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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.

 


Pushing the Envelope: PNC Tower, World's Greenest High-Rise, Is A Study In Simplicity

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Ronald Kovach.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/PNC-Tower-Worlds-Greenest-High-Rise-Is-A-Study-In-Simplicity--16527

"For all the complexity of its systems and building envelope, the structure that is being touted as the greenest high-rise in the world is also a study in simplicity. The Tower at PNC Plaza, which opened in October in Pittsburgh, is using that most primal of objects — the sun — to help create essential building systems, namely HVAC and lighting. And a gigantic solar-fired version of another fundamental — hot air rising up a chimney — is also a vital part of how the building works. At the same time, it is the sun that has created the structure’s biggest surprises."

Efficiency Is Only the Start: Technology, Design Advances Are Driving High-Performance Lighting

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Rita Tatum.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Technology-Design-Advances-Are-Driving-High-Performance-Lighting---16535

"High-performance lighting designs aim to satisfy occupants while they slash energy use."

Dan James Appointed New Deputy Administrator for BPA

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, May 4, 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Dan-James-appointed-new-deputy-administrator-for-BPA.aspx

"BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer announced today the appointment of Dan James, formerly of the regional utility cooperative PNGC Power, to the position of deputy administrator for the Northwest power marketing agency."

Real-world Research at Wanapum Dam

Hydro Review, May 2016, by Yannick Baril, Maxim Bergeron, Jose Figueroa, and Jeff Niehenke.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-4/articles/real-world-research-at-wanapum-dam.html

"Repair work at Grant County Public Utility District's Wanapum Dam in Washington offered an uncommon chance to perform studies on operating machinery."

Classroom Ventilation: Meeting Today's Challenges

Engineered Systems, May 2016, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97718-classroom-ventilation-meeting-todays-challenges

"Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space."

Assessing the Radiant Roads to School Design

Engineered Systems, May 2016, by Chris Miller and Eddie Ortiz.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97717-the-radiant-roads-to-school-design

"Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the authors pursue some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll."

Replacing a Steam Boiler

Engineered Systems, Jun 2016, by Ray Wohlfarth.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97773-replacing-a-steam-boiler

"When designing or replacing a low pressure steam boiler, throw out everything you know about hydronic boilers. A steam system is closer in operation to an air conditioning unit than it is to a hydronic boiler. If you design a steam system using hydronic design methods, it will not operate properly. A hydronic system uses sensible heat while a steam system uses both sensible and latent heat. Sensible heat can be measured with a thermometer while latent heat causes a change of state and cannot be measured accurately with a thermometer. The following are some of the steps I take when designing a replacement steam system."

Tacoma Power Ductless Heat Pump Proposal Changes Washington State Energy Code

Northwest Public Power Bulletin, Apr. 2016, by Sonja Bert. -- scroll or jump to page 14.
https://www.nwppa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-April-Bulletin.pdf

"Tacoma Power's proposal to change the Washington State Energy code will soon make ductless heat pumps (DHPs) mandatory in some new construction homes. The change will save money for homeowners and help reduce the need for future power plants across the state."

Consumers Power Helps Hospital Get Strategic About Its Energy Use

Northwest Public Power Bulletin, Apr. 2016, by David Moody and Joel Scruggs. -- scroll or jump to page 26.
https://www.nwppa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-April-Bulletin.pdf

"An energy audit of the medical center's equipment, processes, and systems identified a number of operations and maintenance improvements that could add up to significant energy savings."

What Matters When Purchasing a Small Wind Turbine?

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Mick Sagrillo.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/what-matters-when-purchasing-a-small-wind-turbine/

"What makes a manufacturer worth considering? With the plethora of small wind web sites out there, it’s might seem daunting to try to ferret out the wheat from the chaff, who is a legitimate small wind manufacturer and who is a huckster. Actually, it is simpler than it appears. Remember the discussion about turbine certification? (ST Winter 2015/2016) This is your screen. Any manufacturer not listed with a certified turbine should not be considered, period. No matter what they promise or how much they plead. Do you want to be someone’s beta test site or do you want a working wind system for decades?"

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