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NEMA launches Vids for Grids with smart grid educational videos


January 11, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has launched “Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce” (V4G) program with the first two videos of a 12-video series that demonstrates a best practice in integrating new media into engineering core curricula.

“Switchgear”, filmed at NEMA member Eaton Electrical, explains how high-voltage and large currents can be controlled efficiently in a large industrial facility, as well as a university campus. “Surge Arresters”, filmed at NEMA member Hubbell Power Systems, shows how distribution arresters and ground lead disconnectors improve grid reliability.

Future videos will address capacitors, conductors, connectors, dynamic line ratings, energy storage, flywheels, industrial automation, lighting management systems and meters. NEMA expects to release one new video per month.

According to NEMA president and CEO, Evan R. Gaddis, there is a dire need for workforce training in the electric power sector.

“Smart grid is our future,” he said. “An aging workforce has created a brain drain in the electric power sector. This series will introduce smart grid concepts to tomorrow’s engineers.”

In collaboration with member manufacturers, the series features smart grid equipment, explains electrical engineering concepts, and portrays careers in power engineering. The curriculum has been developed in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University.

V4G is one of 54 smart grid workforce training programs funded the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as ARRA or the Stimulus. It is the only one funded in Virginia and the only one awarded to a non-profit association.

NEMA members participating in V4G include A123, Beacon Power, Cooper Power Systems, Eaton Corp., Hubbell Inc., Itron, Leviton, Rockwell Automation, Southwire Co., Thomas & Betts and The Valley Group (a Nexans Company).

NEMA is an American-based association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers.

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