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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: HVAC/R


Safety and Energy-Saving Resulting from Early Detection and Prevention of Leakage of Low-Flammable Refrigerants

IEA Heat Pump Centre Newsletter, #33 2015, by Masahide Sumi. [Open PDF then scroll or jump to page 22.

"Leakage of refrigerants represents a high cost in terms of the energy required in refrigeration and air conditioning devices. As it is expected that low-flammable refrigerants will be used in many devices in the future, this issue can be very important for the global environment, energy saving and safety. The following article describes detection systems which can easily detect and identify leakage at an early stage, and a method which can easily prevent leakage from plumbing and joints of air conditioning equipment."

Fan-Efficiency Metrics

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by Dustin Meredith and Jeanne Harshaw.

"Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International estimates fans account for 30 to 40 percent of commercial-building HVAC energy consumption. Improving fan efficiency, therefore, is an important step toward reducing global, overall energy use."

Over 50% Energy Savings Realized for Naval Air Station Facility on Whidbey Island

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) News, May 26, 2015.

"The Naval Air Station (NAS) on Whidbey Island believes that national defense and environmental protection must be compatible goals. Their recent effort to develop and execute a targeted plan for upgrading the chilled water system serving their critical Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) facility is another great example of the commitment the NAS has for environmental stewardship and continual improvement."

VRF with Heat Recovery Ventilation In Pre K-12 Schools

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Robert G. Thompson.

"As the learning curve for VRF continues, it’s only fitting to see how it can fare in a familiar learning environment. Turns out it can play a key role in the critical lesson of adapting to existing spaces and occupancy needs when crafting the optimum retrofit design for a given client."

High School LEEDership

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Jeffrey Seewald and Corinne Wichser.

"Spurred by student initiative, this Minnesota magnet school has become the host for a unique collaboration focused on auditing and improving its mechanical and environmental performance. See how the partnership has gotten off to a solid start in conducting what is far from your average extra credit assignment."

Methods of Calculating Water Recovery From Air-Conditioning Cooling Coils, Part 2 of 2

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by William G. Acker.

"Last month, in Part 1 of this article, we evaluated four equations used to determine the amount of water vapor removed from cooling coils in condensate-recovery applications. The accuracy of those equations varies, as some calculate only the removal of water vapor entering with the outside-air intake. This month, we will discuss more-accurate methods of calculating water-vapor removal and calculating the removal of all water-vapor loads by a cooling coil."

Methods of Calculating Water Recovery From Air-Conditioning Cooling Coils, Part 1 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2015, by William G. Acker.

"In traditional building cooling, air passes through chilled cooling coils in air-handling units prior to entering a facility. As air passes over the coils, moisture in the air condenses into water on the coils. The water drips into a collection pan below and is sent to a sewer drain. Today, however, particularly in areas where water is scarce and rates are high, many building owners are collecting this water and using it to replenish cooling towers for irrigation and other uses."

Small is Beautiful: Heat Pumps in Small-Scale Cogeneration

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, May-June 2015, Jan De Wit.

"Denmark has recently seen a growing number of cogeneration units installed in care homes, sports centres, schools and other municipal buildings. These installations have shown high annual operation hours, short ROI and significant CO2 savings. [The author] looks at how they do it."

Hydronics 101

ASHRAE Journal, May 2015, by Jeff Boldt and Julia Keen.

"This article focuses solely on the basics related to configuration, layout, and major system components of hot water and chilled water systems as an introduction to hydronics for those new to the design industry. "

USDA Grant Supports Installation of Pellet Boiler in N.H. school

Biomass Magazine, April 27, 2015, by Rep. Annie Kuster's Office [NH].

"Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., recently announced two grants from the USDA’s Rural Development program that will support projects in two New Hampshire communities.  The Bethlehem School District has received a $30,000 grant that will be used to replace an oil-fired hot water boiler heating system at Bethlehem Elementary School with wood pellet boilers, and the town of Stratford has received a $15,000 grant to improve its town garage, which houses all town vehicles."


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