The evolution of lighting technology is touching every aspect of society. Smart technology and alternative sources of energy are similarly expanding their reach, leading to a range of innovations even in street lighting.
Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed an organic, rechargeable battery that could be scaled up for use in power plants, making the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating large-scale capacity to store energy for use as needed.
Design/build, lean construction and building information modeling are more widely practiced in the industry these days. To help electrical contractors stay in front of this curve, the NECA Show will feature exhibitors and educational programs that focus on these processes.
Rather than plugging in an electric vehicle (EV) to recharge the battery (conductive charging), inductive charging, also known as wireless charging, uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between the charging base and a vehicle’s battery.
In the first week of June, the Occupational Safety and Health Adminisration (OSHA) conducted a National Safety Stand-Down, a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. This year’s event focused on fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention.
The bread and butter of digital innovation is its ability to save. Doing things electronically almost always means doing them faster and at lower cost. This axiom of modern innovation has altered every industry and type of operation.
The new king in solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities is located on 2,400 acres of land between Phoenix and Yuma, Ariz. Called Agua Caliente, it is now operational as the world’s largest PV solar facility at 290 megawatts (MW).
In the ongoing narrative of renewable power, success is often measured in superlatives.
The stories that get top billing often describe massive wind-farm developments, science-fiction-like discoveries and major breakthroughs. A recent project in Los Angeles is no exception.
The Internet is all about innovation, using digital technology to break molds. No company exemplifies this idea more than Google, the search engine company that has become, through its own innovation, so much more than that.
Commercial buildings could cut their heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of advanced controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country.
One measure of an industry event’s success is the common experience of its attendees. Presenters and products are key, but the event’s ability to bring colleagues together to meet, reunite and connect is equally important.
As in any industry, the landscape of utilities is always changing. Part of this dynamic is fueled by the need for big companies to strengthen their positions and maximize profits. Those same motives fueled a recent acquisition that produced a new giant among the nation’s electric utilities.