UK’s Darkest Friday in a Long Time

UK’s Darkest Friday in a Long Time

You might have read either Riello’s or my own report on the recent Blackout a couple of months back in South America, and the fact that the chances of it happening here in the UK are rising each year. Well on Friday, the nightmare became a reality for millions of people.
Now when you think of a blackout, you may just think of a large power cut for a few minutes which impacts a couple of houses who have to rely on candlelight and one another’s company for entertainment. Now as frightful as that sounds, this blackout was even worse.

Friday 9th August saw the UK host its worst blackout since 2003, impacting almost 1 million British homes and caused travel chaos due to systems all around the country going down. As an example to the implications this loss of power caused, below are two images from Clapham Junction train station, London, which left thousands of commuters unsure on where they’re supposed to be and what time their trains will be leaving.

Although there are ways to help avoid suffering a blackout, many companies never considered it to happen and that the money they’d be spending on this prevention could be invested elsewhere. The most popular and easy way of covering your buildings from a loss of power would be to invest in a UPS. A UPS, or an uninterruptible power supply as its more formally known as, is an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power when the input power source or mains power fails, meaning it is vital for keeping power reliable during a blackout / power surge. Friday’s events might have just given a lot of senior board members something to think about when it comes to distributing the next annual budget.

Some people are using this incident as a way to help fuel their agenda, from environmentalists to rival political parties. However, one thing that is certain is that it will need looking at, as the impacts if this was to happen again, but to its full potential is frightening, and it really does have the power to put the majority of the UK to a standstill.
Now it’s no surprise that a blackout of this size has happened as predicted after Riello and their team of experts researched into this following due concerns. This is thought to be mainly down to the increase in demand of technology, a point which will add to the list of never ending issues for newly appointed Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to address.

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