Homegrown innovation: Canadian AI shines at ABB’s Startup Challenge
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
1w ago
May 10, 2024 – Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 ABB Startup Challenge, two of which hail from Canada: Edgecom Energy and Xaba Inc. The competition invited start-ups to explore how AI could be incorporated into existing energy industry platforms and systems to support the energy transition and a low-carbon future. “The ABB Startup Challenge is all about enabling collaboration—from sharing insights to building on each other’s strengths,” said ABB’s Anton Kotov, head of Corporate Strategy and M&A. “Our aim is to create long-term relationships with talented entrepreneurs. The judges ..read more
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BC Transit procuring 66 more electric buses; charging infrastructure projects underway
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
1w ago
May 10, 2024 – BC Transit says more communities in British Columbia will benefit from new electric buses, with 66 on order from two pre-qualified suppliers: Nova Bus and New Flyer. In addition, the transit authority says nine communities throughout the province have transit electrification infrastructure projects underway. In total, BC Transit expects to install about 134 new bus charging points over the next two years in Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, the Regional District of Nanaimo, Nelson, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Victoria, and Whistler. Bus allocations to each community will be confi ..read more
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Ontario targets harassment, sanitary washrooms in “Working for Workers” expansion
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
1w ago
May 10, 2024 – Building on its “Working for Workers” acts, the Ontario government is introducing a 5th instalment that will see regulatory changes being made to the Occupational Health & Safety Act requiring menstrual products be provided “on larger construction sites”. The government will also propose legislative and regulatory changes to require employers at both construction sites and other workplaces to require that washrooms are kept clean and sanitary, and maintain records of washroom cleaning. “Clean, functioning washrooms should be the right of every worker, male or female,” noted ..read more
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Small modular reactors… and you – A conversation with Hatch’s Mario Pieries
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
2w ago
May 9, 2024 – It was roughly seven years ago when Electrical Business Magazine first started reporting on a new paradigm for baseload power called small modular reactors (SMRs). The president & CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, John Gorman, told us that these innovative reactors are designed to be built economically under factory conditions and, because they are modular, they can be custom designed for the application at hand. Those applications can range from serving Canada’s remote and smaller communities that are not easily connected to the grid, to resource industries, such as m ..read more
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Affinity groups and other construction careers – from the editor, April 2024
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
2w ago
May 6, 2024 – Along with our “Construction Group” colleagues, Electrical Business Magazine hosts an annual virtual event during the week of International Women’s Day. Called “Women in Construction”, the virtual event was launched several years ago to openly discuss the issues women face and, by so doing, increase their participation. I’ve been directly involved with assembling this event for a few years—lining up topics, finding speakers, participating in the sessions, and so on—and I always walk away with insights I’d never had before. This year’s edition was no exception. We started the day ..read more
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Rise of the machines! The value of collaborative robots in prefab
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
2w ago
May 9, 2024 – If you haven’t put much thought into why you might purchase a cobot for your prefab shop, now is a very good time to do so. Designed to work alongside human operators—where they collaborate on part of the overall manufacturing process—collaborative robots (cobots) have never been more versatile and safe, and provide so many benefits, including an ROI that has never been faster. Putting cobots in a recent historical context, Nicolas Durand explains that, in the past, leaders of smaller manufacturing companies who looked at using robots likely had conversations about completely aut ..read more
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Municipal Affairs reports over 2,000 electrical incidents in Alberta, 2023
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
2w ago
May 9, 2024 – Municipal Affairs, Government of Alberta, has compiled a summary report of electrical incidents reported between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023. (Regulations under the Safety Codes Act require all electrical accidents, contacts or fires be reported to the Electrical Administrator. The information used in the report is provided by industry, notes Municipal Affairs, adding that any change in wording is done for clarification and/or to protect the identity of the individuals involved.) In 2023, a total of 2,018 electrical incidents were reported, involving: • Overhead powerl ..read more
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Energy storage system installations: residential occupancies – Code File, April 2024
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
2w ago
May 5, 2024 – Energy storage system (ESS) installations are growing. Consider that, in addition to smaller ESS installations that serve local communities, businesses, and homes, the Independent Electricity System Operator expects to have at least 1217 MW of storage capacity participating in Ontario’s electricity market by 2026. Recognizing this rapidly evolving and expanding technology, the recently published 2024 CE Code-Part I includes three new subsections (under Section 64) with crucial updates for ESSs: one subsection applies to all ESSs in general terms; one covers ESSs that utilize batt ..read more
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Focus on value in change order negotiations – Legal Desk, April 2024
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
2w ago
May 6, 2024 – In the dynamic landscape of change order negotiations, it is not uncommon to encounter objections based solely on a perceived high price, leading to a defensive stance from contractors. However, when you shift the conversation from price to value, you have a greater chance at a better outcome. Here is a common scenario: an owner or consultant expresses discontent with a quoted price. “You are charging two times what others charge for that same change,” they might say. “We’re not paying that much!” In such instances, it is crucial that you resist the temptation to apologize for th ..read more
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Code Conundrum April 2024
Electrical Business Magazine
by Anthony Capkun
2w ago
April 30, 2024 – Welcome to the newest round of questions that test your knowledge of the CE Code-Part I. Answers will appear in the June 2024 edition of Electrical Business Magazine, and online at EBMag.com. QUESTION 1 – What size of copper tap conductor is required to connect a metal fence around an outdoor substation to the station ground electrode? a) 6 AWG b) 2/0 AWG c) 3/0 AWG d) 4/0 AWG QUESTION 2 – Receptacles having CSA configurations 5-15R or 5-20R installed in buildings under construction: a) Shall be protected by GFCI Class A b) Can be wired by NMSC c) Shall be kept entirely separa ..read more
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