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Power September 2, 2022

Webcast: Designing to mitigate arc flash problems

Attend this webcast on September 27, 2022, to learn design techniques, including pros and cons that will reduce arc flash incident energy.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power December 14, 2021

Your questions answered: Meeting power quality needs

Several questions about power quality and harmonics are answered here

By Zia Salami and Tom Divine
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
Power December 7, 2021

Critical power webcast: Meeting power quality needs

Devices using power electronics can produce distortion in electrical distribution systems, and it’s up to the electrical engineer to apply effective solutions to mitigate this added distortion

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
Power October 6, 2021

Your questions answered: Evolution of Power Factor Correction in Low-Voltage Distribution Networks

Electrical engineers should understand what power factor correction is, why engineers should correct power factor, the evolution from power factor to true power factor and various power factor correction techniques

By Remi Bolduc
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
Power September 29, 2021

Your questions answered with Zia Salami: Arc flash mitigation design

During this arc flash mitigation webcast, a variety of questions were raised; read answers to those items not covered during the live event

By Zia Salami, Ph.D.
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
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
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
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
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.
Power November 18, 2020

Your questions answered: When and how to specify arc flash protection relays

Electrical engineers can learn about hardware considerations, signaling and zone selection for higher performance arc flash mitigation systems

By Farhad Moslemi, PEng
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
Power September 22, 2020

Your questions answered: Arc flash mitigation

Reducing arc flash to electrical personnel is an evolutionary process. Learn more in this Q&A

By Zia Salami and Tracy Wagoner
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
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
Power February 25, 2020

How to balance power quality and energy efficiency

Negative impacts between efficiency equipment and power quality can be minimized if systems are designed and fortified with technologies to help manage power distribution better

By Ram Kaushik
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power September 25, 2019

Evaluating power quality for mission critical facilities

Mission critical and data center facilities that use sensitive power electronics have small tolerances for power source deviations. Power quality and the mitigation of problems affecting power quality are very important to the continuous operation of the facility

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs, Philadelphia
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
Power September 13, 2019

Four steps to reduce harmonic distortion

Electrical engineers should follow these four steps when designing for high-quality power systems

By Nick Holway, PE, CDM Smith, Boston
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
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
Power May 9, 2019

Arc flash hazards: How to provide a safe work environment

Safety is the top priority in any work environment, and there is growing concern and increased discussion around the topic of arc flash hazards.

By RTM Associates
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
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
Power March 7, 2019

IEEE 1584 -2018 changes offer a robust upgrade

Comprehensive standard review impacts arc flash analysis.

By Ed McConnell, PE
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
Power November 30, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, November 22-November 29

The 2018 salary survey, your questions answered: critical power arc flash mitigation, ways to use drones in building design and construction maintenance, power generation in high performance buildings, and NFPA 110-2016 design considerations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Nov. 22-Nov. 29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
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
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
Power October 22, 2018

Using arc flash studies to enhance safety

Consider the steps in arc flash calculations to ensure worker safety.

By Dean Naylor, PE
Power October 1, 2018

Your questions answered: Critical power: Arc flash mitigation

The Sept. 20, 2018, “Critical power: Arc flash mitigation” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Brian Martin, PE; and Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP
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
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; and Stanley Worchester, PE
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 Stevens
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
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
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 CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Power July 20, 2017

Rutgers University College Avenue campus substation expansion

University facilities personnel can monitor substation conditions from remote locations.

By RMF Engineering
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.
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.
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
Power June 22, 2017

Power system annunciator

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

By ASCO Power Technologies
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.
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Power December 9, 2016

Compact diesel engine

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

By Kohler
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Power October 25, 2016

Temporary power distribution system

Larson Electronics releases a 25 kVA temporary power distribution system.

By Larson Electronics
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power September 16, 2016

Adjustable busbars with latching spring

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

By WAGO
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power February 24, 2016

Switchgear with break technology

Trident with SafeVu offers integrated visible break and no-oil design.

By G&W Electric
Power February 23, 2016

Quick-connect breaker

B1NQT is thermal-magnetic and protects against short circuits and overload conditions.

By Noark Electric
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Power September 24, 2015

Mobile paralleling box

Kohler Power Systems’ mobile paralleling box combines different sized generators; generators with different fuels.

By Kohler Co.
Power September 23, 2015

Short-circuit current rating tools

Eaton’s short-circuit current rating tools help meet that latest code requirements.

By Eaton
Power September 21, 2015

Paralleling switchgear with custom capabilities

Emerson’s ASCO 4000 series switchgear offers custom capabilities in a midrange system.

By Emerson
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
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
Power September 4, 2015

Fault interrupter

VisoVac fault interrupter supports power and safety in underground and subsurface power distribution systems.

By Eaton
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
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
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
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.
Power August 17, 2015

DLR Group: Mandalay Bay Solar Array

Addition of on-site renewable solar system of a resort

By DLR Group
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Power May 21, 2015

Generator set models

HIMOINSA has added to its range of products thirteen generator set models with Doosan engines.

By HIMOINSA
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
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
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
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
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
Power May 14, 2015

Arc-flash relay

AF0500 Arc-flash relay offers plug-and-play installation and fast arc detection.

By Littelfuse, Inc.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power April 17, 2015

Avtron sigma 2 load bank control system

Avtron Sigma 2 Load Bank Control System optimizes power testing workflow.

By Emerson
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
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
Power April 1, 2015

Circuit breakers offer power control technology

Power circuit breaker with power management capability available.

By ABB
Power March 19, 2015

Circuit breaker maintenance tools

An online visual training program simplifies circuit breaker maintenance and testing.

By Eaton
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power January 20, 2015

Enclosed starter configurator

The enclosed starter product configurator is designed for low-voltage applications.

By ABB
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.
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
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
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
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
Power January 7, 2015

Portable power panel

This portable power panel is designed specifically for both mobility and durability.

By Hipower Systems
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
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
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
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
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
Power December 10, 2014

Medium-voltage adjustable frequency drive

The SC9000 EP drives from Eaton can be used in harsh industrial environments.

By Eaton
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
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
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
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
Power December 5, 2014

Mitigating data center harmonics

Advances in technology offer harmonics mitigating solutions.

By John Collins, Eaton
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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.

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.

Power September 11, 2014

Power conditioner

The Series 700A power conditioners provide voltage regulation and includes a triple-shielded isolation transformer.

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.

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
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.

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.

Power August 12, 2014

Power quality analytics

ASCO power quality analytics has high-speed wave recording that identifies eight power quality anomalies.

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.
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.

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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
Power May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Amanda Brownlee, PE, 37

Senior Associate, WSP, San Francisco

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
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
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
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.

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.

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
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.

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.
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.
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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.

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
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.

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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.

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.

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
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
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
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
Power November 16, 2013

Continuing standby power education

Knowledge is power when designing standby power systems.

By Michael Kirchner, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
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
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.
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.
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.

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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.

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.
Power October 8, 2013

Generac to acquire Baldor Generators

Generac has announced a purchase agreement for the Baldor Generators subsidiary.

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
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
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.
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.
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.

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
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.
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.
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
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.
Power August 15, 2013

Bellevue Hospital Switchgear Relocation

System overhaul; Bellevue Hospital Switchgear Relocation; Parsons Brinckerhoff

By Parsons Brinckerhoff
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.
Power August 15, 2013

New On-Site Generator/Switchgear

New construction; New On-Site Generator/Switchgear; Stanley Consultants

By Stanley Consultants
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.
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).

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.

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
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
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
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
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.

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.

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.
Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Stuart Hill, 38

Engineering Manager, Dynamix Engineering, Columbus, Ohio

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Jamey Lyzun, 36

Associate, Mechanical Engineer, Arup, Los Angeles

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Robert Nixdorf, 40

Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz, San Francisco

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
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
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
Power May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Brandon Harwick, 34

President, Engenium Group, Washington, D.C.

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
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.

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.
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.

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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.

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
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
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.

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
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.

Power February 18, 2013

Green field oil seed processing facility

Integrated project delivery profile

By Lisa Johnson, Marketing Supervisor, Interstates Companies, Sioux Center, Iowa
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.

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.

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.
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.

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
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.

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
Power January 10, 2013

Power monitoring for data centers

StruxureWare Power Monitoring for Data Centers by Schneider Electric.

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.
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
Power January 2, 2013

Indoor charging station

The EVlink indoor electric vehicle (EV) by Schneider Electric

Power December 28, 2012

Looking backward–and ahead

2012: A year in review.

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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Power December 7, 2012

Variable speed circulator

The HEC-2 Bumble Bee variable speed circulator by Taco uses ECM and permanent magnet motor technology.

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
Power November 30, 2012

Row-based UPS

The Liebert APM UPS by Emerson Network Power has received Energy Star certification.

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
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.

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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.

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
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.

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.

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.
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.
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
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
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.
Power November 12, 2012

dc motor line expanded

Baldor Electric Co. has expanded its permanent magnet and wound field industrial dc motors.

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
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.

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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.

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.

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
Power October 2, 2012

UPS system

Eaton Corp.’s 5P UPS system supports entry-level virtualization strategies.

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
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
Power September 26, 2012

Photoelectric duct smoke detector

The InnovairFlex D4120 4-wire photoelectric duct smoke detector by System Sensor.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.

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.

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
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
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.

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
Power August 28, 2012

UPS product line

Higher-capacity models have been added to the transformer-free Liebert NX double conversion UPS systems.

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.

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.)
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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.
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.
Power August 9, 2012

FedEx Field Solar Array

Large-scale solar array: FedEx Field Solar Array; DLR Group

By Source: DLR Group
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.
Power August 9, 2012

American Aerogel Expansion of Production Capacity

System overhaul: American Aerogel Expansion of Production Capacity; Optimation

By Source: Optimation
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
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.
Power August 9, 2012

BRAC 133—Washington Headquarters Services

New construction: BRAC 133—Washington Headquarters Services; Southland Industries

By Source: Southland Industries
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.)
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
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
Power July 24, 2012

Genset for mobile markets

The C17D5T generator set by Cummins Power Generation is suited for mobile telecommunications applications.

Power July 20, 2012

Flexible power solutions

Track Busway systems by STARLINE from Universal Electric Corp.

Power July 19, 2012

System controller for multiple gensets

DMC 1500 Paralleling System by Cummins Power Generation.

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
Power June 25, 2012

4 MW genset

The C175-20 generator set is a new diesel generator by Caterpillar.

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
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.
Power June 1, 2012

VFD protection relay

The EL731 ac/dc Sensitive Earth-Leakage Relay by Littelfuse can detect ground currents.

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
Power May 24, 2012

Critical power management system for mission critical facilities

Emerson Network Power has released a critical power management system.

Power May 23, 2012

High-efficiency UPS

The Liebert NXL 1100kVA/1100 kW UPS is from Emerson Network Power.

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
Power March 14, 2012

UPS network module

HP UPS Network Module

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.
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.

Power February 16, 2012

Mobile generators

Doosan Portable Power has added four models to its mobile generator series.

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
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.

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
Power January 10, 2012

Power capability generator

Cummins Power Generation’s C3000 Series generator set offers up to 3.5 MW.

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
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
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.
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.

Power November 28, 2011

DC power supply

DS460SDC-3 front end power supply by Emerson Network Power

Power November 16, 2011

Uninterruptable power supplies

HP UPS R5000 and HP UPS R7000

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.
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
Power November 14, 2011

Diesel generator

Caterpillar's Cat 3516C-HD diesel generator set

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Power November 10, 2011

Design software

Paladin DesignBase by Power Analytics

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Power October 13, 2011

UPS systems

HP's UPS R5000 and R7000 provide intelligent manageability functionality and additional operating systems support.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
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
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.

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
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.

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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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
Power July 22, 2011

FERC approves transmission policy

The FERC has approved Order 1000, which gives priority to public policy for power transmission projects.

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
Power July 20, 2011

AC sustainable light module

Molex Inc. and Bridgelux’s Helieon 120 Vac sustainable light module

Power July 19, 2011

Heat pump unit

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating Solutions (Mitsubishi Electric) has upgraded its commercial Y-series outdoor units.

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
Power July 7, 2011

Air-cooled packaged modular chiller

Climacool Corp.’s UCA air-cooled packaged modular chiller offers flexibility.

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.

Power July 5, 2011

Refrigeration harnesses outdoor air

Freeaire Polar Power systems use cold outdoor temperatures

By FREEaire
Power June 30, 2011

Guide to optimizing fuel combustion

ABB 12-page guide on efficiency, environmental impact.

By ABB
Power June 28, 2011

Unit ventilators with two-stage compressors

McQuay International introduces self-contained unit ventilators

By Daikin McQuay
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.

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
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.

Power June 22, 2011

SAP America headquarters expansion

Pennsylvania complex achieves LEED Platinum through use of sustainable strategies.

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.

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
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
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.

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.

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Power May 7, 2011

Surge protection quiz

The Protection I.Q. Quiz from Mersen challenges customers to test their knowledge of surge protection.

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
Power May 4, 2011

Website configurator

Hennig Inc. introduced its online configurator for specifying power generation systems.

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.

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
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.

Power May 2, 2011

Pump starter

The IPS Starter from Cerus Industrial Inc. has integrated pump-specific protective features.

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.

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
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.

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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power April 11, 2011

Fishing for quality lighting

Robb Allen, AIA, IES, helps engineers notice the art and science of lighting.

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
Power April 7, 2011

Globe valves

Schneider Electric's Venta VB-7000 bronze globe valves have ultra-tight seal design.

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.

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
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
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.

Power March 28, 2011

Design Master updates HVAC, electrical, plumbing Apps

Design Master improves support for 3D-BIM on its programs.

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
Power March 28, 2011

Autodesk 2012 Manufacturing Software Portfolio

Autodesk Product Design Suite Offers Digital Prototyping in Convenient, Cost Effective Package.

By SOURCE: CADCAMNews
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
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
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
Power March 21, 2011

Bi-fuel generator

The Generac Bi-Fuel generator starts on diesel fuel and adds natural gas as load is applied.

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
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
Power March 18, 2011

Preassembled UPS system

The BladeUPS system from Eaton Corp. is now available in a preassembled system cabinet.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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
Power March 10, 2011

EPA Tier 2 engine

MTU Onsite Energy’s MTU 10 V 1600 engine boosts fuel efficiency, lowers exhaust emissions.

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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Power February 8, 2011

Variable speed wet rotor circulators

Grundfos Pumps produces a permanent magnet, variable speed wet rotor circulator, reduces power consumption.

Power February 8, 2011

Condensing Boiler features fire-tube technology

Lochinvar’s CREST condensing Boiler offers fire-tube innovation, touch screen technology

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.
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
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
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.

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.
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
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.
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

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
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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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
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
Power January 10, 2011

Newcomb & Boyd promotes associate partner

Eric A. Myracle has been named Associate Partner for Newcomb & Boyd.

By Source: Newcomb & Boyd
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
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.

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
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
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
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.

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
Power December 29, 2010

BIM objects for powers fasteners

ARCAT has developed their site data-rich AutoDesk Revit BIM objects for Powers Fasteners.

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
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/
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.

Power December 28, 2010

Hydrogen/refrigerant leak detector

nuvoTrace releases Trace300 Bench Top Hydrogen/Refrigerant Leak Detector, Locator.

Power December 24, 2010

Variable speed drives

Schneider Electric announces Altivar 32, variable speed drive, which provides high degree of performance, connectivity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Power November 9, 2010

Recloser control

Cooper Power Systems has introduced the Form 4D, the first in a platform of fully integrated recloser controls.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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
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.

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, Morrissey Goodale LLC, Newton, Mass.
Power October 18, 2010

Vanderweil Engineers Opens Southern California Office

Engineering Team Offers Strong Portfolio in Power and Energy.

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.

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.

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.

Power October 5, 2010

Fixed Capacitors for Low Voltage Power Factor Correction

StacoVAR fixed capacitors for power factor correction and harmonic compensation.

Power October 5, 2010

Safety Isolating Transformers

Transformers Now Certified as Safety Isolating Transformers.

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).

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.

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
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.

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.

Power September 29, 2010

Solution for Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring

VESDA Systems expanded to provide protection against other airborne threats.

Power September 29, 2010

Shaft grounding ring

This Shaft Grounding Ring Protects Medium-Voltage Motors and Generators from Bearing Failure.

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.

Power September 21, 2010

Solar Fuses

The first Class RK5 fuse listed to the new UL photovoltaic (PV) fuse standard.

Power September 20, 2010

Controls for multi-use buildings

Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI Controls Network Provides Solutions for Any Commercial Application.

Power September 20, 2010

Automatic voltage regulators

Automatic Voltage Regulators from Staco Energy Products Continuously Control Output Voltage to 1%.

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.

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.

Power September 16, 2010

LED wall wash fixtures

Juno Lighting Group Introduces LED Wall Wash Fixture Series.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Power August 24, 2010

Lighting controls

New Powerlink EM Lighting Control System from Schneider Electric Incorporates Smart Metering Technology.

Power August 24, 2010

Advanced Metering Infrastructure Solution Selected

Cooper Power Systems will provide two-way advanced metering capabilities using power line carrier technology.

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

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.

By Stephen Power, Wall Street Journal
Power August 12, 2010

Energy efficiency calculator

Active Power Offers Online Energy Efficiency Calculator

Power August 12, 2010

Expanded motor line

Baldor expands Super-E motor line

Power August 12, 2010

Avoid data center failure

Emerson Network Power Announces Best Practices to Avoid Data Center Failure by Human Error

Power August 10, 2010

$1.6 trillion invested in the business of being green since 2007

Private enterprise is investing hundreds of billions every year to grow the green economy, totaling $1,646,719,228,993 in investments since 2007. The very precise number is the finding of the latest Green Transition Scoreboard, developed and released yesterday by Ethical Markets. The $1.6 trillion dollars invested in the last three years includes more than $400 billion since the last update, just eight months ago.

By GreenBiz staff, www.greenbiz.com
Power August 5, 2010

Green UPS receives SMaRT Gold Certification

Eaton Corporation announced the Eaton 9395 uninterruptible power system (UPS) is the first power quality product to receive a Sustainable Materials Rating Technology (SMaRT) Gold certification. This makes the 9395 the first UPS certified to contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points for buildings and projects seeking LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The SMaRT Gold certified 9395 may contribute to points in two LEED Credit Categories.

Power August 4, 2010

Andreas Schierenbeck named President of Siemens Industry’s Building Technologies Division

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Siemens Industry, Inc. announced that it has appointed Andreas Schierenbeck to lead the company’s Building Technologies (BT) Division. As president, Schierenbeck will be responsible for the financial, operational and competitive success of Siemens Industry Sector’s U.S.-based building systems and energy efficiency solutions provider. Having held executive and leadership positions at major global BT business units and other Siemens companies, Schierenbeck brings to his new post nearly 20 years of progressive experience guiding companies to profitability and market success,.

Power August 2, 2010

Hotel chain receives LEED Volume Pre-Certification for its prototype design

Eco-chic boutique Element Hotels, which is the first major hotel brand to mandate that all its properties pursue USGBC's LEED certification, has achieved LEED Volume Pre-certification from USGBC for its prototype design, which will automatically qualify new build hotels to pursue LEED designation. The Volume Pre-certification initiative is part of USGBC's Portfolio Program, which enables companies and building owners to integrate LEED into new and existing building projects using a cost-effective, streamlined certification process without sacrificing the technical rigor and integrity of LEED. The Portfolio Program recognizes market leaders who have committed to and achieved high levels of LEED certification within their portfolio.

Power July 28, 2010

Energy efficiency

Tell me your story on how you designed an energy-efficient building engineering system.

Power July 28, 2010

PV support mounts

Mounting system for photovoltaic commercial rooftop applications

Power July 28, 2010

Power supplies for small load applications

Low current power supplies

Power July 28, 2010

Power distribution unit – 2010-07-28

Remote monitoring of power consumption

Power July 28, 2010

Relay control panels for lighting management

Energy-efficient lighting management

Power July 27, 2010

HP Says Prefab Data Center Cuts Costs in Half

Hewlett-Packard thinks it can build data centers faster and more cheaply by using standard, pre-built components that are assembled on site in a "Lego-like" fashion.

By James Niccolai, IDG News
Power July 22, 2010

Integrated rack PDU and management solution

Marriage of Avocent DSView 3, Liebert MPX and MPH Rack PDU’s Enables Expanded Data Center Remote Access, Management, and Infrastructure Control.

Power July 22, 2010

Ethernet switch

Siemens Scalance XR-324 managed industrial Ethernet switch from Siemens Industry Inc. offers modularity and high port density in a compact, 19-in. rack housing designed for rugged industrial applications.

Power July 21, 2010

Bye-Bye Batteries: Radio Waves as a Low-Power Source

A researcher has developed a hard hat with a tiny microprocessor and beeper that sound a warning when dangerous equipment is nearby on a construction site.

By Source: Anne Eisenberg, The New York Times
Power July 21, 2010

Genset control system

The DGC-2020 integrated genset control system from Basler Electric Co. provides genset control, transfer switch control, metering, protection, and programmable logic in a compact package. The control system features generator sequencing via LSB-2020 load sharing module, 16 programmable contact inputs, 7 contact outputs, three 30 Adc and four programmable 2 Adc rated contacts.

Power July 21, 2010

New ‘Smart’ Metal Could Mean Cool Cash for Consumers, Less CO2

If a new "smart" metal could help cool at 175% more efficiently than current technology, imagine what that would do for your electric bills.

Power July 20, 2010

Power supplies – 2010-07-20 – 2010-07-20

B&R Industrial Automation announces its generation of compact, DIN rail mountable power supplies. This line ranges from 2.1 A single-phase to 40 A three-phase and can allow an input voltage range of 100 to 240 V ac for single-phase devices to 400 to 500 V ac for three-phase devices. These products include buffer modules and multiple mounting orientations.  This line accepts ambient temperatures ranging of -25  to 70 C and provides short-circuit, overload, and continuous open-circuit protection.

Power July 20, 2010

Data Center earns high efficiency grade

NetApp RTP Data Center Is First-Ever Data Center to Earn EPA's Energy Star for Superior Energy Efficiency.

Power July 20, 2010

Electrical panel frame

Users can save up to 25% on combined material and labor costs by using Proclip and Prolight modular electrical panel frame and wire management systems from Satie.

Power July 19, 2010

Leading U.S. Organizations Provide Consolidated Recommendations for Measuring Data Center Energy Efficiency

How to calculate PUE from weighted energy types based on source energy is highlighted in the report.

Power July 19, 2010

Automatic transfer control system

The Russelectric RPTCS microprocessor automatic transfer control system controls all operational functions of the automatic transfer switch. Each unit is programmed to control customer-specified options as well as standard switch features. The system provides setup, alarm acknowledgement, and review of actual data with the controller’s soft keys and VGA color display.

Power July 14, 2010

The bright side of the Gulf Oil Spill

I’m trying to find something positive about the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Do you see any bright spots in this mess?

Power July 14, 2010

Smart battery isolator

The Smart Battery Isolator 48525 and 48530 from Cole Hersee Co. prevents loads on the auxiliary battery from draining the starting battery. The product is not specific to an alternator type.

Power July 14, 2010

Power meters

Murata Power Solutions has expanded its offering of Datel Digital Panel Meters with two new additions to its ACM20 Series of Four-Function AC Power Meters. The models can measure and display frequency in Hertz and can indicate true-rms ac Volts, Amps, and Watts. Additions to the range include the ACM20-5-AC1-R-F-C and the ACM20-4-AC1-R-F-C, UL safety agency approvals, and an increase in the maximum power reading.

Power July 14, 2010

Life Safety Platform

The Simplex 4100ES is an Internet-ready, next-generation fire detection and alarm platform.

Power July 13, 2010

Flywheels useful as a power protection alternative

For some control applications, a brief power outage or brownout is an inconvenience. However, for the majority of computer-controlled processes, even a momentary glitch in the power supply is completely unacceptable, as well as costly. The traditional means of guaranteeing a continuous power supply has been the use of battery-based uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) along with engine gen-sets.

Power July 9, 2010

Fall 2010 electrical engineering courses

The following courses will be available in the Fall of 2010 course line up from the EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center.  EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center is a leading technical training solution provider of engineering and technology programs in the private sector throughout North America.  LOCATION TITLE SEM_START SEM_FINISH Mississauga Control Systems: From Fundamentals to Hands on Rapid Controls Prototyping 18-Oct-10 19-Oct-10 Mississauga Modern Power System Protective Relaying 20-Oct-10 22-Oct-10 Halifax Fundamentals of Modern Substation Equipment, Protection and Controls 25-Oct-10 27-Oct-10 Calgary Electric Distribution System Modeling and Simulation 28-Oct-10 29-Oct-10.

Power July 9, 2010

Orloff Electrical Engineering and Computer Services Launches Revised Website

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Orloff Electrical Engineering and Computer Services (OCSOFT) has launched their revised website designed for specialists in the field of electrical engineering and power management. OCSOFT provides engineering services for a number of applications including power plants, high-voltage sub-stations, overhead and underground transmission and distribution lines. The company offers a variety of packages that operate on machines running a 32-bit architecture.

Power July 8, 2010

Hot-water cooled supercomputer goes live

IBM has delivered a first-of-a-kind hot water-cooled supercomputer to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), marking a new era in energy-aware computing. The innovative system, dubbed Aquasar, consumes up to 40% less energy than a comparable air-cooled machine. Through the direct use of waste heat to provide warmth to university buildings, Aquasar's carbon footprint is reduced by up to 85%. Building energy efficient computing systems and data centers is a staggering undertaking.

Power July 2, 2010

EntelliGuard TU Trip Unit Conversion/Upgrade Kits

GE has develop its new EntelliGuard TU Trip Unit Conversion/Upgrade Kits, ideal for electrical service organizations, contractors, and industrial end users concerned with improving arc flash protection without sacrificing system reliability, while maintaining and extending the life of an electrical power system. The product includes both a Waveform Recognition Instantaneous Algorithm and Zone Selective Interlocking Instantaneous, which together can achieve HRC2 or better without sacrificing selectivity for available fault currents as high as 100kA. Other options include a feature called Reduced Energy Let Through (RELT) that provides enhanced arc flash protection during maintenance. Available to install on legacy GE breakers such as AK, AKR, Power Break, and WavePro series low voltage circuit breakers, the new kits extend the offering to non-GE manufactured breakers including Allis Chalmers, I-T-E, and Westinghouse, while providing all the hardware needed for options like RELT in one easy to install kit. GE’s EntelliGuard TU Trip Unit Conversion/Upgrade Kits offer:  Flexible time current settings and curves (Including Fuse Shapes) Zone Selective Interlock – GF, S, and I RELT – Reduced Energy Let Through Ground Fault Alarm via I/O or Modbus Communications Easy upgrades to Power Management Control Systems (PMCS) via open Modbus   RTU protocol Large LCD to centrally display three phases on one screen 10 Event log with date and time stamp  Health status via breaker LED indicating normal operation, errors, pickup, and trips while providing non-volatile memory with a continuous self-testing microprocessor Free set-up software that let facilitators easily program all units offline and analyze captured waveforms Full-function metering and relaying; including Waveform capture to enable harmonic analysis four cycles prior and after event Thermal Memory Lithium battery to eliminate need for external power www.geelectrical.com/industrial.

Power June 30, 2010

Tower of Power

GE’s new GenTower generator connection switchboard allows facility managers to get the power going again and their operations back up and running. GenTower saves labor and downtime costs because the stand-alone, permanent solution connects to a mobile generator via color-coded quick connects, which feeds the main power system without emergency modifications. Rated up to 4,000 A at 65k AIC, GenTower connects either by cabling to the lugs on the main switchboard (if tap connections are in place), with hard bus connection to approved GE switchboards, or through a feeder breaker.

Power May 15, 2010

2017 40 Under 40: Jason DeRosa, PE, LEED AP BD+C; 39

Senior Electrical Engineer, Primera Engineers

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Power May 15, 2010

2017 40 Under 40: Philip Parise, PE; 37

Director of Operations and Project Manager, Kupper Engineering Inc.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Power April 1, 2010

Motor efficiency requirements come December 2010. Are you ready?

Dec. 19, 2010, is the next major compliance deadline for the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Baldor Electric explains what that means for machine builders and end users.

By Mark Hoske -- Control Engineering
Power April 1, 2010

Controller – 2010-04-01 – 2010-04-01

The Vapor-logic4 Web-enabled controller on Vaporstream electric humidifiers from DRI-STEEM is a fourth-generation controller that features interoperability with standard Modbus and optional BACnet or LonTalk protocols, user access via Web browser and keypad, and a USB port for software updates and system backup.

Power April 1, 2010

Thanks to renewable energy, L.A. electricity rates skyrocket

The city of Los Angeles plans to raise its citizen's utility bills in the hopes of driving up the usage of renewable energy.

By Bonner R. Cohen, Heartland.org
Power March 16, 2010

Rolling in new backup power

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Steel Technologies, Louisville, Ky., processes flat-rolled steel for a variety of industries including automotive, appliance, and construction. The company's data center covers 24 facilities in three different countries and all router, switch, cabling, wireless, and power requirements are controlled by Dave Stephenson, network operations manager for Steel Technologies. As part of the company's improvement effort, the IT department was worked on a huge conversion from older mainframes to thin, fast, and power-hungry blade servers.

Power March 5, 2010

New hybrid model for energy creation

A plan for a new hybrid model for renewable energy creation is announced in Florida.

By Jad Mouawad, New York Times
Power March 1, 2010

A Roadmap for Training Engineers

If you present in a way that matches how adults learn, then you can present for long-term retention, and for real action.

By Amy K. Smith, PhD, Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.
Power March 1, 2010

Electrical disconnect product

Use three interlocked disconnects to isolate standby generator circuits during COPS load bank testing with the TripleSwitch from ESL Power Systems. The device eliminates the need to manually disconnect and re-tighten cable terminal connections on breakers by using a twist lock Cam connection without the need for tools.

Power March 1, 2010

Circuit breaker panelboard

Combing the IEC technology and CEC/NEC standards, the XP explosion-proof circuit breaker panelboard from Appleton Electric is designed for hazardous industrial locations where flammable gases or vapors are present. The device is housed in a NEMA-rated construction that enables installation for outdoor or indoor applications.

Power March 1, 2010

Power generation community goes digital

Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc. announced the availability of its new Power Generation Online Community. The interactive forum is a place where consulting and specifying engineers and other power generation professionals can exchange ideas and best practices. Available at www.catelectricpowerinfo.

Power February 8, 2010

Report provides detailed analysis of the HVAC market

This report analyzes the European market for nonresidential HVAC controls in millions of U.S. dollars. The market for HVAC controls is analyzed by the following segments: PLC and selectable HVAC controls, and stand-alone HVAC controls.

By Source: companiesandmarkets.com
Power February 5, 2010

Investment dollars flow to green energy start-ups

The renewable energy market continues to show growth, despite a struggling economy.

By Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal
Power January 8, 2010

Google wants power over power

Google has applied to become a power marketer, with the goal of gaining flexibility for its data centers.

By Source: Miguel Helft, The New York Times
Power January 7, 2010

Man opens fire at St. Louis area power company

Gunman opens fire on employees of ABB Power Plant in the St. Louis area.

By Source: Jim Salter, AP writer
Power January 1, 2010

Schneider Electric fires up 60 kW PV array on cold winter day

Schneider Electric launched its 60 kW dc photovoltaic (PV) array on Dec. 10, 2009, at its Palatine, Ill., headquarters building.

Power January 1, 2010

Draft inducers

The IPVB Power Venter in-line draft inducers from EXHAUSTO can be installed in a vertical or horizontal stack section. The line is available in four sizes with capacities up to almost 6,000 cfm. Constructed of 316 stainless steel, the draft inducers provide proper draft for condensing and non-condensing commercial boilers and water heaters.

Power December 16, 2009

Rediscovering the joy of engineering

When the market turns against you and your firm, and you become dispirited, take time to take care of your self.

By David Sellers, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Power December 10, 2009

Generac goes public, teams with Fiat

Generac has filed for an IPO, partnered with Fiat Powertrain Technologies, and enhanced their genset product lines.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor, Plant Engineering and Pure Power
Power December 9, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-12-09

Recent promotions and hires

Power December 3, 2009

Study: Wind power projects don’t impact property values

Research at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds no widespread impact of wind power projects on surrounding residential property values.

By Source: Dept. of Energy
Power December 1, 2009

Con Edison, Viridity Energy partner on Smart Grid development

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) recently awarded ConsolidatedEdison Inc. (Con Edison) $45 million in Smart Grid stimulus funding. ViridityEnergy announced that it will work with Con Edison on the project as well as with the New York City Economic Development Corp. to optimize advanced building technologies and solar generation from city-owned properties into clean, virtual power generation.

Power December 1, 2009

Legrand launches new Web site

Legrand is launching a new Web site for its North American users. It combines the information and solutions offered on the current Cablofil, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, and Wiremold Web sites into a single resource. Located at www.legrand.us and www.legrand.ca for the U.S. and Canada, respectively, the new Web site is designed for end users as well as for electrical and information net...

Power December 1, 2009

Test your selective coordination IQ

So you think you know everything about selective coordination? Find out just how much you know by taking Ferraz Shawmut's latest Protection Intelligence Quotient (P.IQ) Quiz.

Power December 1, 2009

Metering utility plant’s power

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Southern California Edison (SCE) serves more than 13 million customers in 11 central, coastal, and southern California counties. In the southern half of SCE's service territory lies the Inland Empire, which is an area of 27,298 sq miles of commercial, industrial, and residential zones. The rapid growth of the area presented a critical need for electrical power in the wake of frequent deregulation blackouts and brownouts during the early part of the decade.

Power December 1, 2009

Surge protection sets

The PV-SET dc/ac surge protection set from Phoenix Contact features surge arresters in the sets that have temperature-monitored, high-capacity varistors with optical fault warning and a dynamic disconnect device. Pre-assembled in an IP65 installation housing, the sets protect all power lines in the system, including the PV generator side and the power supply.

Power December 1, 2009

Providing control

A new controller provides front-end digital control to GE busfed power bridges.

By Richard C. Schaefer, Basler Electric Co., Highland, Ill.
Power December 1, 2009

Voltage tester

Test for energized circuitsand defective grounds with the VoltAlert ac-non-contact voltage tester from Fluke Corp. The tester features an always-on circuitry and a battery check button that helps sustain battery life. The tester lets users touch the tip of the pocket-size tester to a terminal strip, outlet, or power cord and watch the tip glow red in order to determine if there is voltage in th...

Power December 1, 2009

The importance of power reliability

In this roundtable discussion, data center executives discuss the vital importance of power reliability.

By Brian Phelan, ASCO Power Technologies, Florham Park, N.J.
Power November 21, 2009

A surplus of energy that might even last

A New York Times article analyzes the current state of the energy market in the U.S. and provides predictions for energy consumption and demand in the future.

By Source: Matthew L. Wald, New York Times
Power November 20, 2009

Clean energy loan legislation passes in New York Senate and Assembly

A new clean energy loan bill will help provide New York access to more than $450 million in Federal Funds designed for clean energy retrofits and renewable energy systems.

By Source: Governor of New York
Power November 18, 2009

Bridging the climate change gap

I asked an assistant recently to perform some research regarding the science of climate change. The instructions were simple, requiring research that would support definitive opinion on the science arguments currently in play.

By Scott Phillips, P.Eng., LEED AP, Stantec Consulting Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
Power November 1, 2009

BACnet thermostat

The EXL-1610 BACnet thermostat from ExactLogic supports modulating or two-stage outputs and multiple-speed fan control, which can be installed for stand-alone control to communicate with any BACnet system via standard BACnet objects. The thermostat operates rooftop units, fan coil units, furnaces, exhaust fans, and reheat coils.

Power November 1, 2009

Monitoring software

The Liebert Nform infrastructure monitoring software from Emerson Network Power establishes a single point of management that exposes potential downtime threats and react property to network events. The software combines real-time monitoring with cost-effective deployment through the use of the xisting network infrastructure and monitors any simple network management protocol device that suppor...

Power November 1, 2009

EGSA elects officers and directors for 2010

EGSA has announced the election of officers and three new board members for 2010. “The association would like to thank those leaving its Board of Directors and express its appreciation for their valuable contributions and continuous support,” said Jalane Kellough, EGSA Executive Director.

Power November 1, 2009

Fan coil unit

The Model VSH vertical stack high-rise fan coil unit from Greenheck provides space heating and cooling for hotels, dorms, and condominiums. Available in six sizes with performance capabilities up to 1,300 cfm, the unit is also available with concealed or exposed housings that are configurable with 2-or 4-pipe water coils and electric heaters.

Power October 21, 2009

Engineers link servers to data center chillers

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory engineers are experimenting with a way to deliver just the right amount of cooling to computing equipment.

By James Niccolai, Computerworld
Power October 19, 2009

Green power at DHS

Congress requires Homeland Security's data center to go green.

By Jill R. Aitoro, NextGov
Power October 19, 2009

2009 Solar Decathlon winners announced

The 2009 week-long Solar Decathlon has ended, with Team Germany as the winner.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Power October 15, 2009

HVAC demand grows

The Freedonia Group sees a 4.5% increase in HVAC demand each year over the next 5 years.

By Source: Freedonia Group
Power October 12, 2009

Keltech achieves potable water heater certification

Keltech achieves ASME HLW certificate of authorization.

By Source: Keltech Inc.
Power October 7, 2009

Tools, reports, and events for improving energy efficiency in data centers

New data center resource provides visitors with tools designed to improve energy efficiency in data centers.

By Source: Green Grid Adminstration
Power October 2, 2009

Siemens sets new warranty standard

Siemens Industry includes three-year warranty in low voltage power distribution portfolio.

By Source: Siemens Industry Inc.
Power October 2, 2009

Hydraulic fluids aimed at energy savings

Early field test results show promise in the effort to boost the efficiency of mobile fluid power applications.

By Source: Al Presher, Design News
Power October 1, 2009

Digital multimeter

Troubleshoot electrical problems in harsh conditions with the Fluke 27 II and 28 II digital multimeters from Fluke Corp. IP 67-rated for water and dust resistance, these multimeters can operate in environments from 5 to 131 F with up to 95% humidity, can withstand a 10 ft drop, and can float in water.

Power October 1, 2009

Fire alarm power supply

Honeywell Power Products has released the HPFF8 FireForce 8 power supply, which saves time and remembers past trouble history for rapid installer diagnostics. Used to expand fire alarm notification appliance circuit and provide auxiliary power to 24 V system accessories, HPFF8 supplies can be activated by any 12 or 24 V fire alarm control panel or operate alone.

Power October 1, 2009

Power and air circuit breaker

Reduce size and improve safety with the Magnum DS 4,000 amp narrow frame power and air circuit breaker from Eaton. The 26-in.-wide breaker allows original equipment manufacturers to use smaller enclosures because it can be applied in 30-in. structures rather than 44-in. needed for previous breakers. The narrow breaker features zone-selective interlocking and arc flash reduction maintenance syst...

Power October 1, 2009

Publication updates

AMCA Publication 502-06 (R2009), Damper Application Manual for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, was reaffirmed by the AMCA membership on Sept. 11, 2009. Publication 502-06 (R2009) provides general information and important points to consider when designing or specifying HVAC installations requiring dampers in specific temperatures and pressures.

Power October 1, 2009

Sunshade considerations

Passive sunshades help save energy and improve worker comfort. They also can reduce capital investments in electrical and air conditioning equipment and enhance a building's appearance.

By Steven R. Lynch, Construction Specialties Inc., Cranford, N.J.
Power October 1, 2009

Trip coil monitor

Proactively monitor circuit connections and continuity with the SEL-2652 trip coil monitor from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. The monitor keeps tabs on the circuit breaker trip coil and lockout relay to give operators confidence that the breaker is ready when needed. With a panel-mount design and visible external LED, the self-powered monitor indicates circuit breaker status and has ...

Power October 1, 2009

Energy dashboard

Advanced Telemetry LLC has released the EcoView, a real-time energy- and resource-monitoring control system for small commercial customers. Building owners can access up-to-the-minute reports on energy and water consumption through their monitor while simultaneously taking action to cut their building's carbon footprint and reduce utility bills.

Power October 1, 2009

Sealed power connector

Protect housings and contacts from environmental contaminants with the 4 Position SPEC Pak (sealed power for environmental connections) from Anderson Power Products. This high power, signal, and ground interconnect solution is waterproof and uses an industry standard panel cut-out which is the same as 26482 and 5015 type receptacle shells (size 20).

Power September 25, 2009

Microsoft goes chiller-less in its new data center

Microsoft unveils its energy efficient, chiller-less data center in Dublin.

By Source: Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge
Power September 22, 2009

September Product Spotlight

In the September issue of CSE, a special advertising product section features innovative products used in facilities across the country.

Power September 9, 2009

Boulder becomes first smart grid city

The $100 million smart grid has helped avoid four long-term outages since its launch this week.

By Source: Cathy Proctor, Denver Business Journal
Power September 9, 2009

Smart water grid in the works

Information technology companies IBM and Intel are working on a smart grid for another precious resource: fresh water.

By Source: Martin LaMonica, CNet News
Power September 8, 2009

Industry Roundup – 2009-09-08

Contracts awarded and other industry news

Power September 2, 2009

Report: Most data centers are too cold

Even though ASHRAE recommends that data centers maintain 80 F temperatures, 100% of respondents cooled their facilities to 74 F or less.

By Source: Rik Myslewski, The Register
Power September 1, 2009

Thermal imager

Keep server rooms up and running with the HeatSeeker thermal imager from IDEAL Industries Inc. The thermal imager is a handheld camera that blends visible images with infrared images to track down problems like hotspots in servers, batteries, and electrical connections before system failure occurs. It also checks transformers, generators, and switchboards for signs of overload or failure.

Power September 1, 2009

Electrical power system software

Improve power system design with the new analysis modules and time-saving features of ETAP 7.0 software from Operation Technology Inc. The software includes online energy management modules to improve the automation and control of power systems. The system also improves simulation, prediction, and optimization functions, and includes load analyzer and arc flash analyzer tools.

Power September 1, 2009

Pad-mounted switchgear

Federal Pacific offers pad-mounted switchgear listed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. using the IEEE C37.74-2003. The 15 kV Live-Front PSI/II and Dead-Front PSE models have passed the electrical and mechanical tests for switches and fuse mountings in underground distribution equipment. The enclosure and finish were exposed to the rigorous sequence of testing to verify the enclosure's capabilit...

Power September 1, 2009

Modular UPS for data centers

APC by Schneider Electric has launched the Symmetra MW II UPS, the second generation of APC's modular UPS to provide power in the range of 400 to 1,600 kW, with paralleling capabilities for increased capacity or redundancy. With the industry's highest operating efficiency, the Symmetra MW II was designed to address the most common issues faced by managers of large data centers and facilities, w...

Power September 1, 2009

Dual channel switch

Electro Standards Laboratories has released its Model 6278 Dual Channel ESCON duplex enabled/disabled switch, which allows building owners to control multiple devices using just one product. The switch allows users to enable or disable the connection between multiple devices connected to the in or out ports of each channel.

Power September 1, 2009

Generating power at the end of the earth

Figure 1: The blue structure is the dual generator set, which has the waste heat exchangers on the exhaust system which are connected to the “mechanical” building which has the heat exchangers to provide hot fluid to the rest of the complex. As part of the U.S. Antarctic Program's commitment to NASA's Long Duration Balloon (LDB) Project, a power unit was required to provide electric power for supporting the balloon instrument payload assembly and launch facilities.

Power August 28, 2009

Standards for small-scale wind power in development

The American Wind Energy Assn. is developing standards to measure the safety, reliability, and performance of small wind turbines.

By Source: Colin Miner, New York Times
Power August 26, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-08-26

Recent promotions and hires

By Bettina Chang
Power August 24, 2009

Data center aims for 99.982% uptime

Emerson's new St. Louis data center will be 31% more energy efficient than traditional data centers and boasts a a 7,800-sq-ft rooftop solar array.

By Source: Emerson
Power August 19, 2009

Rooftop turbines feed the building-integrated wind debate

Four newly installed wind turbines in downtown Portland, Ore., are spurring nationwide discussion on the benefits of rooftop wind.

By Source: Colin Miner, New York Times; BuildingGreen
Power August 19, 2009

Challenge produces a better air conditioner

The UC Davis "Western Cooling Challenge" has produced a better air conditioner.

By Source: UC Davis
Power August 17, 2009

Software tracks electricity prices, saves data center money

A smart-routing algorithm weighs physical distance of data transfer and energy cost-differential to slash energy consumption by 40%.

By Source: Will Knight, MIT Technology Review
Power August 17, 2009

Data center purchasing intention survey

Despite a shaky economy, IT budgets are projected to grow.

By Source: SearchDataCenter.com
Power August 12, 2009

DOE allots stimulus funds toward green federal buildings

The U.S. Dept. of Energy announced more than $20 million to improve the energy efficiency in buildings of federal agencies.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Power August 1, 2009

Cooling tower drive system

Replace gearbox and jack shaft installations with the VS1 cooling tower drive from Baldor. The drive system comes with optimal variable speed performance and reduced energy consumption. The power-dense product combines laminated finned-frame motor with permanent magnet salient pole rotor design that eliminates the need for right-angle gearbox maintenance and avoids issues with leaky gearboxes.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 1, 2009

The story behind the M&A numbers

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Almost one in five of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer MEP Giants merged with or acquired another engineering firm over the past year. And the merger and acquisition (M&A) activity of the top MEP engineering firms doesn't just involve them growing through the addition of outside firms. In May 2009, two of the MEP Giants— Cannon Design and OWP/P —announced their intention to merge with each other, resulting in a consolidation within the Giants themselves. This M&A activity among the leading firms is indicative of a larger trend.

By Mick Morrissey, Morrissey Goodale LLC, Newton, Mass.
Power August 1, 2009

Condenser fan

Stulz-ATS remote outdoor air-cooled condensers are now available with optional electrically commutated plug fans. By converting ac to dc, the fans allow for infinitely variable fan speed adjustment because the speed of every fan can adjust to the exact air flow and cooling requirements of the condenser. The fan's technology is more efficient, saves energy, and decreases noise and vibration as air flow and speed are reduced. www.stulz-ats.com #11.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 1, 2009

DOE and Treasury Dept. announce guidelines for ARRA money

The U.S. Dept. of Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Treasury announced the guidelines and terms of conditions for renewable energy project developers to apply for the billions of dollars set aside in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). According to GreenBiz.com, the federal stimulus package allows developers to earn a tax grant to grow and expand their renewable energy ideas, eliminat...

By Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Power July 31, 2009

Indiana school to drill geothermal wells on campus

Ball State University is in the process of drilling wells to create geothermal energy on their campus.

By Source: Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor
Power July 28, 2009

Use the sun to cool your building

Southern California Gas Co. is testing two new solar-powered products designed to help cool buildings.

By Source: Martin LaMonica, CNet News
Power July 28, 2009

Career program for green engineers

British clean technology firm ENER-G has launched a career program for new engineers focusing on environmental technology.

By Source: Tom Young, GreenBiz
Power July 27, 2009

Engineering degrees pay off

A new report shows that engineering degrees are far and away the highest earning among all college programs.

By Source: CNNMoney
Power July 22, 2009

Siemens, Viridity Energy announce alliance for smart grid implementations

Siemens Energy and Viridity Energy will provide virtual power plant functionality on campus environments and to other large users of electricity.

By Source: PR Newswire
Power July 17, 2009

Google cools data center without chillers

Google's new data center in Belgium uses outdoor air for free cooling with no chillers.

By Source: Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge
Power July 16, 2009

Las Vegas to place solar panels on carports

The city's $11 million project will provide shade for cars and power for buildings.

By Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, CoolerPlanet
Power July 15, 2009

Reduce data center energy consumption

Xcel Energy has created a new program that offers incentives to companies looking to reduce energy use in data centers

By Source: Xcel Energy, Reuters
Power July 14, 2009

New $500 million, east coast smart grid plan in the works

Baltimore Gas and Electric announced plans to lower customer costs and increase energy efficiency through a $500 million smart grid project

By Source: Baltimore Gas and Electric, Baltimore Business Journal
Power July 8, 2009

TAC becomes Schneider Electric

Building automation and security company TAC will take on Schneider Electric's name in October.

By Source: TAC
Power July 8, 2009

New tech arrives with smart grid

With an increase in funding going toward the smart grid, companies are creating new technologies to work alongside the energy system.

By Source: Tyler Hamilton, Toronto Star
Power July 7, 2009

Yahoo goes green-and wet-in new data center

Online search site Yahoo will open a new data center in western New York, primarily powered by Niagara Falls.

By Source: Environmental Leader
Power July 7, 2009

Microsoft opens ‘mega data center’ in Dublin

The software giant has opened its largest data center outside the United States to support its Bing search engine and Azure hosted services.

By Source: Matthew Broersma, BusinessWeek
Power July 1, 2009

Obama, energy companies support clean energy bill

According to a New York Times report, the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009 has passed the House of Representatives, recently receiving support from both President Obama and major power companies such as Duke Energy, National Grid, and NRG Energy. Following intense last-minute wrangling among its members and lobbying from President Obama, the House of Representatives passed...

By Edited By Bettina Chang, Editorial Intern
Power July 1, 2009

Handheld power monitor

View waveforms, take snapshots, and save data from a safe distance with the PS2500, PS3500, and PS4500 from PowerSight. These handheld units feature a Category IV rating (600 V/8000 V) and Bluetooth wireless communication. Users can operate meters from up to 20 ft away when the software is installed on a PC or PDA.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 1, 2009

Occupancy sensor

Wirelessly monitor any space to save energy with the Radio PowrSavr from Lutron Electronics Co. Precise algorithms enable the device to detect small motions and distinguish them from background noise or interference to keep the lights on when someone is typing, writing, or flipping pages, and to turn the lights off only when the space is truly empty.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 1, 2009

Data center earns LEED certification

The new data center for L.L. Bean has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification.

By Source: Data Center Knowledge
Power June 30, 2009

More energy plans from Obama

President Barack Obama announced further plans to increase energy efficiency within the country.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Power June 25, 2009

Yahoo soups up data center efficiency

A cold-aisle containment system with cooling-optimized "podules" gives the Yahoo data center a PUE of 1.21.

By Source: Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge
Power June 24, 2009

Green convention center to host G-20

Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the largest green building in the country, will host the political leaders and financial experts in Sept. for the G-20 summit. 

By Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Power June 23, 2009

Core4 cuts data center cooling costs by 72%

System's first customer saved $12,000 in monthly electric bills and cut water use by 28%.

By Source: Jeff St. John, Greentech Media
Power June 22, 2009

New Mexico Tech tests the waters of geothermal heat

The university has introduced plans for a geothermal plant and graduate engineering program.

By Source: Tim Korte, Associated Press
Power June 17, 2009

Data center managers plan for power density jumps

Survey says data center power densities to double in the future.

By Source: Mark Fontecchio, techTarget
Power June 16, 2009

Turning up the data center heat

Temperatures may be going up in data centers if the advice of one expert is taken.

By Source: Jon Brodkin, Network World
Power June 11, 2009

Need a job? Check out renewable energy

The renewable energy industry is adding jobs at twice the national rate.

By Source: AP, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wired, Christian Science Monitor
Power June 3, 2009

Pacific Gas & Electric named most solar integrated utility

Pacific Gas & Electric has been named the most solar integrated utility by the Solar Electric Power Assn.

By Source: GreenBiz.com
Power June 3, 2009

DOE invests in geothermal heat pumps

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has announced that nearly $50 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act will be spent on the expansion, testing, and certification of geothermal heat pumps.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Power June 1, 2009

Solar power deal may be largest

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and BrightSource Energy of Oakland signed an agreement that might be the world's largest solar deal. The deal will create a string of seven solar power plants, which will generate enough electricity for 530,000 homes. California law requires the state's electrical utilities to get 20% of their power from renewable...

By Edited By Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Power June 1, 2009

Vacuum circuit breakers

Handle high-continuous ac current and voltage and switch through extreme out-of-phase voltages and high-stress asymmetrical currents with the generator vacuum circuit breakers from Eaton Corp. Designed for use in space- and weight-sensitive applications, including stand-alone switchgear, portable power substations, and draw-out breaker indoor switchgear, the generator breakers interrupt large s...

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2009

News At A Glance – 2009-06-01

· In celebrating their 125th anniversary, IEEE has created the Engineering Your World contest. Combining engineering and creativity, the contest asks people to create a piece of technology that makes a personal space more livable or convenient. Each entrant will record their creation and send their video to IEEE at www.

By Edited By Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Power June 1, 2009

Integrated gateway-server

Allowing users to look at both real-time electrical system data and historical use patterns through trend plots makes the Square D PowerLogic EGX300 integrated gateway-server a valuable tool. Made by Schneider Electric, the PowerLogic includes Ethernet capabilities, an embedded website creation function, and extensive on-board memory.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2009

Stimulus Provisions Spur Smart Grid Development

In recent months, the issue of the reliability and scalability of our nation's electrical grid infrastructure has risen to the forefront of our social and political agendas. As a society we have become increasingly aware that our electrical grid, as it is currently set up, is dangerously close to reaching its maximum limitations. Many inherent risks associated with relying on a 20th-century power infrastructure exist while operating in a 21st-century economy.

By Tom Hulsebosch West Monroe Partners, Chicago
Power June 1, 2009

Obama’s plan provides energy boost

President Barack Obama has announced plans to expand and accelerate the development, deployment, and use of geothermal and solar energy throughout the United States. Taking more than $467 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the funding represents a down payment that will assist the solar and geothermal industries overcome technical barriers, demonstrate new technologies, an...

By Edited By Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Power June 1, 2009

Cleaning up after Hurricane Ike

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition About 50 miles southeast of downtown Houston in eastern Texas is one of the oldest and largest healthcare complexes in the state—the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. Spanning 85 acres with seven hospitals and an assortment of specialized clinics, centers, and institutes including a medical school, the UTMB is not only the primary health science center for Galveston, but also the largest employer on Galveston Island and the seventh largest in the eastern Texas region. On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike wreaked havoc on the UTMB campus, bringing with it a wall of water over 13 ft high and 100-plus mph winds. The storm's surge from the Gulf of Mexico inundated approximately 750,000 sq ft of the campus' facilities.

By Jayendran Srinivasan Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN), Houston
Power May 22, 2009

HVAC R&D center opens

Daikin and McQuay open $50 million Applied Development Center to develop sustainable HVAC solutions for markets worldwide.

By Source: Daikin
Power May 20, 2009

Danger: counterfeit electrical products

Eaton collaborates with Electrical Safety Foundation International to build awareness of counterfeit electrical product dangers.

By Source: Eaton Corp.
Power May 18, 2009

Stripping away efficiency

It turns out humans can undo the savings of green buildings.

By Source: Dylan Rivera, The Oregonian
Power May 15, 2009

World’s largest solar power deal is signed

Pacific Gas & Electric and BrightSource Energy of Oakland signed an agreement on the world's largest solar deal.

By Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
Power May 1, 2009

Indoor unit

Allow for the use of conventional registers and grills connected to ductwork with the Mr. Slim P series PEA horizontal-ducted indoor units from Mitsubishi Electric HVAC. Available in 12,000 Btu/h cooling only and 12,000 to 18,000 Btu/h heat pump capacities, the unit hides equipment and reduces sound due to the barrier effect of ceiling/floor surfaces.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 1, 2009

Cooling enclosure

Monitor and adjust cooling capacity to ensure proper serve inlet temperature with the InRow SC systems from APC by Schneider Electric. The enclosure can be deployed as a fully contained IT environment or as a partially contained system capable of retrofitting. The enclosure features 7 kW of cooling capacity, a 600-mm-wide rack enclosure, and front and rear containment options.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 1, 2009

Signal connector

Designed for use in power supplies, servers, routers, one- and two-rack unit modular enclosures, and storage controllers, the EXTreme Ten60Power family of high-power connectors from Molex Inc reaches a current rating of 60A/blade at a 30-deg. T-rise. The connectors are housed in a 10-mm tall, coplanar and right-angle board-to-board orientation, which enhances system airflow.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 24, 2009

World’s smallest nation to build Europe’s largest solar farm

The Vatican announces plans to build Europe's largest solar farm on a plot of land north of Rome.

By Source: Cleantech Group
Power April 21, 2009

Wind in the sails for Hermes Award winner

Wind, a new event for Hannover Messe, showcased some extraordinary displays.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Power April 20, 2009

Report from Hannover

Control Engineering editorial director David Greenfield, Consulting-Specifying Engineer editor Michael Ivanovich, and Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra will be reporting from Hannover Messe this week on the new ideas and new technologies coming out of the 2009 event.

By Bob Vavra, Plant Engineering magazine
Power April 6, 2009

CSE interviews Johnson Controls on Empire State Building retrofits

Long-term capital and retrofit planning enable "right steps in right order" as the "big Aha!"

By Michael Ivanovich, editor-in-chief
Power April 6, 2009

Empire State Building gets massive energy retrofit

A $20 million package of retrofits going into the Empire State Building in New York City will decrease energy use and carbon while increasing occupant comfort.

By Johnson Controls
Power April 1, 2009

Can you envision an Energy Corps?

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition   In the comic strip “Peanuts,” Lucy is forever fooling Charlie Brown by taking away the football just as his foot is about to kick it. This is what seems to happen with our reaction to energy. Even after numerous shortages, price spikes, and other energy crises, we are hesitant to make investments because paybacks calculated during high-price periods get extended when energy prices drop back down, and the paybacks don't seem to materialize. In Japan's bullet train, the ticket aisles normally have open gates that energize closed if someone's ticket is not valid.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting LLC, Shoreview, Minn.
Power April 1, 2009

Saving time with SCADA

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By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 31, 2009

Dumb meters get smarter

A new device could convert conventional electricity meters, making the smart grid cheaper.

By Source: MIT Technology Review
Power March 30, 2009

ABB commissions switchgear rated at more than 1 million V

Switchgear a key component of safe and reliable ultrahigh-voltage ac transmission.

By Source: ABB
Power March 30, 2009

Magazine for HVAC and IAQ professionals

Free Fluke News magazine gives HVAC/IAQ professionals insider information to optimize system performance. Subscribe online for print or web versions.

By Source: Fluke Corp.
Power March 30, 2009

How much more will green technologies cost?

Cost works against alternative and renewable energy sources in time of recession.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 13, 2009

Engineers can gain an employment edge

CD-adapco's No Engineer Left Behind program gives employment-challenged engineers software, training, and other tools to give them a career boost in the tough economy.

By Source: CD-adapco
Power March 11, 2009

New York focuses on smart-energy schools

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced an initiative geared toward attaining greater energy efficiency at community colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning.

By Source: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Power March 11, 2009

Emcor named No. 1 admired engineering company

Emcor Group has been named by Fortune magazine as the world's No. 1 most admired company in the engineering and construction industry.

By Source: Emcor Group Inc.
Power March 10, 2009

Power conditioning brochure

Controlled Power Co.’s Electrical Power Solutions brochure profiles the company’s durable, long-lasting power conditioning equipment, outlining typical market applications for each product. The brochure can be downloaded in PDF format or ordered as a hard-copy document.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 6, 2009

Greening the prison-industrial complex

The energy efficient, green upgrades movement has reached beyond commercial office buildings. The greening of U.S prison systems shows how a commitment to energy efficient and renewable-energy technologies can benefit all building types.

By Source: By Beth Schwartzapfel, The New York Times
Power March 4, 2009

Renewable energy conference slated

Renewable Energy World prepares to kick off busy conference season.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 3, 2009

Fire bedevils Holy Name roof

The Chicago cathedral's roof deicing system could be the culprit; the city and archdiocese will issue a report on the official cause upon completion of the investigation.

By Source: Chicago Tribune
Power March 1, 2009

Storage management system

The Smart Grid storage management system from S&C Electric Company performs dc-to-ac energy conversion and controls charging and discharging algorithms. A pad-mounted step-up transformer converts ac system output to line voltage. The system can be installed with SCADA-Mate switches equipped with an automatic restoration system, which can supply stored energy if power to the feeder is interrupted. S&C Electric Circle 455.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 1, 2009

Energy-efficient transformer

The expanded line of transformers manufactured by Hammond Power Solutions improves the total power factor and maximizes energy savings through the use of phase shifting. The Sentinel, Synergy, and Centurion models meet NEMA TP-1-2002 standards. The Sentinel is designed for linear loads, while the Synergy series addresses harmonic activity associated with nonlinear loads.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 1, 2009

Sustainable air conditioning leads to sustainability

View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition When the temperature rises above 100 F in the summer, air conditioning systems stretch the electrical grids beyond their limits, while cars and trucks choke the air in towns and cities. Politicians and energy companies want to build a “more robust” electrical grid and build “safe nuclear” and “clean coal” power plants, costing trillions of dollars and creating more greenhouse gases. Let us envision a world 20 years in the future when most homes and buildings are electricity generators rather than users, and most public and private transport runs on clean electricity. The electrical grid redistributes surplus electricity from sustainable buildings to energy-intensive buildings and public transport during the day, and recharges electric cars and trucks at night. This vision has buildings using little electricity, and most buildings producing more electricity than they use during hot weather.

By Grahame E. Maisey, PE, and Beverly Milestone, LEED AP
Power March 1, 2009

Snubbers: Protecting medium-voltage transformers from electrical transients

A snubber is a resistor-capacitor (RC) network that is designed for the system. Snubbers are a cost-effective method of reducing switching-induced transients. At many installations that use medium-voltage switching, transformer damage is often attributed to lighting.

By Bruce W. Young, PE, Bala Consulting Engineers, King of Prussia, Pa.
Power March 1, 2009

Fusible panelboard

The Quik-Spec series of electrical distribution equipment from Cooper Bussmann Inc. features a finger-safe design and an interface to allow visual verification of switch contacts. The Class J performance low-peak CUBEFuse offers extensive arc-flash protection.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 27, 2009

Two Fortune 500 companies commit to renewable energy

Two Fortune 500 companies are beginning to show significant commitments to renewable energy technology.

By Source: GreenBiz.com
Power February 25, 2009

Industry Roundup – 2009-02-25

Details about contracts awarded and other industry news

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 25, 2009

Electrical hazards in Iraq, Kuwait

The U.S. Army is taking steps to tackle electrical concerns in Iraq and Kuwait.

By ASC Public Affairs
Power February 18, 2009

Webinar gives electrical contractors safety-gear guidance

On Feb. 24, the National Electrical Contractors Assn. is presenting a no-cost Web seminar designed to help electrical contractors get up to speed on the latest personal protective equipment regulations, and avoid costly fines.

By Source: National Electrical Contractors Assn.
Power February 13, 2009

According to RMI study, the U.S. could reduce electricity costs nationwide by 30%

In a study completed by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an assessment of the electric productivity of the 50 states reveals that improving energy efficiency could cut consumption by 30%.

By Source: GreenBiz.com
Power February 13, 2009

Electric Transmission Company develops GIS-based vegetation management program

Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) developed a vegetation management program that saves the utility hours of work, while improving the accuracy of treatment on its 12,000 acres of rights-of-way.

By Source: ESRI
Power February 12, 2009

Electrical productivity on tour

Starting in June, Cooper Bussmann's Productivity Through Protection Tour will deliver electrical technology and training to engineers across the country for the next two years.

By Source: Cooper Bussmann
Power February 12, 2009

Google steps into the smart grid

With the introduction of a Web-based tool that permits property owners to monitor their electrical consumption, the search-engine giant has made its mark in the drive for greater efficiency and smarter power consumption.

By Source: New York Times
Power February 12, 2009

The push for a modernized electrical grid

Despite a cooling economy and dropping oil prices, interest in developing a 'smart' electrical grid is at an all-time high.

By Source: USA Today
Power February 1, 2009

USB switch

The Model 4502 USB Type=A, A/B switch from Electro Standards Laboratories allows switching between two USB devices without disconnecting cables. The unit, which ships with a remote control, allows the sharing of a USB device between two computers. The data switch has a rugged aluminum desktop enclosure to provide EMI/RFI shielding and maintain last set position on power loss while continuing to pass data. www.electrostandards.com #3.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 1, 2009

Adjustable speed drive

The Q9 adjustable speed drive engineered by Toshiba International Corp. is offered in two configurations of 460 V, 1 to 100 hp; and 230 V, 1 to 60 hp. The unit has an overload rating of 100% continuous and 110% for 1 min.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 1, 2009

Electric water heater

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By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 20, 2009

Web site fights electrical-product fakes

Electrical Contractor and TED magazines have launched CounterfeitsCanKill.com, a site dedicated to battle the threat of dangerous counterfeit electrical products.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 16, 2009

Oregon college drilling geothermal power plant

College could save $500,000 annually by using geothermal energy.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 7, 2009

Nominate a young engineer and submit an outstanding product today!

The deadline for submissions is fast approaching for Consulting-Specifying Engineer's "40 under 40" and "Product of the Year" competitons .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 1, 2009

Uninterruptible power supply – 2009-01-01

The Symmetra PX three-phase UPS from American Power Conversion Corp. is a modular UPS system that can scale up to 500kW. The unit offers 25kW double conversion online inverter power modules, extended life hot-swap batteries, a side-mounted maintenance bypass panel, and a touch-screen user interface.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 1, 2009

Meeting the challenges of 2009

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital editon On behalf of the editorial team of Consulting-Specifying Engineer , welcome to 2009. It’s shaping up to be a tough year for national and global economies. Even though the forecasts don’t look so bad in terms of overall volume, it seems as if all the news sources are competing to deliver the grimmest message. As I wrote in December, I remain optimistic that the year won’t be as bad for engineering, especially if there is a focus on infrastructure in the economic stimulus packages being planned at the federal level.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Power December 26, 2008

DOE awards sixteen contracts for up to $80 billion in sustainability projects

The Dept. of Energy (DOE) recently awarded 16 new Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). The contracts could result in up to $80 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects at federally owned buildings and facilities.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 22, 2008

Solar energy takes careful thought for commercial construction

Panel: Solar energy involves complex decisions for commercial applications.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 19, 2008

Small businessess receive grant to go green

Business development centers in Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, and New York will receive a total of $500,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help fund energy efficiency projects.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 15, 2008

L.A. pursues solar-power surge

A plan launched by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa encourages installation of 1,300 mW of solar power in Los Angeles and the surrounding area by 2020.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 10, 2008

Google slows data-center growth

Search-engine powerhouse reportedly will decline a $4.7 million grant for a new North Carolina facility.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 8, 2008

LED nation

Is inventor Dean Kamen a step ahead of the residential and commercial lighting markets? His island, dubbed LED nation, is off the power grid.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2008

NEMA 1 drives

Higher power, enhanced NEMA 1 drives are now available from Lenze-AC Tech in up to 30 hp for use in VFD applications and in environments requiring inverter technology. Features include programmable digital input, RS-485 communications terminals, and an enhanced keyboard. The units incorporate four operational modes as well as high starting torque, auto-tuning, advanced low-speed control, and dynamic speed regulation.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2008

Pluggable connectors

Wieland's pluggable connectors are now available in a 40-amp DC design for high-load applications, including solar installations, machine-tool construction, and power generation. Units are available as overmolded, cut-to-length cables or field-wired on-site, and all carry their rated current throughout the entire -40 to +85 C temperature range. Silver-plated contacts aid the connectors' high-current performance. Wieland Circle 465.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2008

Maintenance bypass cabinet

Enable integration of power transformation, power distribution, and maintenance bypass into a single cabinet with the maintenance bypass cabinet from Eaton. The cabinet is compatible with manufacturers' rack-based UPS and allows personnel to perform service, testing, and maintenance on a full rack of UPS equipment without interrupting power to the critical load. The unit incorporates a TP-1 transformer to step down utility power from 480 V to 208/120 V, to provide electrical isolation and appropriate UPS input voltage.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2008

Monitoring systems

Monitoring systems from Dranetz-BMI provide a flexible solution for power-quality, energy, and process-monitoring applications. Their modular design features four input-module slots, enabling users to customize systems to their application needs, whether 4-channel voltage, 4-channel current, or 8-channel digital input. Standard switchgear mounts and rack mounts are available, as is an optional touch-screen color LCD monitor. Dranetz-BMI Circle 466.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2008

Surge suppressor

Protect from transients referenced phase-to-phase and phase-to-ground with Schneider Electric's transient voltage surge suppressor. The suppressor features a modular design, with each surge-suppression mode fused individually using thermal-cutout circuitry to isolate the device and ensure shutdown during severe overvoltages—even on high-fault current power systems. A standard surge counter displays the number of detected events, and LEDs indicate operating status. Schneider Electric Circle 452.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2008

Paper, plastic, or standby power

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina damaged the Gulf Coast of the United States, particularly New Orleans. In response to the natural disaster, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2008

Commentary

Wouldn't life be easier for everyone if we could just run a wire from an outside pole to an inside panel and from that panel to everything in the building? But life isn't easy and, by extension, neither is electricity. The voltage and current must be stepped down, and safety, quality, and availability measures considered. Sizing, selecting, installing, commissioning, operating, and maintaining all these ancillary pieces is a team effort expended over time throughout the life of the building. Somehow, electrons are herded, cleaned, and massaged through all the devices that comprise electrical systems.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Power December 1, 2008

Power-analytics software

The power-analytics software from EDSA Micro supports new electrical power efficiency standards developed by the Green Grid for energy-efficient data-center operation. The system's diagnostics platform automatically calculates a facility's power-usage effectiveness and data center infrastructure efficiency ratings in real time. This information can be used with the company's other software to benchmark actual operations to original energy-use projects and to develop hypothetical scenarios in real time. EDSA Micro Circle 462.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 19, 2008

Electronic components company flips switch on new facility

All American Semiconductor has opened its Power Conversion Solutions Center in Silicon Valley to produce mid-power ac to dc power supplies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 18, 2008

Power packs

RoHS-compliant power packs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 17, 2008

Industry veteran named LCA president

Bringing more than 25 years of experience, Gary Meshberg has been chosen to lead the Lighting Controls Assn.’s new executive team.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 17, 2008

Texas school district enhances facility

Jacksonville Middle School invests $1.3 million toward high-efficiency air conditioning.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 14, 2008

Better wind turbines

A more efficient generator could convert more of the wind's energy into electricity.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 14, 2008

Michigan firm picks up ASHRAE technology award

Peter Basso Associates wins regional recognition for renovation/expansion work at a local college.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 4, 2008

Fire alarm voltage calculator

The HPP-Calc is an interactive graphics tool for determining the voltage parameters of a specific fire alarm’s notification application circuit.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 1, 2008

Power supply – 2008-11-01

The FireForce 8 engineered by Honeywell Power Products is a unique power supply that eliminates the task of locating a fire system's end-of-line resistor during retrofit installations. The unit connects to virtually any brand of fire alarm control panel to extend the power capabilities of up to four notification appliance circuits (NAC).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 1, 2008

Lighting inverters

The LiteGear series by Hubbell Lighting Inc. features a compact, economical, interruptible ac power supply for lighting fixtures equipped with incandescent, fluorescent, or LED lamps. Mountable up to 1,000 ft away from the unit, the fixtures function indoors or outdoors. The units can switch to emergency inverter operation in less than 2 seconds and are UL listed to standard 924.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 1, 2008

Pump and fan drive

Baldor Electric Company's VS1PF bypass pump and drive features a circuit breaker with lockable disconnect, hand-off-auto, local, or remote bypass. All controls are pre-wired and contain standard features to meet the majority of HVAC applications with knockouts for line-, load-, and control-signal. The unit has an external and internal PID control, sleep and wake functions, and an automatic ener...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 13, 2008

Idaho officials balk at credit elimination

State utility regulators vow to fight a decision that kills an electric rate credit for Idaho customers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 13, 2008

N.C. power group seeks nuclear loan

DOE loan would help build new nuclear station in Charlotte.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 13, 2008

Better solar for big buildings

A startup is selling cylindrical solar cells that can generate more power than conventional panels.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 8, 2008

Clean energy bill signed by President Bush

The newest economic stabilization bill includes clean energy tax incentives.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 8, 2008

Geothermal engineering gets a boost

The Dept. of Energy will invest $43.1 million in 21 enhanced geothermal projects.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 6, 2008

Solar-powered fridge off the grid

New design helps India’s villages cool food via a solar-powered refrigerator.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 1, 2008

Tax incentives pass, now up to private sector

The 110th Congress passed legislation in its waning days that contained critical energy tax provisions to assist investment in energy-efficient technologies in commercial buildings.

By Kyle Pitsor, National Electrical Manufacturers Assn., Rosslyn, Va.
Power October 1, 2008

Thermal expansion valve

Designed by Emerson Climate Technologies, the C-series thermal expansion valve is optimized for use in R-410A systems, which will provide the user with a valve that complies with the 2010 standard for eliminating R-22 and HCFC refrigerants.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 30, 2008

Demo version of ETAP 6.0 available as a free download

ETAP 6.0 demo version incorporates new and enhanced analysis modules, new elements and libraries, and significantly enhanced one-line diagram capabilities.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 15, 2008

Energy company shifts focus to wind power

Consulting Engineers Group has delved into designing and building wind farms. The move has proven to be not only ecologically friendly, but also economically savvy.

By Jenni Spinner
Power September 12, 2008

Solar plants burning through records

In the face of increasing global demand for alternative energy sources, engineers around the world are building bigger solar-power facilities. Here are some of the powerhouse projects being planned in the U.S. and abroad.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 12, 2008

Illinois to build ‘smart grid’

The Illinois Commerce Commission on Wednesday approved a $270 million rate hike for Commonwealth Edison that encourages the utility to begin developing a "smart grid."

By Amara Rozgus
Power September 8, 2008

What’s next for Google? Floating data centers?

Google has filed a patent for a “water-based data center” that uses the ocean to provide power and cooling.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 5, 2008

Design to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

There is general agreement that we have to slow the growth in carbon emissions and then shrink those emissions. Buildings consistently emerge as the best opportunity to reduce emissions.

By Amara Rozgus
Power September 1, 2008

Utilities eye energy storage solutions

A 20 MW flywheel-battery system proposed for upstate New York is the latest effort to introduce large-scale energy storage into utility operations.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

UPS services market grows

Ongoing strength in data center construction means more UPS systems are being installed, and businesses providing outsourced UPS services are going strong according to a recent market report.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Motor disconnect switch

Provide quick power connections and prevent process interruption—while not affecting the main circuit—with the UL 508-listed Square D brand MD50 motor disconnect switch from Schneider Electric.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Frequency and phase converters

Deliver computer-grade power for use in aircraft, ground-based, and mobile systems with the rack-mounted ED-FPC series frequency and phase converters from Falcon Electric.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Wind power’s fortunes gust forward in U.S.

U.S. wind power capacity grew by 46% in 2007, making it the world’s fastest-growing market in renewable technology for the third year running, according to a new report.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Mentoring control engineers and technicians

I always open my classes with this question: How many of you are doing today what you went to school to learn to do? It's not unusual for less than half the class to raise their hands in response.

By David Sellers, PE, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Power September 1, 2008

Infrared camera – 2008-09-01 – 2008-09-01

Monitor and detect the thermal condition of electrical system components to address problem areas before failures occur with the i5 compact infrared camera from Extech Instruments.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Fuel cell backup power

Fuel cell extended run (FCXR) from APC by Schneider Electric provides hydrogen-based backup power for the company's InfraStruXure data center solution.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

DC power charger

Check batteries and data logging systems on-board with the EnerGenius IQ, utility-grade DC power supply/charger from SENS.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Notification service

Choose from four different notification options, via e-mail, pager, mobile phone, or any Internet-enabled PC, with the Grid Alert event notification service from SoftSwitching Technologies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Software

Support utilities in the automated collection and management of metering data with PrimeReadSM software from Schneider Electric.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Events & Conferences

Upcoming conferences and events.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Diesel generators

Meet 2008 CI emission regulations and keep generator noise levels down to 65 dBA with the small-range diesel generators from Kohler Power Systems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Air purifier

Extend the effective life of the filter media and achieve LEED-qualifying, minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) 13 with the A130 air purifier from StrionAir System.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2008

Featured Product: Overhead switching device

Protect electric grids with the IntelliRupter PulseCloser switching device from S&C Electric Co.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 27, 2008

Got a line?

The transmission-line shortage is threatening to slow wind energy's breakneck growth and could prevent some states from meeting renewable energy mandates.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 18, 2008

Electrical grid gets a jolt from DOE

DOE to invest in grid integration systems for solar energy.

By Amara Rozgus
Power August 15, 2008

Beijing opens Olympics with LED display

The centerpiece of the event was a 480 by 72-ft screen with 44,000 embedded LED beads that was laid in the center of the National Stadium, also called the "Bird's Nest."

By Melissa Hillebrand
Power August 14, 2008

Spending growth slows in non-residential building market

Non-residential construction activity continues at a high level but has not expanded since last fall, after adjusting for project cost inflation, according to Reed Construction Data. However five markets continue to expand—mostly in the plants, utilities, and hotels sectors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 13, 2008

Energy analysis software

An agreement grants Bentley exclusive worldwide rights to distribute EDSL’s Tas software for fast, in-depth energy analysis and simulation of demanding and challenging large-scale building environments.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 11, 2008

Have a flat roof? Generate some electricity

Some of the nation’s largest chain stores, including Wal-Mart Stores, Kohl’s, and Whole Foods Market have installed solar panels on their stores’ flat roofs to generate electricity on a large scale.

By Amara Rozgus
Power August 4, 2008

Go fly a kite

Dutch scientists fly kites to generate electricity.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 1, 2008

Occupancy sensors – 2008-08-01

Eliminate waste, reduce energy costs, and meet local energy code requirements with the Square D commercial grade wall-switch occupancy sensors from Schneider Electric. The sensors' single- and dual-circuit models use both passive infrared and light-level sensor technologies to shut off lights in offices, private restrooms, utility rooms, and employee break rooms during unoccupied periods.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 1, 2008

Roller coaster oil prices versus conservation momentum

The roller coaster of oil prices did something quite amazing this year: It went up long enough to catalyze lasting changes to America’s energy consumption patterns. Oil prices are in decline while American business and consumers are just getting into a committed consumption retreat.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Power August 1, 2008

100 Envelopes, please: The 2008 MEP design giants

The numbers are in. The computers are turned off. And with the MEP engineering community sweating with anticipation as to which firms made the cut, Consulting-Specifying Engineer is proud to announce the Giants 100 list for 2008, i.e., those with the most MEP design revenue in the previous year.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-In-Chief, Scott Siddens, Senior Editor, and Patrick Lynch, Contributing Editor
Power August 1, 2008

Lighting system

Provide workers with more personal control of their lighting environment and monitor energy costs with the EcoSystem from Lutron. The system features LiteByte and Quantum applications. LiteByte allows office workers to control one or more lighting fixtures via Windows-based control software and USB-based device.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 24, 2008

China promotes Olympic gains in energy efficiency

Solar panels help power the National Indoor Stadium; in other venues, advanced insulation ensures low heat transfer; and in the Olympic Village, a near-zero energy building produces almost all of its own heating and energy. But the question is if this technology can be transferred soon to other parts of China.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 18, 2008

Electrical risks at Iraq bases underreported

Deaths and injuries from fires and shocks at U.S. military bases is widespread and dangerous. According to internal Army documents, shoddy electrical work by private contractors is worse than what is publicly said by the Pentagon.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 16, 2008

Salary survey results for MEP industry released

How much are you worth? Review the MEP Jobs salary survey to learn what others with your job title are making.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 15, 2008

Autodesk presents BIM award to Design West Engineering

Autodesk announced that Design West Engineering, a San Bernardino, Calif.-based MEP engineering consulting firm, received a Revit BIM Experience Award.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 14, 2008

Mechanical, electrical engineers have recession-proof jobs

Sales representatives, software developers, and nurses are identified as the positions that are best able to weather the sluggish economy. Mechanical and electrical engineers also fall on the top 20 list.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 9, 2008

MEP firm announces leadership changes

Flack + Kurtz makes major changes to its top brass.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 1, 2008

Interface connections

Bulkhead interface connections from Moeller Electric enhance local monitoring and communication. Units can be installed on the panel without additional enclosures. The bulkhead has a cover and is closed while the connection is active, resulting in increased safety. Most devices use LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 1, 2008

Current pressure switches

Setra Systems introduces the CSS and CSC series of current pressure switches, which use magnetic current sensing technology. The CSC model has a split core and is ideal for retrofit installations, while the CSS model has a solid core with a wide orifice, making it ideals for new installations.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 1, 2008

Heat pump system

The Mr. Slim M series of heat pump systems designed by Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division is a high-efficiency, split-ductless system. The energy effectiveness of the pump is up to 75% greater than the industry standard of 13 SEER due to a magnet rotor design in the outdoor unit's compressor that allows for a lower current input.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 23, 2008

OLED lighting panels get closer to target efficiency

 A new OLED panel provides further improvement in efficiency over fluorescent tubes.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 19, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-06-19

News from Malcom Pirnie, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, MACTEC, Spectrum Engineers, SmithGroup, The Cadmus Group, CH2M Hill, Michaels Engineering, Cubellis, HDR Engineering, and Stantec.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 18, 2008

Demand for data center engineers rises with energy prices

A rapidly developing information technology industry creates demand for electrical and mechanical engineers with data center know-how.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 16, 2008

Universal Interface Module from S&C Electric

Universal Interface Module from S&C Electric pting and protective functions remain under control of the host IED. The Universal Interface Module adds IntelliTEAM II functionality to the fault-interrupting decisions made by the relay.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 16, 2008

LonMark International signs marketing agreement with NewEnergy Alliance

New alliance seeks to create energy-responsive buildings and lower energy costs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 16, 2008

NAED hosts panel to discuss green construction

Two panels of experts and contractors provide their input on green construction

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 16, 2008

Power Xpert Architecture enhancements from Eaton

Power Xpert Architecture from Eaton event notification, and waveform file downloads also allow for robust power system analysis. The system also includes enhanced energy and demand monitoring that enable built-in trend graphing as well as weekly and monthly comparisons. In addition, energy logs are automatically saved every month onthe meter’s FTP-server.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 16, 2008

NEMA makes push towards energy-efficient buildings

A new initiative to reduce energy use and costs in existing buildings

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 12, 2008

Energy-saving wireless controls

Self-powered wireless controls reduce the amount of time and materials needed to install energy-management systems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 12, 2008

Lightfair International announces Innovation Awards winners

Lightfair International celebrated the industry’s most innovative product designs during the LFI Innovation Awards on May 28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in conjunction with the opening day of the trade show and conference.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 10, 2008

Archbishop Desmond Tutu to keynote Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the opening Keynote speaker for USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 4, 2008

Electricity from industrial waste

Industrial waste heat is being recycled into electricity at Southern Methodist University.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 2, 2008

City Multi S-Series PUMY 3-ton outdoor unit

City Multi S-Series PUMY 3-ton outdoor unit from Mitsubishi Electric HVAC features a cooling capacity of 36,000 Btu/h and a heating capacity of 40,000 Btu/h, suitable for small commercial applications. The unit offers a single-phase outdoor unit with variable refrigerant flow zoning (VRFZ) technology and the Controls Network (CMCN) to cool or heat all zones with a variety of indoor unit styles. The compact outdoor unit uses R410A refrigerant and an Inverter-driven compressor to use energy effectively.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 2, 2008

CEJS series electrode boiler from Cleaver-Brooks

CEJS series electrode boiler from Cleaver-Brooks offers a clean, easy-to-use operating alternative to fossil fuels and allows users to take advantage of lower energy rates during daily or seasonal off-peak periods. The boiler series uses the conductive and resistive properties of water to carry electric current (amps), which generates steam. An ac current flows from each electrode, to neutral using water as the conductor.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 2, 2008

York Sunline Magnum 15- to 25-ton packaged cooling and heating

York Sunline Magnum 15- to 25-ton packaged cooling and heating from Johnson Controls ZJ models feature four independent scroll compressors with individual refrigeration circuits for efficient part-load operation. Four stages of cooling mean more economical and comfortable cooling. ZR and ZF models are two-stage units with two compressors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 2, 2008

Is your MEP engineering firm a giant?

Is your firm one of the giants of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering design and other services? If you feel that your firm ranks in the top 100 firms based on last year's MEP revenue, provide us with your firm's information today. But you need to act fast. The submission deadline is June 2, 2008.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Power distribution unit – 2008-06-01

Manage power distribution in data centers or high-density rack environments with Powerware enclosure power distribution units (ePDU). The units distribute power to up to 45 receptacles and offer an IT manager receptacle level control, a Web server interface, user-defined sequencing of outlets, and virtual grouping of outlets to permit single-click reboots for multi-corded servers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Materials Research for the Power Industry

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced earlier this year that it has teamed with French power company EDF and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to create the international Materials Aging Institute, a collaborative research facility that will examine the critical link between materials science and power plant component performance and degradation.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Submeters

Three-phase kWh submeters with 15-min. interval data recording capability are featured in the wireless submetering family, E-Mon D-Mon electric submeters. The meters provide self-configuring/self-repairing mesh network communications in the 915 MHz license-free band and the operation requires no cellular contact because the wireless receivers are FCC-certified.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Equipment cooling

Ecosaire by Dectron subsidiary of Dectron Internationale, has reduced the size of the Spacemaker Series by 35%, and increased its efficiency. The system is powered by a direct drive fan and environmentally friendly R-410a refrigerant. They are available in 3- to 7-ton customizable units that can include UV filtration and humidification.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Utility meter

Diagnose electrical problems with the Fluke 113 Utility Multimeter. The meter's VCHEK LoZ, low impedance measurement function allows users to test for voltage or continuity and it can also perform diode tests. The meter provides both auto and manual ranging capabilities and it meets Measurement Category CAT III 600 V and CAT IV 300 V standards.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Protective bearing ring

Protect bearings from electrical damage caused by circulating or shaft current, prevent bearing noise, and extend motor life with the AEGIS SGR Bearing Protection Ring. Designed for VFD-controlled ac and dc motors, the ring simplifies predictive maintenance programs for motor repair shops, maintenance contractors, HVAC service contractors, and in-house plant maintenance departments by channelin...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Generator set controls

Make system upgrades easier, facilitate data communication between generator set components, and simplify system monitoring via the Internet with the PowerCommand generator set controls. Available in three configurations, all of which will include a main control board and a human machine interface, the controls feature intuitive generator set operation for all generator set function, including ...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2008

Transfer switch

Provide a portable generator hook-up to a building when the power is out with the StormSwitch line of commercial manual transfer switches. The commercial-grade transfer switch has color-coded cam connectors for quick connection to a portable power generator, along with interlocked, integral utility and generator manual disconnects that prevent cross connecting power sources.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 20, 2008

Monitoring and managing data center power

Power Xpert Server Solution from Eaton is a way for IT managers to view and manage electrical power in their data centers and server rooms. The Power Xpert Server Solution is comprised of a power quality meter, Ethernet switch, current transformer, and installation equipment. The system is designed to demystify power quality by presenting complex electrical data in a simple and easy graphical format.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 20, 2008

Weather-proof, sound-attenuated enclosures

Website from Alpha Power & Technology, Minneapolis, a custom manufacturer of weatherproof, sound- attenuated enclosures for generators and switchgear, allows users to submit drawings, request a quote,track a shipment, get a project update or ask any questions. For more information, click here .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 20, 2008

Technical report finds wind can provide 20% of U.S. electricity needs by 2030

A new technical report from the U.S. Dept of Energy finds that wind power can provide 20% of U.S. electricity needs by 2030.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 16, 2008

2008 ARC Awards entry rules

Please find an official entry form here . All information on the entry form must be completed. An entry fee payment of $200 must accompany each entry, in addition to the supporting materials listed below.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 15, 2008

Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2008 Product of the Year Finalists Voting Now Open

This year marks the fourth annual staging of Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year contest, with more entrants than ever. As in the past, Consulting-Specifying Engineer convened a panel of consulting engineers as judges to determine the finalists. Our judges determined three finalists in each category and voters will decide the winners in each category, along with voting for the Most Valuable Product award.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 8, 2008

Purdue supercomputer unboxed and built by lunch

The supercomputer is made up of 812 Dell servers and is capable of performing 60 trillion operations per second. The supercomputer ranks in the top 40 of the world's most powerful supercomputers, and is the largest supercomputer on a Big Ten campus that is not a part of a national center. Read more and view a time lapse-video.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 8, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-05-08

News from Horizon Engineering Assocs., Michaels Engineering, The Beck Group, Newcomb & Boyd, STV, BICSI, the American Assn. of Engineering Societies, and the SH Group.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 1, 2008

Universal Lighting wireless ballasts

Receive commands without the need for extra control wires with the release of the DEMANDflex ballast family and the DCL (Demand Control Lighting) controls from Universal Lighting Technology.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 1, 2008

Data logging via Internet

Provide energy managers and facility managers with instant access to energy and HVAC/R systems data anywhere, anytime via the Internet.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 30, 2008

Packaged cooling and heating units

Multiple configurations make the Optimum series of 15- to 25-ton packaged cooling and heating units from Luxaire adaptable to a variety of applications. All models in the Optimum ZW, ZK and ZS Series are available in cooling only, cooling with electric heat and cooling with gas heat. The new packaged units, including those with an economizer, also offer a convertible airflow design.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 23, 2008

‘EPRI Alarm Management and Annunciator Applications Guidelines’ available to power industry

Report presents alarm management best practices guidelines for improving safety and reliability in power-generation industry.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 18, 2008

Harmonic filter

The newest model of the Square D AccuSine PCS Active Harmonic Filter (AHF) from Schneider Electric provides a simple and effective means to mitigate harmonics, reduce process-related voltage fluctuations, and improve electrical equipment operating life and distribution system capacity. The new model includes the Telemecanique Magelis XBT-G 3.8-in. graphical touchscreen terminal, a small and compact HMI terminal that is powerful enough to support high-end HMI applications.For more information, click here .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 18, 2008

Compact power analyzer

The EM26-96 series compact power analyzers from Carlo Gavazzi are the newest addition extensive energy management product portfolio. The product supplies an effective and easy-to-use instrument that provides both utility metering and electrical parameters analysis and control—harmonics included. MID compliance, three digital outputs and RS485 communication port, harmonic analysis up to the 15th harmonic, dual color backlit LCD display.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 17, 2008

Enercon Engineering announces senior management changes

Enercon Engineering , based in East Peoria, Ill., announced the following changes within its senior management group, effective April 15, 2008:Lawrence Tangel, vice president and general manager, will become the company’s CEO, replacing Edward Tangel, who founded Enercon in 1975, and will now serve as Chairman of the Board.Additionally, G. Jack Desatnick was appointed as chief operating officier. Desatnick has served as chief financial officer and will continue with this responsibility in addition to his new post.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 16, 2008

Solid-state lighting tops R&D list at the DOE

Of all the building efficiency technologies that the U.S. Dept. of Energy is looking at, solid-state lighting is receiving the most research dollars by far, according to a DOE spokesperson.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 8, 2008

NEMA publishes application guide for electric fire pump controllers

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. has published ICS 14 "Application Guide for Electric Fire Pump Controllers."

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 8, 2008

IEEE Approves New Standard for Faulted Circuit Indicators

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved a new standard, IEEE 1610, "Guide for the Application of Faulted Circuit Indicators for 200 / 600 A, Three-Phase Underground Distribution."

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 2, 2008

Packaged HVAC units

York Sunline Magnum packaged units from Johnson Controls are said to combine high efficiency and advanced economizer controls with installation flexibility and low installed costs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 1, 2008

Boiling it all down

When building, designing, and specifying boilers and boiler systems, consider not just the monetary lifecycle, but also the environmental lifecycle of the design.

By Timothy M. Scruby, PE, Senior Project Manager, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Afton, Va.
Power April 1, 2008

Earth Hour diary: Chicago

It's all about individual choices. So, it's appropriate that Consulting-Specifying Engineer reports on Earth Hour with personal anecdotes.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 1, 2008

‘Mind the Gap’

A trip to London in February gave me a great slogan for the future: Mind the Gap. I must have heard that dozens of times in one week while riding London's famous Tube subway system.

By Jerry Yudelson, PE, Principal, Yudelson Assocs., Tucson, Ariz.
Power April 1, 2008

Cable systems

Improve the reliability and power quality of primary distribution systems while making them more resistant to storm damage, with the Spacer Cable from Hendrix Wire & Cable.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 1, 2008

Low-torque actuators

Consider Siemens Building Technologies' OpenAir GQD Series as an energy-efficient actuator.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 1, 2008

Water sensor

Provide protection from water damage with the AquaSwitch from EDC International.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 27, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-03-27

News from BSA LifeStructures, MACTEC Engineering, Lane Colburn & Assocs., Thorton Tomasetti, EMCOR Group, and Michaels Engineering.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 27, 2008

Industry roundup: partnerships, mergers, etc. – 2008-03-27

News from Eaton, Graybar, Rheem Manufacturing, Emerson Climate Technologies, Honeywell Power Products, ANYSYS, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, and Johnson Controls.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 19, 2008

Power Module Quik-Ship Program

Meet elevator disconnect requirements with the Cooper Bussmann Quik-Spec Power Module Quik-Ship Program

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 12, 2008

Awards & Distinctions

Consulting-Specifying Engineer's recognition programs and industry awards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 7, 2008

Survey says: U.S. engineering education is pretty good

Students, recent graduates content with decision to pursue an engineering education, according to a study from Design News magazine.

By Judd Aschenbrand, Group Research Director, Reed Business Information
Power March 3, 2008

Camera offers compatibility

The EX85 Megapixel IP Imager is compatible with products from OnSSI, a leading provider of IP-based video surveillance software solutions.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 1, 2008

Canada launches clean energy software

Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable John Baird, and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, officially launched the latest version of RETScreen, a software tool originally developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for renewable energy technologies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 1, 2008

Energy Insights Predicts Climate Change Issues to Drive Increased Tech Investment in 2008

Energy Insights, Framingham, Mass., announced the release of its annual Worldwide Energy Industry 2008 Top 10 Predictions.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 1, 2008

Active filter

Eliminate harmonic distortion in HVAC/R applications for maximized grid capacity, systemwide operational efficiency and reliability with the Active Filter from Danfoss Drives. The filter is constructed from VLT variable frequency drive technology and engineered to mitigate harmonics to a lower level than passive and 18-pulse filter options.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 1, 2008

Generator controls

Make system upgrades and expansions easier and facilitate data communication between genset components with the PowerCommand generator set controls from Cummins Power Generation. The controls are available in three configurations and all configurations include a main control board and human machine interface (HMI).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 28, 2008

Industry roundup – 2008-02-28 – 2008-02-28

News and announcements from industry leaders.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 21, 2008

Three-phase power measurement module

Three-phase power measurement module integrates comprehensive monitoring of a power supply network with the connectivity of an I/O system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 20, 2008

Stainless steel enhanced grounding rods

Stainless steel enhanced ground rods contain special salts that help lower soil resistivity and are used in conjunction with ground enhancement material such as Ultrafill.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 20, 2008

Bentley Systems extends electrical system design portfolio

By acquiring the promis•e product line last month, Bentley Systems has enhanced its electrical design portfolio.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 15, 2008

Making Daylighting Work: Applying Cx to Improve the Design and Implementation Process

For ages daylighting has been a primary source of daytime light for human activities within buildings.

By Joseph J. Deringer, The Deringer Group Inc., and Prasad Vaidya, The Weidt Group Inc.
Power February 14, 2008

Autodesk Expands Sustainable Design Product Portfolio

Autodesk expands its portfolio of sustainable design solutions for the AEC market with the acquisition of Greening Building Studio and Carmel Software.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 6, 2008

Bryan Steam HE-RV water tube boilers

Flexible water tube boilers from Bryan Steam LLC offers a guaranteed efficiency of 85%. The high-combustion efficiency results from a uniquely designed integrated surface heat extractor.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 1, 2008

Inverter compressor system

The VRV III system from Daikin AC is the 7th generation of the original launched in 1982 and has been completely re-engineered for taller and larger buildings. The system features the new Daikin Inverter compressor system to ensure demand satisfaction throughout connected zones across the complete operation cycle.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 1, 2008

Designing buildings for the fastest computers on Earth

EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Albany, N.Y., has been selected as the lead design firm for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' (NCSA) new petascale computing building at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. This facility will be home to the world's most powerful “leadership-class” supercomputer, supported by Track 1 supercomputer funding from the Nation...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 1, 2008

Reviving the mentor mentality

Terry Brennan came into the Solar 101 classroom at Utica, N.Y-based Mohawk Valley Community College, in 1980, sat on the teacher’s desk, pulled off his sweater, looked around the room, noticed each of us, and said, “I’m going to teach you from the Book of Solar.” Thus began a typical teacher/student relationship that eventually became a mentor/mentee relationship, which...

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Power February 1, 2008

Security camera

The UFLE Intelligent-IR Illuminator by Extreme CCTV offers uncompromised nighttime surveillance through the delivery of a constant level of lighting performance. The illuminator compensates for the LED degradation and provides 720 ft infrared illumination while an innovative power-on-board design eliminates the need for a dedicated power supply.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 30, 2008

Industry roundup – 2008-01-30 – 2008-01-30

News from Schréder Lighting USA, ABB, Emerson Climate Technologies, Daikin AC, Reliable Controls, Amerlux Lighting Solutions, and more.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 24, 2008

Weatherproof electrical covers

Flush-mount weatherproof covers use a standard wall plate and are suitable for receptacles, GFCIs, switches, and turnlocks.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 22, 2008

Tier 3 Gensets

Gensets with advanced sound-attenuated enclosure systems are available in three ratings—100, 125, and 150 kW. With a sound level of only 67.5 dB(A), the 100 kW unit is one of the quietest generator sets available at that power node from a generator manufacturer. Available in steel or aluminum with two levels of sound attenuation, the generator set and enclosure packages are intended for all-weather outdoor use wherever local ordinances or circumstances require sound abatement.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 22, 2008

Uptime Institute’s Design Charrette 2007 offers unexpected conclusions

The Design Charrette 2007, convened in October by the Uptime Institute, finds that it’s not so much technological breakthrough that will improve data center uptime as making better use of existing technologies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 18, 2008

Ask the experts: Power quality in troubled grids

Ask the experts : Power quality in troubled grids The hot summers of the 21st century are increasing cooling loads enough to stress power grids. In metropolitan areas, engineers are working hard to enhance standby power systems and power conditioning systems to ensure uptime for data centers and other mission critical facilities. How are you helping keep your grids trouble-free? What type of challenges have you run into? What tips can you offer others with this task?Click here to post your question for the experts to answer.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 18, 2008

Ask the experts: On-site power

Ask the experts : On-site power What options are best for standby power systems for given applications? Are renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic panels and microturbines available yet at reasonable prices and reliability? Is cogen making a comeback? What types of issues have you run into when specifying standby power? Click here to post your question for the experts to answer.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 16, 2008

IAQ control

Comfort control center enhances comfort and IAQ in both residential and small commercial settings by controlling the blower speed in the existing air conditioner or heat pump systems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 1, 2008

Motion control management

For a powerful and simple solution to motion control management, turn to Lenze-AC Tech for its MotionMatch sizing software. The system removes the estimation from pairing a servo drive and motor: Users enter their application requirements into the system and the program returns compatible servo-drive combinations.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 1, 2008

Bryan Steam boiler

The Compliance HE-AB Series boiler is equipped with a gas burner that achieves sub 9 ppm. The burner features a metallic fiber mesh head design. In addition, the boiler features a guaranteed combustion efficiency of 85%, which results from a unique extended surface heat extractor that is supported by 7 sq.

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Power January 1, 2008

Boilers

Increase high-combustion efficiency in flexible water tube boilers with the HE-RV series from Bryan Steam. The forced draft gas fired boilers offer a guaranteed efficiency of 85%, which results from a uniquely designed integrated surface heat extractor. The boilers feature 7 sq. ft of heating surface per boiler horsepower.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 1, 2008

UPS for fire system installation

Ensure continuous power during fire systems installations with the HP-ULM series, HP-ACM series, and the HP-ULPD series from Honeywell. These power supplies support fire system installations requiring constant power, such as fire door locks, elevator recall, and magnetic door holders. The power supplies deliver 2.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 1, 2008

Thinking holistically

In the context of the green engineering movement, I’ve been lucky. From the first moment of my exposure to the engineering profession, the need to practice it with an eye toward environmental stewardship has been a given. William Coad, PE, said to me in 1976 and wrote in an ASHRAE Journal article: “[We need] to practice our profession with an emphasis upon our responsibility to pro...

By David Sellers, PE
Power January 1, 2008

Setra Systems pressure transducer

The Compact 3100 Series pressure transducer provides a low-cost solution for OEM applications, such as hydraulic controls, HVAC, engine controls, industrial processing, compressors, and pumps. The unit is less than 1 in. in diameter and is ideal for installations where space is at a premium. It is offered in pressure ranges from 100 psi to as high as 30,000 psi in many outputs, pressure fitting...

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Power January 1, 2008

Isolated power systems for healthcare

An isolation power system provides an ungrounded electrical service for various applications within a hospital or a medical office building. These isolation power systems remain in operation in the event of a single line-to-ground fault situation. These systems also eliminate the danger of an electric shock to patients who may be more susceptible to leakage current and unable to move in their b...

By Keith Lane, PE, LEED AP
Power December 28, 2007

Contests

Consulting-Specifying Engineer's recognition programs

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 19, 2007

AEC management software

Corecon 2007 Fall Release is now available for architecture, engineering, and construction companies in need of a powerful and user-friendly system for managing the complete business, from estimating to project management. This newest offering in the company’s lineup of construction management software adds two key features—Online File Management and Customer/Sub Portal Logins—that make internal collaboration and communication with customers quick and simple.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 18, 2007

Siemens Canada to supply wind turbines

Siemens Canada Ltd., Burlington, Ontario, has landed the largest wind turbine project in Canada. Siemens will supply 86 wind turbines to the Wolfe Island Wind Project, near Kingston, Ontario. The project is planned for completion in fall 2008.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 18, 2007

Case study: Lighting control panel upgrade provides dramatic improvement for a university

Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., relied on a programmable relay-based system installed in the mid-1980s to provide energy-saving scheduled control of lighting and equipment for its most vital buildings. The system was in need of an upgrade.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 18, 2007

Product of the Year Awards

Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year Awards 2008 Call for Entries: download PDF ENTRY DEADLINE: Details about entering this year's awards program Congratulations to our 2007 Product of the Year winners : read all about the winners 2008 Product of the Year Awards 2008 Call for Entries: download PDF Make sure to read the tips that ensure Your new product could be among the winners Winning a Product of the Year Award will: Increase your product and brand’s visibility in Consulting-Specifying Engineer Create sales leads from interested potential customers Enable you to use the “Product of the Year” logo to enhance the power of your marketing and sales collateral Judging Process: A panel of engineers will determine finalists in each category All of the new product finalists will be published in the May Specifiers Guide All 46,286 subscribers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine will then have anopportunity to vote for one winner from each category Winners will be published in the September 2008 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer CSE reserves the right to not award best new product honors in every category. Entry Categories (NEW THIS YEAR):The awards competition will recognize the best new products from 12 categories:1. Building Automation, Controls2. Communications3.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 13, 2007

New products for power quality and reliability – 2007-12-13

Power cable fault locator, uninterrupted power supply systems, programmable direct-current power supplies, and power quality analyzers and data loggers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 13, 2007

FERC hydrokinetic energy project policy statement allows conditioned licensing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a policy statement that allows the commission to issue conditioned licenses for hydrokinetic energy projects under appropriate circumstances.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 13, 2007

Energy service providers team to build large-scale solar project

A multi-state consortium of southwestern energy service providers is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for a utility-scale concentrating solar power plant. The plant would be owned by a third party with consortium members each signing long-term purchase power agreements.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 13, 2007

North American electricity demand still outpacing resource growth

Electricity usage in the United States is projected to grow more than twice as fast as committed resources over the next 10 years, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. announced.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 11, 2007

Measuring standby power in the home

Review LBNL's standby power data.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 8, 2007

Energy bill passes in the House

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which aims to increase fuel-economy standards, the use of alternative fuels, and renewable energy, passed the House of Representatives with a 235-181 vote.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 6, 2007

Conserving power in the Carolinas

Progress Energy Carolinas, Raleigh, N.C., will meet future energy demands without building power plants, but by displacing 1,000 mW each year. The company’s conservation plans already save 1,000 mW a year.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 4, 2007

Data logger essentials for building commissioning

A white paper explains that data loggers are powerful analysis tools and can be used to evaluate complex building relationships and solve control problems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 4, 2007

Ferraz Shawmut Acquires GE Power Fuse Business

Ferraz Shawmut LLC announced that it has acquired General Electric’s Power Fuse operations from GE Consumer & Industrial business.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2007

Global financial firm to power all U.S. operations with wind

ING, a global financial institution of Dutch origin, announced the next phase of its worldwide sustainability commitment by agreeing to purchase clean, emission-free wind energy credits for its U.S. operations. The purchase is equal to 100% of its electricity usage at locations throughout the United States.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2007

First nuclear in 30 years

NRG Energy, Inc., Princeton, N.J., and South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co.(STP) announced in September filing of a construction and operating license application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two new units at the STP nuclear power station site—the first such filing in almost 30 years.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2007

Seattle Aquarium exhibits major change

The historic landmark Seattle Aquarium, located along the Seattle waterfront, welcomes around 700,000 guests each year to its famed marine exhibits. Housed in a 100-year-old building, the Seattle Aquarium was in need of a major renovation to meet the needs of its guests and marine wildlife. The historic landmark status of the aquarium posed many challenges to Flack + Kurtz, a mechanical and ele...

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Power November 28, 2007

A search for green technology by Google

Google, Mountain View, Calif., intends to develop and help stimulate the creation of renewable energy technologies.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 27, 2007

New products for power quality and reliability – 2007-11-27

SCCR-rated terminal blocks, harmonic-mitigating transformers, data center PDUs, lightning strike counters, Tier 3 gensets.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 20, 2007

U.S., Russia agree on plutonium disposal plan

The U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman and Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency Director Sergey Kiriyenko signed a joint statement outlining a plan to dispose 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium from Russia’s weapons program.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 8, 2007

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2007-11-08

News from Total Building Commissioning Inc., EYP Mission Critical Facilities and SEi Companies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 7, 2007

Industry roundup – 2007-11-07 – 2007-11-07

News from Eaton Corp., Emerson Climate Technologies, and more.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 6, 2007

Case study: Rockwood, Mo., school district upgrades fire protection systems

Continuous improvement is a vital element of St. Louis' largest public school system, Rockwood School District. The philosophy is illustrated in the district’s education and also in its facilities, which underwent a complete fire protection system upgrade.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 24, 2007

CSE Email Newsletter Archives

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By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 23, 2007

Green energy takes home a gold

The U.S Dept. of Energy (DOE) has recognized six leading organizations for the advancing and development of green power.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 22, 2007

Application for first nuclear power plant in almost 30 years

NRG Energy announced in September filing of a combined construction and operating license application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build and operate two new nuclear units at the South Texas Project nuclear power station site—the first such application in almost 30 years.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 19, 2007

California panel OKs new energy efficiency goals

California utility regulators on Thursday approved a sweeping program calling for new homes and commercial buildings to produce all the energy they consume.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 16, 2007

New York Public Library sees the light, goes with fluorescent bulbs

Commemorating its ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility and conservation, the New York Public Library earlier this month celebrated the collaborative installation of more than 5,300 energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 11, 2007

Industry Roundup – 2007-10-11 – 2007-10-11

Recent news from suppliers to the industry

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 11, 2007

U.S. Dept. of Energy commits to energy efficiency in U.S. data centers

U.S. Dept. of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner signed a memorandum of understanding in September with The Green Grid,New York, to increase energy efficiency in the ever-growing information technology sector.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 1, 2007

In the blogs at csemag.com – 2007-10-01

David Sellers, PE, senior engineer with the Portland, Ore., office of Facility Dynamics and CSE’s “A Field Guide for Engineers” blogger continues his detailed analysis of energy use in engineered building systems. “In my previous post,” said Sellers, “I mentioned that using an electric resistance coil to generate a Btu of heat can be expensive relative to bu...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 1, 2007

Data center energy-efficiency initiatives are gaining ground

The results from a recent industry survey provide insight into actions taken by data center operators to increase the efficiency of their facilities and identifies the challenges organizations face in pushing for additional improvements. The survey was conducted by the Data Center Users’ Group (DCUG), a group of data center, IT, and facility managers formed by St.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 1, 2007

California conquers summer heat

California suffered a heat wave in late August and early September, but unlike in the days of the California Energy Crisis of 2000 and 2001, there was no need for rolling blackouts. The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which operates the state’s electrical grid, credited energy consumers with averting a crisis through their electrical conservation efforts.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 1, 2007

Big power in the Big Easy

This year's Power-Gen International takes place Dec. 11 to Dec. 13 in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. More than 17,000 industry professionals are expected to attend to see 1,100 exhibitors displaying the latest in power products and technologies. Field device management and optimization software reduces the complexity of larger control systems into one compact interf...

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Power September 25, 2007

Utilities Could Face Significant Increases in Constructions Costs

According to a report by The Brattle Group released by the Edison Foundation, electric utilities across the United States are facing substantially higher construction costs as they continue to address the country’s need for new investment in generation, transmission, distribution and environmental compliance.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 25, 2007

New Products for Power Quality and Reliability – 2007-09-25

Lightning strike protectors, power converter troubleshooting and twin genset for a megawatt of power.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 20, 2007

 Data Centers Web Cast CEU exam

Take CEU exam and earn credits for "Emergency Power for Data Centers" Web cast.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 13, 2007

President Clinton to deliver keynote address at Greenbuild

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Aug. 29 that former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the opening plenary of Greenbuild, the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, to be held Nov. 7 to Nov. 9 in Chicago.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 7, 2007

Carrier and the Indianapolis Colts help rebuild New Orleans Fire Department

Carrier Corp. will participate in the Hurricane Katrina rebuild effort by teaming with the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts to donate a commercial air conditioner and a automatic standby power generator to the New Orleans Fire Department.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 1, 2007

Florida Utility Seeking Nuclear-Plant Approval

Saying it wants to keep its options for meeting future power demand open, Miami-based FPL has begun seeking approval to build a nuclear generating station on its Turkey Point facility near Key Largo, in southeast Miami-Dade County. The approval process could take up to 12 years. FPL currently operates two 1970s-era nuclear generators at Turkey Point, along with two oil-or-gas plants a...

By Staff
Power September 1, 2007

Look Ma, No Wires!

There's something very inefficient in the way we power many of our portable electronic devices, periodically attaching them to adapter-cord tethers so batteries can be recharged and operation can once again become truly “portable.” Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed the basis for a technology that could bring wireless convenience to battery ...

By Staff
Power August 28, 2007

New Products for Power Quality and Reliability – 2007-08-28

Surge protection devices, power quality analyzers and power control systems

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 21, 2007

PAS Center of Excellence to Serve Power Industry Customers

New St. Louis office to lead expanded Power Industry focus, extends PAS leadership positions in Alarm Management and Power Industry across USA.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 14, 2007

New Products for Electrical and Lighting Applications

Fluorescent lighting energy management systems, signal conditioning and relay modules, steel wall plates and terminal blocks.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 14, 2007

Modest Rebound in Motor Demand Continues During Second Quarter of 2007

Shipments of integral and fractional horsepower motors increased for the second consecutive quarter, as the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn.’s Motors Shipments Index increased 2.8% on a quarter-to-quarter basis during the second quarter of 2007.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 7, 2007

Schneider Electric and TAC Join Clinton Climate Initiative

Schneider Electric and its building automation subsidiary, TAC, announced that they have joined the Clinton Climate Initiative in a global effort to help cities around the world improve the energy efficiency of buildings and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 1, 2007

Ice-storage systems

Consulting engineers must provide cooling designs that will work in a variety of conditions from low loads to unexpected heavy loads on peak design days. Therefore, safety factors become a consideration of risk, first cost and operating cost. Is there a better choice than to install a 20% larger chiller for a facility to occasionally meet unusually high or unexpected loads? That extra chiller ...

By Paul Valenta, North American Sales Manager, CALMAC Manufacturing, Fair Lawn, N.J.
Power August 1, 2007

Download application for ARC Awards

Download the 2007 application for Consulting-Specifying Engineer's ARC Awards. This program recognizes the firms and engineers winning or placing in two categories: Most Innovative New Construction Project and Most Innovative Rehab/Reconstruction Project. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be given in each category.

By Staff
Power August 1, 2007

Harnessing the power of web-based boiler control systems

Web-enabled advanced boiler control systems have many advantages. And many of these control systems can retrofit into existing boiler systems. But what are the advantages, and what does one need to consider when selecting a system? One advantage that developers of these systems suggest is reduced cost and improved efficiency.

By Dan Willems, Vice President of Product Development, Cleaver-Brooks, Milwaukee
Power August 1, 2007

New Products – 2007-08-01

Variable frequency drives feature open communications and an enhanced user interface and display to provide an English-language menu graphical readout. The HVAC energy box, MCT 10 and USB-port interface enhance the accessibility and use of the product. VFDs are available from 1.5 hp through 600 hp at 460 volts AC and 600 volts AC, and 1.

By Staff
Power July 24, 2007

New Power Technologies Face Same Old Transmission Problems

Alternative energy has become a growth industry, with announcements for new wind, solar and geothermal projects now an almost daily event. But getting the clean electricity these facilities produce to market poses the same challenge faced by traditional power plants: gaining approval for new transmission lines.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 17, 2007

Lack of Final Power over Ethernet Plus Standard Is Not Hindering New Product Introductions

The standard for a higher power version of Power over Ethernet (PoE), IEEE 802.3at, is moving closer to becoming finalized, but remains a work-in-progress.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 16, 2007

Case Study: New York Power Authority

New York Power Authority installed AddressPro® Digital Dimming—an advanced lighting-control technology—from Universal Lighting in several areas of its main administrative office building in White Plains, New York. This was done as part of the wide-ranging measures NYPA has undertaken in recent years to augment the seventeen-story building’s energy efficiency for lowering electric bills and reducing carbon emissions.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power July 1, 2007

New Products – 2007-07-01

Adjustable speed drives include sensorless and closed loop vector drives, plus three microdrives that offer a cost-effective solution for basic adjustable speed applications. The sensorless and closed-loop vector drives offer removable keypads that provide text information. The microdrive models range from ½ hp to 10 hp (Baldor V*S Drive by Baldor Electric) www.

By Staff
Power July 1, 2007

Energy Efficiency May Offer Florida Big Savings

Florida could save $28 billion—enough to cover this year's entire education and transportation budgets—by using energy efficiency strategies that are available now, says a study released by the Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The ACEEE study is said to show that using energy efficiency policies alone, such as efficient windows, compa...

By Staff
Power June 25, 2007

NERC Projects Reliable Electricity This Summer

Electricity capacity margins are expected to be adequate to ensure reliable electric service throughout North America this summer, assuming normal summer weather conditions, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's 2007 Summer Assessment.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 25, 2007

Emerson Network Power and Sun Microsystems Collaborate to Optimize Data Center Infrastructure

The companies announced a joint development effort that focuses on defining and developing a high-efficiency power and cooling infrastructure for advanced high-performance computing data centers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 20, 2007

Hourly Rates for A/E Designers Are Looking Good This Year

Architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms are charging more for their employees' time than ever before, according to ZweigWhite's "2007 Fee & Billing Survey of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms."

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 19, 2007

Single Homes Going Green, Too

USGBC invites any member of the public to comment on the draft LEED for Homes Rating System, while Canada experiments with its first mass-produced model home designed to recycle water and save energy. 

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 18, 2007

The Art of Protecting Electrical Systems, Part 11: Impedance in Systems with Rotating Machinery

Download PDF.

By GEORGE FARRELL and FRANK VALVODA, P.E.
Power June 5, 2007

New Products for HVAC and Building Automation

Unitary sales tool for HVAC equipment, scroll compressors, data center management software, and smoke management switches

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power June 1, 2007

Letters: Reader Feedback – 2007-06-01

Talent Search Regarding the editorial, “Engineering Shortage: Employers to Blame?” (Editor's Viewpoint, 05/07, p. 9), more people need to publicly make those comments! I am an employer. I regularly search the National Society of Professional Engineers [salary survey] for what is reasonable pay for me and my only engineer employee, although it is nearly impossible to judge if the inf...

By Staff
Power June 1, 2007

Drives, Harmonics and Gensets

While there are many factors that affect the proper operation of an emergency or standby generator set, one that is commonly overlooked is the impact of variable frequency drives (VFD). As all building electrical system designers know, the push towards greater energy efficiency has encouraged the increased use of VFDs in facility applications.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, P.E., President, Lovorn Engineering, Pittsburgh
Power June 1, 2007

Fault Detection and Diagnostic Tools Ready for Prime Time

A demonstration of data analysis and fault detection and diagnostic tools opened the National Conference for Building Commissioning in Chicago in May. The pre-conference workshop showcased the tools that are available in the market, as well as some that are under development. Five tools (listed at left) are available and reach the market in different ways: Some are sold as standalone software...

By Kristin Heinemeier, Senior Engineer, Western Cooling Efficiency Center, UC Davis
Power May 31, 2007

Research Shows Businesses Investing in Energy Efficiency to Combat Rising Energy Costs

Results from a first-time survey of North American business leaders commissioned by Johnson Controls indicate they expect energy prices to continue to rise, and plan to invest in energy efficiency measures to help fight rising costs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 22, 2007

Green Specification Adoption Benchmark Study by RSMeans

RSMeans Business Solutions conducted a benchmark study to determine the specification penetration of Green-LEED requirements in buildings with construction bids for both new and renovation work in 2006. The objective of the study was to benchmark 2006 for both geographic and vertical (e.g., building type) markets.

By Tim Duggan, senior consultant for RSMeans Business Solutions
Power May 15, 2007

Graduate Fellowship for Advanced Lighting Controls at the University of California

A fellowship in advanced lighting controls to help support a new Master of Science in Engineering program at the University of California, Davis, is scheduled to begin in fall 2007.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 15, 2007

2007 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting Scheduled for Tampa in June

The concept of “super sessions” will be introduced at the 2007 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting in Tampa, Fla., scheduled for June 24 through 28, 2007 at the Tampa Convention Center and the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 15, 2007

NEMA Guidelines for Fittings Used with Non-Flexible Metallic Conduits or Tubing

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) has published FB 2.10-2007 Selection and Installation Guidelines for Fittings for Use With Non-Flexible Metallic Conduit or Tubing (Rigid Metal Conduit, Intermediate Metal Conduit, and Electrical Metallic Tubing).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 10, 2007

IBM Unveils Plan to Combat Data Center Energy Crisis

IBM to double computing capacity in its own data centers using new technologies to avoid 5 billion kilowatt-hours of new energy use

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power May 1, 2007

Taking off into the Blogosphere

In his inaugural csemag.com blog posting on April 19, CSE Editor-in-Chief Michael Ivanovich boasts, “You're going to love this blog, and you're going to come back to it at least once a week. I know this because I'm going to ensure that it's interesting, entertaining, timely and relevant. My goal here is simple: inform you, empower you and get out of the way.

By Staff
Power May 1, 2007

Searching csemag.com

The new csemag.com site provides expanded search capabilities with an industry leading enterprise search technology. The Zibb.com product is a large index that contains content collected by crawling HTML pages via RSS feeds and Google site maps. Special tags are exposed to Zibb to provide better control over content.

By Staff
Power May 1, 2007

Climate Changing on Energy Efficiency

Some 40 experts from the HVAC/R industry, U.S. Senate and several federal agencies discussed the global energy situation at the fourth Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposium, “Energy Efficiency Investment and the Emerging Global Cost Paradigm,” held April 17 in Washington, D.C. The symposium touched on a variety of complex energy issues, from global warming and the future of power prices,...

By Staff
Power May 1, 2007

Industrial Energy Stars

Owners and managers of manufacturing facilities used to be heavily focused on managing the costs of process and production. They always were thinking about lean manufacturing and 'six sigma.' And while energy efficiency—and cost—is a concern, they tended to defer to others on the issue. But with programs like the EPA's ENERGY STAR geared toward the plant, the best and the brightest ...

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Power May 1, 2007

Award-Winning Jump

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has honored A/E design firm STV for its renovation of the Coney Island Parachute Jump Tower with the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards for 2006, the Conservancy's highest honor for outstanding preservation efforts. In addition to providing condition assessment, planning, design, structural rehabilitation and construction oversight services, STV oversaw the lig...

By Staff
Power April 30, 2007

Johnson Controls Presents CareerConnect at Vegas Conference

Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, spoke on the CareerConnect partnership model atHVAC Excellence Educators and Trainers Conference March 26 in Las Vegas.Shannon G. Lippold,program manager for Johnson Controls Building Efficiency group, made the presentation.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 23, 2007

Lighting Controls Are Key Part of Las Vegas Area Elementary School Retrofit

Schneider Electric says that its Square D Clipsal line of lighting control products is being incorporated into a major energy retrofit project at Fay Herron Elementary School in North Las Vegas, Nev. The school, part of the Clark County School District, is the subject of a project that includes HVAC replacement and installation of new insulated walls and dropped ceilings, in addition to lighting control. Eight of the 12 buildings on the Fay Herron Elementary School campus have been completed; the entire project should conclude in summer 2007. “Energy conservation is extremely important for schools and school districts, and at Fay Herron Elementary School, Square D Clipsal keypads and occupancy sensors reduce the electrical load, while at the same time introduce more natural light,” said Scott Jordan, Square D Clipsal Product Marketing Manager.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 23, 2007

New Products for Power Quality and Reliability – 2007-04-23

Rack and cabinet protection are offered for critical IT networks that are claimed to combine superior airflow and easy configuration with a full range of options: high capacity rack-mount UPS systems; surge suppressors; PDUs/power strips; maintenance bypass; and precision cooling. For more about Liebert products from Zonatherm, click here . Power management software is designed for IT managers who face the challenge of managing virtual servers, blade servers and N+X power redundancy levels, be it on the server or the UPS side. This new version of the software features a web-based interface and is compatible with a host of operating systems including Vista, Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition and Xeon 64 or Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Novell, Redhat, Mandriva, Debian, VMWare ESX).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 23, 2007

News from the Alternative Energy Front

Open Energy Corp., Solana Beach, Calif. announced that its solar roofing membranes have been installed at the Sweet Life Patisserie in Eugene, Oregon.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 18, 2007

CSE Codes & Standards

Click here to register Codes & Standards: New monthly newsletter from CSE Codes & Standards provides design engineers and product specifiers with the latest updates and news surrounding the constantly evolving building codes and standards for HVAC, fire, electrical and plumbing systems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 17, 2007

Digital Signage Technology Helps Retailers Meet Customer Needs

Businesses large and small are gaining an edge over the competition by using new retail technology and digital signage advertising networks to help them meet the needs of customers, while increasing brand awareness. Retail stores, like Wal-Mart, and grocery chains, including Albertsons and Kroger, are setting technology trends by installing point of sale, digital signage and self service kiosks in their multiple locations throughout the nation. A study titled The Opportunity for Networked Displays and In-Store TV, published by InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, reports that previous sales of retail hardware, software, installation and integration services and support for all commercial display applications totaled nearly $1.7 billion in 2004, and are expected to demonstrate a compound annual growth rate in excess of 25% over the next five years. In-store technology and digital signage has taken hold of the United States retail and restaurant markets and has produced positive marketing and sales' results, yet rolling out such a campaign can be a daunting process. According to Tim Lawler of McBride M-Power Nationwide, the most common pitfall for companies deploying new technology platforms is failing to adequately define the project's scope and goals including electrical and data infrastructure support. In order to ensure adequate electrical and data infrastructure support is in place for a national retail rollout, McBride M-Power Nationwide is offering the article "Top 10 Tips for a Successful National Rollout" to those companies interested in jumping on the retail technology bandwagon.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 17, 2007

IEEE Adopts Proposal for Power over Ethernet

A proposal allowing midspans used in Power-over-Ethernet applications to put the power onto the data pair as required for Gigabit systems was made by Phihong USA, Freemont, Calif., to the IEEE802.3at task force at its most recent meeting on March 13—15, 2007 in Orlando, Fla. “Numerous presentations to the IEEE have proven that this can be done without affecting the‘channel characteristics’ as specified in IEEE802.3 specifications,” said Keith Hopwood, vice president of marketing for Phihong USA. Putting the power on the data pair is required for Gigabit systems as all wires are used to carry data. If 4-pair powering gets ratified then it will also be required to carry power on all the wires that carry data as well. Phihong officials claim that their PoE midspans already do this, and that many customers have already implemented this, although it is technically outside the current IEEE802.3 specification. This approved resolution puts specific text into the new specification that makes it official. The new standard is now in draft, and many items can still change.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 12, 2007

Industry Roundup: News from the Suppliers – 2007-04-12

Bell & Gossett, Chicago, has donated a B&G Series VSC, double-suction, vertical split-case pump to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Construction Management. Falcon Waterfree Technologies, Grand Rapids, Mich., has named Richard Gephardt, former U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader who twice sought nomination for U.S. President, to its Board of Advisors. Certainteed, Valley Forge, Pa., reports that its MemBrain Smart Vapor Retarder was a building material featured last summer in a green construction project that produced the new East Grand Rapids Community Center. Lutron, Coopersburg, Pa., announced that its Sivoia Manual Shades won top honors for Best New Technical Innovation and Most innovative Design in the Pleated and Roller Shades category in the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) 2007 Product Innovation Awards. MEPatWORK , Des Moines, Iowa, has hired John von Harz as president/COO.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 12, 2007

USGBC Asks For More Funding in Light of Report’s Results

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Research Committee called for a higher level of funding for research to advance building design, technology and operations that minimize environmental and human health impacts, in light of the findings published in its recent report, “ Green Building Research Funding: An Assessment of Current Activity in the United States ”. The report says that research for high-performance green building practices and technologies accounts for 0.2% of all federally funded research—an average of $193 million per year (2002-05) and only 0.02% of all estimated values of annual U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power April 1, 2007

Web Threads – 2007-04-01 – 2007-04-01

“Reducing AFD-Caused Harmonics at Partial-Load Conditions,” a white paper from ABB, discusses the need for controlling the level of harmonic current in power distribution systems, widely recognized as an important factor in selecting and applying adjustable speed drives and other non-linear load equipment.

By Staff
Power April 1, 2007

Metering Matters

In June 2006, CSE took a look at how the city of Toronto has capitalized on a valuable asset lying 272 ft. below the surface of Lake Ontario—icy cold water that remains at a constant 39.2ºF all year round. Since August 2004, this previously untapped resource has been supplying economical and environmentally friendly air conditioning to large buildings in the city's downtown.

By Staff
Power March 22, 2007

DOE Selects 13 Solar Energy Projects for $168 Million in Funding

U.S. Dept. of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman announced the selection of 13 solar technology development projects for negotiation for as much as $168 million in funding, subject to congressional approval, for fiscal years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 19, 2007

Penn State Solar Team Energized by Grant

ELECTRI Intl . has awarded a $50,000 research grant to the Pennsylvania State University 2007 Solar Decathlon student team.of a demonstration solar home whose energy use will be metered. “The Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovation in electrical construction,” said Russ Alessi, ELECTRI International President. “Many home and business owners are interested in saving energy and photovoltaics can definitely help reduce their energy use.” The Penn State Decathlon entry, named the MorningStar, will include an 8.5-kW system that will easily generate enough electricity for a typical home.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 5, 2007

Compressor Retrofit for Operating Engineers Building

If you’re a union pension trust fund that owns real estate and demands the highest level of operating efficiency for your buildings, you need to continually implement cutting edge energy conservation measures. You do this to maximize the long term financial performance of the investment. If you work for the Operating Engineers Pension Trust, Local 12, Pasadena, Calif., you’d better be the best when it comes to HVAC systems optimization and performance.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power March 1, 2007

Ecobuild America and AEC-ST 2007

Consulting engineers, facility engineers, commissioning providers and facility managers who are involved with or looking into green-building projects should consider attending the Ecobuild America and AEC Science & Technology conference being held at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 15 to May 17.

By Staff
Power February 27, 2007

New Products for Power Quality and Reliability – 2007-02-27

Battery-based energy-storage system is designed for use with UPS systems, emergency lighting and backup power applications. Nickel metal hydride technology eliminates need for dedicated ventilation or support systems, with a smaller footprint that could reduce space needs by up to 50%. Units are designed for single- or multiple-battery installation into standard 19-in.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 27, 2007

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: EPAct 2005 and Smart Metering Technology

In 2006 Edison Electric Institute (EEI) commissioned Plexus Research Inc. , Boxborough, Mass., to develop a guide to “smart metering” and related issues in complying with requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. “Deciding on “Smart” Meters: The Technology Implications of Section 1252 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 ” is a 79-page guide that is already said to have helped utilities and regulatory bodies understand the technology, economic and strategic implications of EPAct 2005 and various implementation alternatives. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to meeting the Act’s metering requirements, which address innovative and time-dependent energy rates.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 27, 2007

Berkeley Lab Study May Help Improve Monitoring of Western Electricity Markets

A new study, announced by the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in late January, has evaluated methods for monitoring power markets that should allow regulators to more quickly identify the efforts required to identify unusual fluctuations in the price of power in the Western Interconnection. “This study is another important step to ensure that the failures in monitoring power markets that contributed to the 2000-01 western electricity crisis are not repeated,” said Joanna Prukop,improve western power markets.”   WIEB’s board members include policymakers and representatives of utility regulatory bodies from 12 western U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 22, 2007

“Perfect 10” Product of the Year Award Entries Available

It's time once again to submit entries for CSE 's annual “Perfect 10” Product of the Year award. The entry form and rules are available at www.csemag.com and all submissions must be received by April 13, 5:00 p.m. central time (no exceptions). CSE Product of the Year is actually a two-part contest.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 20, 2007

New Products for Electrical Systems – 2007-02-20

Softstarters offer users a full set of knob-adjustable functions for starting and stopping 3- to 45-amp, three-phase motors, up to 600 volts AC, all in a compact package that mounts in small control panels and equipment enclosures. The product is available in three physical sizes, with widths from 1.77 in. to 2.13 in.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 20, 2007

Healthy January Rebound in North American Electrical Business

In its most recent edition of the “Electroindustry Business Confidence Index” (EBCI), the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) announced that North American electrical business conditions rebounded in January following two consecutive months of decline at the close of 2006. At 41.3, January’s mark rose more than10 points from a month ago, and reached its highest level since last October. Though still falling shy of the key 50-point threshold indicative of growth in the industry, the result suggests that the rate of deterioration of electroindustry business conditions slowed considerably relative to December. Meanwhile the EBCI for future North American conditions, a measure of expected conditions six months forward, was nearly unchanged at 47.8, compared to a reading of 48 in December.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 20, 2007

Lighting Control Manufacturers Ready for the New Daylight Saving Time Dates

Lighting control manufacturers are offering advice and support to building managers whose total-building lighting control systems will be affected by the recent changes to the start and end of Daylight Saving Time (DST). The United States Congress passed legislation that, in 2007, will begin DST on March 11 (instead of April 1) and will end DST on Nov. 4 (instead of Oct. 28). To ensure that a building’s lighting and its occupants are not impacted by the DST change, Lutron, Coopersburg, Pa., is proactively reaching out to users of its commercial system products.hts off an hour early until Nov.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 8, 2007

Industry Roundup: Promotions and Partnerships

AERCO, Northvale, N.J., announced recently what the company claims is an industry first: efficiency testing of a condensing, fully modulating boiler was witnessed and reviewed by Underwriter’s Laboratories. Schneider Electric North American Operating Division has promoted Ralph Harris to vice president, U.S. sales.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 6, 2007

An AHR Expo Post-Show Roundup

Dust and fume catalog features industrial grade fittings, spiral pipe and flexible hoses that are adaptable and easy to install. The manufacturer ensures quality customer service, on-time delivery direct from the manufacturer and cost-effective products. (Dust & Fume catalog by Air Handling Systems) www.airhand.com Cooling unit for data centers and small computer rooms is available.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power February 1, 2007

Improving Genset Availability By Detecting Bad Batteries Early

Failure to start is the most significant—and avoidable—cause of diesel generator malfunction. And battery failure is the leading cause of diesel generator failure. More than 80% of failures to start are caused by battery problems. This is particularly troubling. Genset failure can cause huge economic losses, and in some cases, loss of life.

By Bill Kaewert, President, Stored Energy Systems, Longmont, Colo.
Power February 1, 2007

In the Webcast Archives

Don't forget to keep an eye on the Webcast button at www.csemag.com, and to call up our archived webcasts. In December, CSE editors hosted “Beyond Generators and UPS: Delivering Reliability in Data Centers,” which explored new and innovative topology strategies, with special attention on the movement of two-stage vs.

By Staff
Power February 1, 2007

Briefly … – 2007-02-01 – 2007-02-01

Engineers Week, a formal coalition of more than 75 engineering, professional and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies, takes place this year Feb. 18 to Feb. 24. Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the program is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

By Staff
Power February 1, 2007

A Perfect 10

It's time once again to submit entries for CSE's annual “Perfect 10” Product of the Year award. The entry form is now available on our website at www.csemag.com and all submissions must be received by April 13, 5:00 p.m. central time (no exceptions). Readers might want to let their manufacturing contacts know about this competition.

By Staff
Power February 1, 2007

Letters: Reader Feedback – 2007-02-01

Green Predictions In response to the story “Green Building Consultant Makes 2007 Predictions,” (Top Engineering News, www.csemag.com, 01/25/07), green guru Jerry Yudelson's predictions for sustainability left me with one question: Have the builders also been developing low voltage DC homes that can run on storage batteries recharged by wind or solar, or overnight by local power serv...

By Staff
Power January 29, 2007

Optimistic Outlook for M/E Engineering Opportunities in Israel

Israel is among other centers of rapid growth and construction activity in the Persian Gulf. “The high-tech industry in Israel is amazing with a very high level of expertise and technical ability,” explained Kfir Godrich, principal, director of technological development, EYP Mission Critical Facilities, New York. One of Israel’s most significant construction projects is Intel’s multi-billion dollar construction of a wafer fabrication plant, anticipated to be the biggest and fastest in the world. In addition, Donald Trump has been showing interest with plans to build a $500 million hotel complex on the shores of Netanya and a 70-story residential tower in Ramat Gan, neighboring Tel Aviv—anticipated to be the tallest building in Israel. In general, the building and construction market has been up for the past couple of years, following a several-year recession, with the defense, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries leading the way, according to Emanuel Marynko, general manager of the Tel Aviv-based Yani, Israel’s largest electrical engineering firm. Although it’s difficult to pinpoint the country’s exact volume of defense work as the information is classified, a significant portion of Israel’s $10 billion annual defense budget goes toward building and construction, Godrich said. In any case, design and building opportunities are numerous as he said, “There’s no doubt about it that there is a lot to do in Israel for American companies.” Marynko added, “There especially are opportunities for overseas firms on projects where the Israeli market may not have as much expertise.” As far as the market outlook in general, Marynko predicted, “I think it will continue to speed up.”.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Power January 23, 2007

Product Showcase | January 9, 2007

Visit www.csemag.com for industry news and featuresJanuary 2007 Special Advertising Section Dear Stephanie,Here is the next edition of Consulting-Specifying Engineer's product and system solutions showcase. Featured Products Cooper B-Line C-Port •Non-Penetrating; Extends Roof Life; Dampens Vibrations•No Need For Supplemental Rubber Pad, Will Not Float•Environmentally FriendlyInnovative, economical roof top support systems for use as:•Pipe Supports, HVAC Supports, Roof Walkway Supports, Duct Supports, Conduit SupportsFor more information, Click here to visit our website. Designed for Mission Critical Performance, Flexibility and Reliability Cyberex introduces the new, redefined Branch Circuit Management (BCM) system designed to efficiently manage individual circuit loading.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 22, 2007

New Products for Electrical Systems – 2007-01-22

Compact DIN rail mount power suppliesline has been expanded to include seven new compact models.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 22, 2007

NEMA Launches Electrical Industry Career Center

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) has launched a full-service online career center ( www.eicareers.org ) designed exclusively for the electroindustry. The NEMA career portal allows employers to post open positions and search for potential employees, while job seekers search for open positions, upload resumes, and submit applications to potential employers. The service is free to job seekers; employers pay much less for listing their openings NEMA President Evan Gaddis said, “eicareers.org is an efficient, convenient, and central source of qualified applicants, the best place for electrical industry career positions available today.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 22, 2007

Solar Cells Hit New Efficiency High

A new solar cell has broken the 40% efficiency barrier by combining two existing technologies to draw energy from a broader spectrum of sunlight. Developers say the device could bring solar-power costs down to $3 per watt, or $0.08 to $0.10 per kilowatt hour. The cell reached a 40.7% conversion efficiency, meaning that it was able to convert 40.7% of the energy it received from the sun into electricity. It was developed by St.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power January 1, 2007

Variable Refrigerant Systems Make for Zoned HVAC Control

Several manufacturers offer variable refrigerant volume or variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC systems. And while there are differences among the various systems, all of them react to changes in heating and cooling requirements by varying the flow of refrigerant. This is accomplished by using inverter technology to vary the speed of a compressor, or by making use of multiple compressors of var...

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Power December 19, 2006

The True Story of Electric Christmas Lights (As Told by NECA)

Electric Christmas lights gained popularity after World War II, due in part to the extension of electrification throughout rural America in the 1940s. However, like so much else in the history of electricity, the glowing holiday displays we now enjoy began with Thomas Edison. First, a disclaimer: A persistent legend credits Ralph Morris as the inventor of electric Christmas lights. The story goes that Morris, in a panic at seeing his son push a candle over on a Christmas tree, singed his own hair and nearly set the tree on fire rushing to the rescue.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 19, 2006

NERC Reports Electricity Reliability Adequate This Winter

North America’s electricity generating capacity, transmission systems and generation fuels should be adequate this winter, says Rick Sergel, president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC). Sergel’s announcement was made in conjunction with the release of NERC’s 2006/2007 Winter Assessment. Generating capacity margins have not changed significantly since last winter, according to Sergel, with winter 2006/2007 margins judged to be adequate across North America. Transmission reinforcements in southwestern Connecticut and Boston also will result in significant improvements to reliability in these areas, which NERC had previously placed on its reliability “Watch List.” Coal deliveries from the Powder River Basin, which were cited as an issue in NERC’s 2006 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, have improved significantly and coal stocks are increasing. Peak demands for this winter are forecast to be higher than actual peaks recorded last winter in all areas except New England, Texas, the Southwest and parts of Missouri.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power December 1, 2006

Remote Control

While waiting outside their middle school one chilly January morning, a group of students from Seward Middle School in Seward, Alaska, found an unlocked door. Middle school students being what they are, this discovery quickly became an excuse for mischief and exploration. But, less than a minute after the kids entered the building, an alarm sounded and both building and exterior lights flashed on.

By Maggie Koerth-Baker, Contributing Writer
Power December 1, 2006

Which UPS is Right for the Job: Static, Rotary or Hybrid?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers seems as good of a place as any to go for a definition of the uninterruptible power supply (commonly known as the UPS). According to IEEE Std 446—the IEEE Orange Book—the UPS is “a system designed to automatically provide power, without delay or transients, during any period when the normal power supply is incapable of perf...

By Timothy C. Davies, P.E., Associate, Newcomb & Boyd, Atlanta
Power November 28, 2006

Environmental Services Firm Eliminates Costly Power Fluctuations

Veolia Environmental Services, L.L.C., formerly known as Onyx Environmental Services, provides environmental services and technical solutions including hazardous waste management, field services, and solvent reclamation for industrial customers, with more than 45 treatment and disposal facilities. The company, however, needed greater power reliability measures to maintain its testing procedures. The prime service Veolia provides is properly disposing of chemical waste—the byproduct of manufacturing electronics, computer recycling, blending fuel and other toxic materials—in accordance with California’s stringent environmental requirements. As part of this requirement, stringent tests are required in a controlled environment that has steady temperature and power.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 28, 2006

Wireless Nanotech Sensors Could Monitor Power Systems 24/7

Researchers at the University at Buffalo in New York state are looking at how tiny, nanoscale sensors could make power systems far more resilient. Engineers with UB's Energy Systems Institute, which claimed to be one of the nation's few academic research centers that studies the fundamentals of electric power, have for the past year been considering how nanoelectronics could dramatically shorten, or even eliminate, massive power outages, something the region is quite familiar with, as was the case during the recent October snowstorm that hit the area. "Until now, we've had to do everything with wires and that makes it very expensive," said W. James Sarjeant, Ph.D., James Clerk Maxwell Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at UB and director of the institute. "What we're proposing is to use wireless communications, by embedding tiny sensors at every point in the system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 22, 2006

Product Showcase | November

Visit www.csemag.com for industry news and featuresNovember 2006 Special Advertising Section Dear Reader,Here is the next edition of Consulting-Specifying Engineer's product and system solutions showcase. If you would like any additional information sent to you from any of the companies below regarding their products fill out this form . Featured Products NEW FROM E-MON D-MON!Load Control Option for Energy Management! Managing energy has never been easier! Many industrial facilities wantenergy monitoring and control capabilities but do not have thefinancial or personnel resources to manage a full-scale load managementsystem. The E-Mon D-Mon Class 3000 meter with load control option isdesigned to operate at user selectable high and low set pointsproviding users with the capability to reduce electrical demand byshedding loads or activating a local generator.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 21, 2006

NEMA Issues Paper on Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. has published a paper entitled, “Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment.” The publication, which is an updated version of the paper, “Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment,” provides information to users of electrical products on how to evaluate electrical equipment that has been exposed to water through flooding, fire fighting activities and hurricanes. Electrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely hazardous if reenergized without proper reconditioning or replacement. Reductions in integrity of electrical equipment due to moisture can affect the ability of the equipment to perform its intended function.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 20, 2006

NSPE Leaders Sign Charter to Combat Corruption in Engineering

Officials of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Alexandria, Va., announced recently that they have joined forces with engineering leaders around the globe by signing a charter that strives to combat corruption in the global engineering and construction professions. The charter was signed by President Robert S. Miller III, P.E., F.NSPE, President Elect Bernard R.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 15, 2006

Cost Data Available for a 3-D Modeling Application

Beck Technology, Dallas, Texas, a developer of 3-D modeling applications for the A/E/C industry and Norcross, Ga.-based and Reed Construction Data (RCD) last month announced the general availability of DProfiler with RSMeans, the first 3D modeling application that ties directly to RSMeans cost data. The announcement came at 2006 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Oct. 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. "DProfiler with RSMeans combines the power of computer-aided 3D modeling with the intelligence of a room full of cost estimators and business planners into one, easy to use, software solution," said Eric J.Kutche, MHA, MBA, AIA, of HMC Architects. Beck Technology's DProfiler with RCD's RSMeans allows building team members to make decisions based on more complete cost information. Through this complete view of the project including 3D models, sketches and cost analysis, owners are better informed about project feasibility.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 15, 2006

Challenges of Professional Development in the A/E Industry

At the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) 2006 annual conference in Boston on July 6-8, 2006, Mick Morrissey, principal Morrissey Goodale LLC, along with Mark Brewer, PBS&J University Director, delivered a presentation addressing the Challenges of Professional Development in the Architecture/Engineering Industry. The presenters discussed current best practices in developing people as the most critical strategic business investment, including establishing a Corporate University, developing leadership, succession planning and recruiting/retention strategies. Morrissey asserted that the combination of a resurgent economy and lack of the “right” talent makes internal development and training of staff a priority for every growing engineering firm. “This industry spends less than one percent of revenues on training and development—that’s insane!We need to change that statistic by over-investing in our existing staff.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 9, 2006

M/E Insider: New Office for Interface; New Business Unit for CECO

• Interface Engineering , based in Portland, Ore., has opened its fifth office, in San Francisco. Hormoz Janssens, P.E. and Joel Cruz, P.E.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 7, 2006

Thermostat Recycling A Success: 60,000 Units Recovered So Far

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), Rosslyn, Va., announced in September that to date, it had recovered more than 60,000 thermostats containing over 575 lbs. of mercury between January and June of 2006. This represents an increase of 10,000 thermostats and 115 lbs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power November 1, 2006

Angles on Art

The geometrically unconventional spaces in the new 146,000-sq.-ft., $90.5 million Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum may not satisfy everyone's architectural tastes, but there's one thing that everyone can agree on: Each gallery in the new wing is well-designed for the protection of art.

By Erin McConahey, P.E., and Murat Karakas, P.E., Arup, Los Angeles, and Tim Junker, P.E., MKK Consulting Engineers, Denver
Power October 23, 2006

First 100% Green Power Public Utility in the U.S.

U.S. Sustainable Energy Corp., Natchez, Miss., earlier this month announced the construction of the nation’s first 100% green power public utility. "With the opening of a new 500,000-sq.-ft. biofuel facility in Natchez, we will be supplying 100% of the power and electricity consumed by the city of Vidalia, La.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 23, 2006

NEMA Applauds FERC Ruling On Spare Transformers

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) recently commended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the approval of a utility industry request to recover the costs of spare transformers kept in inventory in order to meet demand in the event of an electrical grid disturbance. “This ruling,” said NEMA Vice President of Government Relations Kyle Pitsor, “is important for the utility industry and the manufacturing community. It is very responsive to the application filed by the Edison Electric Institute and signed by 41 utilities across the country, and will give utilities assurance of federal support and regulatory certainty.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power October 17, 2006

The Art of Protecting Electrical Systems, Part 10: Assigning Impedance Values

Editor’s Note: From 1965 through 1970, Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s predecessor, Actual Specifying Engineer, ran a series of articles on overcurrent protection. Due to the immense popularity of the 31 installments in the series, the authors, George Farrell and Frank Valvoda, P.E., reprised the series in an updated version beginning in the Feb. 1989 issue of CSE.

By GEORGE W. FARRELL and FRANK R. VALVODA, P.E.
Power September 25, 2006

On the Solar Front: Recent Photovoltaic Projects

Several significant solar power projects have been completed in recent months. Here are highlights from around the United States and abroad: Installation and commissioning of a 400-kW solar power system at Timberland’s 429,000-sq.-ft. Ontario distribution center in Southern California was completed in April by Northern Power, Wakefield, Conn. The system was installed over an unused area of the facility's truck yard to provide The system will receive a rebate of over $1.5 million under California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 19, 2006

Major Electrical Industry Business Index Declines

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn.’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions declined for the fourth month in a row in August and, at 46.2, came to rest below the 50-point mark, separating a reading indicative of sectoral expansion from one suggestive of contraction. Previously, the index had topped 50 points for 39 months in a row. At the same time, the future conditions index for North America posted its second straight monthly drop and its fourth in the last five months, sliding to 17.3 from 23.2 in July. For a complete summary of the August 2006 index, including charts and a list of participating companies, click here .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power September 8, 2006

OSIsoft, Yokogawa partner

Home Current Issue Archive Subscribe Applied Automation Plant Engineering Contact Editorial Staff Sales Staff WebMaster Webcasts Upcoming Archive On CD Affiliated Links Plant Engineering Control Engineering MBT Packaging Digest Pharmaceutical Processing ARC ISA Integrator Guide OSIsoft, Yokogawa partner Jack Smith, Managing Editor Yokogawa Electric Corp. and OSIsoft, Inc. announced that they have entered into a major partnership to better serve industrial automation markets throughout much of Asia. Under terms of the multi-year agreement Yokogawa Electric will provide the enhanced Total ETS solutions to the industrial automation sector in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan, and will cooperate with OSIsoft to enhance localization of RtPM Platform products in its core Japanese market.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 24, 2006

Industry Roundup: Mergers, expansions and promotions

• A.O. Smith, Ashland City, Tenn., recently donated two gas water heaters to the Yucca Council Boy Scouts, serving West Texas and Southern New Mexico, for use at one of their campsites. • Baldor Electric Company, Fort Smith, Ark., has expanded to two key manufacturing plants. Its Columbus, Miss.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 24, 2006

M/E Insider: Recent Hires and New P.E.’s on the Block

• KJWW Engineering Consultants announced that Brent Mannes and Luke Cummings have achieved the status of licensed Professional Engineer. The firm now employs more than 70 Professional Engineers. • Jon Lonneman, P.E. , recently joined TSP , Rochester, Minn., as a senior mechanical engineer.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 22, 2006

Renewables Becoming an Energy Market Presence

Invested capital in equipment related to just four renewable energy technologies--biofuels, wind power, solar photovoltaics and fuel cells/distributed hydrogen--is anticipated to grow 400% in the next 10 years, according to a recent report. And with R&D venture capital and incentive programs rising and product prices falling, the technologies are beginning to make financial sense for individual small businesses and homeowners. The market for installed equipment related to the four targeted technologies will grow to $167 billion by 2015, up from $40 billion in 2005, according to projections developed by Clean Edge, an Oakland, Calif.-based renewable energy market research firm. One key reason for the increased market presence is the growing involvement of multinational corporations, such as Archer Daniels Midland, BP and GE, the report says. Solar photovoltaics continue to attract investors' attention, despite installation prices that, without outside incentives, remain higher than most other generating options.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 15, 2006

New Products for Electrical

Hinged-cover wiring duct is offered in sizes from 1.5 in. x 2 in. to 4 in.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 15, 2006

Power Factor Correction Yields Healthy Savings for Pharmaceutical Distribution Center

Poor power factor, or inefficient use of supplied power, can often be overlooked because it has few outward signs. There are no blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers or failed electrical apparatus to alert plant personnel to the problem. In fact, the most visible symptom, increased utility costs, is difficult to determine based on the utility rate structure—whether it is per kVA, per KW or some other billing method. While loss of some electrical efficiencies are typically inherent in the power system, the scope of the problem determines the extent of savings that are possible.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Power August 15, 2006

Electrical and Lighting Business Slides in July

Current North American conditions for electrical equipment business declined for the third month in a row in July, but nonetheless remained above the 50-point growth threshold for a 40th consecutive month, according to the National Electrical Manufacturing Assn.’s Electroindustry Busine