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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.


Efficient Freezing, Cooling Need Not Sacrifice Performance [Food Processing]

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Casey Laughman.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96559-efficient-freezing-cooling-need-not-sacrifice-performance

"Careful planning, consistent operations can ensure processors strike a balance between performance and energy conservation."

Advanced Controls Yield Major [Food] Process Improvements

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Wayne Labs.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96557-advanced-controls-yield-major-process-improvements

"You think your dairy processing plant is efficient, but when you do the math, you can’t account for 7 million pounds of lost milk per year. That’s a loss of more than $1 million. In addition, your POTW is billing you more than $80,000 annually for exceeding the maximum permitted levels of fats, oils and greases (FOG) in your wastewater. What’s going on? Seems like money down the drain, doesn’t it? ...Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. Vigilistics, Inc. (now part of SafetyChain Software) production management software was employed to get a handle on what was happening to the “spilt milk."

What Are Wind Techs, Why Are They So In Demand, and How Do You Become One?

AWEA Blog, Mar. 27, 2017, by Anna Luke.
http://www.aweablog.org/wind-techs-demand-become-one/

"The average growth rate for all occupations is seven percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But for wind turbine technicians? It’s 108 percent. That means the amount of men and women employed fixing and maintaining wind towers will more than double between 2014 and 2024. There’s no denying it– wind techs are in demand."

Preparing For More DG On the Grid: No Two-Way Power Flow About It?

Public Power, Mar/Apr 2017, by Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=47668

"Installing solar panels seems simple, according to all those companies selling them. Just sign up, invite someone onto your roof to install them, and boom, you’re in business — generating power even when the grid goes down. Right? Not exactly."

Top Six [Wind] News Stories To Start 2017 as First Quarter Closes

AWEA Blog, Mar. 31, 2017, by Anna Luke.
http://www.aweablog.org/top-six-good-news-stories-builds-2017-first-quarter-closes/

"Since the start of the year, there have been almost too many exciting developments in wind power to count. But we’ll try! Here are six top news items from the first three months of the year."

A Cheaper HRSG [Heat Recovery Steam Generator] with Advanced Gas Turbines

Power Engineering, Mar. 2017, by S. Can Gülen, Ilya Yarinovsky, and Dave Ugolini.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-121/issue-3/features/a-cheaper-hrsg-with-advanced-gas-turbines.html

"Present state-of-the-art in gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) design is three-pressure, reheat (3P-RHT) steam bottoming cycle with steam generation at three different pressure levels. The goal is to maximize total steam generation and steam turbine generator power output for a given gas turbine exhaust energy and, thus, to maximize combined cycle efficiency."

Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 3, 2017 by Jason Hartke.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/play-ball-american-baseball-stadiums-round-bases-energy-efficiency

"As Americans gear up to “root, root, root for the home team” on Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Opening Day, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use."

Taming the Power-Hungry Beast [Motors in Ethanol Operations]

Ethanol Producer Magazine, Mar. 2017, by Ron Kotrba.
http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/14210/

"Updated regulations, motor industry advances promise efficiency improvements in the full range of electrical motors used in ethanol operations."

Enhanced Monitoring Improves Performance

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Todd Loudin.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/march-2017-enhanced-monitoring-improves-performance

"IoT information allows end users to provide corrective action that serves a proactive purpose, rather than reactive."

Smart Building Technology

Forester Daily News, Mar. 2017, by Ed Ritchie.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/building-automation/smart-building-technology-2/

"Automation software, customizable networks, and data collection create energy savings."

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