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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.

Category: Industrial Newsbriefs

Industrial


How City Trucks in Manteca, California Could Run On Food Waste

Treatment Plant Operator, Dec. 2016, by David Steinkraus.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/12/how_city_trucks_in_manteca
_california_could_run_on_food_waste


"A California city gears up for a biogas production project that will convert food waste from schools and businesses into clean gas for vehicles."

Chiller Plant Optimization: Improving On Variable Primary Flow Chilled Water System Operation

Engineered Systems, Nov. 2016, by Mark Bandini, Ernie Brandusa, and Carlos Petty.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98002-chiller-plant-optimization-improving-on-variable-primary-flow-chilled-water-system-operation

"The larger or more complex a cooling plant becomes, the more challenges to its efficiency it will face. When applied wisely, modern controls and equipment can rise to meet those challenges. Read up on active balancing, pump dynamic differential setpoint control, and more responsive tactics for when the worst thing you can do is just go with the flow."

Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior [Biochar]

Biomass Magazine, Nov. 2016, by Anna Simet.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13803/bioenergy-byproduct-to-soil-savior

"Production and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets."

Specifying HVAC Equipment in Critical Environments

The Construction Specifier, Dec. 2016, by Matt Strong.
https://www.constructionspecifier.com/specifying-hvac-equipment-in-critical-environments/

"Cleanrooms present unique design challenges because they must meet specific requirements that go beyond what is encountered in a typical commercial space. When specifying HVAC equipment in a critical environment such as a cleanroom, engineers must consider the key issues of air filtration, humidity control, and pressurization. While a specifying engineer may have experience with these issues in the context of a traditional commercial application, the considerations are substantially different in a cleanroom."

Marijuana Growers Are Seeing the (LED) Light on Energy Efficiency

Utility Dive, Dec. 14, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-growers-are-seeing-the-led-light-on-energy-efficiency/431991/

"Commercial growers in Washington state are cutting their power bills in half with LEDs — and earning huge utility rebates for installation"

Pacific Northwest Researchers to Play Key Role in New Manufacturing USA Institute

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News, Dec. 16, 2016, by Susan Bauer.
http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=4338

"Getting more production output from a chemical operation or performing the same process more efficiently in a much smaller footprint could save U.S. manufacturers billions of dollars and create new jobs. It's known as process intensification and two Northwest institutions are part of the team that's been tapped to make it happen. The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon State University are part of the newest institute under the Manufacturing USA Initiative. DOE recently announced that the American Institute of Chemical Engineers will lead the institute, named Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment."

Understanding the Fan-Efficiency Rules

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Nov. 2016, by Wade W. Smith.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/understanding-the-fan-efficiency-rules/f6487a0a905b99d5c6ff3dfdbf3f9d0c.html

"Fan efficiency is critical in HVAC and process air systems. The new proposed Department of Energy standard will drive changes in how engineers design air systems to minimize fan energy."

Optimizing Facility Operations with Cogeneration Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Nov. 2016, by Cynthia A. Callaway.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/optimizing-facility-operations-with-cogeneration-systems/24f783746b2e9d47202376525bd3d1f4.html

"A cogeneration system is not a single technology, but an integrated energy system that can be modified depending upon the needs of the energy end user. This type of system burns natural gas to simultaneously produce electricity and heat (see Figure 2). The heat is recovered from the combustion system's exhaust stream and converted into useful thermal energy, in the form of steam or hot water, which is either used directly or fed into an absorption chiller to provide cooling."

9th Annual Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit Coming Soon

Northwest Food Processors Association, Dec. 2016.
http://bit.ly/2017NWIEES

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.  "The 9th annual edition of the Summit will again feature a dynamic range of topics to provide inspiring ideas for attendees. Speakers will join from around the regional and across the country to share detailed and overarching strategies to implement energy efficiency in manufacturing sites."

Energy Department Announces Universities to Lead Industrial Assessment Centers Program

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Dec. 14, 2016.
https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-universities-lead-industrial-assessment-centers-program

"The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced nearly $35 million, subject to appropriations, for 28 higher education institutions from 25 states across the country to set up and operate regional Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs)."

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