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Industrial Newsbriefs

June 2014

Welcome to this edition of Industrial Newsbriefs, produced by the Washington State University Energy Program. Industrial Newsbriefs is a current awareness service provided by the Washington State University Energy Program Library to assist users in tracking developments in industrial energy efficiency.View archive 

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Loyal readers, we are excited to announce that Industrial Newsbriefs has changed to a blog format! For over a decade, we’ve been bringing you the latest news, technologies, events, and funding opportunities related to industrial energy efficiency. The blog will be a continuation of the great service you’ve become accustomed to with Industrial Newsbriefs, but will be provided in a new format, and prepared by a new editor.

While the blog will be updated regularly as relevant news comes to our attention, and can be accessed on the WSU Energy Program website at any time, we will continue our monthly newsletter service as a reminder for you. The monthly newsletter will continue to feature funding opportunities and notices for the latest industrial energy trainings in the Northwest and throughout the country.

We hope you will bookmark the Industrial Newsbriefs blog, and check it frequently for energy-related news. It will be a subset of WSU Energy Library’s Energy Newsbriefs blog at You will find the Industrial section by clicking on Industrial Newsbriefs at the top of the Categories list in the column at the right. Recent blog entries include articles on energy management in water and wastewater treatment plants, progressive cavity pumps in pulp and paper processes, alternative energy in industrial plants, compressed air system design for food processors, and industrial lubrication fundamentals. To read these, and other industrial postings, visit the blog regularly.


Pacific Northwest

NEEA Industrial Trainings
Adjustable Speed Drives and Energy Efficiency
Yakima, WA
June 26th, 2014

This course addresses the choices available and relevant issues regarding the use of adjustable speed drives (ASD) with electric motors, and demonstrates the energy cost savings and other benefits made possible by this technology. In this course we explore how adjustable speed drives work and ways to assess the savings. Variable frequency drives (VFD) are the most common speed control method and is the major focus of the course content which will cover the benefits of pulse width modulation technology and well as discovering and mitigating harmful electromagnetic interference that can cause motor failure. Additional information on evaluating and specifying VFDs is provided.
Registration fee: $139
Registration deadline: June 12th
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Compressed Air Challenge – Level 1
Spokane, WA
July 17th, 2014

Are your compressed air energy costs under control? Even the smallest compressed air system is a relatively large source of energy consumption and cost. Make your company more profitable with the Compressed Air Challenge™, a series of seminars that applies proven techniques to achieve cost-effective solutions. Optimizing your compressed air systems can lead to higher productivity, energy savings, increased product quality and greater efficiency. This training offers attendees the opportunity to use their own system data in seminar exercises, as well as mastery of compressed air system components and techniques. Attendees can apply training and implement changes immediately upon return to their work place.
Registration fee: $139
Registration deadline: July 3rd
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Efficient and Effective Industrial Lighting
Redmond, OR
July 23rd, 2014

This year of 2014, LED products have really become cost effective. LED high bays with 120+ lumens per watt, 100,000+ hours rated life, up to 10 year warranty are usually the best solution for many projects. But it is important to get the best ones, and sometimes other technologies can be better. This class also focuses on hooded industrials, strips, troffers and as well as some exterior lights. Pros and cons of high lumen full and reduced wattage T8s will be covered. T8s, T5HOs, T8VHOs, electronically ballasted ceramic metal halide, induction, plasma and LED will be compared. Different conditions such as wet locations, explosion proof lighting, food safety and other issues will be discussed. Attendees will learn about wired and wireless controls. Attendees will also learn about some of the benefits of human centric lighting, which includes improved circadian rhythms, mood, visual acuity, performance and sustainability. Case studies, and low cost/no cost options will also be discussed during class.
Registration fee: $139
Registration deadline: July 9th
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Motor Systems Management Best Practices
Medford, OR
July 29th, 2014

This course teaches attendees how to use USDOE MotorMaster+ software, an energy efficient motor selection and management tool, which includes a catalog of over 20,000 AC motors. This tool features motor inventory management tools, maintenance log tracking, efficiency analysis, savings evaluation, energy accounting, and environmental reporting capabilities. The course includes an enhanced user manual with new reporting methods and efficient predictive maintenance practices.
Registration fee: $139
Registration deadline: July 15th
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Webinars & Online Courses

Cost Effective Energy Improvements For Small And Medium Industrial Facilities
Energy Center of Wisconsin
Live Webinar
June 4, 2014, 1-2:30 pm CDT

Presenter is Joseph Junker, PE, from Energy Efficiency Center at Oregon State University.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Conduct a walk-through of a small to medium sized industrial facility and develop a list of potential no-cost, low-cost and greater-cost opportunities to reduce energy use and expenses.
  • Collect the appropriate energy and operational data needed to estimate the potential value of potential energy reduction opportunities.
  • Identify and take immediate action on "low hanging fruit" energy reduction opportunities.
  • Develop a plan to address potential cost effective opportunities that take more effort to evaluate and implement.

Who should watch?
Building owners, facility managers and engineers, maintenance personnel, energy managers, building operators, contractors, energy efficiency specialists and anyone interested in controlling energy use in small to medium sized facilities.
Registration fee: Free, or $89 for Credit
Registration deadline: June 3rd
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