Paul F. P. Pogue Tribune News Service Published 10:02 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 We often treat the electrical systems of our homes as if they’re invisible, reliably delivering power day and night. That is, right up until the moment they don’t. Just like your car, electrical systems can develop a host of problems that are best fixed sooner rather than later. Don’t underestimate the complexity and importance of your electrical system. Your home’s power grid involves hundreds, if not thousands, of connections. And that many parts creates numerous potential points of failure. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates electrical malfunctions caused 23,500 residential fires in 2016. You can hire a licensed electrician for an inspection to check your home’s safety. Prices vary based on location and the size of your house. But on average, be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars on this vital checkup. Your electrician should submit a detailed written report of … [Read more...] about Ask Angie’s List: What should I expect from an electrical inspection?
(Reuters) - China’s BYD (1211.HK) (002594.SZ) is looking at launching battery production in Europe, the latest Asian battery maker aiming to make inroads in Europe as Brussels seek to build a home-grown industry to fuel a surge in electric car production. Europe has only one operating factory producing battery cells for electric cars - a plant in Britain that produces batteries for Nissan (7201.T) vehicles such as the LEAF. Below are details of plans to establish electric vehicle (EV) battery plants in Europe: NORTHVOLT northvolt.com The Swedish company, headed by a former Tesla (TSLA.O) executive, aims to build Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery factory, producing 32 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery cells a year by 2023, rivalling Tesla’s U.S. “gigafactory”. It has partnered with Siemens (SIEGn.DE), ABB (ABBN.S) and Volkswagen-owned (VOWG_p.DE) truckmaker Scania to build the 4 billion euro ($4.7 billion)plant while the European Investment Bank has … [Read more...] about Factbox: Plans for electric car battery production in Europe
The South Korean media have been lit abuzz by a new report that claims that Samsung and LG, among others, have been 'stealing' electricity from the nation's power grid since all the way back in 2004. The report cites information provided by the Korea Electric Power Corporation, the largest electric utility provider in South Korea. The new allegations are pointing the finger at two of the biggest players in the mobile space for abusing the country's cheaper industrial network. Industrial power in South Korea is only supposed to be used for the needs of manufacturing, mining and production equipment and facilities usage. The problem stems from the fact that two companies have been using it for their R&D and office needs, which is strictly illegal. Before you're tempted to downplay the scale of the savings that both Sammy and LG have managed, you should probably think twice – while this is yet to be proven and discussed at detail, it is very likely that the companies raked in an … [Read more...] about Samsung and LG have been mooching cheap industrial electricity since 2004, heavy fines may follow
As one place after another makes moves to ban gasoline-powered vehicles in the next few decades—Norway, the Netherlands, the UK, India, China, California, Paris—it gets harder and harder to deny that the future is electric. And the internal combustion engine that has driven global movement for more than a century will soon take its last gasps of the air it has so polluted. Yet electric cars are nowhere near ready for such a takeover. As Tesla struggles to build the mass-market Model 3 at scale, the rest of the auto industry is talking a big game about a battery-powered onslaught, but most won't start rolling out models in real numbers for years. In the US, electric cars still make up less than 1 percent of new car sales. The path to 100 percent will be a long one, and the engine won't cede such ground without a fight. In the 133 years since Karl Benz dropped a four-stroke engine into his three-wheeler in 1885, engineers around the world have waged an unending war to squeeze … [Read more...] about Electric Cars May Be the Future, but the Gas Engine Just Keeps Getting Better
Scientists used spiraling X-rays at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to observe, for the first time, a property that gives handedness to swirling electric patterns – dubbed polar vortices – in a synthetically layered material.This property, also known as chirality, potentially opens up a new way to store data by controlling the left- or right-handedness in the material’s array in much the same way magnetic materials are manipulated to store data as ones or zeros in a computer’s memory.Researchers said the behavior also could be explored for coupling to magnetic or optical (light-based) devices, which could allow better control via electrical switching.Chirality is present in many forms and at many scales, from the spiral-staircase design of our own DNA to the spin and drift of spiral galaxies; it can even determine whether a molecule acts as a medicine or a poison in our bodies.A molecular compound known as … [Read more...] about X-rays reveal ‘handedness’ in swirling electric vortices