Feb 28, 2023

Improving Energy Efficiencies by Correcting Power Factor

As the demand for electricity continues to rise, it's becoming increasingly important for electric utilities to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste. One crucial factor in achieving these goals is power factor. Specifically, the relationship between power factor and energy efficiency as it applies to distribution transformers. Distribution transformers are an essential part of the electric...

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Feb 21, 2023

Avoiding Bottlenecks When Deploying EV Infrastructure

The U.S. has known for roughly two decades that it would eventually face a shortage of skilled electricians. Unfortunately, the shortage is hitting just as the National Electric Vehicle Investment (NEVI) program kickstarts the deployment of tens of thousands of electric vehicle (EV) chargers nationwide. As a result, the industry will have to find innovative ways to minimize the labor required by...

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Feb 14, 2023

Extending the Service Life of Critical Assets

Electric utility companies rely on circuit breakers to protect their critical assets and ensure the reliability of the electric grid. However, many of the circuit breaker systems in use today are aging and replacing, upgrading, and installing these systems is not only complex, but costly. Over time, the physical components within a circuit breaker degrade. For example, the contacts in a circuit...

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Feb 07, 2023

Increasing Charger Uptime with Resilient Infrastructure

Electric vehicle (EV) ownership is on the rise in the U.S., but consumer surveys suggest that the EV charging experience needs to improve to address the lingering concerns of buyers. EV owners are worried about being able to reach their destinations, according to J.D. Power’s 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience ownership study, which found that vehicle range is the top thing on owners’ minds. A...

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Jan 25, 2023

Overcoming Obstacles in the EV Charging Industry

The Electric Vehicle (EV) charging industry is poised for rapid growth in 2023 following the approval of state plans for managing $1.5 billion in first-round funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in 2021. However, the industry will need to overcome two challenges — one set by legislators and another inherent to the market. To be eligible for funding under the National...

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Oct 25, 2022

Understanding Switchgear

A switchgear is a critical component of DC fast charging infrastructure which is composed of electrical panels with the task of receiving, distributing, and protecting the site’s power. Traditionally, these post-and-frame switchgear systems are comprised of multiple mixed-manufacturer electrical panels including breakers panels, a current transformer (CT) cabinet, and transformers. All of which...

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Oct 19, 2022

Is There A Simple Solution For EV Charger Infrastructure?

NexPhase™ Smart EV Switchgear is an all-in-one turnkey switchgear solution which contains the entire infrastructure required between the utility service and up to four 150 kW Level 3 DC fast chargers. Unlike any switchgear of its kind, the NexPhase™ Smart EV Switchgear features cutting-edge grid intelligence for switchgear and EV charger remote monitoring and control.

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Oct 06, 2022

Quick Guide to Understanding NEVI Funding

In support of the NEVI program, the NexPhase™ Smart EV Switchgear delivers a turnkey EV charger infrastructure solution. NexPhase™ enables rapid deployment of EV charger stations by providing the entire electrical infrastructure needed to bridge the gap between utility power and EV chargers. It is purpose-built to the NEVI guidelines (supports four 150 kW DC fast chargers) and can accelerate you...

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Oct 05, 2022

How Do EV Fast Charger Stations Work?

Access to NEVI funds requires the recipient to include a minimum of four 150 kw DC fast chargers (also referred to as Level 3 chargers) in their charging stations. Unlike the Level 1 or Level 2 chargers commonly found at in-home charging systems and shopping centers, L3 chargers require an enormous amount of utility power and station infrastructure. Let’s take a look at the equipment these L3 fa...

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