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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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.


Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Building Internet of Things and Automated Demand Response

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Rita Tatum.

An article in 3-parts: Explores impact of the Internet of Things on how facilities communicate with electric utilities.
1) How Internet of Things Is Automating Demand Response Programs
2) How Automated Demand Response (ADR) Works in Power Utilization
3) How OpenADR Standard Aims to Help with Automated Demand Response

Controlling Networks of Microgrids Over the Industrial Internet

Solar Industry, Oct. 2015, by Lynne Canavan.

"The application of existing technologies to energy distribution will enable real-time control of renewable energy sources. With the introduction of smart power grids, all sectors of the energy industry are on the verge of a seismic shift. The enabling technologies of big data, data analytics and predictive maintenance are creating the industrial Internet that will make renewable energy assets responsive to demands in near real time."

Calibrate Faster, Smarter & More Accurately [Pump Systems]

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Jim Shields.

"As the price of raw materials fluctuates, industries must minimize costs and maximize profit margins. One way to control costs is to become leaner and more efficient. Every time companies remove waste in their processes, they save money. That includes maintenance and efficiency of pumps that move materials through a facility."

2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 21, 2015. (Need to complete free registration to view full report.)

"For the past nine years, the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard has measured the progress of state policies and programs that save energy while also benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. We use data vetted by state energy officials to rank states in six categories—utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiatives, and appliance standards."

Cool Irrigation Thermal Storage

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2015, by Phil Jankovich, Stephen Connor, and Matt Wilson.

"...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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

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


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