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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

Industrial


Industrial Companies Earn State Energy Efficiency Awards [WA]

Washington State University (WSU) News, Mar. 25, 2015.
https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/25/industrial-companies-earn-state-energy-efficiency-awards/#.VRMFnfnF_Tp

"Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for outstanding leadership in improved energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia."

EPA Announces 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States/ Across the Country

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News Release, Mar. 9, 2015.
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/24ff1fb1bcd5355785257e03005d9f29!OpenDocument

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households."

Go with the Flow: How Flow Meters Can Help Improve Plant Efficiency

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Scott A. Williams.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/instrumentation/go-flow-how-flow-meters-can-help-improve-plant-efficiency

"Plug an electrical device into an outlet. Does it work? Great! For some people that’s all that matters. When it comes to compressed air, many manufacturing plants operate the same way. As long as there is enough air, that’s all that matters. But what if cost control also matters to your company? Smart compressed air users may already know how much air they’re producing, but they also want to know how much air they’re using—and whether they’re using it productively. To find out, they’re taking accurate, real-time measurements using flow meters."

This Vertical Farm Will Provide Wyoming Residents with 100,000 lbs of Fresh Produce Each Year

Inhabit, Mar. 9, 2015, by Charley Cameron.
http://inhabitat.com/this-vertical-farm-will-provide-wyoming-residents-with-100000lbs-of-fresh-produce-each-year/

"A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce up to 100,000 lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent less water than conventional farming, and absolutely no pesticides, the three-story Vertical Harvest greenhouse will enable the cold, land-locked city to provide locally-grown produce for its residents all year round."

New Poultry Barn Ventilation System

Manure Manager, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Lilian Schaer
http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/index.php?i=&m=1559&l=1&p=22&pre=&ver=swf

"An innovative minimum ventilation system for poultry barns is improving bird health and reducing energy costs for farmers in the process."

Investment Helps Washington Film Converter Become More Sustainable

Plastics News, Mar. 9, 2015, by Roger Renstrom.
http://tinyurl.com/ml3jfu8

"Emissions control and energy use improvements have won a Washington film extruder and converter $342,000 worth of incentives as a state of Washington energy leadership-in-innovation award. Shields Bag and Printing Co. installed a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) and a flexographic press to improve production at its Yakima, Wash., facility."

Chilled Water Thermal Energy Storage [TES] Hydraulics

ASHRAE Journal, Feb. 2015, by Kent W. Peterson.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Feb_040-043_EngNote_Peterson.pdf

"Chilled water thermal storage can provide many energy cost benefits when implemented in chilled water systems. Placing an atmospheric chilled water thermal energy storage tank in a chilled water system will have several engineering ramifications on the hydraulic performance of the system. Understanding these hydraulic implications and designing the optimum solutions for addressing these implications will improve both control and energy performance."


UTEP Engineering Center Can Boost Business Efficiency, Profits

UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso) News, Feb. 23, 2015, by Nadia M. Whitehead.
http://news.utep.edu/?p=29171

"Local manufacturers who are looking to boost efficiency and increase profitability don’t have to go at it alone. The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), an engineering program based at The University of Texas at El Paso, is here to help."

Microsoft Experiments with Taking Energy-Sucking Data Centers Off the Grid

EnergyWire, Feb. 24, 2015, by David Ferris.
http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060013896

"At a lab in Southern California, Microsoft is trying out a radically different way to power the data center, one of the most energy-hungry kind of buildings there is. The solution is fuel cells, thousands of them, everywhere in the building, embedded into a rack of computer servers or even plugged into the individual servers themselves. In this way, Microsoft imagines it might be able to cut the cord entirely from the electricity grid."

Energy Impacts of Laboratory Ventilation Methods

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2015, by Victoria Herman and others.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/energy-impacts-laboratory-ventilation-methods?page=1

"Laboratory ventilation method—fixed percentage offset or fixed flow per door—has little effect on overall energy consumption compared with other design variables."
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