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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


A Road Map for Optimized Maintenance

Flow Control, Nov. 1, 2016, by Michael J. Trainor.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/a-road-map-for-optimized-maintenance

"Unexpected failure of machinery is never a welcomed option for any plant, especially in the case of critical assets. Productivity may take a big hit when an asset goes down for emergency fixes. Could a developing problem have been detected earlier? Could the failure have been prevented or even predicted? An operation’s maintenance strategy — or lack of one — holds the key."

IIoT and the Smart Grid Connection

Automation World, Nov. 3, 2016, by David Greenfield.
http://www.automationworld.com/all/iiot-and-smart-grid-connection

"As different as the energy industry is from the manufacturing and processing industries, there are increasing connection points between the two when it comes to Internet of Things technology deployments and the benefits that can be derived from them."

ASHRAE Standard 90.4: First Look at Energy Standard for Data Centers

ASHRAE Journal, Oct. 2016, by Ron Jarnagin.
http://tinyurl.com/h9om44n

"Standard 90.4 is a code-intended energy standard designed to work in concert with Standard 90.1. In developing Standard 90.4, the basic structure matched that of Standard 90.1, which enables Standard 90.4 to simply refer to Standard 90.1 for requirements such as envelope, lighting and service water heating, which are within the scope of Standard 90.4 but are already well-covered by Standard 90.1. Standard 90.4 also references Standard 90.1 for mechanical equipment efficiencies, some of which are linked to U.S. Department of Energy legislation. So, if you are building or expanding a data center, you need to use both standards."

Fan Selections and Their Energy Impacts, Part 1 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Sept. 2016, by Khalil Kairouz and Dale Price.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/fan-selections-and-their-energy-impacts-part-1-2

"Evaluating fans and fan systems and their impact on operating costs."

New NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Led by WPI Aims to Dramatically Reduce Energy and Water Use by Improving Industrial Drying

Worcester Polytechnic Institute News, Oct. 4, 2016.
https://www.wpi.edu/news/new-nsf-industryuniversity-cooperative-research-center-led-wpi-aims-dramatically-reduce-energy

"Funded by the National Science Foundation, the new center will attack one of the most energy-intensive processes [industrial drying] in manufacturing; its research could help save 200 trillion BTUs of energy in United States each year."

The Advantages of Onsite Nitrogen Generation for Brewers

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016, by Mike Robinson.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/advantages-onsite-nitrogen-generation-brewers

"Although the basic principles behind brewing are little changed since their advent, the technological aspects are much improved. Today, large stainless steel tanks are used for fermentation and wort aeration, and complex, automated systems help with everything from temperature regulation to bottling. A price tag comes with these high-tech systems, and it’s not insignificant. By using onsite nitrogen generation, brewers can save significant amounts of money throughout the life of their operation."

New CSA C837-16 [Canadian] Compressed Air Efficiency Standard

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/standards/energy-management/new-csa-c837-16-compressed-air-efficiency-standard?page=1

"After almost three and a half years of development work the Canadian Standards Association C837-16 document “Monitoring and Energy Performance of Compressed Air Systems” has finally been published and is available for download."

Energy Management Considerations With Today’s Drive Systems

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016, by Michael Perlman.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/energy-manager/corporate-sustainability-programs/energy-management-considerations-today’s-drive-syst

"It is a fact that most of the energy loss in a system occurs in three areas, namely, the generation, distribution and conversion of energy into useful work, the last being accomplished through heat exchangers, pumps, motors and drives.  This paper will concentrate on the last product group."

Innovations for Improved Gas Turbine Productivity

Power Engineering, Sept. 2016, by Gerrill Griffith.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-120/issue-9/features/innovations-for-improved-gas-turbine-productivity.html

"... Now, with demands for energy rising along with calls for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the need for cleaner more efficient next generation turbine technology is critical. With a robust research portfolio, productive partnerships, and a mandate to increase power-producing efficiencies and improve the environment for future generations, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is shepherding innovations for improved gas turbine productivity."

Designing With Liquid-Immersion Cooling Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sept. 21, 2016, by Saahil Tumber.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/designing-with-liquid-immersion-cooling-systems/50ef4dcd4e7dee72b8d45e1fa4608abb.html

"Liquid cooling refers to a scenario where liquid (or coolant) must be supplied to the ITE. An IT cabinet is considered to be liquid-cooled if liquid, such as water, dielectric fluid, mineral oil, or refrigerant, is circulated to and from the cabinet or cabinet-mounted equipment for cooling. Several configurations are possible, depending on the boundary being considered (i.e., external or internal to the cabinet). For the same heat-transfer rate, the flow rate requirement for a liquid and the energy consumed by the pump are typically much lower than the flow rate requirement for air and the energy consumed by the fan system. This is primarily because the specific volume of a liquid is significantly lower than that of air."

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