The coordination of requirements for emergency and standby power systems between different code publications has improved over recent years, but variations still exist that can cause confusion. It is important for engineers to review all the applicable codes and standards to develop a full picture of the requirements for standby systems. While NFPA 110-2019: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems defines system levels, types, and classifications, it does not determine what situations will require any given level, type, or class. Design engineers must coordinate the requirements of NFPA 110 with other sections of the NFPA, International Building Code, Facility Guidelines Institute, and other authority having jurisdiction requirements as applicable.
As technology advances in every field, the college and university students being prepped for future careers in those fields need the tech they’re learning with to keep up. That presents unique challenges for the engineers working on such structures—specifying advanced systems that satisfy the unique needs of each institution. Here, professionals with experience in the area offer advice on how to tackle such facilities and receive top marks in regard to electrical, power, and lighting.
Power factors, harmonics, fluctuations, and outages examined.
Defining these systems by scale and function will help us navigate their interrelation and set a basis for how we can apply them.
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.
The normal and standby power system at the University of Wyoming’s central energy plant was upgraded.
More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. Electrical and power systems require detailed engineering, and lighting systems are key for all work spaces.
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