Tag: reliable power

Reliable power is engineering that emphasizes dependability in the lifecycle management of Dependability, or reliability, describes the ability of a system or component to function under stated conditions for a specified period of time.

A Growing Trend

A Growing Trend

Cogeneration systems, also known as combined heat and power, have traditionally been installed by larger industrial users with high steam and power demands and by smaller, institutional users such as universities and hospitals. Since the early 2000s, smaller industrial and commercial companies have discovered cogeneration utilizing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines,

Project Profile: Enhancing Safety and Realiability

Project Profile: Enhancing Safety and Realiability

Since 1926, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) has delivered low-cost electricity with customer service ratings that are among the best. Today, IPL ranks in the top 10% nationally in reliability and is part of AES Corporation, one of the largest global power companies committed to operational excellence to meet

Avoiding Power Interruptions at Data Centers

Avoiding Power Interruptions at Data Centers

Kyle Ellenberger of Power Systems & Controls has seen big changes in the data center industry since the earliest few data centers were launched in the United States.

“The first data centers were crazy—they had soldiers guarding them and barbed wire. No, you can’t roll up in a tank and steal

Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite

Solar Photovoltaic System from Caterpillar Installed in Rantoul, IL

Caterpillar Inc. today announced that Cat® dealer Altorfer has commissioned a 1000 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Rantoul, Illinois. Built to fulfill a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA), the installation was constructed on an eight-and-a-half-acre site near Heritage Lake Park and the University

Integrating CHP with Microgrids

Integrating CHP with Microgrids

While combined heat & power (CHP) may not be appropriate for integration into all microgrids, it definitely does have its place in a lot of them.

CHP systems output heat (or cooling), as well as electricity, primarily as a topping cycle. “The prime mover is typically a reci­procating engine or a turbine,”

Editor’s Comments: Seeing the Invisible

It was one of those clear days in which early rain had bathed every atom and left the world looking more three-dimensional than usual. I paused during a hike and stood overlooking the velvet folds of California’s coastal mountain range. Raptors rode upwellings in the distance. One of them—a hawk—landed on a

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