NEMA “Vids for Grids” Promote Smart Grid Education
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has launched the first two videos for their “Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce” (V4G) program. “Switchgear,” filmed at NEMA member Eaton Electrical, explains how high voltage and large currents can be controlled efficiently in a large industrial facility or on a university campus. “Surge Arresters,” filmed at Hubbell Power Systems, shows how distribution arresters and ground lead disconnectors improve grid reliability. They are both available on the VidsforGrid’s channel at www.youtube.com/vids4grids.
The series will ultimately include a total of 12 videos that will introduce Smart Grid concepts to engineers. Produced in collaboration with member manufacturers, the series will feature Smart Grid equipment, explain electrical engineering concepts, and portray careers in power engineering. Curriculum has been developed in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University, and funded by the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Planned for monthly release, future videos will address capacitors, conductors, connectors, dynamic line ratings, energy storage, flywheels, industrial automation, lighting management systems, and meters.
NEMA members participating in V4G include A123, Beacon Power, Cooper Power Systems, Eaton Corporation, Hubbell Incorporated, Itron, Leviton, Rockwell Automation, Southwire Company, Thomas & Betts, and The Valley Group (a Nexans Company).