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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.

 


Energy Saving Filters for Wastewater Treatment Created

Science Daily, July 7, 2016, Nanyang Technological University.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160707083312.htm

"Scientists have invented a new type of nanofilter that could reduce the energy needed to treat wastewater by up to five times. This breakthrough technology took about two years to develop and is now being commercialized across Asia."

Less Steam, Please: Thermal Power Reduction In Health Care

Engineered Systems, July 2016, by Carl C. Schultz.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97816-less-steam-please-thermal-power-reduction-in-health-care

"It might seem like an odd objective, but the potential efficiency gains are real. And from heat recovery chillers to modified humidification targets so are the opportunities to replace steam production with hot water generation and to manage remaining steam needs more intelligently."

Energy Dept. Announces $19 Million in Building-Efficiency Investments

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Jun 2016.
http://hpac.com/archive/energy-dept-announces-19-million-building-efficiency-investments

"The U.S. Energy Department recently announced it is investing $19 million in advanced building technologies intended to lower utility bills, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and create jobs."

How IIOT Monitoring Improves Pump Maintenance

Flow Control, Jul 2016, by Brett Burger.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/how-iiot-monitoring-improves-pump-maintenance/

"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will eventually connect tens of billions of “things” businesses use to operate with other machines, the cloud, control systems and people. Pumps are squarely on the list of “things,” and like many other big-iron assets that do not generate high-tech publicity, they have much to gain with this surge of technology. Why do we need IIoT pumps? What does an IIoT-enabled pump look like?"

How 3D Printing is Changing Manufacturing’s Trajectory

Flow Control, Jul 2016, by John Hornick.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/how-3d-printing-is-changing-manufacturings-trajectory/

"Three-dimensional (3D) printers make finished products with one process. Driven by a digital blueprint, they build layer upon layer of fused plastic, metal or other materials. 3D printing has generated a lot of hype. Some people say it is difficult to separate the hype from reality, but doing so is simple. Anything that sounds farfetched probably is not, but it will probably take longer to happen. In a world full of 3D printers, products and blueprints can be designed, customized, created and sold by innumerable companies and home printers."

Looking for a Breakthrough in Cement and Concrete

Rocky Mountain Institute, July 12, 2016, by Robert Hutchinson.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_07_12_looking_for_breakthrough_in_cement_concrete

"The toughest climate challenges involve large global industries, with no good substitutes. One of these literally produces the material under our feet—concrete. Every year, each of us in the U.S. uses about one-third of a ton. Fast-growing developing countries use far more. Globally we produce over 4 billion metric tons of Portland cement per year—the key ingredient in concrete and responsible for the majority of its CO2 footprint—driving over 5 percent of total anthropomorphic CO2. RMI’s research on the topic reveals that, to have a chance of significantly shrinking the industry footprint and meeting our Paris goals, revolutionary thinking and significant disruption is needed—a Tesla for cement, as it were."

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

Bloomberg, Jul 19, 2016, by Jack Clark.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-19/google-cuts-its-giant-electricity-bill-with-deepmind-powered-ai

"The internet giant is using technology from the DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary for big savings on the power consumed by its data centers, according to DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis."

Lunching and Learning: Food for Thought on a Geothermal-Heat-Pump-System Design

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Jun 2016, by Jeffrey Newcomb.
http://hpac.com/heating/lunching-and-learning-food-thought-geothermal-heat-pump-system-design

"In the article, Fred, a mechanical engineer, explains his unusual design for a campus chilled-water system to William, a civil engineer. William asks questions and makes observations, system diagrams scribbled on napkins are exchanged, and Fred is left with a new way of thinking about his design. Sound familiar?"

How to Maximize Burner Efficiency

Industrial Heating, Jul 2016, by Mark Lampe. [Free registration required]
http://www.industrialheating.com/articles/92914-how-to-maximize-burner-efficiency?

"Because energy costs are a major factor for many industrial processes, it makes sense to carefully analyze how the natural gas is being used and whether the system is running at peak efficiency."

Is PACE Moving to Prime Time?

ACEEE, Jul 18, 2016, by Jim Barrett.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/07/pace-moving-prime-time

"One of the distinctions we often make between energy and energy efficiency is that energy acts more like a cost, and energy efficiency acts more like an investment. Like most investments, energy efficiency works by using an up front expense to generate a stream of economic benefits.... Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a relatively new strategy for funding efficiency and renewable investments that is really starting to take off."

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