Power Management

Building Energy Management Systems

Digitization and visualization are two key pillars which can help us achieve our energy efficiency goals, especially in the buildings market, if we are keen to manage our energy consumption… Read more »

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The Digital Twin: Foundation for Fleet Socialization to Optimize Operations

The industry is buzzing right now about the “digital twin” – ARC, Gartner and LNS have all recognized the technology’s potential to transform asset design, construction, operations and maintenance. Applying the digital twin to… Read more »

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The alarming state of electrical safety in many existing residential buildings

This is the first post in a 3-part blog series looking at the high level of electrical risks present in many older residential buildings, including a proposed strategy for gradually… Read more »

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Why are there more power outages than ever and how can the impact be averted?

The U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often now than in 1984 and endures more blackouts than any other developed nation, costing Americans as much as $150 billion… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Preparation Before Assembly

Careful evaluation before actual construction begins can avoid surprise problems later in the process. Building a switchboard should be a thoroughly planned activity. There are four main points that should… Read more »

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Getting Comfortable with a BEMS

So far, I’ve covered the connectivity, sensors and digital hub of a BEMS, a building energy management system. Now, let’s talk about what that infrastructure should be used for. It’s… Read more »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… Read more »

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New goals for process automation: continuity, safety, and security

For decades, industrial automation systems have progressively improved process efficiency and productivity. But that productivity is facing a growing number of risks, from outside and inside the plant. Fortunately, modern… Read more »

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How tomorrow’s plant automation systems will empower users and simplify tasks

Industrial automation systems have helped processing plants increase production value, reduce costs, improve safety, comply with environmental regulations, and more. However, as plants increase in size and complexity, there is… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Storing Components for Easy and Accurate Retrieval

Having to hunt for components and tools wastes time and money. Organization reduces manufacturing costs. An electrical switchboard can include thousands of individual components. Some, such as power breakers or… Read more »

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Lithium-ion Batteries Are Poised to Bring Big Changes to the Data Center UPS Paradigm

As explained in a previous post, it’s clear that lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries stand poised to deliver some dramatic changes to the field of data center uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs),… Read more »

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8 ways hospitals can benefit from an “intelligent infrastructure”

The United Nations predicts that the number of people who are 60 or older today – 841,000,000 – will increase to 2 billion by 2050. The sheer number of patients… Read more »

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Power and Automation Redefined

The recent growth of internet-connected industrial and personal devices is dubbed the ‘Internet of Things’ (IOT) revolution. Yet, this trend is really an evolution that has been underway for quite… Read more »

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The Internet of Things Demands a Fresh Look at Power Protection

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all around us, constantly gathering all kinds of data and sending it off to various compute resources that will make sense of it to… 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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Nine Ways Sustainability Drives Profit

By now, most company executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why—or, worse, they proudly wear some kind of sustainability PR… Read more »

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Portside emissions: a real health hazard

Who is most affected by emissions from ships? People living in and around port and harbour areas are growing increasingly concerned over air pollution in their communities. They have good… Read more »

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Watts vs. VA: What’s the Difference Anyway?

Between the increasingly fragile power grid, the escalating power consumption of IT equipment and the constantly increasing importance of our network, it isn’t difficult to see the value a UPS… Read more »

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Length, the critical parameter in installing surge arresters

When you install a surge protector, the golden rule to bear in mind for cable lengths and clearance distances is “the shorter, the better”

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Standardization and Certification: Indissociable but different

As a member of the conformity assessment community, I get asked: what’s the difference between conformity assessment, standardization and certification? Actually, they’re different things. Broadly speaking, I’d say this. Certification is part… Read more »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… Read more »

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Did you know that it is possible to save CO2 by connecting capacitors to the electrical networks?

By improving the power factor in an electrical circuit, capacitors can directly curb CO2 emissions. It’s a fact. If you connect capacitor banks to your electrical network you save energy and reduce… Read more »

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Increase Nuclear Equipment Reliability with Predictive Analytics

In an industry that faces much speculation, skepticism and criticism, near perfect performance and operation is critical. Nuclear power plant personnel are expected to run every unit at maximum capacity… Read more »

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Choosing the right earthing system

Choosing the right earthing system for your power supply is crucial to protecting both people and property. And to make the right choice, you must understand how the different earthing… Read more »

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Length, the critical parameter in installing surge arresters

When you install a surge protector, the golden rule to bear in mind for cable lengths and clearance distances is “the shorter, the better”

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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Make your energy ‘prosumer’ strategy work harder: store the energy you produce!

It’s no secret that recovering global and national economies are still putting businesses under a lot of strain. I’m sure most CEOs have two things top-of-mind every day: rebuilding profits… 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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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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The right way to choose an LV electrical distribution panel

This series of posts presents what the authors consider as the right way to choose an LV electrical distribution (ED) panel. We will refer only to LV ED panels for… Read more »

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