Power Management

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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What is Thermal Management of electrical enclosures?

Thermal management is the monitoring and control of temperature produced by devices in electrical enclosures. Why does it matter? Temperature directly affects the reliability and service life of electric –… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Understanding the Victims of Power-Quality Disturbances

As I described in my post “Understanding the Sources of Power-Quality Disturbances,” the density of electrical equipment in today’s industrial facilities creates numerous opportunities for power-quality problems to occur. That… Read more »

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The interest of legal metrology for billing applications

As anyone, I have to pay for the electricity, the gas or the water I am consuming in my house. As anyone, I would be very angry if I am… 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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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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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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Save More Energy by Turning Off Power Receptacles

Did you know that next to lighting, plug load equipment is the highest consumer of electrical power in a building? And plug load consumption continues to grow as more electronic… Read more »

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What Keeps Facilities Managers up at Night: And How You Can Avoid Counting Sheep Yourself

When we talk to facility managers and C-level site managers, we always try to understand what their pain points are and see how we might be able to help. What’s… Read more »

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A Data Center Architecture Hack, Inspired by and Encompassing the Open Compute Project

When I first heard the term “hacking” from folks at the Open Compute Project (OCP), I was a little confused – what does that mean, “hacking”? Is it some play… 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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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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How new power distribution apps and services find risk and savings

This is the fourth in this blog post series, looking at how innovations in power distribution are helping facility teams take full advantage of trends in energy decarbonization, decentralization, and… Read more »

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Capillary information: where ordinary systems fear to tread

“Capillary data acquisition.” Quite a mouthful, I admit. But the concept of “capillarity” is nothing new in botany or biology. And applied to information management, it’s apt. Why? Because “capillarity”… Read more »

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Product reliability earns long-time customer – Captain Ed Potter

If anyone knows about the importance of having reliable power equipment, it’d be a guy like Ed Potter, a 30-year former employee of IBM, a licensed pilot, and a resident… Read more »

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What does it mean, technically and economically speaking, to switch from rotary to static frequency conversion?

For naval ports and vessels, shore connection solutions have been around for decades. Depending on technical specifications and/or performance requirements, port managers have to make the right choices at engineering,… Read more »

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CFOs, the change agents for energy management

Rising energy costs are a critical concern for executives across all sectors and implementing energy efficiency initiatives is now one of the core corporate strategies across industries today. For CFOs… Read more »

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