Thursday, February 27, 2014

Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power for about 90,000 homes. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Power Distribution and Its Key Factors

Power distribution involves the procedure of moving electricity from one location to different locations. Electricity is distributed through electric grids which are quite difficult to maintain. According to studies, the existing distribution infrastructure is insufficient to meet the growing demands of the requirement in different parts of the world. Uninterrupted electricity is indispensable in various fields which include hospitals, public utility centers, military bases, industries, schools and homes.

Factors in Power Distribution

Power distribution begins in an industry where electricity is generated with the use of a turbine with steam, wind or water. When electricity is generated, it is transported to a transformer substation to step up the voltage. It is then allowed to travel through high voltage transmission lines. The transmission lines are then connected to other substations. The voltage is then stepped down so that it is safe for both household and industrial usage. Electric lines are transferred from various substations to homes, industries, factories, offices and many other places.

The electrical grids are specifically designed to supply electricity to different areas. The grids are closely connected to one another to meet the demands of consumers. Power is routed to a place where it is required from the place where it is less used. Balancing the distribution is quite a challenging task. The main aim of power distribution units is to provide a constant and uninterrupted supply to various consumers without the possibility of overloading the entire system.

In the case of individual grids, the supply and demand of electricity can be monitored easily and adjustments can be made accordingly at different levels. Today there are computerized systems which make the adjustments on the grids. Any type of issue with the grid can cause ripple effects on the entire grid. This can cause shortage of electricity.

A standard service drop is offered to customers when they are connected to the grid. Household and domestic lines are offered a lower standard service drop compared to industries and factories which require higher level of electricity.

Use of Distribution Units

Power distribution units are installed to meet the growing demands of consumers. These units are mainly categorized into three types which include the basic unit, the switched unit and the metered unit. The basic units supply incessant electricity to networking units so that it can function continuously. The switched units are quite similar to the basic units but it can reboot automatically. Manual reboot is not necessary in these systems. It can also be switched off manually so as to route electricity to areas where it is in greater demand.

The metered units are also quite similar to the basic units but the consumption amount can be metered with the help of these units. It has additional features which include providing information about the capacity of the unit and its power requirements.

These units are available in different varieties and its purchase also depends on various factors. These electric units enable uninterrupted supply of electricity and also a perfect balance between demand and supply of electricity.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

GuardDog™ Stops Fuel and Chemical Spills In Their Tracks

Independent Secondary Shutoff Control System® - Spill Prevention Technology

With the environment, life safety and product security in mind, we developed the proprietary patented GuardDog to continuously monitor from 1 to 2 sets of Overfill Detection and Static Ground units, from 1 to 8 individual product meter pulses, up to two vapor recovery hose pressure transducers, and from 1 to 8 individual preset pump commands per unit.

Under normal conditions the GuardDog is silent, until its predictive intelligence predicts valve failure within 750 msec of a wet probe event.  Upon the predicted valve failure, it immediately leaps into action to shutdown pumps, close storage tank base valves and lock out the loading operation. It alerts management personnel of the problem and provides an opportunity for investigation. The GuardDog gives management control by not allowing loading to continue or resume until management determines that it is safe to load again by initiating a keyed system reset switch.

Not only does the GuardDog stop potential spills in their tracks, but it also sniffs out potential leaks, prevents over pressurization of cargo tank and attempted sabotage and product theft.  It prevents catastrophic events while maximizing performance and minimizing false positives.  The GuardDog gives management significant improvement in facility safety, security and control.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Energy 101: Hydropower

Learn how hydropower captures the kinetic energy of flowing water and turns it into electricity for our homes and businesses.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

About Frontline Enviromental Technologies Group, Inc.

We are specialists in automation & control technologies, communications and power distribution. We provide the industrial, petrochemical, municipal, commercial building and manufacturing communities with a single source solution for complete engineering and technical support services.

The major distinction that separates our firm from others is the combination of specialized engineering education and years of "hands on" field expertise.

We provide a comprehensive package of engineering and technical services that deliver innovative solutions for unique and difficult problems. We deliver real value, expertise and continuity to our customer's project or operation.

Our "on time" and "on budget" installations coupled with our full range of engineering and technical problem solving skills, have provided a proven track record of achievement.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Energy 101: Geothermal Heat Pumps

An energy-efficient heating and cooling alternative, the geothermal heat pump system moves heat from the ground to a building (or from a building to the ground) through a series of flexible pipe "loops" containing water. This edition of Energy 101 explores the benefits Geothermal and the science behind how it all comes together.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Key Components Behind Robotics and Automation

When you think of "robot," what do you envision? Does your robot walk upright like "C3PO" or roll like "R2D2?" Does your robot have a rigid mechanical face or an expressionistic soft face? Does it pick up objects or does it function as a robotic vacuum? Perhaps your intelligent system works in the medical field or in robotic welding. Since there are a number of different uses for robotics and automation, it's reasonable to assume there are many, many robot design options. To begin thinking about how these complex machines move, we need to look to physics, science, math and engineering.

One of the primary components used in robotic automation is the actuator, which converts stored energy into movement. Most actuators are electric motors (brushed and brushless DC motors, to be exact), although chemical and compressed air actuators exist as well. Stepper motors rotate in easy-to-control motions, commanded by a controller rather than a sensor. Piezo or Ultrasonic motors use rapidly vibrating piezo-ceramic elements, which ultimately cause motion. Air muscles work with compressed air, behaving similarly to human muscles which contract and expand. Elastic nanotubes are in experimental stages right now but appear promising, holding high levels of stored energy.

Locomotion is a key component of robotics and automation. Some prototypes roll on one to four wheels. For instance, NASA's "Robonaut" and "Urbie," Carnegie Mellon University's "Ballbot," not to mention characters like George Lucas's "R2D2" and The Jetson's "Rosie," all roll around. However, several robots like Honda's "ASIMO," can walk. The Anybot "Dexter Robot" can jump and MIT Leg Laboratory has developed complex robots that can trot, run, pace and bound. Even still, some robots, like those used in the military, are best suited for flight. Snaking motion robots have been used to save construction workers who were buried in a wreck. Essex University devised robotic fish for research purposes too. There is a place for every type of locomotion in industrial robotics.

For some, human interaction is the end-all and be-all of robotics and automation. At Disney World, the "Imagineers" developed singing, blinking, winking, emotional robots that almost seem like real people. Researchers say that the future of robots is the ability to communicate with humans through facial expressions, speech and gestures, rather than simply on predictable programmed responses. Kismet can create a range of facial expressions, which can help people interact more meaningfully with their companion bots.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Energy 101: Cool Roofs

This edition of Energy 101 takes a look at how switching to a cool roof can save you money and benefit the environment.