Power Management

There is no TEAM in SMART GRID. Five E’s can change that.

During my college years, I earned money selling encyclopedias door-to-door. Did pretty well, too; so well that a competitor offered me a job representing a far more familiar brand. This… Read more »


Energy Efficiency Starts From Me

We are all concerned with Energy, or rather the increasing lack of it. Demand for energy is already outstripping supply and growth of demand is faster than the growth of… 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 »


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 »


Implementing an integrated automated dispatch system to balance and optimize system resources and reliability

The challenge: Many utilities are faced with the increasing challenge of managing diverse load, demand response, distributed energy resources, generation, and variable renewables such as solar and wind power in… Read more »

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The self-sufficient wastewater treatment plant

Today we know that the self-sufficient biological treatment plant is on the horizon. There are many options available to those who need to optimize their treatment plants, but for now I will… Read more »


Why do you need to comply with ISO50001?

The International Standards Organization is probably most famous for ISO9001, which defines Industrial Quality Management standards, and ISO14001, which is central to Environmental Management Systems. Sure, you can build a… Read more »


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.


Distributech: Learn, Experiment, Do

The curtain is closed on the largest and most successful Distributech conference in its history. At last count, there were 9,823 registered attendees with an additional 400 registered for the… Read more »

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Is European milk heading to China?

A French industrial newspaper (“Process Alimentaire” of September 2012), published an analysis of the 5 year trend for the European dry milk industry.  The report shows a potential for 20… Read more »


With ClimaSys DT, System Integrators Keep Their Cool

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as the saying goes. That is almost always true. On the other hand, the reliability of each individual piece of… 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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Now, a safer way to perform medium voltage (MV) switchgear grounding

National Safety Council statistics show that electrical accidents kill 75 to 100 persons and injure another 750 to 1,000 per year in the United States alone. Many of these accidents… 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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10 Ways this 5-Star Partner Program Enables Growth for Technology Providers

EcoXpert partners not only have a deep understanding of the industry trends that are affecting business operations and business performance, but the expertise to tackle them. Megatrends such as IoT,… Read more »

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5 Harmonic Mitigation Methods That Help Keep Costs Down and Production Running

If you’re running an industrial process of any kind, you can’t afford any downtime. Every minute a production line is down is costing you money, and that’s eating into your… Read more »

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How Today’s Electrical Standards can help Improve Safety in Existing Dwellings

This is the second of three posts focusing on addressing electrical safety non-compliance in many older residential dwellings. In the first post, we looked at the risks and documented incidents… Read more »

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The Importance of a UPS in Medical Imaging and Diagnostics

Technology is rapidly transforming the face of healthcare. It is playing an ever-increasingly important role in the clinical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of many conditions. This means that, technology is… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Quality Control for a Panel Builder

Checking your work thoroughly throughout the process ensures correct functionality and avoids customer problems. Image 1 illustrates many of the key concepts when we talk about industrial quality. It explains… Read more »

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A BEMS Benefit: HVAC and Electrical Cooperation

In my last post, I talked about how software and BEMS can make a building more comfortable and its occupants more productive. Here I’m going to discuss how a building… Read more »

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The Strength of Global Standards and Classification Societies for Reliable Power in Marine Applications

Like much else in modern life, today’s seafaring vessels have become highly dependent on electrical and electronic systems. So it follows that the availability of electrical power at sea is… Read more »

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Powerful Lessons to be Learned from Jordan Spieth’s Masters Disaster

Sometimes, companies have advance warning when dangerous conditions exist that may result in disaster. Hurricanes and blizzards, for example, don’t exactly sneak up on anyone. Other times, however, disaster can… Read more »

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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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Safety and Savings at Home with Technology

Sometimes homeowners might think their houses are singing that 60s hit about not being owned. Especially when it comes to saving money and increasing safety. For the first of those… 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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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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The Clip-on connection for round-the-clock panelboard monitoring

Once upon a time panelboards were kept in basements out of sight. They’d get an inspection visit once every six months, maybe, when a circuit breaker tripped. Not any more…. Read more »

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When retrofitting an aging data center infrastructure to extend its use makes the most sense

In a 2014 white paper on “The Cost of Retaining Aging IT Infrastructure,” technology research firm IDC writes, “[I]f a transition to new technologies has been deferred too long, then… Read more »

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Passive Thermal Solutions: Remember, Air is Still Free

Increasingly, panel builders must do more. That’s because facility demands are greater. Facilities – and the panels or cabinets within them – must withstand increasingly severe environmental conditions. That’s true… Read more »

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No More Black Smoke?

There’s a petrol station I often go to that is right next to a diesel genset for a nearby business.  As I sat there pumping gas – a sunny and… Read more »

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