Articles for July 16, 2012
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Analysis of the Future of Natural Gas Prices and Wood Pellet Prices: Natural Gas
Will Become Much More Costly than Wood Pellets"
was authored by William Strauss, Ph.D., President, FutureMetrics, and published
May 31, 2012, in Pellet Mill Magazine. The author maintains that as the
United States begins exporting LNG to countries willing to pay higher prices
than are charged today, domestic prices will, accordingly, rise.
Poultry Litter Landscape" was written by Luke Geiver,
Associate Editor, Biomass Power & Thermal;
it was published in the June 2012 issue of that same journal. Excessive amounts of nitrogen and
phosphorus in the soil from agriculture are due to be reduced to protect the
Chesapeake Bay watershed. This
article concentrates on the waste from poultry which may be resolved by
energy-producing anaerobic digestion.
The following two articles were
published in the June 2012 issue of
Tips for Green Certification," by Janelle Penny, Associate
Editor of Buildings, offers valuable
and in-depth discussion of each of the ten tips.
The article ends with a very helpful examination of each of eight
certifications as to origin, philosophy, certification requirements, renewal
requirements, applicable building types covered by the certification, and more.
Green Building Earns LEED Platinum" is an article by staff. Following federal policy to green its
building stock, NASA's Sustainability Base is an excellent example of a facility
with low consumption of energy and water and extensive daylighting. The building is comfortable – it
responds automatically to seasonal and other external changes – and it comes
close to being net-zero energy.
The following two articles were published in the May 2012 issue of
HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering:
in Data-Center Cooling" was written by Kevin Dunlap,
Product Manager for Cooling at Schneider Electric. The adaptations include
energy-efficient air management using equipment that includes improved
components and that is subject to certain standards.
IT-Solutions Provider Chooses Modular Plants for Mission-Critical Cooling,"
by staff, discusses the benefits of the modular approach.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY – INTERNATIONAL
Various related documents and The ACEEE
2012 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard,
by Sara Hayes, Rachel Young, and Michael Sciortino (with several contributing
authors) are now available. The
Scorecard is a 99-page, 2012, report from ACEEE (American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy); registration (free) is required to see the document. The world's 12 largest economies are
compared – the metrics used are explained in the report – and the United States
is ranked ninth.
The following four articles appeared in the June 2012 issue of
the Most out of Your Combustion System" was written by Brian Kelly of
Elster Kromschroeder/Hauck Manufacturing Co. Heat
treating needs to be energy efficient and product must be produced quickly
without compromising quality. In
this article, the combustion system is examined in-depth.
to Reduce Energy Requirements for Efficient Vacuum-Furnace Operation"
was jointly authored by Nicholas R. Cordisco and Reàl J. Fradette, both of Solar
Manufacturing. The authors show how to
reduce energy use in several areas of furnace operation: hot-zones, pumps and
motors, and water cooling.
Backup for Molten-Metal Processes" was co-authored by Brian Bradley
of Unifrax I, LLC, U.S. and Luiz Carlos Simao, Unifrax Brazil, Sao Paulo. Suggestions are offered to reduce
heat losses in, and to extend the life of, the ladle refractory. The "revolutionary backup" is a
Energy with Your All-Metal Hot Zone" was jointly written by Ray
O'Neill of Plansee USA LLC and Bernd Kleinpass of Plansee, Reutte, Austria.
While most hot zones in use are insulated
ones, the authors concentrate on the 20-25% of them that are all metal. They show how to reduce energy with
smaller hot-zone mass, by employing a more-efficient shielding, and by adding a
Plansee product to the shielding.
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