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Table of contents August 2020


Fast Forward

10 The many sources of clean energy
Solar and  wind get all the credit, but clean energy is robust and found in many places you might not think to look . . .
By Selena Cotte, EA Managing Editor


13 Hydrogen pipe dreams
Hydrogen-powered vehicles have their supporters and detractors, but it’s difficult to figure out what the players’ motive are
By David Miller, EA Associate Editor

Conventions & Trade Shows

18 ‘See you at the Zoom meeting’
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association took its annual convention online
By the Electrical Apparatus staff


25 Pharmaceutical grade pumps
In pharmaceutical processing, a good pump is at the center of a successful operation
By Selena Cotte, EA Managing Editor

Circuits & Circuitry

31 The ‘whisker’ problem
The phenomenon of metallic filaments on electrical contacts has been observed for decades but still isn’t well understood
With trilingual summary
By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

More Than Accounting

36 Safe manufacturing post-Covid-19
Count on some safety measures to be temporary and others to be permanent
By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

Pump It Up

40 New guidance for pump efficiency incentives
A new set of resources from the Hydraulic Institute can help power providers institute pump efficiency incentives
By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Plant Life

42 Product, product everywhere
In the event of miscalculation or unprecedented circumstances, inventory surplus can be a pain
By Selena Cotte, EA Managing Editor

Safety & Health

43 Anti-nuclear meltdown
A dispassionate review of the facts reveals the comparative safety of nuclear energy


4 The editor’s comment
Water meets electricity or our annual Water Issue

5 Let’s solve your problem
Predicting the number of motor starts, and more about efficiency
6 Associations, societies & government activities
The results are in: Rewind still needn’t compromise motor efficiency
8 Business
Pandemic aid, and Potomac Testing acquires Indiana test firm
9 Letters
Aluminum oxide crystals forming in motor coils
12 Calendar
Upcoming events, and what to do when you miss a virtual conference
23 Training & education
It’s still too soon to assume training events are in-person
24 Know your industry
The National Rural Water Association provides water expertise
39 OEMs on the move
Covid-19 spreads in a factory, and a hybrid vehicle plant opens
45 Names & faces
Personnel changes at AMT, the NFPA, and engineering firm Woolpert
46 Clean power
The promise of pumped storage hydropower
47 Product showcase
What’s new from SKF, Siemens, and Grundfos
48 EA reader profile
How Amy Acton went from burn survivor to fire-safety advocate
49 Speaking of . . .
Revisiting a few updated online resources
50 Utilities
New life for an ancient power source
51 Standards
Replacement of IEEE’s Color Books is still dragging
52 Classified advertising
Your monthly marketplace for equipment, businesses, and more
52 Cy’s Super Service
The electrical service industry’s most prominent curmudgeon
53 Puzzle
A word search about hydroelectric power generation
55 Moe, Genny & friends
The surreal world of an anthropomorphized motor and generator
56 Direct & current
A new facility for Etheredge Industrial Services in Louisiana
56 Advertising index
Who’s who—and who’s where—in this issue of Electrical  Apparatus
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