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Electric Food

Could renewable energy help solve world hunger? Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy. The entire process requires only electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes. The synthetic food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project, which is […]

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North by Northwest

Onward and upward for an internship program in Washington state Northwest Motor Sales & Services, is raising two birds in one nest: addressing the skills gap and providing options for young adults in difficult situations. The Longview, Wash., motor shop has recently engaged with a program from Goodwill Industries and Workforce Southwest Washington that provides internships […]

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N.H. Plant Scare

Fire, explosion at plastics plant force evacuation; no one hurt Merrimack, N.H., Fire and Rescue teams were called to the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Plant on Daniel Webster Highway at around 6:30 AM on Monday for a report of an explosion and fire in the plant, according to reports online. A machine reportedly exploded in the rear […]

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Smart Meters, Risky Bets?

Energy grid maven warns: cyber threats may begin at home As the UK pursues a goal of installing smart meters in every home by the end of 2020, British businessman and former National Energy Grid CEO Steve Holliday tells The Guardian’s Adam Vaughan that concerns about cyber attacks are “off the scale.” Holliday has been focused […]

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Rail Fail

Unsecured rail causes NY subway to go off track File this under “the hazards of improper storage.” A New York subway train was derailed in upper Manhattan in late June when it struck and dragged a spare rail that had been stored between the two rails in use, reports the Associated Press. Such storage practices are […]

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Valpo Cleaners Catches Fire

Clothing rack motor causes fire at Valparaiso cleaners Officials from multiple state and federal agencies have determined that last week’s fire at a Valparaiso, Indiana dry cleaners shop was caused by an electric motor. This was a cleaning rack motor, overheated from extended use, highlighting the importance of regular maintenance for motors in retail industries […]

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Quiet Storm

Way-too-close call in New Zealand exposes one issue with green trains There are three main reasons for the rail industry’s electric movement: environmental cleanliness, affordability, and noise reduction. Few questioned any of the three until recently, but a near miss in Auckland, New Zealand April 7 illustrated the severity of risks involved with low-volume electric […]

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Lawsuit Follows Tragedy

Did NEC violations lead to a tragic teenage death?  An electric motor repair company is being sued for claims of negligence in a tragic North Carolina death. Rachel Rosoff died on Sept. 3 in a public pool where she worked, in the Heritage Point neighborhood of Raleigh, N.C. The 17-year-old lifeguard was electrocuted and drowned that Labor Day […]

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Where There’s Smoke

Questionable usage of motors and generators causes fire at Utah residence Motors and generators being used independently by residents at a home in Sandy, Utah caught fire and caused extensive damage to the dwelling, the displacement of the inhabitants, and potential danger to surroundings on Sunday, March 25. While the reason for personal use of […]

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Mergers & Awards

Shermco, AWEA, Allied Reliability, T.F. Hudgins… Shermco wins AWEA award. At the AWEA Operations, Maintenance and Safety Conference, held February 27 through March 2 in San Diego, Shermco Industries was among the recipients AWEA’s Gold Safety and Health Achievement Award. Included was ‘Silver Recognition’ which is based on 3 years of exemplary OSHA reported safety statistics.  Shermco’s […]

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