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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.

 


Cool Irrigation Thermal Storage

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2015, by Phil Jankovich, Stephen Connor, and Matt Wilson.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97363-cool-irrigation-thermal-storage

"...the design team realized they could pump irrigation water from the campus' main distribution line at night to use for cooling during the day if they could figure out how to store thousands of gallons of water on the new building's first floor.... Piping strategy, CFD, and chilled beams fill out an innovative closing argument on behalf of this Utah law school."

Combined Heat & Power Really Is The Answer

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2015, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97365-combined-heat-power-really-is-the-answer

"In today's complex web of regulations, equipment and fuel options, and traditional threats to facility operations, it only makes sense to get up to speed on CHP."

Efficiency In The Round [VAV systems ductwork]

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2015, by Eugene Smithart.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97364-efficiency-in-the-round

"When it comes to ductwork for VAV systems, could the shortest path to better air handling cost and efficiencies be round (or spiral)? Aided by static regain and streamlined installation, here's the case for no more corners."

Aluminum Plant Meters Compressed Air Flow to Solve Capacity Issues

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2015, by Jack Sine.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/instrumentation/aluminum-plant-meters-compressed-air-flow-solve-capacity-issues

"A major Midwestern aluminum plant was experiencing dwindling compressed air capacity, primarily due to air leaks. If those capacity issues went unresolved, the facility would have needed rental compressors to keep up with demand. Instead, they turned to flow metering to identify and fix the leaks. In this article, they share their solutions with others who may be having similar difficulties."

Alternative Fuels Forge Ahead

Fuel, Sep. 2015, by Bryan Sims.
http://www.greenbiologics.com/pdfs/gblinthenews33.pdf

"Development of alternative fuels continue to adapt and evolve despite the headwinds of a low-oil price environment."

Bio-FT Jet Fuels Primed to Take Flight by 2017

Fuel, Sep. 2015, by Chris Cothran. (Scroll or Jump to page 60.)
http://dm.hartfuel.com/t/145393-fuel-magazine

"Major airlines are purchasing biojet fuel from biorefineries to reduce their carbon footprint and cut fuel costs."

Energy Star Honors 2015’s Most Efficient Geothermal Units

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Sep. 28, 2015, by Herb Woerpel.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/130652-energy-star-honors-2015s-most-efficient-geothermal-units

"Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star program acknowledges products it deems “Most Efficient” in the marketplace. This effort identifies leading products among those that qualify for Energy Star designation in numerous product categories. Here is a snapshot of Energy Star’s Most Efficient Geothermal Heat Pumps of 2015."

LEDs: Keeping It Cool with Innovative Heat Sink Designs

Architectural Lighting, Sep/Oct. 2015, by Timothy A. Schuler.
http://www.archlighting.com/technology/keeping-it-cool-with-innovative-heat-sink-designs_o

"Advancements in thermal management promise the most efficient generation of LEDs yet."

What Boiler MACT Means to an Energy Engineer

Hudson Technologies, Oct. 15, 2015.
http://www.hudsontech.com/global-energy-news/what-boiler-mact-means-to-an-energy-engineer/

"Boiler MACT [Maximum Achievable Control Technology] is one of the first federal environmental regulations that have specifically called for conducting an energy assessment as a compliance activity. Energy assessments are nothing new; but how does integrating them into an environmental compliance activity impact the assessment process? As energy engineers, what can we learn from this new frontier?"

Steel Mill Energy Audits Include Air Compressor Performance Testing

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2015, by Eric Lee.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/metals/steel-mill-energy-audits-include-air-compressor-performance-testing

"EnSave, an energy auditing company based in Richmond, Vermont, recently performed compressed air audits at two facilities of a leading U.S. steel manufacturer. Both plants are mills that melt, cast, and roll steel to produce a variety of products, including: rebar, merchant bar, steel flats, rounds, fence posts, channel bar, steel channels, steel angles, structural angles and structural channels."

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