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

June 2010
Some of the concepts in electrical engineering are more easily visualized by using physical phenomena. Power quality phenomena is not different, since it is just a specialized application of the same principles, particularly Ohm’s and Kirchoff’s Laws. READ MORE
June 2010
About a year ago, we covered some of the initiatives of the smart grid that came out of the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007 (EISA), which was funded last year with more than $3.4 billion of stimulus money from the America Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). READ MORE
May 2010
During my career, I have encountered many electricians and engineers who considered installing power quality monitors to be a nonhazardous job that requires nothing more than hooking up the voltage clip leads and putting on the current probes to the proper conductors. READ MORE
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