Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Sept 11, 2019

SustainabilityABB’s innovative technology is helping people explore the world in environmentally friendly ways, and it’s just in time. International tourist arrivals are expected to reach a staggering 1.8 billion in 2030. This is a jump of about 29% from 2018, according to the World Tourism Organization, the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

ABB is a leader in developing sustainable technologies. Here’s a brief look at some of ABB’s sustainability achievements in the tourism industry:

• ABB is a global leader in fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles (EV) with more than 11,000 DC fast chargers sold across 76 countries worldwide. For example, IONITY, which aims to build a charging net-work of approximately 400 fast charging stations across 24 European countries, has selected ABB as its main technology partner. Together they aim to make sustainable European road trips a reality, with ABB’s advanced high-power chargers capable of providing 200 km of range in just eight minutes.

• ABB is also providing its Terra HP fast-charging stations in the United States [IT](shown in photo)[IT]. ABB chargers are used by EVgo as part of the largest public fast-charging network in the country and Electrify America, a project that plans to deploy hundreds of charging stations within and around 17 metropolitan areas and along multiple nationwide highway corridors in the U.S.

ABB’s innovative technologies for sustainable marine transportation are being used around the world. In one of its most iconic electric marine projects, ABB powers a futuristic hybrid ferry on Norwegian fjords. The ferry carries up to 400 tourists between Flåm and Gudvangen along the Nærøyfjord in the west of Norway, a distance of around 32 km. Once it has arrived in the most scenic part of the fjord the ferry switches to battery power, allowing sightseers to enjoy the nature in almost complete silence at around 8 knots (approx. 15 km/h). The fjord is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List because it remains largely unspoiled by human development and the ferry is designed with the surroundings in mind.

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In September, visitors to the iconic Niagara Falls will experience one of the U.S.’s top landmarks emission free. Two new Maid of the Mist passenger vessels will be powered entirely by high-capacity battery packs, becoming the first all-electric vessels ever built in the US. These boats carry an estimated 1.6 million guests annually to the base of Niagara Falls.

Adding to this, ABB has powered two vessels run by ForSea, which will utilize battery power to cover the 4 km stretch between Helsingør, Denmark, and Helsingborg, Sweden. The vessels — Tycho Brahe and Aurora — have become the world’s largest emission-free electric ferries, and operate on a high-intensity route that carries more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually. The battery solution will reduce emissions across the fleet substantially. 

Another key aspect of ensuring sustainable tourism is to enable effective energy savings. ABB drives and high-efficiency motors help to reduce energy usage of the InterContinental Hotel Madrid by 40%. Energy usage has been reduced by 445,000 kWh a year — enough to boil two million kettles of water.

ABB is also helping conserve energy with Europe’s top-rated thrill ride, at the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Loke Gyro Swing, a giant pendulum ride that reaches thrilling speeds of up to 100 km per hour, is controlled by an ABB regenerative drive. The drive utilizes the braking energy as the ride slows down and stops to generate electricity that feeds back to the grid. Each ride cycle captures 1.4 kWh, or enough energy to power a large air conditioner for an hour.

This article was first published online by ABB.

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SoneparSonepar Canada has announced the launch of new mobile applications for Gescan Vallen, Sesco and Lumen.

The mobile apps were officially released as of June of this year and features barcode scanning, access to pricing, product availability, store locator and much more – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new mobile app is changing the way customers can interact with the Operating Companies within Sonepar Canada. The barcode scanning functionality is a popular feature amongst customers allowing them to scan an item easily and add it to their cart.

 

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Fredericton Transmission LineNB Power recenly announced it will seek approval to build a new transmission line in the Fredericton area, which will improve the reliability of the power grid in the region for approximately 25, 000 customers.

The new proposed 15-kilometre transmission line will run from the Rainsford Substation, in Fredericton, to the Mactaquac Terminal.

“NB Power strives to offer its customer a reliable power grid that meets or exceeds all utility standards,” said NB Power’s President and CEO, Gaëtan Thomas. “This will increase transmission reliability for customers in the Fredericton region with fewer interruptions that can be restored within minutes rather than hours or days.”

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Emergency Lighting PrinciplesBy Kevin Smee, Vice President Sales at AimLite

Most of us take light for granted. It has become so ubiquitous and cheap to use that we don’t really stop to think about emergencies. Thankfully most buildings are required by law since 1974 to be equipped with emergency lighting that automatically activates during power failures to facilitate our exit.

Emergency lighting is only one component of a building’s life safety systems, but perhaps one of the most important. 

 

 

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How did we get here?

Although open offices have been around since the mid-1700s, the cubicle culture developed by Hermann Miller in 1964 became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s. By the early 2000s, open office design started to re-emerge in an effort to encourage more collaboration and Silicon Valley was among the first to embrace sleek, open office workspaces as the norm.

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EikoThese LED lamps are designed to meet or exceed the standards set out in the California Energy Commission’s Title 20 and Title 24 (JA8) Appliance Efficiency Regulations.

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