MP Clive Betts visits testing of revolutionary energy saving cable at global manufacturer’s Sheffield site

Global manufacturer of high voltage cable accessories PFISTERER GROUP, has teamed up with pioneering tech start-up Enertechnos to test their revolutionary cable, which has the potential to tackle the UK’s spiralling energy loss crisis.

A world leading specialist in energy transmission, distribution and Rail catenary systems, PFISTERER GROUP, whose UK base is in Sheffield, have been supporting Enertechnos with their testing of a revolutionary high-tech, low-loss solution. The Capacitive Transfer System (CTS) cable can drastically reduce energy losses, meaning less energy is wasted and carbon emissions are driven down.

Energy losses are little known but have a devastating impact on the UK’s energy system. Losses that occur as energy moves across the sprawling network of cables total 26,500 GWh a year in the UK. This figure may not seem dramatic, but these losses are enough to power nearly seven million homes and cost the country £1.3 billion a year. Energy lost in transmission means more power has to be generated, increasing our reliance on fossil fuels, limiting the impact of renewables, and leaving customers out of pocket paying for energy they will never use.

Both companies were delighted to welcome Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts to PFISTERER’s UK office to tour the site, meet with engineers and watch the cable in action, marking an important milestone in the development of the CTS.

Commenting on his visit to PFISTERER UK, Clive Betts MP said: “Undoubtedly energy losses are a big challenge that our country needs to address, and I’m delighted to see Sheffield at the forefront of the drive towards finding a solution. PFISTERER UK are a wonderful local employer, committed to the region’s prosperity and I look forward to watching the progress of Enertechnos and the CTS as it has the potential to revolutionise energy loss in the UK”.

Richard Lockwood, Head of CSU at PFISTERER UK, said: “It’s been a pleasure to welcome Clive Betts to our operation here in Sheffield and showcase the role our region is playing in revolutionising the UK’s energy systems and rail electrification infrastructure. Enertechnos are at the cusp of achieving something great in fixing our energy loss problem and we look forward to supporting the continuing development of the CTS”.

Dominic Quennell, Managing Director of Enertechnos, said: “We are delighted to be working with PFISTERER to test the CTS at such an exciting stage of its development. So far, we have had excellent results and we are seeing the CTS fulfil its promise to tackle losses head on. It is vital the issue of energy losses is pushed to the top of the UK’s energy agenda and innovative technologies, like the one we are developing here today, are embraced across our network.”