Articles for June 25, 2012
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The following three articles appeared in the May 2012 issue of Biomass Power & Thermal:
Sugar Mill Bringing Biomass Power to Hawaii,"
by Anna Simet, is a brief report about the mill; it, also, mentions a new
biorefinery near Honolulu.
Locomotive Will Run on Torrefied Biomass,"
by Luke Geiver, reports on the effort to use research at the University of
Minnesota for the conversion of a boiler on a 1937 steam locomotive so that it
accepts torrefied woody biomass.
This should result in a higher horsepower engine.
"UK Pellet Equipment Manufacturer
Offering Mini Mills," by Luke Geiver, is about
applications (small commercial and institutional) and feedstocks.
White Paper: High-Performance Reconstructed Buildings: The 99% Solution"
includes a brief description of and a link to a 64-page
white paper on the subject; this white paper is a supplement to
the May 2012 issue of Building Design + Construction.
The term, "99% solution," refers to the enormous opportunity that the
existing building stock represents for resource conservation and greenhouse gas
Integration Benefits" was jointly authored by Mike
Walters, PE, Confluenc; and Paul Oswald, Environmental Systems Inc.; it was
published in the May 2012 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. An intelligent building architecture
(IBA) is the foundation of the integration of building systems which results in
the resource efficiencies and emissions reductions that lead to sustainability. An added benefit is that, since the
involved data collection is so sophisticated, the resources and emissions
savings can be demonstrated in the public areas of buildings that can show the
excellent results of IBA.
Operating Costs through Energy Retrofits,"
by Lance English, Southland Industries, appeared in the May 2012 issue of
HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering. It
shows a step-by-step plan for accomplishing an energy retrofit with excellent
results. The building used as an
example in this article is a manufacturing facility.
Studio Is in Session," by Robert Nieminen, was
published in the June 2012 issue of Interiors. It shows the new
Graduate Center at the New York School of Interior Design’s (NYSID). It was designed in the tradition of
the art studio (cum galleries), but in a cutting-edge style to match and encourage the
creativity of the students at work there.
Serious attention to the Center's daylighting, efficient lighting and
water fixtures, and low-VOC materials resulted in LEED-Platinum certification
and enables the facility, itself, to be a teaching and learning tool.
"Controls" was written by Angela Lewis, P.E., LEED AP, and Project Professional
at Facility Engineering Associates; it is a three-part article published in the
May 2012 issue of Building Operating Management. The author reviews how the approaches
covered in the parts of the article can be used effectively in sustainable,
high-performance, green buildings:
Part 1 is
Energy Benchmarking Software Tools Help Reduce Energy Use.
Part 2 is
Energy Dashboards: Criteria for Selection for Facility Managers.
Part 3 is
Energy Analytics Crunch Large Amounts of Data to Help Reduce Energy Costs.
Building Controls: Less Is More" was authored by Ron Rajecki
Senior Editor, HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering; it was
published in the May 2012 issue of that journal. Generally higher priced, wireless
building controls are expected to be quite cost-competitive in the near future. Even so, the technology can be an
excellent investment now, and an on-site review of certain facilities by a
specialist in building automation might be warranted.
RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES
Stay Cool, Save Money is a website, revised (and re-named) seasonally, from the
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. The site is now offering many tips
for energy savings for the warmer months.
The following three articles were carried in the April 2012 issue ofWind Systems:
Alternative Design for Speed Increasers"
was written by Alexander L. Kapelevich, Founder, AKGears LLC. This is a discussion of the
traditional gear tooth design which may be superseded. A new design allows for such
flexibility that the gear tooth profile adjusts to certain defined parameters
for performance and operating conditions.
Wind Blade Development from Root to Tip"
was co-authored by S. Ravi Shankar, Ph.D., Director of Simulation Marketing,
Siemens PLM Software, and Dr. Olivier Guillermin, Director of Product and Market
Strategy at VISTAGY, Inc.
Performance simulation is employed in the design to prevent blade failure. "Producibility" simulation is
incorporated into an automated manufacturing process to ensure that the design
Drive Train Ride-Through Performance" was written by Anders Troedson,
Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Businesses, The Switch Controls
and Converters, Inc. A new drive
train technology for wind turbines is described.
It incorporates full-power converters with permanent magnet synchronous
generators. Field tests show
improved efficiency, reliability, and drive-through performance.
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