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Attend this webcast on September 27, 2022, to learn design techniques, including pros and cons that will reduce arc flash incident energy.
Attend this webcast on September 15, 2022, to learn when and how a system-level control fits in the power system.
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.
The most-viewed content from the past week covered 40 Under 40 winners, dynamic UPS systems, air handling systems, microgrids and hospital decarbonization.
Attend this webcast on June 9, 2022 to learn how to select and specify the correct transfer switch control, based on application.
Attend this webcast on April 5, 2022, to learn about generator power systems
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
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.
Understand how sustainability and the environment are impacting considerations for backup generators, including fuel sources and emissions
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
Read the best articles about power including transformer protection, electrical and power system design, emergency power supply and more.
Several questions about power quality and harmonics are answered here
Dynamic uninterruptible power supply systems provide conditioned electrical power to mission critical facilities. Learn the basics, along with benefits of specifying
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 attending this session on Oct. 19, 2021, you will understand the basics of transfer switch selection, including specifying the correct type.
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
In this Sept. 15, 2021, webcast, several questions were left unanswered. Read the details here
During this arc flash mitigation webcast, a variety of questions were raised; read answers to those items not covered during the live event
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.
The time to invest in highly innovative and predictive energy is now.
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
Southland Industries reviews how evolving technology is revolutionizing the energy sector.
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
Electrical engineers can learn about hardware considerations, signaling and zone selection for higher performance arc flash mitigation systems
The webcast on Sept. 30, 2020, left unanswered questions. Read more about microgrid design here
Reducing arc flash to electrical personnel is an evolutionary process. Learn more in this Q&A
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
As the energy industry transitions into a new normal, utilities can employ the lessons learned to grow and diversify the company and remain competitive.
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
Researchers at Purdue University have created technology designed to address the thickness issue for wearable power generation for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
To simplify testing in large medium-voltage applications, the 8850 Containerized Load Bank offers 4,500 kVA in a single 30-foot transportable container.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
The 5P lithium-ion UPS uses lithium-ion batteries with extended service life up to eight years.
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
Engineers should follow four steps during the project life cycle to reduce harmonic distortion and provide consistent, high-quality power
Electrical engineers should follow these four steps when designing for high-quality power systems
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.
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.
Safety is the top priority in any work environment, and there is growing concern and increased discussion around the topic of arc flash hazards.
Questions left unaddressed during the April 30, 2019, webcast on microgrids are addressed here.
The Model 175 Series surge protective device is ideal for data transmission applications.
Comprehensive standard review impacts arc flash analysis.
These devices continually monitor the operability of engine start signal circuits to ensure engine-generators will receive start signals when emergency power is needed.
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.
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.
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.
Consider the steps in arc flash calculations to ensure worker safety.
The Sept. 20, 2018, “Critical power: Arc flash mitigation” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
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.
Learn about important factors related to specifying onsite generation systems, focusing on paralleled generators.
Proper control of power boilers is an essential element to assuring personnel safety, protection of property, control of environmental emissions, and efficient operations.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer readers have cast their votes for the 2018 Product of the Year; read about the winners.
Combined heat and power (CHP), distributed generation (DG), and microgrids keep university campuses energized—fueled by natural gas.
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.
The June 21, 2018, “Electrical: Distribution equipment” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The April 12, 2018 “Generator Set Sizing and Specification” webcast presenter addressed questions not covered during the live event.
Moving transmission lines underground is a growing trend in the US due to weather, safety, and costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Backup power design for a high-performance building is required, and offers many benefits.
Backup power design for a high-performance building is required, and offers many benefits.
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.
A hospital needed to upgrade emergency power equipment with a new generator while maintaining some current equipment.
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.
A hospital needed to increase its emergency generator capacity to 4 MW and provide for future expansion while using the existing generator building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responses to questions not answered during the Sept. 13 webcast are answered here.
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.
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.
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.
ASHRAE 90.4 is a new energy standard for data centers that calls for meeting minimum efficiency requirements.
University facilities personnel can monitor substation conditions from remote locations.
A health care facility requires an emergency power supply system (EPSS). Its replacement must be carefully planned to reduce any loss of electrical systems.
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.
Mitsubishi Electric announces extension of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) 9900 Series in three new sizes.
ASCO Power Technologies' 8-device annunciator eliminates the need for multiple annunciators.
Uninterruptible power supply systems are operating ungrounded during power transfer, critical to the overall design of electrical and power systems in a nonresidential building.
Electrical engineers must know when and where to specify dry-type transformers. Energy efficiency guides play a vital role in this process.
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.
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.
The May 4 “Critical power: Emergency power” Webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
Director of Advanced Power Systems, Burns Engineering Inc.
Director of Electrical Division at Consolidated Consultants Group
Associate Director, University of Virginia
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.
LayoutFAST is an intelligent plug-in for Autodesk Revit that makes it easier and faster to configure and insert products into projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Titus' Helios wireless VAV diffuser simplifies installation, boosts energy efficiency, and allows users to control personal comfort.
Andy Baxter, PE, Page principal and director of MEP engineering discussed three trends related to sustainable strategies for the mission critical data center market.
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.
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.
This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.
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.
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.
This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from Colorado, North Carolina, California, and Wisconsin.
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.
The Extended Rotary Handle (ERH) and Flange Handle Mechanism (FHM) can be used anywhere MCCBs are used.
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.
This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., France, and Sweden.
Powerlink has the ability to monitor and control circuits, panels, and lighting from one centralized location,
Advancement in technology, green tech, clean tech, and renewables should be a priority whether climate change is real or not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Spain.
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.
The G-drive engines were developed to power the KD Series of diesel industrial generators.
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.
This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from France and the United Kingdom.
The sets offer a complete range of quick disconnect cables that are designed for use with inductive, capacitive, photoelectric, and ultrasonic sensors.
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.
This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from Tennessee, Georgia, Maine, and California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applied Medical Resources optimized operations by integrating cogeneration equipment into its facility.
The online tools are designed for users to find appropriate solutions to their specific power quality problems.
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.
Questions not answered at the Nov. 3, 2016, circuit protection webcast are addressed here.
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.
Webcast presentation on October 18, 2016, by Joe Richard, U.S. launch manager, Schneider Electric, participated in the question and answer session.
Larson Electronics releases a 25 kVA temporary power distribution system.
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.
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.
NexSys+ high-frequency modular battery chargers are suited for automated guided vehicle applications that require communication with operation 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.
A giant solar photovoltaic (PV) array in Las Vegas offers a resort a sustainable power option.
Renewable electricity is generated from decomposing solid waste.
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.
790 Series adjustable busbars are shield clamp that features a latching spring.
SC9000 adjustable frequency drive is designed for a wide range of original equipment manufacturer, water and wastewater, utility, industrial, and HVAC applications.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Energy’s 2016 efficiency standards change transformer efficiency requirements.
Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MEP/FP) engineering firms active among wave of dealmaking.
Commissioning, retro-commissioning; electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.
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.
Galaxy VX is a compact three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with operating modes for large facilities, data centers and business-critical applications.
High-frequency SMA end-launch connectors offer VSWR performance up to 26.5 GHz.
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.
Australia, a sun-drenched nation, is unsurprisingly a global crèche for new and emerging solar and battery technologies.
The 2017 NESC includes some major updates, as highlighted in this article.
In the final of a three-part series, RTM examines two certification programs that recognize buildings that meet high-sustainability standards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy efficiency may well be associated with higher financial performance, but research shows this is unlikely to be the sole cause.
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.
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.
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.
Cat XQ60 mobile diesel generator set is rated at 60 kVA for prime operation and meets Tier 4 Final emission standards.
Understand the requirements and challenges to navigate the design of a genset fuel oil system.
Evolving technologies have developed into best practices to create secure, reliable, highly available, and adaptable data center spaces.
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.
Senior Associate, DLR Group, Seattle BS and MS Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
Electrical Engineer, CMTA Inc., Lexington, Ky. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky
Associate, Senior Electrical Designer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore. BS Engineering, Oregon State University MBA, Marylhurst University
Associate Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Portland
President/CEO, PBS Engineers Inc., Glendora, Calif. BS Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
TLE Series CE UPS product line for low- to mid-power applications offer a blend of software, diagnostics and real-time, multimode energy savings.
Series 300 Generator Paralleling System is pre-packaged transfer switch-based power systems for paralleling generators.
438-II is 3-phase power quality analyzer that provides frontline troubleshooting and long-term trending to keep equipment running.
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.
Consider these energy efficiency options for retrofitting existing and designing new buildings’ electrical distribution systems.
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.
Power Calc Pak software makes electrical engineering easy, fast, smart, and green.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remote circuit monitor The Power Xpert Branch Circuit Monitor is an advanced remote power-monitoring solution that provides greater visibility of energy usage.
RC-Reporter reads SQL database files from any BACnet Internet-connected building configured with RC-Archive software.
RC-WebView lets facility managers and operators access and control their portfolio of multivendor BACnet IP-connected buildings with efficiency and ease.
Legrand’s Evolution Series 10-in. poke-thru device offers eight individual gangs of communication; audio, video, and power capacity.
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.
With Raritan's branch-circuit monitoring (BCM) system, data centers reduce energy costs, track power usage, and prevent downtime.
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.
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.
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.
The Liebert eXM UPS is based on a reliable, double-conversion power topology that uses an efficient transformer-free design.
Bussmann series compact, high-speed fuses use up to 48% less enclosure space than standard high-speed, round-body fuses.
The Digitrip 210+ trip unit provides easy setup for coordination and reliable protection for electrical systems in commercial, industrial, and machinery manufacturing environments.
AF0500 arc flash relay improves worker safety and reduces costly downtime by detecting developing arc flash and sending a trip signal before damage occurs.
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.
93PM uninterruptible power system is UL 924-certified for emergency lighting applications, providing high power capacity and double-conversion efficiency in the industry.
Anord modular product power distribution unit incorporates a smart design to meet complex electrical distribution requirements and maintains operations under arduous situations.
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.
AEGIS PRO Series Rings protect large ac and dc motors from bearing damage and unplanned downtime.
RackPack IT platform uses enclosure, power distribution units, uninterruptible power supply, and power management software for one integrated infrastructure.
Sigma LT networks up to 25 load banks using industry-standard CAN bus communications protocol.
Liebert eXM is designed for native 480V AC configurations address critical applications with medium power 480V requirements.
Honeywell Pro-Watch access systems feature the ability to include system power, lock power, and access controller boards in one housing.
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.
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.
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.
Trident with SafeVu offers integrated visible break and no-oil design.
B1NQT is thermal-magnetic and protects against short circuits and overload conditions.
HighProtec-2 are medium-voltage protection relays that monitor the electrical condition of equipment and disconnects its power source quickly when detecting a problem.
Accsense Electrocorder EC-7VAR Three-phase Datalogger Kit executes energy audits to validate HVAC system performance.
Voltage-controlled oscillators cover frequencies from 10 mHz to 11 gHz in a variety of packages.
Electrical engineers have several items to consider when interconnecting renewable energy production systems.
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.
Single Phase RGx1P Proportional Output Controllers are equipped with user-selectable switching modes to address different application requirements.
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.
ASCO 5370 touch display interface facilitates management of an automatic transfer switch and critical power system, increasing power reliability, code compliance, and operational efficiency.
The GMB Series provides protection for applications such as branch-circuit protection of HACR equipment, power supplies, transformers, and more.
Eaton's microgrid energy system provides a modular, scalable approach to microgrid control in military, campus, utility, health care, commercial, community, and other applications.
Ultimately, tackling climate change is about limiting the amount of carbon we dig out of the ground.
Large natural gas generators offer ranges from 425 to 1,300 kW and are designed for standby, prime, or continuous-power applications.
Integrated Power Center panel comes as a ready-to-wire transformer, panel board, and control solution in a single, floor-standing enclosure.
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.
Modular data centers can meet the needs of building owners that need a flexible data center quickly and with less upfront cost.
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.
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.
NFPA 37 outlines the minimum fire safety requirements for the installation and operation of permanently installed engines including stationary, engine-driven equipment.
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.
A coordination study ensures that the most reliable electrical system has been installed. Applicable codes and standards help engineers get it right.
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.
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.”
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.
Legrand's series of Evolution 10-in. poke-through devices offer eight gangs of communication, A/V, and power capacity.
Eaton's eATS Monitored Platform includes a liquid crystal display interface and is compatible with power distribution units (PDUs) and uninterruptible power systems (UPSs).
Newly opened Nemours Children’s Hospital gets an emergency power system.
Following a successful installation of four resistive/reactive load banks at the Cummins manufacturing plant in Fridley, Minn., Crestchic was awarded preferred partner status.
Blending new and old technologies ensures economical reliability.
Serving customers worldwide necessitates the need for continuous business operations—even in the event of an outage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Controlled Power's Series 700F and Model 700F/M are designed for installation in commercial, industrial, and hospital facilities and meet OSHPD standards.
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.
Complying with the latest NEC and OSHA requirements will improve equipment protection, electrical safety, and power reliability.
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.
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.
Single-phase disconnect and bypass switches with lightweight polymer provide durable switching, line sectionalizing, and isolation.
Subaru’s SGX3500, SGX5000, and SGX7500E generators feature Subaru EX series overhead cam engines for greater reliability.
Kohler Power Systems’ mobile paralleling box combines different sized generators; generators with different fuels.
Eaton’s short-circuit current rating tools help meet that latest code requirements.
Emerson’s ASCO 4000 series switchgear offers custom capabilities in a midrange system.
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.
Rely on codes and standards to develop a robust arc flash mitigation plan.
VisoVac fault interrupter supports power and safety in underground and subsurface power distribution systems.
ASCO series 300 transfer switch-based paralleling system delivers high-power capabilities to mid-tier installations.
Eaton’s Xpert 9395 UPS offers up to 10% more power within the same footprint in data centers.
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.
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.
Addition of on-site renewable solar system of a resort
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.
Part 3 of this 3-part series provides details on how to specify motors, transformers, and other power equipment to save on electric bills.
The evolution of the Green Grid’s DCMM offers engineers tools to design more energy-efficient data centers.
District thermal energy can improve resilience – it’s a robust and efficient, yet locally sourced and delivered, form of thermal energy.
The CLiP-LV design protects under-rated equipment from damage and mitigates arc flash.
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.
Robert J. Garra Jr., PE, CDT, has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.
The mining vacuum circuit breaker provides safety and equipment protection in mining and metal applications.
The Liebert eXM UPS Line maximizes efficiency in midsize power applications with larger loads.
This generator set is based on an integrated management system to centralize through the digital control panel all the components.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When developing data center energy-use estimations, engineers must account for all sources of energy use in the facility.
The Grundfos line of LCSE split-coupled end suction pumps with integrated motor, drive, and control feature the MLE variable speed motor.
Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Electrical and Power Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the electrical and power industries today.
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.
HIMOINSA has added to its range of products thirteen generator set models with Doosan engines.
Schneider Electric's Masterpact Direct Replacement circuit breaker is an innovative digital tool.
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.
Eaton's front connect NRX NF fixed-frame air circuit breaker (ACB) helps simplify installation and reduce maintenance time and costs.
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.
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.
AF0500 Arc-flash relay offers plug-and-play installation and fast arc detection.
Senior Electrical Project Engineer, Gannett Fleming, Mt. Laurel, N.J. BS Engineering Science, The College of New Jersey; MS Engineering, Rowan University
Principal, Electrical Engineering Team Leader, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Louisville, Ky. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Louisville
Electrical Engineer, PEDCO E & A Services Inc., Cincinnati BS Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Electrical Engineer, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Lexington, Ky. BS Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
Senior Electrical Engineer, Acoustics Engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Rock Island, Ill. BS Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
The PowerXL DE1 variable speed starter for reduced installation time, space saving design and increased reliability.
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.
Digital Variable Reluctance Smart Motor brings electric motors into the 21st Century.
The Vertical P-Base platform is a totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) motor, available in a broad power range.
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.
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.
Active Power's CleanSource PowerHouse is a solution containing a complete modular electrical infrastructure system.
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.
Avtron Sigma 2 Load Bank Control System optimizes power testing workflow.
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.
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.
Power circuit breaker with power management capability available.
An online visual training program simplifies circuit breaker maintenance and testing.
The SJ700D Series of Industrial ac variable frequency drives (VFDs) expands on the performance, capabilities, and functions of both its predecessors.
The QAS 275 generator incorporates an MTU engine and aftertreatment system that meets Tier 4 Final emission standards without a DPF.
Transformers are fundamental components in electrical distribution systems for commercial buildings.
An enormous amount of processing and storage capacity is needed to keep pace with the Internet of Things.
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.
When designing generator systems, consulting engineers must ensure that the generators and the building electrical systems they support are appropriate for the specific application.
Prevention of wet stacking drives many of the details of generator testing requirements.
The Liebert GXT4 UPS system is for businesses that need critical power protection at the edge of IT infrastructures and remote locations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ASCO Series 336 combines switchgear components, a closed transition transfer switch mechanism, and a controller.
The enclosed starter product configurator is designed for low-voltage applications.
The 14/20 kW generator is powered by a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine designed for harsh weather conditions and heavy use.
The 9900C UPS is a three-phase on-line double conversion UPS designed for large data center applications and delivers up to 97% efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
This portable power panel is designed specifically for both mobility and durability.
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.
The Emax 2 is a low-voltage circuit breaker with integrated energy management functions that monitor power usage and control installed loads and generators.
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.
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.
Engineers should offer building owners the ability to reduce energy load by shifting it from peak to off-peak hours.
The SC9000 EP drives from Eaton can be used in harsh industrial environments.
The CGP series enclosed motor starters can be used for both single- and three-phase motors up to 600 V/200 hp.
The hospital’s extreme proximity to an apartment complex requires the UPS system to meet the city’s residential noise code and seismic regulations.
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.
Hurricane Electric achieves 99% efficiency and saves on utility costs with new UPS units and energy-saving system.
Advances in technology offer harmonics mitigating solutions.
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.
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.
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.
The Digital Commander Paralleling Switchgear is provides management and control of backup power in systems with a two-generator bus configuration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When considering natural gas reciprocating engines, consulting engineers must fully understand the emission requirements.
Using portable generators and manual transfer switches can save business owners time, money, and aggravation.
Addressing regulatory concerns at the onset of a major project ensures timely and successful commissioning of on-site generating plants.
The choice between a 3-pole and 4-pole transfer switch depends on whether the emergency power system will be a separately-derived source.
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.
Engineers should consider lifecycle cost and energy efficiency models for evaluating data center uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems.
QAS 25 generator has Tier 4 emission levels. It can be used in oil and gas and construction industries.
SEL-5630 meter reporting software vsualizes site-wide historical data to monitor energy efficiency and power quality.
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.
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.
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.
The CleanSource 750HD UPS is designed to improve the reliability of mission critical electrical systems.
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.
Engineers should consider the benefits of networking electrical systems—monitoring and controlling power, its usage, and how it affects system reliability.
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.
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.
The Series 700A power conditioners provide voltage regulation and includes a triple-shielded isolation transformer.
Intended for installation at any point in an electrical distribution system, the 400 Series surge protective devices suited for most applications within a facility.
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?
MAGNA series uses an integrated logic algorithm that detects varying energy-usage patterns over time.
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.
ASCO power quality analytics has high-speed wave recording that identifies eight power quality anomalies.
IHS estimates that the world market for gensets will continue to see growth into the year 2015.
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.
Dwayne Miller, PE, RCDD, AEE CPQ, has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.
The ASME committee for reliability, availability, and maintainability helps power plant owners and operators achieve their goals.
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.
A presentation at LightFair International focused on solar photovoltaics, providing the attendee with information on how to select the right PV option.
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.
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.
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.
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Project Executive, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Des Moines, Iowa
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A variety of arc flash mitigation systems and active arc flash resistant switchgear are available to boost protection against arc flash incident energy.
Data centers, hospitals, and other applications can benefit from the reliability, scalability, low cost of ownership, and other advantages kinetic energy storage systems offer.
According to a report, more than $270 million of counterfeit consumer safety and critical technology products were seized in 2013.
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.
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.
Brian Rener has joined SmithGroupJJR, focusing on the design of critical electrical systems and technologically advanced facilities.
At the NEBB Annual Conference, two data center experts pointed to integration as the key to success in data center design and commissioning.
What type of language do you include in specifications to prevent the use of counterfeit electrical products on your projects?
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.
Joining disparate power, IT, and communications systems in developing the Smart Grid.
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.
Case study: A super-tall building in the Middle East.
Take advantage of a variety of common technologies and systems to help minimize the energy and cost expenditure of any facility’s daily operations.
Survey reveals that educational programs are helping to increase awareness of the dangers of counterfeit electrical products.
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.
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.
The generator and standby power systems for mission critical facilities require a higher level of reliability and availability.
The relationship between interconnection and interoperability in the Smart Grid is often a source of confusion for engineers.
Russelectric on-site power control systems have dual PLCs for automatic generator set starting and stopping as well as a manual control system.
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.
As efficiency becomes a dominant mantra today and in the future, dc is getting another look.
The MicroGenius 150 by Stored Energy Systems (SENS) is based on ruggedized switchmode power conversion technology and advanced charging algorithms.
Recent seizures in the U.K. reaffirm the dangerous presence of counterfeits in the marketplace.
Here are best practices for closed transition transfer switches when two live sources are connected together.
Designers, building owners, and operators should understand how the emerging Smart Grid will impact individual buildings.
Generator sizing software can help engineers optimize emergency system designs for various load types.
Revenue in the power semiconductor market fell 16 percent in 2012 because of weak demand and reductions from suppliers as a result.
Engineers should be aware of design alternatives that can reduce arc flash hazards in medium-voltage systems.
Engineers should follow best practices to overcome the inherent challenges of electrical system functional performance testing.
Software tools and online resources are available for designing electrical systems.
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.
Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Electrical and power systems must be carefully designed.
Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Power Monitoring Expert is designed for integrated energy and electrical distribution power management through documentation, productivity tools, and libraries.
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.
Engineers should consider the legal and perception implications of counterfeit electrical products.
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.
As more industries deem their daily operations to be mission critical, upgrading existing electrical distribution infrastructure will take on a vital role.
Engineers should take a closer look at the different power strategies being used to distribute power, and how they impact the data center.
Knowledge is power when designing standby power systems.
Consulting engineers are in an excellent position to recommend structured maintenance programs to their clients.
The upgrade increased the system’s emergency power generating capacity, boosted its fuel storage capacity, and added a SCADA system.
Engineers should know the current emission regulatory requirements to ensure their designs comply.
HP’s Remote Monitoring Power Distribution Units (PDUs) control energy consumption, manage space constraints, and provide bill-back information.
Modern CHP modules can increase a facility’s energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and contribute to corporate sustainability.
An analysis of the CHP market clusters include natural gas CHP, landfill and wastewater treatment, and natural gas non-CHP.
Choosing a monitoring and control technology should be based on the power reliability requirements for the application.
Counterfeit electrical products present potentially harmful health, safety and financial implications
Information about the EGSA's upcoming programs, board election results, and events.
Understanding how withstand current rating affects an automatic transfer switch enables consulting engineers to design more effective electrical systems.
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.
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.
Generac has announced a purchase agreement for the Baldor Generators subsidiary.
There are two ways to attack the rising electrical costs of operating a hospital: UPS upgrades and co-generation.
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.
Current building codes and standards allow designers to build flexibility into the electrical system.
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.
Emerson Network Power’s ASCO Power Control Systems has added building information modeling (BIM) capability and can monitor and protect multiple-genset power systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even in a down economy, the 2013 MEP Giants firms continue to show increased billings.
System overhaul; Bellevue Hospital Switchgear Relocation; Parsons Brinckerhoff
Existing building retrofit; Procter and Gamble Fabric and Home Care Innovation Center Renaissance Project; PEDCO E+A Services Inc.
New construction; New On-Site Generator/Switchgear; Stanley Consultants
After a brief pause last year, MEP leaders are back in the M+A game.
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).
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.
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.
Transfer switches and generators are specified into commercial buildings—specifically health care facilities—to provide optional standby, emergency, and legally required power.
An example of developing the system architecture of the PSG system using a hospital campus project.
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.
Arup promoted John Hurt, PE; Brian Stacy, IALD, LEED AP; Trent Lethco, AICP; Hillary Lobo, PE; and Tateo Nakajima to principal.
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.
For the first time, First Solar became the world's largest photovoltaic EPC contractor in 2012, with more than 500 MW of projects completed.
Engineering Manager, Dynamix Engineering, Columbus, Ohio
Associate, Mechanical Engineer, Arup, Los Angeles
Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz, San Francisco
Electrical Engineer, Integrated Consulting Engineers Inc., Wichita, Kansas
Associate / Senior Mechanical Engineer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
President, Engenium Group, Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
Sports arenas and entertainment facilities require unique product solutions. Hear from three manufacturers who provide solutions in these facilities.
Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Five consulting engineers offer advice to get results worth cheering about.
Consulting engineers in the U.S. consistently specify that paralleling switchgear must be rated to UL 891 or UL 1558.
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.
The UL Listed Littelfuse EL3100 ground-fault and phase-voltage indication system meets the National Electric Code and Canadian Electrical Code requirements.
The Liebert NXL 1100 kVA/1100 kW UPS by Emerson Network Power offers medium to large data centers a high level of operating efficiency.
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.
Active Power’s CleanSource High Density (CSHD) 750 kVA UPS product line is designed for data center environments and other mission critical operations.
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.
Read about the 10 finalists in the Emergency, On-site, Standby Power category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.
Read about the 18 finalists in the HVAC/R category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.
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.
Eaton’s Foreseer X-Class software empowers companies to monitor their entire power system in a single power management system.
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).
Schneider Electric’s DIN Rail Industrial Panel UPS is an industrial panel or DIN rail mountable, making it ideal for small industrial spaces.
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.
Schneider Electric’s Condenser Fan Pak solution incorporates floating high-pressure control and VSD fan operation for multi-fan, air-cooled chillers and condensers.
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.
The UL-listed Liebert NX 225-600 kVA UPS by Emerson Network Power is available for global regions with 480 V, 60 Hz applications.
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.
Thomas & Betts Power Solutions’ line of Current Technology Select (SL3) SPDs offers selenium-enhanced protection from utility-induced switching surges.
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.
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.
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.
Newly established green codes, standards, and rating systems are moving municipalities toward legislated DR implementation.
Strategies for handling DR fall into two basic categories: standby generation and load curtailment.
Networking of electrical systems has a number of aspects that should be considered.
An overview on how the electric grid is changing to increase safety for everyone and the current challenges engineers face.
PowerPact Mission Critical circuit breakers by Schneider Electric are used for emergency systems where continuous service is needed.
Stan always brought a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to whatever group or organization he engaged.
Intelligent light control systems make lighting predictive, responsive, and linear—and demand response simpler and more economical.
GE's Packaged Solutions integrate multiple services solutions including design, engineering, commissioning, wiring, and manufacturing into one package.
How do we best deal with these various individual groups that are growing and migrating into overlapping areas of interest?
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.
Integrated project delivery profile
The Data Center Continuous (DCC) rating by Cummins Power Generation applies to the 50 and 60 Hz generator set configurations.
ARCAD's Short Circuit Analysis calculates and considers electrical parameters for supply as well as distribution for electric power systems.
The market will offer strong opportunities for some semiconductor manufacturers in 2013
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.
A grasp of the standards-setting process is invaluable for day-to-day work.
The P-Series of variable frequency drives by Cerus have an energy management bypass option for HVAC systems.
Encryption has become standard practice in other verticals that depend on online data transfers, such as online banking and shopping.
StruxureWare Power Monitoring for Data Centers by Schneider Electric.
At the close of 2011, just less than 18% of the roughly 1.43 billion installed meters were communicating.
Let’s take look at the topics of 2012 before plunging into the new year.
The EVlink indoor electric vehicle (EV) by Schneider Electric
2012: A year in review.
Understanding electrical distribution equipment and its associated risks can help reduce incident energy levels and save lives.
While diesel remains popular as a fuel supply, engineers have several additional fuel options from which to choose.
Charging stations provide power to electric vehicles at multiple levels.
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 following a few guidelines, engineers and lighting designers can specify the correct lighting system for a facility.
Creative use and selection of wireless devices can potentially reduce construction costs, decrease construction time, and add future flexibility to buildings.
Advanced motor protection and consistent energy savings are possible, with true redundancy.
Intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) are including Ethernet for communications between each other.
The HEC-2 Bumble Bee variable speed circulator by Taco uses ECM and permanent magnet motor technology.
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.
The Liebert APM UPS by Emerson Network Power has received Energy Star certification.
Interconnection of transformers in substations that need to accommodate the bi-directional flow of power.
Russelectric's medium-voltage bypass/isolation switches meet or exceed IEEE, NEMA, and ANSI standards and provide the functions of an automatic transfer switch.
A clean, cost-effective power solution is needed to provide additional power support to energy companies, municipalities, and federal agencies.
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.
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.
Integrating advanced power management with control system architecture enables continuous power to mission critical facilities
Maintaining genset performance, health, and reliability depends on performing regularly scheduled load-bank testing.
The Generac 9.0 L engine for 80kW and 100kW generators and the Generac 12.9 L engine for 150-300 kW generators.
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.
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.
The Magnum DS switchgear line from Eaton Corp. has been expanded to incorporate the Magnum Narrow 4000 amp circuit breaker.
Genset noise-control principles are well understood, leaving economics as the primary limiting factor in implementing noise reduction strategies for specific applications.
Gaseous-fueled backup power systems can be cost-effective alternatives to diesel-fueled generators in applications below 150 kW.
An update on the power industry with Allen Breeze from Schneider Electric.
In place of hardwired control panels of the past, some sort of a human machine interface is being installed in substations.
Engineers can offer building owners the ability to monitor and manage electrical consumption to adjust power demand and minimize energy costs.
Baldor Electric Co. has expanded its permanent magnet and wound field industrial dc motors.
Address aspects of your client’s substation design to accommodate the bi-directional flow of power.
Cummins Power Generation Inc. can provide the C150D6R and C200D6RMobile Generator Sets certified to EPA Nonroad Tier 4 Interim (Tier 4i) emissions levels.
There are many ways in which politics and regulation can affect the interconnection of distributed energy sources.
Schneider Electric's Don Rickey discusses trends and issues in the firm's infrastructure business.
Schneider Electric's Jeff Drees discusses trends and issues in engineering.
Engineering firms that avoid change and cling to the status quo are destined to fail.
Physical security for electrical substations has acquired new urgency and requires fresh thinking.
Office building clients demand sustainability, flexibility, and cost conservation in both new and existing buildings.
Office building clients demand sustainability, flexibility, and cost conservation in both new and existing buildings.
Learn to finesse the issues of system design and the selection of devices in the market.
Cooper Bussmann has expanded its CUBEFuse portfolio of Class CF fuses for protecting solar and wind power generation installations.
Cummins' Power Generator stationary diesel generator set range has received the EPA Tier 4 interim certification for the North American market.
A challenge in designing a substation is to time synchronize all connected devices, which requires proper design.
Eaton Corp.’s 5P UPS system supports entry-level virtualization strategies.
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.
Fault contributions of all parallel sources must be considered only for systems designed for continuous parallel operation.
The InnovairFlex D4120 4-wire photoelectric duct smoke detector by System Sensor.
BIM can help facilitate efficiency gains in design, construction, and facility operations.
A few guidelines will help engineers avoid automation or controls pitfalls and make the best choice for their industrial clients.
A lighting retrofit can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to reduce a facility’s energy consumption.
New gensets increase healthcare facility’s backup capacity, efficiency, and reliability.
Engineers and contractors should be aware of the requirements associated with medium voltage to ensure a proper design and safe installation.
Without time synchronization, vast streams of data have limited use.
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.
The Eaton 9E uninterruptible power system is a backup power device that delivers facility and industrial environment power management.
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.
Two factors should be high priorities for the engineer designing industrial control systems and their utility interface.
Engineers should consider IEC 61850, which is being considered as a communications protocol.
The CHP Series 400 and 4000 models by MTU Onsite Energy generate electricity and heat while running on natural gas or biogas.
There will be greater interest and need to interconnect distributed energy resources with the local electric utility.
Higher-capacity models have been added to the transformer-free Liebert NX double conversion UPS systems.
The C15 and C18 generator sets by Caterpillar feature rear-mounted, side-by-side power and control panels and an integral fuel tank base.
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.
The HP Intelligent Series Racks are designed to improve operating efficiencies, maximization of IT capacity, and improved asset management.
There are important tradeoffs to be made when moving transformers from outdoor locations to inside a facility.
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.
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.
3-D modeling continues to improve the overall design and construction process, saving time and money.
Here’s how to achieve maximum operational benefits and increased energy savings by making a building Smart Grid compatible.
Power Suite 5.0 by Cummins Power Generation is a web app that sizes and applies on-site power systems.
Silicon’s vice-like grip of the power electronics market in coming under increasing pressure from a pair of wide bandgap semiconductors.
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.
New construction: Drexel University Chestnut Street Housing, Bala Consulting Engineers Inc.
Large-scale solar array: FedEx Field Solar Array; DLR Group
New construction: Colby College, Central Heating/Cogeneration Plant Biomass Expansion; Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering P.C.
System overhaul: American Aerogel Expansion of Production Capacity; Optimation
System overhaul: Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment; P2S Engineering
New construction: Maricopa County, New High-Rise Court Tower; Syska Hennessy Group Inc.
New construction: BRAC 133—Washington Headquarters Services; Southland Industries
Renovation: Baylor College of Medicine Special Care Center; Smith Seckman Reid Inc.
New construction: Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College; IBE Consulting Engineers
Existing building retrofit: University of Cincinnati, Morgens Residence Hall Renovation; KLH Engineers
Existing building retrofit: Parklawn Building Renovation for GSA Tenant; GHT Limited
Existing building retrofit: University of Pittsburgh, Benedum Hall Renovations and Addition; H.F. Lenz Co.
Intelligent/Smart Grid infrastructure: Advanced Meter Fort Collins (AMFC) for the City of Fort Collins Utilities; Black and Veatch
Data from the top 100 consulting firms show growth, mostly on the East Coast.
The recent widespread power failures in India have highlighted a number of problems that exist in the electrical grid throughout the country.
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.
Over the course of this series of discussions, I have received a number of questions and comments from engineering firms by email.
The C17D5T generator set by Cummins Power Generation is suited for mobile telecommunications applications.
Track Busway systems by STARLINE from Universal Electric Corp.
DMC 1500 Paralleling System by Cummins Power Generation.
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.
The C175-20 generator set is a new diesel generator by Caterpillar.
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.
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.
The EL731 ac/dc Sensitive Earth-Leakage Relay by Littelfuse can detect ground currents.
While no single factor would positively assure longevity for a transformer, the combination of several things seems to be very effective.
Emerson Network Power has released a critical power management system.
The Liebert NXL 1100kVA/1100 kW UPS is from Emerson Network Power.
Mersen's paper on Standards and Codes, “Significant Changes to the NFPA 70E Standard 2012 Edition," has been published.
Associate Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Principal, Electrical Systems, MW Consulting Engineers, Spokane, Wash.
Associate, Electrical Project Engineer, TLC Engineering, Orlando, Fla.
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Arup, Los Angeles
Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz, San Francisco
Durham Office Leader/Senior Project Manager, RDK Engineers, Durham, N.C.
Vice President, Director of Educational Department, Matern Professional Engineering Inc., Maitland, Fla.
Director of Systems Engineering, BSA LifeStructures, St. Louis
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.
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.
Here's how the term “PCB” achieved worldwide notoriety almost overnight.
LONMARK international and OpenADR Alliance agreement enables building-to-grid connectivity, facilitates ubiquitous energy conservation and management.
Automatic transfer switches (ATSs) are by far the most commonly used form of transfer switches for emergency or legally required standby power systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental Systems Design (ESD) has promoted Daniel Michaud, Sunny Puri, Michael Kern, and Joe Geyer to senior vice presidents.
SSOE Group, based in Toledo, Ohio, talks about some of their programs designed to help the community from a charitable standpoint.
HP UPS Network Module
As demand for solar energy increases, electrical designers need to understand the requirements for protecting these systems.
The MGE EPS8000 UPS from APC by Schneider Electric has been upgraded with a touch screen and integrated parallel feature.
Doosan Portable Power has added four models to its mobile generator series.
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.
The architecture and engineering firm promoted Greg Mella and Michael Weingartz as vice presidents for the company's Detroit office.
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.
Cummins Power Generation’s C3000 Series generator set offers up to 3.5 MW.
Get ready for the next wave of engineers—they may be a bit different than what you’re used to.
Understanding the pros and cons of generating and selling green power enables engineers to make better renewable energy choices.
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.
Cummins Power Generation has designed a series to provide critical power protection for facilities requiring high-output gensets.
DS460SDC-3 front end power supply by Emerson Network Power
HP UPS R5000 and HP UPS R7000
The device immediately upstream from a fault is the only overcurrent protective device that should open if the power system is coordinated properly.
Most organizations that adopt generated power may find complexities daunting and hard to navigate—but they don’t have to be.
Caterpillar's Cat 3516C-HD diesel generator set
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.
When it comes to ever-changing emission regulations, understanding the rules that apply to your specific application is a good place to start.
A well-executed Web-based system can make demand response much easier to install, operate, and monitor.
Remote monitoring provides critical information that can help owners and operators prevent generator failures and ensure power system reliability.
Converting diesel gensets to dual-fuel operation can lower operating costs while complying with emission regulations.
An automated load dispatch system provides reliable power and improved quality of life to a remote Alaskan village.
Paladin DesignBase by Power Analytics
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.
How to meet current standby power and electrical distribution needs while also accommodating future expansion.
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.
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.
Generac has introduced the Power Design Pro generator sizing software with a new exhaust piping module.
HP's UPS R5000 and R7000 provide intelligent manageability functionality and additional operating systems support.
Eaton Corp.’s VCP-Wind medium-voltage vacuum circuit breaker is designed specifically for wind applications.
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.
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.
Cooper Power Systems and Honeywell joint demand response system have received certification for ZigBee Smart Energy version 1.1.
Know the requirements for the design of an emergency or standby power systems.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer Readers have cast their votes for the 2011 Product of the Year; read about the winners.
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.
Phoenix Children's Hospital's emergency power supply system must meet emergency standby requirements for both a healthcare facility and a high-rise building.
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.
The Dept. of Energy has approved a partial guarantee on an $852 million loan to support the development of the Genesis Solar Project in California.
Electrical 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.
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.
Preventive maintenance and proactive replacement are key to UPS reliability.
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.
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.
Electronics Weekly columnist Bob Marchetti explains the importance of SAC to help improve energy efficiency and output.
The FERC has approved Order 1000, which gives priority to public policy for power transmission projects.
A Danfoss study reveals the need to communicate an ROI value proposition for investing in the Smart Grid.
Molex Inc. and Bridgelux’s Helieon 120 Vac sustainable light module
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating Solutions (Mitsubishi Electric) has upgraded its commercial Y-series outdoor units.
Joe Bailey joins Lane Coburn & Associates as senior electrical designer.
Climacool Corp.’s UCA air-cooled packaged modular chiller offers flexibility.
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.
Freeaire Polar Power systems use cold outdoor temperatures
ABB 12-page guide on efficiency, environmental impact.
McQuay International introduces self-contained unit ventilators
David Sinz, an engineer with past experience in the Middle East, takes over the Houston office for WSP Flack + Kurtz.
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.
Intelligent green building consortium continues its rapid growth three years after The EnOcean Alliance's founding.
Pennsylvania complex achieves LEED Platinum through use of sustainable strategies.
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.
FMI has predicted the general economy to see mixed signs in the Construction Outlook: Second Quarter 2011 Report.
Pilot credit encourages U.S. Green Building Council LEED building projects to become active players in the emerging Smart Grid.
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.
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.
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.
Kurt Dallinga, associate principal at Spectrum Engineers, won ENR magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 award.
President, ABBOTT Engineering Inc., Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.
Associate Electrical Engineer, Spectrum Engineers, Salt Lake City
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Impact Evaluation Manager, Michaels Energy, La Crosse, Wis.
Electrical Engineer, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Dublin, Ohio
Associate, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago
Finalist in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Equipment Level Sensors and Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Fire, Life Safety, and Mass Notification in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Networked Building Automation Systems/Controls, Energy Management Systems in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Networked Building Automation Systems/Controls, Energy Management Systems in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Plumbing and Water Management in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalists in Plumbing and Water Management in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalists in Lighting Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalists in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalists in Equipment Level Sensors and Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Emergency, On-site, Standby Power in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
The Uptime Institute announced the winners with the year's best projects, ideas, and products in IT and data center efficiency.
A strong second quarter for Siemens U.S. led to increased hiring for industrial automation, building efficiency, Smart Grid, and IT jobs.
The ePDU power distribution product line from Eaton Corp. is now available in 400 V configurations.
The Protection I.Q. Quiz from Mersen challenges customers to test their knowledge of surge protection.
IBE Consulting Engineers appointed Hank Dahl as a new principal and promoted four other engineers.
Hennig Inc. introduced its online configurator for specifying power generation systems.
The Cyberex Cyberwave Industrial from Thomas & Betts comes with topology that separates the rectifier and charger.
Teams from 245 buildings around the U.S. will compete to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Liebert APM from Emerson Network Power is a row-based, modular uninterruptible power supply that can operate without transformers.
The IPS Starter from Cerus Industrial Inc. has integrated pump-specific protective features.
The PM3 power monitoring and metering module from Eaton Corp. can monitor the power of branch and main circuit applications.
H&A Engineers & Architects announces new certifications for engineers at the Glen Allen, Va., office.
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.
Ken Urbanek, director of engineering at MKK Consulting Engineers, will speak about UFAD at the 2012 Best3 Conference.
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.
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.
The three entities will collaborate to test and deploy projects including Smart Grids, grid-scale energy storage, power electronics, and energy-efficient cooling technologies.
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.
State Grid Corporation of China’s white paper details Chinese expansion of wind power to 90 GW capacity by 2015, 150 GW by 2020.
California complex expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs, avoid more than 640,000 tons of carbon pollution annually.
National Lighting Bureau is accepting entries for cases of new installations or retrofits of lighting systems that had bottom-line benefits.
American Institute of Architects have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that project and enhance the environment.
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
Schneider Electric is in talks to take control of privately held Indian power and energy storage company Luminous Power Technologies.
Solar Manufacturing Partnerships will boost American competitiveness in the global solar energy industry and lower the cost of clean, renewable energy.
Robb Allen, AIA, IES, helps engineers notice the art and science of lighting.
The company’s custom-built servers are 38% more efficient and 24% cheaper than others on the market.
Schneider Electric's Venta VB-7000 bronze globe valves have ultra-tight seal design.
Engineering firm WSP Flack + Kurtz announced that Paul M. Meyer would be VP of Commissioning for the N.Y. office.
Nationwide survey reveals that a large majority of Americans are “receptive and highly satisfied” with CFLs and LEDs.
Schneider Electric and IBM both announced plans to acquire energy management software companies this week.
The energy management starter (EMS) from Cerus Industrial Inc. features BACnet and utility-grade power metering for building automation systems.
Design Master improves support for 3D-BIM on its programs.
The government of San Francisco is strengthening its commitment to renewable energy by installing solar panels on its City Hall roof.
Autodesk Product Design Suite Offers Digital Prototyping in Convenient, Cost Effective Package.
ISPE award-winner Donna DeFreitas brings expertise in laboratories and bio-pharmaceutical facilities to the Boston-based firm.
Organizations will be able to access solar power without major capital investment.
Experts predict that the future data centers will need less concrete, more green power, and less climate control.
The Generac Bi-Fuel generator starts on diesel fuel and adds natural gas as load is applied.
Cummins Power Generation is supplying power for the floodlights in Sri Lankan stadiums during the tournament.
The 92-year-old Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse will use geothermal heating and cooling and solar panels.
The BladeUPS system from Eaton Corp. is now available in a preassembled system cabinet.
Licensed professional engineer Neal R. Kuula brings practicality to design and an understanding of the client's needs and requirements.
The WM40-96 Smart Modular Power Analyzer from Carlo Gavazzi Inc. can save space in the back side of control doors and switchgears.
The Mitsubishi Electric P-series split-ductless and ducted heat pumps will incorporate Honeywell's RedLINK wireless HVAC protocol.
James J. McIntyre will take over as CEO of Greenheck after current chairman and CEO Dwight Davis stepped back from active management.
U.S. Dept. of Energy awarded $200 million to Progress Energy to upgrade two electric utilities to a Smart Grid system.
MTU Onsite Energy’s MTU 10 V 1600 engine boosts fuel efficiency, lowers exhaust emissions.
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
The Centre for Sustainable Energy revealed that thousands of government buildings are ranked in the lowest possible category for energy efficiency.
A cable could route power under the Hudson River to deliver power from New Jersey, more from renewable sources, to New York City.
Siemens wins power generation orders in Saudi Arabia, hoping to create an industry around heavy-duty manufacturing equipment.
Victaulic brings Tour and Andersson’s TA-SCOPE to North America; the wireless handheld device measures complex hydronic systems quickly, efficiently.
By integrating more monitoring and digital control capabilities, data center managers can squeeze even greater performance and efficiency from existing data center power equipment.
Efficiency experts say it’s possible to slash energy use in many buildings with simple, inexpensive measures.
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.
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.
John Kelly Jr., long-standing Generac Industrial Power dealer, elected 2011 president of EGSA.
Part of Company-Wide Commitment to Sustainability, Cummins Power Generation launched a website featuring the company’s various climate-change initiatives.
Pulse Energy and Opto22 partner to deliver a web-based building energy management solution that requires no programming, minimal configuration.
Cautious optimism for design industry: January ABI 50.0, down 3.9 pts, new projects index falls 5 pts to 56.5.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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%.
Director of the CIA says such a terrorist attack is 'a real national security threat' that would damage financial and government systems.
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.
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.
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.
Grundfos Pumps produces a permanent magnet, variable speed wet rotor circulator, reduces power consumption.
Lochinvar’s CREST condensing Boiler offers fire-tube innovation, touch screen technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
January is a good time to be introspective about your career, firm, and self.
Designing and delivering a reliable and durable building enclosure can be a challenging task.
Engineers can follow these steps to develop a product.
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
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.
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.
The Lithonia Lighting RTLED luminaire models offer high-quality ambient white light, reduces energy consumption, maintenance costs, and environmental footprint.
Caterpillar has its first midrange generator set meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Interim emissions stands, powered by the Cat C15, ACERT Technology
Several products produced by WAGO earned a 100 kA short-circuit current rating; includes through-panel, chassis-mount terminal blocks.
First set of 26 EMerge Alliance registered products at the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual International Conference and Expo
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.
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.
China’s largest power grid network operator, State Grid Corp of China, deployed 1.2 trillion CNY on updates over the last five years.
Eric A. Myracle has been named Associate Partner for Newcomb & Boyd.
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.
QA Graphics’ 3-D Equipment Library provides a number of control system, equipment manufacturer’s models; which can be used in most BAS software.
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.
The US Dept. of Energy finalized $17.1 million loan guarantee to support energy storage project in Johnston City, N.Y.
Smarter technologies are needed to handle issues due to smart grid growth; solid-state transformers could be the answer.
Renewable energy companies across the U.S. expect government tax incentives to continue to be a key driver for the industry in 2011.
MidAmerican Energy of Des Moines to build 258-turbine, 597-MW expansion next year in several Iowa counties, usingrenewed wind energy tax credits.
ARCAT has developed their site data-rich AutoDesk Revit BIM objects for Powers Fasteners.
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.
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.
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.
nuvoTrace releases Trace300 Bench Top Hydrogen/Refrigerant Leak Detector, Locator.
Schneider Electric announces Altivar 32, variable speed drive, which provides high degree of performance, connectivity.
IBM has added software and services to its portfolio of solutions aimed at creating sustainable enterprises, smarter urban infrastructures.
Hennig Inc. announces online configurator for equipment builders, consulting/specifying engineers, architectural spec writers, contractors, others involved in the delivery of power generation systems.
Emerson Network Power introduces NetSure ITM UPS system, an integrated DC UPS system designed for the data center market.
Generac Power Systems Inc. introduces gas piping module, the first in a series of enhancements to it's Power Design Pro software.
APC by Schneider Electric’s EcoBreeze is a modular indirect evaporative, air-to-air heat exchanger cooling solution.
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.
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.
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.
Green Grid announced the release of two new data center sustainability metrics designed to help improve carbon and water-use effectiveness.
The $73 million project for Soka University in Orange County posed unique construction challenges and incorporated sustainable building methods to seek LEED Gold Certification
MTU Detroit Diesel's new plant is expected to employ as many as 250 people within four years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper Power Systems has introduced the Form 4D, the first in a platform of fully integrated recloser controls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A better understanding of power factor, harmonics, electrical distribution systems, and the utility’s billing practices will help reduce electric bills.
This article outlines the changes to the allowable emissions under the Environmental Protection Agency standards.
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.
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?
Engineering Team Offers Strong Portfolio in Power and Energy.
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.
This BACnet-based unitary controller is available with an optional actuator and pressure sensor for use as a VAV controller.
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.
StacoVAR fixed capacitors for power factor correction and harmonic compensation.
Transformers Now Certified as Safety Isolating Transformers.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer has applied for business publication membership in BPA Worldwide. The magazine is published by CFE Media, LLC (Oak Brook, IL).
When new air conditioning equipment was needed at the massive Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, the federal government turned to HTS Texas.
The Sao Salvador Poultry Processing Plant, better known as SuperFrango (SuperChicken), is a pioneer in modern poultry-raising systems in Brazil’s central region.
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.
A Web-based battery sizing and configuration program offers an advanced sizing engine with more configuration options for multiple applications.
VESDA Systems expanded to provide protection against other airborne threats.
This Shaft Grounding Ring Protects Medium-Voltage Motors and Generators from Bearing Failure.
Don Bachman appointed executive director for the ASCO Power Technologies business of Emerson Network Power.
The first Class RK5 fuse listed to the new UL photovoltaic (PV) fuse standard.
Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI Controls Network Provides Solutions for Any Commercial Application.
Automatic Voltage Regulators from Staco Energy Products Continuously Control Output Voltage to 1%.
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.
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.
Juno Lighting Group Introduces LED Wall Wash Fixture Series.
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.
Here is some guidance on how to implement paralleling strategies for generators, plus how to lay out a proper control scheme to achieve it.
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.
The new Surge Protection line from Thomas & Betts provides premium protection for alternative energy sources from the damaging effects of electrical power surges.
Siemens Industry Inc. has launched a new suite of interactive tools on its Green Online Tools web page.
New Powerlink EM Lighting Control System from Schneider Electric Incorporates Smart Metering Technology.
Cooper Power Systems will provide two-way advanced metering capabilities using power line carrier technology.
Siemens sits down with CSE to discuss energy efficiency and Smart Grid Technology
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.
Active Power Offers Online Energy Efficiency Calculator
Baldor expands Super-E motor line
Emerson Network Power Announces Best Practices to Avoid Data Center Failure by Human Error
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.
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.
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,.
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.
Tell me your story on how you designed an energy-efficient building engineering system.
Mounting system for photovoltaic commercial rooftop applications
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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.
Marriage of Avocent DSView 3, Liebert MPX and MPH Rack PDU’s Enables Expanded Data Center Remote Access, Management, and Infrastructure Control.
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.
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.
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.
If a new "smart" metal could help cool at 175% more efficiently than current technology, imagine what that would do for your electric bills.
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.
NetApp RTP Data Center Is First-Ever Data Center to Earn EPA's Energy Star for Superior Energy Efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Simplex 4100ES is an Internet-ready, next-generation fire detection and alarm platform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The city of Los Angeles plans to raise its citizen's utility bills in the hopes of driving up the usage of renewable energy.
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.
A plan for a new hybrid model for renewable energy creation is announced in Florida.
If you present in a way that matches how adults learn, then you can present for long-term retention, and for real action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The renewable energy market continues to show growth, despite a struggling economy.
Google has applied to become a power marketer, with the goal of gaining flexibility for its data centers.
Gunman opens fire on employees of ABB Power Plant in the St. Louis area.
Schneider Electric launched its 60 kW dc photovoltaic (PV) array on Dec. 10, 2009, at its Palatine, Ill., headquarters building.
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.
When the market turns against you and your firm, and you become dispirited, take time to take care of your self.
Generac has filed for an IPO, partnered with Fiat Powertrain Technologies, and enhanced their genset product lines.
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Research at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds no widespread impact of wind power projects on surrounding residential property values.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
A new controller provides front-end digital control to GE busfed power bridges.
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...
In this roundtable discussion, data center executives discuss the vital importance of power reliability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory engineers are experimenting with a way to deliver just the right amount of cooling to computing equipment.
Congress requires Homeland Security's data center to go green.
The 2009 week-long Solar Decathlon has ended, with Team Germany as the winner.
The Freedonia Group sees a 4.5% increase in HVAC demand each year over the next 5 years.
Keltech achieves ASME HLW certificate of authorization.
New data center resource provides visitors with tools designed to improve energy efficiency in data centers.
Siemens Industry includes three-year warranty in low voltage power distribution portfolio.
Early field test results show promise in the effort to boost the efficiency of mobile fluid power applications.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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).
Microsoft unveils its energy efficient, chiller-less data center in Dublin.
In the September issue of CSE, a special advertising product section features innovative products used in facilities across the country.
The $100 million smart grid has helped avoid four long-term outages since its launch this week.
Information technology companies IBM and Intel are working on a smart grid for another precious resource: fresh water.
Contracts awarded and other industry news
Even though ASHRAE recommends that data centers maintain 80 F temperatures, 100% of respondents cooled their facilities to 74 F or less.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
The American Wind Energy Assn. is developing standards to measure the safety, reliability, and performance of small wind turbines.
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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.
Four newly installed wind turbines in downtown Portland, Ore., are spurring nationwide discussion on the benefits of rooftop wind.
The UC Davis "Western Cooling Challenge" has produced a better air conditioner.
A smart-routing algorithm weighs physical distance of data transfer and energy cost-differential to slash energy consumption by 40%.
Despite a shaky economy, IT budgets are projected to grow.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy announced more than $20 million to improve the energy efficiency in buildings of federal agencies.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Ball State University is in the process of drilling wells to create geothermal energy on their campus.
Southern California Gas Co. is testing two new solar-powered products designed to help cool buildings.
British clean technology firm ENER-G has launched a career program for new engineers focusing on environmental technology.
A new report shows that engineering degrees are far and away the highest earning among all college programs.
Siemens Energy and Viridity Energy will provide virtual power plant functionality on campus environments and to other large users of electricity.
Google's new data center in Belgium uses outdoor air for free cooling with no chillers.
The city's $11 million project will provide shade for cars and power for buildings.
Xcel Energy has created a new program that offers incentives to companies looking to reduce energy use in data centers
Baltimore Gas and Electric announced plans to lower customer costs and increase energy efficiency through a $500 million smart grid project
Building automation and security company TAC will take on Schneider Electric's name in October.
With an increase in funding going toward the smart grid, companies are creating new technologies to work alongside the energy system.
Online search site Yahoo will open a new data center in western New York, primarily powered by Niagara Falls.
The software giant has opened its largest data center outside the United States to support its Bing search engine and Azure hosted services.
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...
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.
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.
The new data center for L.L. Bean has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification.
President Barack Obama announced further plans to increase energy efficiency within the country.
A cold-aisle containment system with cooling-optimized "podules" gives the Yahoo data center a PUE of 1.21.
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.
System's first customer saved $12,000 in monthly electric bills and cut water use by 28%.
The university has introduced plans for a geothermal plant and graduate engineering program.
Survey says data center power densities to double in the future.
Temperatures may be going up in data centers if the advice of one expert is taken.
The renewable energy industry is adding jobs at twice the national rate.
Pacific Gas & Electric has been named the most solar integrated utility by the Solar Electric Power Assn.
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.
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...
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...
· 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Daikin and McQuay open $50 million Applied Development Center to develop sustainable HVAC solutions for markets worldwide.
Eaton collaborates with Electrical Safety Foundation International to build awareness of counterfeit electrical product dangers.
It turns out humans can undo the savings of green buildings.
Pacific Gas & Electric and BrightSource Energy of Oakland signed an agreement on the world's largest solar deal.
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.
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.
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.
The Vatican announces plans to build Europe's largest solar farm on a plot of land north of Rome.
Wind, a new event for Hannover Messe, showcased some extraordinary displays.
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.
Long-term capital and retrofit planning enable "right steps in right order" as the "big Aha!"
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.
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.
A new device could convert conventional electricity meters, making the smart grid cheaper.
Switchgear a key component of safe and reliable ultrahigh-voltage ac transmission.
Free Fluke News magazine gives HVAC/IAQ professionals insider information to optimize system performance. Subscribe online for print or web versions.
Cost works against alternative and renewable energy sources in time of recession.
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.
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.
Emcor Group has been named by Fortune magazine as the world's No. 1 most admired company in the engineering and construction industry.
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.
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.
Renewable Energy World prepares to kick off busy conference season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Fortune 500 companies are beginning to show significant commitments to renewable energy technology.
Details about contracts awarded and other industry news
The U.S. Army is taking steps to tackle electrical concerns in Iraq and Kuwait.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
Despite a cooling economy and dropping oil prices, interest in developing a 'smart' electrical grid is at an all-time high.
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.
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.
Electrical Contractor and TED magazines have launched CounterfeitsCanKill.com, a site dedicated to battle the threat of dangerous counterfeit electrical products.
College could save $500,000 annually by using geothermal energy.
The deadline for submissions is fast approaching for Consulting-Specifying Engineer's "40 under 40" and "Product of the Year" competitons .
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.
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.
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.
Panel: Solar energy involves complex decisions for commercial applications.
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.
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.
Search-engine powerhouse reportedly will decline a $4.7 million grant for a new North Carolina facility.
Is inventor Dean Kamen a step ahead of the residential and commercial lighting markets? His island, dubbed LED nation, is off the power grid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All American Semiconductor has opened its Power Conversion Solutions Center in Silicon Valley to produce mid-power ac to dc power supplies.
RoHS-compliant power packs.
Bringing more than 25 years of experience, Gary Meshberg has been chosen to lead the Lighting Controls Assn.’s new executive team.
Jacksonville Middle School invests $1.3 million toward high-efficiency air conditioning.
A more efficient generator could convert more of the wind's energy into electricity.
Peter Basso Associates wins regional recognition for renovation/expansion work at a local college.
The HPP-Calc is an interactive graphics tool for determining the voltage parameters of a specific fire alarm’s notification application circuit.
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).
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.
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...
State utility regulators vow to fight a decision that kills an electric rate credit for Idaho customers.
DOE loan would help build new nuclear station in Charlotte.
A startup is selling cylindrical solar cells that can generate more power than conventional panels.
The newest economic stabilization bill includes clean energy tax incentives.
The Dept. of Energy will invest $43.1 million in 21 enhanced geothermal projects.
New design helps India’s villages cool food via a solar-powered refrigerator.
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.
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.
ETAP 6.0 demo version incorporates new and enhanced analysis modules, new elements and libraries, and significantly enhanced one-line diagram capabilities.
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.
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.
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."
Google has filed a patent for a “water-based data center” that uses the ocean to provide power and cooling.
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.
A 20 MW flywheel-battery system proposed for upstate New York is the latest effort to introduce large-scale energy storage into utility operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fuel cell extended run (FCXR) from APC by Schneider Electric provides hydrogen-based backup power for the company's InfraStruXure data center solution.
Check batteries and data logging systems on-board with the EnerGenius IQ, utility-grade DC power supply/charger from SENS.
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.
Support utilities in the automated collection and management of metering data with PrimeReadSM software from Schneider Electric.
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Meet 2008 CI emission regulations and keep generator noise levels down to 65 dBA with the small-range diesel generators from Kohler Power Systems.
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.
Protect electric grids with the IntelliRupter PulseCloser switching device from S&C Electric Co.
The transmission-line shortage is threatening to slow wind energy's breakneck growth and could prevent some states from meeting renewable energy mandates.
DOE to invest in grid integration systems for solar energy.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Dutch scientists fly kites to generate electricity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Autodesk announced that Design West Engineering, a San Bernardino, Calif.-based MEP engineering consulting firm, received a Revit BIM Experience Award.
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.
Flack + Kurtz makes major changes to its top brass.
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.
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.
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.
A new OLED panel provides further improvement in efficiency over fluorescent tubes.
News from Malcom Pirnie, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, MACTEC, Spectrum Engineers, SmithGroup, The Cadmus Group, CH2M Hill, Michaels Engineering, Cubellis, HDR Engineering, and Stantec.
A rapidly developing information technology industry creates demand for electrical and mechanical engineers with data center know-how.
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.
New alliance seeks to create energy-responsive buildings and lower energy costs.
Two panels of experts and contractors provide their input on green construction
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.
A new initiative to reduce energy use and costs in existing buildings
Self-powered wireless controls reduce the amount of time and materials needed to install energy-management systems.
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.
The U.S. Green Building Council has announced Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the opening Keynote speaker for USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo.
Industrial waste heat is being recycled into electricity at Southern Methodist University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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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.
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.
News from Horizon Engineering Assocs., Michaels Engineering, The Beck Group, Newcomb & Boyd, STV, BICSI, the American Assn. of Engineering Societies, and the SH Group.
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.
Provide energy managers and facility managers with instant access to energy and HVAC/R systems data anywhere, anytime via the Internet.
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.
Report presents alarm management best practices guidelines for improving safety and reliability in power-generation industry.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. has published ICS 14 "Application Guide for Electric Fire Pump Controllers."
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."
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.
When building, designing, and specifying boilers and boiler systems, consider not just the monetary lifecycle, but also the environmental lifecycle of the design.
It's all about individual choices. So, it's appropriate that Consulting-Specifying Engineer reports on Earth Hour with personal anecdotes.
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.
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.
Consider Siemens Building Technologies' OpenAir GQD Series as an energy-efficient actuator.
Provide protection from water damage with the AquaSwitch from EDC International.
News from BSA LifeStructures, MACTEC Engineering, Lane Colburn & Assocs., Thorton Tomasetti, EMCOR Group, and Michaels Engineering.
News from Eaton, Graybar, Rheem Manufacturing, Emerson Climate Technologies, Honeywell Power Products, ANYSYS, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, and Johnson Controls.
Meet elevator disconnect requirements with the Cooper Bussmann Quik-Spec Power Module Quik-Ship Program
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Students, recent graduates content with decision to pursue an engineering education, according to a study from Design News magazine.
The EX85 Megapixel IP Imager is compatible with products from OnSSI, a leading provider of IP-based video surveillance software solutions.
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.
Energy Insights, Framingham, Mass., announced the release of its annual Worldwide Energy Industry 2008 Top 10 Predictions.
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.
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).
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Three-phase power measurement module integrates comprehensive monitoring of a power supply network with the connectivity of an I/O system.
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 acquiring the promis•e product line last month, Bentley Systems has enhanced its electrical design portfolio.
For ages daylighting has been a primary source of daytime light for human activities within buildings.
Autodesk expands its portfolio of sustainable design solutions for the AEC market with the acquisition of Greening Building Studio and Carmel Software.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
News from Schréder Lighting USA, ABB, Emerson Climate Technologies, Daikin AC, Reliable Controls, Amerlux Lighting Solutions, and more.
Flush-mount weatherproof covers use a standard wall plate and are suitable for receptacles, GFCIs, switches, and turnlocks.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Power cable fault locator, uninterrupted power supply systems, programmable direct-current power supplies, and power quality analyzers and data loggers.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
A white paper explains that data loggers are powerful analysis tools and can be used to evaluate complex building relationships and solve control problems.
Ferraz Shawmut LLC announced that it has acquired General Electric’s Power Fuse operations from GE Consumer & Industrial business.
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.
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.
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...
Google, Mountain View, Calif., intends to develop and help stimulate the creation of renewable energy technologies.
SCCR-rated terminal blocks, harmonic-mitigating transformers, data center PDUs, lightning strike counters, Tier 3 gensets.
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.
News from Total Building Commissioning Inc., EYP Mission Critical Facilities and SEi Companies.
News from Eaton Corp., Emerson Climate Technologies, and more.
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.
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The U.S Dept. of Energy (DOE) has recognized six leading organizations for the advancing and development of green power.
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.
California utility regulators on Thursday approved a sweeping program calling for new homes and commercial buildings to produce all the energy they consume.
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.
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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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
Lightning strike protectors, power converter troubleshooting and twin genset for a megawatt of power.
Take CEU exam and earn credits for "Emergency Power for Data Centers" Web cast.
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
Surge protection devices, power quality analyzers and power control systems
New St. Louis office to lead expanded Power Industry focus, extends PAS leadership positions in Alarm Management and Power Industry across USA.
Fluorescent lighting energy management systems, signal conditioning and relay modules, steel wall plates and terminal blocks.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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."
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.
Unitary sales tool for HVAC equipment, scroll compressors, data center management software, and smoke management switches
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
IBM to double computing capacity in its own data centers using new technologies to avoid 5 billion kilowatt-hours of new energy use
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.
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.
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,...
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
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).
Open Energy Corp., Solana Beach, Calif. announced that its solar roofing membranes have been installed at the Sweet Life Patisserie in Eugene, Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.”.
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Compact DIN rail mount power suppliesline has been expanded to include seven new compact models.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
• Interface Engineering , based in Portland, Ore., has opened its fifth office, in San Francisco. Hormoz Janssens, P.E. and Joel Cruz, P.E.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
Hinged-cover wiring duct is offered in sizes from 1.5 in. x 2 in. to 4 in.
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.
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