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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.

 


Banking Water for Power

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2014, by Alice Clamp.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=41566

"Public utilities often provide water service to their customers as well as electrical service. And many of them have noteworthy water conservation programs to manage cyclical variations in supply. Utilities are also banking and recycling water used in power plants to realize greater operational efficiencies."

Companies Pocket Savings From Better Energy Management

ClimateWire, July 23, 2014 (reprinted and published with permission by DOE)
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/companies-pocket-savings-better-energy-management

"Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program were highlighted in ClimateWire, July 23, 2014. The article recounts how SEP led one Nissan plant to invest in operational changes that are now saving 264,000 gigajoules annually—and how a General Dynamics plant saved $536,000 in the first year.

North Dakota's Subterranean Fuel Feedstock

Biomass Magazine, June 2014, by Chris Hanson.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10458/north-dakotas-subterranean-fuel-feedstock

"When the advanced biofuel industry thinks feedstocks, ideas may drift toward dried corn stover on a freshly harvested field, or swathes of switchgrass or miscanthus swaying in the breeze. In the Red River Valley and Drift Prairie regions of North Dakota, however, the next advanced biofuel might be found below the ground in the form of sugar beets. But why sugar beets?" Includes a table that shows U.S 10-Year Sugar Beet Production, by state.

Could Solar Roadways Pave the Way to a Sustainable Energy Economy?

Green Builder, July 2014, by Christina Birchfield.
http://content.yudu.com/A2x2j8/GreenBuilderJuly2014/resources/8.htm

"The Solar Roadways crowd-sourced fundraising campaign has sparked the country's imagination."

Wood-Pellet-Fired Boilers Provide Highly Efficient, No-Fuss Operation

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, June 2014, by Dan Vastyan.
http://hpac.com/heating/wood-pellet-fired-boilers-provide-highly-efficient-no-fuss-operation

"The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)...wanted a district hydronic heating system fired by a renewable fuel—ideally, wood for its Resource Management Center—in Weiser State Forest in eastern Pennsylvania.

After reviewing several proposals, the DCNR chose a solution offered by ATI Systems Inc., a hybrid representative/distributor/engineering-services organization based in Conestoga, Pa., whose founder, Carl Longenecker, has found a way to burn wood automatically at near-condensing efficiencies with an air-friendly emissions profile vastly beyond traditional wood and coal burners
."

High-Efficiency Condensing Boilers for Multifamily Applications

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, June 2014, by Tracy Young.
http://hpac.com/heating/high-efficiency-condensing-boilers-multifamily-applications

"Just over a decade ago, a new heating/heating-and-water-heating option for multifamily dwellings arrived in North America: the high-efficiency wall-hung condensing boiler. A standard in Europe for many years, these units save space and reduce utility bills while continuously providing heat and hot water to tenants. Units decrease utility bills, boost tenant satisfaction."

Glazing Systems: Considerations for the Mechanical Engineer

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, June 2014, by Jerry Bauers and George W. Houk.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/glazing-systems-considerations-for-the-mechanical-engineer/116b8a44a720582d1d2543d7712a2ca4.html

"Window glazing and shading or louvers have a direct impact on the HVAC load of a building. Mechanical engineers often are tasked with specifying window and shading systems. Know about building envelope, and how it can be managed/altered by window system selection."


Increasing Efficiency with Advanced Controls [in Heat Treating]

Industrial Heating, Jun. 2014. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.industrialheating.com/articles/91705-increasing-efficiency-with-advanced-controls?v=preview

"The ever-increasing need to produce higher-quality parts with lower costs requires newer tools to reduce waste and optimize processes. By using advanced gas-handling systems, heat treaters can reduce waste and get a handle on each furnaces gas consumption. Using process modeling for carburizing, nitriding, and carbonitriding can help users develop more efficient processes."

Plugging the Energy Drain: Office Building Owners, Facility Managers Embracing Energy Management Systems

Business Energy, June 2014, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Plugging_the_Energy_Drain_25978.aspx

"EMS—especially networked ones that allow, say, lighting systems to talk to HVAC systems—can dramatically reduce the amount of energy that the typical office building consumes. Add this to the fact that so many today lack these systems, and it’s clear that the energy management industry should be in definite growth mode today."

LED Versus Fluorescent Lighting [Higher Education]

Environmental Design + Construction, June 2014, by Adrian Charest.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95656-led-versus-fluorescent-lighting

"Lighting needs vary by application, so how does LED lighting stack up financially against fluorescent lighting option in an educational setting?"

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