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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: Industrial


8 Reasons Pumps Operate Off Their Curves

Flow Control, Oct. 30, 2015, by Randy Riddell.

"The plant is having process issues, and the culprit appears to be a process centrifugal pump. The area production manager has asked you to check the pump to see if it is operating on its curve. “Pump won’t pump, make pump pump,” he says. Sounds like a reasonable request. However, other questions need to be answered, such as: Where is the pump running on its curve? If it is not running on its curve, why?"

Calibrate Faster, Smarter & More Accurately [Pump Systems]

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Jim Shields.

"As the price of raw materials fluctuates, industries must minimize costs and maximize profit margins. One way to control costs is to become leaner and more efficient. Every time companies remove waste in their processes, they save money. That includes maintenance and efficiency of pumps that move materials through a facility."

Aluminum Plant Meters Compressed Air Flow to Solve Capacity Issues

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2015, by Jack Sine.

"A major Midwestern aluminum plant was experiencing dwindling compressed air capacity, primarily due to air leaks. If those capacity issues went unresolved, the facility would have needed rental compressors to keep up with demand. Instead, they turned to flow metering to identify and fix the leaks. In this article, they share their solutions with others who may be having similar difficulties."

What Boiler MACT Means to an Energy Engineer

Hudson Technologies, Oct. 15, 2015.

"Boiler MACT [Maximum Achievable Control Technology] is one of the first federal environmental regulations that have specifically called for conducting an energy assessment as a compliance activity. Energy assessments are nothing new; but how does integrating them into an environmental compliance activity impact the assessment process? As energy engineers, what can we learn from this new frontier?"

Steel Mill Energy Audits Include Air Compressor Performance Testing

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2015, by Eric Lee.

"EnSave, an energy auditing company based in Richmond, Vermont, recently performed compressed air audits at two facilities of a leading U.S. steel manufacturer. Both plants are mills that melt, cast, and roll steel to produce a variety of products, including: rebar, merchant bar, steel flats, rounds, fence posts, channel bar, steel channels, steel angles, structural angles and structural channels."

Ford in Europe Factories Save Enough Energy to Power Oxford for a Year

Automotive World, Oct. 15, 2015.

"Ford in Europe is on course to achieve a reduction in energy usage of 25 per cent from 2011 to 2016 per vehicle produced, following investments of €23 million specifically targeting energy waste."

Eccentric Disc Pumps Provide Efficient Alternative to Traditional Lobe Pumps

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Paul Cardon.

"In food-processing applications, this technology excels at product recovery and waste reduction."

Intelligent Automation Transforms the Pump Industry Landscape

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Mike Pemberton.

"The digital revolution is rapidly transforming one industry after another.... As the digital revolution continued to evolve, process pumps—which were not previously considered to be a component of the control system—became a distinct part of the automation architecture. This phenomenon began with the advent of intelligent variable frequency drives (VFD) that contain embedded knowledge about the pump and its performance. In addition to the energy and reliability benefits inherent in VFDs, embedded pump intelligence enhances the asset management capabilities of the drive and control system."

Standby Power: Generating Answers

Engineered Systems, Sep. 2015, by Tom Faucette and Sara Lappano.

"As terms like big data, business resiliency, and the “internet of things” enter our lexicon, the availability of power has evolved as one of the hottest topics in facility management and engineering. When discussing the uptime of an electrical system, the conversation starts with the utility company and then almost immediately goes to on-site generation. Depending on your building type and loads, on-site generation facilities can take on many different topologies and sources. We are going to focus on generators, using both natural gas and diesel generators and how to successfully determine which fuel type and system topology makes sense for different facility and load types."

Energy Department Announces $70 Million for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

U.S. Department of Energy, Sep. 16, 2015.

"The Department of Energy is announcing up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent."
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