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Fortnightly Magazine - August 2010

the crash and worked flawlessly. Hessgen says the experience proves the system is safe in an impact-rollover crash and tough enough to meet the demands of everyday road driving. Over 21 hours and 40 minutes later without rest, Hess in his hydrogen-powered truck finished the journey.


KEMA has appointed three new members to its supervisory board. Michiel Boersma has joined as chairman successor, while Peter Terium and Pieter Trienekens are new members. Kees Wiechers stepped down upon the end of his term as chairman, as did Rinse de Jong as member when his term ended.

American Electric Technologies appointed Rick Thompson as v.p. of power services, a newly created position.

Tropos Networks hired Tom Van Denover to fill the newly created position of senior v.p. of worldwide sales

Exide Technologies appointed James R. Bolch as president and CEO, also joining the Exide board of directors. Bolch succeeded Gordon A. Ulsh, who retired. Bolch was senior v.p. and president, industrial technologies sector at Ingersoll Rand Co.

Transmission & Distribution

S&C Electric Co. received a Green Industry Business Development Program Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for its Chicago testing facility—the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). The ATC is the first industrial building in the city to be Gold Certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The facility was built to achieve two goals: 1) eliminate the need to send products overseas for testing, thereby cutting costs, shortening testing time, and accelerating development and delivery; and 2) demonstrate S&C’s commitment to energy efficiency and overall electric grid improvement. In its first few months of operation, the ATC allowed S&C to qualify a new rating for custom metal-enclosed switchgear, and provided fault interruption testing on S&C’s fault filter electronic power fuse, as well as testing for other new products.

Raytheon was awarded a $12.7 million contract to provide Allegheny Power with a seamless land mobile radio system that will help improve radio frequency coverage and communications reliability. Raytheon’s P25net digital land mobile radio system solution also will improve standardization and interoperability, which will allow line workers to share information and communicate more easily across the company’s 30,000-square-mile service area.

The Control Room Group (CRG), a division of AVI-SPL, was selected by Allegheny Energy to provide design, integration, installation and on-going support of video display solutions for its new transmission headquarters building in Fairmont, W.V. CRG will supply 80 DLP SXGA+ video projection modules, 52 flat-panel LCD monitors and the control-room management suite (CMS) software for advanced visualization in the transmission control room and the incident management room, for operator training and simulation, and employee training rooms. Additional solution components include audio systems and touch panel controls designed for 24x7 operations. The contract also includes traditional audiovisual systems for use in other conference rooms, directors’ offices and the security alarm station monitoring facility.

Staco Energy Products introduced its second generation of StacoVAR fixed capacitors for power factor correction and harmonic compensation. These standard units are available from 2.5 kVAR to 400 kVAR as economical, fixed motor load (ML) type