Nanotechnology panel to advise electrical manufacturing community

By Control Engineering Staff March 7, 2006

Rosslyn, VA — National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has formed a Nanotechnology Advisory Council to provide guidance to the electrical manufacturing community about this new, rapidly emerging field. The council will include nanotechnology experts from academia and government. Members will be announced in the coming weeks.

Panel of experts is intended to be a resource for manufacturers interested in the research and public policy implications of nanotechnology development as they seek to apply the technology to their products. “President Bush made it clear in his recent State-of-the-Union address,” said NEMA president Evan Gaddis, “that the development of nanotechnology is vitally important to the future of this nation. We agree with the president. Establishment of an industry advisory council will help electrical manufacturers take the lead in the development of this revolutionary technology.”

According to NEMA, nanotechnology is expected to produce breakthrough, performance-enhancing applications in photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, sensors, structural materials in electrical equipment, and fuel cell technology. Manufacturers are already working with the U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate the possible use nanotechnology in solid-state lighting semiconductors, the association noted.

“While many practical applications of nanotechnology for the electrical industry are at least a few years away,” added NEMA’s Gaddis, “we want to help the electrical manufacturing community stay ahead of the curve. The Nanotechnology Advisory Council is our first step.”

NEMA represents the interests of electroindustry manufacturers and includes 430 member companies that manufacture products for the generation, transmission, distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products are said to exceed $100 billion.

—Control Engineering Daily News DeskJeanine Katzel, senior editor,