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Industrial Newsbriefs

October 2014

The Industrial Newsbriefs is a current awareness service brought to you by the Washington State University Energy Program Library to help assist users in tracking news, technologies, events, and other developments in industrial energy efficiency.

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Welcome to the October issue of Industrial Newsbriefs.

Recent blog entries include articles on:

  • Savings potential in pumping systems
  • Waste heat to biogas case study
  • Evaluating air compressor cooling systems
  • Dealing with motor failures
  • Details of an insulation audit at a chemical plant
  • DOE Recognizes Energy Efficiency Manufacturers

To read these, and other industrial postings, visit the blog.

Another item that may be of interest to readers is the Make it in Washington Scholarship program. The Washington State University Make it in Washington (MiiW) initiative provides technical assistance, resources, and advanced education and training to small and midsized manufacturers in select Washington counties.

We hope you will bookmark the Industrial Newsbriefs blog, and check it frequently for energy-related news. It is a subset of the 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.


Regional Events

7th Annual NW Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit
Portland, OR
January 14, 2015
Registration opens October 6th!
The region’s premiere gathering of industries and energy interests working together to advance northwest industrial competitive through energy efficiency.
Event and registration information:

NEEA Industrial Trainings

NEEA Industrial Training Webinar Landing page (view recorded webinars for free)

Pumping System Optimization
Eugene, OR
October 23, 2014
Did you know that the average pumping system efficiency is 40% or less? When pumping systems are not optimized for best efficiency, they will drain your company’s profitably with higher energy and maintenance costs, shorter mean time between repairs, more CO2 emissions and a less reliable system overall.

The typical medium-sized plant spends over $1.4 million a year on energy to run their pumping systems. Better system design and optimized pumping systems may result in savings that will average $350K per year on energy alone. In addition, 4,436 tons of CO2 emissions may be avoided by implementing the systems optimization concepts discussed during this course. For irrigation users, the class can show how to lower header pressures without throttle valves and explore ways to modify pumps by trimming the impeller.

The course will show how the variable speed drive can save additional power by slowing down the pump speed, which will save energy and reduce cost in the process. With the system running more efficiently, maintenance and operating costs will go down and the mean time between repairs will improve. With these savings opportunities, isn’t it time to find out how much your pumping systems are costing you?
Registration fee: $139
Registration deadline: October 9th
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Energy Efficiency for Air Cooled Refrigeration Systems
Billings, MT
November 19, 2014
With an emphasis on air cooled split refrigeration systems, attendees will develop the skills and knowledge to reduce the energy use and operating costs of their refrigeration systems while improving reliability.

The presentation will address system basics, energy efficiency best practices, and maintenance practices. Case studies will be presented to show illustrations of opportunities as well as present effective solutions to common problems. Many of the basic efficiency principles can be applied across other systems to improve efficiency.

Attendees will understand how to leverage utility and government programs to help finance efficiency improvements. This training is for non-ammonia refrigeration systems
Registration fee: $139
Registration deadline: November 5th
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Optimizing Pumping Systems: A Measurement-Based Approach
Port Angeles, WA
November 19-20, 2014
This course focuses on the measurements that are required for any pumping system performance assessment – flow rate, pressure, and electrical data. Common measurement methods and devices are discussed. A host of application issues associated with test devices are emphasized.

Other issues covered include: time coordination of measurements, known sources of error and their potential impact, estimating parameters that can't be measured, and conducting hands-on measurements and converting the measured data. Registration fee: $199
Registration deadline: November 5th
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Energy Efficient Industrial HVAC and Refrigeration Systems
Moses Lake, WA
November 20, 2014
You need your HVAC systems to run safely and efficiently because when your system goes down it costs your organization money. In this course you will learn how to maintain peak efficiencies of your systems to keep costs down.

Maintenance of air conditioning and refrigeration system is about troubleshooting and repairing system problems as they occur. Proper preventive maintenance, however, will lessen problems and lengthen equipment life.
Registration fee: $139
Registration deadline: October 29th
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Webinars & Online Courses

Energy Auditing and Troubleshooting
Location: Online webinar
October 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (PDT)
Description: This webinar will show you how to estimate energy consumption by end use without the need for submetering. We will focus on refrigeration, compressed air end uses, HVAC, lighting, and office equipment. In addition, you will receive audit checklists for energy conservation. Several third-party auditing tools will also be reviewed. Spend an hour attending this webinar and sharpen your energy IQ!

This webinar is coordinated by the NEEA NW Regional Industrial Training project and is sponsored by Bonneville Power Administration, Washington State University Energy Program, and Northwest Food Processors Association.
Registration fee: FREE
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