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Month: June 2011

Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Last Friday, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to encourage industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs. The plan will invest more than $500 million to begin this effort. One area of interest, particularly for the electroindustry, is that the Department of Energy will begin working to develop manufacturing processes and materials to help alleviate energy and manufacturing Read more [...]
Regional Efficiency Standards Save Energy.

Regional Efficiency Standards Save Energy.

Congratulations to the Air –Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) for being awarded the 2011 “Super Nova of Energy Efficiency” award from the Alliance to Save Energy.   AHRI lead a coalition energy efficiency advocacy groups in developing a regional efficiency standard consensus agreement.   Rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach the efficiency standard of a furnace, heat pump or central air-conditioner will now depend on the Read more [...]
Graphene standards vital for energy storage

Graphene standards vital for energy storage

With graphene being a promising material for storing hydrogen, and to act as a catalyst in supercapacitors, it’s important that international standards for measuring the electrical reliability of graphene are developed. It’s good to see that the US Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113 (TC 113 TAG) is taking the lead in developing these standards, starting with a blank detail material specification, graphene characterization using atomic force microscopy (AFM), and process specifications Read more [...]
Oh, Snap!

Oh, Snap!

With so-called "card check" legislation effectively dead with little (if any) hope for resuscitation, attention now turns to the newest battle brewing between labor unions and industry/business interests: "quickie" (or "snap") union elections. On June 21, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed reforms of the procedures it follows prior and subsequent to conducting secret ballot elections to determine if employees wish to be represented by unions for collective Read more [...]
Are Cellphones really dangerous?

Are Cellphones really dangerous?

The declaration from International Agency for Research on Cancer that cellphone emissions are possibly carcinogenic is not only old "news" but it is not scientifically substantiated.  The conclusion IARC reached was based on a review of a set of published articles evaluating the effects of electromagnetic emissions on biological cells or animals.  Their classification would put cellphones in the category that includes the pesticide DDT and gasoline engine exhaust, and even caffine Read more [...]
Who will be the Chief Information Officer for your New Car?

Who will be the Chief Information Officer for your New Car?

Today, everybody in business knows the crucial role of a good CIO.  The CIO has to both understand technology, and think like a CEO.  Last year’s book, “The Practical CIO,” by Jose Eiras, provided multiple suggestions, including not just focusing on the tech products, but showing what those products can do.  And “spread out”:  employees at all levels should have a working knowledge of information technology, possible security risks, and how standards Read more [...]
But will it help?

But will it help?

The "Campaign to Cut Waste" is underway! On June 13, President Obama announced that he was putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of a new initiative, the aforementioned "Campaign," which aims to save billions of dollars by rooting out government waste. Some of the priorities include rewriting wasteful government contracts, selling off federal property, reducing improper payments under government assistance programs, and cutting unnecessary administrative costs.  (Did Read more [...]
Reflection on Lightfair

Reflection on Lightfair

Last month, the lighting universe came together at Lightfair (or LEDfair, depending on who you ask).  Manufacturers from far and wide were displaying their best and brightest new technologies.  And though the weather was not always the most inviting, the city of Philadelphia most certainly was.  What a great venue. For those of you who missed it, a couple of key trends for the lighting systems of tomorrow seemed to surface as the week progressed. Flexibility.  Wherever Read more [...]
Senate Debate on Critical Materials Begins to Emerge

Senate Debate on Critical Materials Begins to Emerge

Yesterday (June 9), a key Senate subcommittee on energy issues held a hearing on legislative proposals aimed at setting new federal policy on the extraction, recycling and research for many materials, including rare earth elements, that are critical to the manufacturing of many modern energy and communications technologies. The most comprehensive of these proposals, S. 1113, is supported by NEMA and was introduced on May 26 by a bipartisan group headed by Senator Lisa Murkowski Read more [...]
LVDC and Harmonic Currents

LVDC and Harmonic Currents

NEMA, UL and NFPA sponsored a very successful workshop in Crystal City, VA during April on the topic of Low-Voltage Direct Current.  There were 17 presenters and over 140 attendees at this state-of-the-industry event.  LVDC is of interest because establishing a direct connection between distributed power generators (especially photovoltaics) plus energy storage devices (mostly batteries) and the many electronic products that operate on LVDC allows elminiation of Read more [...]