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

February 2008
Being a member of the Technological Committee for my local school district since its 1994 creation, I have seen first hand the exponential increase in the number of computers, servers, printers, white boards, digital cameras and other technology tools for faculty and students to access each other and the world. READ MORE
January 2008
At a recent training session in Washington, DC, we plugged a power quality monitor into a baseboard outlet to get data to illustrate the different parameters and characteristics of voltage and current waveforms. As is true in most office complexes, the top of the voltage waveform was flat topped—a sort-of “Mount St. Helens effect.” READ MORE
December 2007
A recent trip to a Latin American country helped remind me of so much that we often take for granted in the United States. Their government requires all electric utilities to monitor the quality of the supply at the distribution substations, primarily as a flicker study, though also momentary and temporary sags and interruptions are to be counted each month. READ MORE
December 2007
The financial community probably exemplifies the digital economy more than any other indus-try. In the United States alone, the uninterruptible flow of electrons (or photons) in the data centers and communication systems of the stock exchanges, banks, insurance and credit card companies make nearly $100,000 per second. According to the U.S. READ MORE
November 2007
In the September issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, there was an Industry Watch story titled “Efficiency from the Wall to the PC,” about an organization that is campaigning for more efficient power “cords.” There was a reference to a quote indicating only 50 percent of the power that leaves the outlet reaches the PC because energy “leaks” out of inefficient power cords. READ MORE
October 2007
The term “carbon footprint” is often applied to industrial facilities, where significant consumption of various forms of energy is measured against the effects on the environment as compared to the product output. In the hospitality, gaming and resort industries, the energy impact is clearly not trivial. READ MORE
October 2007
Last month, we reviewed the basics of the power parameters as affected by inductive, capacitive and resistive loads as well as a mixture of two or more of those elements. READ MORE
September 2007
One of the expressions I remember hearing during my childhood was “Mind your P’s and Q’s.” When I would ask where that expression came from, it usually resulted in another popular expression, such as, “Don’t talk back to your elders.” With the benefit of the Internet, the answers are there, but they are no clearer than they were back then. READ MORE
September 2007
IN“The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, the Rabbit asks the Skin Horse, “What is Real?” A customer reminded me of this line when he asked a similar question in regard to the parameter watts used to measure electrical power. There was a time when most of the power was real power, which some define as that part of the power supplied by the electrical source that works. READ MORE