Planned Outage Provides a Surprising Challenge
Supermarkets, by necessity, have huge investments in inventory – customers expect their favorite foods to be both fresh and available whenever they walk in the door. Any interruption in power to freezers and refrigerated cases can put that investment at risk. So, when an Edmonton supermarket got notice from their utility of a planned 10-hour shutdown of the local grid, they knew a temporary-power solution would be a bottom-line necessity.
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Ten Biggest Electrical Power Outages of All Time
Your mobile phone dies in the middle of an important call while you’re heading in to work, and then... your train stops. You’re disconnected, stranded and will definitely be late for work. Barring mechanical issues, chances are these inconvenient technical failures were due to the loss-or lack-of power. It’s one thing if we’re talking about a dead mobile phone or a single stranded light rail train, and another if we're referring to powe... read more >
Ten Crazy Little Known Facts About Tesla
Think “Tesla” in 2015 and you’re more than likely to imagine American entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors, and its well-reported, risky challenge to the status quo by making its electric vehicle technology patents freely available to competitors. Crazy.
Some film aficionados (or fans of wunderkind British director Christopher Nolan) may also remember the Oscar-nominated 2006 movie The Prestige, a film about magicians and the lengths ... read more >
10 Strangest Natural Electrical Phenomena
We've contained electricity. Constrained it. Placed it behind walls and in wires, funneled it into vast networks arcing high above our heads and buried deep underground. But it still has a few secrets left — here are 10 of the strangest natural electrical phenomena ever recorded.
Also called “dirty thunderstorms”, these lightning strikes occur in the wake of massive volcanic eruptions. There's no consensus on the c... read more >
Tesla's Monumental Genius: The First to Tap the Power of Niagara Falls
The crowd delighted in the illuminated brilliance of the first fully electrified World's Fair. For Nikola Tesla it was a momentous occasion that should have cemented his position as the foremost inventor and engineer of his era.
But the fever and fury between the technology espoused by Edison and that by Tesla was not without collateral damage. George Westinghouse, the first man to back his belief in Tesla with a financial commitment, ... read more >