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Electrical and Power February 28, 2024

Your questions answered: How to design for selective coordination in mission critical systems

Experts Josh Fluecke and Radames Cocco expand more upon mission critical power systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 31, 2024

Do you know the vital requirements for standby power?

The ability to provide power to a building or load when utility power is lost can be a critical need for a facility to support vital operations or building and occupant safety

By Erika L. Bolger
Electrical and Power January 30, 2024

Snap in wire technology provides secure electrical connections

Weidmuller, a digital transformation product and solutions company, presented their SNAP IN technology at AHR Expo.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power January 12, 2024

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content, January 5-11, 2024

Top articles from this past week covered topics including low-voltage power conductors, arc flash safety and our annual salary survey

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power January 5, 2024

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content, December 29-January 4, 2024

Top articles from this past week covered topics including low-voltage power conductors, decentralized DHW and hydronic heating systems

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power January 3, 2024

Your questions answered: How to design power control system modernization projects

When renewing power control systems, understanding how it is specified reduces disruption to the electrical system. Review responses to several questions from this webcast

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 2, 2024

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, December 2023

Read the best content in December 2023 including: low-voltage power conductors, air handling redundancy and HVAC balancing reports

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power December 19, 2023

VTW: Electrical systems and rooms considerations

It's necessary to understand the types of general interior spaces that factor into new building design

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power December 4, 2023

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, November 2023

Read the best content in November 2023 including: medium-voltage distribution systems, NFPA 20, EV charging stations and hydronic heating systems.

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power November 17, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content, November 10-16, 2023

Top CSE articles in the past week covered topics including medium-voltage distribution systems, hydronic heating systems and EV charging stations

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power November 16, 2023

Back to basics: Sizing low-voltage power conductors for a lift station

Electrical engineers must learn to size electrical conductors appropriately per the NEC

By Lilly Vang and Joshua Hunter
Electrical and Power November 10, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content, November 3-9, 2023

Top articles this week covered topics including medium-voltage distribution systems, NFPA 20, UV lights and arc flash safety

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power November 7, 2023

Your questions answered: Harmonics solutions for water and wastewater applications

Technical recommendations for reducing harmonic distortion and improving system capacity and improving system reliability while evaluating installed costs.

By Gary Cohen
Electrical and Power November 3, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content, October 27 to November 2, 2023

Top articles this week covered topics including germicidal UV lights, NFPA 101 and designing EV charging stations.

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power November 2, 2023

Your critical power questions answered: Electrical systems and rooms

Learn best practices for designing electrical rooms and additional information from the webcast.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 27, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content, October 20-26, 2023

Top articles from Consulting-Specifying Engineer this week cover topics such as electrical safety, hydronic heating systems and plumbing systems.

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power October 27, 2023

How to specify backup, standby and emergency power in mission critical facilities

Understand the codes and standards that define the design of emergency, standby and backup power systems for mission-critical facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 14, 2023

Case study: Water supply system gets a much-needed electrical upgrade

An 80-year-old water system was updated with a new medium-voltage electrical system

By Taha Mohammed and Robert Magsipoc
Electrical and Power October 13, 2023

Definitions, codes and standards for medium-voltage systems

Understand the definitions related to medium-voltage (MV) systems, as well as other voltages

By Taha Mohammed and Robert Magsipoc
Electrical and Power October 12, 2023

Video: Transformers, uninterruptible power supplies and switchgear

Engineers should know the design concepts for selecting and sizing transformers, uninterruptible power supplies and switchgear to help achieve energy efficiency in various facilities

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 12, 2023

Back to basics: How to design medium-voltage distribution systems

When designing a medium-voltage electrical distribution system, the end user’s safety, system reliability and equipment maintainability are key components for the designer to consider.

By Taha Mohammed and Robert Magsipoc
Electrical and Power October 6, 2023

How to design track busway systems for power distribution in facilities

Industrial power distribution must adapt to new circumstances, and track busways combine performance, functionality and flexibility along with adherence to key industry standards

By Doug Moore
Electrical and Power October 2, 2023

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, September 2023

Read the best content in September 2023 including: MEP Giants awards, electrical and power systems, BACnet control points and more

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power September 28, 2023

Electrical and power considerations to best design labs and classrooms

College and university buildings are becoming more reliant on technology as a way of teaching and learning, creating new design challenges for engineers.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 22, 2023

Critical power systems expert panel

Electrical engineers must understand the specific owner project requirements for the building’s power systems and ensure that the generator specification and system topologies meet all those requirements for cost, construction schedule, component performance and system maintainability.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 15, 2023

Top 5 Consulting Specifying Engineer content, September 8-14, 2023

This week's top articles include MEP Giants awards, electrical safety and BACnet control points

By Anna Steingruber
Electrical and Power September 1, 2023

Electrical: Circuit Protection, part 3: Questions and answers on electrical and circuit protection

Randall Ehret and John Yoon answer additional questions from the webcast viewers on electrical and circuit protection.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 1, 2023

Your questions answered: How to design electric vehicle charging stations

Are your clients asking for electric vehicle charging stations? Learn more from these answered questions

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 18, 2023

Electrical: Circuit Protection, part 1: Overview of electrical protection, standards

John Yoon provides an overview of electrical and circuit protection and the different standards and best practices engineers need to know.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 8, 2023

Industrial, manufacturing building electrical, power system design

Industrial, manufacturing facilities have high power needs, and electrical engineers must rise to the challenge

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 2, 2023

Your questions answered: Electrical: Circuit protection

Webcast presenters answer additional questions about electrical and circuit protection and best practices engineers can apply.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 30, 2023

What are power system studies?

Power system studies and their benefits are explained in a short video.

By Dewberry
Electrical and Power June 29, 2023

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed electrical articles in 2023

Read the best articles about electrical including designing electrical rooms, low voltage equipment, low-voltage switchgear and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power June 23, 2023

Electric protection benefits for engineers in building design

Electrical engineers who understand the full circuit protection requirements will be able to design safe and reliable electrical distribution systems for buildings. Learn more and register for an upcoming webcast on June 28.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 13, 2023

What do you need to know about electrical, power systems in data centers?

Will data centers get larger? More efficient? Use less energy? Learn about the trends here

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 22, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: May 12-18, 2023

The most viewed content from the past week covered 40 under 40, arc energy, lighting controls and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power May 12, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: May 5-11, 2023

The most viewed content from the past week covered arc energy, air handling units, codes and standards and more

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power May 5, 2023

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, April 2023

Read the best content in April 2023 including: electrical systems, lighting control, HVAC and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power April 28, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: April 21-27, 2023

The most viewed content from the past week covered electrical system accidents, low-voltage electrical systems, HVAC and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power April 21, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: April 14-20, 2023

The most viewed content from the past week covered electrical systems, HVAC, building controls and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power April 3, 2023

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, March 2023

Read the best content in March 2023 including: electrical system design, electrical and power systems, HVAC and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power March 24, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: March 17-23, 2023

The most viewed content from the past week covered electrical and power systems, electrical system design, emergency lighting and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power March 23, 2023

Exploring basic components of a low-voltage electrical system

Electrical projects often require low-voltage systems. Learn about the various equipment here

By Yevgeniya Baikadanova
Electrical and Power March 17, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: March 10-16, 2023

The most viewed content from the past week covered electrical and power systems, medical gas storage, variable frequency drives, NFPA 99 and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power March 15, 2023

K-12 schools’ electrical and power systems

Electrical and power systems are being upgraded at K-12 schools

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 24, 2023

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: February 17-23, 2023

The most viewed content from the past week covered emergency systems, NFPA 99, mergers, generator systems and HVAC

By Christina Miller
Electrical and Power January 30, 2023

Case study: Electrical system design for hospital campuses

A hospital in the Southeast had several electrical infrastructure design considerations

By Breanna Robertson
Electrical and Power January 26, 2023

Case study: Reuse and update EPSS equipment

In this hospital, a temporary generator allowed existing gear to be updated

By Richard A. Vedvik, PE
Electrical and Power January 18, 2023

Power for emergency systems focus on value add

Value-add strategies intend to help owners build better business cases to install and operate larger generation capacity that can mitigate major environmental events that create extended power outages

By Simon Gandica
Electrical and Power December 22, 2022

Your questions answered: When and how to design low- and medium-voltage electrical systems

During this critical power webcast, several questions were left open. Review the responses here

By Laura Cowley
Electrical and Power November 14, 2022

Health care building electrical, lighting design model shifts

As hospitals and health care facilities evolve, the lighting, power and electrical systems within them must change

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 11, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: November 4- November 10, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered switchgear, construction, ESG, EV charging, and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power November 7, 2022

Navigating the route to more sustainable mission critical power

Which mission critical power option is right for your next building application?

By Beth Splittgerber
Electrical and Power November 1, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, October 2022

Read the best content in October 2022 including: generators, electrical power systems, arc flash and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power October 27, 2022

Your questions answered: Microgrid economic modeling: How to make sense of the numbers

Additional questions are answered about microgrid economic modeling with examples of typical outputs

By Ram Kaushik
Electrical and Power October 21, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: October 14-20, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered electrical power systems, power feeders, EV charging, BAS audits and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power October 7, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: September 30-October 6, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered switchgears, feeder methods, HVAC, air distribution and intelligent buildings.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power October 3, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, September 2022

Read the best content in August 2022 including: generators, MEP Giants, power distribution and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power September 30, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: September 23-29, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered power distribution, generators, 2022 MEP Giants, HVAC and humidity.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power September 28, 2022

Comparing low-voltage switchgear and switchboards

This provided a general overview of low-voltage switchgear and switchboards, including definitions, standards, advantages and disadvantages

By William McGugan and Tyler Roschen
Electrical and Power September 23, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: September 16-22, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered power distribution, humidity, docking stations, 2022 MEP Giants and HVAC.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power September 16, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: September 9-15, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered docking stations, synergy design tools, 2022 MEP Giants, HVAC and NFPA 72.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power September 15, 2022

Power distribution options: Comparing feeder methods

Experienced designers and contractors will choose power distribution feeders to meet the specific needs of a project

By Timothy Paap
Electrical and Power September 9, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: September 2-September 8, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered docking stations, 2022 MEP Giants, design tools, HVAC and NFPA 72.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power September 2, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: August 26-September 1, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered the 2022 MEP Giants, Vanderbilt, transformers, FGI guidelines and NFPA 72.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power September 2, 2022

Designing generator docking station installations

Adding a generator docking station to a new or existing facility is a useful solution which requires careful planning to ensure a successful and safe installation.

By Andrew Varilone, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Electrical and Power September 1, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, August 2022

Read the best content in August 2022 including: the 2022 MEP Giants, regulating HVAC with VRF systems, electrical room footprint and more.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power August 19, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: August 12-18, 2022

The most viewed content from this past week covered the 2022 MEP Giants, energy efficiency, transformers, industrial facilities and fuses versus circuit breakers.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power August 12, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: August 5-11, 2022

The most viewed content from this past week covered electrical room design, energy efficiency, airport electrical systems, center control system design and fuses versus circuit breakers.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power August 11, 2022

Your questions answered: Power for industrial facilities

Unanswered questions from the July 26 webcast are answered by Zia Salami with CDM Smith

By Zia Salami, Ph.D.
Electrical and Power August 9, 2022

Manufacturing and industrial building electrical, power trends

Several new and retrofit manufacturing building projects show trends in electrical, power and lighting systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 5, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: July 29-August 4, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered HVAC and VRF, electrical distribution systems, center control system design, electrical room design and airport electrical systems.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power July 29, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: July 22-28, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered designing electrical distribution systems,  data center HVAC design, HVAC and VRF systems, electrical room design and microgrids.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power July 22, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content: July 15-21, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered electrical distribution systems, electrical system design, NFPA updates, electrical room design and microgrids.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power July 19, 2022

Your questions answered: How to design electrical distribution systems

In the webcast “How to design electrical distribution systems,” some items were left unanswered. Tom Divine tackles several here

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP
Electrical and Power July 15, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content: July 8-14, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered electrical distribution systems, NFPA updates, electrical system design, electrical room design and microgrids.

By Tyler Wall
Electrical and Power July 11, 2022

Webcast: What to consider when designing a paralleling power system

Attend this webcast on September 15, 2022, to learn when and how a system-level control fits in the power system.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power July 7, 2022

Your questions answered: How to design an electrical room with a reduced footprint

In this Q&A, the Schneider Electric expert discusses how electrical room components can be reduced to allow for flexibility and value

By Brandt Smith
Electrical and Power July 1, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, June 2022

Read the best content in June 2022 including: 40 Under 40 winners, electrical distribution systems, NFPA 13-2022, emergency generators and more.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power June 24, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content: June 17-23, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered electrical distribution systems, rooftop units, fire pump speed, HVAC trends and NFPA 72-2022.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power June 22, 2022

Your questions answered: Specifying transfer switch controls

In this follow-up Q&A, learn how to select and specify the correct transfer switch control, based on application

By Hassan Obeid
Electrical and Power June 20, 2022

Electrical distribution systems: Fuses versus circuit breakers

How does an electrical engineer decide between fuses and circuit breakers? The answer: It depends

By John Yoon
Electrical and Power June 16, 2022

Trends, changes in data center electrical system design

Several trends are pushing the electrical and power systems in data centers in different directions

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 13, 2022

Webcast: Critical Power: Power for industrial facilities

This webcast on July 26, 2022, will discuss when uninterruptible power supply systems are required, and their specifications, understand how to evaluate and analyze the power needs for such systems and more.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 27, 2022

Webcast: How to design an electrical room with a reduced footprint

This webcast on June 16, 2022 will discuss various methods of footprint reduction for both LV and MV equipment including strategies beyond using smaller equipment.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 27, 2022

Webcast: How to design electrical distribution systems

Attend this webcast on June 30, 2022 to understand basic features when selecting, specifying and applying electrical distribution systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 20, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content: May 13-19, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered 40 Under 40 winners, dynamic UPS systems, air handling systems, microgrids and hospital decarbonization.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power May 1, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, April 2022

Read the best content in April 2022 including: Prefabrication, electrical power quality, integrating electrical systems, AI and building systems and more.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 29, 2022

Webcast: Specifying transfer switch controls

Attend this webcast on June 9, 2022 to learn how to select and specify the correct transfer switch control, based on application.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 15, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: April 8-14, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Electrical power quality, K-12 school changes, hospital electrical trends, health care air handling systems and prefabrication's future.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 15, 2022

Edgar talks design tech for cabling

The video podcast show, Let’s Talk Cabling!, recently invited an ESD expert to discuss the benefits of 3D modeling for designing cable installation projects.

By Mike Edgar
Electrical and Power April 4, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, March 2022

Read the best articles in March 2022 including: Health care generators, electrical power quality, switch time duration, lighting controls and more.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power March 18, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: March 11-17, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Electrical power quality, lighting controls, evaporative cooling options, office buildings and single-pair Ethernet.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power March 17, 2022

Webcast: Critical power: Generators and their design

Attend this webcast on April 5, 2022, to learn about generator power systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power March 10, 2022

Establishing the case for building electrification

Building electrification presents a tangible strategy within the consulting-specifying industry to reduce and eliminate long-term operational CO2 emissions.

By Brian Alessi
Electrical and Power February 25, 2022

How single-pair Ethernet can simplify your data network

Single-pair Ethernet (SPE) is exactly what it sounds like, an Ethernet cable that has one twisted pair of copper conductors rather than the usual four.

By Jack Sturm
Electrical and Power February 18, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: February 11-17, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Metal-clad cable and busways, chilled water system design, electrical power quality options, engineering salaries and electrification.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power February 14, 2022

Office building electrical, power system design has changed

COVID, employee well-being and indoor air quality issues have all changed the way office building electrical and power systems are considered

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 11, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: February 4-10, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Transfer switch time duration, electrical power quality options, health care generators, electrification and fire pump systems.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power February 7, 2022

Electrical power quality and system harmonics: Practical options exist

Harmonic distortion resolution of variable frequency drive motor applications will provide the most beneficial actions for IEEE 519 compliance

By Brian Leavitt
Electrical and Power February 2, 2022

Your questions answered: Dynamic UPS systems: How kinetic energy can protect sensitive processes and equipment

Dynamic uninterruptible power supply systems provide conditioned electrical power to mission critical facilities. Learn the basics, along with benefits of specifying

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 28, 2022

How to specify metal-clad cable and busways

Wiring methods like metal-clad cable and busways, using premanufactured components, can offer significant labor savings, but their limitations should be understood before specifying them

By John Yoon
Electrical and Power January 27, 2022

Power grid resilience opening the door to sustainable energy and infrastructure

One critical aspect of energy resilience is creating redundancy in our power grid to keep the duration of power outages for consumers at a minimum.

By Doug Sullivan
Electrical and Power January 19, 2022

Combatting the climate crisis through building electrification

What exactly should we first do with our buildings to combat the climate crisis?

By Brian Alessi
Electrical and Power January 14, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: January 7-13, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Electric vehicle charging stations, health care generators, Product of the Year, lighting code compliance and hospital design.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power January 13, 2022

Critical power webcast: Backup, standby and emergency power in mission critical facilities

Understand how sustainability and the environment are impacting considerations for backup generators, including fuel sources and emissions

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 12, 2022

How to apply transfer switch time duration and short-time WCR

Learn about UL 1008 short-circuit testing and passing criteria, and know how to apply the short-circuit withstand and closing rating in a power system

By Hassan Obeid
Electrical and Power December 30, 2021

Expert Interview: the benefits of on-site electric vehicle charging stations

Glumac's Scott Clemons breaks down the environmental and financial benefits of owning on-site electric vehicle charging stations and why they offer unique opportunities for those who purchase them.

By Scott Clemons
Electrical and Power December 23, 2021

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed power articles in 2021

Read the best articles about power including transformer protection, electrical and power system design, emergency power supply and more.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power December 13, 2021

Dynamic UPS systems webcast: How kinetic energy can protect sensitive processes and equipment

Dynamic uninterruptible power supply systems provide conditioned electrical power to mission critical facilities. Learn the basics, along with benefits of specifying

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 18, 2021

State of the Industry Webcast: Power Design Research Results

We asked, you answered and now we’d like to share your thoughts on the state of the industry during these unusual times.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 12, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 5-11, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. 2021 product of year winners, changes in electrical, power systems and industrial buildings, and commercial wiring methods.

By Keagan Gay
Electrical and Power November 3, 2021

COVID, sustainability drive college electrical, power design

Colleges and universities have been sustainability trendsetters over the past several years. COVID-19 has required designers to think differently

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 26, 2021

Commercial wiring methods: Back to basics

A working understanding of commonly used wiring methods is critical for electrical engineers who design power systems for buildings

By John Yoon
Electrical and Power October 15, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 8-14, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Circuit coordination, environmental conservation, wildfire smoke mitigation, manufacturing building standards and IAQ facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power October 13, 2021

Changes in the electrical, power systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings

Several changes to the design of manufacturing and industrial buildings are covered here by electrical, power and lighting experts

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 11, 2021

Education Session: Low- and Medium-Voltage Electrical Systems

In this session on Oct. 19, 2021, you will learn about the codes and standards regarding electrical system design, understand the basics of a single-line diagram, explore products and systems within the low- and medium-voltage classification, and review buildings in which both low- and medium-voltage electrical systems have been included, and their interaction.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 11, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 1-7, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Circuit coordination, IAQ facilities, lighting systems, wildfire smoke mitigation and secure power grids.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power October 8, 2021

Education Session: How to Select Transfer Switches

By attending this session on Oct. 19, 2021, you will understand the basics of transfer switch selection, including specifying the correct type.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 29, 2021

Your questions answered: Design considerations for generator distribution switchboards

In this Sept. 15, 2021, webcast, several questions were left unanswered. Read the details here

By Gary Gluck and James Alvers
Electrical and Power August 24, 2021

Q&A about hospital backup, standby, emergency power

Your questions about power in hospitals are answered here

By Richard A. Vedvik and David Stymiest
Electrical and Power August 18, 2021

Data-driven design series: The impact of building electrification

Glumac's Northern Region Energy Director Brian Goldcrump discusses how a cleaner power grid opens the door for building electrification as a tool in decarbonization.

By Glumac
Electrical and Power August 10, 2021

Backup, standby and emergency power for hospitals

In this wrap-up of an education session, learn about the basics of designing power systems in hospitals

By Richard A. Vedvik and David Stymiest
Electrical and Power August 3, 2021

Your questions answered: Using electrical design software tools

Learn how to improve electrical design workflow with two software tools

By Adam Thomas
Electrical and Power July 30, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: July 23-29, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Energy storage and microgrids, government building design, HVAC and COVID-19 and Product of the Year finalists.

By Matt Waddell
Electrical and Power July 23, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: July 16-22, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Energy storage and microgrids, government building design, HVAC and COVID-19 and Product of the Year finalists.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power July 23, 2021

How to design electrical systems in government buildings

In this Q&A with multiple experts, learn how to design electrical and power systems in government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power July 21, 2021

Your questions answered: How to design microgrids and microgrid controls for small and medium sites

Engineers involved in designing and specifying electrical systems for small and medium facilities (less than 1 megawatt) will learn about design considerations and customer applications associated with microgrid controls

By Ram Kaushik
Electrical and Power July 15, 2021

How do our analog energy systems become data-powered innovators?

The time to invest in highly innovative and predictive energy is now.

By Simon Evans
Electrical and Power July 8, 2021

Your questions answered: How to apply transfer switch time duration WCR

Transfer switches are critical to the power system. How do high short-circuit and short-time withstand and closing ratings (WCR) help simplify the selection of overcurrent protection devices? Read more for questions left unanswered during the live webcast

By Hassan Obeid
Electrical and Power July 2, 2021

How pandemics affect electrical, power in building design

COVID-19 affected engineers and building professionals’ designs in many ways, such as electrical, power and lighting systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 30, 2021

Know the changes to NFPA 99 Chapter 6

New sections were added to NFPA 99-2021 health care facilities electrical systems acceptance testing and electrical preventive maintenance

By Paul R. Kondrat and Jason D’Antona
Electrical and Power June 22, 2021

Your questions answered: Electrical distribution systems

Questions left unanswered during the "Electrical distribution systems" webcast are answered here

By John Yoon and Jeff Thomas
Electrical and Power June 14, 2021

Electrical distribution systems webcast

Attend this June 15 webcast for continuing education on electrical distribution systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 3, 2021

Microgrids: a modern solution for America’s 100-year-old utility monopoly

Southland Industries reviews how evolving technology is revolutionizing the energy sector.

By Roxanne Fong
Electrical and Power June 1, 2021

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, May 2021

Read the best articles in May 2021 including: NFPA 101, electrical system software, NFPA 72-2022, effective COVID-19 mitigation, NFPA 72-2022 and more.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power May 31, 2021

Specifying electrical systems in manufacturing, warehouse buildings

Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics facilities need engineering experts to specify various electrical and power systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 28, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: May 21-27, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. 40 Under 40 winners, modeling electrical systems, optimizing water usage, power for fire/life safety systems and HVAC changes.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power May 27, 2021

Transformer protection is essential for reliable power

Transformer protection is vital to ensure that one of the most expensive and important pieces of equipment in a power system can stay in service

By Will McGugan, PE, CDM Smith, Raleigh, N.C.; and Joshua Hunter, CDM Smith, Orlando, Fla.
Electrical and Power May 21, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: May 14-20, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Wireless lighting controls, designing data centers, electrical system software, HVAC changes and CFD in three dimensions.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power May 14, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: May 7-13, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Wireless lighting controls, designing data centers, electrical system software, HVAC changes and CFD in three dimensions.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 30, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: April 23-29, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Electrical system software, CFD in three dimensions, remote working, NFPA 72-2022, and HVAC and BAS changes

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 28, 2021

How to design data center electrical and power systems

An expert panel provides engineering and design tips for electrical, power and lighting systems in this Q&A

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 22, 2021

Picking software to model electrical systems

As electrical power and lighting systems become more complex, modeling for safe and reliable electrical operations becomes increasingly important

By Zia Salami and Orlando D. Cruz
Electrical and Power April 16, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: April 9-15, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. NEC electrical grounding, HVAC and BAS changes, NFPA 72-2022, COVID-19 and HVAC equipment and lab opportunities.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 13, 2021

Best practices for engineering government buildings: Electrical and power systems

Designing utilities, public works, airport, mass transit, transportation or other government projects is a big task. Learn how to design electrical, power and lighting in government buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 26, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: February 19-25, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Choosing between an ECM and VFD, NFPA 101 and COVID-19, NEC changes, integrating a BAS and data center metrics.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power February 16, 2021

Office buildings focus on air quality, energy efficiency, electrical systems

Designing office buildings in a post-COVID world is a challenging task with engineering variables. Read about electrical, power and lighting systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 15, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: January 8-14, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. NFPA 70-2020 changes, BAS integration, VRF system design, electrical grounding and bonding and Product of the Year winners.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power December 28, 2020

Designing flexible, safe labs: Electrical, power and lighting

Safety, budget, flexibility and flexibility are key factors when designing laboratory and research space

By CFE Media
Electrical and Power December 17, 2020

Your questions answered: Low- and medium-voltage electrical systems

Several questions about low- and medium-voltage electrical systems were left unanswered; read answers to these questions here

By Jane Baikadanova, PE
Electrical and Power December 15, 2020

Your questions answered: The electrical system’s role in designing for resiliency

During the webcast, several questions were left unanswered. Additional info was provided by the presenters

By Jeremy Gustafson and Zach Goldsworthy, Siemens Industry Inc.
Electrical and Power December 9, 2020

Electrical grounding and bonding per NEC

Understanding correct grounding and bonding design and construction is crucial for proper electrical system operation and personnel safety

By Joe Doughney and Lilly Vang
Electrical and Power December 1, 2020

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, November 2020

Read the best articles in November 2020 including: Commercial building wiring methods, hospital ventilation, 2020 Commissioning Giants and more.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power November 23, 2020

Designing, retrofitting hospitals during COVID: Electrical, power and lighting

While COVID-19 has changed many aspects in a health care facility, some things remain identical. Understand how to design electrical, power and lighting systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 20, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 13-19, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Commercial building wiring methods, the salary survey, hospital ventilation design, commissioning giants and modular electric rooms.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power November 13, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 5 to 12, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Commercial building wiring methods, navigating hospital ventilation design during COVID-19, the basics of hot water heating boilers, and more.

By Keagan Gay
Electrical and Power November 9, 2020

Modular electric rooms are the new normal

Modular electric rooms (MERs) are built out with electrical infrastructure that can be rapidly deployed at a data center facility and are becoming more common.

By Drew Thomas
Electrical and Power October 28, 2020

Students, tech, COVID drive higher ed design of electrical, lighting systems

College and university building design is being driven by student needs, technology and new air quality demands

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 26, 2020

Back to basics: Commercial building wiring methods

Electrical engineers and designers should have a practical understanding for the application of raceways, wiring, cabling and busways

By Clinton R. Gordon and Matthew Steinmetz
Electrical and Power October 26, 2020

Designing with raceways

Electrical engineers may consider using a raceway system for the electrical feed

By Clinton R. Gordon and Matthew Steinmetz
Electrical and Power October 26, 2020

How to know when busways are the right choice

Depending on the application, electrical engineers may consider using a busway or bus duct

By Clinton R. Gordon and Matthew Steinmetz
Electrical and Power October 12, 2020

Consulting-Specifying Engineer October 2020 issue

Read the October 2020 digital edition to learn about building wiring, the 2020 Commissioning Giants, indoor air quality standards and virtual design for buildings.

By CFE Media
Electrical and Power October 9, 2020

Your questions answered: Microgrid design for efficiency and resiliency

The webcast on Sept. 30, 2020, left unanswered questions. Read more about microgrid design here

By Tom Drake
Electrical and Power September 30, 2020

How vulnerable is your electrical system?

A discussion about vulnerabilities to electrical systems includes risks to facilities and recommendations for improved safety

By Richard A. Vedvik, PE
Electrical and Power September 29, 2020

Basics of industrial, manufacturing facility design: Electrical, power and lighting

Industrial and manufacturing facilities have specialty electrical and lighting needs engineers must include in new or retrofit projects

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 24, 2020

Why is ground fault protection needed?

Electrical system ground fault protection is vital to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment and to reliably maintain systems based on the loads they serve

By Will McGugan and Lilly Vang
Electrical and Power September 23, 2020

Case study: Calculating motor OCPD

Learn how to determine the combined overcurrent protection device for a motor

By Michael Chow, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C
Electrical and Power September 23, 2020

Fundamentals of motor circuit protection

Motor circuit protection involves understanding the National Electrical Code and equipment nameplate information

By Michael Chow, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C
Electrical and Power September 17, 2020

Consulting-Specifying Engineer September 2020 issue

Read the September 2020 digital edition to learn about electrical protection advice, boilers and hot water heating tips and smart building consulting.

By CFE Media
Electrical and Power September 9, 2020

Your questions answered: Designing system-level controls in a power system

Electrical engineers specifying paralleling power systems must understand the difference between generator set paralleling and system-level control. Read more for questions left unanswered during the live webcast

By Hassan Obeid
Electrical and Power August 27, 2020

Your questions answered: Learn how to leverage intelligent circuit protection

Several additional questions have been answered from the Aug. 18, 2020, webcast “Learn how to leverage intelligent circuit protection”

By Manny Alexander
Electrical and Power August 19, 2020

Basics of engine installation and operation

NFPA 37 establishes the minimum fire safety requirements for stationary combustion engine installation and use

By Saahil Tumber, PE, HBDP, LEED AP, ESD, Chicago
Electrical and Power August 17, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: August 10-16, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Switchgear and transformers, school building safety, Product of the Year finalists, ASHRAE 90.4 and UV light disinfection.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power July 31, 2020

Best practices for designing electrical, power and lighting in government buildings

Learn how to specify electrical, power and lighting systems for government and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power July 29, 2020

Back to basics: Switchgear, transformers and UPSs

Switchgear, transformers and uninterruptible power supplies are among the largest, costliest and most critical devices in a facility

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP
Electrical and Power June 25, 2020

Electrical systems and future-proofing the built environment

Cutting-edge research, by its very definition, changes on a dime as flexibility is the current buzzword in vertical building design and electrical systems need to be future-proofed.

By Patrick Licklider
Electrical and Power June 18, 2020

Four tips for successfully designing pharmaceutical lab space

Pharmaceutical labs offer many challenges for electrical engineers, but good communication and thorough planning can bypass most of these challenges.

By Patrick Licklider
Electrical and Power June 11, 2020

Developing power in the new energy ecosystem

As the energy industry transitions into a new normal, utilities can employ the lessons learned to grow and diversify the company and remain competitive.

By Roxanne Fong
Electrical and Power May 26, 2020

Warehouse, manufacturing facilities go high-tech: Electrical and power

Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics buildings are more than simple boxy structures used to make products and store them before they move onto their next destination. Electrical, power and lighting systems add another layer of complexity

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 21, 2020

Designing power systems in mission critical environments

Learn about the choices and criteria for the planning and design of mission critical facility switchgear, transformers and UPS

By Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP; and Brandon Stanley, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Electrical and Power May 14, 2020

How to design for transformers, switchgear and UPS

It is critical for electrical engineers to be involved early in the programming of a facility to meet end users’ needs and cost constraints in facility construction

By Mario Vecchiarello, PE, CEM and Timothy King, AIA, LEED AP
Electrical and Power May 13, 2020

Your questions answered: Power quality: How to mitigate harmonics

Understand the causes, code requirements for compliance and mitigation techniques for harmonics in these additional responses

By Remi Bolduc
Electrical and Power May 4, 2020

Trends shaping the future of the electrical industry

The AEC industry has continued to upgrade, automate, and secure their systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices are at the forefront.

By Alissa Anselmo
Electrical and Power April 29, 2020

Your questions answered: Power for emergency fire/life safety systems

Questions not answered during the live webcast are answered here; learn more about emergency, standby and backup power for fire and life safety systems

By Richard A. Vedvik, PE, and Rick Reyburn, PE
Electrical and Power April 28, 2020

Electrical modeling tools essential for complex facilities

As electrical power systems grow more complex, electrical distribution system modeling and analyses for safe and reliable operations becomes vital

By Zia Salami and Beth Charis-Molling
Electrical and Power April 24, 2020

Data centers achieve a new level of high-tech: Electrical and power systems

Designing solutions for data center clients — whether hyperscale or colocation facilities — requires advanced engineering knowledge

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power March 26, 2020

How to design K-12 schools: Electrical, power and lighting systems

With increasingly complex systems and technology coming into play, work on modern K-12 projects is anything but elementary

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 18, 2020

What’s so special about office buildings? Learn about electrical and lighting solutions

Office buildings are complex structures containing automated features, energy-saving designs, high-tech equipment and other components as advanced as you’d find in any other state-of-the-art project. Electrical, power and lighting systems are at the forefront

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 14, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: February 7-13

Read the best articles from the past week. NEC 2017 changes, NFPA 20 fire pumps, office building design, successful acoustic projects and lighting occupancy sensors.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power February 5, 2020

Wearable power generator for IoT devices developed

Researchers at Purdue University have created technology designed to address the thickness issue for wearable power generation for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

By Chris Adam
Electrical and Power February 3, 2020

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, January 2020

Read the best articles in January 2020 including: NEC changes, building automation advances, electrical design for smoke control systems, cooling coil condensate, lighting commissioning and more.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power January 31, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: January 24-30

Read the best articles from the past week. Electrical design for smoke control systems, NFPA 20 fire pumps, NEC 2017 changes, NFPA 101 defining egress, and NFPA 110-2019 changes.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power January 24, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: January 17-23

Read the best articles from the past week. NEC 2017 changes, circuit interrupters, lab and research facility design, building automation advances, and egress planning with NFPA 101.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power January 24, 2020

The future is now: Designing for the growth of electric vehicle infrastructure

There are many things we need to consider when designing and building this infrastructure.

By Matthew Tilden
Electrical and Power January 21, 2020

Tips for designing circuit interrupters

Electrical engineers should be familiar with how to specify various circuit interruption and emergency electrical disconnects in commercial facilities

By Clinton R. Gordon, LEED AP, Bear Label Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas; and Wessen Light, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power January 1, 2020

8850 Load Bank by ASCO Power Technologies

To simplify testing in large medium-voltage applications, the 8850 Containerized Load Bank offers 4,500 kVA in a single 30-foot transportable container.

By ASCO Power Technologies
Electrical and Power January 1, 2020

ATC-900 transfer switch by Generac

The ATC-900 transfer switch control is ideal for facility operators and engineers alike.

By Generac Power Systems
Electrical and Power December 27, 2019

Lab, research facility design: Electrical, power and lighting

Learn tips on how to design labs and research facilities — some of the most high-tech buildings around

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power December 24, 2019

How to correctly size a transformer

Engineers must make informed decisions regarding the proper transformer sizing selection, electrical and mechanical requirements and impacts to the electrical system under different operating and loading conditions

By Zia Salami, Ph.D., CDM Smith, Charlotte, N.C.; Lilly Vang, CDM Smith, Raleigh, N.C.; and Adrian Hendels, CDM Smith, Boca Raton, Fla.
Electrical and Power December 18, 2019

Transformer selection and sizing

Selecting and sizing electrical distribution transformers is fundamental for electrical designers and engineers

By Robert Sander and Mario Caraveo, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power November 26, 2019

Electrical design for smoke control systems

Engineers designing electrical infrastructure to support smoke control systems must be aware of the stringent requirements listed throughout multiple code sections

By Andrew Varilone, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Electrical and Power November 22, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 15-21

Read the best articles from the past week. Specifying electrical systems, demand-controlled ventilation in HVAC, pipe systems and materials, NFPA 110-2019 and introduction to boilers.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power November 21, 2019

Your questions answered: Critical power: Designing power systems for resiliency in mission critical facilities

Questions not answered during the Nov. 12, 2019, webcast are answered here

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP
Electrical and Power November 19, 2019

Ask an expert: Hospitals, health care facilities: Electrical and lighting systems

Health care facility designers are expected to keep pace with increasingly complex, advanced engineered systems and features

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 15, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 8-14

Read the best articles from the past week. Transformers in nonresidential buildings, power for mission critical facilities, 2019 Product of the Year, notification and communication system questions answered and managing building cyberrisk.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power November 15, 2019

NFPA 110-2019 concepts and changes

Understand NFPA 110 and its relation to emergency power supplies

By John Yoon
Electrical and Power November 11, 2019

Selecting and sizing transformers in nonresidential buildings

Transformers are an essential component of almost any electrical distribution system. Design engineers should know the design concepts, the codes and standards for selecting and sizing transformers to ensure they are appropriate for the application

By Tarek G. Tousson, PE, Stanley Consultants, Austin, Texas
Electrical and Power November 7, 2019

Understanding gas engine emissions in standby power applications

Air quality regulations have a major impact on the choice of engine generator sets for standby electric power and gas engines can be a more advantageous choice than traditional diesel technology

By Diane Clifford, Caterpillar Energy Solutions, Lafayette, Indiana
Electrical and Power October 29, 2019

Selecting the proper wiring solutions

Learn about the essential properties and applications of different electrical wiring pathway systems

By Terry Cleis, PE, LEED AP, Peter Basso Associates Inc., Troy, Michigan
Electrical and Power October 25, 2019

Learning how to engineer colleges, universities better: Electrical, power and lighting

Read about emerging trends in college and university buildings, and learn about the emerging trends impacting their design

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 17, 2019

Specifying the right electrical raceways, busways, wiring and cabling

Electrical and information cabling pathways are a vital component of any new or existing building

By Stephen Berta, EI, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power October 8, 2019

Your questions answered: Microgrids 301: Tying multiple power systems together with intelligent controls

The Sept. 24, 2019, “Microgrids 301: Tying multiple power systems together with intelligent controls” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 1, 2019

Your questions answered: Circuit protection in electrical/power systems

Questions left unanswered during the Sept. 19, 2019, critical power webcast are answered here

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Certus; and Rick Reyburn, PE, NV5
Electrical and Power October 1, 2019

5P lithium-ion UPS by Eaton

The 5P lithium-ion UPS uses lithium-ion batteries with extended service life up to eight years.

By Eaton Corporation
Electrical and Power September 27, 2019

Enhancing efficiency in industrial and manufacturing facilities: Electrical, power and lighting

From high-tech automation to energy-saving lighting and HVAC systems, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to warehouses and factories

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 27, 2019

Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery

How to determine short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and avoid misapplications. When the industrial control panel or industrial machinery does not have an adequate SCCR for the available short-circuit (fault) current, an electrical hazard exists.

By John Kovacik, Dan Neeser, Christy Rosati and Joe Pavia
Electrical and Power September 26, 2019

Your questions answered: How to specify cable cleats

Understand how IEC compliance can mitigate short-circuit disasters and future-proof electrical infrastructure

By Panduit
Electrical and Power September 13, 2019

Designing for power quality

Engineers should follow four steps during the project life cycle to reduce harmonic distortion and provide consistent, high-quality power

By Nick Holway, PE, CDM Smith, Boston
Electrical and Power August 22, 2019

Safe electrical system design 

Safety is a top priority in a building’s electrical system design

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Certus, Carrollton, Texas
Electrical and Power August 15, 2019

Hitting the accelerator: building an electric vehicle charging grid for all

How can cities, infrastructure owners and transport authorities make joined-up decisions around EV charging infrastructure to reap the benefits of low emission vehicles?

By Arup
Electrical and Power August 13, 2019

Your questions answered: How to design electrical systems to reduce arc flash incident energy

During the Aug. 6, 2019, webcast, several questions were asked; here are the questions left unanswered during the live event

Electrical and Power August 8, 2019

The electric vehicle revolution: Why it’s already time to invest in the grid

How should interested investors approach the EV charging grid opportunity?

By Arup
Electrical and Power July 26, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles July 19-25

Read the best articles from the past week. Generators as an alternative power supply, implementing NFPA 99-2018, electrical and power study results, five design concepts for laboratory success and best practices for fire alarm notification design.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power July 26, 2019

Government facility design: Electrical, power and lighting

Consulting engineers are working on government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power July 22, 2019

Electrical group names president for national committee

Kevin Lippert has been appointed president of the United States National Committee (USNC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and will work on testing, certification and accreditation for the electrotechnical industry.

By Eaton Corporation
Electrical and Power July 22, 2019

Electrical & Power Study

Electrical, power systems in industrial projects

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power July 12, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles July 5-11

Read the best articles from the past week. Electrical systems design to commissioning, resiliency and climate change, sprinkler installations and obstructions, best practices for fire alarm notification design and the 2019 lighting and lighting controls study.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power June 27, 2019

Retail, restaurant and mixed-use facilities: Electrical, power, lighting

What are the trickiest aspects of retail, restaurant and mixed-use projects and what trends lie ahead? Read on for solid advice from experienced professionals.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 14, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 7 to June 13

Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: electrical system design and commissioning, sprinkler installations and obstructions, 2019 Product of the Year finalists, understanding GFCI nuisances and arc flash hazards.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power May 23, 2019

Planning multifamily dwellings: Electrical and lighting systems

Multifamily dwellings are fascinating projects with specific power and electrical requirements. Electrical engineers know these structures are more than just simply boxes to keep human beings in. They’re as complex and varied as the people inside.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 16, 2019

Your questions answered: Critical power: Transformers, UPS and switchgear in mission critical facilities

Several questions were not addressed during the webcast on transformers, uninterruptible power supplies and switchgear. Read the answers here. 

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, and Richard Vedvik, PE
Electrical and Power May 10, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 3 to May 9

Understanding GFCI nuisances, designing an efficient mechanical system, electrical system design and commissioning, microgrid questions answered, and using lean methods to find process improvements were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, May 3 to May 9. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power May 6, 2019

Your questions answered: Microgrids 101

Questions left unaddressed during the April 30, 2019, webcast on microgrids are addressed here.

By Brian Ponstein and Christian Mueller, MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power May 1, 2019

Model 175 surge protective device by ASCO Power Technologies

The Model 175 Series surge protective device is ideal for data transmission applications.

By ASCO Power Technologies
Electrical and Power April 30, 2019

Top design trends in data centers: electrical, power, lighting

An increasingly data-driven society demands advanced, high-performance data center facilities. Read on to learn the biggest electrical, power and lighting challenges, emerging technologies and upcoming trends affecting data centers.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 26, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 19 to April 25

Considerations for electrical testing and commissioning, what's new in NFPA 72, 2019 Product of the Year finalists, designing high-tech k-12 schools, and electrical system development were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 19 to April 25. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power April 8, 2019

Understanding GFCI nuisances

Since the expansion of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) requirements to include single-phase receptacles up to 50A and three-phase receptacles up to 100A, we’ve seen a trend of increased GFCI nuisance tripping.

By Dean Chandler
Electrical and Power April 5, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 29 to April 4

Chiller selection, LED lighting and control system design, designing data center air handling and conditioning system, AHUs, and electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 29 to April 4. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 1, 2019

How to optimize electrical systems, from design to commissioning

Learn how to define the procedures of electrical schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration including electrical commissioning.

By Daniel Mendez and Rick H. Reyburn, PE, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power March 29, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 22-28

Updates to NFPA 72-2019, electrical testing and commissioning considerations, electrical system commissioning, USP 797 and USP 800 compliance, and top strategies to deal with turbulent times in the engineering industry were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 22-28. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power March 28, 2019

Designing high-tech K-12 schools: Electrical, power and lighting

The technology at play in today’s K-12 schools is evolving rapidly—inside the classrooms, and in the various systems behind the scenes. Engineers handling such projects, whether the work is on new facilities or retrofits, have their work cut out for them, especially when it comes to electrical, power and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 16, 2019

Designing flexible, complex office buildings: Electrical, power, and lighting

Mixed-use office buildings demand a great deal of expertise, flexibility, and complex technology, making them more challenging than one might expect. Engineers with experience handling office buildings share advice and a glimpse into the future regarding electrical, power, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 3, 2019

Building smart communities and infrastructure: 5G networks and small cell implementation

With each new generation of network comes new and exciting possibilities, both in capacity and data speeds as well as the network’s integration into the latest communication technologies

By Ben Revette
Electrical and Power January 1, 2019

Engine start module by Asco Power Technologies

These devices continually monitor the operability of engine start signal circuits to ensure engine-generators will receive start signals when emergency power is needed.

By ASCO Power Technologies
Electrical and Power December 27, 2018

Designing power systems for co-location data centers

Engineers must consider many factors when designing power and electrical systems for data centers.

By Brian P. Martin, PE, Jacobs, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power December 18, 2018

Your questions answered: Emergency, standby, and backup generators

Presenters from the critical power webcast on Dec. 11, 2018, answer questions left unaddressed during the live presentation.

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Certus, Carrollton, Texas
Electrical and Power December 18, 2018

Seven tips for transformer design in industrial buildings

Proper knowledge of transformer design for both new and replacement installations is essential to building operation, specifically in industrial applications.

By Jared Markle, PE, RMF Engineering, Baltimore
Electrical and Power December 17, 2018

Designing safe laboratories and research facilities: Electrical, power, and lighting

Engineers working on laboratory and research projects are tasked with balancing state-of-the-art systems, budgetary concerns, occupant safety, sustainable performance, and other factors including electrical, power, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power December 17, 2018

2018 Electrical & Power Study

Six electrical, power system survey findings

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power December 14, 2018

Data center co-location electrical system design

Co-location data centers lease space for IT equipment, power, cooling, and bandwidth. In addition to being cost-efficient, one of the most important obligations of the co-location owner is to provide continuous high-quality electrical power.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power December 12, 2018

Case study: Expanding transformers

At a plant-cultivation facility, the engineering team calculated what type of electrical distribution system was needed.

By Stephen Berta, EI, and Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power December 12, 2018

Selecting, sizing transformers in nonresidential buildings

Transformers are a critical piece of any electrical infrastructure. Knowing how to properly size and select these transformers will allow the building to function with minimal interruptions.

By Stephen Berta, EI, and Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power November 20, 2018

Designing health care facilities and medical campuses: Electrical, power and lighting

Hospitals, clinics, and similar facilities are among the most demanding an engineer can tackle—technology is evolving rapidly, hospital managers are increasingly budget-conscious, and assist in saving lives. Here, electrical, power, and lighting challenges are addressed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 2, 2018

Taking Lighting to Extremes

Die-casting plants are hot, dirty environments that require frequent cleaning with high-power water jets to produce quality castings. The combination can take its toll on lighting systems. At the Abeco die-casting plant in Lewisburg, Tenn., low-bay luminaires were not tolerating the harsh and demanding environment and could not withstand the heavy cleaning-water spray without breach or ingress.

By Staff
Electrical and Power November 2, 2018

The New Soldier Field: Melding Tradition with Modern Convenience

As one of the founding teams in the league that would become the NFL, the Chicago Bears are steeped in traditions that run deeper than most. The roster of retired Bears jerseys on display in the lobby of the team headquarters is awe-inspiring, the names timeless: Blanda, Butkus, Ditka, Payton, Sayers. The faithful converge on Soldier Field every home Sunday, win or lose, to shiver in the open air as the wind howls off Lake Michigan. Even the stadium itself, until recently a crumbling Greek temple with peeling plaster and questionable plumbing, has been part of the team's mystique for more than 30 years. In such a franchise, change does not come easy.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Electrical and Power October 26, 2018

Examining higher education facilities: Electrical, power, and lighting

As technology advances in every field, the college and university students being prepped for future careers in those fields need the tech they’re learning with to keep up. That presents unique challenges for the engineers working on such structures—specifying advanced systems that satisfy the unique needs of each institution. Here, professionals with experience in the area offer advice on how to tackle such facilities and receive top marks in regard to electrical, power, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 19, 2018

Electrical power and process production: focus on power systems complements the bottom line

Power factors, harmonics, fluctuations, and outages examined.

By Mike Zakar, PE; Burns & McDonnell, Houston
Electrical and Power September 28, 2018

Power-generation systems in high-performance buildings

Electrical engineers must consider many factors when designing power-generation systems. Safety, maintainability, efficiency, code compliance, and economics play crucial roles in determining the topology of a power-generation system. Specific requirements for power vary based on building occupancy type, facility use, and critical function.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid, Houston
Electrical and Power September 25, 2018

Specifying paralleled generation systems

Learn about important factors related to specifying onsite generation systems, focusing on paralleled generators.

By Joseph Thornam, PE;Stanley Worcester, PE, Stanley Consultants, Centennial, Colo.
Electrical and Power September 21, 2018

Control of power boilers

Proper control of power boilers is an essential element to assuring personnel safety, protection of property, control of environmental emissions, and efficient operations.

By Ian Marchant, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C;C. Douglas Werme, PE, CEM, CEA;Michael Smith
Electrical and Power September 19, 2018

Vital tips about wires, cabling

Ethernet cable not only can be used to transmit data and communication, but also power for low-power-usage devices. This article discusses design considerations and relevant codes and standards.

By Rick H. Reyburn, PE, and Barry Lasseigne Jr., NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power September 13, 2018

Congratulations 2018 Product of the Year winners

Consulting-Specifying Engineer readers have cast their votes for the 2018 Product of the Year; read about the winners.

By Amanda Pelliccione, Research Director
Electrical and Power August 23, 2018

CHP, DG, and microgrids energize universities

Combined heat and power (CHP), distributed generation (DG), and microgrids keep university campuses energized—fueled by natural gas.

By Gas Technology
Electrical and Power August 22, 2018

How important is circuit protection in electrical distribution system design

The electrical engineer is responsible for designing power distribution systems for buildings. Understanding the full circuit-protection requirements will enable the engineer to design the safest and most reliable electrical distribution systems for buildings.

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C; WSP USA, Dallas
Electrical and Power August 7, 2018

Video: With Great (Emergency) Power Comes Great Responsibility: Cx of Hospital Emergency Power Systems

This presentation explains why and how the Cx Agent leads the Cx Team to ensure emergency power systems are fully reliable to protect the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors.

By Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, EMP, from TLC Engineering for Architecture
Electrical and Power July 25, 2018

Electrical design for modern HVAC systems

Modern HVAC systems present both new challenges and new opportunities when integrating with electrical systems.

By Andrew Varilone, PE, LEED AP BD+C; SmithGroupJJR, Detroit
Electrical and Power July 14, 2018

Electrical, power systems on the Atlantic Coast

One-third of respondents to the 2016 Electrical & Power Study make product selections for projects along the Atlantic Coast of the United States.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power June 28, 2018

Your questions answered: Electrical distribution equipment

The June 21, 2018, “Electrical: Distribution equipment” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP; and Freddy Padilla, PE, ATD
Electrical and Power June 22, 2018

Women in engineering profile: Meetra McDonie

International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Meetra McDonie.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 22, 2018

Women in engineering profile: Jyo Chandrapati

International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Jyo Chandrapati.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 22, 2018

Women in engineering profile: Mallika Bandyopadhyay

International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Mallika Bandyopadhyay.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 22, 2018

Women in engineering profile: Maria Schneider

International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Maria Schneider.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Nikhil Bodhankar, PE, LC, LEED AP; 34

Associate Principal, SMRT Architects and Engineers, Latham, N.Y. BS electronics and telecommunications engineering, University of Pune, IndiaMS electrical engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y. Bodhankar, a senior electrical engineer and an associate principal and shareholder at SMRT Architects and Engineers in Latham, N.Y., has more than a decade of experience in specialized scientific research and practice in the discipline of electrical engineering. His engineering designs have been applied in a variety of public- and private-sector fields including research institutions, education, utilities, transportation, health care, and renewable energy. Bodhankar leads the electrical engineering department of SMRT’s New York office.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Russell Carr, PE, CEng; 38

Associate, Arup, San Francisco MS electrical engineering, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Carr is an associate at Arup in San Francisco and a chartered electrical engineer with 13 years of experience. He specializes in the policy, planning, entitlement, and procurement of renewable energy, microgrids, and energy-storage systems as integral elements to urban infrastructure, along with the design and construction of data centers and industrial electrical distribution systems. He has extensive working history with the city of San Francisco, PG&E, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) National Laboratory.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: John Fetter, PE, REP, LEED Green Associate; 36

Senior Electrical Engineer, Primera Engineers, Chicago BA mathematics, Emory University, AtlantaBS electrical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Fetter is a senior electrical engineer at Primera Engineers, where he has provided quality electrical designs and superb and responsive service for more than 4 years. Often, as a direct result of his work, Primera has received praise and assignments from repeat clients. While at Primera, he has not only served as lead electrical engineer on several projects for a variety of occupancies but has also acted as project manager on select projects—mostly on a volunteer basis.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Brandon Rich, PE, LEED AP BD+C; 33

Associate Principal, Alvine Engineering, Omaha, Neb. BS and MS architectural engineering, University of Nebraska Rich began his engineering career as an electrical intern at Alvine Engineering in 2007. While an intern, he assisted in designing projects in a variety of market sectors as well as assisting in reviews of submittals and responses to contractor requests for information. After graduating with his master’s degree in architectural engineering, he began his career at Alvine as an electrical engineer.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Kevin Sandrella, PE, LEED AP; 35

Project Manager, Electrical Engineer, CMTA, Prospect, Ky. BS electrical engineering, University of Louisville, Kentucky Sandrella joined CMTA as an intern in 2005 and became a full-time employee in 2009. He has managed a variety of projects for CMTA in 38 states and Canada including education, health care, data centers, and specialized medical equipment installations. His design expertise focuses on medium- and low-voltage power systems including emergency backup, load-shedding, and paralleling systems; communications systems; fire alarm systems; energy-efficient lighting; power monitoring and metering; daylighting; and lighting controls systems.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Kim Wall, LEED GA; 33

Senior Electrical Designer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore. BS architectural engineering, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro Wall is a senior electrical designer with Interface Engineering in Portland, Ore. Since joining the firm in 2012, she has had the opportunity to design systems both domestically and internationally. Her strengths include power distribution, BIM, technology, energy-efficient lighting and lighting controls, and emergency power/lighting systems.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power April 30, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 23-29

Critical power, designing electrical rooms, NFPA 101 in hospitals, generator specification unanswered questions, and designing timber structures were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March April 23-29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Electrical and Power April 27, 2018

Designing efficient data centers: Electrical/lighting/power

In today’s digital age, businesses rely on running an efficient, reliable, and secure operation, especially with mission critical facilities such as data centers. Here, engineers with experience on such structures share advice and tips on ensuring project success in regards to electrical/lighting/power.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 24, 2018

Designing efficient data centers

In today’s digital age, businesses rely on running an efficient, reliable, and secure operation, especially with mission critical facilities such as data centers. Here, engineers with experience on such structures share advice and tips on ensuring project success.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 20, 2018

Your questions answered: Generator Set Sizing and Specification

The April 12, 2018 “Generator Set Sizing and Specification” webcast presenter addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Nicholas Paolo, PE, MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power April 17, 2018

Moving our transmission lines underground

Moving transmission lines underground is a growing trend in the US due to weather, safety, and costs.

By David Taylor, Dewberry
Electrical and Power March 19, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 12-18

Overlooked ASHRAE 90.1 requirements, implementing NFPA 101 in hospitals, critical power unanswered questions, Lean principles of design-build, and BIM considerations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 12-18. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Electrical and Power March 19, 2018

Critical power: hospitals and data centers

Electrical engineers must consider many factors when designing backup, standby, and emergency power systems. Specific requirements for emergency power vary based on the mission critical facility, such as a hospital or data center.

By Freddy Padilla, PE, ATD, Page, Austin, Texas
Electrical and Power March 14, 2018

How to design electrical rooms

Electrical engineers should coordinate with mechanical engineers, architects, structural engineers, and others involved in the design of electrical rooms.

By Scott Kesler, PE, LEED AP; CannonDesign, Chicago
Electrical and Power March 11, 2018

Electrical, power systems in government buildings/military facilities

Four out of every 10 engineers who responded to the 2016 Electrical & Power Study make product selections for government buildings/military facilities.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power February 19, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, Feb. 12-18

Overlooked ASHRAE requirements, designing backup power systems, changes to NEC, simplifying lighting code compliance, and storage battery requirements were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, January February 12-18. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Electrical and Power February 9, 2018

Designing efficient office buildings with visual appeal: Electrical/lighting/power

Office buildings can be highly complex, with complicated features and advanced technology regarding electrical, lighting and power. Experienced engineers share advice on how to handle these structures and identify trends impacting such structures now and in the future.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 5, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Energy generation, simplifying lighting code compliance, backup and emergency power, NFPA 110 and NEC, and ASHRAE compliance were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, January 29-February 4. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Electrical and Power January 2, 2018

Designing backup, standby, and emergency power for high-performance buildings

Backup power design for a high-performance building is required, and offers many benefits.

By Michael Villalba, FEA Consulting Engineers
Electrical and Power January 2, 2018

Case study: Graton Casino and Resort

Backup power design for a high-performance building is required, and offers many benefits.

By Michael Villalba, FEA Consulting Engineers
Electrical and Power December 28, 2017

Energy generation: using various power sources

Despite (or as a result of) the economic downturn, the use of renewable energy options have grown over the past several years, supported by federal and state programs including federal tax credits, state renewable portfolio standards, and a federal renewable fuels standard.

By Leyla Sadigh and Brandon Kelly, Arup
Electrical and Power December 27, 2017

How to simplify code compliance for lighting projects

Asking key questions will ease the process of complying with required energy codes.

By Craig Casey, Lutron Electronics Co.
Electrical and Power December 11, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 4-10: Performing PV feasibility studies, changes to NFPA 20, salary survey responses, and more.

Performing PV feasibility studies, changes to NFPA 20, salary survey responses, 2016 Electrical and Power study, and strategies for electrical labeling were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, December 4-10. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Electrical and Power December 7, 2017

Case study: Hospital generator upgrade

A hospital needed to upgrade emergency power equipment with a new generator while maintaining some current equipment.

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp.
Electrical and Power December 6, 2017

Satisfying NFPA 110 and NEC requirements

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment should identify when installations are required to comply with NFPA 110 in conjunction with other codes. This collection of case studies provides examples of recent projects that had various challenges associated with these requirements.

By Richard Vedvik, IMEG Corp.
Electrical and Power December 6, 2017

Case study: Generator replacement

A hospital needed to increase its emergency generator capacity to 4 MW and provide for future expansion while using the existing generator building.

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp.
Electrical and Power December 6, 2017

Case study: Chiller addition adds power complexity

In this case, the building owner needed to increase generator capacity to accommodate a surgery expansion and add an electric centrifugal chiller on emergency power.

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp.
Electrical and Power December 5, 2017

Evaluating modular data center design for supercomputing facilities

The modular approach in designing a data center for supercomputers is based on the computing technology. Therefore, an inside-out approach is needed when analyzing different design strategies.

By Bill Kosik, exp U.S. Services Inc.
Electrical and Power November 27, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, November 20-26: Positive Salary Survey responses, designing medical buildings, changes to NFPA fire pump standard, and more

Positive Salary Survey responses, electrical lighting in medical buildings, designing medical buildings, changes to NFPA fire pump standard, and fire and life safety were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, November 20-26. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Electrical and Power November 27, 2017

Electrical, power systems in office buildings

More than half of engineers who responded to the 2016 Electrical & Power Study make product selections for office buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 11, 2017

Your questions answered: Benefits of powerful embedded metering at the source of consumption

The Oct. 5, 2017, “Benefits of powerful embedded metering at the source of consumption” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Robert Martin, George Roscoe, and Bala Marimuthu, Siemens
Electrical and Power October 9, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, October 2-8: ASHRAE, boiler selection, designing power systems in high-performance buildings, and more.

ASHRAE, boiler selection, designing power systems in high-performance buildings, MEP Giants, and Harmonics and VFDs were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, October 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Electrical and Power October 4, 2017

Detecting failure in electrical systems

Circuit protection, as defined by NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, can be interpreted in many ways, depending on building load and use. Without an effective circuit-protection scheme, a building’s electrical system is prone to myriad failures.

By Stephen Berta, EI, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power October 4, 2017

Case study: Pumping station

For this pumping station application, there are several circuit-protection elements that need to be examined.

By Stephen Berta, EI, NV5, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power October 2, 2017

Release the untapped potential of plug load control

Understanding how plug load control options and ASHRAE 90.1 enhance building performance.

By James Forte, PE, Legrand, West Hartford, Conn.
Electrical and Power September 29, 2017

The complexities of industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities: electrical/lighting/power

Warehouses and factories are more than simply bare-bones buildings for companies to keep equipment. Here, professionals with experience on such facilities offer advice on how to meet and exceed expectations regarding electrical/lighting/power.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 21, 2017

Your questions answered: Design and installation considerations for generator sets

Responses to questions not answered during the Sept. 13 webcast are answered here.

By Brian Ponstein, MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power September 13, 2017

Designing backup, standby, and emergency power in high-performance buildings

Electrical engineers must consider many factors when designing backup, standby, and emergency power systems. Safety, maintainability, code compliance, and economics play crucial roles in determining the topology of an emergency system for a critical facility. Specific requirements for emergency power vary based on building occupancy type, facility use, and critical function.

By Brian Martin, PE, ATD; AECOM, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power September 8, 2017

Collaboration and innovation

Mechanical and electrical engineers routinely collaborate to bring complex designs together and coordinate construction documents, while also creating innovative designs within the context of their own trades.

By Mike Starego, Southland Industries
Electrical and Power August 30, 2017

Developing a circuit schedule

Circuit protection, as defined by NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, can be interpreted in many ways, depending on building load and use. Electrical engineers should design a circuit schedule that can be used on the project.

By Brian Martin, PE, AECOM, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power August 22, 2017

How to predict electrical equipment failures

Electrical engineers can provide many services to help facility managers predict electrical equipment or power distribution system failures.

By Freddy Padilla, PE, ATD; Page, Austin, Texas
Electrical and Power August 21, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, August 14-20: NFPA 99-2015, MEP Giants, selecting transformers, and more

NFPA 99-2015 changes, MEP Giants, selecting transformers, generator system installation, and arc flash mitigation were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, August 14-20. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Electrical and Power August 17, 2017

Understanding overcurrent protection

Electrical engineers can use this guide to understand NFPA 70: National Electrical Code requirements for overcurrent protection.

By Steven Eich, PE, CDT, REP, LEED AP; Environmental Systems Design, Chicago
Electrical and Power August 15, 2017

The basics of arc flash mitigation

Electrical engineers must understand the codes, standards, and design requirements when engineering for arc flash mitigation.

By Matthew Zega, PE, RTM Engineering Consultants LLC, Chicago
Electrical and Power August 10, 2017

RTM Engineering Consultants: Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, All Saints Cancer Care Center addition & renovation

Electrical, power

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Electrical and Power July 25, 2017

The development of ASHRAE 90.4: Energy Standard for Data Centers

ASHRAE 90.4 is a new energy standard for data centers that calls for meeting minimum efficiency requirements.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP, Lead Electrical Engineer, McGuire Engineers Inc.
Electrical and Power July 20, 2017

Rutgers University College Avenue campus substation expansion

University facilities personnel can monitor substation conditions from remote locations.

By RMF Engineering
Electrical and Power July 20, 2017

Replacing an EPSS at a hospital 

A health care facility requires an emergency power supply system (EPSS). Its replacement must be carefully planned to reduce any loss of electrical systems.

By Sam Awabdeh, PE, Peter Basso Associates, Troy, Mich.
Electrical and Power July 11, 2017

Hydropower industry dynamics: U.S. and China to procure a major revenue chunk via favorable regional regulatory framework

With demand for renewable resources booming, governments and companies around the world are depending on the growing hydropower industry.

By Saipriya Iyer, Global Market Insights, Inc.
Electrical and Power July 10, 2017

Transformers: Ensuring efficient electrical system design

The best approach for design efficiency is to minimize the number of transformers that are contributing to losses.

By Brad Watford
Electrical and Power July 10, 2017

Electrical codes and standards within healthcare

Essential systems include emergency systems and equipment systems, which are crucial to life safety and patient care.

By RTM Engineering
Electrical and Power June 28, 2017

Your questions answered: Electrical: Data and communications cabling and pathways

The June 22, 2017, “Electrical: Data and communications cabling and pathways” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Tim Kuhlman, TEECOM; David Wells, NV5
Electrical and Power June 23, 2017

UPS Series expansion

Mitsubishi Electric announces extension of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) 9900 Series in three new sizes.

By Mitsubishi Electric
Electrical and Power June 22, 2017

Power system annunciator

ASCO Power Technologies' 8-device annunciator eliminates the need for multiple annunciators.

By ASCO Power Technologies
Electrical and Power June 20, 2017

Grounded and ungrounded electrical and power system design

Uninterruptible power supply systems are operating ungrounded during power transfer, critical to the overall design of electrical and power systems in a nonresidential building.

By John Schuring, PE, CH2M, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power June 19, 2017

Transformer case study

Electrical engineers must know when and where to specify dry-type transformers. Energy efficiency guides play a vital role in this process.

By Matt Zega, PE, RTM Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Electrical and Power June 19, 2017

Selecting and sizing transformers to achieve energy efficiency

Electrical engineers must know when and where to specify dry-type transformers. Energy efficiency guides play a vital role in this process.

By Matt Zega, PE, RTM Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Electrical and Power June 14, 2017

Paralleling generator systems—part three: installation considerations

When designing generator systems, electrical engineers must ensure that the generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application. Whether providing standby power for health care facilities or prime power for processing plants, engineers must make decisions regarding generator sizing, load types, whether generators should be paralleled, fuel storage, switching scenarios, and many other criteria.

By Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP; JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power June 7, 2017

Renewable energy industry trends, impact on geographies worldwide

The paradigm shift from non-renewable energy to renewable energy will prove to be highly advantageous for power generation and consumption, with major companies increasingly investing in wind and solar power. Mergers & acquisitions is a key strategy across this sector, for instance, Leap Green Energy, backed by JP Morgan, recently took over the wind power assets of Inox Renewables.

By Saipriya Iyer, Global Market Insights
Electrical and Power May 22, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 15-21: 2017 40 Under 40 winners, part-load efficiency, parallel generator systems, 2017 Product of the Year, and NFPA 13

Articles about 2017 40 Under 40 winners, part-load efficiency, parallel generator systems, 2017 Product of the Year, and NFPA 13 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, May15 to 21. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

Electrical and Power May 15, 2017

Your questions answered: Critical power: Emergency power

The May 4 “Critical power: Emergency power” Webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Tom Divine, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc.; and Freddy Padilla, PE, ATD, Page
Electrical and Power May 15, 2017

2017 40 Under 40: Samer Alayyash, CEM, 37

Director of Electrical Division at Consolidated Consultants Group

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 15, 2017

2017 40 Under 40: Sathish Anabathula, PE, LEED AP, 37

Associate Director, University of Virginia

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 15, 2017

2017 40 Under 40: Michael P. Walton, PE, DGCP; 37

Director of Advanced Power Systems, Burns Engineering Inc.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power April 17, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 10 to 16: commissioning electrical systems, VFDs, pump curves, standby generator systems, NFPA 101

Articles about commissioning electrical systems, networking VFDs, reading pump curves, standby generator systems, and NFPA 101 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 10 to 16. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Joy Chang, CFE Media
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Aluminum conduit body

The T+B Fittings Sand Cast Aluminum Form 7 Conduit Body is made of CorroStall—a corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy.

By Thomas and Betts, ABB
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Slicing connector

The 221 series Lever-Nuts Splicing Connector simplifies electrical installation of solid, stranded, and fine-stranded wire in the most space-restricted applications.

By Wago Corp.
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Dry-type capacitor

The LKT...Type DD603-phase dry-type capacitor is safer and stronger for solving power factor and harmonic filtering applications where high harmonics can destroy traditional capacitors.

By Frako Capacitor
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Outdoor charging station

The Outdoor Charging Station provides permanent power that allows individuals to charge mobile devices outdoors.

By Legrand
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Outdoor ground box

The Outdoor Ground Box provides 20-amp, 30-amp, and low-voltage electrical connections that can be installed on college campuses, in commercial outdoor office spaces, and at outdoor retail shopping centers, amusement parks, sports venues, and other exterior gathering spaces.

By Legrand
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Medium-voltage switchgear

Premset incorporates a Shield Solid Insulation System (2SIS) to enhance robustness, protection, and flexibility of medium-voltage switchgear.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Power distribution fuse block

The Bussmann series Power Distribution Fuse Block (PDFB) combines a fuse block and power distribution block into one component.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Integrated panelboard

The Crouse-Hinds series SynergEX Panelboard uses individually encapsulated circuit breakers to provide maximum safety in extreme environments.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Line-isolation switch

The OEM Line Isolation (OLI) switch provides the ability to access the control panel without exposure to line-side voltage.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Low-voltage circuit breaker

The Series NRX low-voltage circuit breaker with Power Xpert Release trip unit can be seamlessly installed within existing panel and switchboard designs to provide enhanced circuit protection, connectivity, and worker safety—along with tools for quicker installation and commissioning to help address energy-management challenges.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

B-frame circuit breaker

The PowerPact B-frame circuit breaker offers robust power protection in a compact size and easy installation.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Electrical calculation add-in

Design Master Electrical RT 1.2 is an electrical calculation add-in for Autodesk Revit software.

By Design Master Software
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Arcing current calculator

The Bussmann series Arcing Current Calculator is designed to enable users to quickly calculate the minimum and maximum arcing currents of electrical systems, based on IEEE 1584.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

Building system support service

Connected Services helps facility leaders maximize their buildings through a condition-based, proactive maintenance approach that effectively combines actionable information, expert advice, and advanced technology to keep building systems operating at peak performance.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power April 13, 2017

BIM plug-in for Autodesk Revit

LayoutFAST is an intelligent plug-in for Autodesk Revit that makes it easier and faster to configure and insert products into projects.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power April 7, 2017

Three-phase power analyzer

Carlo Gavazzi's WM20 power analyzer can be used as a stand-alone meter or as a part of a complete VMUC-based energy management system.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power March 17, 2017

Specifying electrical distribution systems

It is useful for both electrical and nonelectrical engineers to understand basic features when selecting, specifying, and applying electrical distribution systems.

By Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP, SmithGroupJJR, Chicago
Electrical and Power March 16, 2017

Designing emergency and standby generator systems

Consulting engineers who specify emergency and standby power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, in conjunction with NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC). System designers must interpret the requirements of NFPA 110, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations.

By Richard Vedvik, KJWW Engineering & Daniel Winter, Faith Technologies
Electrical and Power March 14, 2017

Risk management: Commissioning electrical systems

Commissioning electrical systems has become a study of economics and risk. Factors such as capital expenditure, age, safety, reliability, efficiency, and energy costs must be weighed in conjunction with replacement costs and liability risk to formulate and prioritize recommissioning and retro-commissioning plans.

By Michael Steward, PE, LEED AP, CannonDesign, Chicago
Electrical and Power March 10, 2017

Paralleling generator systems—part two: switchgear

When designing generator systems, electrical engineers must ensure that the generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application. Whether providing standby power for health care facilities or prime power for processing plants, engineers must make decisions regarding generator sizing, load types, whether generators should be paralleled, fuel storage, switching scenarios, and many other criteria.

By Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power March 7, 2017

Your questions answered: Understanding Generator Set Rating Definitions

Nicholas Paolo, PE, regional sales engineer at MTU Onsite Energy tackled unanswered questions from the March 2, 2017, webcast on understanding generator set rating definitions.

By Nicholas Paolo, PE, MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power March 1, 2017

Critical Power Hospital Electrical Systems: AIA CES accredited online course

CFE EDU is an interactive online platform that offers multi-media educational courses on engineering topics that are critical to your work. Courses are AIA CES accredited and are self-paced for your convenience.

By CFE Media
Electrical and Power March 1, 2017

Consulting-Specifying Engineer welcomes Freddy Padilla, PE, ATD, to editorial advisory board

Freddy Padilla, PE, ATD, has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 27, 2017

Light-powered digital diffuser

Titus' Helios wireless VAV diffuser simplifies installation, boosts energy efficiency, and allows users to control personal comfort.

By Titus
Electrical and Power February 23, 2017

Sustainable strategies for data centers

Andy Baxter, PE, Page principal and director of MEP engineering discussed three trends related to sustainable strategies for the mission critical data center market.

By Andy Baxter, PE, Page
Electrical and Power February 23, 2017

Your questions answered: Backup, standby, and emergency power in mission critical facilities

Speakers at the Feb. 16 Critical power: Backup, standby, and emergency power in mission critical facilities webcast addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, Jacobs; and Scott Kesler, CannonDesign
Electrical and Power February 16, 2017

Engineering flexible office buildings: electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety

Office buildings need to have the ability to accommodate myriad types of businesses and activities to meet the needs of tenants. Here, engineers with experience on such buildings share their knowledge, lessons learned over the years regarding electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 10, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 10

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power February 3, 2017

Cable tray system

The Trof Cable Tray system by Cope is a prefabricated metal structure with ventilated or solid bottoms welded to side rails designed for use in the power, automotive, transportation, service entranceways, data, heavy industrial, and commercial industries.

By Cope
Electrical and Power January 30, 2017

Your questions answered: How to Read a Pump Curve

Jim Swetye, senior technical trainer at Grundfos Pumps Corp. in Ohio, tackled unanswered questions from the Jan. 24, 2017, webcast on how to read a pump curve.

By Jim Swetye, Grundfos
Electrical and Power January 27, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 27

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from Colorado, North Carolina, California, and Wisconsin.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power January 27, 2017

Understanding NFPA 101 for mission critical facilities

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code 2015 is a reference used for strategies to protect people based on building construction, protection, and occupancy features that minimize the effects of fire and other related hazards. It is the only document that covers life safety for new and existing structures. It is vital to understand the electrical/power systems in mission critical facilities and best practices.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C, McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago
Electrical and Power January 26, 2017

Accessories for molded-case circuit breakers

The Extended Rotary Handle (ERH) and Flange Handle Mechanism (FHM) can be used anywhere MCCBs are used.

By NOARK Electric
Electrical and Power January 25, 2017

Power product line: conditioners and transformers

The DVS Power Conditioner and ISN Ferroresonant Regulation Transformers are designed for use with inverters, UPS systems, or stand-alone operation and produce regulated, isolated ac output in harsh environments.

By AMETEK Solidstate Controls, Inc.
Electrical and Power January 20, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., France, and Sweden.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power January 20, 2017

Panelboards for power monitoring

Powerlink has the ability to monitor and control circuits, panels, and lighting from one centralized location,

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power January 20, 2017

Arup Thoughts: Green tech, climate change solutions

Advancement in technology, green tech, clean tech, and renewables should be a priority whether climate change is real or not.

By Szilvia Doczi, Arup, Los Angeles
Electrical and Power January 13, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 13

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power January 6, 2017

Arup Thoughts: Game theory balances power markets

The effects of game theory can force suppliers to react in a way that restores order to the market, optimizes the amount of energy generated, and produces a rational price for consumers.

By Sergey Rozhenko, Arup, Moscow
Electrical and Power January 6, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the United States, Canada, France, Norway, and Brazil.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power January 3, 2017

High efficiency switchmode chargers

The MicroGenius 2 chargers are the second generation of MicroGenius high-efficiency switchmode chargers designed for tough genset and marine duty where conditions are often extreme.

By SENS
Electrical and Power December 30, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 30

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power December 29, 2016

Molded case circuit breaker

The PowerPact B-frame circuit breaker is designed to offer robust power protection in a compact size and 'efficiency that clicks' to the work day.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power December 28, 2016

Battling the complexity of designing government facilities: Electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety

The government can be a tough customer, and the projects that state, municipal, federal, and military entities approach engineers about are highly complex. Here, engineers with experience tackling such tall orders offer advice regarding electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power December 20, 2016

ac/dc power supply modules

The TMF series ac/dc power supply modules are designed with thermal management capabilities and an isolation system for PCB mount and protection class II applications.

By Traco Power
Electrical and Power December 16, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 16

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the United States, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power December 16, 2016

Power manager software

The Visual Power Manager software is a platform that is designed to provide data center and information technology (IT) professionals with the tools to monitor and manage rack power distribution units (PDUs) in their infrastructure.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power December 14, 2016

How to apply NFPA 110-2016

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems in conjunction with NFPA 70: National Electrical Code.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid, Houston
Electrical and Power December 13, 2016

Previewing NEC 2017 changes

The current version of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) is the 2014 edition. Though this version has not been adopted in all jurisdictions, this article reviews a project that is being designed to meet the 2014 code. A few key updates to the NEC in 2017 and their potential impacts to future designs are also highlighted.

By Brian Martin, PE, CH2M, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power December 12, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 5-December 11: professional salaries of engineers, 2016 Commissioning Giants, optimizing facility operations with cogeneration systems, more

Articles about professional salaries of engineers, 2016 Commissioning Giants, optimizing facility operations with cogeneration systems, evaluating the other side of BIM, and operating on medical/hospital projects were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, December 5-December 11. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Electrical and Power December 12, 2016

Tying a microgrid to the smart grid

Building owners frequently integrate the utility's smart grid into their buildings to reduce electricity use and increase energy efficiency. Microgrids can further lower costs and raise reliability for owners and the surrounding communities.

By Kevin Krause, PE, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, Wis.
Electrical and Power December 9, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Spain.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power December 9, 2016

Paralleling generator systems

When designing generator systems, electrical engineers must ensure that generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application. Whether providing standby power for health care facilities or prime power for processing plants, engineers must make decisions regarding generator sizing, load types, whether generators should be paralleled, fuel storage, switching scenarios, and many other criteria.

By Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power December 9, 2016

Compact diesel engine

The G-drive engines were developed to power the KD Series of diesel industrial generators.

By Kohler
Electrical and Power December 5, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, November 28-December 4: the salaries of engineers, assessing replacement electrical systems, BIM driving models and advanced technologies, more

Articles about specifying the salaries of engineers, assessing replacement electrical systems, BIM driving models and advanced technologies, circuit protection, and evaluating the other side of BIM were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, November 28-December 4. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Electrical and Power December 2, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from France and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power December 1, 2016

Connectors for use with dc and ac sensors

The sets offer a complete range of quick disconnect cables that are designed for use with inductive, capacitive, photoelectric, and ultrasonic sensors.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power November 29, 2016

Assessing replacement of electrical systems

Replacement of electrical systems is a study of economics and risk. Factors including age, safety, reliability, efficiency, and energy costs must be weighed in conjunction with replacement costs and liability risk to formulate and prioritize upgrade plans. A comprehensive cost-benefit analysis study for each electrical subsystem will allow facilities to plan short-term and long-term expenditures for maintenance and upgrade programs for prudent facility reinvestments, replacements, and growth.

By Theodore Fowler, PE, PEng, LEED AP, CannonDesign, Grand Island, N.Y.
Electrical and Power November 23, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 23

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from Tennessee, Georgia, Maine, and California.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power November 23, 2016

Operating on medical and hospital projects: electrical/lighting/power

Engineers tasked with working on hospital and medical campuses find themselves tackling unique challenges: evolving technology, increased specialization, and maintaining operations while under construction. Here, professionals with experience on such facilities share advice on how to finish projects regarding electrical/lighting/power, specifically.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 21, 2016

Operating on medical and hospital projects

Engineers tasked with working on hospital and medical campuses find themselves tackling unique challenges: evolving technology, increased specialization, and maintaining operations while under construction. Here, professionals with experience on such facilities share advice on how to finish projects that report a clean bill of health.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 18, 2016

Your questions answered: Advancing electrical design in building information modeling

Responses to questions from the webcast on Nov. 15, 2016, provided an overview of the challenges BIM creates for today’s consulting engineers and introduce a new solution that saves both time and space.

By Wendell Leisinger and Gene Candela, Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power November 18, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., Sweden, and the Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power November 18, 2016

Optimizing facility operations with cogeneration systems

Applied Medical Resources optimized operations by integrating cogeneration equipment into its facility.

By Cynthia A. Callaway, PE, LEED BD+C, P2S Engineering Inc., Long Beach, Calif.
Electrical and Power November 14, 2016

Online tools for product selection

The online tools are designed for users to find appropriate solutions to their specific power quality problems.

By Schaffner
Electrical and Power November 11, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 11

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from France, the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, and Botswana.

By Morrissey Goodale
Electrical and Power November 9, 2016

Your questions answered: Critical power: Circuit protection

Questions not answered at the Nov. 3, 2016, circuit protection webcast are addressed here.

By Tom Earp, PE, ATD, Page; and John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C, McGuire Engineers
Electrical and Power November 7, 2016

Output filter for protection up to 690/600 Vac

The FN5060HV added to the output filter line protects AC motors up to 690/600 VAC from destructive effects of peak voltages and inrush amps.

By Schaffner USA
Electrical and Power November 2, 2016

Watertown regional medical center renovation and expansion

The new layout of the hospital allows staff to be accessible to patients in need while also providing private areas for staff to collaborate.

By RTM Engineering
Electrical and Power October 27, 2016

Your questions answered: Understanding the new generation of medium-voltage switchgear

Webcast presentation on October 18, 2016, by Joe Richard, U.S. launch manager, Schneider Electric, participated in the question and answer session.

By Joe Richard
Electrical and Power October 27, 2016

Low-voltage direct replacement breaker solutions

Schneider Electric's new low-voltage (LV) direct replacement breaker solutions allow for modernization of existing electrical equipment in any switchgear application.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power October 25, 2016

Temporary power distribution system

Larson Electronics releases a 25 kVA temporary power distribution system.

By Larson Electronics
Electrical and Power October 24, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, October 17-23: VRF systems, 40 Under 40, energy code advancements, more

Articles about VRF systems, 40 under 40, energy code advancements, the 2016 MEP Giants, and preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, October 17-23. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power October 14, 2016

Electrical, power in industrial facilities

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Electrical and Power Study indicated that 56% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 6, 2016

Multifunction protective relaying system

Distance protection is now available in BE1-11f and BE1-11t versions for feeder and transformer protection applications.

By Basler Electric
Electrical and Power September 27, 2016

High-frequency modular battery chargers

NexSys+ high-frequency modular battery chargers are suited for automated guided vehicle applications that require communication with operation systems.

By EnerSys
Electrical and Power September 26, 2016

Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems

Despite (or as a result of) an economic downturn, the use of renewable energy options has grown over the past few years. This growth has been supported by federal and state programs including federal tax credits, state renewable portfolio standards, and a federal renewable fuels standard.

By Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP; and Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Cons
Electrical and Power September 26, 2016

Case study: Roof-mounted PV system

A giant solar photovoltaic (PV) array in Las Vegas offers a resort a sustainable power option.

By Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP; and Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Cons
Electrical and Power September 26, 2016

Case study: Biomass power

Renewable electricity is generated from decomposing solid waste.

By Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP; and Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Cons
Electrical and Power September 19, 2016

Self-learning soft starter motor series

Carlo Gavazzi's RSGD series of self-learning soft starters is designed for 3-phase fixed speed ac induction motor applications such as control of pumps, fans, and compressors for water treatment, agriculture, building automation, and HVAC industries.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power September 16, 2016

Adjustable busbars with latching spring

790 Series adjustable busbars are shield clamp that features a latching spring.

By WAGO
Electrical and Power September 14, 2016

Adjustable frequency drive for varied applications

SC9000 adjustable frequency drive is designed for a wide range of original equipment manufacturer, water and wastewater, utility, industrial, and HVAC applications.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power September 9, 2016

Power meters with BACnet IP protocol

PowerLogic PM5500 power meters have BACnet IP protocol as a standard feature. These meters can simultaneously communicate with building and energy management systems using both BACnet and Modbus protocols.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power August 31, 2016

Facing the challenges of mixed-use buildings: electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety

Fulfilling the demands of a mixed-use facility can be challenging, considering the structure’s diverse components. Here, professionals with experience on such projects share advice and explain how to end up with positive results for specialty buildings and electrical, lighting, power, and fire/life safety.

By CFE Media
Electrical and Power August 30, 2016

Flexible coupler kit with a bendable plate

Cable Tray flexible coupler kit eliminates need for bonding jumper.

By Thomas & Betts
Electrical and Power August 29, 2016

Power lock wiring devices for health care, industrial applications

Arrow Hart power lock plugs, connectors, and receptacles for industrial manufacturing and hospital environments are designed to avoid exterior arcing by energizing within a chamber to enhance electrical safety.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power August 17, 2016

Managing increased transformer inrush current

The Department of Energy’s 2016 efficiency standards change transformer efficiency requirements.

By Greg J. Hausman, Eaton, Lenexa, Kan.
Electrical and Power August 16, 2016

Stainless steel photoelectric sensors

PD30ET Series are IP69K stainless steel photoelectric sensors that offer AISI316L stainless steel housings.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power August 11, 2016

2015 sets new record for industry M&A

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MEP/FP) engineering firms active among wave of dealmaking.

By Neil Churman, Morrissey Goodale LLC, Houston
Electrical and Power August 11, 2016

GPI/Greenman-Pedersen Inc.: Sands Capital Management

Commissioning, retro-commissioning; electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.

By GPI/Greenman-Pedersen Inc.
Electrical and Power August 11, 2016

Burns Engineering: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Runway 4R-22L airfield ground lighting and electrical distribution replacement

Automation, controls; electrical, power; lighting; airfield ground lighting; navigational aids; communication systems.

By Burns Engineering Inc.
Electrical and Power August 10, 2016

Three-phase uninterruptible power supply

Galaxy VX is a compact three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with operating modes for large facilities, data centers and business-critical applications.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power August 5, 2016

High Frequency end launch connectors

High-frequency SMA end-launch connectors offer VSWR performance up to 26.5 GHz.

By Amphenol RF
Electrical and Power August 4, 2016

UPS for IT managers

The 9PX uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system is available in 2 to 3 kVA units. The 9PX 2-3 kVA UPS line helps IT managers remotely manage and protect critical infrastructure.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power August 1, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Solar-powered grid about to become reality?

Australia, a sun-drenched nation, is unsurprisingly a global crèche for new and emerging solar and battery technologies.

By Bas Simpson, Arup
Electrical and Power July 27, 2016

The National Electrical Safety Code 2017: Safety in Numbers

The 2017 NESC includes some major updates, as highlighted in this article.

By Mike Hyland, APPA
Electrical and Power July 27, 2016

Human machine interface cover kit

GracePort+ is a robust and fully customizable human machine interface cover kit and large protected housing for electrical components.

By Grace Engineered Products
Electrical and Power July 26, 2016

Top ways MEP engineering services can make older buildings more efficient: Part 3

In the final of a three-part series, RTM examines two certification programs that recognize buildings that meet high-sustainability standards.

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Electrical and Power July 20, 2016

A local landmark for world-class care

Growing ICU volumes and high bed use reaching capacity rates in the existing ICU, surgical suites, and emergency department led Advocate Healthcare to commission the design of the new patient tower at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

By Advocate Christ Medical Center, East Patient Tower, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Electrical and Power July 19, 2016

Top ways MEP engineering services can make older buildings more efficient: Part 2

In the second of a three-part series, we break down two more strategies that use MEP engineering services to make existing buildings more energy efficient.

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Electrical and Power July 18, 2016

Using energy-recovery systems to increase building efficiency

Well-designed heating, cooling, and ventilation energy-recovery systems are able to maintain a building’s proper temperature and air quality while minimizing energy loss. The type of system to use varies depending on the application, but the most common is ventilation energy recovery.

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Electrical and Power July 15, 2016

Compact converters for medical applications

The IMM01 and IMM02 are available with a choice of two 2:1 input voltage ranges based around a nominal 5 and 12 Vdc inputs.

By XP Power
Electrical and Power July 14, 2016

We need to design for more than energy performance

Energy efficiency may well be associated with higher financial performance, but research shows this is unlikely to be the sole cause.

By Aidan Parkinson, Arup
Electrical and Power July 12, 2016

Top ways MEP engineering services can make older buildings more efficient: Part 1

In the first of a three-part series, we break down two strategies that use MEP engineering services to make existing buildings more energy efficient.

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Electrical and Power July 6, 2016

Building beyond LEED

In 2000, the USGBC unveiled a certification system, known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In the 13 years since its inception, LEED has helped transform the way we think about designing and operating buildings.

By Kirk Davis, Glumac
Electrical and Power June 28, 2016

Applying combined heat and power systems

Cogeneration systems, often referred to as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, generate both electricity and thermal energy. As they become more common in the United States, engineers must understand the nuances and design strategies for successful application.

By Rodney V. Oathout, PE, CEM, LEED AP, DLR Group, Overland Park, Kan.
Electrical and Power June 27, 2016

Mobile diesel generator

Cat XQ60 mobile diesel generator set is rated at 60 kVA for prime operation and meets Tier 4 Final emission standards.

By Caterpillar
Electrical and Power June 21, 2016

The nine major steps of designing generator fuel systems

Understand the requirements and challenges to navigate the design of a genset fuel oil system.

By Ben Olejniczak, and Saahil Tumber, PE, HBDP, LEED AP, Environmental Systems Desi
Electrical and Power June 14, 2016

Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers

Evolving technologies have developed into best practices to create secure, reliable, highly available, and adaptable data center spaces.

By Scott Gatewood, PE, DLR Group, Omaha, Neb.
Electrical and Power June 13, 2016

Designing medium-voltage electrical systems

Engineers should know how nominal system voltages were established, what constitutes a medium-voltage electrical system, and what range of systems are considered appropriate for medium voltage.

By Eduard Pacuku, PE, Concord Engineering, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power May 26, 2016

Stand-alone health care buildings: Electrical, power, lighting

Stand-alone medical buildings and specialized treatment facilities are engineering challenges, and more are being designed and built due to changes in health care requirements. Here’s a look at their electrical, power, and lighting systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 24, 2016

Critical Power: Electrical systems and data center efficiency

Whether producing, consuming, or measuring and verifying (M&V), electrical systems play an important role in data center energy efficiency. When it comes to data center electrical efficiency, all sources of energy use in the facility must be considered.

By CFE Media
Electrical and Power May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Sean Avery, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 33

Senior Associate, DLR Group, Seattle BS and MS Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Greg Brumagen, PE, RCDD, CxA, 39

Electrical Engineer, CMTA Inc., Lexington, Ky. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Michael Nelson, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, 35

Associate, Senior Electrical Designer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore. BS Engineering, Oregon State University MBA, Marylhurst University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Thomas Phuong, PE, LEED AP, 40

Associate Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Portland

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Kunal Shah, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, 36

President/CEO, PBS Engineers Inc., Glendora, Calif. BS Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 12, 2016

Scalable UPS configuration system

TLE Series CE UPS product line for low- to mid-power applications offer a blend of software, diagnostics and real-time, multimode energy savings.

By GE
Electrical and Power May 11, 2016

Transfer switch-based power systems

Series 300 Generator Paralleling System is pre-packaged transfer switch-based power systems for paralleling generators.

By Asco
Electrical and Power May 9, 2016

Power quality analyzer

438-II is 3-phase power quality analyzer that provides frontline troubleshooting and long-term trending to keep equipment running.

By Fluke
Electrical and Power May 2, 2016

Transfer and bypass/isolation switches

Bypass/isolation switches are available in load-break or no-load-break bypass.

By Russelectric
Electrical and Power April 28, 2016

Data centers’ intricate design: Electrical and power systems

Data centers are important structures that hold vital information for businesses, schools, public agencies, and private individuals. Electrical, power, and lighting systems play a key role in the design of these data centers.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 20, 2016

Energy savings in electrical distribution systems

Consider these energy efficiency options for retrofitting existing and designing new buildings’ electrical distribution systems.

By Cameron Bellao, PE, LEED AP, Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates Inc., Woburn, Mass
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Wireless area lighting controller

The Encelium Wireless Area Lighting Controller (WALC) allows a group of lighting devices to communicate via a wireless mesh network based on ZigBee standards.

By Osram Sylvania
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Cloud-based software, test tool system

Fluke Connect Assets is a cloud-based wireless system of software and test tools that gives maintenance managers a comprehensive view of all critical equipment.

By Fluke Corp.
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Remote circuit monitor

Remote circuit monitor The Power Xpert Branch Circuit Monitor is an advanced remote power-monitoring solution that provides greater visibility of energy usage.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Building-performance reporting software

RC-Reporter reads SQL database files from any BACnet Internet-connected building configured with RC-Archive software.

By Reliable Controls
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

BACnet operator workstation software

RC-WebView lets facility managers and operators access and control their portfolio of multivendor BACnet IP-connected buildings with efficiency and ease.

By Reliable Controls
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

10-in. poke-thru device

Legrand’s Evolution Series 10-in. poke-thru device offers eight individual gangs of communication; audio, video, and power capacity.

By Legrand
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

RF receptacle, signal pack

The Pass & Seymour Plug Load RF Receptacle provides a simple-to-use, wireless solution for plug load control and works in concert with the Pass & Seymour Plug Load RF Signal Pack.

By Legrand
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Branch circuit, busway monitoring system

With Raritan's branch-circuit monitoring (BCM) system, data centers reduce energy costs, track power usage, and prevent downtime.

By Raritan Inc.
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Hybrid rack transfer switch

Raritan's Intelligent hybrid rack transfer switch can monitor power at the outlet level, as well as the inlet level, providing granular energy information useful for capacity planning and managing energy costs.

By Raritan Inc.
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

High-performance uninterruptible power supply (UPS)

The Power Xpert 9395 high-performance-model UPS provides best-in-class efficiency and scalable battery run times for data centers, light industrial applications, and multitenant data centers.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Gaseous standby generator

Generac Power Systems' 500-kW natural gas genset is powered by a 25.8-L, 12-cylinder engine that is turbocharged and after-cooled, producing a standby power rating of 500 kW and prime power rating of 450 kW.

By Generac Power Systems
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Uninterruptible power supply – 2016-04-14

The Liebert eXM UPS is based on a reliable, double-conversion power topology that uses an efficient transformer-free design.

By Liebert, Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Compact high-speed fuses

Bussmann series compact, high-speed fuses use up to 48% less enclosure space than standard high-speed, round-body fuses.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Electronic trip unit

The Digitrip 210+ trip unit provides easy setup for coordination and reliable protection for electrical systems in commercial, industrial, and machinery manufacturing environments.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Arc flash relay

AF0500 arc flash relay improves worker safety and reduces costly downtime by detecting developing arc flash and sending a trip signal before damage occurs.

By Littelfuse Inc.
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Luminaire surge protector

The FSP3-480-20KA protects from power line transients up to 20,000 amps and includes in-line fusing to shut down the luminaire when the capabilities of the surge protector have been exceeded.

By Thomas Research Products, Hubbell Lighting
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Lighting, sensor controller

The NX Room Controller integrates automatic and manual control of lighting with the simplicity of plug-in installation and auto-configuration for an affordable way to meet energy codes and provide intuitive, energy-saving lighting controls for a single room or space.

By Hubbell Control Solutions, Hubbell Lighting
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Power distribution design software

Power Calc Pak software makes electrical engineering easy, fast, smart, and green.

By Electric Power Calc Inc.
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Sequence-of-events recorders

CyTime SER-3200 Event Recorders have 32 high-speed digital inputs to monitor the status of circuit breakers, relays, or other equipment and time-stamp state changes to 1 millisecond.

By Cyber Sciences Inc.
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Electrical system monitor

The flexible, expandable Power Xpert Gateway (PXG) 900 is an electrical communications and data-acquisition solution that can be used in a small system consisting of a single piece of equipment or scaled up for multiple pieces of equipment or systems.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 14, 2016

Low-harmonic HVAC drive

Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive provides extremely low harmonic distortion in a space-saving design, along with the same HVAC-specific features as the standard Z1000.

By Yaskawa America Inc.
Electrical and Power April 13, 2016

Power system for emergency lighting applications

93PM uninterruptible power system is UL 924-certified for emergency lighting applications, providing high power capacity and double-conversion efficiency in the industry.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power April 12, 2016

Power distribution unit for mission critical facilities

Anord modular product power distribution unit incorporates a smart design to meet complex electrical distribution requirements and maintains operations under arduous situations.

By Anord Critical Power
Electrical and Power April 4, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 28 to April 3: Fire pump design, emergency egress and illumination, designing generator systems, more

Articles about fire pump power service, emergency egress and illumination, designing generator systems, building system design, and selective coordination best practices were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 28 to April 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 4, 2016

ac and dc motor protection

AEGIS PRO Series Rings protect large ac and dc motors from bearing damage and unplanned downtime.

By Electro Static Technology
Electrical and Power March 29, 2016

Backup power for IT systems

RackPack IT platform uses enclosure, power distribution units, uninterruptible power supply, and power management software for one integrated infrastructure.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power March 24, 2016

Hand-held, remote controller

Sigma LT networks up to 25 load banks using industry-standard CAN bus communications protocol.

By Asco Power Technology
Electrical and Power March 22, 2016

Uninterruptible power supply – 2016-03-22

Liebert eXM is designed for native 480V AC configurations address critical applications with medium power 480V requirements.

By Emerson
Electrical and Power March 18, 2016

Power-solution enclosures

Honeywell Pro-Watch access systems feature the ability to include system power, lock power, and access controller boards in one housing.

By LifeSafety Power
Electrical and Power March 14, 2016

Designing generator systems

When designing generator systems, such as engine-driven generator sets, design engineers must ensure that the generator selection, sizing, and the design of electrical systems are appropriate for the application.

By Tarek G. Tousson, PE, Stanley Consultants, Austin, Texas
Electrical and Power March 4, 2016

Your questions answered: Understand the benefits of a fixed versus withdrawable vacuum circuit breaker

Webcast presentation on Feb. 23, 2016, by Sherry Rollins, senior offer management specialist, Schneider Electric; with James Stacy, director of medium voltage, offer strategy, U.S. Energy Business, Schneider Electric, participated in the question and answer session.

By James Stacy, Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power February 26, 2016

Connectivity interface

5170 Quad-Ethernet Module communicates information on real-time power monitoring, control and historical insight of automatic transfer switches, engine-generators, and a utility power source.

By ASCO Power Technologies
Electrical and Power February 25, 2016

Class A office building system design: Electrical, power, and lighting

Class A office buildings are among the toughest projects an engineer can work on—complex structures, demanding clients, and advanced technology. Electrical engineers have their work cut out for them.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power February 24, 2016

Switchgear with break technology

Trident with SafeVu offers integrated visible break and no-oil design.

By G&W Electric
Electrical and Power February 23, 2016

Quick-connect breaker

B1NQT is thermal-magnetic and protects against short circuits and overload conditions.

By NOARK Electric
Electrical and Power February 18, 2016

Medium-voltage protection relays

HighProtec-2 are medium-voltage protection relays that monitor the electrical condition of equipment and disconnects its power source quickly when detecting a problem.

By Woodward
Electrical and Power February 17, 2016

Electrical logging devices

Accsense Electrocorder EC-7VAR Three-phase Datalogger Kit executes energy audits to validate HVAC system performance.

By CAS DataLoggers
Electrical and Power February 10, 2016

Voltage-controlled oscillators

Voltage-controlled oscillators cover frequencies from 10 mHz to 11 gHz in a variety of packages.

By Pasternack
Electrical and Power February 8, 2016

Connecting renewable energy systems

Electrical engineers have several items to consider when interconnecting renewable energy production systems.

By Sean Avery, PE, LEED AP, DLR Group, Seattle
Electrical and Power February 4, 2016

Specifying electrical, power systems for office buildings

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Electrical and Power Study indicates that 63% of respondents specify, design, or make product selections for office buildings—and 82% of these engineers determine requirements/write specifications, 72% research and evaluate options, and 69% recommend the product brand.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power January 29, 2016

Solid-state relay

Single Phase RGx1P Proportional Output Controllers are equipped with user-selectable switching modes to address different application requirements.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power January 27, 2016

Environmental monitoring and management module

Trellis platform with Thermal System Manager includes integration with Emerson Network Power’s Avocent DSView management software as well as 2-D/3-D visualization capability, it also allows to rotate, zoom, and view equipment at the room.

By Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power January 18, 2016

Touch display interface

ASCO 5370 touch display interface facilitates management of an automatic transfer switch and critical power system, increasing power reliability, code compliance, and operational efficiency.

By Emerson
Electrical and Power January 15, 2016

Miniature molded circuit breakers

The GMB Series provides protection for applications such as branch-circuit protection of HACR equipment, power supplies, transformers, and more.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power January 13, 2016

Microgrid energy system

Eaton's microgrid energy system provides a modular, scalable approach to microgrid control in military, campus, utility, health care, commercial, community, and other applications.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power January 13, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Why we need zero-carbon projects now

Ultimately, tackling climate change is about limiting the amount of carbon we dig out of the ground.

By Peter Mumford, Arup
Electrical and Power January 11, 2016

Natural gas generators

Large natural gas generators offer ranges from 425 to 1,300 kW and are designed for standby, prime, or continuous-power applications.

By Kohler Power Systems
Electrical and Power January 7, 2016

Circuit breaker panel

Integrated Power Center panel comes as a ready-to-wire transformer, panel board, and control solution in a single, floor-standing enclosure.

By LynTec
Electrical and Power January 6, 2016

Arup Thoughts: How does behaviour really affect energy use?

Despite advances in building design, reducing energy use still relies on how occupants behave. Yet predicting their behaviour is something the industry struggles with and it's why the actual operating measurement of energy use is often very different from the design value.

By Jimmy Tong, Arup
Electrical and Power December 22, 2015

Is a modular data center the right option?

Modular data centers can meet the needs of building owners that need a flexible data center quickly and with less upfront cost.

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, Hewlett-Packard Co., Chicago
Electrical and Power December 21, 2015

Circuit monitoring system sensor portfolio

ABB’s circuit monitoring system (CMS) sensor portfolio is capable of monitoring all branches to ensure system continuity and can measure currents up to 160 amps.

By ABB
Electrical and Power December 18, 2015

Uninterruptible power supply for commercial, industrial applications

Controlled Power Company's Model ESV is an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is designed for backing-up industrial controls, automation, I.T. server racks, and business continuity equipment.

By Controlled Power Co.
Electrical and Power December 16, 2015

Defining NFPA 37

NFPA 37 outlines the minimum fire safety requirements for the installation and operation of permanently installed engines including stationary, engine-driven equipment.

By Wesley Stiles, PE, Barton Associates Inc., York, Pa.
Electrical and Power December 14, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 7-13: Coordinating protective devices, electrical engineers and BIM, engineers’ value, more

Articles about protective devices in mission critical facilities, taking BIM to the next level, the value of an engineer, HVAC fans and smoke control, and dedicated outdoor air systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 7-13. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power December 4, 2015

Coordinating protective devices in mission critical facilities

A coordination study ensures that the most reliable electrical system has been installed. Applicable codes and standards help engineers get it right.

By Keith Lane, PE, RCDD, NTS, RTPM, LC, LEED AP BD+C, and Scott Coburn; Lane Coburn
Electrical and Power December 3, 2015

Understanding transfer switch operation

Consulting engineers should understand transfer switch construction, performance requirements, selection criteria, and desired operation to ensure that critical systems and equipment are supplied with reliable backup power when needed.

By Ryan Ishino, PE, RCDD, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Irvine, Calif.
Electrical and Power November 25, 2015

Your questions answered: Improving the design process for selective coordination applications

Selective coordination applications have a number of variables and challenges to consider during the design process. Here is additional information to supplement the webcast on “Improving the design process for selective coordination applications.”

By Erik Barnes, Scott Koelzer, Dan Neeser
Electrical and Power November 24, 2015

Series protection relays

Basler Electric's ES Series Protection Relays are designed to simplify protection, provide confidence in settings, and cover a range of applications such as generator, transformer, distribution, and other.

By Source: Basler Electric
Electrical and Power November 19, 2015

Poke-through device for communication, power-capacity applications

Legrand's series of Evolution 10-in. poke-through devices offer eight gangs of communication, A/V, and power capacity.

By Legrand
Electrical and Power November 17, 2015

Alternating-current power sources

Eaton's eATS Monitored Platform includes a liquid crystal display interface and is compatible with power distribution units (PDUs) and uninterruptible power systems (UPSs).

By Eaton
Electrical and Power November 13, 2015

Emergency generators support Florida hospital

Newly opened Nemours Children’s Hospital gets an emergency power system.

By Kevin McKinney, MTU Onsite Energy, Mankato, Minn.
Electrical and Power November 12, 2015

Keeping generator testing under control

Following a successful installation of four resistive/reactive load banks at the Cummins manufacturing plant in Fridley, Minn., Crestchic was awarded preferred partner status.

By Paul Brickman, Crestchic Inc.
Electrical and Power November 11, 2015

ATS and retrofit saves time, money

Blending new and old technologies ensures economical reliability.

By Tod Smith and Anna Carter, CD & Power, Martinez, Calif.
Electrical and Power November 10, 2015

Redundancy ensures continuous power

Serving customers worldwide necessitates the need for continuous business operations—even in the event of an outage.

By John Sharpe, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
Electrical and Power November 5, 2015

Waveguide detectors

Fairview Microwave’s zero-biased waveguide detectors are designed to operate from Ka-band to W-band and for wireless applications as well as power detection and monitoring.

By Fairview Microwave Inc.
Electrical and Power November 2, 2015

Loop power supply

Microflex's Field Tools Loop Power Supply is a filtered 24 V, 30 mA power source that is designed for loop transmitter field calibrations and testing.

By Microflex
Electrical and Power October 29, 2015

Source transfer switchgear system

Eaton Cooper’s power series Pad-mounted Source Transfer switchgear system is designed for facilities that require highly dependable power, such as health care, data center, and other mission critical applications.

By Eaton Cooper
Electrical and Power October 26, 2015

Digital genset controller

Basler Electric’s DGC-2020HD digital genset controller is designed for applications such as data storage centers, factories, and other facilities where maintaining power is critical.

By Source: Basler Electric
Electrical and Power October 22, 2015

Generator-paralleling switchgear system

Emerson Network Power has redesigned its ASCO 4000 Series Generator Paralleling Switchgear with custom capabilities.

By Source: Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power October 16, 2015

Seismic-rated power-conditioning voltage regulators

Controlled Power's Series 700F and Model 700F/M are designed for installation in commercial, industrial, and hospital facilities and meet OSHPD standards.

By Controlled Power Company
Electrical and Power October 15, 2015

Emergency and standby power in hospitals

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for hospitals are required to comply with NFPA 110 in conjunction with NFPA 70. System designers must interpret the requirements of these standards, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations.

By Vahik Davoudi, PE, LEED AP, Arup, Los Angeles
Electrical and Power October 12, 2015

Getting equipment SCCR code requirements right

Complying with the latest NEC and OSHA requirements will improve equipment protection, electrical safety, and power reliability.

By Erik Barnes, Eaton, Ellisville, Mo.
Electrical and Power October 7, 2015

Your questions answered: Selective coordination in health care buildings

The unique constraints of health care facility electrical distribution systems require engineers to be diligent when designing these systems. The presenters from the Sept. 24 webcast offer additional guidance.

By James Ferris and Tom Divine
Electrical and Power September 29, 2015

Getting it right in mixed-use buildings: Automation and controls

Mixed-use buildings—often a combination of retail and residential—are unique structures with varying needs. Automation, controls, and system integration are big components of these mixed-use buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 28, 2015

Bypass switches for overhead electrical distribution lines

Single-phase disconnect and bypass switches with lightweight polymer provide durable switching, line sectionalizing, and isolation.

By Source: Eaton
Electrical and Power September 25, 2015

Generators with overhead cam engines

Subaru’s SGX3500, SGX5000, and SGX7500E generators feature Subaru EX series overhead cam engines for greater reliability.

By Subaru
Electrical and Power September 24, 2015

Mobile paralleling box

Kohler Power Systems’ mobile paralleling box combines different sized generators; generators with different fuels.

By Kohler Co.
Electrical and Power September 23, 2015

Short-circuit current rating tools

Eaton’s short-circuit current rating tools help meet that latest code requirements.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power September 21, 2015

Paralleling switchgear with custom capabilities

Emerson’s ASCO 4000 series switchgear offers custom capabilities in a midrange system.

By Emerson
Electrical and Power September 11, 2015

Ensuring power quality in mission critical facilities

Many industrial, commercial, and service businesses are sensitive to power quality problems because they affect a company’s ability to compete in a global economy.

By Debra Vieira, PE, LEED AP, ATD, CH2M
Electrical and Power September 8, 2015

Minimizing arc flash hazards

Rely on codes and standards to develop a robust arc flash mitigation plan.

By Mark A. Montgomery, PE, WSP+ccrd
Electrical and Power September 4, 2015

Fault interrupter

VisoVac fault interrupter supports power and safety in underground and subsurface power distribution systems.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power August 28, 2015

Multifeature packaged paralleling system

ASCO series 300 transfer switch-based paralleling system delivers high-power capabilities to mid-tier installations.

By Emerson
Electrical and Power August 26, 2015

UPS system for data centers

Eaton’s Xpert 9395 UPS offers up to 10% more power within the same footprint in data centers.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power August 17, 2015

Vortex and swirl flowmeters

ABB’s SwirlMaster and VortexMaster flowmeters are designed for the chemical industry and other applications, such as power generation, where steam flows need to be monitored.

By ABB
Electrical and Power August 17, 2015

MEP Giants revenue, mergers, diversification increase

The 2015 MEP Giants revenue ticked up slightly, while firms continue to diversify the services they offer, the countries in which they work, and project types.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oak Brook, Ill.
Electrical and Power August 17, 2015

DLR Group: Mandalay Bay Solar Array

Addition of on-site renewable solar system of a resort

By DLR Group
Electrical and Power August 12, 2015

Voltage test indicator

Grace Engineered Products’ SafeSide voltage test station is a permanent electrical safety device that performs lock-out, tag-out procedures and combines a voltage indicator and test points to verify electrical energy.

By Grace Engineered Products
Electrical and Power August 7, 2015

Saving energy with power infrastructure equipment

Part 3 of this 3-part series provides details on how to specify motors, transformers, and other power equipment to save on electric bills.

By Daniel J. Carnovale, Ansel Barchowsky, and Brianna Groden
Electrical and Power August 6, 2015

Harnessing next-level power efficiency from Green Grid’s data center maturity model

The evolution of the Green Grid’s DCMM offers engineers tools to design more energy-efficient data centers.

By Harry Handlin, GE’s Critical Power business, Plano, Texas
Electrical and Power August 5, 2015

Arup Thoughts: Resilience through district thermal energy

District thermal energy can improve resilience – it’s a robust and efficient, yet locally sourced and delivered, form of thermal energy.

By Afaan Naqvi, Arup
Electrical and Power July 28, 2015

Current-limiting protector

The CLiP-LV design protects under-rated equipment from damage and mitigates arc flash.

By G&W Electric
Electrical and Power July 6, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, June 29 to July 5: Implementing microgrids, variable refrigerant flow, integrated project delivery, more

Articles about implementing microgrids, variable refrigerant flow, integrated project delivery, designing generator rooms, and a university campus CHP case study were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 29 to July 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power July 1, 2015

Robert J. Garra Jr. joins editorial advisory board

Robert J. Garra Jr., PE, CDT, has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 30, 2015

Mining vacuum circuit breaker

The mining vacuum circuit breaker provides safety and equipment protection in mining and metal applications.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power June 26, 2015

UPS systems for IT space

The Liebert eXM UPS Line maximizes efficiency in midsize power applications with larger loads.

By Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power June 19, 2015

Hybrid generator sets

This generator set is based on an integrated management system to centralize through the digital control panel all the components.

By HIMOINSA
Electrical and Power June 15, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, June 8-14: Series rated panels, cogeneration systems, electrical systems webcast Q&A, more

Articles about series rated panels, understanding cogeneration systems, webcast questions and answers on arc flash reduction, graduating to intelligent buildings, and a microgrid case study were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 8-14. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power June 11, 2015

Evaluating UPS system efficiency

Many modern uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems have an energy-saving operating mode. Data show that very few data centers put it to use because of the potential risks.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power June 11, 2015

Case study: Putting UPS systems to work

Many modern uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems have an energy-saving operating mode. Data show that very few data centers put it to use because of the potential risks.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power June 10, 2015

Understanding cogeneration systems

Cogeneration systems—also known as combined heat and power (CHP) systems—generate both electricity and usable thermal energy. These systems typically are used on campuses that have high heat load requirements.

By Jerry Schuett, PE, and David Cunningham, Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Electrical and Power June 9, 2015

Driving data center PUE, efficiency

When developing data center energy-use estimations, engineers must account for all sources of energy use in the facility.

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, HP Data Center Facilities Consulting
Electrical and Power June 2, 2015

Low-voltage switchgear for mission critical environments

Low-voltage switchgear technology designed to extend type 2B arc-resistant ratings with the instrument and breaker secondary door open provides centralized control and protection for low-voltage power distribution equipment.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power June 1, 2015

Integrated pump motor, drive, and control

The Grundfos line of LCSE split-coupled end suction pumps with integrated motor, drive, and control feature the MLE variable speed motor.

By Grundfos
Electrical and Power May 28, 2015

Is a series rated panel right for you?

It is not always necessary to have every branch circuit breaker rated for the full available fault current in an electrical panel or switchboard.

By Aaron Hesse, PE, Coffman Engineers, Spokane, Washington
Electrical and Power May 26, 2015

2015 Electrical and Power Study: Seven key findings for the electrical, power industries

Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Electrical and Power Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the electrical and power industries today.

By Amanda Pelliccione, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 26, 2015

Power supply system

Siemens compact and modular Sitop PSU8600 is a power supply system that has been integrated into networked automation applications and Siemens Totally Integrated Automation Portal.

By Siemens
Electrical and Power May 21, 2015

Generator set models

HIMOINSA has added to its range of products thirteen generator set models with Doosan engines.

By HIMOINSA
Electrical and Power May 19, 2015

Masterpact direct replacement circuit breakers

Schneider Electric's Masterpact Direct Replacement circuit breaker is an innovative digital tool.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical and Power May 18, 2015

Your questions answered: Data center electrical efficiency

Designing efficient data centers is a high priority for consulting engineers. Several questions were not addressed at the May 14, 2015, webcast event; the presenters answer them here.

By Bob Schuerger, HP; and Tor Kyaagba, ESD
Electrical and Power May 18, 2015

Fixed-frame air circuit breaker

Eaton's front connect NRX NF fixed-frame air circuit breaker (ACB) helps simplify installation and reduce maintenance time and costs.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power May 15, 2015

Transfer switches

Generac Power Systems' Power Series transfer switches (PSTS) and the ATC-900 transfer switch control can be used with Generac's industrial standby generator line.

By Generac Industrial Power
Electrical and Power May 14, 2015

Webcast: Data center electrical efficiency

Designing efficient data centers is a high priority for consulting engineers. From business operations and continuity to the growing use of cloud services to the Internet of Things, increased Internet demand is putting a strain on server capacity and energy use.

By CFE Media
Electrical and Power May 14, 2015

Arc-flash relay

AF0500 Arc-flash relay offers plug-and-play installation and fast arc detection.

By Littelfuse, Inc.
Electrical and Power May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Jeffrey T. Byorick, PE, 36

Senior Electrical Project Engineer, Gannett Fleming, Mt. Laurel, N.J. BS Engineering Science, The College of New Jersey; MS Engineering, Rowan University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Jeremy S. Lewis, PE, LEED AP, CxA, 38

Principal, Electrical Engineering Team Leader, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Louisville, Ky. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Louisville

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: James Morris, PE, 29

Electrical Engineer, PEDCO E & A Services Inc., Cincinnati BS Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: William Sharp, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 37

Electrical Engineer, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Lexington, Ky. BS Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Richard Vedvik, PE, 36

Senior Electrical Engineer, Acoustics Engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Rock Island, Ill. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 12, 2015

Variable speed starter

The PowerXL DE1 variable speed starter for reduced installation time, space saving design and increased reliability.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power May 11, 2015

Global solar installations to grow by 30% to reach 57 GW in 2015

IHS forecasts that global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations will grow by 30% in 2015 to reach 57.3 GW. At the same time it has revised its estimates for installations in 2014 to 44.2 GW, previously 45.1 GW.

By Ash Sharma, IHS Technology
Electrical and Power May 11, 2015

Electric motor for manufacturing, building maintenance

Digital Variable Reluctance Smart Motor brings electric motors into the 21st Century.

By DVR Technology Developments
Electrical and Power May 7, 2015

Vertical P-Base motor platform

The Vertical P-Base platform is a totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) motor, available in a broad power range.

By Baldor Electric Company
Electrical and Power April 30, 2015

Rack power transfer switch

Raritan's Intelligent Rack Transfer Switch helps data centers keep equipment operating through power failures and provides insights on energy usage and rack-equipment health.

By Raritan
Electrical and Power April 27, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, April 20-26: Increasing transformer efficiency, IPD and Lean in building design, Product of the Year finalists, more

Articles about increasing transformer efficiency, IPD and Lean in building design, the 2015 Product of the Year finalists, interpreting NFPA 72, and energy performance in mission critical facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 24, 2015

Modular electrical infrastructure system

Active Power's CleanSource PowerHouse is a solution containing a complete modular electrical infrastructure system.

By Active Power
Electrical and Power April 23, 2015

Government building design: Electrical, lighting, and power systems

When your client is the government, engineering design can be tricky, thanks to stepped-up regulations, budgetary concerns, and other considerations. Respondents discuss electrical, lighting, and power systems in government, state, municipal, federal, and military facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 22, 2015

Compact solid-state relay

RF1 Series Compact Solid State Relay provides compact solid-state switching.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power April 17, 2015

Avtron sigma 2 load bank control system

Avtron Sigma 2 Load Bank Control System optimizes power testing workflow.

By Emerson
Electrical and Power April 13, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, April 6-12: Product of the Year finalists, preventing wet stacking, energy performance in mission critical facilities, more

Articles about the 2015 Product of the Year finalists, preventing wet stacking, energy performance in mission critical facilities, increasing transformer efficiency, and standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 10, 2015

Technique-based commissioning testing to optimize vs. oversize mission-critical system design

The commissioning and testing phase of mission-critical electrical and mechanical systems project for a facility can be an opportunity to optimize the facility design in both cap-ex and op-ex. To realize these benefits, it is worth examining current approaches as well as a new, technique-based methodology and its supporting data.

By Mark Siira and Alan Meissner
Electrical and Power April 9, 2015

Project profile: High-capacity cabling for neonatal intensive care unit

The unit integrates decentralized nursing, relying on wireless handsets for exchange of data among physicians, nurses, and researchers, with communication available 24/7.

By Cable Management Solutions, Bay Shore, N.Y.
Electrical and Power April 6, 2015

Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year finalists: Electrical distribution

Read about the 14 finalists in the Electrical Distribution category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year program.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power April 6, 2015

Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year finalists: Variable frequency drives, variable speed drives

Read about the four finalists in the Variable Frequency Drives and Variable Speed Drives category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year program.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power April 1, 2015

Circuit breakers offer power control technology

Power circuit breaker with power management capability available.

By ABB
Electrical and Power March 19, 2015

Circuit breaker maintenance tools

An online visual training program simplifies circuit breaker maintenance and testing.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power March 17, 2015

VFDs for torque applications

The SJ700D Series of Industrial ac variable frequency drives (VFDs) expands on the performance, capabilities, and functions of both its predecessors.

By Hitachi America Ltd.
Electrical and Power March 13, 2015

Tier 4 Final genset

The QAS 275 generator incorporates an MTU engine and aftertreatment system that meets Tier 4 Final emission standards without a DPF.

By Atlas Copco
Electrical and Power March 5, 2015

Increasing transformer efficiency

Transformers are fundamental components in electrical distribution systems for commercial buildings.

By Troy Thompson, PE, RCDD, LEED AP, DLR Group, Overland Park, Kan.
Electrical and Power March 5, 2015

UPS for midsize power users

The Liebert eXM UPS system is designed for small and medium power requirements seeking greater cost control, flexibility, optimization, and speed of deployment.

By Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power March 4, 2015

How the Internet of Things affects the data center

An enormous amount of processing and storage capacity is needed to keep pace with the Internet of Things.

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, HP Data Center Facilities Consulting
Electrical and Power March 3, 2015

Standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities

System designers must interpret the requirements of NFPA 110, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations.

By Jeremy Taylor, PE, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power March 2, 2015

Optimizing genset sizing

When designing generator systems, consulting engineers must ensure that the generators and the building electrical systems they support are appropriate for the specific application.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Electrical and Power March 2, 2015

Preventing wet stacking

Prevention of wet stacking drives many of the details of generator testing requirements.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Electrical and Power February 23, 2015

UPS for critical power protection

The Liebert GXT4 UPS system is for businesses that need critical power protection at the edge of IT infrastructures and remote locations.

By Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power February 20, 2015

Generator load control

The DSLC-2 and MSLC-2 controllers are designed to simplify system control architectures for power generation systems and work in conjunction with PLCs and perform critical generator system control functions.

By Woodward
Electrical and Power February 18, 2015

2014 Electrical, Power Study: Seven key findings

According to the data in this report, inadequate budgets and keeping up with frequent codes and standards updates for electrical and power systems design are continuous challenges that aren't expected to change anytime soon.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Electrical and Power February 9, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 2-8: Lab ventilation system design, VFD and motor strategies, ASHRAE 90.1 and integrated design, more

Articles about designing lab ventilation systems, VFD and motor strategies for energy efficiency, ASHRAE 90.1 and integrated design, driving data center design, and connecting buildings via the Internet of Things were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power February 3, 2015

Driving data center design: Electrical, power systems

In the information age, data centers can be the beating heart of not just a building, but an entire global corporation. The electrical engineer plays a key role in the design of these mission critical facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power January 29, 2015

Wireless interface device

The RFN-1200 wireless interface device is designed for distribution automation (DA) applications and allows utility users to gather remote device data or initiate controls and connect with a variety of DA solutions.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power January 23, 2015

Energy management motor starter

The Model MSEM energy management motor starter can be adapted to an individual user’s needs and is available for single- or 3-phase commercial or industrial applications.

By Greenheck
Electrical and Power January 22, 2015

Paralleling system based on transfer switchgear

The ASCO Series 336 combines switchgear components, a closed transition transfer switch mechanism, and a controller.

By Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power January 20, 2015

Enclosed starter configurator

The enclosed starter product configurator is designed for low-voltage applications.

By ABB
Electrical and Power January 16, 2015

Three-phase generator for light commercial applications

The 14/20 kW generator is powered by a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine designed for harsh weather conditions and heavy use.

By Kohler Co.
Electrical and Power January 15, 2015

Three-phase UPS for data center applications

The 9900C UPS is a three-phase on-line double conversion UPS designed for large data center applications and delivers up to 97% efficiency.

By Mitsubishi Electric
Electrical and Power January 14, 2015

Generators for power and critical standby applications

The QAC 1200 generators produce 1 MW of predictable power and are designed for prime power or critical standby applications in a multitude of industries including hospitals, museums, and schools.

By Atlas Copco
Electrical and Power January 12, 2015

Mobile dc power unit

The Mobile DC Power Services are designed to enable dc system maintenance to be performed on site to ensure a reliable temporary power source when conducting required dc system maintenance.

By Emerson Network Power
Electrical and Power January 8, 2015

Generator for heavy-duty use

The QAS 25 generator achieves Tier 4 Final emission levels and is designed to run as long as 45 hours on one tank of gas.

By Atlas Copco
Electrical and Power January 7, 2015

Portable power panel

This portable power panel is designed specifically for both mobility and durability.

By HIPOWER SYSTEMS
Electrical and Power December 29, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 22-28: Designing smoke control systems, integrating fire protection and HVAC systems, NFPA 3, more

Articles about designing smoke control systems, integrating fire protection and HVAC systems, NFPA 3 for existing building, designing higher education facilities, and selecting fire pumps were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power December 29, 2014

Circuit breakers with power control technology

The Emax 2 is a low-voltage circuit breaker with integrated energy management functions that monitor power usage and control installed loads and generators.

By ABB
Electrical and Power December 23, 2014

Generator for harsh environments

The QAS 275 generator incorporates an MTU engine and aftertreatment system that meets Tier 4 Final emission standards without a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and has a heavy-duty frame and enclosure withstand harsh working environments.

By Atlas Copco
Electrical and Power December 15, 2014

Arc fault/ground fault circuit breaker

The dual purpose arc fault/ground fault (AF/GF) circuit breaker is designed for contractors and specifying engineers and combines arc fault and ground fault protection into a single package.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power December 12, 2014

Implementing energy storage for peak-load shifting

Engineers should offer building owners the ability to reduce energy load by shifting it from peak to off-peak hours.

By Robert Corson, PE; Ronald Regan, PE; and Scott Carlson, Triad Consulting Eng
Electrical and Power December 10, 2014

Medium-voltage adjustable frequency drive

The SC9000 EP drives from Eaton can be used in harsh industrial environments.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power December 9, 2014

Enclosed motor starters

The CGP series enclosed motor starters can be used for both single- and three-phase motors up to 600 V/200 hp.

By Carlo Gavazzi
Electrical and Power December 9, 2014

Project profile: Hospital UPS systems meet residential noise codes

The hospital’s extreme proximity to an apartment complex requires the UPS system to meet the city’s residential noise code and seismic regulations.

By MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power December 8, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 1-7: Integrating fire and HVAC systems, medium-voltage genset systems, paralleling generators, more

Articles about integrating fire protection and HVAC systems, medium-voltage genset systems, paralleling generators, building effective health care facilities, and flexible and sustainable electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 1-7. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power December 8, 2014

Project profile: Colocation provider adding high-efficiency UPS units

Hurricane Electric achieves 99% efficiency and saves on utility costs with new UPS units and energy-saving system.

By Eaton
Electrical and Power December 5, 2014

Mitigating data center harmonics

Advances in technology offer harmonics mitigating solutions.

By John Collins, Eaton
Electrical and Power December 5, 2014

Non-isolated point-of-load power modules

The UDXS0606 and UVXS0606 non-isolated point-of-load (POL) power modules are dual 6-amp POL modules designed to provide ultra-tight voltage regulation and employ a PMBus interface for digital configuration, communication, and control.

By GE Critical Power
Electrical and Power December 1, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 24-30: Sizing and selecting pumps, specifying a multi-mode UPS, selective coordination answers, more

Articles about sizing and selecting pumps and circulators, specifying a multi-mode UPS, selective coordination answers, fire and life safety trends, and flexible and sustainable electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 24-30. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power November 25, 2014

Scalable rackmount UPS series

The FN scalable UPS series is a compact, stand-alone power protection system designed for critical applications and networks that require scalability for continuous operations.

By Falcon Electric
Electrical and Power November 21, 2014

Paralleling switchgear for mission critical applications

The Digital Commander Paralleling Switchgear is provides management and control of backup power in systems with a two-generator bus configuration.

By General Electric
Electrical and Power November 19, 2014

Mobile generator for air quality management

The Cat XQ375 mobile diesel generator is designed to meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards and features enhanced sound attenuation as well as quick voltage change.

By Caterpillar
Electrical and Power November 17, 2014

Selective coordination: Your questions answered

NFPA 70: National Electrical Code defines selective coordination. Questions not addressed in the Critical Power: Selective Coordination webcast are answered here by Syed Peeran, PE, PhD, CDM Smith, and Rick Reyburn, PE, JBA Consulting Engineers.

By Rick Reyburn, PE, jba consulting engineers, and Syed Peeran, PE, PhD, CDM Smith
Electrical and Power November 14, 2014

About the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA)

For almost 50 years, the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) has been on the cutting edge of generated power solutions. Providing codes and standards updates, emerging technologies, education, best practices, technician certification, and industry enrichment, we are the leading authority in the on-site power industry.

By Electrical Generating Systems Association
Electrical and Power November 14, 2014

Designing medium-voltage genset systems

Good working knowledge of medium-voltage applications is essential in making a smooth transition from low-voltage system experience to successful medium-voltage system design.

By Michael Kirchner, Generac Power Systems
Electrical and Power November 14, 2014

Controlling cogeneration facility NOx emissions

When considering natural gas reciprocating engines, consulting engineers must fully understand the emission requirements.

By Bob Stelzer, Safety Power Inc., Mississauga, Ont.
Electrical and Power November 14, 2014

Comparing permanent and portable backup generators

Using portable generators and manual transfer switches can save business owners time, money, and aggravation.

By Dan Rafter, for ESL Power Systems Inc., Corona, Calif.
Electrical and Power November 14, 2014

Understanding the regulatory process for power installations

Addressing regulatory concerns at the onset of a major project ensures timely and successful commissioning of on-site generating plants.

By Tom Buchal, Intertek, Cortland, N.Y.
Electrical and Power November 14, 2014

Choosing between 3-pole and 4-pole transfer switches

The choice between a 3-pole and 4-pole transfer switch depends on whether the emergency power system will be a separately-derived source.

By Mike Pincus, Kohler Power Systems, Kohler, Wis.
Electrical and Power November 10, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 3-9: Applying building energy modeling, commissioning giants, engineering workable office space, more

Articles about building energy modeling, commissioning giants, engineering workable office space, sizing and selecting pumps and circulators, and managing power through networked electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 3-9. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power October 30, 2014

Specifying a multi-mode UPS in data centers

Engineers should consider lifecycle cost and energy efficiency models for evaluating data center uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems.

By Harry Handlin, GE’s Critical Power business, Plano, Texas
Electrical and Power October 29, 2014

Low emission generator

QAS 25 generator has Tier 4 emission levels. It can be used in oil and gas and construction industries.

By Atlas Copco
Electrical and Power October 20, 2014

Meter reporting software

SEL-5630 meter reporting software vsualizes site-wide historical data to monitor energy efficiency and power quality.

By Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Electrical and Power October 16, 2014

Outdoor UPS system

Controlled Power Company's model LTN-3R UPS system is a outdoor-rated UPS that provides output line voltage regulation of +/- 3%, magnetic isolation, filtering, and power conditioning.

By Controlled Power Company
Electrical and Power October 13, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 6-12: Chilled water systems, data central distribution systems, proper laboratory ventilation, more

Articles about covered designing chilled water systems, designing data center electrical distribution systems, determining proper laboratory ventilation, the 2014 lighting study, and managing power through networked electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power October 7, 2014

Gaseous-fueled units receive standardized engine

The 9.0 L engine is now standard with the 100 tp 150 kW gaseous-fueled industrial configured gensets and is designed to improve turnaround times and power density.

By Generac
Electrical and Power October 1, 2014

Integrated flywheel UPS

The CleanSource 750HD UPS is designed to improve the reliability of mission critical electrical systems.

By Active Power
Electrical and Power September 25, 2014

Generator set series

The G3520H generator set operates on natural gas fuel and is designed for extended-duty combined heat and power (CHP) and continuous electric power applications.

Electrical and Power September 23, 2014

Managing power through networked electrical systems

Engineers should consider the benefits of networking electrical systems—monitoring and controlling power, its usage, and how it affects system reliability.

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, ccrd partners, Dallas
Electrical and Power September 16, 2014

Low risk UPS system

CleanSource 750HD UPS reduces risk of system failure by 21% versus a double-conversion UPS with a single string of batteries in utility outages lasting longer than 10 seconds.

Electrical and Power September 15, 2014

Project sizing software upgrade

The Power Suite power project sizing software has added GenCalc and GenSpec and has updated GenSize with additional project and load parameters to optimize project sizing and product recommendations.

Electrical and Power September 11, 2014

Power conditioner

The Series 700A power conditioners provide voltage regulation and includes a triple-shielded isolation transformer.

Electrical and Power September 5, 2014

Surge protective devices

Intended for installation at any point in an electrical distribution system, the 400 Series surge protective devices suited for most applications within a facility.

Electrical and Power September 3, 2014

Project profile: Medical center infrastructure upgrade

Designed with UPS eBoost power efficiency technology, this project was set up with a central plant to provide utility and emergency power to the entire campus and be expanded for additional capacity over time.

By GE Critical Power
Electrical and Power August 28, 2014

Electrical, power report: Differences between small, medium, large companies

In April 2014, Consulting-Specifying Engineer surveyed its audience members responsible for decisions related to the design of electrical or power systems within their organizations. Of the respondents, 53% are employed at a firm with less than 100 people on staff, 19% have 100 to 499 employees, and 28% have 500 or more. How does your firm compare to those of similar size?

By Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 15, 2014

ECM-based circulators with logic algorithm

MAGNA series uses an integrated logic algorithm that detects varying energy-usage patterns over time.

Electrical and Power August 14, 2014

Synchronous drive system

The Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system are designed to deliver high torque, low maintenance, and potential energy savings and features a synchronous belt and sprockets.

Electrical and Power August 12, 2014

Power quality analytics

ASCO power quality analytics has high-speed wave recording that identifies eight power quality anomalies.

Electrical and Power August 1, 2014

Critical power: Transfer switches and switchgear: Q&A Session

Webcast Q&A session with presenters Ken Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Associates, Pittsburgh; and Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, ccrd partners, Dallas.

By Ken Lovorn and Danna Jensen
Electrical and Power July 30, 2014

Generator set market powers up for growth

IHS estimates that the world market for gensets will continue to see growth into the year 2015.

By Greg Johnson, IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power July 25, 2014

Motor control center – 2014-07-25

The Freedom Arc-Resistant Motor Control Center (MCC) is designed to contain arc blast energy should an arc flash be triggered and features insulated horizontal and vertical buses as well as isolation barriers between adjacent structures.

Electrical and Power July 1, 2014

Dwayne Miller joins editorial advisory board

Dwayne Miller, PE, RCDD, AEE CPQ, has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 19, 2014

Power plant reliability

The ASME committee for reliability, availability, and maintainability helps power plant owners and operators achieve their goals.

By Brian Wodka, PE, CEM, LEED AP, RMF Engineering, York, Pa.
Electrical and Power June 16, 2014

Exploring dc power distribution alternatives

Engineers should know when and where the use of dc power distribution is appropriate, and when it is not. In applications where redundancy, immediate transfer capability, high availability, and energy storage are design criteria, direct current power solutions are beneficial.

By Jonathan Sauer, Jacobs Engineering, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power June 10, 2014

Solar photovoltaics for lighting projects

A presentation at LightFair International focused on solar photovoltaics, providing the attendee with information on how to select the right PV option.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 27, 2014

Smart building integration

Historically, the facility management challenge has been to do more with less. System integration provides a solution, and offers an opportunity to lower costs and achieve greater efficiencies.

By Sanjyot V. Bhusari, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Gainesville, FL
Electrical and Power May 23, 2014

High standards for labs, research buildings: Electrical, power systems

Laboratory and research facilities are high-performance buildings, often with complex systems and exacting standards for engineers to meet. Electrical and power demands are unique, and must be carefully designed.

By Jenni Spinner, contributing writer
Electrical and Power May 20, 2014

Monitor for critical power systems

Emerson Network Power’s ASCO PowerQuest 2.0 - 5700 monitors and records essential data from any and all third-party devices regardless of function or manufacturer via alarm contacts and power metering.

Electrical and Power May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Amanda Brownlee, PE, 37

Senior Associate, WSP, San Francisco

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Ryan Chapman, PE, LEED AP, 38

Project Executive, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Des Moines, Iowa

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Javier Garcia, LEED AP, 37

Associate, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Jason Jullie, PE, LEED AP, 34

Associate, Electrical Engineer, ccrd, Dallas

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Craig Turner, PE, LEED AP, 33

Senior Project Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Matern Professional Engineering, Maitland, Fla.

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power May 16, 2014

Cable entry line expanded

Roxtec's ComSeal LW and ComSeal AISI 316 are UL/NEMA and IP rated and designed for industries that deal with electrical wiring and components with enclosures.

Electrical and Power May 5, 2014

Standby generators

Generac Power Systems’ 350 and 400 kW gaseous-fueled standby generators are available as a single unit or configured in parallel up to 6 MW and designed as a natural gas alternative to diesel standby power systems.

Electrical and Power April 30, 2014

Sequence of events recorder

Cyber Sciences' CyTime SER-2408 Sequence of Events Recorder is designed to help simplify testing of emergency power supply systems for health care and other critical power facilities.

Electrical and Power April 28, 2014

Designing a winning sports venue: Electrical, power systems

Sports and entertainment arenas are more than just seats and a playing field; they are highly complex structures bringing in thousands of fans—and millions of dollars—every year. Power and electrical systems are often the key to success.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 25, 2014

Energy-saving system with harmonic reduction

Eaton's Energy Saver System (ESS) Plus can enable large, three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems operating in eco or energy-saving modes for increased reliability and efficiency.

Electrical and Power April 24, 2014

Criteria for selecting arc flash protection techniques, Part 3

A variety of arc flash mitigation systems and active arc flash resistant switchgear are available to boost protection against arc flash incident energy.

By Ken Joye and Joe Richard, Schneider Electric, Nashville, Tenn.
Electrical and Power April 23, 2014

Kinetic energy storage fulfills a vital role for diverse applications

Data centers, hospitals, and other applications can benefit from the reliability, scalability, low cost of ownership, and other advantages kinetic energy storage systems offer.

By Frank DeLattre, VYCON Inc., Cerritos, Calif.
Electrical and Power April 21, 2014

More than $270 million of counterfeit products seized in 2013

According to a report, more than $270 million of counterfeit consumer safety and critical technology products were seized in 2013.

By Tom Grace, Eaton
Electrical and Power April 18, 2014

Software and manufacturing trends highlighted at IEEE conference

One engineer reflects on his experience at IEEE's PES Transmission & Distribution Conference (IEEE PES T&D) April 14-17 in Chicago and the event's key takeaways.

By Doug Houseman, IEEE
Electrical and Power April 18, 2014

UPS for data centers

Emerson Network Power's Liebert eXL uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a large transformer-free, single module system that is designed to deliver efficiency greater than 96% at full load in double conversion mode.

Electrical and Power April 15, 2014

Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year finalists: Electrical distribution, systems

Read about the 25 finalists in the Electrical Distribution and Systems category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year program.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power April 8, 2014

Brian Rener joins SmithGroupJJR

Brian Rener has joined SmithGroupJJR, focusing on the design of critical electrical systems and technologically advanced facilities.

By SmithGroupJJR
Electrical and Power April 4, 2014

Integration: The future of data centers

At the NEBB Annual Conference, two data center experts pointed to integration as the key to success in data center design and commissioning.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 1, 2014

Specifying authentic

What type of language do you include in specifications to prevent the use of counterfeit electrical products on your projects?

By Tom Grace, Eaton
Electrical and Power March 26, 2014

Criteria for selecting arc flash protection techniques, Part 1

Engineers must be aware of the causes of arc flash incidents and relevant safety standards before determining the best arc flash mitigation method for a particular facility.

By Ken Joye and Joe Richard, Schneider Electric, Nashville, Tenn.
Electrical and Power March 25, 2014

Project profile: Henkels & McCoy headquarters emergency generator

In this project profile, engineering firm Henkels & McCoy added a back-up generator to power its facility during loss-of-utility events.

By Doug Psulkowski, PE, Henkels & McCoy
Electrical and Power March 21, 2014

Smart Grid standards for interoperability, interconnection, integration

Joining disparate power, IT, and communications systems in developing the Smart Grid.

By Dick DeBlasio, Chair, IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21
Electrical and Power March 20, 2014

Project profile: Improving switchgear inspections at London’s Stansted Airport

In this project profile, Lonsdon Stansted Airport Engineering Team performed an existing building retrofit in order to reduce the amount of time needed for maintenance inspections.

By Candy Mizer
Electrical and Power March 20, 2014

Power management system enhances emergency response

Case study: A super-tall building in the Middle East.

By Suzan X. Sun-Yuan, PE, LEED AP, CDT, and Mohsen Aghai, Environmental Systems
Electrical and Power March 20, 2014

Effective partial-load condition strategies

Take advantage of a variety of common technologies and systems to help minimize the energy and cost expenditure of any facility’s daily operations.

By Suzan X. Sun-Yuan, PE, LEED AP, CDT, and Mohsen Aghai, Environmental Systems
Electrical and Power March 19, 2014

Report: Counterfeit education is working

Survey reveals that educational programs are helping to increase awareness of the dangers of counterfeit electrical products.

By Tom Grace, Eaton
Electrical and Power March 14, 2014

Mitigating harmonics in electrical systems

Although devices using power electronics can produce distortion in electrical distribution systems, it’s up to the engineer to apply effective solutions to mitigate them.

By Nicholas Rich, PE, LEED AP, Interface Engineering, Seattle
Electrical and Power March 13, 2014

Integrating power monitoring systems

After determining the power load profile of a commercial building, engineers need to ensure the system is monitored and integrated with the building's other engineered systems. Here a group of experts shed light on how to approach integrating power monitoring systems.

By Jack Smith, Managing editor, and Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Electrical and Power March 11, 2014

Protecting standby generators for mission critical facilities

The generator and standby power systems for mission critical facilities require a higher level of reliability and availability.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs Engineering-KlingStubbins, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power March 3, 2014

Interconnection, interoperability for integration in the Smart Grid

The relationship between interconnection and interoperability in the Smart Grid is often a source of confusion for engineers.

By Mark Siira
Electrical and Power February 21, 2014

Power control systems for gensets

Russelectric on-site power control systems have dual PLCs for automatic generator set starting and stopping as well as a manual control system.

Electrical and Power February 14, 2014

Web-based backup power system monitor

Cummins Power Generation’s PowerCommand 500/550 Remote Monitoring System provides a Web-based means of remotely monitoring and controlling generators, transfer switches, sensors, and output controls from any computer.

Electrical and Power February 10, 2014

Power transfer switch

Emerson Network Power’s ASCO Series 300 features a microprocessor controller that integrates an intuitive and graphical LCD and six LED indicators.

Electrical and Power February 7, 2014

DC Power Systems: Keep Your Eyes Open

As efficiency becomes a dominant mantra today and in the future, dc is getting another look.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power January 24, 2014

Genset battery charger

The MicroGenius 150 by Stored Energy Systems (SENS) is based on ruggedized switchmode power conversion technology and advanced charging algorithms.

Electrical and Power January 23, 2014

Dangerous electrical product counterfeits found, seized

Recent seizures in the U.K. reaffirm the dangerous presence of counterfeits in the marketplace.

By Tom Grace, Eaton
Electrical and Power January 7, 2014

Managing risks, benefits with closed transition transfer switches

Here are best practices for closed transition transfer switches when two live sources are connected together.

By Rich Scroggins, Cummins Power Generation, Shoreview, Minn.
Electrical and Power December 30, 2013

Know what you can do about counterfeit electrical products

Four tips to help identify and avoid counterfeit electrical products.

By Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton's Electrical Sector Americas
Electrical and Power December 14, 2013

Anticipating the Smart Grid

Designers, building owners, and operators should understand how the emerging Smart Grid will impact individual buildings.

By Sunondo Roy, PE, Joshua Polasky, and Blake Shanahan, CCJM Engineers, Chicago
Electrical and Power December 13, 2013

Comparing generator sizing software

Generator sizing software can help engineers optimize emergency system designs for various load types.

By Abby Lipperman and Danna Jensen, ccrd partners, Dallas
Electrical and Power December 12, 2013

Market for power semiconductors plunges in 2012; Infineon maintains leadership

Revenue in the power semiconductor market fell 16 percent in 2012 because of weak demand and reductions from suppliers as a result.

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power December 10, 2013

Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear

Engineers should be aware of design alternatives that can reduce arc flash hazards in medium-voltage systems.

By Syed M. Peeran, PhD, PE, CDM Smith, Cambridge, Mass.
Electrical and Power December 9, 2013

Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities

Engineers should follow best practices to overcome the inherent challenges of electrical system functional performance testing.

By Joshua J. Gepner, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago
Electrical and Power December 6, 2013

Evaluating software tools for electrical system design

Software tools and online resources are available for designing electrical systems.

By Alberto G. Cordero and Candace Dolan, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, Wis.
Electrical and Power December 6, 2013

When to use computer-based power analysis tools

With the vast amount of power analysis design tools available today, electrical engineers can be overwhelmed when choosing the right tool to use. Learning these tools and knowing when to use them can help an engineer be more efficient with his or her time and results.

By Manuel E. Hernandez, PE, Primera Engineers Ltd., Chicago
Electrical and Power November 26, 2013

Prescription for hospital, health care electrical system success

Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Electrical and power systems must be carefully designed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 22, 2013

Power monitoring software

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Power Monitoring Expert is designed for integrated energy and electrical distribution power management through documentation, productivity tools, and libraries.

Electrical and Power November 22, 2013

UPS for business servers, network equipment

The Eaton 5SC uninterruptible power system (UPS) is designed to protect tower servers, NAS, and network equipment and can be integrated with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Electrical and Power November 19, 2013

Beyond safety

Engineers should consider the legal and perception implications of counterfeit electrical products.

By Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Americas
Electrical and Power November 18, 2013

Case study: Data center retrofit

Any time the reliability demand is high and the data center has to work around pre-existing building constraints, there are significant design challenges. However, creative engineering can turn just about any challenge into a data center with real reliability.

By Adam J. Brendamour and Addam Friedl, PE, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago
Electrical and Power November 18, 2013

Case study: Financial call center

As more industries deem their daily operations to be mission critical, upgrading existing electrical distribution infrastructure will take on a vital role.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C, McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago
Electrical and Power November 18, 2013

Data center power strategies

Engineers should take a closer look at the different power strategies being used to distribute power, and how they impact the data center.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power November 16, 2013

Continuing standby power education

Knowledge is power when designing standby power systems.

By Michael Kirchner, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
Electrical and Power November 16, 2013

Structured maintenance ensures genset reliability

Consulting engineers are in an excellent position to recommend structured maintenance programs to their clients.

By Scott Spidle, Worldwide Power Products, Houston
Electrical and Power November 15, 2013

Rex Hospital gets a power system upgrade

The upgrade increased the system’s emergency power generating capacity, boosted its fuel storage capacity, and added a SCADA system.

By Edmund Malley, Russelectric, Hingham, Mass.
Electrical and Power November 14, 2013

Understanding emission requirements for standby gensets

Engineers should know the current emission regulatory requirements to ensure their designs comply.

By Bob Stelzer, Safety Power Inc., Mississauga, Ont.
Electrical and Power November 13, 2013

Power distribution units

HP’s Remote Monitoring Power Distribution Units (PDUs) control energy consumption, manage space constraints, and provide bill-back information.

Electrical and Power November 12, 2013

Analyzing CHP installation validity

Modern CHP modules can increase a facility’s energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and contribute to corporate sustainability.

By Christian Mueller and George Polson, MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power November 12, 2013

CHP market clusters

An analysis of the CHP market clusters include natural gas CHP, landfill and wastewater treatment, and natural gas non-CHP.

By Christian Mueller and George Polson, MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power November 10, 2013

Selecting a critical power monitoring and control technology

Choosing a monitoring and control technology should be based on the power reliability requirements for the application.

By Bhavesh S. Patel, ASCO Power Technologies, Florham Park, N.J.
Electrical and Power November 8, 2013

Dangers of Counterfeit Electrical Products

Counterfeit electrical products present potentially harmful health, safety and financial implications

By Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Americas
Electrical and Power November 8, 2013

About the Electrical Generating Systems Association

Information about the EGSA's upcoming programs, board election results, and events.

By Electrical Generating Systems Association
Electrical and Power November 8, 2013

Using withstand current rating to improve electrical system designs

Understanding how withstand current rating affects an automatic transfer switch enables consulting engineers to design more effective electrical systems.

By Steve Ennesser and Allen Frederick, Kohler Power Systems
Electrical and Power October 22, 2013

Collaboration central to combatting counterfeits

Consulting engineers play role, along with governments, manufacturers, customers, and industry organizations.

By Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Americas
Electrical and Power October 20, 2013

Power quality meters

Emerson Network Power’s ASCO 5400 Series Power Quality Meters can capture present complete data on sags, swells, and other events no matter how small.

Electrical and Power October 17, 2013

The 3Cs of circuit protection

Circuit breaker technology advancements are emerging that enable engineers to strike a better balance of safety and uptime. Here are some tips from a circuit breaker expert.

By Tim Ford, PE, GE Industrial Solutions, Plainville, Conn.
Electrical and Power October 10, 2013

Consulting, specifying engineers join in the fight against counterfeits

Counterfeit electrical products can cause serious problems, from property damage to life safety issues.

By Tom Grace
Electrical and Power October 8, 2013

Generac to acquire Baldor Generators

Generac has announced a purchase agreement for the Baldor Generators subsidiary.

Electrical and Power October 7, 2013

Saving money in hospital electrical distribution systems

There are two ways to attack the rising electrical costs of operating a hospital: UPS upgrades and co-generation.

By Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, Fl
Electrical and Power September 30, 2013

Designing for electrical system flexibility

Current building codes and standards allow designers to build flexibility into the electrical system.

By Neal Boothe, PE, exp U.S. Services Inc., Maitland, Fla.
Electrical and Power September 30, 2013

Generators and transfer switches: Emergency power system solutions

Generators can provide emergency power to a facility’s electrical power system. As a whole system backup, gensets minimize disruption in the event of normal power loss.

By Corey Zachel, PE, LEED AP BD+C, SSOE Group, Toledo, Ohio
Electrical and Power September 27, 2013

Commercial segment set to lead solar energy storage market by 2017

The commercial solar energy market is set to rise to 2.3 GW by 2017 thanks to an increased desire to intelligently manage the use of PV energy in an attempt to reduce electricity cost.

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power September 26, 2013

BIM for power control system

Emerson Network Power’s ASCO Power Control Systems has added building information modeling (BIM) capability and can monitor and protect multiple-genset power systems.

Electrical and Power September 16, 2013

Electrical, power systems in mixed-use buildings

Engineering mixed-use buildings is a fine art—specifiers must combine multiple electrical and power systems for several business and residence types into one structure. Metering, submetering, and energy efficiency also must be considered.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power September 4, 2013

Electricity price hikes drove South African UPS market up 20% in 2012

IHS reports that South Africa’s market for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) grew last year in excess of 20% to more than $50 million primarily because of rising electricity prices in the country.

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power September 4, 2013

UPS service market flat in 2012; first quarter indicates a better 2013

IHS reports that UPS sales increased by 5% for the first quarter of 2013, but it remains to be seen if the trend will continue throughout the rest of the year because of a sluggish overall market.

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power August 28, 2013

Tips and tricks for commissioning, balancing buildings: Sustainability, energy efficiency

Building commissioning is one of the most important (and complex) types of projects an engineer can be tasked with. Renewable energy or sustainable systems require specialized expertise.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 15, 2013

MEP Giants make nearly $1 billion more in 2013

Even in a down economy, the 2013 MEP Giants firms continue to show increased billings.

By Amara Rozgus and Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oak Brook, Ill.
Electrical and Power August 15, 2013

Bellevue Hospital Switchgear Relocation

System overhaul; Bellevue Hospital Switchgear Relocation; Parsons Brinckerhoff

By Parsons Brinckerhoff
Electrical and Power August 15, 2013

Procter and Gamble Fabric and Home Care Innovation Center Renaissance Project

Existing building retrofit; Procter and Gamble Fabric and Home Care Innovation Center Renaissance Project; PEDCO E+A Services Inc.

By PEDCO E&A Services Inc.
Electrical and Power August 15, 2013

New On-Site Generator/Switchgear

New construction; New On-Site Generator/Switchgear; Stanley Consultants

By Stanley Consultants
Electrical and Power August 15, 2013

Mergers and acquisitions are back among MEP Giants

After a brief pause last year, MEP leaders are back in the M+A game.

By Mick Morrissey and Neil Churman, Morrissey Goodale LLC, Newton, Mass.
Electrical and Power August 7, 2013

UPS global platform

GE’s TLE Series uninterruptible power supply (UPS) global platform is a transformer-less, 3-phase UPS that is designed to help lower system operating expenses and power usage effectiveness (PUE).

Electrical and Power July 30, 2013

Servomotor line with field-replacable encoders

Siemens' Generation II Simotics 1FK7 servomotors feature seven shaft heights and a power connection as well as three inertia versions for a variety of applications.

Electrical and Power July 24, 2013

Send in the engineering troops: Electrical and power systems

Military facilities present an army of challenges—exacting codes and regulations, stepped-up security issues, and budgetary concerns. Power and electrical systems are high on the priority list.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power July 16, 2013

Generators and transfer switches for mission critical facilities

Transfer switches and generators are specified into commercial buildings—specifically health care facilities—to provide optional standby, emergency, and legally required power.

By Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power July 16, 2013

Case study: Defining hospital loads

An example of developing the system architecture of the PSG system using a hospital campus project.

By Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power June 14, 2013

Electrical, power study released

This study was conducted by Consulting-Specifying Engineer to evaluate customer awareness, usage of, and preference for suppliers of various types of electrical and power products and systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power June 7, 2013

Arc flash system

GE's Multilin A60 Arc Flash System uses light and pressure wave detection technology to detect and initiate a trip signal in the event of an arc flash condition.

Electrical and Power May 31, 2013

Arup promotes five to principal

Arup promoted John Hurt, PE; Brian Stacy, IALD, LEED AP; Trent Lethco, AICP; Hillary Lobo, PE; and Tateo Nakajima to principal.

Electrical and Power May 31, 2013

Digital soft starter

Baldor Electric Co.’s MST digital soft starter with six SCR three-phase voltage control is available from 7.5 to 1000 hp at 208 to 575 Vac.

Electrical and Power May 15, 2013

First Solar ranked largest photovoltaic EPC in 2012

For the first time, First Solar became the world's largest photovoltaic EPC contractor in 2012, with more than 500 MW of projects completed.

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Nathan Boepple, 31

Associate, ccrd, Dallas

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Justin Davis, 34

Vice President, Smith Seckman
 Reid Inc., Dallas

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Robert J. Garra Jr., 35

Vice President, Cannon Design, 
Buffalo, N.Y.

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Daric Hess, 38

Senior Principal Electrical Engineer, 
Heapy Engineering, Dayton, Ohio

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Khris House, 38

Associate, ccrd, Houston

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Adam Carlson, 39

Associate / Senior Mechanical Engineer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Brandon Harwick, 34

President, Engenium Group, 
Washington, D.C.

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Stuart Hill, 38

Engineering Manager, Dynamix 
Engineering, Columbus, Ohio

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Jamey Lyzun, 36

Associate, Mechanical Engineer, 
Arup, Los Angeles

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Robert Nixdorf, 40

Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz, 
San Francisco

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Drew Rose, 32

Electrical Engineer, Integrated Consulting Engineers Inc., Wichita, Kansas

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Electrical and Power May 14, 2013

Power control systems

Russelectric on-site power control systems are equipped with dual programmable logic controls (PLCs) for automatic generator set starting and stopping, status and alarm annunciation, synchronizing, and priority load control.

Electrical and Power May 13, 2013

Bigger is better in the wind generator market

The average power rating of a utility scale wind generator was 1.75 MW in 2011 and is expected to rise to nearly 2.4 MW by 2017.

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power May 13, 2013

Data center operation

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Data Center Operation for Co-location is a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) application specifically designed to address the needs of data centers with multiple tenants.

Electrical and Power April 24, 2013

Manufacturers’ focus: Sports, entertainment venues

Sports arenas and entertainment facilities require unique product solutions. Hear from three manufacturers who provide solutions in these facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 24, 2013

Sports, entertainment venues need engineering athleticism

Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Five consulting engineers offer advice to get results worth cheering about.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power April 17, 2013

WSP Flack + Kurtz names senior vice president

WSP Flack + Kurtz has named Larry Beam senior vice president. Beam has 35 years of experience in architectural engineering design and project management.

Electrical and Power April 10, 2013

Product standards for paralleled gensets

Consulting engineers in the U.S. consistently specify that paralleling switchgear must be rated to UL 891 or UL 1558.

By Rich Scroggins, Cummins Power Generation, Shoreview, Minn.
Electrical and Power April 9, 2013

Lighting control panelboard

Square D Emergency Lighting Control Panelboard by Schneider Electric is a circuit breaker panelboard with onboard automatic load control relays that centralize egress lighting control in the equipment closet.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 9, 2013

UPS protection for data centers

The Liebert NXL 1100 kVA/1100 kW UPS by Emerson Network Power offers medium to large data centers a high level of operating efficiency.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 9, 2013

Ground fault, phase-voltage indicator

The UL Listed Littelfuse EL3100 ground-fault and phase-voltage indication system meets the National Electric Code and Canadian Electrical Code requirements.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 9, 2013

High-density UPS

Active Power’s CleanSource High Density (CSHD) 750 kVA UPS product line is designed for data center environments and other mission critical operations.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 9, 2013

Power management reporting

Eaton’s Power Xpert Reporting 3.0 helps customers make sense of exhaustive power monitoring data and identify vital statistics to improve the efficiency and reliability of facilities.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

RMF Engineering expands infrastructure services

RMF Engineering's York, Pa., office is expanding its infrastructure services to provide a localized approach to field and infrastructure services. Brian Wodka has been appointed the team leader for the company's expansion.

Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Emergency, on-site, standby power

Read about the 10 finalists in the Emergency, On-site, Standby Power category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

HVAC/R

Read about the 18 finalists in the HVAC/R category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Double conversion UPS system

The UL-listed Liebert NX 225-600 kVA UPS by Emerson Network Power is available for global regions with 480 V, 60 Hz applications.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Infrared scanning port

The Cyberex IR Port by Thomas & Betts Power Solutions is a hexagonal portal with up to a 12.6-sq-in. expanded viewing aperture diameter and has a polymer construction.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Surge protection devices

Thomas & Betts Power Solutions’ line of Current Technology Select (SL3) SPDs offers selenium-enhanced protection from utility-induced switching surges.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Diesel industrial configured generators

Generac Industrial Power’s modular power 400 to 600 kW diesel industrial configured generators for both single and paralleled emergency and standby solutions utilize Perkins diesel engines.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Drilling pin, sleeve connectors

The PowerMate Drilling Pin and Sleeve Connectors by Cooper Crouse-Hinds are designed to provide safe and reliable power to improve operations for drilling rig systems.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Hydraulic system

The Blackburn Hydraulic PowerTap System from Thomas & Betts is a battery-powered wedge-tap connector installation tool that eliminates the need to use a powder-actuated, fire-on style tool, resulting in minimal cleaning and maintenance.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

System-level control for parallel genset operations

The DMC 1500 PowerCommand Paralleling System combines Cummins Power Generation’s microprocessor-based control technology with a new icon-based graphical user interface designed to maximize user-friendliness.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Data management software

Eaton’s Foreseer X-Class software empowers companies to monitor their entire power system in a single power management system.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Critical load protection

Thomas & Betts Power Solutions has enabled the deployment of micro grids with its new Cyberex SuperSwitchGT, which offers autonomous operation and powering from distributed energy sources (islanding).

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

DIN rail industrial panel UPS

Schneider Electric’s DIN Rail Industrial Panel UPS is an industrial panel or DIN rail mountable, making it ideal for small industrial spaces.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Energy monitoring gateway

The Power Xpert 200E gateway by Eaton collects energy usage data from meters to benchmark energy usage, set energy management goals, and reduce energy costs.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Condenser fan pak

Schneider Electric’s Condenser Fan Pak solution incorporates floating high-pressure control and VSD fan operation for multi-fan, air-cooled chillers and condensers.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 8, 2013

Compact soft starter

The DBS III with the integrated Altistart 22/48 soft start/stop unit by Schneider Electric is designed to improve performance and provide stable operation for refrigeration equipment.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power March 28, 2013

Timing is everything

Engineers must consider arc flash prevention in the electrical systems. How important is timing?

By Justin Mahaffey, Littelfuse, Chicago
Electrical and Power March 25, 2013

Legislation and the future of demand response

Newly established green codes, standards, and rating systems are moving municipalities toward legislated DR implementation.

By Scott Ziegenfus, LEED AP BD+C, Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., Coopersburg, Pa.
Electrical and Power March 11, 2013

Using HVAC and lighting demand response

Strategies for handling DR fall into two basic categories: standby generation and load curtailment.

By Scott Ziegenfus, LEED AP BD+C, Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., Coopersburg, Pa.
Electrical and Power March 11, 2013

Network controls for electrical systems

Networking of electrical systems has a number of aspects that should be considered.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh
Electrical and Power March 11, 2013

Insights on power

An overview on how the electric grid is changing to increase safety for everyone and the current challenges engineers face.

By Sam Sciacca, SCS Consulting
Electrical and Power February 27, 2013

Mission critical circuit breakers

PowerPact Mission Critical circuit breakers by Schneider Electric are used for emergency systems where continuous service is needed.

Electrical and Power February 26, 2013

Remembering Stan Klein

Stan always brought a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to whatever group or organization he engaged.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power February 25, 2013

Introducing lighting controls into a demand response strategy

Intelligent light control systems make lighting predictive, responsive, and linear—and demand response simpler and more economical.

By Scott Ziegenfus, LEED AP BD+C, Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., Coopersburg, Pa
Electrical and Power February 22, 2013

Packages for power applications

GE's Packaged Solutions integrate multiple services solutions including design, engineering, commissioning, wiring, and manufacturing into one package.

Electrical and Power February 20, 2013

Looking Ahead: Resolving Overlapping Scopes

How do we best deal with these various individual groups that are growing and migrating into overlapping areas of interest?

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power February 19, 2013

High-efficiency rooftop units

Lennox has added 7.5- to 10-ton gas/electric and electric/electric rooftop units that feature an isolated compressor and a slide-out blower for more efficient operations.

Electrical and Power February 18, 2013

Green field oil seed processing facility

Integrated project delivery profile

By Lisa Johnson, Marketing Supervisor, Interstates Companies, Sioux Center, Iowa
Electrical and Power February 14, 2013

Ratings classification for power generation systems

The Data Center Continuous (DCC) rating by Cummins Power Generation applies to the 50 and 60 Hz generator set configurations.

Electrical and Power January 30, 2013

Software calculation program

ARCAD's Short Circuit Analysis calculates and considers electrical parameters for supply as well as distribution for electric power systems.

Electrical and Power January 28, 2013

Power supply demand to drive growth for semiconductors in 2013

The market will offer strong opportunities for some semiconductor manufacturers in 2013

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power January 23, 2013

Diesel generator with new engine

Generac's diesel industrial generators with Perkins diesel engines have an exhaust hood that mounts to the muffler system and the engines are designed to be more energy efficient.

Electrical and Power January 22, 2013

The Process of Setting Standards

A grasp of the standards-setting process is invaluable for day-to-day work.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power January 18, 2013

Energy management bypass for VFDs

The P-Series of variable frequency drives by Cerus have an energy management bypass option for HVAC systems.

Electrical and Power January 15, 2013

Data Encryption for Substations

Encryption has become standard practice in other verticals that depend on online data transfers, such as online banking and shopping.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power January 10, 2013

Power monitoring for data centers

StruxureWare Power Monitoring for Data Centers by Schneider Electric.

Electrical and Power January 9, 2013

Global smart electricity meter installed base to double by 2016

At the close of 2011, just less than 18% of the roughly 1.43 billion installed meters were communicating.

By IHS Inc.
Electrical and Power January 8, 2013

Substation Insights: A Recap of 2012

Let’s take look at the topics of 2012 before plunging into the new year.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power January 2, 2013

Indoor charging station

The EVlink indoor electric vehicle (EV) by Schneider Electric

Electrical and Power December 28, 2012

Looking backward–and ahead

2012: A year in review.

Electrical and Power December 28, 2012

Preventing arc flash incidents by design

Understanding electrical distribution equipment and its associated risks can help reduce incident energy levels and save lives.

By Bruce W. Young, PE, Bala Consulting Engineers Inc., King of Prussia, PA.
Electrical and Power December 26, 2012

Understanding backup power system fuel choices

While diesel remains popular as a fuel supply, engineers have several additional fuel options from which to choose.

By Michael Kirchner, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
Electrical and Power December 21, 2012

Charging systems for electric vehicles

Charging stations provide power to electric vehicles at multiple levels.

By Stu Sutherland, exp U.S. Services Inc., Maitland, Fla.
Electrical and Power December 18, 2012

DC power and renewable resources

The use of DC for technology that could consume renewable energy (RE) or for an RE-related interconnection into the electric utility is of particular interest.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power December 18, 2012

How to specify an indoor lighting system

By following a few guidelines, engineers and lighting designers can specify the correct lighting system for a facility.

By Mike Larsen, LEED AP, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power December 17, 2012

Wireless building controls

Creative use and selection of wireless devices can potentially reduce construction costs, decrease construction time, and add future flexibility to buildings.

By Michael A. Culver, PE, exp U.S. Services Inc., Maitland, Fla.
Electrical and Power December 14, 2012

Web exclusive: VFD bypasses and backups: Which should you use?

Advanced motor protection and consistent energy savings are possible, with true redundancy.

By Tommy Trullinger, Cerus Industrial Inc., Hillsboro, Ore.
Electrical and Power December 11, 2012

Ethernet network design issues in the substation

Intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) are including Ethernet for communications between each other.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power December 7, 2012

Variable speed circulator

The HEC-2 Bumble Bee variable speed circulator by Taco uses ECM and permanent magnet motor technology.

Electrical and Power December 4, 2012

Designing substations, transformers for bi-directional power flow, Part II

In a large commercial solar or wind farm, both the utility and the facility owner want to know how much power is flowing onto the grid.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power November 30, 2012

Row-based UPS

The Liebert APM UPS by Emerson Network Power has received Energy Star certification.

Electrical and Power November 27, 2012

Designing substations and transformers for bi-directional power flow

Interconnection of transformers in substations that need to accommodate the bi-directional flow of power.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power November 26, 2012

Medium-voltage transfer, bypass/isolation switches

Russelectric's medium-voltage bypass/isolation switches meet or exceed IEEE, NEMA, and ANSI standards and provide the functions of an automatic transfer switch.

Electrical and Power November 26, 2012

Using natural gas for temporary power

A clean, cost-effective power solution is needed to provide additional power support to energy companies, municipalities, and federal agencies.

By Roger Wood and Edmund Campion, APR Energy, Jacksonville, Fla.
Electrical and Power November 26, 2012

Hospitals, health care facilities’ power and electrical systems

With daunting aspects such as ever-changing codes and standards, increasing medical complexity, and dwindling capital budgets, hospitals and health care facilities are among the most challenging building projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 26, 2012

Challenge: Hospitals, health care facilities

With daunting aspects such as ever-changing codes and standards, increasing medical complexity, and dwindling capital budgets, hospitals and health care facilities are among the most challenging building projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 21, 2012

Integrating advanced power management

Integrating advanced power management with control system architecture enables continuous power to mission critical facilities

By Jack Faett, GE Intelligent Platforms, Charlottesville, Va.
Electrical and Power November 20, 2012

Load-bank testing ensures performance, reliability

Maintaining genset performance, health, and reliability depends on performing regularly scheduled load-bank testing.

By Jeff Ballas, DynaTech, Lebanon, Pa.
Electrical and Power November 19, 2012

Spark-ignited engines

The Generac 9.0 L engine for 80kW and 100kW generators and the Generac 12.9 L engine for 150-300 kW generators.

Electrical and Power November 19, 2012

Welcome from the 2012 EGSA president

For the past 47 years, EGSA has been a trusted resource in the industry—not just for our members, but for engineers and facility managers like yourself, who are responsible for meeting the ever-increasing business demands for emergency power solutions.

By Michael Pope
Electrical and Power November 16, 2012

FMI releases Q3-2012 construction outlook report

FMI is forecasting an 8% increase in total construction for 2013 and most of the nonresidential sectors are continuing to show general signs of growth.

Electrical and Power November 16, 2012

Switchgear for low-voltage distribution systems

The Magnum DS switchgear line from Eaton Corp. has been expanded to incorporate the Magnum Narrow 4000 amp circuit breaker.

Electrical and Power November 15, 2012

Understanding, implementing genset noise control

Genset noise-control principles are well understood, leaving economics as the primary limiting factor in implementing noise reduction strategies for specific applications.

By William Bloxsom, PhD, PE, MTU Onsite Energy, Mankato, Minn.
Electrical and Power November 15, 2012

Adapting spark-ignited engines for gaseous fuel operation

Gaseous-fueled backup power systems can be cost-effective alternatives to diesel-fueled generators in applications below 150 kW.

By Peter Winnie, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
Electrical and Power November 13, 2012

Special report: The power industry

An update on the power industry with Allen Breeze from Schneider Electric.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power November 13, 2012

Substation automation and automation of the control house

In place of hardwired control panels of the past, some sort of a human machine interface is being installed in substations.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power November 12, 2012

Using software to shift peak demand usage

Engineers can offer building owners the ability to monitor and manage electrical consumption to adjust power demand and minimize energy costs.

By Marty Aaron and Marcus Maxwell, Eaton, Raleigh, N.C.
Electrical and Power November 12, 2012

dc motor line expanded

Baldor Electric Co. has expanded its permanent magnet and wound field industrial dc motors.

Electrical and Power November 6, 2012

Accommodating bi-directional power flow in substation design

Address aspects of your client’s substation design to accommodate the bi-directional flow of power.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power November 1, 2012

Mobile generator sets

Cummins Power Generation Inc. can provide the C150D6R and C200D6RMobile Generator Sets certified to EPA Nonroad Tier 4 Interim (Tier 4i) emissions levels.

Electrical and Power October 30, 2012

Political and regulatory patchwork governs interconnection policies

There are many ways in which politics and regulation can affect the interconnection of distributed energy sources.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power October 30, 2012

Special report: The electrical infrastructure business

Schneider Electric's Don Rickey discusses trends and issues in the firm's infrastructure business.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 29, 2012

Top engineering trends with Jeff Drees

Schneider Electric's Jeff Drees discusses trends and issues in engineering.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 25, 2012

Embrace engineering change—or risk failure

Engineering firms that avoid change and cling to the status quo are destined to fail.

By Raj P. Gupta, PE, LEED AP, Environmental Systems Design Inc.
Electrical and Power October 23, 2012

Substation physical security back on the front burner

Physical security for electrical substations has acquired new urgency and requires fresh thinking.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power October 22, 2012

Designing office space: Electrical, power systems

Office building clients demand sustainability, flexibility, and cost conservation in both new and existing buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 22, 2012

An overview: Designing office space

Office building clients demand sustainability, flexibility, and cost conservation in both new and existing buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power October 16, 2012

Addressing time synchronization issues, related standards work

Learn to finesse the issues of system design and the selection of devices in the market.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power October 10, 2012

PV, wind power generation fuses

Cooper Bussmann has expanded its CUBEFuse portfolio of Class CF fuses for protecting solar and wind power generation installations.

Electrical and Power October 9, 2012

Solid-state contactors

Carlo Gavazzi’s RGC1F Series of solid-state contactors have integrated fusing and system monitoring.

Electrical and Power October 8, 2012

Tier 4i-certified genset

Cummins' Power Generator stationary diesel generator set range has received the EPA Tier 4 interim certification for the North American market.

Electrical and Power October 2, 2012

Designing a time synchronization source

A challenge in designing a substation is to time synchronize all connected devices, which requires proper design.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power October 2, 2012

UPS system

Eaton Corp.’s 5P UPS system supports entry-level virtualization strategies.

Electrical and Power September 29, 2012

Pros and cons of networked genset controls: Web exclusive

Having standby and emergency power systems connected to a networked controls system can provide monitoring and alarm functions should potential problems arise. However, there are differing opinions about connecting any kind of backup system to a network. Here two industry experts discuss the pros and cons of connecting these power systems to a network.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor; and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power September 27, 2012

Sizing equipment for closed-transition transfer operation

Fault contributions of all parallel sources must be considered only for systems designed for continuous parallel operation.

By Benjamin O. Medich, PE, Ballinger, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power September 26, 2012

Photoelectric duct smoke detector

The InnovairFlex D4120 4-wire photoelectric duct smoke detector by System Sensor.

Electrical and Power September 26, 2012

Using BIM in electrical, power design

BIM can help facilitate efficiency gains in design, construction, and facility operations.

By Dwayne G. Miller, PE, RCDD, jba consulting engineers, Las Vegas
Electrical and Power September 25, 2012

Selecting a protection and control automation system

A few guidelines will help engineers avoid automation or controls pitfalls and make the best choice for their industrial clients.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power September 21, 2012

Engineering a successful lighting retrofit

A lighting retrofit can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to reduce a facility’s energy consumption.

By Michael Chow, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Dublin, Ohio
Electrical and Power September 20, 2012

Gensets increase hospital emergency power capacity

New gensets increase healthcare facility’s backup capacity, efficiency, and reliability.

By Source: MTU Onsite Energy
Electrical and Power September 19, 2012

Specifying medium-voltage distribution

Engineers and contractors should be aware of the requirements associated with medium voltage to ensure a proper design and safe installation.

By Ken Kutsmeda, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power September 18, 2012

‘Big data’ and the need for improved time synchronization standards

Without time synchronization, vast streams of data have limited use.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power September 17, 2012

K-rated or harmonic mitigating transformers

Just as current harmonics can cause additional heating and losses in the magnetic core of a motor, they can produce much the same effect in the iron core of a transformer. However, greater losses from harmonics can occur in the windings of the transformer.

By David Chesley, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power September 14, 2012

Backup power device

The Eaton 9E uninterruptible power system is a backup power device that delivers facility and industrial environment power management.

Electrical and Power September 13, 2012

Smart meters

Leviton’s Series 3000 line of UL-listed smart meters measure power use in a building with enhanced measurement functionality, greater communications capabilities, and indicators to ensure proper installation and accurate data collection.

Electrical and Power September 13, 2012

Power quality analyzers

The Fluke 430 Series II three-phase power quality and energy analyzers are handheld tools that measure electrical power consumption, quantify wasted energy, and improve the performance and lifespan of electromechanical equipment.

Electrical and Power September 11, 2012

Assessing the interface: Industrial customers and the utility

Two factors should be high priorities for the engineer designing industrial control systems and their utility interface.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power September 5, 2012

Sveda joins Heery International

Steven Sveda has been named director of electrical engineering at Heery International's Atlanta office.

Electrical and Power September 4, 2012

Look under the hood: IEC 61850 for DER interconnections

Engineers should consider IEC 61850, which is being considered as a communications protocol.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power September 3, 2012

Continuous power systems

The CHP Series 400 and 4000 models by MTU Onsite Energy generate electricity and heat while running on natural gas or biogas.

Electrical and Power August 29, 2012

Protection, arc flash mitigation using internal VFIs in liquid substation transformers

From our previous discussions about the Cooper HDC liquid transformer with internal, under-liquid VFI’s, expanding the use of the VFI takes this concept a step further, and makes a great way to mitigate arc flash hazards on the secondary.

By Joe Guentert
Electrical and Power August 28, 2012

UPS product line

Higher-capacity models have been added to the transformer-free Liebert NX double conversion UPS systems.

Electrical and Power August 28, 2012

Industrials and the utility: standards for interconnection save money

There will be greater interest and need to interconnect distributed energy resources with the local electric utility.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power August 24, 2012

Generator sets

The C15 and C18 generator sets by Caterpillar feature rear-mounted, side-by-side power and control panels and an integral fuel tank base.

Electrical and Power August 22, 2012

Intelligent rack PDUs to top $500 million by 2014

Intelligent rack power distribution products (rack PDUs) are reportedly forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 18.3% over the next five years partly due to rising data center operating costs.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Electrical and Power August 22, 2012

Racks with built-in intelligence

The HP Intelligent Series Racks are designed to improve operating efficiencies, maximization of IT capacity, and improved asset management.

Electrical and Power August 21, 2012

Efficiencies, losses of liquid versus dry-type transformers

There are important tradeoffs to be made when moving transformers from outdoor locations to inside a facility.

By Joe Guentert
Electrical and Power August 21, 2012

For communications interop, follow protocols

Industrial devices will have a greater need to communicate outside of the industrial facility—whether that's to the local utility, a service provider, or their own renewable resource generation facility.

By Sam Sciacca
Electrical and Power August 20, 2012

Retro-commissioning guidance: Electrical and energy

While starting from scratch on a not-yet-built structure can be taxing, engineering systems on existing buildings presents a unique set of challenges. Here, experts in the field offer advice on how to best make such systems fall into place, particularly electrical, power, and energy management systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 17, 2012

3-D modeling surges ahead

3-D modeling continues to improve the overall design and construction process, saving time and money.

By David Grassl, PE, and Timothy Venturella, Ring & DuChateau LLP, Milwaukee
Electrical and Power August 16, 2012

Designing, updating buildings for the Smart Grid

Here’s how to achieve maximum operational benefits and increased energy savings by making a building Smart Grid compatible.

By Douglas B. Nordham, PE, CEM, DCEP, Arup, Los Angeles
Electrical and Power August 16, 2012

Size on-site power systems online

Power Suite 5.0 by Cummins Power Generation is a web app that sizes and applies on-site power systems.

Electrical and Power August 15, 2012

SiC, GaN electronics: Where, when, and how big?

Silicon’s vice-like grip of the power electronics market in coming under increasing pressure from a pair of wide bandgap semiconductors.

By Richard Eden
Electrical and Power August 15, 2012

Grounding and bonding in commercial buildings

An understanding of the basic operations between a grounded and an ungrounded electrical system is necessary for matching the appropriate grounding topology to the electrical system performance.

By Sam R. Alexander, PE, LEED AP BD+C, exp, Maitland, Fla.
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Drexel University Chestnut Street Housing

New construction: Drexel University Chestnut Street Housing, Bala Consulting Engineers Inc.

By Source: Bala Consulting Engineers Inc.
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

FedEx Field Solar Array

Large-scale solar array: FedEx Field Solar Array; DLR Group

By Source: DLR Group
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Colby College, Central Heating/Cogeneration Plant Biomass Expansion

New construction: Colby College, Central Heating/Cogeneration Plant Biomass Expansion; Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering P.C.

By Source: Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering P.C.
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

American Aerogel Expansion of Production Capacity

System overhaul: American Aerogel Expansion of Production Capacity; Optimation

By Source: Optimation
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment

System overhaul: Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment; P2S Engineering

By Source: P2S Engineering
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Maricopa County, New High-Rise Court Tower

New construction: Maricopa County, New High-Rise Court Tower; Syska Hennessy Group Inc.

By Source: Syska Hennessy Group Inc.
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

BRAC 133—Washington Headquarters Services

New construction: BRAC 133—Washington Headquarters Services; Southland Industries

By Source: Southland Industries
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Baylor College of Medicine Special Care Center

Renovation: Baylor College of Medicine Special Care Center; Smith Seckman Reid Inc.

By Source: Smith Seckman Reid Inc.
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College

New construction: Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College; IBE Consulting Engineers

By Source: IBE Consulting Engineers
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

University of Cincinnati, Morgens Residence Hall Renovation

Existing building retrofit: University of Cincinnati, Morgens Residence Hall Renovation; KLH Engineers

By Source: KLH Engineers
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Parklawn Building Renovation for GSA Tenant

Existing building retrofit: Parklawn Building Renovation for GSA Tenant; GHT Limited

By Source: GHT Limited
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

University of Pittsburgh, Benedum Hall Renovations, Addition

Existing building retrofit: University of Pittsburgh, Benedum Hall Renovations and Addition; H.F. Lenz Co.

By Source: H. F. Lenz Co.
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

Advanced Meter Fort Collins (AMFC) for the City of Fort Collins Utilities

Intelligent/Smart Grid infrastructure: Advanced Meter Fort Collins (AMFC) for the City of Fort Collins Utilities; Black and Veatch

By Source: Black and Veatch
Electrical and Power August 9, 2012

2012 MEP Giants

Data from the top 100 consulting firms show growth, mostly on the East Coast.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oak Brook, Ill.
Electrical and Power August 2, 2012

What will a Smart Grid in India look like?

The recent widespread power failures in India have highlighted a number of problems that exist in the electrical grid throughout the country.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Electrical and Power August 1, 2012

The Summer of 2012–A most unusual summer, too much “heat”

I’d like to pause for a bit this week to discuss some of the very unusual events of this very unusual summer for the data center industry, and also to discuss, of all things, the WEATHER.

By Joe Guentert
Electrical and Power July 25, 2012

Responses to some questions, more on snubbers

Over the course of this series of discussions, I have received a number of questions and comments from engineering firms by email.

By Joe Guentert, Power Distribution Systems
Electrical and Power July 24, 2012

Genset for mobile markets

The C17D5T generator set by Cummins Power Generation is suited for mobile telecommunications applications.

Electrical and Power July 20, 2012

Flexible power solutions

Track Busway systems by STARLINE from Universal Electric Corp.

Electrical and Power July 19, 2012

System controller for multiple gensets

DMC 1500 Paralleling System by Cummins Power Generation.

Electrical and Power July 18, 2012

Snubber components inside transformer enclosures

Placing snubber components inside transformer enclosures creates a dilemma for dry-type transformer manufacturers.

By Joe Guentert, Power Distribution Systems
Electrical and Power July 12, 2012

“Snubber” Networks – Are they effective?

Installing RC snubbers connected directly to the transformer primary windings is a common recommendation, but can snubbers really produce the desired result?

By Joe Guentert, Power Distribution Systems
Electrical and Power July 12, 2012

Properly applying automatic transfer switches

Circuit protection analyses have to look at the routine, standby, and emergency power systems. This shows how selective coordination needs to include generators and transfer switches—not just circuit breakers and fuses in healthcare facilities.

By Dean J. Eriksen, PE, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Seattle
Electrical and Power June 25, 2012

4 MW genset

The C175-20 generator set is a new diesel generator by Caterpillar.

Electrical and Power June 20, 2012

Transformer efficiency: Yesterday’s news, tomorrow’s concerns

Although many engineers and design professionals don’t get a lot of time to spend looking under the hood of equipment, we should certainly take a closer look at transformers.

By James Ferris, PE, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Orlando, Fla
Electrical and Power June 11, 2012

Engineering a smarter grid

Engineers should understand what will soon change in how we use electricity and interact with our provider, what building owners and consultants should know, and the current status of this national and international project.

By Chris Edward, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Naperville, Ill.
Electrical and Power June 1, 2012

VFD protection relay

The EL731 ac/dc Sensitive Earth-Leakage Relay by Littelfuse can detect ground currents.

Electrical and Power May 30, 2012

How is transient voltage related?

While no single factor would positively assure longevity for a transformer, the combination of several things seems to be very effective.

By Joe Guentert, Owner, Power Distribution Systems
Electrical and Power May 24, 2012

Critical power management system for mission critical facilities

Emerson Network Power has released a critical power management system.

Electrical and Power May 23, 2012

High-efficiency UPS

The Liebert NXL 1100kVA/1100 kW UPS is from Emerson Network Power.

Electrical and Power May 18, 2012

Life safety in overdrive

Instead of specifying individual systems for fire alarm systems, engine test cell fire suppression, hazardous gas detection, medical emergencies, digital voice command, and emergency weather monitoring, the decision was made to tie everything together into one central network.

By Information provided by General Motors and Honeywell.
Electrical and Power May 18, 2012

Technical white paper

Mersen's paper on Standards and Codes, “Significant Changes to the NFPA 70E Standard 2012 Edition," has been published.

Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Becky Ellsworth, PE, 34

Associate Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Brandon D. Enevold, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 35

Principal, Electrical Systems, MW Consulting Engineers, Spokane, Wash.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: James D. Ferris, PE, 34

Associate, Electrical Project Engineer, TLC Engineering, Orlando, Fla.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Russell Fortmeyer, LEED AP BD+C, 36

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Arup, Los Angeles

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Debbie L. Grieves, LEED AP BD+C, CEng IET, 39

Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz, San Francisco

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Jason Lund, PE, LEED AP, 34

Durham Office Leader/Senior Project Manager, RDK Engineers, Durham, N.C.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Ryan Strandquest, LEED AP, 38

Vice President, Director of Educational Department, Matern Professional Engineering Inc., Maitland, Fla.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Matthew S. Weyer, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 31

Director of Systems Engineering, BSA LifeStructures, St. Louis

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power April 24, 2012

GE Energy launches the fully networked WattStation and WattStation Connect software, a complete electric vehicle charging platform

Innovative Electric Vehicle Solution from GE Combines Connectivity, Convenience, Safety and Reliability in an Integrated Charging System. GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions Business Works with Hertz to Provide EV Users with a Secure and Easy-to-Use System. WattStation Charging Station Features Stylish Modern Design and Intelligent Retractable Cord.

By Source: General Electric
Electrical and Power April 24, 2012

Smart Grid center receives Energy award

Honeywell's Smart Grid project with Custom Building Products won the Energy Project of the Year award from the Southern California Chapter of the AEE.

Electrical and Power April 18, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Arrives

Here's how the term “PCB” achieved worldwide notoriety almost overnight.

By Joe Guentert
Electrical and Power April 17, 2012

Collaboration accelerates Smart Grid adoption

LONMARK international and OpenADR Alliance agreement enables building-to-grid connectivity, facilitates ubiquitous energy conservation and management.

Electrical and Power April 17, 2012

Transfer switches in emergency systems

Automatic transfer switches (ATSs) are by far the most commonly used form of transfer switches for emergency or legally required standby power systems.

By Brian A. Rener, PE, LEED AP, M+W Group, Chicago
Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Remote racking system

CBS ArcSafe developed this RRS-3MBII remote racking system single application tool for GE Magne Blast circuit breakers of all elevating motor voltages and control circuit layouts.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Remote switch actuator tool

CBS ArcSafe developed this remote switch actuator tool for GE RSA-76 Power Break II circuit breakers.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Modular mountable fuse holder

The Cooper Bussmann CH Series of modular finger-safe DIN-Rail mountable fuse holders have a high SCCR rating up to 200 kA, available for electrical systems requiring class CC or midget fuse protection.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Loadbreak connector system

The Clēēr Loadbreak Connector system designed by Cooper Power Systems is a 600 A/15 kV single-phase rated loadbreak connector that offers a visible break and a visible ground without de-energizing, un-bolting 600 A terminations, or moving heavy cables.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Surge protector

Cooper Bussmann’s surge protective devices provide power quality that is free from damaging surges and overvoltage conditions, with specific modules for photovoltaic, wind power, UL, low-voltage, and IEC applications.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

USB wall charger

Cooper Wiring Devices’ combination USB charger with tamper-resistant shutters supports any electronic product that is capable of being charged with a 5 V power adapter.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Portable generation switch

Eaton expanded its heavy-duty double-throw safety switches to support 1200 A.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Circuit breaker

EntelliGuard R Retrofill from General Electric updates legacy circuit breakers with minimal modification, and is compatible with shutters, secondary and neutral disconnects, and position switches in existing breaker cubicles.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Energy meter panelboard

Eaton’s Pow-R-Line lighting panelboards integrate the Eaton IQ35M meter to the panelboard, with a height similar to traditional lighting panels.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Photovoltaic switched combiner

The Eaton switched combiner provides a single point to combine incoming photovoltaic strings and disconnect dc power close to PV modules, uniting Eaton’s 600 Vdc solar disconnect and source-combiner box in one enclosure.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Level 2 electric vehicle charging station

The WattStation wall-mount electric vehicle charging station, manufactured by General Electric, delivers a full-cycle charge to a 24 kWh battery in 4 to 8 h.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Level 1 and level 2 electric vehicle charging stations

Electric vehicle chargers manufactured by Legrand for residential and light commercial applications are weatherproof rated, have built-in ground fault protection, and are compatible with all plug-in electric vehicles.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Lighting panelboard

Schneider Electric’s NF measurement and verification lighting panelboard is factory installed to monitor energy usage at the most granular branch circuit level and provide end-to-end power monitoring and control.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Floor box

Legrand/Wiremold developed this Wiremold Evolution Series floor box that offers high capacity and multifunctional capability for power, communications, and audio/video.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Overfloor raceway

The Wiremold OFR Series overfloor raceway system was designed by Legrand/Wiremold for permanent or temporary installations where access through floors and ceilings is not an option.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Pole extender

This Rapid Ring self-adjusting pre-fab ring designed by Cooper B-Line allows for tool-free installation in as little as 15 secs, available for 1- to 4-gang SKUs.

Electrical and Power April 13, 2012

Generator

The generator manufactured by MTU Onsite Energy features the 8 V MTU Series 1600 engine for the 400 kW power node, with a displacement of approximately 1.75 liters per cylinder, high-pressure common rail fuel injection, and a compact exhaust silencer.

Electrical and Power April 12, 2012

Power Profile: American Samoa Power Authority

American Samoa is relying on 11 Cat 3516C generator sets for temporary power after a tsunami destroyed one of the island’s main power generation plants.

Electrical and Power April 11, 2012

Hybrid energy storage system

VYCON’s Hybrid VDC XEB is an energy storage system that combines flywheel technology with batteries to provide 300 kW of power and extended runtime.

Electrical and Power April 4, 2012

Trends In Major Power Distribution In Large Data Centers, the Rebirth of the ‘Loadcenter’ Unit Substation Concept

This series of "Cut the Copper" blogs is in direct response to questions I’ve received from many young engineers on the staffs of various data center owners and their consulting engineering firms I’ve recently met.

By Joe Guentert
Electrical and Power March 23, 2012

ESD promotes four to senior vice president

Environmental Systems Design (ESD) has promoted Daniel Michaud, Sunny Puri, Michael Kern, and Joe Geyer to senior vice presidents.

Electrical and Power March 15, 2012

Firm gives back to community, young engineers

SSOE Group, based in Toledo, Ohio, talks about some of their programs designed to help the community from a charitable standpoint.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power March 14, 2012

UPS network module

HP UPS Network Module

Electrical and Power March 5, 2012

Protecting electrical systems in large photovoltaic power plants

As demand for solar energy increases, electrical designers need to understand the requirements for protecting these systems.

By Syed M. Peeran, PhD, PE, Camp Dresser and McKee Inc., Cambridge, Mass.
Electrical and Power February 23, 2012

UPS with integration, graphic display

The MGE EPS8000 UPS from APC by Schneider Electric has been upgraded with a touch screen and integrated parallel feature.

Electrical and Power February 16, 2012

Mobile generators

Doosan Portable Power has added four models to its mobile generator series.

Electrical and Power January 24, 2012

Designing for selective coordination

By following basic guidelines, both fusible and circuit breaker systems may be selectively coordinated without the engineer ever having to perform a detailed selective coordination study.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh
Electrical and Power January 17, 2012

SmithGroupJJR promotes two to VP

The architecture and engineering firm promoted Greg Mella and Michael Weingartz as vice presidents for the company's Detroit office.

Electrical and Power January 13, 2012

Electric energy storage systems to enhance grid reliability

A report by Frost and Sullivan indicates electric energy storage systems are crucial in enhancing the usage of renewable energy sources. However, further technological developments are needed for this to be fully realized.

By Frost Sullivan
Electrical and Power January 10, 2012

Power capability generator

Cummins Power Generation’s C3000 Series generator set offers up to 3.5 MW.

Electrical and Power December 22, 2011

The state of engineering education

Get ready for the next wave of engineers—they may be a bit different than what you’re used to.

By Gust Gianos, Content Specialist
Electrical and Power December 15, 2011

Harnessing the renewable powers that be

Understanding the pros and cons of generating and selling green power enables engineers to make better renewable energy choices.

By Steven Eich, PE, LEED AP, and Morris Toporek, PE
Electrical and Power December 14, 2011

Understanding standby power system grounding

Knowing how to apply proper grounding and bonding to electrical systems and transfer switches for common standby power system configurations can minimize power outages, equipment damage, and injuries.

By David Chesley, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Electrical and Power December 6, 2011

Diesel genset engine

Cummins Power Generation has designed a series to provide critical power protection for facilities requiring high-output gensets.

Electrical and Power November 28, 2011

DC power supply

DS460SDC-3 front end power supply by Emerson Network Power

Electrical and Power November 16, 2011

Uninterruptable power supplies

HP UPS R5000 and HP UPS R7000

Electrical and Power November 15, 2011

Simplifying selective coordination with 30-cycle transfer switches

The device immediately upstream from a fault is the only overcurrent protective device that should open if the power system is coordinated properly.

By John Stark, Russelectric Inc., Hingham, Mass.
Electrical and Power November 14, 2011

EGSA President’s message

Most organizations that adopt generated power may find complexities daunting and hard to navigate—but they don’t have to be.

By Electrical Generating Systems Association
Electrical and Power November 14, 2011

Diesel generator

Caterpillar's Cat 3516C-HD diesel generator set

Electrical and Power November 11, 2011

Lab research develops record-breaking solar cell performances

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, along with scientists at the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed record-breaking sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies in solar cells.

Electrical and Power November 10, 2011

Understanding emission compliance: the new design/specify caveat

When it comes to ever-changing emission regulations, understanding the rules that apply to your specific application is a good place to start.

By Chris Rasmussen, Emissions Guru Inc., Yorba Linda, Calif.
Electrical and Power November 10, 2011

Using Web-based monitoring enables demand response

A well-executed Web-based system can make demand response much easier to install, operate, and monitor.

By Miles Revell, ComAp Systems LLC, Prague, Czech Republic; Roscoe, Ill.
Electrical and Power November 10, 2011

Preventing generator failures with remote monitoring

Remote monitoring provides critical information that can help owners and operators prevent generator failures and ensure power system reliability.

By Harold M. Jarrett, OmniMetrix LLC, Buford, Ga.
Electrical and Power November 10, 2011

Focusing on dual-fuel engine benefits

Converting diesel gensets to dual-fuel operation can lower operating costs while complying with emission regulations.

By Jim Martz, Governor Control Systems, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Electrical and Power November 10, 2011

Providing reliable power to the people

An automated load dispatch system provides reliable power and improved quality of life to a remote Alaskan village.

By Mike Pincus, Kohler Power Systems, Kohler, Wis.
Electrical and Power November 10, 2011

Design software

Paladin DesignBase by Power Analytics

Electrical and Power November 2, 2011

Cummins reveals new QSK95 Engine at Seymour Engine Plant in Indiana

On November 1, Cummins Inc. revealed the new QSK95 engine at the Seymour Engine Plant in Seymour, Indiana. The QSK95 is a 16-cylinder, 95-liter engine that features over 4,000-hp (2983 kW) output, making it the world’s most powerful high-speed diesel.

Electrical and Power October 31, 2011

Planning for modular power system growth

How to meet current standby power and electrical distribution needs while also accommodating future expansion.

By Ken Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia
Electrical and Power October 28, 2011

DOE to invest $60 million in solar power technology

The Dept. of Energy is planning to invest the money in Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies to reduce costs and make future investments more viable.

Electrical and Power October 26, 2011

Redundant controller solution

Emerson Network Power's ASCO Ethernet redundancy and I/O solution simplifies efficient operation, reliability, and serviceability of quad-redundant programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for paralleling control switchgear.

Electrical and Power October 21, 2011

Exhaust piping module added to generator sizing software

Generac has introduced the Power Design Pro generator sizing software with a new exhaust piping module.

Electrical and Power October 13, 2011

UPS systems

HP's UPS R5000 and R7000 provide intelligent manageability functionality and additional operating systems support.

Electrical and Power October 3, 2011

Circuit breaker for wind applications

Eaton Corp.’s VCP-Wind medium-voltage vacuum circuit breaker is designed specifically for wind applications.

Electrical and Power September 23, 2011

DOE: Solar PV power systems costs drop

According to the DOE's Berkeley Lab, costs to install solar PV systems dropped 17% in 2010 and have already dropped another 11% in the first half of 2011.

Electrical and Power September 22, 2011

Using electrical system software for engineering projects

Much has changed since the days of slide rules and bookcases full of engineering references. Here a group of experts share their experiences and opinions about using electrical system and design software to add value to their engineering projects.

By Jack Smith, Contributing Editor; and Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Electrical and Power September 22, 2011

Demand response system certification

Cooper Power Systems and Honeywell joint demand response system have received certification for ZigBee Smart Energy version 1.1.

Electrical and Power September 20, 2011

Emergency power for fire, life safety systems

Know the requirements for the design of an emergency or standby power systems.

By Randolph W. Tucker, PE, and Shaun Grimm, PE, ccrd partners
Electrical and Power September 19, 2011

2011 Product of the Year Winners

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Readers have cast their votes for the 2011 Product of the Year; read about the winners.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer staff
Electrical and Power September 16, 2011

2012 Edition of the National Electricity Safety Code available

Among the changes for the NESC's 2012 edition include standards to help design, install, operate, and maintain electrical supply and communication lines and associated equipment.

Electrical and Power September 15, 2011

Hospital meets critical power needs

Phoenix Children's Hospital's emergency power supply system must meet emergency standby requirements for both a healthcare facility and a high-rise building.

By Shawn Grimm, PE, ccrd partners
Electrical and Power September 12, 2011

DOE: $145 million for solar energy projects

The Dept. of Energy has provided the money for six different categories of solar energy research and development including solar cell efficiency, grid integration, and photovoltaic (PV) development.

Electrical and Power September 12, 2011

Electrical design for HVAC systems

National Electrical Code Article 430 provides maximum protection for the equipment while limiting the nuisance tripping to a minimum. Failure to follow these requirements will not only result in unreliable system operation but will put the pump or fan motor at risk of significant damage in case of an overload or short circuit.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh
Electrical and Power August 31, 2011

DOE approves loan for solar power plant

The Dept. of Energy has approved a partial guarantee on an $852 million loan to support the development of the Genesis Solar Project in California.

Electrical and Power August 23, 2011

Powering across the globe

Electrical engineer, Jonna L. Bournias, with CH2M HILL, has worked in the area of industrial power in the form of various capital projects for the past 20 years.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power August 22, 2011

Boeing, Siemens form alliance for DoD project

Boeing and Siemens have joined forces to improve the Dept. of Defense's (DOD) energy consumption levels, which is the highest in the federal government, with Smart Grid technology.

Electrical and Power August 17, 2011

Keeping critical power reliable

Preventive maintenance and proactive replacement are key to UPS reliability.

By Henry Hu, Emerson Network Power Liebert Services, Westerville, Ohio
Electrical and Power August 8, 2011

Wind power to triple in EU by 2020

The European Wind Energy Assn. released a report stating wind energy will account for almost 16% of energy consumption by 2020 as the EU looks to be more energy conscious.

Electrical and Power July 27, 2011

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recognizes Chicago engineer

Pedro Cevallos-Candau, the executive vice president of Primera Engineers, received the honor for his efforts in promoting math and science to the Latino community, as well as for his years as of service.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical and Power July 26, 2011

Sine amplitude conversion for dc-dc converters

Electronics Weekly columnist Bob Marchetti explains the importance of SAC to help improve energy efficiency and output.

By Bob Marchetti, Electronics Weekly
Electrical and Power July 22, 2011

FERC approves transmission policy

The FERC has approved Order 1000, which gives priority to public policy for power transmission projects.

Electrical and Power July 20, 2011

Smart Grid report examines barriers, benefits to investment

A Danfoss study reveals the need to communicate an ROI value proposition for investing in the Smart Grid.

By BY: Danfoss North America
Electrical and Power July 20, 2011

AC sustainable light module

Molex Inc. and Bridgelux’s Helieon 120 Vac sustainable light module

Electrical and Power July 19, 2011

Heat pump unit

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating Solutions (Mitsubishi Electric) has upgraded its commercial Y-series outdoor units.

Electrical and Power July 18, 2011

Lane Coburn & Associates hires senior designer

Joe Bailey joins Lane Coburn & Associates as senior electrical designer.

By BY: Lane Coburn & Associates
Electrical and Power July 7, 2011

Air-cooled packaged modular chiller

Climacool Corp.’s UCA air-cooled packaged modular chiller offers flexibility.

Electrical and Power July 5, 2011

Commercial buildings EMS

Agilewaves’ next generation building energy management system combines advanced sensor technologies with Web-based software for real-time energy management for use with energy efficiency, Energy Star, LEED, FEMP, and CALgreen projects.

Electrical and Power July 5, 2011

Refrigeration harnesses outdoor air

Freeaire Polar Power systems use cold outdoor temperatures

By FREEaire
Electrical and Power June 30, 2011

Guide to optimizing fuel combustion

ABB 12-page guide on efficiency, environmental impact.

By ABB
Electrical and Power June 28, 2011

Unit ventilators with two-stage compressors

McQuay International introduces self-contained unit ventilators

By Daikin McQuay
Electrical and Power June 27, 2011

WSP Flack + Kurtz names managing director: Houston

David Sinz, an engineer with past experience in the Middle East, takes over the Houston office for WSP Flack + Kurtz.

Electrical and Power June 27, 2011

Capture waste heat: energy-efficiency directive

A proposed Energy Efficiency Directive is set to make energy generation from waste plants more efficient by making combined heat and power (CHP) with district heating the default option.

By Maxine Perella, Edie News
Electrical and Power June 27, 2011

EnOcean Alliance adds 200th member

Intelligent green building consortium continues its rapid growth three years after The EnOcean Alliance's founding.

Electrical and Power June 22, 2011

SAP America headquarters expansion

Pennsylvania complex achieves LEED Platinum through use of sustainable strategies.

Electrical and Power June 21, 2011

WPI, EPCE partner in online graduate program

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) are offering online graduate degrees to people looking to expand their roles in the utility industry.

Electrical and Power June 20, 2011

Q2 report shows growth in 2011

FMI has predicted the general economy to see mixed signs in the Construction Outlook: Second Quarter 2011 Report.

By Source: FMI
Electrical and Power June 16, 2011

Revised LEED demand response credit requirements

Pilot credit encourages U.S. Green Building Council LEED building projects to become active players in the emerging Smart Grid.

By BY: USGBC
Electrical and Power June 8, 2011

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 2011

Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during May 2011 included technical articles about renovation of electrical distribution systems, challenges in super high-rise building design, selecting a chilled water cooling system, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 and Product of the Year programs.

Electrical and Power June 6, 2011

HOK/Vanderweil wins Next Generation Design Competition

A team of engineers from HOK and Vanderweil won the award from Metropolis magazine for their proposal in retrofitting a 1960s building using new energy.

Electrical and Power May 31, 2011

SGH expands services, acquires Capobianco Consulting Engineers

Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, national engineering firm involved in building, transportation, nuclear, water/wastewater, and science/defense projects strengthens existing parking structure engineering services, acquires Capobianco Consulting Engineers.

Electrical and Power May 16, 2011

Spectrum Engineers’ Dallinga wins ENR award

Kurt Dallinga, associate principal at Spectrum Engineers, won ENR magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 award.

By Source: Spectrum Engineers
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Louis E. Abbott, PE, LEED AP, 37

President, ABBOTT Engineering Inc., Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: David Affleck, PE, LEED AP, LC, 36

Associate Electrical Engineer, Spectrum Engineers, Salt Lake City

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Lindsay Bose, PE, 32

Lindsay Bose, Senior Associate, Primera Engineers LTD., Kansas State University, Primera Engineers Ltd., Consulting-Specifying 40 Under 40, CSE 40 Under 40, CSE 2011 40 Under 40, CFE Media

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Ryan Kroll, PE, LEED AP, 31

Impact Evaluation Manager, Michaels Energy, La Crosse, Wis.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Justin Schultz, PE, LEED AP, 30

Electrical Engineer, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Dublin, Ohio

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Aliza Skolnik, LEED AP, GGP, 27

Associate, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Plumbing and Water Management

Finalists in Plumbing and Water Management in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Lighting Controls

Finalists in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Emergency, On-site, Standby Power

Finalists in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Equipment Level Sensors and Controls

Finalists in Equipment Level Sensors and Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Solar mounting system

Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Disconnect switches

Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Circuit breakers – 2011-05-13 – 2011-05-13

Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Solar inverter

Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Power distribution unit – 2011-05-13

Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Residential generator set

Finalist in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Uninterruptible power system (UPS)

Finalist in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Uninterruptible power system

Finalist in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Motor protection relays

Finalist in Equipment Level Sensors and Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Custom indoor/outdoor cover

Finalist in Fire, Life Safety, and Mass Notification in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Motor starter

Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Outdoor air system

Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Modular heat pumps

Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Two-position actuator

Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Relay control panels

Finalist in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Volumetric recessed lighting

Finalist in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Lighting control system – 2011-05-13

Finalist in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Air economizer

Finalist in Networked Building Automation Systems/Controls, Energy Management Systems in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Redundancy controller

Finalist in Networked Building Automation Systems/Controls, Energy Management Systems in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Flush valve

Finalist in Plumbing and Water Management in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 13, 2011

Energy monitoring software

Finalist in Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Electrical and Power May 10, 2011

2011 Green Enterprise IT Award winners announced

The Uptime Institute announced the winners with the year's best projects, ideas, and products in IT and data center efficiency.

By Source: Uptime Institute
Electrical and Power May 10, 2011

Siemens announces job openings for engineers

A strong second quarter for Siemens U.S. led to increased hiring for industrial automation, building efficiency, Smart Grid, and IT jobs.

By Source: Siemens
Electrical and Power May 9, 2011

Power distribution unit – 2011-05-09

The ePDU power distribution product line from Eaton Corp. is now available in 400 V configurations.

Electrical and Power May 7, 2011

Surge protection quiz

The Protection I.Q. Quiz from Mersen challenges customers to test their knowledge of surge protection.

Electrical and Power May 6, 2011

IBE announces new principal, promotions

IBE Consulting Engineers appointed Hank Dahl as a new principal and promoted four other engineers.

By Source: IBE Consulting Engineers
Electrical and Power May 4, 2011

Website configurator

Hennig Inc. introduced its online configurator for specifying power generation systems.

Electrical and Power May 4, 2011

Uninterruptible power supply – 2011-05-04

The Cyberex Cyberwave Industrial from Thomas & Betts comes with topology that separates the rectifier and charger.

Electrical and Power May 4, 2011

EPA Energy Star launches Battle of the Buildings

Teams from 245 buildings around the U.S. will compete to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By Source: EPA
Electrical and Power May 3, 2011

Uninterruptible power supply – 2011-05-03

The Liebert APM from Emerson Network Power is a row-based, modular uninterruptible power supply that can operate without transformers.

Electrical and Power May 2, 2011

Pump starter

The IPS Starter from Cerus Industrial Inc. has integrated pump-specific protective features.

Electrical and Power May 2, 2011

Power monitoring module

The PM3 power monitoring and metering module from Eaton Corp. can monitor the power of branch and main circuit applications.

Electrical and Power May 2, 2011

H and A announces staff certifications

H&A Engineers & Architects announces new certifications for engineers at the Glen Allen, Va., office.

By Source: H and A Engineers and Architects
Electrical and Power May 2, 2011

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 2011

Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during April 2011 included technical articles about firestopping electrical systems, new ASHRAE guidelines for indoor environments, laboratory controls, motor starter selection, and laboratory design.

Electrical and Power April 21, 2011

MKK engineer to speak at NIBS conference

Ken Urbanek, director of engineering at MKK Consulting Engineers, will speak about UFAD at the 2012 Best3 Conference.

By Source: MKK Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Electrical and Power April 19, 2011

Undergrads create toolkit for net zero energy design

Two students are developing a net zero toolkit with the support of ASHRAE’s Undergraduate Senior Project Grant, which awarded grants to 14 schools this year.

By Source: ASHRAE
Electrical and Power April 18, 2011

DOE guarantees $1.187 billion loan for California solar project

The DOE offered a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee to support the California Valley Solar Ranch project, which will produce enough power for almost 60,000 homes.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Electrical and Power April 18, 2011

DOE, Duke Energy, EPRI partner to improve electrical grid

The three entities will collaborate to test and deploy projects including Smart Grids, grid-scale energy storage, power electronics, and energy-efficient cooling technologies.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Electrical and Power April 18, 2011

Germany’s leaders: swift transition to renewable energy

Chancellor Merkel's government and heads of states agree that the nation should swiftly transition from nuclear to renewables - but the timetable, costs of a nuclear-free future remain uncertain.

By SOURCE: dw-world.de
Electrical and Power April 18, 2011

China grids to connect 90 GW of wind power by 2015

State Grid Corporation of China’s white paper details Chinese expansion of wind power to 90 GW capacity by 2015, 150 GW by 2020.

By SOURCE: CRI English
Electrical and Power April 18, 2011

DOE finalizes $1.6B solar plant guarantee

California complex expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs, avoid more than 640,000 tons of carbon pollution annually.

By SOURCE: DOE
Electrical and Power April 15, 2011

High-Benefit Lighting Awards open for entries

National Lighting Bureau is accepting entries for cases of new installations or retrofits of lighting systems that had bottom-line benefits.

By Source: National Lighting Bureau
Electrical and Power April 14, 2011

AIA’s 2011 COTE top ten green projects selected

American Institute of Architects have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that project and enhance the environment.

By Source: The American Institute of Architects
Electrical and Power April 12, 2011

Schneider Electric launches disconnect switch for the solar market

The Square D 1000 VDC disconnect switch features a NEMA Type 3, IP63 enclosure, operates within a temperature range of -37°C to 50°C

By SOURCE: Renewable Energy World
Electrical and Power April 12, 2011

Schneider in talks to buy Luminous for $800M

Schneider Electric is in talks to take control of privately held Indian power and energy storage company Luminous Power Technologies.

By Source: Reuters
Electrical and Power April 12, 2011

$110M to advance solar PV manufacturing

Solar Manufacturing Partnerships will boost American competitiveness in the global solar energy industry and lower the cost of clean, renewable energy.

By SOURCE: EIA
Electrical and Power April 11, 2011

Fishing for quality lighting

Robb Allen, AIA, IES, helps engineers notice the art and science of lighting.

Electrical and Power April 8, 2011

Facebook reveals server, data center designs

The company’s custom-built servers are 38% more efficient and 24% cheaper than others on the market.

By Source: Miguel Helft, New York Times
Electrical and Power April 7, 2011

Globe valves

Schneider Electric's Venta VB-7000 bronze globe valves have ultra-tight seal design.

Electrical and Power April 6, 2011

WSP Flack + Kurtz names Meyer VP of Commissioning

Engineering firm WSP Flack + Kurtz announced that Paul M. Meyer would be VP of Commissioning for the N.Y. office.

Electrical and Power April 5, 2011

Americans support phase-out of inefficient lighting

Nationwide survey reveals that a large majority of Americans are “receptive and highly satisfied” with CFLs and LEDs.

By Source: Leslie Guevarra, GreenBiz.com
Electrical and Power March 30, 2011

More M&A activity for energy and carbon management companies

Schneider Electric and IBM both announced plans to acquire energy management software companies this week.

By Source: Leslie Guevarra, GreenBiz.com
Electrical and Power March 30, 2011

Energy management starter

The energy management starter (EMS) from Cerus Industrial Inc. features BACnet and utility-grade power metering for building automation systems.

Electrical and Power March 28, 2011

Design Master updates HVAC, electrical, plumbing Apps

Design Master improves support for 3D-BIM on its programs.

Electrical and Power March 28, 2011

San Francisco targets 100% renewable energy by 2020

The government of San Francisco is strengthening its commitment to renewable energy by installing solar panels on its City Hall roof.

By SOURCE: Asian Pacific Future Gov
Electrical and Power March 28, 2011

Autodesk 2012 Manufacturing Software Portfolio

Autodesk Product Design Suite Offers Digital Prototyping in Convenient, Cost Effective Package.

By SOURCE: CADCAMNews
Electrical and Power March 25, 2011

Vanderweil Engineers announces new associate principal

ISPE award-winner Donna DeFreitas brings expertise in laboratories and bio-pharmaceutical facilities to the Boston-based firm.

By R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP
Electrical and Power March 23, 2011

Siemens introduces solar power purchase program

Organizations will be able to access solar power without major capital investment.

By Source: Siemens
Electrical and Power March 21, 2011

Future data centers won’t need HVAC, lighting

Experts predict that the future data centers will need less concrete, more green power, and less climate control.

By Matthew Wheeland, Source: GreenBiz.comj
Electrical and Power March 21, 2011

Bi-fuel generator

The Generac Bi-Fuel generator starts on diesel fuel and adds natural gas as load is applied.

Electrical and Power March 18, 2011

Cricket World Cup stadiums get boost from Cummins

Cummins Power Generation is supplying power for the floodlights in Sri Lankan stadiums during the tournament.

By Source: Cummins Power Generation
Electrical and Power March 18, 2011

First net-zero energy historic building in the works

The 92-year-old Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse will use geothermal heating and cooling and solar panels.

By Source: General Services Administration
Electrical and Power March 18, 2011

Preassembled UPS system

The BladeUPS system from Eaton Corp. is now available in a preassembled system cabinet.

Electrical and Power March 16, 2011

Practical and persistent

Licensed professional engineer Neal R. Kuula brings practicality to design and an understanding of the client's needs and requirements.

Electrical and Power March 16, 2011

Energy meter

The WM40-96 Smart Modular Power Analyzer from Carlo Gavazzi Inc. can save space in the back side of control doors and switchgears.

Electrical and Power March 14, 2011

Heat pumps with wireless HVAC protocol

The Mitsubishi Electric P-series split-ductless and ducted heat pumps will incorporate Honeywell's RedLINK wireless HVAC protocol.

Electrical and Power March 14, 2011

Greenheck appoints new CEO

James J. McIntyre will take over as CEO of Greenheck after current chairman and CEO Dwight Davis stepped back from active management.

By Source: Greenheck Corp.
Electrical and Power March 10, 2011

Florida, Carolinas getting $500M Smart Grid upgrade

U.S. Dept. of Energy awarded $200 million to Progress Energy to upgrade two electric utilities to a Smart Grid system.

By Candace Lombardi, Source: CNET
Electrical and Power March 10, 2011

EPA Tier 2 engine

MTU Onsite Energy’s MTU 10 V 1600 engine boosts fuel efficiency, lowers exhaust emissions.

Electrical and Power March 8, 2011

Handling the heat

Using heat load information with thermal characteristics of the electrical room envelope engineers to establish a cooling load allows mechanical engineers to accurately select the size of their cooling system

By Luis Madrigal, PE, M+W Group, Chicago
Electrical and Power March 8, 2011

Report reveals poor energy efficiency in UK public buildings

The Centre for Sustainable Energy revealed that thousands of government buildings are ranked in the lowest possible category for energy efficiency.

By Will Nichols, Source: BusinessGreen
Electrical and Power March 7, 2011

Deal would provide NYC with NJ power

A cable could route power under the Hudson River to deliver power from New Jersey, more from renewable sources, to New York City.

By SOURCE: AP/WSJ
Electrical and Power March 7, 2011

Siemens eyes Saudi Arabia for power generation projects

Siemens wins power generation orders in Saudi Arabia, hoping to create an industry around heavy-duty manufacturing equipment.

By SOURCE: Bloomberg
Electrical and Power March 7, 2011

Hydronic system measurement tool

Victaulic brings Tour and Andersson’s TA-SCOPE to North America; the wireless handheld device measures complex hydronic systems quickly, efficiently.

Electrical and Power March 7, 2011

Advancing PUE with smarter data center power

By integrating more monitoring and digital control capabilities, data center managers can squeeze even greater performance and efficiency from existing data center power equipment.

By Peter Panfil, Liebert AC Power, Emerson Network Power, Columbus, Ohio
Electrical and Power March 3, 2011

10 steps to more energy-efficient buildings

Efficiency experts say it’s possible to slash energy use in many buildings with simple, inexpensive measures.

By SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Electrical and Power March 3, 2011

Uninterruptible power supply – 2011-03-03

APC adds parallel capabilities to the Symmetra PX three-phases modular and hot scalable uninterruptible power supply (UPS), delivering up to 2 MW of power protection, 1.5 MW in system level redundancy.

Electrical and Power March 1, 2011

Sound advice on attenuating genset noise, vibrations

Whether they’re used for prime power, standby, or emergency service, diesel generators make noise—lots of noise. Here’s how to lower genset noise to an acceptable level.

By Ken Lovorn
Electrical and Power February 25, 2011

EGSA elects 2011 president

John Kelly Jr., long-standing Generac Industrial Power dealer, elected 2011 president of EGSA.

By Source: Griffin & Company, Inc
Electrical and Power February 24, 2011

Cummins launches sustainability website

Part of Company-Wide Commitment to Sustainability, Cummins Power Generation launched a website featuring the company’s various climate-change initiatives.

By Cummins Power Generation
Electrical and Power February 24, 2011

Energy management software

Pulse Energy and Opto22 partner to deliver a web-based building energy management solution that requires no programming, minimal configuration.

By SOURCE: PR.com
Electrical and Power February 24, 2011

U.S. Architecture Billings Index falls in January

Cautious optimism for design industry: January ABI 50.0, down 3.9 pts, new projects index falls 5 pts to 56.5.

By Source: Reuters
Electrical and Power February 22, 2011

DOE offers conditional commitment for $197 million loan guarantee

The U.S. Department of Energy Load Programs Office has offered a conditional commitment for a $197 million loan guarantee to SoloPower in order to fund the building of a thin film photovoltaic module factory.

By Source: Severn Williams, SparkPR
Electrical and Power February 21, 2011

An electric grid to meet 21st century demands

The Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act aims to enable Illinois to make major investments in the electric grid to ensure that it meets the demands of the 21st century economy and the state’s changing needs.

By Source: PR Newswire
Electrical and Power February 20, 2011

Large spending surge in smart technologies predicted

Nearly 75% of the smart grid money will reportedly come from utilities updating their grids, while industrial giants work to secure their piece of the pie.

By Source: Reuters.com
Electrical and Power February 17, 2011

DOE finalizes Loan Guarantee for new transmission project to deliver renewable energy to Southwest

Nevada Project expected to create over 400 jobs, improve grid reliability, enable renewable energy to Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada power to come to southwest/California markets

By Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Electrical and Power February 17, 2011

NYS Smart Grid Consortium names Executive Director

The organization, founded in 2008, selected David J. Manning as its first executive director; the consortium has helped New York by making smart grids smarter

By SOURCE: CA Technologies, PRNewswire
Electrical and Power February 15, 2011

Short-term energy outlook

EIA forecasts average expenditures for space-heating fuels to increase by $24 from 2010, expects natural gas working inventories to remain high through 2011. Estimates the total U.S. consumption of electricity this year to remain at about the same levels from 2010. Retail sales of electricity to the residential sector this year will fall 2%.

By Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
Electrical and Power February 14, 2011

U.S. intelligence officials concerned about cyber attack

Director of the CIA says such a terrorist attack is 'a real national security threat' that would damage financial and government systems.

By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Electrical and Power February 14, 2011

Sec. Chu Announces More ‘SunShot’ Details

The SunShot initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy, aims to bring the total costs of utility scale solar energy systems down about 75% by 2020, allegedly making large scale solar energy cost competitive with electricity from fossil fuels.

By Source: Energy.gov
Electrical and Power February 13, 2011

Major offshore wind initiatives

Major steps forward in support of offshore wind energy in the United States have been recently unveiled, including new funding opportunities for projects that support offshore wind energy deployment and several high priority Wind Energy Areas in the mid-Atlantic.

By Source: Energy.gov
Electrical and Power February 10, 2011

Reducing power consumption in data centers

In response to the increasing energy consumption in data centers, the European Commission launched a Code of Conduct initiative for the information and communication technology sector. A key objective is for each participant to benchmark their efficiency overtime in order to provide evidence of improvement.

By Ashok Bindra; Source: TMCnet.com
Electrical and Power February 8, 2011

Variable speed wet rotor circulators

Grundfos Pumps produces a permanent magnet, variable speed wet rotor circulator, reduces power consumption.

Electrical and Power February 8, 2011

Condensing Boiler features fire-tube technology

Lochinvar’s CREST condensing Boiler offers fire-tube innovation, touch screen technology

Electrical and Power February 8, 2011

Siemens Industry announces distribution agreement with solar microinverter company

Siemens Industry, Inc. and Enphase Energy Inc. have signed an agreement in which Enphase will provide Siemens with solar microinverters and a web-based monitoring service in order to create turnkey solar photovoltaic energy solutions.

By Source: Siemens Industry, Inc.
Electrical and Power February 7, 2011

Vanderweil Engineers names managing principal

John A. Sporidis, PE, joins the Alexandria, Va., office of Vanderweil Engineers. The engineering principal has more than 35 years of experience and will oversee a diverse range of public- and private-sector projects.

By Source: Sandra A. Ammar, Capstone Communications, LLC
Electrical and Power February 7, 2011

System-level automation software

Johnson Controls launched the Central Plant Optimization system-level automation software, a holistic approach to designing, installing and operating, for maximum efficiency in chilled water plants.

By Source: Johnson Controls
Electrical and Power February 7, 2011

Ceiling-mounted spot cooler cools server room

The University of Louisville Health Care Outpatient Center, in Louisville, Ky., had a problem with its server room overheating. The center decided on a MovinCool CM12 ceiling-mounted spot air conditioner.

Electrical and Power January 28, 2011

A time for introspection

January is a good time to be introspective about your career, firm, and self.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Electrical and Power January 26, 2011

Designing building enclosures

Designing and delivering a reliable and durable building enclosure can be a challenging task.

By Paul E. Totten, PE, LEED; and Marcin Pazera, PhD, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger In
Electrical and Power January 24, 2011

Thriving in today’s engineering world

Engineers can follow these steps to develop a product.

By Mikel Janitz, Muncie Power Products, Tulsa, Okla.
Electrical and Power January 20, 2011

AIA honors collaborative achievement

American Institute of Architects selects recipients for the 2011 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement, to be presented at the 2011 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans

Electrical and Power January 20, 2011

China Smart Grid market to hit $61B by 2015

The total value of China’s Smart Grid market is expected to rise from $22.3 billion in 2011 to $61.4 billion in 2015, according to a new market report.

By Source: SustainableBusiness.com
Electrical and Power January 20, 2011

Ground fault protection circuit breakers

Eaton Corp. has expanded its circuit breaker capabilities to offer enhanced ground fault protection and nonfused current-limiting breaker modules for the Series G circuit breakers with the release of the Earth Leakage Modules and the current-limiting breaker modules.

Electrical and Power January 19, 2011

Recessed luminaire models deliver high-quailty ambient light

The Lithonia Lighting RTLED luminaire models offer high-quality ambient white light, reduces energy consumption, maintenance costs, and environmental footprint.

Electrical and Power January 19, 2011

Midrange generator set meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Interim emissions standards

Caterpillar has its first midrange generator set meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Interim emissions stands, powered by the Cat C15, ACERT Technology

Electrical and Power January 19, 2011

WAGO products receive SCCR

Several products produced by WAGO earned a 100 kA short-circuit current rating; includes through-panel, chassis-mount terminal blocks.

Electrical and Power January 19, 2011

Electrical, green products registered

First set of 26 EMerge Alliance registered products at the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual International Conference and Expo

Electrical and Power January 18, 2011

UPS for backup power

Emerson Network Power has released 160 and 200 kVA ratings in its Liebert NX with Softscale double conversion UPS platform, designed for midsize businesses seeking a backup power solution that grows incrementally without requiring infrastructure renovation.

Electrical and Power January 14, 2011

Panduit presented with ASHRAE’s Excellence in Engineering award

Panduit Corp. has been honored with ASHRAE’s Illinois Chapter’s Excellence in Engineering award for their incorporation of sustainable design elements in its new Word Headquarters building. Noteworthy elements include light shelves and a water reclamation system.

By SOURCE: Business Wire
Electrical and Power January 12, 2011

SGCC deployed 181 billion USD into power grid upgrades

China’s largest power grid network operator, State Grid Corp of China, deployed 1.2 trillion CNY on updates over the last five years.

By Source: Interfax-China
Electrical and Power January 10, 2011

Newcomb & Boyd promotes associate partner

Eric A. Myracle has been named Associate Partner for Newcomb & Boyd.

By Source: Newcomb & Boyd
Electrical and Power January 7, 2011

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act becomes law

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, recently signed into law by President Obama, is said by Allen Schaeffer to be a significant and important accomplishment for the 11th Congress and vital to our national economic growth.

By Source: Diesel Technology Forum
Electrical and Power January 6, 2011

3-D library for building controls

QA Graphics’ 3-D Equipment Library provides a number of control system, equipment manufacturer’s models; which can be used in most BAS software.

Electrical and Power January 5, 2011

Five reasons the Smart Grid will save business money

Energy savings are possible for most businesses right now, and the technology exists today to make the difference. With the advent of the Smart Grid comes an opportunity for businesses to further drive down energy costs.

By Cassandra Quaintance, Schneider Electric - Source: The Daily Energy Report
Electrical and Power December 30, 2010

New York energy storage project wins $17M loan guarantee

The US Dept. of Energy finalized $17.1 million loan guarantee to support energy storage project in Johnston City, N.Y.

By James Cartledge
Electrical and Power December 30, 2010

Solid-state transformers aid smart grid

Smarter technologies are needed to handle issues due to smart grid growth; solid-state transformers could be the answer.

By Jaymi Heimbuch
Electrical and Power December 30, 2010

Energy companies depending on tax incentives

Renewable energy companies across the U.S. expect government tax incentives to continue to be a key driver for the industry in 2011.

Electrical and Power December 29, 2010

MidAmerican plans turbines in Iowa

MidAmerican Energy of Des Moines to build 258-turbine, 597-MW expansion next year in several Iowa counties, usingrenewed wind energy tax credits.

By Dan Piller
Electrical and Power December 29, 2010

BIM objects for powers fasteners

ARCAT has developed their site data-rich AutoDesk Revit BIM objects for Powers Fasteners.

Electrical and Power December 29, 2010

2010’s Biggest Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable energy projects that were installed or completed this year were some of the largest projects of 2010. Development continued at a good pace, with record-breaking projects announced almost as often as once per week.

By Renewable Energy World Network Editors
Electrical and Power December 29, 2010

New wind farm adds to CPS Energy’s renewable energy portfolio

The nation’s largest municipal buyer of wind energy, CPS Energy, adds 150 MW of wind power to its growing renewable energy program with new Cedro Hills wind farm.

By Reve, www.evwind.es/index.php/
Electrical and Power December 28, 2010

S&C Electric Company Establishes Power Systems Services Operation in Europe

S&C Electric announced the creation of a Power Systems Services division for Europe, which will focus on improving electrical service reliability and efficiency through the expansion of service offerings such as consulting on renewable energy and grid automation, training services and system design, and installation and consultation.

Electrical and Power December 28, 2010

Hydrogen/refrigerant leak detector

nuvoTrace releases Trace300 Bench Top Hydrogen/Refrigerant Leak Detector, Locator.

Electrical and Power December 24, 2010

Variable speed drives

Schneider Electric announces Altivar 32, variable speed drive, which provides high degree of performance, connectivity.

Electrical and Power December 24, 2010

Energy-management, sustainability applications

IBM has added software and services to its portfolio of solutions aimed at creating sustainable enterprises, smarter urban infrastructures.

Electrical and Power December 23, 2010

Online configurator for power generation

Hennig Inc. announces online configurator for equipment builders, consulting/specifying engineers, architectural spec writers, contractors, others involved in the delivery of power generation systems.

Electrical and Power December 22, 2010

Integrated DC UPS system

Emerson Network Power introduces NetSure ITM UPS system, an integrated DC UPS system designed for the data center market.

Electrical and Power December 21, 2010

Gas Piping Module

Generac Power Systems Inc. introduces gas piping module, the first in a series of enhancements to it's Power Design Pro software.

Electrical and Power December 21, 2010

Air Economizer Cooling Solution

APC by Schneider Electric’s EcoBreeze is a modular indirect evaporative, air-to-air heat exchanger cooling solution.

Electrical and Power December 20, 2010

Dept. of Energy Finalizes Loan Guarantee to Support World’s Largest Wind Project

U.S. Dept. of Energy grants partial loan for Caithness Shepherds Flat project, 845-megawatt wind facility will create hundreds of jobs, avoid over 1.2 millions tons of carbon dioxide annually.

By Source: U.S. Dept. Of Energy, Steven Chu
Electrical and Power December 10, 2010

Research Center earns LEED Gold certification

Daikin and McQuay earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its Applied Development Center (ADC) located at McQuay world headquarters.

By Source: Orange Communications
Electrical and Power December 10, 2010

Building performance data display

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) and QA Graphics have collaborated in order to provide users of the Green Globes assessment program with a solution to display real-time building performance data.

By Source: QA Graphics
Electrical and Power December 7, 2010

New Data Center Sustainability Metrics

Green Grid announced the release of two new data center sustainability metrics designed to help improve carbon and water-use effectiveness.

By Source: Green Grid
Electrical and Power December 7, 2010

LEED-designed university performing arts center, academic building completed

The $73 million project for Soka University in Orange County posed unique construction challenges and incorporated sustainable building methods to seek LEED Gold Certification

By Source: McCarthy Building Companies
Electrical and Power December 2, 2010

New MTU Detroit Diesel engine plant

MTU Detroit Diesel's new plant is expected to employ as many as 250 people within four years.

Electrical and Power November 30, 2010

National Lighting Bureau reports third-quarter 2010 Lighting Systems Index improvements

Third-quarter 2010 NEMA Lighting Systems Index (LSI) performance bested the second quarter’s by 0.9% and was 5.6% ahead of third-quarter 2009’s.

Electrical and Power November 19, 2010

Fanning away the heat

Construction of a new campus recreation facility for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, called for the installation of Big Ass Fans to provide elevated air circulation within the facility.

Electrical and Power November 12, 2010

Facebook chooses new location for new data center

Following in the footsteps of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, which are building ever-growing networks of data centers, Facebook said Thursday that it will build a new data center in Forest City, N.C. This will be the second data center that Facebook is building from the ground up.

By Source: Miguel Helft, NY Times
Electrical and Power November 9, 2010

Data center power protection

Designed to meet growing data center needs, the BladeUPS system from Eaton Corp. offers the same revolutionary BladeUPS solution with more streamlined shipping and installation processes for data center managers.

Electrical and Power November 9, 2010

Recloser control

Cooper Power Systems has introduced the Form 4D, the first in a platform of fully integrated recloser controls.

Electrical and Power November 5, 2010

Multi-path IP/cellular fire alarm communicator

Honeywell Power Products introduced the IPGSM-COM, a UL-listed primary fire alarm communicator providing Contact ID reporting via IP (Internet Protocol) or GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) cellular pathways. The IPGSM-COM offers a more reliable, cost-effective monitoring alternative by eliminating the communications difficulties and monthly charges generally associated with legacy circuit-switched phone lines. The IPGSM-COM is UL-Listed to provide full Contact ID data reporting for virtually any fire alarm control panel.

Electrical and Power November 5, 2010

PV solar shutter

Plug ’n Save Energy Products has announced the launch of the PV Solar Shutter, a custom-designed power-producing window shutter. Set in design-friendly bamboo louvers, the PV cells collect power from the sun and, using grid tie inverter technology, channel it directly into the building’s electrical system. PV Solar Shutters are portable and install like a conventional window covering so they can be used in those places not historically suitable for solar installations within office buildings and rental units.

Electrical and Power November 5, 2010

Fixed capacitors

Staco Energy Products introduces its second generation of StacoVAR fixed capacitors for power factor correction and harmonic compensation. These standard units are available from 2.5 to 400 kVAR as economical, fixed motor load (ML) type capacitor assemblies. Equipped with fusing and blown-fuse indicator lights as standard features, StacoVAR fixed capacitor assemblies are idea for indoor or outdoor use with voltages of 240 to 600 Vac.

Electrical and Power November 4, 2010

Surge protection for photovoltaics

A color-coded, modular plug-in, and DIN-rail mounted design with a voltage rejection feature and easyID visual indication makes the new Cooper Bussmann Surge Protective Device (SPD) simple to identify, install, and maintain. The device is the first SPD for dc photovoltaic (PV) applications to be recognized by the UL1449 third edition, is IEC61643-11 compliant, and is simple to specify for solar power applications globally. Built-in, fast-acting, short-circuit interruption technology for 600, 1000, and 1,200 Vdc systems safely shunts damaging surges and overvoltages to ground.

Electrical and Power November 2, 2010

The economics of improving power factor

A better understanding of power factor, harmonics, electrical distribution systems, and the utility’s billing practices will help reduce electric bills.

By Ed Kwiatkowski, BSEE, MS, Staco Energy Products Co
Electrical and Power October 27, 2010

Meeting the next T4 challenges

This article outlines the changes to the allowable emissions under the Environmental Protection Agency standards.

By Aniruddha Natekar, Cummins Power Generation, Minneapolis
Electrical and Power October 22, 2010

Video: Yaskawa talks Variable Frequency Drives

Control Engineering Content Manager Peter Welander talks with Yaskawa's Manager of Marketing Communications Neil Koepke about the benefits of using variable frequency drives. While Welander visited the Americas headquarters for Yaskawa in Waukegan, Illinois, Koepke showed three different types of motors in a demonstrator that was built jointly by Yaskawa and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The demonstrator's first cell shows a constant speed across-the-line motor and its flow control is varied with an outlet damper.

Electrical and Power October 18, 2010

Consolidation nation

Industry consolidation is part of the “new normal” for MEP firms. More than a quarter of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2010 MEP Giants merged with, sold to, or acquired another architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firm—and in some cases non-AEC firms—over the past year. Does this increase indicate a trend?

By Mick Morrissey
Electrical and Power October 18, 2010

Vanderweil Engineers Opens Southern California Office

Engineering Team Offers Strong Portfolio in Power and Energy.

Electrical and Power October 18, 2010

Neher-McGrath Institute Educates About Data Centers, Mission Critical Facilities

Lane Coburn and Associates (LCA) has launched the Neher-McGrath Institute to educate the data center community about avoiding the serious issue of overheating underground duct banks for critical environments.

Electrical and Power October 17, 2010

BACnet-based Unitary Controller

This BACnet-based unitary controller is available with an optional actuator and pressure sensor for use as a VAV controller.

Electrical and Power October 6, 2010

Nation’s First LEED Platinum Pool Features HVAC Natatorium Design

Philadelphia’s Kappen Aquatic Center at the Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB) is the nation’s first LEED platinum natatorium. The energy-efficient design saves an estimated 43% of the 25,000-sq-ft facility’s energy costs compared to a conventional natatorium. The majority of the savings comes from off-peak energy loading, architectural building envelope features such as insulated concrete forms and a HVAC dehumidification system that uses heat recovery from its dehumidification cycle to partially-heat/cool the space while also providing free pool water heating to the 75 x 50-foot competition pool and large therapy pool.

Electrical and Power October 5, 2010

Fixed Capacitors for Low Voltage Power Factor Correction

StacoVAR fixed capacitors for power factor correction and harmonic compensation.

Electrical and Power October 5, 2010

Safety Isolating Transformers

Transformers Now Certified as Safety Isolating Transformers.

Electrical and Power October 5, 2010

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Applies For BPA Worldwide Business Publication Membership

Consulting-Specifying Engineer has applied for business publication membership in BPA Worldwide. The magazine is published by CFE Media, LLC (Oak Brook, IL).

Electrical and Power October 1, 2010

Military keep cool in Texas

When new air conditioning equipment was needed at the massive Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, the federal government turned to HTS Texas.

Electrical and Power October 1, 2010

Managing and monitoring plant power

The Sao Salvador Poultry Processing Plant, better known as SuperFrango (SuperChicken), is a pioneer in modern poultry-raising systems in Brazil’s central region.

By Information provided by Cummins Power Generation
Electrical and Power September 30, 2010

Energy performance contract energizes Georgetown County

Last summer, the Georgetown County, S.C., procurement department engaged Siemens Industry Inc. to help it reduce energy consumption and fund infrastructure improvements. This also helps the county meet sustainability mandates set for state and local governments through the South Carolina Mayors for Climate and Energy Leadership initiative formed in 2007.

Electrical and Power September 29, 2010

Battery Sizing and Configuration Program

A Web-based battery sizing and configuration program offers an advanced sizing engine with more configuration options for multiple applications.

Electrical and Power September 29, 2010

Solution for Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring

VESDA Systems expanded to provide protection against other airborne threats.

Electrical and Power September 29, 2010

Shaft grounding ring

This Shaft Grounding Ring Protects Medium-Voltage Motors and Generators from Bearing Failure.

Electrical and Power September 24, 2010

Bachman Appointed Director, Mission Critical Data Centers

Don Bachman appointed executive director for the ASCO Power Technologies business of Emerson Network Power.

Electrical and Power September 21, 2010

Solar Fuses

The first Class RK5 fuse listed to the new UL photovoltaic (PV) fuse standard.

Electrical and Power September 20, 2010

Controls for multi-use buildings

Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI Controls Network Provides Solutions for Any Commercial Application.

Electrical and Power September 20, 2010

Automatic voltage regulators

Automatic Voltage Regulators from Staco Energy Products Continuously Control Output Voltage to 1%.

Electrical and Power September 16, 2010

High-performance server

Stealth.com Inc. has released a new high-performance server that delivers the benefits of two servers in a single 1U (1.75-in height) rack space. The Stealth model: SR-1600 is designed to address demanding HPC (High Performance Computer) workloads for applications that require significant processing power and system performance. Designed with a total of four Intel Xeon 5500/5600 processors (two per node), the SR-1600 is capable of handling high-intensity computing needs for today's most demanding applications.

Electrical and Power September 16, 2010

Universal, fast-transfer AC power systems

High-Lites introduced its new PFT Series of universal, fast-transfer ac inverter systems. PFT systems were designed to accommodate small- to medium-sized projects requiring emergency power back-up to ac power loads or illumination sources including incandescent, fluorescent, LED, or HID. Unlike ballast packs, the PFT Series provides highly reliable emergency power sine wave output to any connected load or fixture without compatibility concerns.

Electrical and Power September 16, 2010

LED wall wash fixtures

Juno Lighting Group Introduces LED Wall Wash Fixture Series.

Electrical and Power September 15, 2010

Steam plant decentralization project

In 2004, Sandia National Laboratories, located at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., began researching what would be required to decentralize the steam plant that has been in use on the base for years. Due to the high cost of maintaining the steam system, the goal of the Heating System Modernization program was operational efficiency. Since 1949, Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support national security.

Electrical and Power September 14, 2010

Paralleled Generator Design Strategies

Here is some guidance on how to implement paralleling strategies for generators, plus how to lay out a proper control scheme to achieve it.

By Gary Olson, Cummins, Minneapolis
Electrical and Power September 2, 2010

Friedrich Air Conditioning names new Vice President

Friedrich Air Conditioning has announced that Chuck Campbell will join the executive team as vice president, marketing and sales. Campbell will oversee a nationwide sales force as well as product management and marketing.  Prior to joining Friedrich, Campbell was general manager for the commercial dehumidification business of Munters AB, Sweden, which is also based in San Antonio, Texas. During his 11 years with Munters, he was promoted to vice president and then president of the commercial dehumidification business, and finally to vice president for Munters’ global dehumidification operations. Before joining Munters, Campbell spent 15 years with General Electric Co.

Electrical and Power August 27, 2010

Alternative energy surge protection

The new Surge Protection line from Thomas & Betts provides premium protection for alternative energy sources from the damaging effects of electrical power surges.

Electrical and Power August 24, 2010

Web-based interactive tools

Siemens Industry Inc. has launched a new suite of interactive tools on its Green Online Tools web page.

Electrical and Power August 24, 2010

Lighting controls

New Powerlink EM Lighting Control System from Schneider Electric Incorporates Smart Metering Technology.

Electrical and Power August 24, 2010

Advanced Metering Infrastructure Solution Selected

Cooper Power Systems will provide two-way advanced metering capabilities using power line carrier technology.

Electrical and Power August 19, 2010

Video: Siemens talks Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Technology

Siemens sits down with CSE to discuss energy efficiency and Smart Grid Technology

Electrical and Power August 12, 2010

Renewable Energy Market Takes Another Financial Hit

The $26 billion bill President Barack Obama signed Tuesday may spell relief for teachers’ unions and other public-sector employees, but it’s the latest blow for renewable energy backers. To help pay for the aid bill, lawmakers cut $1.5 billion from the Department of Energy’s renewable energy loan guarantee program. It’s the second time in roughly a year that Congress has raided the program to fund other priorities. Last summer, lawmakers cut $2 billion from the DOE’s renewable energy loan account to extend the highly popular Cash for Clunkers program.