Articles for June 18, 2012
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Energy Benchmarking" was written by Joseph Aamidor and
Jim Kummer, PE, both of Johnson Controls Inc.; it was published in the April
2012 issue of
HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering. New,
energy-benchmarking applications are available for the facilities manager to
compare energy use between facilities and/or between one facility and the rest
of the industry. The authors
describe what these new apps have to offer in the service of energy savings.
The following two, two-part articles were published by
Building Operating Management; the first in
the April 2012 (hard copy) issue of that journal, the second in the online
edition of that same journal in April 2012:
- "Profile: Harry Hobbs,
InterContinental" was written by Naomi Millàn, Senior Editor,
Building Operating Management; it describes
the work of the engineer in charge of a new hotel that was designed to be highly
Part 1 is "Never
Too Early to be Better at the InterContinental San Francisco." Six months after the hotel opened,
the engineer began lobbying for a retrocommissioning because, as he knew, a new
building usually does not end up meeting the stringent requirements included in
its original design.
Part 2 is "Energy
Audit Leads to Further Energy Savings, LEED Gold." There are even more savings to
achieve and LEED Gold certification is just another beginning.
- "Project: Unical Aviation Warehouse,"
was written by staff:
Part 1 is "Unical
Aviation, Inc.: Transforming a Non-descript Warehouse into a First-Class
Workplace." This gives
background information about the industrial park near Los Angeles and about the
company that chose to repurpose one of the park's warehouses into a combination
of offices and workshop areas.
Part 2 is "Designers
Focus on Color, Style for Interior." In
this renovated space, attention to efficient lighting (T-5 fluorescents),
efficient HVAC (programmable thermostats), and monitored water use for
landscaping (smart-sensor irrigation) is the norm.
Cells Could Power Your Neighborhood" is a June 12, 2012, Northwest Public
Radio report on research that may lead to small-scale, onsite,
non-grid-connected, low-emission power from solid oxide fuel cells. PNNL (Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory) scientists are working to develop effective fuel cells only eight
feet in height. Some other related
fuel cell research is mentioned as well as planned (in the U.S.) and already
realized (in Japan and Germany) fuel-cell applications.
HVAC/R (HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION) – LABS and INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
The following two articles were published in the April 2012 issue of
HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering"
Laboratory Exhaust-Fan Systems," by Anthony J. Rossi, Greenheck Fan
Corp., is a discussion of the standards for critical exhaust systems for
laboratories and of comparative efficiencies for those systems and for the
different fan types they employ.
for Troubleshooting Evaporative Coolers,"
by Paul Benich, Warranty Manager, Phoenix Manufacturing Inc., shows, through
carefully-developed tips, how to keep evaporative coolers in warehouses and
industrial plants in the best working condition.
Cogeneration: A Renewable Iteration of CHP"
was authored by Gilad Almogy, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Cogenra Solar; it was
published in the March-April issue of
Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production. There is a great deal of waste heat
with many solar photovoltaic systems.
The author suggests that a solar-cogen hybrid system could incorporate
that otherwise wasted heat in the process of making power. He explains that such a hybrid system
would be as suitable for hospitals, campuses, and other large applications as
traditional cogen has been. The
technology is well-described and several examples of hybrid installations are
Department Announces New Investments in Innovative Manufacturing Technologies"
is a June 12, 2012, press release from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy Office at DOE (U.S. Department of Energy).
It describes the federal effort to invest, in partnership with the
private sector, in emerging technologies that would dramatically increase energy
efficiencies in manufacturing. The
13 award recipients are listed and a link is provided for the reader to review
each of their project descriptions.
The following two articles were written by Daniel H. Herring, President, The
Herring Group Inc. and posted on April 18
and 25, 2012, respectively, on the
Industrial Heating website:
Causing Dimensional Change in Heat-Treated Parts"
(part 1) shows that while it is not possible to predict the size
change with complete accuracy, it is certainly possible to understand the many
variables well enough to be able to make a useful estimate of it.
Causing Dimensional Change in Heat-Treated Parts"
(part 2) describes specific cases where, during heat treatment,
parts have changed size.
Departure in Turbine Design," by Clayton Troxell, Senior Vice
President, Air ® LLC; it was published in the April 2012 issue of
Wind Systems. The new design takes advantage of
slower wind speeds, generating 11MW at 2.4 to 3.3 rpms and stands in contrast to
even taller towers that catch the greater wind speeds that are further above the
Technology Options Increase but Remain Underutilized"
was written by Stan Rosinski, Program Manager of Renewable Generation, Electric
Power Research Institute Inc.; it was published in the April 2012 issue of
Power (Business and Technology for the Global Generation Industry).
It provides an excellent overview of the major WTE (waste-to-energy) technologies
and where on the globe they are utilized.
The economics of WTE are, also, addressed.
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