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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


ESCOs Offer Energy Efficiency Without Inflated Upfront Costs

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 2, 2014, by Cherie Preville.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126741-escos-offer-energy-efficiency-without-inflated-upfront-costs

"Energy Services Companies help buildings affordably trim energy usage."

How to Design & Control Waterside Economizers

ASHRAE Journal, Jun 2014, by Steven T. Taylor.
http://tinyurl.com/nkt8x2x

"ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 requires either airside economizers or waterside economizers for most cooling system applications. Air economizers are more common and almost always more energy efficient. But there are some applications where water economizers are preferred."

Energy Management and Water Heating Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2014, by Peter D. Zak.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-management-and-water-heating-systems/ead2ce605965e4cf773a4842cb5ee1b0.html

"Over the years, HVAC engineers have been challenged to provide more efficient and sustainable designs that meet societal demands to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a facility. Performance guidelines provided by programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Globes, and Energy Star provide guidelines for energy efficiency, while agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Dept. of Energy (DOE) establish compliance guidelines for commercial HVAC systems."

Fully Measuring the Non-Energy Dollar

ACEEE, May 29, 2014, by Christopher H. Russell.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/05/fully-measuring-non-energy-dollar

"ACEEE is now building on earlier research to quantify the dollars provided by non-energy benefits. The ideal outcome is to amass sufficient data from past energy improvements to statistically infer non-energy benefits. We think this effort will require the collaboration of multiple utility jurisdictions, culling through the project feasibility data generated by past and future energy programs."

Critical Facilities: Before You Build A Data Center

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by R. Stephen Spinazzola.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/Plan-For-Entire-Life-Cycle-When-Developing-A-New-Data-Center--14952

"Facilities managers should plan for the entire life cycle when developing a new data center."

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Plan For Entire Life Cycle When Developing A New Data Center
Part 2: Colocation, Managed Hosting Are Alternatives To Owning A Data Center
Part 3: Focus On Data Center Life Cycle Can Help Shape Infrastructure Planning, Maintenance

Energy-Efficient Compressed Air Piping Systems

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2014, by Paul Johnson.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/piping/storage/energy-efficient-compressed-air-piping-systems

"A properly designed and maintained compressed air system that is energy efficient could save the user thousands of dollars each year. It will also minimize the risk of lost production by increasing the reliability of supply and improve the strength and safety aspect of operating a pressurized system. Every dollar saved on energy goes straight to the bottom line and is a very effective way to increase profits."

Four Action Items Save Money and Energy at a Refinery

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2014, by Hank Van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/article/four-action-items-save-money-and-energy-refinery

"This case study shows just how a large facility, which grows over time, is the right situation for a compressed air system assessment. Most optimization opportunities are present and the potential for quick wins and very attractive project ROI’s is very high. Piping systems, upgrading air compressors and air dryers, leak surveys, end uses, are all areas which were improved in the compressed air system at this refinery."

Demand Response Is Now Big Business

Business Energy, May 2014, by Lyn Corum.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Demand_Response_Is_
Now_Big_Business_25503.aspx


"While demand response programs can be traced back to the 1970s, the evolution of IT and data management technology has allowed utilities and independent system operators to greatly expand demand response programs in the last 10 years."

New Frontiers in Energy Management [in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants]

Business Energy, May 2014, by Penelope B. Grenoble.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/New_Frontiers_in_
Energy_Management_25501.aspx


"When facilities like wastewater treatment plants manage motor pumps, processes, and controls efficiently, customer relations improve along with operations."

Progressive Cavity Pumps Provide Optimized Operation in Multiple Pulp & Paper Processes

Pumps & Systems, May 2014, by Nimish Sheth.
http://www.pump-zone.com/progressing-cavity/may-2014-progressive-cavity-pumps-provide-optimized-operation-multiple-pulp-paper

"Progressive cavity (PC) pumps are energy efficient and experience long life in harsh applications. Self-priming and with a low net positive suction head required, their positive displacement flow is proportionate to the speed and independent of discharge pressure. With their large capacity, PC pumps reach flow rates up to 1,500 gallons per minute and have high-pressure capability. With friction losses, pressures as high as 2,000 psi can be achieved. The addition of a cardan joint helps resolve wear and failure and delivers improved angularity and smooth transmission of radial and axial loads."

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