit.

    According to Jim, their aim is to create a real sense of ‘wow’ on the kids’ faces when they see the new facility for the first time. Dunhue thought the project was a brilliant idea and something different when Jim talked to him and GAP Group about it. It is definitely creative to get playground equipment from leftover gear.

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