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Enclosures for the sustainable energy market:
With the increase in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and electric vehicle charging stations, we observe more outdoor electrical equipment than ever before. The expanded use of electric energy storage systems (ESSs) installed outdoors is another example of the need to protect internal equipment from environmental conditions. Due to fire or building code restrictions on locations within or...
IAEI chairman of the board message: New technology and mentoring
First off, I want to convey my appreciation to the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) Board of Directors for electing me to the position of Chairman of the Board. It is truly an honor, and I look forward to serving this great Association and its members during my term as Chairman. In past...
An energy storage system consisting of batteries installed at a single-family dwelling inside a garage. The emergence of energy storage systems (ESSs), due to production from alternative energies such as wind and solar installations, has driven the need for installation requirements within the National Electrical Code (NEC) for the safe installation of these...
Breakimg news: Opportunties abound for wind turbine technicians
YouTube users may have recently noticed commercials on the platform promoting a career as a wind turbine technician. That point was expounded upon Tuesday by industry executives at the Wind O&M + PV Operations Conference in Dallas. During a panel discussion on wind and solar operational optimization, executives talked about the aging population of...
UL Question Corner
Q. When a UL Certified (Listed) product leaves the factory, the UL Mark on the product is the manufacturer’s attestation that the product complied with UL’s requirements at the time of manufacture. If that product is modified after it leaves the factory, only a UL Field Evaluation can determine if the...
Market drivers and emerging technologies in energy storage
For more than a century, the North American electrical grid has operated on the same model: large power sources generate power and channel it into a web of transmission lines and local distribution areas (LDAs), never to return to the point of origin. That model is changing as the market shifts to newer, cleaner energy sources like...
Code Hunter
To play this game, you need a sharp eye, a quick mind and a 2017 National Electrical Code book.(Fill-in-the-blank questions are looking for the exact word(s) used in the NEC.) The Questions: 1) Energy storage system(ESS). One or more components assembled together capable of storing energy for use at a...
Energy storage systems: The here and now
Energy storage has been a hot topic of conversation over the past few years. We’ve heard about futuristic innovations, larger-than-life company leaders like Elon Musk putting his storage company on the map, and states vowing to become energy independent through renewable resource use. While the 2017 National Electrical Code only devotes about two...
In addition to paying taxes, there is one thing you can count on for sure: the electrical industry will continue to evolve. All we have to do is look at energy storage as an example and how it has evolved over the past two centuries. In 1748, Benjamin Franklin first coined the term “battery”...
IAEI celebrates 90 years with building renovation and grand opening
Dallas/Fort Worth has been home to the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) International Office for more than 25 years since relocating from Chicago in 1992. However, the building was in disrepair, and it became evident to the International Board of Directors and Association staff that a change had to be made. According to...
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