Power Management

What are the most important electrical parameters to monitor for a better Energy Efficiency?

Monitoring of electrical parameters is a key element in any Energy Efficiency approach. Implementation of monitoring equipment is the first step of this kind of approach, as it makes an… Read more »


Any Cold Iron? Shore power for a healthier environment and business

If all ships were fitted with the capacity to connect to grid-generated shore power when at berth, there would be gains all round. “Cold ironing”, a term for shore power,… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: What hurts hospitals’ energy efficiency?

In general, hospitals need electricity just as much as the doctors to operate efficiently.  Our Infographic explores energy usage in healthcare facilities.

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How fast is fast? Power monitoring and real-time response rates

My first car was classic Mopar: a green ‘68 Dodge Dart GTS. I bought it from my uncle who owned a local mechanic shop and did a lot of custom… Read more »

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KVAR, kVAr, … or kvar?

Who never wondered which symbol to use for reactive power? You can find in brochures, technical papers or even on display of monitoring equipment all the possible combinations: KVAR, kVAr,… Read more »

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IEC 61439, More than just an upgrade, a whole new approach

IEC 61439 is intended to make it simpler and clearer for panel builders to ensure their low voltage assembly installations are up to standard. It also raises the issue of… Read more »

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How big are Power line losses?

Electricity has to be transmitted from large power plants to the consumers via extensive networks. The transmission over long distances creates power losses. The major part of the energy losses comes… Read more »


Stability is a Stress Free Word

“Stability” is a stress-free word. This is especially true for anyone involved in managing the power grid at any level. This includes medium voltage network operators, who like their systems… Read more »

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How to illustrate "Reactive Power"?

In an electrical circuit, the active power P is the real power transmitted to loads such as motors, lamps, heaters, computers … The electrical active power is converted into mechanical… 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 »


Remote maintenance: Early diagnosis of problems without breaking your travel budget

Wouldn’t it be nice to fix an equipment problem without having to dispatch field personnel to faraway remote locations? Thanks to recent advances in technology, the concept of remote maintenance… Read more »

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The IEC 61850 standard: The force behind a less costly way to engineer a utility substation

As Ethernet protocols become more common inside of utility substations, the tendency to distribute functions across many different devices is increasing. Since open standards do not restrict designers to proprietary… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 2: Enclosure Location, Fixing and Cable Entry

The importance of determining the protection classifications discussed in the last post will now become clearer as it becomes a major factor in the next phase, avoiding degradation of the… Read more »

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Use the Right Software to Get Comfortable

As noted in the previous post in this series, a building energy management system, a BEMS, can increase productivity and comfort. That’s not surprising if you think about it because… Read more »

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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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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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European regulation MID related to legal metrology

As mentioned in my previous post, legal metrology is usually covered by regulations and applies to measuring instruments used in: Commercial transactions (e.g. weight-price scales for retail stores, petrol pumps,… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Organizing a Manufacturing Area

Where and how you work can affect the final product. Panel building is a very competitive business, companies that want to enter this area and hope to succeed in the… Read more »

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The transformation of today’s power industry: seizing the opportunities

There is no question that today’s power market is facing big shifts. Energy-related megatrends, technological advancements, and market disruptions are pushing this transformation. The growing need for energy — driven… Read more »

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Process safety management: eliminating plant safety uncertainty

If you’re working in the industrial world, you know that process safety is always a high priority, with occupational safety helping protect personnel, and functional safety helping avoid large-scale disasters…. Read more »

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How Circuit-level Intelligence Feeds IoT Success in Smart Buildings

This is the second in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. The first post… Read more »

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Dynamic Battery Life Predictions for UPS Batteries Save Time, Money and Eliminate the BEEP

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! Anyone who has owned a UPS in the past decade knows, and probably dreads that noise; the sound of your UPS informing you that it needs a… Read more »

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The Evolution of Energy Management Systems: From Energy Reliability to Operational Efficiency

Not long ago I had occasion to revisit a white paper that I contributed some ideas to a good 10 years ago, titled “Powering the Digital Economy: How Energy Management… Read more »

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It’s time for the 2016 AHR EXPO!

Visit Schneider Electric at booth 1404 AHR EXPO – January 25-27! Wow!  Has it been a year already?  As I stand here in 17-degree weather, I recall last year’s show in… Read more »

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Why Server Power Supplies Are Like Your Circuit Breaker Panel – Part 1

Have you ever looked in your home’s circuit breaker panel and counted all the branch breakers in there?  You may have 20 breaker positions and most of them are 15… Read more »

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Understanding the IEC 61557-12 Standard That Makes Meter Comparisons Easier-Part 1

Digital Power Metering and monitoring Devices (PMDs) are fast replacing analog equipment, providing more accurate measurements and enabling remote data access. But specifying these devices could become problematic without common… Read more »

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A Cold Answer to High and Stringent Cooling Demands

Control panels house the electronics and computer brains of a system. That makes them critical to success of a production line and in other industrial settings. However, their installation requirements… Read more »

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How do hospital power outages increase financial exposure?

I read recently that even though there were 513 outages in the US between 2002 and 2008 (an average of six per month), today only 1 in 20 hospitals (in… Read more »

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Solar farms and rooftop solar panels: Maintenance is crucial!

When solar energy equipment has been installed properly by a professional, there is no reason not to consider it safe. However, to keep your installation working as it should, maintenance… 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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