Power Management

Self-Consume or Export to the Grid?

What to do with photovoltaic renewable energy and why your decision matters. When you, as a facility manager or building owner, decide to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact… Read more »

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EcoXpert Brings IoT to the Heart of the Amazon

The value delivered from Critical Power EcoXperts Every year Critical Power EcoXperts from across Latin America get together for training and professional development, and they share with each other some… Read more »

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Operational Risks Justify Oil & Gas Business Continuity Planning

Most of today’s leading oil and gas companies can attribute much of their success to properly insulating themselves from business interruption risk. These companies strive to convert effective risk management… Read more »

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Smart circuit breakers: the key to more reliable, productive, and efficient facility operations

This is the first in a series of blog posts on recent advances in smart circuit breaker technology. In this post, we’ll look at the broad range of benefits this… Read more »

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How digitization delivers new levels of insight into power reliability and energy efficiency

This is the second in the blog post series, looking at how power distribution systems are becoming more intelligent and connected. These innovations are needed to take full advantage of… Read more »

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Power distribution’s paradigm shift: the new frontier in operational safety, reliability, and efficiency

We’ve all witnessed how the energy world is changing, and that pace of change is escalating. Compared to only a decade ago, electricity is being generated, distributed, and consumed in… Read more »

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How Smart are your Switchgear Controls?

In this era of technology and communication, it is hard to imagine that simple issues stemming from an aging power system can cause serious damage as well as pose major… Read more »

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How to Justify Hospital Power Infrastructure Investments to Corporate Executives

In healthcare facilities, business growth and enhanced patient care are often fueled by technology innovation. According to hospital C-suite executives polled for Premier’s Fall 2015 Economic Outlook survey, more than… Read more »

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NFPA 70E Changes: Reducing Risk for the Electrical Worker – Absence of Voltage

If you were not aware, the 2018 edition of NFPA70E will soon be released for publication.  There have been many enhancements, including changes to Article 120 involving lockout/tagout and absence… Read more »

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Where to Start When Addressing Healthcare Facility Data Security Issues

Cyberattacks, whether generated from a single individual or a politically-motivated group, have emerged as a bigger threat to the healthcare industry security in recent years. Tight regulations and the growing… Read more »

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4 Big Benefits of Lithium Ion Batteries for UPS Systems – and 2 Key Challenges

A confluence of events is setting the stage for what may well be dramatic change in a key component of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) technology that really hasn’t changed much… Read more »

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Lightning surge protection: Two is better than one!

What everyone knows. To protect low-voltage installations against power surges caused by lightning surge protection devices (SPDs) should be installed as far upstream as possible. Why? To drive the awesome… Read more »

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Why is a regulation required for developing Shore Side Electricity and greener ports?

In comparison to other economic sectors, there are few regulations tackling shipping and port industry emissions. In developed nations, air quality has improved substantially during the last several decades, despite… Read more »

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IEC 60947-2 the “all-risk” insurance for circuit breakers – Part 2

IEC 60947-2 obviates risk and ensures safety and reliability. Its requirements have grown in number to keep pace with evolving technologies and reliability needs of electrical distribution. Circuit breaker categories… Read more »

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The all-in-one circuit breaker: a sign and solution of our times

Today’s 2G and 3G digital mobile phones integrate cameras, music players, emails, internet connections, text messages … and oh yes, and you can use them to make phone calls. This… Read more »

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Aluminium: Inherently good for bus bars

Back in the 1970s busbars were flat strips of copper that panel builders bought and installed in LV (low voltage) switchboards. In the 1980s mounting holes appeared and busbars were… Read more »

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5 Ideas to make your House Smarter

You probably already have a Smart-phone, and thinking about buying a Smart-TV while you read an article about Smart Cities… go further, and make your house a Smart-home! No worries,… Read more »

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Electric arc fault detection helps put out home fires

Fires destroy lives, livelihoods, and businesses. There are hundreds of thousands every year. It is estimated that France alone numbers between 250,000 and 300,000. They claim around 400 lives and… Read more »

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Arresting the surges in lightning strikes

There is widespread ignorance of lightning protection systems, which are often inadequate or non-existent. Surge protection devices like surge protectors lies at the heart of effective, comprehensive lightning protection systems. We consider why.

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Finally, an opportunity to clean up global ports and make them more profitable

Adventures in the high seas are awe-inspiring. Uncontrollable natural forces, exciting discoveries, and great obstacles created by winds and beasts make for attention-grabbing tales. But, in the real-world, too much… Read more »

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The all-in-one circuit breaker: a sign and solution of our times

Today’s 2G and 3G digital mobile phones integrate cameras, music players, emails, internet connections, text messages … and oh yes, and you can use them to make phone calls. This… Read more »

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IEC 60947-2 the “all-risk” insurance for circuit breakers – Part 1

IEC 60947-2 has been around a while. Originally called IEC 947-2, it got its current name way back in 1997. So, you may wonder, why talk about it now? Let’s… Read more »

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How to choose the right surge protector?

  Choosing the right surge arrester and protective circuit breakers involves a considering a wide range of parameters related to types of surge protection devices, circuit breaker arrangements and risk… Read more »

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IEC 60947-2 the “all-risk” insurance for circuit breakers – Part 2

IEC 60947-2 obviates risk and ensures safety and reliability. Its requirements have grown in number to keep pace with evolving technologies and reliability needs of electrical distribution. Circuit breaker categories… Read more »

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Backup Battery Technology – Can We Park a Tesla in the Plant Room?

I was kind of excited by Elon Musk’s announcement of Tesla’s Powerwall energy storage systems. Why? Because most of what I do in my working life as a specialist in… Read more »

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A Comfortable Home is a Connected Home

When I think about a modern home, I envision the role of connectivity and the amazing possibilities that it brings. Connectivity is changing everything. Research suggests that more than 50… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »

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Smart Cities – From concept to action

There is a lot of humdrum we hear about Smart Cities these days. It is about time that we demystify Smart Cities and change the conversation from a rhetorical tone… Read more »

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Best Electrician – Tell a story to grow your business

If you’re a top, confident electrician you’re creative. You’re a storyteller. You have a fund of tales from all walks of life and your own personal experience. Use them. How… Read more »

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Ports: How does Shore Power cut emissions and boost business?

By how much does shore power cut pollution? With high-voltage shore connection technology you power berthed ships from the local electricity grid and not from generators. And with their engines… Read more »

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