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NPL is one of the UK's leading

science and research facilities.

Its involvement in the Energy

sector is wide-ranging where it

provides measurement capabilities to

support innovation in low

carbon energy and works in

areas from nuclear waste classification through

to the development of new materials


renewables such as wind and


NPL has world-class research

facilities and using outputs from

significant research programmes

supported by Government has

been shown to be world-leading

in over 80% of science areas. It

has over 500 multi-disciplinary

scientists, along with an extensive national and international

network of partners.

NPL works with the energy sector

in areas including: Power

quality measurement for smart

grid instrumentation; Gas

metrology to support industry

standards; Corrosion testing for

asset performance in marine

environments; and Material

characterisation for renewable

energy technologies.

There are links to various case

studies on the website below,

including on: Cutting CO2 emissions; Fuel

cells show potential;

The UK's first decommissioned

nuclear power plant; Measuring

radioactivity in waste; and

Working with e.on.


NPL is involved in 89 collaborative projects

under the European

Metrology Research Programme

(EMRP). In the 2013 EMRP call

23 projects were selected for

joint research with NPL involved

in 18, and leader in seven covering: Validated

inspection techniques for composites

in energy

applications; Sensor network

metrology for electrical grid

characteristics; Measurement

tools for Smart Grid stability and

quality; Traceable characteristics

of thin film materials for energy

applications; High Impact

Greenhouse gases; Metrology to

underpin future regulation of

industrial emissions; Metrology

for Earth Observation and climate.


NPL's Radioactivity team supports vital radioactivity

measurements for UK industry.

It provides and disseminates


standards for radioactivity

metrology using conventional

techniques, as well as newer

developments, and participates

in international comparisons of

radioactivity standards.



The Nuclear Decommissioning

Authority has responsibility for

driving forward the decommissioning and clean-up of the

UK's nuclear legacy sites. NPL's

role is to provide the reference

materials and support needed to

ensure that measurements of

the radioactivity content of

waste materials are accurate,

consistent and demonstrably

independent of the nuclear



A workshop 'Measuring in harsh

operating environments: Focus

on oil and gas and power generation' was held at NPL in 2013

which identified, among others,

these areas as critical - For Oil

and Gas: Corrosion monitoring

and models; and Condition

monitoring of coatings at high

temperature and pressure. For

Power Generation: Methods to

accelerate creep-fatigue tests;

and Sensors for direct temperature

measurement in gas turbines (circa

1000 °C). For both

sectors: Characterisation of thin

films, coatings and engineered

surfaces; and Lifetime prediction

of materials.




This project aim was to identify

and test materials to improve

turbine component resilience. As

well as NPL it involved gas turbines manufacturer


Power UK, resilient metal seals

manufacturer Nicholsons Sealing

Technologies, and seal coatings

specialist Praxair Surface

Technologies. The project developed reliable

test procedures to

measure wear and friction up to

850 ºC - the temperature at

which gas turbines typically



The Division undertakes cuttingedge research

for advanced

processing and performance of

materials. Advanced measurement techniques

are being

established (including 3D-t

imaging, in-situ and on-line

characterisation, and novel

nano-probes), coupled with

modelling to support developments in, among others: Multifunctional


nanomaterials, fuel cells, organic

photovoltaics and catalysis; composites

materials for aerospace; coatings and surface engineered




NPL helped develop a 4-point

bend test tailored for the oil and

gas industry to enable the reliable evaluation of materials


for extracting and transporting

oil from wells. It was a joint venture

with the National

Measurement System (NMS)

and oil companies. The test

uses four support points and the

specimen is loaded placing one


Measurement is at the heart of industry - and nowhere more so

than in the energy sector where often safety critical issues need

to be addressed. This Metrology Zone recognises its importance and shows how harmonisation, research

and the pursuit

of excellence is at the forefront of measurement.

GTMA has a special place in energy metrology because of the

large numbers of members active in supplying world class

measurement products and services. Their contact details are

on pages 55-56 and more details can be found on the GTMA

website, You can also email if you need help with any measurement


Photo courtesy GTMA measurement

systems specialist Blum-Novotest.

Like many GTMA metrology companies it has products

and services

able to help measurement issues in

energy supply chains.


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