Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

Claire Swedberg is a freelance writer based in western Washington. She can be reached at

Articles by Claire Swedberg

June 2004
Fuel Cells are in demand where power is in short supply Fuel cell technology is turning up in unusual places. As the utilities—as well as commercial and residential customers—seek energy alternatives, fuel cells are emerging wherever government assistance or reliability needs are the greatest. These two factors have led to the emergence of fuel cells in specific geographical regions. READ MORE
May 2004
Drug testing is more prevalent than it was just 10 years ago It’s not a popular subject for most electrical contractors. In fact, it tends to make employers and their electricians downright uncomfortable. But drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the liability and loss of production that comes with it, is a problem that has affected nearly every electrical contractor. READ MORE
April 2004
Hospital security is a multilayered issue with hospitals of varying sizes struggling with how to keep the facility safe from intruders, both human and bacterial, without hindering accessibility. Making hospitals both safe and accessible generally requires technology. Just how much security hospitals use is often determined by their budgets. READ MORE
January 2004
Ask most electrical contractors about the latest cogenerating technology—microturbines—and you’re likely to get silence, or possibly: “micro-what?” This technology, which has only been on the market a few years (Capstone Turbine’s C30 model was introduced in December 1998), may still be relatively unknown, but is poised to take off in the next decade in commercial, municipal and light industrial u READ MORE
December 2003
As long as there have been banks, there have been bank robbers. But in the past decade, keeping up with criminal threats to the banking industry is becoming more high tech as security demands change. Today’s criminals need never set foot near a bank; they can now enter electronically and access bank card information. Identity theft is the other side of the coin, so to speak. READ MORE
November 2003
No one would put their profits on shelves each year to sit and lose value, but that is what many contractors do by ordering and keeping unnecessary inventory. Overordering of inventory costs electrical contractors thousands of dollars a year in lost profits. READ MORE
September 2003
Thousands of people rush through the airport terminal in Louisville, Ky., every day, never suspecting the activity going on next door. The airport is also home to a mammoth state-of-the-art UPS sorting station unrivaled for speed and efficiency. Packages are whisked by the thousands down a complex network of conveyor belts to their destination almost entirely untouched by human hands. READ MORE
August 2003
Casino work involves the deployment of state-of-the-art systems and solutions. When a gambling cheat enters a casino, he or she should face a daunting array of security. If the cheat can avoid looking suspicious to the multitude of security personnel walking the floors and get to the gaming table, he or she must not only fool the dealer but perhaps others watching from an upstairs room. READ MORE
August 2003
Growing numbers of electrical contractors are trying out new technology to increase their efficiency—some products with more success than others. But the CAD (computer-aided design) system has become a staple that contractors cannot ignore. READ MORE