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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: Industrial

Industrial


Geothermal Heating, Cooling System Helping Winery Crush Energy Costs

HPAC Engineering, Mar. 2017, by GEOSTAR.
http://hpac.com/heating/geothermal-heating-cooling-system-helping-winery-crush-energy-costs

"Known for the first genuine ice wine produced in the United States and made broadly available, Hunt Country Vineyards, located on a 170-acre farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is no stranger to accolades. But wines are not all for which the vintner has been recognized. In 2015, Hunt Country Vineyards, along with Penn Yan, N.Y.-based Moravec Geothermal, received the New York Geothermal Energy Organization’s Top Job award for its geothermal heating and cooling system. Installed in 2012, the system supports the sustainability goals that are so important to the Hunt family."

Compressed Air Savings with Nozzles or Blowers

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2017, by Jerry Zolkowski.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/compressed-air-savings-nozzles-or-blowers

"Compressed air is used as a convenient and often necessary source of air flow to perform blow-offs, cooling, or drying.  And since compressed air is a costly utility, a frequent recommendation in this magazine and audits is to reduce the compressed air use by using high efficiency engineered nozzles.  Using these nozzles is a good practice as they are designed in a way that uses the compressed air to accelerate the surrounding air to deliver the same mass transfer effect as a standard nozzle (or tube) with a much larger orifice."

Smart Manufacturing Improves Energy Efficiency

American Machinist, Apr. 12, 2017, by Megan Ray Nichols.
http://americanmachinist.com/automation/smart-manufacturing-improves-energy-efficiency

"Most of us understand how Smart Manufacturing can improve operational efficiency across the board. What many manufacturers don't consider is the resulting improvement in energy efficiency that also can be achieved. Not only is this next-gen approach to production planning and execution leading to heightened productivity and output, but it's also paving the way for “greener” operations in the near future."

Motor Control Centers Enhance Smart Pumping Systems

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Glynn Newby.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/motors-instrumentationcontrols/march-2017-motor-control-centers-enhance-smart-pumping-systems

"Modern motor control technologies have surfaced that address evolving smart pumping system requirements. They protect pumping systems by simultaneously providing a new level of diagnostics, energy awareness and control, as well as by enhancing operator safety."

Smart Manufacturing Must Embrace Big Data

Nature Comment, Apr. 5, 2017, by Andrew Kusiak.
http://www.nature.com/news/smart-manufacturing-must-embrace-big-data-1.21760

"Study and model industrial processes to save money, energy and materials, urges Andrew Kusiak."


Optimize Pumps with Digital Data

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by David Drake.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-pumps/march-2017-optimize-pumps-digital-data

"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a wave of innovation that turns machinery into intelligent equipment through cloud-networked sensors and software. IIoT has the potential to become one of the biggest drivers of global productivity in the next decade as machines, technology and humans further integrate and unleash an unprecedented level of efficiency. The pump sector is well-positioned to reap the rewards of what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

Efficient Freezing, Cooling Need Not Sacrifice Performance [Food Processing]

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Casey Laughman.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96559-efficient-freezing-cooling-need-not-sacrifice-performance

"Careful planning, consistent operations can ensure processors strike a balance between performance and energy conservation."

Advanced Controls Yield Major [Food] Process Improvements

Food Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Wayne Labs.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/96557-advanced-controls-yield-major-process-improvements

"You think your dairy processing plant is efficient, but when you do the math, you can’t account for 7 million pounds of lost milk per year. That’s a loss of more than $1 million. In addition, your POTW is billing you more than $80,000 annually for exceeding the maximum permitted levels of fats, oils and greases (FOG) in your wastewater. What’s going on? Seems like money down the drain, doesn’t it? ...Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. Vigilistics, Inc. (now part of SafetyChain Software) production management software was employed to get a handle on what was happening to the “spilt milk."

A Cheaper HRSG [Heat Recovery Steam Generator] with Advanced Gas Turbines

Power Engineering, Mar. 2017, by S. Can Gülen, Ilya Yarinovsky, and Dave Ugolini.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-121/issue-3/features/a-cheaper-hrsg-with-advanced-gas-turbines.html

"Present state-of-the-art in gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) design is three-pressure, reheat (3P-RHT) steam bottoming cycle with steam generation at three different pressure levels. The goal is to maximize total steam generation and steam turbine generator power output for a given gas turbine exhaust energy and, thus, to maximize combined cycle efficiency."

Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 3, 2017 by Jason Hartke.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/play-ball-american-baseball-stadiums-round-bases-energy-efficiency

"As Americans gear up to “root, root, root for the home team” on Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Opening Day, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use."
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