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> AS SOCIETY UNDERGOES profound
changes in its relationship with electrical power, so does the need to train the
professionals who install the technology
that delivers and harnesses it.
Contractors and workers who make
their living in the electrical trades in
California recognized this need and have
teamed up to build a new facility that will
demonstrate and train practitioners in
cutting-edge smart technology.
In August, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No.
11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of the
National Electrical Contractors Association announced a unique partnership.
Describing it as, “the second largest electrical labor union partnership of workers
and contractors in the United States,” the
two organizations unveiled plans for a
training and demonstration program and
a facility to house it.
Called “Net Zero Plus,” the partner-
ship combines energy-efficiency prac-
tices, new clean-energy technologies,
Electrical Training Institute (NZP ETI)
to be housed in a renovated facility in
It will provide hands-on training for
electrical workers to become what the
partnership is calling “total energy solution providers.” They will receive training in such smart-grid technologies and
applications as demand response, grid
reliability, utility-scale battery storage,
advanced building and lighting controls,
and plug-load strategies.
The building will be an example of
these technologies. Billed as “the coun-
try’s largest Net Zero Plus commercial
retrofit,” the 142,000-square-foot facility is
expected to generate more energy than it
consumes. Its efficient building design will
include plug-load strategies, data manage-
ment, operable and dimmable skylights,
highly efficient industrial fans, a new roof
and wall insulation, LED lighting, an ex-
terior solar shading device, and high Solar
Reflective Index (SRI) roofing material.
As if that were not enough, the build-
ing will also showcase small commer-
cial to utility-scale operational smart
microgrids integrated with advanced
electronics, battery storage, solar panels,
advanced lighting controls, electric vehi-
cle charging stations and a high efficiency
chilled water mechanical system.
The new building is expected to open
on Earth Day, April 22, 2015.
Wireless-Power-Transmission Market Worth $17.04 Billion by 2020
> ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY MarketsandMarkets research
firm, the wireless-power-transmission market will reach $17.04
billion by 2020, growing at a combined annual growth rate
(CAGR) of 60. 49 percent from 2014 to 2020.
As the report indicates, wireless-power transmission poses
a huge potential for the future. In the near term, the consumer
electronics segment is driving this market, where it is primarily
used for charging portable devices, including smartphones, tablets
and wearable electronics. Wearable devices, also called tech togs
or fashion electronics, are clothing and accessories incorporating
computers and advanced electronics. Wearable Devices magazine
estimates that 90 million wearable devices will ship in 2014.
However, in the long term, a huge scope of opportunities can
be expected from the development and integration of wireless-
power transmission in other applications, including healthcare,
With the resolution in the standards for wireless-power
transmission, a variety of other products can be expected in the
future. It has been estimated that magnetic resonance technol-
ogy will dominate the wireless-power-transmission market.
The report divides the wireless-power-transmission market
on the basis of transmission technology, transmission type,
The consumer electronics segment roughly accounted for
a total market share of 67 percent in 2013 and is estimated to
grow at a CAGR of 61. 18 percent from 2014 to 2020. The major-
ity of the wireless-power products are being developed for
consumer electronics; however, products for applications, such
as defense, healthcare and automotive, are also starting to be
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Electrical Workers and Contractors Team up on
New Smart Tech Training Facility in California