Power Management

The Good Old Days at University

At a charity event this past weekend, I had the pleasure to meet an 18-year-old relative of a good friend. This teenager was in her senior year at an American… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… Read more »

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Sharing Energy Efficiency Strategies in Healthcare Facilities

Energy Efficiency ideas were every where this spring at Texas Association for Healthcare Facility Managers (TAHFM)’s conference called Interlink 2013.  We experienced two and half days full of premier educational… Read more »

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Ships: Rules and regulations getting tougher about Shore power

Just what is MARPOL VI and does it cover shore power? Shore power helps bring ships into line with burgeoning regulations. Chief among these is MARPOL VI. It is Annex VI to… Read more »

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Green port is coming to Asia

If Green Port congress is well known by the industry in Europe, shifting it to Asia was a challenging bet. But about 110 delegates from global ports, terminal operators, shipping… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: Here is the Data on Data Center Energy

In order to maximize electrical efficiency and reduce power costs, data center facility managers are interested in monitoring data center energy consumption trends.  Our Infographic highlights these latest trends.

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Coherent place for auxiliary power system in iPMCC

Architecture critical to dependability Auxiliary power systems are as important to iPMCCs’ dependability as the main power system and communication architecture. iPMCC stands for intelligent power and motor control centre…. Read more »

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Automated testing takes your backup generators ‘to the wall’

Hit the switch and test all your connected systems Professional trainers know that the best way to teach a new skill, particularly an important skill, is to make it as… Read more »

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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 »

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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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Why Eco-mode UPSs and Free Power Quality Make Energy Management Systems Even More Important

In the data center industry we’ve been talking for years about the need for reliable power and how best to ensure we get it. At Schneider Electric in particular we’ve… Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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Software Improves Building Systems Connectivity and Efficiency

In my previous post, I talked about how the IoT – the Internet of Things – means there will soon be many more connected sensors and devices. Within a few… 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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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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Selective Coordination Design Guidelines with Molded-Case Circuit Breakers

This is the fifth in a continuing series of posts focused on a range of design and specification issues related to the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination…. 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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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 1: Protecting Equipment from its Environment

The most critical element that shapes a panel design project must be addressed at the very beginning of a project: where is the completed unit going to be installed? This… Read more »

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Emphasize Quality, Not Quantity, in Your Next Power-Monitoring Plan

Information overload is a problem for all of us today, with data on everything from today’s weather forecast to next week’s airfares both easier to access and less expensive to… Read more »

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Grid Power Quality

Power-quality problems, including such issues as voltage irregularities and harmonic disturbances, can cause problems with a facility’s equipment and operations. Standards have been developed to help address this issue by… Read more »

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Arming your Smart Utility for the Future

In a recent post I covered the new and increasing challenges presented by Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and microgrids, as well as the benefits… Read more »

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Why Today’s Robots Are Boring

For decades, robots have been cool. Sony’s robotic dog called Aibo would let people experience animal companionship without the mess. Honda had a small humanoid robot called Asimo. Say “Danger,… Read more »

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Industrial Big Data, IoT, Mobility and More at the 2015 Software User Conference

If you’ve been reading my blog posts over the past several months, you’ve probably realized that I write a lot about predictive analytics. The truth is though, that the Schneider… Read more »

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Achieve Operational Excellence with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving efficiency throughout every area of the business. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things and analytics to keep equipment… Read more »

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Edge Computing Helps Colocation Provider Internap Meet Customers’ Latency and Agility Requirements

As a colocation provider, Internap has to be able to meet the needs of its customers quickly and consistently. More and more, those customers are looking for data centers that… 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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Methods that Facilitate Oil & Gas Power & Process Management Systems Convergence

In our previous post Why Oil & Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems, we mentioned that recent Oil & Gas industry initiatives that integrate process &… Read more »

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Hospital Fitness at the 2014 ASHE Annual Conference

Every year, the ASHE Annual Conference is “the event” for healthcare engineers to learn, network, and scope out new products and solutions that might benefit their hospitals. This year is… Read more »

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Tenant Metering: It Makes Dollars and Sense

Whether you are a building owner or tenant, adopting tenant metering, or utility submetering, makes more sense than ever when it comes to cost savings and sustainability. Tenant metering allows… Read more »

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