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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


Boeing Renton Becomes a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Site

Boeing Press Release, Dec. 2014, by Michael Boroughs and Jordan Longacre.
http://www.boeing.com/boeing/Features/2014/12/bca_renton_energy_12_16_14.page

"Boeing’s Renton facility is now powered 100 percent by renewable energy. Through an agreement with Puget Sound Energy, the 737 manufacturing site now receives power from hydroelectricity coupled with renewable energy credits from wind energy purchased from the local utility."

Foundry Air Compressors Out of Control

Compressed Air Best Practices, Dec. 2014, by Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/foundry-air-compressors-out-control

"Quite a number of worst-case compressed air scenarios have been encountered over the years but none may compare to the conditions that existed in a metal foundry somewhere in North America. For reasons you are about to discover, we will not reveal the name of this factory or its location, in order to protect the innocent from embarrassment."

EPA Offers Advice For Combined Heat And Power With Biogas Engines And Turbines

Treatment Plant Operator, Nov. 2014, by Ted J. Rulseh.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/11/epa_offers_advice_for
_combined_heat_and_power_with_biogas_engines_and_turbi


"As clean-water plants increasingly look to save energy and maximize energy production, the U.S. EPA offers assistance on combined heat and power."

6 Steps to Creating an Effective Energy Plan

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2014, by Brenda Phillips & Raisa Johnson.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/6-steps-creating-effective-energy-plan

"Manufacturing and other plant operators—such as those who work in wastewater, water treatment and power generation—face the daily challenge of maintaining efficient operations. Manufacturing is the most energy-consuming market in the U.S. Recent data indicate a trend toward increasing energy prices for manufacturing processes. As the U.S. debates energy efficiency and carbon emissions, manufacturers will stand out as leaders in decreasing energy use and reducing carbon emissions."

Compressed Air Supply at a Metal Machining Plant

Compressed Air Best Practices, Nov. 2014, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/compressed-air-supply-metal-machining-plant

"This metal fabrication and machining facility produces high-quality precision-built products. Over the years, the plant has grown and there have been several expansions to the current location. The company currently spends $227,043 annually on energy to operate the compressed air system....The set of projects recommended, as a result of the system assessment, could reduce these energy costs by $89,092 or 39%."

Industrial Audits: A Comprehensive and Evidence-Based Primer....

European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE), Dec. 4, 2014.
http://www.eceee.org/policy-areas/industrial-policy/eceee-audit-policy-guide.pdf

ECEEE Policy Guide No. 1. "The guide is intended as a primer for policy-makers and other decision makers thinking of developing energy efficiency policies and programmes and a signposting document for those wanting to dig deeper into the subject."

Introducing The Facility Actual Savings Test: FAST-X

Facilities Engineering Journal, Nov/Dec 2014, by Wayne P. Saya. [C;ick on article title under Features, or jump to page 18]
http://digital.graphcompubs.com/publication/?i=235463&pjs=1&p=3&pn=&ver=flex&pid=

"Developed in cooperation with NorthWrite, Inc., the AFE (F)acility (A)ctual (S)avings (T)est, known by its acronym as FAST-X, is our new energy savings certification methodology for buildings. Unlike the US Green Building Council’s LEED® program, any building can receive an uncontentious FAST-X certification or FAST-X energy check-up. Paper mills, tobacco manufacturers, and overall industrial plants experiencing complications from the protocols of other well-known energy accreditation programs, now have a method and a home for official recognition."

American-Made Wind Turbine Blades

News Release, Sandia National Laboratories, Sept. 2014.
https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/american_turbine/#.VFv_cmx0wWo

"Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (AMII), a three-year $6.3 million project, brought together researchers from Sandia, Iowa State University, and TPI Composites of Scottsdale, Ariz., which operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, Iowa."

Your Own Energy “Island”? ORNL Microgrid Could Standardize Small, Self-Sustaining Electric Grids

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oct. 2014, by Katie Jones.
http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/features/2014/a47cc734-54f3-4aec-95ba-df1bbbdb25ad

"Microgrids are designed to not only continue power to local units such as neighborhoods, hospitals or industrial parks but also improve energy efficiency and reduce cost when connected to the main grid. Researchers predict an energy future more like a marketplace in which utility customers with access to solar panels, battery packs, plug-in vehicles and other sources of distributed energy can compare energy prices, switch on the best deals and even sell back unused power to utility companies. However, before interested consumers can plug into their own energy islands, researchers at facilities such as ORNL’s Distributed Energy Control and Communication (DECC) lab need to develop tools for controlling a reliable, safe and efficient microgrid."

A Different Approach to Understanding Power Factor (Last of Three Parts)

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2014, by Joe Evans.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2014-different-approach-understanding-power-factor-last-three-parts

"Two methods can be used to improve PF with capacitors. Static correction involves using capacitors to correct a single load. They can be installed at several locations. Static correction can be the most effective method, but it can also be the most expensive. Bulk correction uses a bank of capacitors that improve PF for different parts of a facility. These capacitors can be switched in and out of the circuit depending on the monitored PF."

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