September 12, 2016 - This was the local U.S. utility’s worst nightmare. Its control room had lost all computer systems, UPS power, utility power, back-up generator power and phone systems... and smoke was quickly filling up this now pitch-black room.
“Where contractors and the industry work together”. That was the motto behind Ontario Electrical League’s 2016 annual conference, held outside of London, Ont., in the spring, and EBMag was there with notepad and camera in hand to record some of the action.
September 12, 2016 - At some point in our lives we have all heard—or perhaps even repeated—variations of the common phrase: Don’t worry about things you can’t control.
September 9, 2016 - Also known as lightning rods, conventional air terminals are remarkably simple in design... they are just electrically conductive metal rods as few as 10-in. tall with diameters as slender as 3/8 in.
August 16, 2016 - As the calendar flipped from April to May then June, my thoughts turned increasingly to summertime activities, and one event that helps me welcome the summer is Milwaukee Tool’s New Product Symposium (NPS).
August 15, 2016 - Despite their limited driving range, could existing electric vehicles (EVs) bring about a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions? Researchers at MIT have just completed what they’re calling “the most comprehensive study yet” to address this question, and have reached a conclusion: YES.
August 11, 2016 * (updated November 9, 2016 with gallery) - “As you can imagine with such a challenging project, there were many moments where we were nervous, where we were tense and said ‘Will it really work?’,” admitted ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer upon the historic occasion of its alliance partner Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) completing the first ever round-the-world flight powered only by energy from the sun.
August 11, 2016 - The field of carbon capture—chemically trapping CO2 before it is released into the atmosphere—continues to advance, as Cornell University recently researchers disclosed a method for capturing the greenhouse gas and converting it into a useful product for industry... while producing electrical energy.
August 11, 2016 - New research at Michigan State University shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity in a process that’s ready to be scaled up to industrial levels. Oh, they can help clean up uranium waste while they do it!
August 10, 2016 - The work truck. That rough-and-tough vessel that helps you get the job done. But it doesn’t end there.
August 10, 2016 - York University’s Bergeron Centre rises up in the middle of the Toronto campus, its mathematical Penrose pattern of metal, dichromatic triangles and triangular windows glinting in the sun. It doesn’t follow any particular shape, seeming to hover above its geometrically groomed landscape, scoping out the nearby pond.
July 21, 2016 - “I know more about insurance than I care to,” said Craig Chadwick as we chatted about the total-loss fire of February 12, 2016, that nearly erased 25 year-old Chadwick Electric Supply from the Hamilton, Ont., landscape.
July 15, 2016 - Retailers, commercial facilities, manufacturing plants and virtually any large, open industrial facilities face unique environmental control challenges. During cold winter months, their inhabitants often shiver at floor level while heated air rises into the rafters. Conversely, balmy summer days can lead to a lot of uncomfortably hot and sticky people.
July 13, 2016 - The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), TM4 (a subsidiary of Hydro‑Quebec), and Rio Tinto Metal Powders have teamed up to develop technologies to reduce the cost of electric motor components.
July 11, 2016 - Assuming Superman can fly for over eight (8) hours at constant altitude—and absorb energy from our yellow sun like a solar cell—the Man of Steel couldn’t possibly take in enough sunlight to power his flight while obeying the Law of Conservation of Energy, unless he were to have a “staggeringly impossible” solar cell efficiency of 656,000%.
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