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NEMA Brings Smart Grid to the Classroom
Jan 25, 2011
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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) launched its “Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce” (V4G) program with the first two videos of a 12-video series that demonstrates a best practice in integrating new media into engineering core curricula.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, there is a dire need for workforce training in the electric power sector. “Smart Grid is our future,” he said. “An aging workforce has created a brain drain in the electric power sector. This series will introduce Smart Grid concepts to tomorrow’s engineers.”

“Switchgear,” filmed at NEMA member Eaton Electrical, explains how high voltage and large currents can be controlled efficiently in a large industrial facility as well as a university campus.

“Surge Arresters,” filmed at NEMA member Hubbell Power Systems, shows how distribution arresters and ground lead disconnectors improve grid reliability.

The videos are available at www.youtube.com/vids4grids.

Future videos will address capacitors, conductors, connectors, dynamic line ratings, energy storage, flywheels, industrial automation, lighting management systems, and meters. NEMA expects to release one new video per month.

In collaboration with member manufacturers, the series features Smart Grid equipment, explains electrical engineering concepts, and portrays careers in power engineering. Curriculum has been developed in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University.

V4G is one of 54 Smart Grid workforce training programs funded the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as ARRA or the Stimulus. It is the only one funded in Virginia and the only one awarded to a non-profit association.

NEMA members participating in V4G include A123, Beacon Power, Cooper Power Systems, Eaton Corporation, Hubbell Incorporated, Itron, Leviton, Rockwell Automation, Southwire Company, Thomas & Betts, and The Valley Group (a Nexans Company). Video services are provided by Metro Productions.

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