Zero Energy Building initiative by TPS – HEART Project

TPS is developing innovative and energy efficient solutions for your home by entering into a consortium agreement under the EU research programme Horizon 2020 (H2020). The aim is to deliver Holistic Energy and Architecture Retrofit Toolkit (HEART) for residential buildings.

Through HEART, TPS will create and deliver an optimised DC-bus based residential microgrid. It utilises a multi-port converter to interconnect solar roof tiles, battery energy storage, DC modular heat pumps and all other residential DC based energy assets.

Adding the microgrid will result into an efficient and optimised design that can be retrofit to improve the energy efficiency of residential buildings. This is a major leap towards Zero or Nearly Zero Energy Building (ZEB or nZEB respectively) initiatives to reduce carbon emissions of the residential sector by 80% by 2050.

The DC-bus based microgrid will also be interconnected to the distribution system operator (DSO) or services aggregator through a power line communication interface. This provides a secure connection to a Smart Grid platform and facilitates the contribution of the residential buildings to Demand Side Response (DSR) Schemes.

TPS will develop control algorithms that will ensure the resilience of the buildings’ energy supply for both heat and power, while tapping into other Smart Grid schemes to provide a stack of benefits to the building manager and the DSO.

In the UK, carbon emissions from buildings and industry account for two thirds of the total emissions with the residential sector emissions, accounting for the largest share. There is a governmental and regulatory push towards a smarter energy system through facilitating DSR and its access to the balancing and wholesale power market to achieve our carbon emission reduction target.

Adderstone Group backs TPS buyout as management team take control

North East based firm Adderstone Group, has backed TPS buyout as the management team take control from Brazilian metals and mining giant Vale S.A.

Management Team, Ian Baggett and TPS colleagues in the shop floor.

The deal will see the management team of TPS own an 89.4% controlling stake of the business. The management team includes CEO Carlos Neves, CFO Charles Rendell and Engineering & Business Development Director Nigel Jakeman. The company are currently seeking shareholder approval to take the shares off the AIM market to focus on driving the business forward.

TPS are pioneering specialists that design and deliver power conversion systems for the Transportation, Energy, Industrial and Defence markets. Their high profile global projects include Saudi Arabia Monorail, Chicago Transport Systems, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, UK Power Networks and more.

CEO of TPS Carlos Neves, Non-Executive Chairman Ric Piper and Ian Baggett CEO of Adderstone Group.

Ian Baggett a British entrepreneur and property developer is the founder and CEO of Adderstone Group. Ian states to have been blown away by the cutting edge technology being developed by TPS and further added “we are confident we can add value in a number of respects and that there are many synergies to exploit between our businesses.”

CEO Carlos Neves of TPS added: “This management buyout is the culmination of years of hard work from the entire TPS team and a long process of strategic review.

“The team have brought TPS to a sustainable position and now the focus will be growing the business. Adderstone Group has a strong track record and will help TPS grow organically and through key strategic investments”.

TPS are looking forward to working with their new supportive partners, and will continue to focus on offering its clients world class products, accelerate through its exciting R & D pipeline and ultimately add significant value to the business.

To find out more information please contact info@turbopowersystems.com.

TPS welcomes students from Brazil

TPS welcomes Business Students and Professor from Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil.

CEO Carlos Neves with students, professor and Lin from Newcastle College

The group was led by the Commercial Team of TPS, where they were given a welcome presentation and a tour around the facility.

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The Commercial Team showing students our equipment.

Through the presentation they gained an understanding of TPS as a business, the importance of people culture, working teams and decision making. At the end of the presentation, the students had an opportunity to ask any relevant questions to the CEO of TPS, Carlos Neves.

CEO Carlos Neves answering questions from students.

“First of all I would like to thank you for the hospitality my students received. My students commented on how interesting the presentation was. Despite the short time we had, we definitely took full advantage of the experience”, said by Prof. Dr Douglas Murilo Siqueira.

After the success of the visit, the Professor has decided to set an assignment to his students where TPS will be the business for their case study.

Lin Gatiss the Regional Manager of Newcastle College first got in contact with the Marketing Team of TPS to propose the opportunity. The project was a collaboration between Methodist University and Newcastle College. TPS were extremely pleased that the students benefitted from the visit and are keen to further explore similar opportunities in the future.

“It was a great pleasure for TPS to participate in academic events. It was great to see Brazilian and English institutions involved and committed to developing a new generation of leaders with a broader perspective of the world and its challenges”, said by CEO Carlos Neves.

Finalists for Elektra and IET Innovation Awards!

TPS make it as finalists for Elektra and IET Innovation Awards

TPS continuously strive to be a leader in the markets of Transportation, Energy, Industrial and Defence and being chosen as finalists again is a recognition of our credibility and efforts. Please continue to read the announcements below.

The first shortlist to announce is for the IET Innovation Awards, which is the second largest membership organisation for engineers in the world. TPS have been selected for category ‘Energy’ and product ‘Power Electronic Devices (PEDs) for Smart Grid’. You can view the shortlist here.

The IET Innovation Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16 November at the Brewery in London.

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The second shortlist to announce is for the renowned Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards, which is an established platform that celebrates the achievements of individuals and companies across Europe . TPS have been selected for category ‘Power Systems of the Year’ and product ‘DC-DC Power Module’. You can view the shortlist here.

An independent panel of judges will assess the quality of all entries and the winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which will take place on Thursday 1 December 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

TPS have previously won two awards UK Energy Innovation 2015 and UK Ria Traction and Rolling Stock 2016. Not only did we prove our advanced capabilities in both these categories, but we beat the competition amongst hundreds that applied.

If you wish to find out more about the shortlisted products, please contact marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Stay tuned on our website to find out who wins for the awards!

Wartime apprentices unite for the last time

Team Valley employer Sigmund Pumps was a pioneer in training and offering their apprentices a host of benefits.

Sir Nigel Sherlock, Lady Helen, Sigmund Pumps apprentices and TPS staff

Sir Nigel Sherlock, Lady Helen, George Noble and Sigmund Pumps apprentices with CEO and TPS staff.

The late Miroslav Sigmund known as one of the most brilliant pioneers in the engineering field, built a factory for his company Sigmund Pumps in 1937, which is now occupied by Turbo Power Systems. We learnt of this when George Noble one of the apprentices for Sigmund Pumps – whose family escaped Nazi Germany in exchange for giving up their business, first came in contact 6 months ago suggesting that an apprentice reunion take place and we were delighted to go ahead with the event.

The reunion was the third to take place since 2005 and out of 150 apprentices trained by Sigmund Pumps through a seven-year scheme in the midst of World War II. TPS welcomed nine former apprentices at Team Valley where they were given tours and presentations at the companies occupying the site: TPS manufacturing facility, UK Land Estates and the Engineering Employers’ Federation, which is now based where the Sigmund’s canteen was once situated.

Everyone in conversation whilst waiting for the presentation during the tour of the facility.

During the tour, Chief Operating Officer at TPS David Hancill gave a demonstration of the products made at the facility. The former apprentices were amazed by the vast range and quality of products TPS produces, and were intrigued to find out more. Thompson asked David “do you think you’re a leader in the engineering industry with what your product offering”? David replied, “When you look at the products that we offer, the reason we are still here is because we are very niche, a very small market inside a large market, and we are here because it’s difficult to do. We are technology driven in terms of engineering, and our design and operation team are not afraid of these challenges. They do an excellent job of turning that raw material into global product”.

Chief Operating Officer of TPS David Hancill demonstrating product features to former apprentices.

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Sigmund Pumps had a wartime reputation for designing and manufacturing engine pumps and parts of Bren gun for Britian’s fire brigades, during the Second World War for its fleet of Green Goddesses. Miroslav Sigmund held more than 50 patents, including those for the first submersible electrical motors for water well pumps, and for heat exchangers and air filters. He developed production methods for the manufacture of slim-line pressed steel radiators and created the “Thermopak” central heating circulating pump, which enabled the development of small-bore central heating systems for domestic consumers.

 

 

Mr Sigmund’s daughter Lady Helen Sherlock remembers all these events that unfolded in his time. She recalls “When my Father moved from the Czech Republic, he brought with him his extensive engineering knowledge, his courage and tenacity in difficult times, his humanity, and of course the apprenticeship scheme. He would have loved to have been here today. He was a modest man, but deeply proud of what his boys achieved, for themselves and for the company”.

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CEO of TPS Carlos Neves with Lady Helen and Alan during the tour of the facility.

Not only was the reunion a chance for the former apprentices to relive their memories again, but it was also an opportunity to learn the depth of history our building shared, the development of engineering and recognition of the hard work from many people. Alan Watson the Production Operator for TPS has been working in the facility for more than 40 years and shared the fond memory of his mother-in-law working for TPS many years ago.

Knowing the credibility of work Miroslav Sigmund produced, TPS are proud to carry on that same engineering pedigree through.

Please view this link here to see the story in the chronicle.

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