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It’s Time to Consider Nano-Electrotechnology Standards

It’s Time to Consider Nano-Electrotechnology Standards

If they haven't already started, NEMA Sections need to be forward thinking and begin working with the U.S. TAG's that represent their products in the IEC to create a road map for integrating nanotechnology standards that will compliment the end-product standards in the appropriate IEC Technical Committee and their Section's scope.  Delegates at the recent IEC TC 113 (Nano-Electrotechnologies) plenary…

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Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Do you want to save 4.48-7.95 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon annually (equivalent to removing approximately between 3-5.4 million automobiles annually)? Do you want to save 25 to 42 Terawatt hours (billion kWh) per year (equivalent to 3 to 6 nuclear power plants or 6 to 10 coal-fired plants)? Do you want to drive innovation and spur technology? If…

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Nanotechnology Standards Essential for DICOS

Nanotechnology Standards Essential for DICOS

When I learned that NEMA received an award from DHS to write a new Digital Communication in Security (DICOS) standard for airports, I couldn't help but think about the vital role nanotechnology will play in the functioning of critical sensor equipment used in high security facilities.  Yet the reliability of such nano-enabled technology cannot be assured unless there are standard repeatable…

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Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Often, important emerging technologies get caught up in misconstrued facts and misunderstandings of capacities and roles in an already technology-driven and confusing world. An example of this can be found in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, "Getting Real on Wind and Solar" by James Schlesinger and Robert Hirsch. It's great they included a reference to energy storage systems…

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NIST on the Right Track

NIST on the Right Track

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced last week that it has created a new Smart Grid Interoperability Office to coordinate and accelerate the standardization framework initiative assigned to it under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  Good move.  An even better move is that NIST has selected Dr. George Arnold, formerly of Lucent Technologies and more recently…

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Kepler Telescope blast-off – Technology is the engine of growth

Kepler Telescope blast-off – Technology is the engine of growth

Over the weekend the Kepler telescope was launched into space to hunt for earth-like planets.  So who was this space craft named for?  The name Kepler is familiar to me because it is the name of my printer at work – being a slightly nerdy, technology-based trade association NEMA names it meeting rooms and printers after scientists, engineers and inventors….

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Solid-State Lighting Industry Should Get Involved in Nanotechnology Standards

Solid-State Lighting Industry Should Get Involved in Nanotechnology Standards

A standard test method for the determination of quantum efficiency (power output) of quantum dots and nano-phosphors is under development at RTI International for consideration by the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113.  The result of this method will be that industries that use these nanomaterials can make reliable apples-to-apples performance comparisons of such materials.  However, it is especially…

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