Articles for September 17, 2012
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The following six articles were published in the August 2012 issue of
Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production:
at US Dairies Gets a Boost from Co-Digestion,"
by Ed Ritchie, suggests that the strategy of adding other organic wastes,
including food waste from landfills, to the traditional mix of animal manure and
on-the-farm organic food waste could, in the U.S., result in higher interest in
Heat Used to Dry Malt at German Producer,"
by staff, is a case study of a malt house that produces malt for the beer
brewing industry. On-site combined
heat and power (CHP) plants produce both electric and thermal energy for the
Cell CHP Plant Serves a California Office Campus"
was authored by Chris Pais, Manager of Application Engineering, at FuelCell
Energy. CHP (combined heat and
power) already contributes to the energy supply by using, instead of losing,
waste heat, and is also relatively kind to the environment with reduced
emissions. Coupling CHP with fuel
cells improves things even further.
Gas CHP Plant to Benefit Pennsylvanian State Prison"
is the briefest of articles; it was written by Heather Johnstone, Ph.D., Chief
Editor, Cogeneration & On-Site Power
Production. The methane gas
generates electricity and steam replacing the prison's coal-fired boilers and
All Megawatts Are Created Equal" is the position of article
author Thomas R. Casten, Chairman, Recycled Energy Development. He cites new research which indicates
that on-site and cogenerated power is superior to centrally generated power for
several reasons. With distributed
energy, there are no line losses of energy and both fossil fuels and emissions
are reduced; there are other benefits, as well.
– Towards a Smart Energy City" was co-authored by Gian
Vincenzo Fracastoro and Alberto Poggio, both of the Energy Department of the
Politecnico di Torino in Torino, Italy.
The northern Italian city of Turin (Torino) is known for its year-round,
high levels of air pollution due to human and natural factors. But the city is, also, home to a large
district heating system with a number of CHP (combined heat and power) plants
and boilers. This already extensive
system is to be enlarged with more CHP plants and the addition of a heat storage
system of 2400 m3. This informative
article takes an in-depth look at the planned expansion, which is meant to
further increase energy efficiency and improve air quality.
in South America: Major Prospects for Development"
was authored by Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com; it
appeared in the August 2012 issue of that journal. With expected increases in population –
the author cites the number as 72% by 2035 – South American countries face the
need to develop more energy sources.
They contribute little to the emissions that are largely responsible for climate
change. However, a number of the
world's "hot spots" are located on their continent making it, ironically, very
vulnerable to the more serious effects of climate change. Hydropower, it is explained, is no
longer a long-term or large-scale option. It
is thought that geothermal, plentiful in South America, could fill in the energy
gap, but there are challenges.
and Defense Departments Join Forces to Promote Renewable Energy on Federal Lands" is an August 6, 2012 press release from the
Department of Interior. It describes
the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the two federal agencies that is
meant to support energy security by expanding the development of U.S. based
energy resources under the Renewable Energy Partnership Plan. Developing the resources on or very
near military bases will reduce the military's utility bills.
and Winter Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page, revised (and
re-named) seasonally, from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of
the U.S. Department of Energy. The
site is now offering many tips for energy savings for the cooler months.
Inspire More Efficient Solar Power System" was
published August 15, 2012, by the University of Wisconsin News, and carried on a Washington State University
Web page. Inspired by the way
sunflowers track the sun, an engineering professor has harnessed the
light-absorption properties of carbon nanotubes to do the same, thus avoiding
the need for energy-consuming motors in this new technology.
Management's Existential Crisis" was written by David Foti,
Lone Star College and Foti LLC; it was published in the August 2012 issue of
Fortnightly's Spark. It is an examination of the reasons for
the failure of risk management in a derivative trading environment in both
financial institutions and energy companies, and an effort to suggest ways to
help prevent failures in the future. First,
the author reviewed in depth, or just mentioned in passing, failures in several
financial institutions such as JP Morgan, MF Global,
Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Société
Générale, Barings, Daiwa Bank, Sumitomo Corp., and Irish Allied Banks.
Second, he discussed the power and gas
industry where huge failures occurred in Enron, Duke, Aquila, El Paso, Reliant,
The reasons for the failures in both groups are, essentially, the same,
and two ways suggested to help remedy the problem are structural in nature.
County Opens the Door for Heat Energy from Wastewater",
by staff, was published August 3, 2012, by KUOW Radio on the KUOW.org website. King County is engaged in an effort to
harness the heat in its wastewater via public-private partnerships. The heat from wastewater, at 65 degrees
Fahrenheit, could be transferred to cold water in buildings; the process is,
essentially, a heat pump in action.
Commonly used in other countries, it has been shown to dramatically reduce
energy consumption – by 75% in one building in Vancouver, Washington.
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