Richard P. Bingham

Power Quality Columnist

Richard P. Bingham, a contributing editor for power quality. He can be reached at 732.287.3680.

Articles by Richard P. Bingham

April 2010
For the most part, the medical doctor who makes house calls is a thing of the past. But the image of the black leather bag that the doctor carried along to provide relief (or deliver a baby) has been captured in the minds of even those who only have seen it in the movies or a Norman Rockwell painting. READ MORE
April 2010
Nearly a decade ago, a collaborative project with Duke Energy, Clemson University and Dranetz-BMI tried to change the focus from the quality of power to the quality of the process. Given that different processes have different susceptibilities to the characteristics of the supply voltage, it seemed like a good idea to look at what the effects were on the product being produced. READ MORE
March 2010
Last month’s article touched on photovoltaic (PV) arrays as a renewable power source. According to, the installation cost of PV modules is still high ($4.31 per watt). The energy costs still exceed grid-power (ranging from $0.35 per kilowatt for residential to $0.20 per kilowatt for industrial), and the unobstructed sun area required is still large (10–15 square inches per watt). READ MORE
February 2010
Though there are many green buildings being designed and built from the start with significant considerations for the environmental effect or footprint, many renovation projects include alternative or renewable-energy sources, such as solar power. READ MORE
January 2010
With all this talk about the coming of the smart grid, it seems like a good idea to review what currently delivers the electrons to your door. The majority of electricity is generated and delivered in the form of alternating current (AC) rather than direct current (DC), thanks to Westinghouse winning out over Edison in the War of the Currents in the late 1880s. READ MORE
December 2009
In the September issue, I discussed some of the claims that various organizations working on the smart grid have made in the two years since the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 passed. The act contained Title XIII, which has 10 characterizations of a smart grid. (Note: Part 1 appeared in Security + Life Safety Systems. Find it here.) READ MORE
November 2009
Recently, I needed to dig up a paper I wrote more than a decade ago for a conference in the United Kingdom. Part of the paper was devoted to expert systems that were beginning to gain momentum as a possible way to solve power quality problems, rather than just provide more data or information. READ MORE
October 2009
Much of the renewed focus on energy conservation and going green has been on what to do at home and in the workplace. But how about the places where people go to relax and play—resorts and other vacations spots? Are they becoming more green? READ MORE
October 2009
My past two columns covered monitoring from the service entrance and down into the facility to record what happened and to determine what caused it. At last, we get down to probably the most important aspect: monitoring at a load to determine why it is not operating properly. READ MORE