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AEL Electrical Learning Expo 2012 this Thursday

March 16, 2012 | By Alyssa Dalton

March 16, 2012 – Don’t forget to attend Electrical Learning Expo 2012, hosted by AEL (Alberta Electrical league) this Thursday, March 22, at Grande Prairie, Alta. Electrical Business will be there, and we hope you will be too.

Here’s what last year’s attendees of the Electrical Learning Expo 2011 in Red Deer, Alta., said:

• “A great show with a wide variety of participants.”
• “Great show, vendor were very knowledgeable and wanted to answer any question that I had.”
• “The Electrical Expo is an excellent forum for electrical contractors, engineers, and suppliers to get together to show the latest in technology.”

All seminars are free, and include:


• 9:00-11:30 – What’s new in the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code
Pierre McDonald, CET, senior regulatory affairs representative, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Changes to the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code including: Conductors and ampacity tables, grounding & bonding, receptacles, outlets, cable products, changes in hazardous locations requirements, wiring methods, liquid-tight flexible conduit, electric heating, electric equipment, patient care areas, solar photovoltaic systems, electric vehicles – section 86, renewable energy systems.

• 11:30-12:30 – Lighting for a sustainable tomorrow
Colin MacDuff, western region business development manager, Osram Sylvania
LED & traditional lighting and their advancements and applications. Fluorescent rare earth phosphors crisis and how the market is addressing this. How the manufacturers in the LED market are addressing product reliability and lifetime with industry-wide testing, like the LM-79, LM-80 and TM-21. Learn how these much antiquated testing methods are affecting what you’re buying and what to ask when purchasing a lighting system. Counterfeit ballast and lamps.

• 1:00-3:00 – Solar Photovoltaic’s in Alberta: Are we missing out on this world wide boom?
Randall Benson, principal/master electrician, Off The Grid renewable Energy Power Systems Inc.
Will be talking about how the renewable energy boom is taking over every corner of the globe because of supportive policies except here… and why Alberta is better positioned than most places in the world as far as our solar, wind, geothermal and biomass resources. Will be talking about the fact that because of steadily declining price in PV, the cost of solar PV (unsubsidized) is as nearly as cheap as coal fired power in Alberta with coal being heavily subsidized.

• 4:00-4:30 – Counterfeit products, markets and anti-counterfeiting measures
Pierre McDonald, CET, senior regulatory affairs representative, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Counterfeit products, marks and anti-counterfeiting measures include: product certification – the how?, certification marks, product incident reports, counterfeit products, anti-countering measures.

Still need to register? Visit www.elecleague.ab.ca or call 1-800-642-5508.

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