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Design Considerations for Generator Distribution Switchboards Speaker:  James Alvers, Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry

Virtual, Complimentary Presentation.  Bring your own lunch!

Date: Thursday, October 07, 2021, 12:00PM-1:00PM PDT

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About the talk:

Electrical engineers and contractors have various options to comply with the National Electric Code 2020 requirements for designing generator distribution switchboards for Emergency and Healthcare applications.  It is the intent of this presentation to review the applicable codes and arrive at solutions consistent with requirements.

NEC Articles 700, 701 and 702 specify the requirements to install generator systems for Emergency, Legally Required and Optional Loads.  These include loads for egress, first responder, and user desired loads.  Article 517 specifies the requirements Life Safety, Critical Systems and Equipment Branch loads for Healthcare.

While properly configuring the generator distribution switchboards for these systems is crucial, it can be a source of apprehension.  This session clarifies some areas of confusion as at times more than one interpretation of the code is possible, requiring the owner and AHJ to decide on a preference.

Learning objectives:

Discuss examples in detail and review projects that illustrate the concepts discussed, such as:

  • Which 70X loads can we combine? Are there any restrictions?
  • Are elevators emergency loads or are they legally required?
  • If we have a load bank, does that go into its own section?
  • Does a fire pump feed need its own section?
  • Is there a difference between “Life Safety” and “Emergency”?

About the Speaker:

James Alvers has been a Business Development Manager for Siemens Low Voltage Distribution Products since June of 2018.  He assists the electrical consultants in Northern California apply and configure cost effective, efficient, and compliant electrical distribution solutions for major infrastructure projects.

Previously James worked as a Data Center Electrical Engineer at Hewlett Packard/EYP Mission Critical Facilities.  He has also worked for Schneider Electric as a Global Account Manager helping clients configure electrical infrastructure for data centers.

James received an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Degree from University of California at Berkeley.  As an active member of Santa Clara Valley IEEE, James is Vice Chairman for IAS/PES and previously was Chairman.

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