Maryland jump starts EV options

Utilities team up to deploy charging stations Get ready to charge — The Maryland Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead to a significant investment in EV charging infrastructure. A modified version of a pilot program proposed by four of the state’s largest electric utilities, the five year program calls for deployment of more than […]

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Motor Performance Measurement Without a Dyno: A Portable Dynamometer

SPONSORED CONTENT Motor Performance Measurement Without a Dyno: A Portable Dynamometer by R. Gene Smiley, PE Motor Diagnostic Systems Note: Sources for figure and citations listed at bottom of post as well as in the extended version of the article. ABSTRACT There are many scenarios where a quick, accurate validation of motor performance is valuable […]

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Electrical Fire at Brooklyn Jail

The jailhouse is rocking, but not with music. An electrical fire at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn began a series of frigid events for inmates, staff, and the community. On January 27, an electrical panel that broke down caught fire and then the generator switch melted. The facility was unable to use generator power […]

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Congress’ Green Deal?

Progressive Democrats envision no small plans New York freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey today introduced a sweeping resolution calling for a Green New Deal.  As described by Lisa Friedman and Glenn Thrush in the New York Times, the proposed anti-climate-change resolution is a “blueprint for liberal ambition” that is nothing short of “breathtaking”: […]

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To the Max

Maxwell’s battery technology to power Tesla cars Electric car maker Tesla motors is in a $218 all-stock million deal to buy US battery-maker Maxwell Technologies. The car manufacturer hopes the purchase will improve car performance and help reduce prices. The purchase caught the attention of scientists and EV aficionados, including Fred Lambert, writing for Electrek, […]

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Mythbusters Jr. Magnet Magic

The original Mythbusters television show premiered in 2003 on the Discovery Channel with 296 episodes through its 2016 finale. Always a popular and beloved show by viewers, a spin-off, Mythbusters Jr., with original host Adam Savage aired its first episode in early January 2019. This time, Mr. Savage and a group of bright, curious children […]

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Bosch buys for e-mobility

Two purchases pending  German electronics and engineering company Bosch recently announced two moves designed to propel its ever-growing interest in the electromobility market into industry dominance. The company aims to take full control of electric motor manufacturer EM-Motors, a company originally started in partnership with Damlier as a 50-50 joint venture in 2011.  450,000 motors […]

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VOTW: Be Mine, Valentine NECCO Candy Save

Never fear! Ferrara Candy has come to the rescue and will have candy hearts ready for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a look back at the “B-LOVE”d treats’ original manufacturer (the now bankrupt Necco) and another of its well-known products, the often-mocked Necco wafers.

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AIR CONTAMINANTS THAT AFFECT CARBON BRUSHES, MOTORS & GENERATORS

SPONSORED CONTENT Air Contaminants That Affect Carbon Brushes, Motors, & Generators by Benjamin Tenholder, Design & Application Engineering Morgan Advanced Materials A carbon brush is the part of the motor that conducts electrical current between the stationary wires (stator) and the rotating wires (rotor) of a motor or generator.  A brush riding on a commutator develops […]

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Gratitude for Olsun

The following is a miniature compliment to our long-running “Letters” department. We will occasionally feature letters in this newsletter as an avenue to provide reader input and reactions. As always, please don’t hesitate to mail us your feedback, virtually or “the old way”. In this instance, a professional engineer from IEEE provides a short reflection […]

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