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The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector.  NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff In a vast sea of partisanship, the electrical grid is an island that both parties can agree is important, requires investment, and needs protecting. President Trump campaigned on the assertion that the United States needs a $1 trillion infrastructure package. All of the technology in the world is Read more […]

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff The basic technologies used to deliver electricity from generator to customer were largely unchanged from the 1880s to the 1980s. But technological advancements in the past few decades have significantly improved the efficiency, reliability, and security of that electricity delivery and will continue Read more […]

Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Mike Leibowitz, Program Manager, NEMA, and secretary of the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113 Graphene, a single layer of carbon one atom thick, has emerged as a value-added material enhancing the performance of next-generation products, including photovoltaic cells, energy storage, touch screens, and supercapacitors. The availability and use of standards for characterization, Read more […]

Making Connections with Recombinant Technology

Making Connections with Recombinant Technology

This piece was originally published as the chairwoman’s column in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Maryrose Sylvester, President & CEO, Current, powered by GE Barbara McClintock, the only woman to win an unshared Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, demonstrated the concept of genetic recombination in 1931. Recombination occurs when DNA molecules trade genetic material to create something new—for example, two blue-eyed parents producing a brown-eyed child. This is Read more […]

Automation in Energy-Intensive Industries

Automation in Energy-Intensive Industries

This piece was originally published as the chairwoman’s column in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Maryrose Sylvester, Chairwoman of the NEMA Board of Governors and President and CEO of Current, powered by GE Digital manufacturing is no longer an idealized future state; it is a fast-maturing and even faster-deploying reality. Manufacturers and heavy-industry companies are no longer alone in their demand for process innovation. Facilities of all types—office Read more […]

Roots of Modern Light Bulb Set Precedents for Innovation

Roots of Modern Light Bulb Set Precedents for Innovation

By Paul Rodriguez, Program Manager, NEMA When Thomas Edison filed his patent for the incandescent bulb in 1879, his was far from the first or only designer. Similarly, when energy crises demanded the development of the modern compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), it was not the first or only design of its kind. Light-emitting diode (LED) technology got its rise in the semi-conductor industry and is only recently seeing widespread commercial availability. Fueled by energy costs and availability, the Read more…

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