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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: Energy Management

Energy Management


School Integrates DDC for VRF to Improve Control, Energy Management

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2016, by Alerton.
http://hpac.com/building-controls/school-integrates-ddc-vrf-improve-control-energy-management

"When York County School Division renovated Magruder Elementary School in Williamsburg, Va., in 2015, it chose to install variable refrigerant flow (VRF) for heating and cooling. The wall controllers supplied by the VRF manufacturer, however, lacked dual set points, night setback, and consistent interoperability across competing systems, restricting the school division’s ability to manage energy use. For more robust and consistent control, [the VRF was integrated with a communicating sensor-controller combination]."

Smart Buildings Demand A Smarter Approach To O&M

Engineered Systems, Apr. 2016, by Robert S. Novak.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97666-smart-buildings-demand-a-smarter-appoach-to-om

"In the beginning, the goal is to enable the operations and maintenance staff to work with the system to give it the best chance to perform as designed. Later, the vision is a culture of continuous improvement that can withstand changes in technology and personnel. In between? Plenty of opportunity for thoughtful operations and standardized routines."

Cooking Oil Factory Combines Compressed Air Systems to Save 36%

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Ron Marshall.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/cooking-oil-factory-combines-compressed-air-systems-save-36

"To produce healthy, high-quality cooking oil, this food processing company crushes and processes oil seeds shipped in from local farms. To increase the energy efficiency of its oil seed crushing and processing facility, the company optimized its compressed air system by combining three separate systems into one."

Innovative Energy Program Assessments at Darigold

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/energy-manager/corporate-sustainability-programs/innovative-energy-program-assessments-darigold

"Darigold, a farmer-owned dairy co-op located in the Pacific Northwest, has the happy cows, but production is more sophisticated. The company has eleven state-of-the-art production facilities churning out high-quality dairy products at mind-boggling rates. To maintain efficient production at scale, Darigold also has an innovative energy management program in place."

Managing Energy as an Ingredient at General Mills

Blower & Vacuum Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.blowervacuumbestpractices.com/industries/food/managing-energy-ingredient-general-mills

"Within the “zero-loss” culture at General Mills, plant personnel identify and optimize major energy users in each facility. Common opportunities include: the optimization of dryers, ovens and freezers; compressed air optimization projects; improvements to building heating and cooling system; and lighting replacement innovations. In addition, engineers at General Mills have started to explore new energy-saving opportunities within the vacuum and blower systems at their production facilities. To better understand how any production system is addressed at General Mills, an examination of the company’s energy management methodology is required."

Smart Manufacturing: The Internet of Things: Power at Your Fingertips

Food Engineering, Jan. 2016, by Debra Schug.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/95046-the-internet-of-things-power-at-your-fingertips

"The concepts and technologies encompassed by the term “Internet of Things” are rapidly changing the world. Sometimes called “Industry 4.0” or the “Industrial Internet,” it is the idea that manufacturers will be able to connect everything in their operations, allowing information to be easily exchanged and enabling more autonomous plants."

U.S. Leaders in Energy Management Eligible for New Global Award

U.S. Department of Energy, Jan. 21, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/articles/us-leaders-energy-management-eligible-new-global-award

"The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is taking part in a prestigious new global awards program to recognize companies or organizations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs. The Energy Management Leadership Awards program should expand global use of these proven systems and help attain national and global climate goals."

13 Questions Define CMMS Success

Maintenance Technology, Sep. 2015, by Jane Alexander.
https://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/09/13-questions-define-cmms-success/

"Computerized maintenance management systems will deliver as advertised, but must be properly configured."

Energy Monitoring: Real-Time, Real Smart

Building Operating Management, Sep. 2015, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Using-and-Managing-Energy-Monitoring-Data--16175

3-part article:
1) Using and Managing Energy Monitoring Data
2) Quick Response to Energy Waste, Quick ROI Among Benefits
3) Bringing Energy Understanding to Occupants, Tenants


8 Considerations for Advanced Lighting Controls

Buildings, Sep. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19302/title/8-considerations-for-advanced-lighting-controls.aspx

"Could you stand to save one-third of your lighting system’s energy consumption? Savings greater than 30% are possible with advanced lighting controls, according to a new report on wireless advanced lighting control systems by the General Services Administration (GSA). In fact, GSA’s assessments of two federal buildings in northern California achieved 54% energy savings by retrofitting advanced controls in a building with fluorescent lamps that had dimmable ballasts; another building implemented controls with new LED fixtures and saved a staggering 78%."
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