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  1. Siemens grant to Clemson will benefit design, engineering

    Clemson University has received the largest grant-in-kind in its history from Siemens , a global technology company, with software the company has provided at a commercial value of $357,224,294. The software will be incorporated into student coursework and projects related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management in Clemson ’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. By providing students with hands-on experience with this software in academic programs, Clemson is preparing a highly-skilled STEM workforce for the advanced manufacturing industry. Through the in-kind investment, Clemson students now will have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used by more than 140,000 companies throughout the global manufacturing industry – including 35 in South Carolina – to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics. This academic partnership will help students compete for jobs throughout the world, and aid in building a workforce equipped with the skills needed for the high-tech jobs of tomorrow. “Preparing students to be highly competitive in the 21st century global economy is a central part of Clemson’s mission, and this new partnership with Siemens will provide our students with access to cutting-edge technical tools that can make them even more attractive to future employers – especially many of the world-class, advanced manufacturing companies operating in South Carolina,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “We are extremely grateful to Siemens, a global technology leader, for this substantial, student-focused grant and look forward to building on our innovative partnership in the future.” As software plays an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing, this PLM software bundle – including Siemens' LMS software, NX software, Fibersim portfolio, Tecnomatix portfolio and Femap software – is designed to benefit students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the university’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. The software will be used in junior and senior level classes in the mechanical engineering and bioengineering departments, as well as by competitive teams at Clemson, such as Formula SAE. At the graduate level, the software also will be used in the automotive engineering department. Joerg Schulte, manager of BMW Liaison Office for Research and Innovation and adjunct professor, teaches automotive manufacturing, a required class for all master’s students in Clemson’s automotive engineering program. The class project, to design a production plant for a fictitious company, challenges the students to apply what they have learned in a simulated, yet realistic setting. “We can’t build that up in reality, so in order to get as close to reality as we can, this PLM software from Siemens is crucial,” Schulte said. “Without this software, it wouldn’t be possible for the students to really get to the detail of what it means to run a production system – from how many stations you need to what kind of cycle time each station has, to how the manufacturing plant works with suppliers.” The software will help students realize their ideas by providing accurate information as the product moves from design to prototype through a streamlined manufacturing process that provides instant feedback and allows product developers to make adjustments. “As an alumnus of Clemson University, I am proud that Siemens is providing students with access to this software, positioning the university at the forefront of innovation and technology,” said Kevin Yates, head of Siemens Energy Management Division. “This partnership is rooted in a shared commitment to innovation and collaboration, and will allow Clemson – and South Carolina – to build a pipeline of skilled talent for the state’s growing manufacturing industry.” Clemson’s dedication to technology and innovation makes the university an ideal recipient for the in-kind software grant. With the university’s vision to create a high- tech collaborative environment through the Watt Family Innovation Center, Clemson shares Siemens’ commitment to fostering innovation, advancing technology and developing the next-generation workforce. “We are honored to empower the next generation of digital talent at Clemson University through the largest in-kind grant in the university’s history,” said Eric Spiegel, president & CEO of Siemens USA. “By giving students access to this software, we are preparing for the fourth industrial revolution with invaluable real-world experience and equipping them with the skills needed to succeed in the software-driven advanced manufacturing industry.” Siemens provides technology for innovative companies with major operations in South Carolina, including BMW, Boeing and Duke Energy. Statewide, about 500 Siemens employees work throughout South Carolina. With more than 300 employees, Siemens’ Energy Management location in Spartanburg serves as a key U.S. manufacturing hub. Siemens designs and manufactures smart grid and energy automation technology, power supply for industrial plants, and high-voltage transmission systems.

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    Fri, 4 Nov 2016

  2. Xcel Energy Gets Go-Ahead for Huge Wind Project

    The Rush Creek Wind Project, with two generation sites and a 90-mile high- voltage transmission line tying into Xcel’s electric system, would be one of Colorado’s largest wind farms.

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    Mon, 3 Oct 2016

  3. ABB wins high voltage transmission contract for Chinese power grid

    The 1,000 mile long Ximeng-Taizhou and 764 mile long Shanghaimiao-Shandong 800 kV transmission links will deliver 25 percent more power  

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    Tue, 19 Apr 2016

  4. Hot Line Base Plate Eliminates Downtime During High-voltage Transmission Repair

    In the past, it was necessary to shut down an entire transmission line when repairing a high-voltage structure. The patented Hot Line Base Plate from LineWise is a solution that safely eliminates this issue, while mitigating risks and reducing costs during emergency repairs.

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    Tue, 10 May 2016

  1. Safety products keep electricians, maintenance personnel safe from arc-flash danger

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    Thu, 20 Oct 2016

  2. ABB to Supply Transformers and Circuit Breakers to Upgrade Quebec Grid

    ABB has won orders totaling more than $85 million to upgrade transmission infrastructure for Canada’s Hydro-Québec (HQ). The contracts will upgrade the utility’s 800-kV air-insulated switchgear substation and transmission grid with circuit breakers, power transformers, and shunt reactors, to ...

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  3. Spending on supergrids to hit $10.2 billion in 2025

    As global demand for electricity continues to grow, and as concerns over climate change mount, the importance of meeting power needs while reducing costs and climate impacts is increasing 

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    Thu, 6 Oct 2016

  4. Transmission Line: High-voltage powerline plan threads route through SW Idaho

    Federal officials have released a plan for two high- voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho that avoid sage grouse habitat and private land, but cross about 9 miles of a conservation area for raptors.

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    Mon, 10 Oct 2016

  5. ABB energizes ultra high voltage transformer in India

    Pioneering 1,200-kilovolt alternating current transformer technology for India’s ultra-high-voltage grid plan

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016

  6. Valley Electric Association to sell its transmission system to GridLiance

    The planned sale now moves to a vote of approval by the VEA members 

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    Fri, 16 Sep 2016

  7. ABB wins $85 million in orders to strengthen power grid in Canada

    ABB has won orders worth over $85 million from leading Canadian utility Hydro-Québec to upgrade its 800-kilovolt air-insulated switchgear substations and transmission grid with state-of-the-art circuit breakers, power transformers and shunt reactors.

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  8. Lightning triggers power outages in New Mexico

    PNM reported outages from Santa Fe to Albuquerque and south toward Belen on Monday afternoon

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    Tue, 13 Sep 2016

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