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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


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

Automotive World, Oct. 15, 2015.
https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/ford-europe-factories-save-enough-energy-power-oxford-year/

"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.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2015-eccentric-disc-pumps-provide-efficient-alternative-traditional-lobe-pumps

"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.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2015-intelligent-automation-transforms-pump-industry-landscape

"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.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97311-standby-power-generating-answers

"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.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-70-million-innovation-institute-smart-manufacturing

"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."

Alumni Help Make Strategic Energy Management Stronger Than Ever [Energy Trust of Oregon]

The Champion, Energy Trust of Oregon, Fall 2015.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=817657734783dabaee7dae00d&id=9b55e85e9b&e=bf1314887c#9

"More than 140 Oregon manufacturing companies have found Strategic Energy Management, SEM, to be a proven way to reduce energy intensity—and energy costs—at their industrial facilities. SEM brings together individuals from different companies to meet with Energy Trust coaches over the course of a year to develop skills that achieve long-term energy savings. Learn more about the new Core SEM cohorts forming for 2016.

New Horizons for Energy Efficiency: Major Opportunities to Reach Higher Electricity Savings by 2030

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2015, by Dan York, and others.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1507.pdf

"Higher equipment standards and more stringent building codes are squeezing the amount of savings that energy efficiency programs can harvest. No single measure will yield a dominant share of energy savings for utility program portfolios, as have lighting programs in the past. This report examines the next large opportunities for energy efficiency savings. It analyzes 18 measures—including reduction of plug loads, conservation voltage reduction, and smart manufacturing—that could collectively save 22% of total projected electricity use in the year 2030."

Understanding Vacuum Pump Lubricants

Blower & Vacuum Best Practices, Sep. 2015, by David Mitchell.
http://www.blowervacuumbestpractices.com/system-assessments/vacuum-generation/understanding-vacuum-pump-lubricants

"“What is the best type of oil to use in my vacuum pump?” is a common question for sure, and one that may often yield confusing and conflicting answers. The rule of thumb is that it is always best to follow OEM recommendations, but why do they recommend the lubricants that they do? For the purpose of this article, we will focus on some of the general industrial vacuum pump applications and their lubricant choices."

Can Energy-Intensive Manufacturers be Winners Under the Clean Power Plan?

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 14, 2015, by Meegan Kelly.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/09/can-energy-intensive-manufacturers-be

"There is a concern that any new environmental regulation can hurt the bottom lines of energy-intensive manufacturers. In the case of the EPA Clean Power Plan, states that comply with the rule by investing in energy efficiency will find the opposite is likely to be true: their businesses will be more productive and their economies will grow."

What to Expect from an Effective Compressed Air Audit

Compressed Air Best Practices, Sep. 2015, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/leaks/what-expect-effective-compressed-air-audit

"Compressed air has moved to higher visibility in the energy conservation field, and the buzzwords abound: “the fourth utility” — “your most expensive utility” — “eight times more expensive than electricity” — “a quarter-inch leak costs $9,000 in wasted energy.” This greater awareness has also produced compressed air auditors that are springing up like summer dandelions. With audits available from many sources, it is important to understand what plant operations, engineers and maintenance managers should expect from a complete audit — or more aptly — a complete air system review."

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