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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.

 


A Compressed Air Piping System Assessment

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2016, by Gary Wamsely.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/pipingstorage/compressed-air-piping-system-assessment

"During an Energy Review at a relatively new health care garment factory, in the Southwest, we found all three of the 100 psig nominally rated rotary screw air compressors were operating at 115-120 psig continuously. We asked the Production Superintendent if this was normal or if something had recently changed. He explained that initially they operated two air compressors but had to begin running the 3rd unit in ‘trim’ mode after some converting machines were up-graded. Then, a new larger converting machine was recently installed and air pressure quickly became a production issue. Since capital funds were tight, the project engineering team determined the third air compressor had sufficient capacity."

President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

U.S. Department of Energy, June 20, 2016.
http://energy.gov/articles/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing-innovation-institute

"President Obama announced on June 20 that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Energy Department. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the coalition brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than 30 states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama administration."
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead a hub in the Northwest.

Think Outside the Troffer

Buildings, Jun. 2016, by Robert Nieminen.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20403/title/think-outside-the-troffer.aspx

"Upgrading outdated, inefficient troffer lighting is not as complex or costly as you think."

Reducing Energy Consumption with High-Temperature Heating and Ventilation

The Construction Specifier, May 2016, by Marc Braun.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/reducing-energy-consumption-with-high-temperature-heating-and-ventilation/

"The Department of Energy published a study, “Field Demonstration of High-efficiency Gas Heaters,” where it discussed how high-temperature heating and ventilation (HTHV) direct gas-fired heaters dramatically reduce energy consumption when replacing unit heaters in warehouses and other high-bay buildings. These direct-fired technologies—often referred to as ‘make-up air heaters’—have been widely adopted as high-efficiency ventilation units. The surprising thing is specialized versions of these products can accomplish high-efficiency space-heating when ventilation is not required, such as during unoccupied times."

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."

Systems Approach Cuts Fabric Mill Energy Costs

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2016, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/systems-approach-cuts-fabric-mill-energy-costs

"A large fabric mill has implemented an energy management system based on the ISO 50001 standard to track their compressed air system efficiency.  As a result of information gained from this system, and measures learned in some recent compressed air training, the company has reduced their compressed air system costs while at the same time achieving increased fabric production output. The savings were gained by not only optimizing the supply side of the system, but by also addressing the end uses."

Applying Combined Heat and Power Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, June 2016, by Rodney V. Oathout.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/applying-combined-heat-and-power-systems/6209f622802ca8a577b34246b4fc074a.html

"Cogeneration systems, often referred to as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, generate both electricity and thermal energy. As they become more common in the United States, engineers must understand the nuances and design strategies for successful application."

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."

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