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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


2 Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Motor

Pumps & Systems, June 2015, by Mike Stockman.

"Every pump industry professional faces the challenge of choosing the most efficient system for a particular application. This process is complicated by the uncertainties of efficiency regulations, mandates and parameters, especially when efficiencies alone do not tell the whole story. Sometimes the most efficient motor is not the best choice. By using two simple calculations, pumping professionals can determine the best motor—as well as the best pump and drive—for each application."

Dubuque [IA] Resource Recovery Facility Keeps It Sustainable

Treatment Plant Operator, June 2015, by Doug Day.

"An Iowa city’s $38 million [wastewater treatment] facility renovation includes combined heat and power, biosolids reuse, effluent heat recovery, water-saving landscaping, and more."

Guest Commentary: Microgrids: An Integrated Power Solution for Business

Business Energy, May 2015, by Michael J. Zimmer.{}

"North America continues to be a hotbed for microgrid development. Green Energy Corp., a US builder of commercial-scale microgrids, recently estimated that 24,000 US commercial and industrial sites could be developed with large-scale microgrid conversions."

Top 3 Industrial Barriers To Energy Efficiency & How To Overcome Them

CleanTechnica, May 27, 2015, by Scott Tew.

"It’s safe to say that most executives may not be experts on how much energy industrial facilities consume. As equipment manufacturers and solution providers, it is up to us to raise the level of awareness and provide reliable systems and services that can help organizations dramatically increase energy efficiency."

DOAS Gaining Traction in US [Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems]

Air conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, June 15, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"Commercial building codes are mandating higher volumes of fresh-air intake than ever before. To help meet these ventilation requirements, more and more HVAC contractors and building owners are turning to dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). These systems most often run in parallel with other systems to deliver 100 percent outdoor air and handle latent loads. The units improve occupant health and comfort, and they are quickly gaining popularity in the U.S."

Building on the Foundations of ISO 50001 for Greater Energy Efficiency

Environmental Leader: Environmental & Energy Management News, Apr. 20, 2015, by Alexandra Ortiz.

"The new International Standard requires an Energy Management System to be effective."

The Challenges of Auditing Compressed Air in Chemical and Petrochemical Plants

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2015, by Paul Edwards.

"Compressed air audits for chemical and petrochemical plants have many characteristics in common with audits in other industries, but there are some differences in the way these businesses run that impact the goals of the typical audit and how that audit is conducted. In chemical and petrochemical facilities, the reason for auditing the demand side is different than that of other industries."

Centrifugal Air Compressor Basics: Deciphering Manufacturer Performance Curves

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2015, by Hank van Ormer.

"In general, this article focuses on the operating principles of centrifugal air compressors, discussing them in simple terms to provide an understanding of application limitations and opportunities. One primary goal is to define often-confusing terminology, such as 'rise to surge,' 'stonewall and surge,' 'mass flow,' and 'dynamic compression.'"

Governor Inslee Honors Washington Industrial Companies

Bonneville Power Administration News Release, May 5, 2015.

"Industry representatives from across Washington got the red carpet
treatment as Gov. Jay Inslee recognized nine companies for their exceptional commitment to saving energy at the
Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards March 25 at the capital in Olympia."

Developing a Pump System Assessment with Energy Cost Balance Sheets

Engineered Software, Inc., May 2015.

"The first step in the assessment involves developing an Energy Cost Balance Sheet for the way the system is currently operating.  We can then identify system improvement alternatives and develop an Energy Cost Balance Sheet for each proposed alternative.  These results provide the plant’s financial management team with the data needed to develop a course of action based on the potential risk/ reward."


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