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Could sodium-air seawater battery help end lithium dependence?

With the ubiquity of lithium-ion batteries in smartphones and other rechargeable devices, it’s hard to imagine replacing them. But the rising price of lithium has spurred a search for alternatives, and one up-and-coming battery technology uses abundant, readily available seawater.

Siemens’ Christmas present to Montreal: 500 refurb computers

Siemens Canada is giving a second life to more than 480 decommissioned computers by donating them to the charity Corporations for Community Connections (CFCC) to be refurbished, then distributed by the Salvation Army throughout the Greater Montreal Area.

Mike Doherty joins e-Hazard

Mike Doherty, EBMag’s Electrical Safety 360 columnist, has joined e-Hazard as an independent consultant, trainer and auditor for Canada.
Glen Miller

The birthday Glen Miller will NEVER forget

It’s a birthday Glen Miller won’t soon forget. Probably never. Glen is the branch manager of Graybar Canada’s Windsor location at 2760 Deziel Drive and, on the evening of Wednesday, August 24—while he was out with his wife, son and daughter-in-law celebrating his 51st birthday—he got a call from one of his neighbours, Rose City Electric, who plainly told him: There’s a hole in the side of your building. » Read full article

Wattstopper expands fixture-integrated FSP-200 line

Legrand North America has introduced five fixture-integrated, IP66-rated sensors to its Wattstopper FSP-200 product family, a line of occupancy sensors. » Read full article

GE launches ElfaPlus miniature circuit breakers

ElfaPlus, a miniature circuit breaker (MCB) designed and manufactured by GE, recently achieved a UL-rating, making it a global MCB platform. » Read full article

Milwaukee’s 2016 Torpedo levels

Milwaukee Tool’s new Torpedo levels include the 10-in. die cast block and compact billet, which feature rare earth magnets delivering “over two times the magnetic strength of industry competitors”, according to the company. » Read full article

EDA’s EDIST 2017 Conference

Date & Location: Jan. 18-20 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: The Electricity, Distribution, Information Systems and Technology (EDIST) 2017 Conference & Exhibition is an educational conference and exhibition addressing critical engineering, operational, IT and management issues faced by Ontario’s Local Distribution Companies. Suppliers, manufacturers and service providers will have the opportunity to network and showcase their products and services. » More Info

BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition

Date & Location: Jan. 22-26 • Tampa, Fla.
Info: Discover new technologies, network with peers and other ICT professionals, and hear presentations from industry leaders as well as keynotes by motivational speaker Jeff Havens and former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin at BICSI’s Winter Conference at the Tampa Convention Centre. » More Info

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW)

Date & Location: Jan. 31-Feb. 3 • Reno, Nev.
Info: The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) 2017—the Super Bowl of electrical safety—aims to “Change the Electrical Safety Culture” by targeting two areas: 1) advancing the application of state-of-the-art knowledge and practices, and 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of safe work practices, technology and managing systems. » More Info

NEMRA Annual Conference

Date & Location: Feb. 1-4 • Orlando, Fla.
Info: The National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) is hosting its 2017 annual conference at the Marriott World Center Orlando, which is also attended by members of CEMRA (Canadian Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association). » More Info

Saskatchewan Safety Council Industrial Safety Seminar

Date & Location: Feb. 6-8 • Regina, Sask.
Info: Known as “Saskatchewan’s Premier Safety event”, organizers say this seminar brings together hundreds of safety professionals from across North America to see the latest products, services, and information in over 100 safety and related display booths. » More Info