Living Energy| Jan 22, 2015


The variety of potential applications for energy storage is almost as diverse as the range of technical solutions

Electricity Storage: A Puzzling Picture

Electricity storage is a truly complex topic in theory. But the complexity can be reduced for decision-makers if they are presented with the right choice for a particular application.When investigating options for electricity storage, the most striking impression is the complexity of this topic. Both the sheer number and the broad variety of storage types are puzzling and almost overwhelming. The options come in very different forms: mechanical, electrical, chemical, electrochemical, and thermal ...

Herman Coello| Jan 21, 2015

Grain Level Jan2015 Blog

How can you simplify your grain level measurement?

Here is the situation: a grain handling company in Minnesota needed level measurement for a cluster of eight grain silos. This seemed like a usual, run-of-the-mill request. However, the cluster consisted of six 120 foot tall concrete silos that were arranged in such a way that they formed additional storage, which resulted in two interstice or star-bin silos. Narrow tall silos present problems of their own, but the more complex geometry of interstice or star-bin silos is truly a challenge for mo ...

Harald Mayer| Jan 16, 2015


Keep an eye on utility T&D assets: New video, free Jan. 22 webinar

Monitoring how well power transmission and distribution assets are working, and preventing failures, is increasingly challenging for utilities. Loads keep growing -- while many utilities also face declining technical expertise and institutional memory due to an aging workforce. A new video (see below) explains how Siemens T&D Integrated Condition Monitoring service can help utilities address these challenges -- while also preventing costly failures, optimizing asset performance, reducing eq ...

John Dronette| Jan 15, 2015

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How are you weighing your frac sand?

When you think of a well site where hydraulic-fracturing (also known as fracking) is done, what equipment comes to mind? You have the basic essentials like high pressure pumps, blenders, water storage and sand storage, and then you have process instrumentation for level, flow, and pressure measurement…but, what about weighing technology?While flow meters, level and pressure transmitters are able to measure and monitor many of the liquids and gases throughout the fracking process, they aren’t the ...

Living Energy| Jan 15, 2015

Preparing for the interview with CEO Bob Carter and President Todd Carter

Telling the Story

Over three days in August, Diana Smith, a journalist and resident of Texas, met up with the Carter family, who head the Dallas-based Panda Power Funds, to interviews them and research for a reportage in Living Energy. She is telling the inspiring story of the Carter’s – well, Texas-sized – hospitality!Our job was to cover intricate workings of a power plant and the people responsible for it. Like many, I get up bleary-eyed in the morning and flip on the light switch, having just a vague notion o ...