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  • California to adopt first U.S. energy-saving rules for computers

    12/14/2016 11:30:35 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 26 replies ^ | December 14, 2016 | Steve Gorman / Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California regulators were poised on Wednesday to adopt the nation's first mandatory energy efficiency rules for computers and monitors - devices that account for 3 percent of home electric bills and 7 percent of commercial power costs in the state. The state Energy Commission said that when fully implemented, the plan will save consumers $373 million a year and conserve as much electricity annually as it takes to power all San Francisco's homes. Final approval of the standards, expected at a meeting in Sacramento of the five-member commission, caps a nearly two-year planning process that had...
  • Fuel cutoff relays??

    11/30/2011 8:03:27 AM PST · by varmintman · 28 replies
    The topic here is this little guy: Somewhere around the early 90s Honda and Toyota started making cars to last longer than their owners last. I have a 96 Honda Accord with around 210K miles on it, synthetic oil all the way, bulletproof 5-speed manual transmission and all the main parts of the car seem set to live for another 30 years, assuming I replace spark plugs, timing belts, radiators, windshield wipers and that sort of thing once in a while. But I've seen cars killed by over-engineering things and that fuel relay is just that. When one of the...
  • How will an electrical grid cyber attack manifest itself?

    10/19/2011 6:40:27 AM PDT · by Any Fate But Submission · 54 replies
    One objective might be significant damage to a coal/oil fired plant that provides electricity to the Grid. How would they do that? A simple example would be my electric tea pot at home. Every morning I fill the tea pot with water and turn it on. When the water comes to a boil, I turn it off and pour the water into a cup. My tea pot has a mechanical on-off switch but if I leave it on, the water boils out and the overheat safety switch automatically turns it off. If it was controlled by a computer a cyber...
  • I have an electrical mystery with my smoke detector.

    04/18/2011 12:21:10 PM PDT · by Mears · 61 replies
    For the past week my smoke detector (electric w. battery backup) has starting rapidly beeping at exactly the same time every day and then stops after 10 minutes. Twenty four hours later it starts again. My batteries are new and this is one of 3 detectors. The others are fine.
  • Ministry of Interior electrical upgrade initiated

    02/15/2010 1:01:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 165+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Mike Scheck, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
    BAGHDAD - Sustainable electrical power has been in short supply here for years. But for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, charged with protecting the Iraqi public, having uninterrupted electrical power to its 11-story headquarters building is not an option; it’s a necessity. And when faced with an aged, deteriorating electrical distribution system, the MoI turned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region District for solutions to upgrade the system. Tim Ernster, GRD Loyalty Resident Office electrical engineer, says the goal of the $6.5 million electrical distribution project is to both upgrade the MoI’s electrical system and double its...
  • Email: When Mechanical Engineers are recruited into Electrical R&D [Hilarious!]

    01/15/2010 11:56:40 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies · 1,611+ views
    Email | 15 Jan. 2009 | Unknown
  • Copenhagen - The Impossible Dream

    12/07/2009 3:08:31 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 6 replies · 588+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 7th December 2009 | TonyfromOz
    With Copenhagen starting, there is one simple diagram that no one has bothered to even consider. It is not related to Science, but to Electrical Engineering. See this diagram at the link and read why anything that comes out of Copenhagen will not be able to be achieved, no matter what the aspiration might be.
  • Report: Iran plane was carrying arms for Hezbollah (Caspian Air enroute to Armenia)

    08/02/2009 5:37:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 33 replies · 2,541+ views
    Italian newspaper says plane crash north of Tehran which left 168 people dead was caused by explosion of fuses slated to be delivered to Lebanese organization. According to report, members of Revolutionary Guards among casualties 08.02.09 / Israel News An Iranian plane crash two weeks ago – which left 168 people dead – was caused by the explosion of sophisticated fuses slated to be delivered to Hezbollah, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported Saturday, quoting sources in the Middle East. According to the report, the pilot of the Tupolev plane, which was making its way from Tehran to Armenia, sent...
  • When a takeover battle goes nuclear

    07/08/2009 5:44:07 AM PDT · by Freeport · 10 replies · 1,166+ views
    Fortune ^ | July 7, 2009 | David Whitford
    (Fortune Magazine) -- David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy and a father of five, was standing in a stubby cornfield in Bucks County, Pa., one windy evening last October when his BlackBerry began to stir. He checked his in-box, but he didn't respond, not right away. It was Sunday night, and he was on an outing with his family, waiting in line for a Halloween hayride. Nor did he respond an hour later on his way to the Amtrak station to catch a train to Washington, D.C. How could he, when he drives a Mini Cooper with a stick shift?...
  • Greta and WSJ: China and Russia have broken into the US Electrical Grid

    04/07/2009 7:34:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 35 replies · 1,092+ views
    Greta and the WSJ are reporting Chinese and Russian spies have broken into the United States Electrical Grid. .... Cyberspies
  • Chinese Drywall MAy Be Toxic

    01/19/2009 7:01:31 AM PST · by LadyBuzz · 40 replies · 3,646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/12/2009 | MICHAEL CORKERY
    Some home builders already struggling in Florida's dismal housing market are facing another headache: The Chinese-made drywall they used is causing unpleasant odors and possibly leading to electric problems in dozens of homes constructed during the housing boom.
  • Not so Green Solar Energy

    01/18/2009 10:17:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 1/18/09 | Otis A. Glazebrook IV
    You think solar electrical generation is going to save you or the Planet? Think again. While it is true that photovoltaic solar panels do not pollute while they are producing electricity -- what about the manufacturing process? What happens when these panels reach the end of their projected lifecycle in twenty-five years? (This is, by the way, an optimistic view of their useful life.) Those questions are addressed in a study by the watchdog group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. "Green Power" is being hyped as the "Safe Solution." It is anything but safe -- when all factors are considered. Here...
  • Reports of Electrical Hazards Overblown, Pentagon Spokesman Says

    07/29/2008 5:19:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 29, 2008 – Reports of electrical hazards caused by negligence in Iraq are overblown, a senior Defense Department spokesman said here today. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell spoke at a news conference on the eve of testimony before the House Government Reform Committee. Acting DoD Inspector General Gordon S. Heddell is one of four Pentagon officials expected to testify, according to House officials. The hearing will examine allegations that KBR, a large defense contractor responsible for building and maintaining much of the U.S. infrastructure in Iraq, and the Army have caused deaths among American servicemembers in Iraq through...
  • Plug-In Hybrid Catches Fire

    06/22/2008 7:45:17 PM PDT · by Flavius · 59 replies · 294+ views
    greentechmedia ^ | June 19, 2008 | by: Jennifer Kho
    As U.S. gasoline prices hover above $4 per gallon and automakers race to make plug-in hybrids available in 2010, it’s no wonder that green-car enthusiasts have turned to after-market kits to convert their hybrids into plug-ins sooner. The kits include additional batteries and plugs that allow drivers to replace some fuel with electricity from a standard wall outlet, getting more than 100 miles per gallon. It’s an alluring proposition. But the road to plug-in hybrids hasn’t been easy, and now conversion companies may have run into another bump. Hybrids Plus this week said a converted Toyota Prius had caught fire,...
  • International computer hackers threatening to hold cities ransom

    01/18/2008 11:42:50 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 10 replies · 218+ views
    Saturday, January 19, 2008 International computer hackers threatening to hold cities ransom January 18, 2008 CIA says hackers pulled plug on overseas power grid Overseas attacks recently declassified, but some details obscure By Robert McMillan (IDG News Service) -- Criminals have been able to hack into computer systems via the Internet and cut power to several cities, a Central Intelligence Agency analyst said this week. Speaking at a conference of security professionals on Wednesday, CIA analyst Tom Donahue disclosed the recently declassified attacks while offering few specifics on what actually went wrong. Criminals have launched online attacks that disrupted power...
  • Electrical Substation Expanded to Provide Power for Decades

    11/14/2007 1:17:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 207+ views
    The Mutanabi 33/11 kV substation is one of (22) completed recently in Iraq’s southern nine provinces. This facility will provide electricity to more than (30,000) and last for decades. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. NAJAF PROVINCE — Completion of an electrical substation in southern Iraq recently brought forth happy citizens and an array of Iraqi officials, including the deputy governor of Najaf Province and the directors general of involved regional and local electrical directorates. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project is a rehabilitation and expansion of the Mutanabi 33/11 kV substation at a cost of $2.47...
  • Iraqi Crew Works to Expand Electrical Generation

    11/08/2007 3:39:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 49+ views
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 8, 2007 – The Qudas electric generation facility in northern Baghdad is getting two new gas turbines that will add 200 megawatts of power to the national grid. Iraqi workers place hundreds of cubic meters of concrete at the Qudas gas turbine expansion project in northern Baghdad. In all, 1,000 cubic meters of concrete will be needed to create two pedestals that will serve as the foundation as two new 100-megawatt gas turbine generators are installed. Photo by Norris Jones  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A crew of more than 150 Iraqis is involved with the...
  • Accepted Notion Of Neutron's Electrical Properties Overturned By New Research

    09/18/2007 1:21:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 36 replies · 194+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9/18/07
    Science Daily — For two generations of physicists, it has been a standard belief that the neutron, an electrically neutral elementary particle and a primary component of an atom, actually carries a positive charge at its center and an offsetting negative charge at its outer edge. The notion was first put forth in 1947 by Enrico Fermi, a Nobel laureate noted for his role in developing the first nuclear reactor. But new research by a University of Washington physicist shows the neutron's charge is not quite as simple as Fermi believed. Using precise data recently gathered at three different laboratories...
  • Engineers Work to Improve Electrical Grid (Substation strengthens, helps keep power on)

    08/17/2007 5:39:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 265+ views
      Engineers Work to Improve Electrical Grid Substation strengthens electrical system, helps keep power on. By A. Al Bahrani U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South BASRAH, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2007 — The multi-million dollar rehabilitation and expansion of the 132 kilovolt substation at the port of Khor Az Zubair in the Basrah Province will provide a reliable power source to the port facility and to residential and commercial areas. “The main purpose of this project is to engineer, procure, supply, construct, and commission electrical equipment necessary for the expansion and rehabilitation of the Harbor substation,” said Rebecca...
  • Iraq electrical grid gets boost

    01/25/2007 4:54:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Polli Barnes Keller
    TIKRIT — The $31.2 million rehabilitation and expansion of a 400kV/132kV substation, along with the five feeders in the Diyala Province, will provide a more reliable power source for more than 63,000 people. Built by local construction companies with quality assurance managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, these renovations and additions will add stability to Iraq’s electrical grid. The 400kV substation – called Baghdad East - is considered to be an important component of the national electrical system, having a significant impact on the national grid. Rehabilitating the substation not only improves the electrical distribution network in the...