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

August 2010
Even after 30 years-plus of power-quality monitoring, no national design code standard exists for minimizing the impact of power quality phenomena; there isn’t an equivalent of the National Electrical Code (NEC) anywhere. READ MORE
July 2010
Power quality has finally made the big time in the United States, getting mentioned at the federal level under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. 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
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
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 SolarBuzz.com, 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

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