Electric Power Grids & Open Source Technology

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Tuesday, December 06, 2016)

Emergency Backup Power

An open source platform, accessible by everyone, has been developed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to help people know the answers to questions such as; how much electricity goes through the grid; what and where are bottlenecks; what occurs when solar cells and wind turbines contribute to the energy grid. The answers to these questions will not only provide the general public with a better understanding of energy, but may also assist with a turnaround of global energy.

The populace is not only interested in the answers to the energy questions, they have even taken it a step further by being proactive enough to use their smart phones and an app to track energy through grids, and review the infrastructure of the energy program itself. Watching energy travel through high and low voltage lines, transformer substations, wind turbines and solar operated power plants has become a passionate interest for many.

This energy turn around information allows users to share photos and locations with the Department of Computer Science’s  (TU Munich) server. Upon receipt, the information is evaluated and analyzed with ultimate inclusion into the open source OpenStreetMap system. 



Preparing for Winter with Supplies & Backup Power

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Wednesday, November 30, 2016)

backup power generators

Preparing for the winter ahead is essential to protecting your business, home, and family.  A few steps now can help avoid inconvenience, discomfort and potential catastrophe.  In areas of harsh weather you will need to consider the following actions:

    1.    Keep your gutters free from debris and leaves; drain and remove outside hoses
    2.    Turn off outdoor water valves; re-caulk doors and windows if needed
    3.    Check insulation in walls and attic; repair any roof leaks
    4.    Remove branches from trees that could fall and damage your home or business
    5.    Wrap water pipes with insulation sleeves; insulate your hot water heater
    6.    Check heater returns and vents for obstructions
    7.    Trickle the water from your pipes to keep it from freezing
    8.    Insulate the attic floor to keep the heat inside your home or business.




Getting Control of Electricity Expenses Using Smart Energy Storage

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Monday, November 28, 2016)

Emergency Backup Power

Maintaining the balance of supply and demand in our electrical power system is critical to accommodate the needs of the users. It requires that we over supply the system with electricity in order to meet an increase in demand during peak periods. This practice can be wasteful as oftentimes we have trillions of dollars’ worth of energy just sitting, waiting to be used. It also impacts the efficiency of power plant operations, and causes additional greenhouse gas emissions.

The efficient storage of energy is a critical element of our electric power system. We have an ever-aging power grid that would profit from energy storage. We would be able to accommodate the provision of renewable energy, and would also more efficiently meet the needs of utilities and customers needing the energy. There are numerous areas within our current power system to install storage points. Many thousands of these storage systems are already installed at power facilities around the world. In developing an effective system for the storage of energy, we should keep in mind just what energy storage is and how it can be initiated today in facilities located throughout the country.



4 Things You Need to Know About Installing a Backup Generator

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Tuesday, November 22, 2016)

Generator Installation

Nearly 3 years after super-storm Sandy, with scientists predicting more extreme weather conditions for the future, many cooperatives and condominium associations have started to consider the installation of a backup generator to provide basic electricity and water functions in case of a major natural disaster.

With generator installations costing between $200,000- $300,000, condo or co-op boards need to consider a few things before taking the plunge.

The first step is to commission a feasibility study. A good study can run between $7000 to $10,000, and will show whether or not it is financially viable to install a generator.



How to Find the Right Generator for You

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Thursday, November 17, 2016)

Power Generators

Power outages occur at random and they seem to be happening more and more frequently.  Many people are purchasing portable power generators, hoping to save them the cost and inconvenience of surprise power outages.

As we have learned during the last Super-storms encountered within the country, when the electric grid fails, back-up power is critical in emergency situations.  This disaster preparedness shows foresight for the citizens and the communities where they live. Portable power generators can weigh from a few pounds to several hundred pounds, depending on what appliances you want to deliver power to during an outage. 

Before you invest in a power generator you will need to know just what appliances require power, and of course, how much power does each use. How much power will you need? Generators with a stable, alternating current will pose no harm to any sensitive electronics.  The bigger the generator, and its attached parts, the more power it will be able to produce.  A small carry-around generator cannot be expected to power numerous appliances. Generators with 2,000 watts of power ability may seem ‘large’ but is it enough? 



How to Avoid Common Industrial Maintenance Mistakes

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Monday, November 14, 2016)

Equipment is generally identified as being either Commercial or Residential. Commercial equipment is much more technical and diverse. Commercial equipment should be maintained and repaired on a regular basis.

Any failure to maintain this equipment can result in accidents or injuries to workers, and down time causing unforeseen significant expense. 

Avoid these:

Be proactive, not reactive and inspect, inspect, inspect. This is a major problem with maintenance programs. It should be a priority, yet oftentimes it takes a backseat to just doing business. Routine inspections are a necessity. Records should be maintained and initialed by the inspecting person. Accountability is critical.



Generator Safety Tips Through Winter Construction

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Friday, November 11, 2016)

Power Generators for Construction Sites

Construction crews in severe winter states, on a schedule of completion, are frequently faced with power outages caused by storms, and other nature related impacts. Construction managers are responsible for seeing the job gets done on time, and this frequently results in the need of a generator.

While convenient and time saving for these crews, an outside power generator must be used properly following safety guidelines. Any improper use can result in electric shock or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Three tips can help you use your generator safely on a construction site.




Preparing Your Business for Natural Disasters

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Monday, November 07, 2016)

Preparing Your Business for a Disaster

Over the past few years, there have been many natural disasters in the US.  Both residential and business areas have been severely affected by many types of natural disasters, from hurricanes to tornadoes, wildfires, floods and more. 

After these disasters strike, one of the biggest concerns for everyone involved is getting back into the normal swing of things as soon as possible.  In order to do that, it’s essential to be prepared before a disaster hits and causes property damage and loss of business and income.



How to Properly Maintain Your Power Generator

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Friday, October 28, 2016)

Power Generator Maintenance

There’s nothing worse than spending a wad of cash on a temporary power system and then the whole thing stops working when you most need.  Here are a few things to look out for to prevent possible failure…

The most frequent service call that Power Plus, an emergency power generator service company receives is re: battery malfunction.  Batteries use water.  Get a maintenance-free battery, they allow water to condensate and refill their cells.

Also, don’t expose your battery plates to the air, it can result in low electrolyte levels.  And replace them every three years.



Power & Energy Production for the US Navy

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Thursday, October 27, 2016)

United States Navy

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Dennis V. McGinn every year looks forward to the historic Energy Action Month for the US Navy. The goal is the strong reinforcement and importance of reliable energy necessary for America’s Navy to “get the job done”. CNO (Chief of Naval Operations), Admiral John Richardson, mentioned, “Anybody who has operated at sea or ashore knows that energy is absolutely critical to doing our job.”

Energy Action Month primarily focuses on energy innovations designed to make the process more efficient and cost effective so as to strengthen the Global and Homeland security of the United States.






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