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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


Package Boilers Find New Friends

Plant Engineering, Jul/Aug 2016.
http://www.plantengineering.com/single-article/package-boilers-find-new-friends/6dff20bf020db5486b2b87a3b6963077.html

"For original equipment or replacements, package boilers offer efficiency, redundancy, flexibility: Advanced controls manage steam ramp-up and ramp-down for better combustion efficiency and heat transfer; improvements create efficiencies as high as 85%."

CHP a ‘Powerful Combination’ For Plants

Plant Engineering, Jul/Aug 2016, by Roy Palk.
http://www.plantengineering.com/industry-news/electrical-news/single-article/chp-a-powerful-combination-for-plants/446268f173d8772b8d742dfdd394288a.html

"The pressure is on for industrial plants to become radically more energy efficient. The ongoing renaissance in combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is a major reason why."

Industrial Hydronic System Manual-Balancing Methods

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Aug. 2016, by Brandon Aitken.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/system-assessments/chillers/industrial-hydronic-system-manual-balancing-methods

"Hydronic balancing in industrial heating and cooling systems is an often overlooked final step in startup and commissioning of new and modified hydronic systems.  Insisting on a complete system balance upon startup of a new or modified system is an inexpensive insurance policy for any design engineer or installation contractor to protect their reputation against a system that is not performing to design conditions.  There are several methods of hydronic system balancing utilized in commercial and hospitality buildings, however, they are rarely found in the manufacturing and industrial environments."

Sparks Dynamics Optimizes NIST Compressed Air System

Compressed Air Best Practices, Aug. 2016, by Mac Mottley.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/compressor-controls/sparks-dynamics-optimizes-nist-compressed-air-system

"Sparks Dynamics, a leading cloud based remote monitoring and data analytics technology company, entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with NIST researchers to develop industrial compressed air pattern analysis to enhance system efficiency and reliability."

Capturing the Full Benefits of Demand Flexibility

Rocky Mountain Institute, Aug. 11, 2016, by James Mandel and Ginger Juhl.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_08_12_Capturing_the_Full_Benefits_of_Demand_Flexibility

"Demand flexibility—allowing household devices like HVAC systems and smart appliances to interact with the electric grid in response to real-time price changes—can save customers money and lower the overall cost of electricity. In our recent paper, The Economics of Demand Flexibility, we analyzed the economics of making common household loads controllable and responsive to electricity price signals."

The Importance of Bi-directional Compressed Air Flow Measurement

Compressed Air Best Practices, Aug. 2016, by Pascal van Putten.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/instrumentation/importance-bi-directional-compressed-air-flow-measurement

"Technology is available which enables a compressed air flow meter to measure not only the magnitude of the flow, but also the direction. Why is this important? In this article we will describe two case studies where bi-directional compressed air flow measurement plays a key role to come to the right conclusions."

Innovations in Motor Technology Spark Energy Efficiency

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2016, by Patrick J. Piper.
http://foresternetwork.com/business-energy-magazine/be-energy/be-energy-efficiency/innovations-in-motor-technology-spark-energy-efficiency/

"With minimum efficiency regulations increasing two to three times every decade, the engineering preference to make motors more efficient is coming to the fore. Motor manufacturers have been trying to improve the efficiency of their motors for years, however there hasn’t been a new technology to rival ECM motors in efficiency and performance."

Regulation of Commercial Fan Efficiency: An In-depth Exploration of the Department of Energy’s Fan and Blower Rule

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2016, by Trinity Persful.
http://foresternetwork.com/business-energy-magazine/be-energy/be-energy-efficiency/regulation-of-commercial-fan-efficiency/

"Fans consume 14% of the electricity purchased by industrial and commercial buildings. Yet, fan efficiency has escaped the attention of those who design efficiency into the air systems they specify. That is about to change. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will publish their proposed rule this year covering fans from 1 to 200 horsepower. This new regulation will determine compliance at the design point of the fan."

Microgrid & Microturbine Power Trends

Business Energy, Jul/Aug. 2016, Lyn Corum.
http://foresternetwork.com/business-energy-magazine/be-energy/be-energy-efficiency/microgrid-microturbine-power-trends/

"There are interesting developments happening with microgrids these days. Utilities are adding them to stabilize their grids, and communities are developing a peer-to-peer consumer energy trading system to buy and sell electricity generated by their solar systems."

Update on U.S. Fan Energy-Efficiency Regulation

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Aug. 2016, by Anthony (Tony) Rossi and Michael Wolf.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/update-us-fan-energy-efficiency-regulation

"Progress to date and future direction of efforts to reduce fan power consumption."
References ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and AMCA 205, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans.

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