Tag: standby power

Standby power, also called vampire power, vampire draw, phantom load, or leaking electricity (“phantom load” and “leaking electricity” are defined technical terms with other meanings, adopted for this different purpose), refers to the electric power consumed by electronic and electrical appliances while they are switched off (but are designed to draw some power) or in a standby mode. This only occurs because some devices claimed to be “switched off” on the electronic interface, but are in a different state from switching off at the plug, or disconnecting from the power point, which can solve the problem of standby power completely. In fact, switching off at the power point is effective enough, there is no need to disconnect all devices from the power point.

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Equipped for Continuity

Equipped for Continuity

It’s difficult to imagine a business to which backup power is more critical than Appica.com, a Cincinnati, OH-based provider of private data center space, hosted applications, cloud computing capacity, and network storage. Redundant security is a major element of how the firm defines itself, both in terms of clients’ data

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

A single power interruption can cripple a healthy company, says Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing of Emerson’s ASCO Power business. “Not having adequate onsite power can be the ‘Achilles heel’ of a business, but the controls for operating, monitoring, diagnosing, and producing a variety of mandatory reports on these power

Advances in Gensets: Powering Diverse Configurations

Advances in Gensets: Powering Diverse Configurations

Advances and technologies that improve performance ensure gensets are more reliable than ever before. Today, gensets run on diesel and natural gas. Tier 4 technology ensures cleaner air quality. They can run in parallel. Improved control systems are bringing “smart” technology to gensets. And systems are less noisy due to

The Benefits of Bi-Fuel Generators

The Benefits of Bi-Fuel Generators

Traditionally, diesel fuel has been the leader in standby power solutions. Diesel-fueled standby generators are perceived to be the most durable and reliable option available, as well as the most power-dense and cost-effective. These types of generators satisfy the standards that specify standby power sources and onsite fuel requirements. But,

Integrative Solutions

Integrative Solutions

“People are becoming more dependent on power,” notes Curt Gibson, P.E., power solutions manager for Generac Industrial Products. “We always just assume it’s going to be here…” until it’s not. And that’s where gensets play a crucial role.

Making Power Multitask With CHP/CCHP

Making Power Multitask With CHP/CCHP

Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), uses a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and heat for onsite uses. Trigeneration, or combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP), is the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heating and cooling as a result of the combustion of fuel or

Small But Powerful Portable Energy Sources

Small But Powerful Portable Energy Sources

In the theater, they have a saying, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” Never having performed in front of an audience myself, I can’t speak to the truth of this saying. However, in the power generation industry there really are small players: portable power sources. But they still

Facility Focus: Critical Solutions for Clinical Applications

Facility Focus: Critical Solutions for Clinical Applications

Increasing cost pressures on hospitals due to impacts of health care reform on reimbursements appear to be impacting their energy sources, according to some industry experts. Changes in the economic model and ever-growing demand for reliability and lower emissions mean that distributed generation has a bright future in this space.

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