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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 Newsbriefs

Industrial


Optimizing Centrifugal Chiller Systems

Engineered Systems, Apr. 2017, by Chris Miller.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98238-optimizing-centrifugal-chiller-systems

"Retrieving every last bit of performance from the system while stopping short of the surge line is no small feat. Dig into sizing, tower selection, chilled water loads and stability, and condenser water management to leave no efficiency stone unturned."

What You Need to Know About Energy Storage

Power Engineering, April 18, 2017, by Rajan Chudgar and Dan Gabaldon.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-121/issue-4/features/what-you-need-to-know-about-energy-storage.html

"Common Misconceptions, How to Assess Options, Practical Operational Concerns, and Where's the value? There is a reason for the seemingly endless series of conferences and press releases on energy storage, and why the topic is near the top of the agenda for many energy and facility managers across the country. In the last three years, more energy storage has been deployed in the U.S. than the previous five years combined."

Fine Tuning Oil-Free Air Compressors and Purification at a Pharmaceutical Plant

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2017, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/pharmaceutical/fine-tuning-oil-free-air-compressors-and-purification-pharmaceutical-plant

"A pharmaceutical product manufacturer spends an estimated $137,443 annually on electricity to operate the oil-free air compressors in its compressed air system. The compressed air system operates well and is providing the level of purification required.  Our team visited the plant and identified a group of projects which could reduce compressed air demand and reduce energy costs by $42,248 – or 31% of current use. The objective of this article, however, will be to illustrate the review we did of all the supply-side equipment.  This includes the oil-free air compressors, dryers, filters, drains, oil-water separators and breathing air systems."

Geothermal Heating, Cooling System Helping Winery Crush Energy Costs

HPAC Engineering, Mar. 2017, by GEOSTAR.
http://hpac.com/heating/geothermal-heating-cooling-system-helping-winery-crush-energy-costs

"Known for the first genuine ice wine produced in the United States and made broadly available, Hunt Country Vineyards, located on a 170-acre farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is no stranger to accolades. But wines are not all for which the vintner has been recognized. In 2015, Hunt Country Vineyards, along with Penn Yan, N.Y.-based Moravec Geothermal, received the New York Geothermal Energy Organization’s Top Job award for its geothermal heating and cooling system. Installed in 2012, the system supports the sustainability goals that are so important to the Hunt family."

Compressed Air Savings with Nozzles or Blowers

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2017, by Jerry Zolkowski.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/compressed-air-savings-nozzles-or-blowers

"Compressed air is used as a convenient and often necessary source of air flow to perform blow-offs, cooling, or drying.  And since compressed air is a costly utility, a frequent recommendation in this magazine and audits is to reduce the compressed air use by using high efficiency engineered nozzles.  Using these nozzles is a good practice as they are designed in a way that uses the compressed air to accelerate the surrounding air to deliver the same mass transfer effect as a standard nozzle (or tube) with a much larger orifice."

Smart Manufacturing Improves Energy Efficiency

American Machinist, Apr. 12, 2017, by Megan Ray Nichols.
http://americanmachinist.com/automation/smart-manufacturing-improves-energy-efficiency

"Most of us understand how Smart Manufacturing can improve operational efficiency across the board. What many manufacturers don't consider is the resulting improvement in energy efficiency that also can be achieved. Not only is this next-gen approach to production planning and execution leading to heightened productivity and output, but it's also paving the way for “greener” operations in the near future."

Motor Control Centers Enhance Smart Pumping Systems

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Glynn Newby.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/motors-instrumentationcontrols/march-2017-motor-control-centers-enhance-smart-pumping-systems

"Modern motor control technologies have surfaced that address evolving smart pumping system requirements. They protect pumping systems by simultaneously providing a new level of diagnostics, energy awareness and control, as well as by enhancing operator safety."

Smart Manufacturing Must Embrace Big Data

Nature Comment, Apr. 5, 2017, by Andrew Kusiak.
http://www.nature.com/news/smart-manufacturing-must-embrace-big-data-1.21760

"Study and model industrial processes to save money, energy and materials, urges Andrew Kusiak."


Optimize Pumps with Digital Data

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by David Drake.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-pumps/march-2017-optimize-pumps-digital-data

"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a wave of innovation that turns machinery into intelligent equipment through cloud-networked sensors and software. IIoT has the potential to become one of the biggest drivers of global productivity in the next decade as machines, technology and humans further integrate and unleash an unprecedented level of efficiency. The pump sector is well-positioned to reap the rewards of what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

Efficient Freezing, Cooling Need Not Sacrifice Performance [Food Processing]

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Casey Laughman.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96559-efficient-freezing-cooling-need-not-sacrifice-performance

"Careful planning, consistent operations can ensure processors strike a balance between performance and energy conservation."
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