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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


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."

Taming the Power-Hungry Beast [Motors in Ethanol Operations]

Ethanol Producer Magazine, Mar. 2017, by Ron Kotrba.
http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/14210/

"Updated regulations, motor industry advances promise efficiency improvements in the full range of electrical motors used in ethanol operations."

Enhanced Monitoring Improves Performance

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Todd Loudin.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/march-2017-enhanced-monitoring-improves-performance

"IoT information allows end users to provide corrective action that serves a proactive purpose, rather than reactive."

Cooling Towers Offer Data Centers Water and Energy Savings

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Douglas Bougher and Kent Martens.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/technology/cooling-towers/cooling-towers-offer-data-centers-water-and-energy-savings

"The number of data centers in the United States continues to grow in response to the enormous amount of digital information stored and streamed. The massive computer power within these data centers generates heat, making efficient cooling a key building system requirement. Evaporative cooling towers are an integral part of many data center cooling systems. Recently some have questioned the use of cooling towers, citing water scarcity to bolster their arguments. But a thorough examination of water use for local onsite cooling towers compared to water use to generate power at regional fossil fuel power plants reveals surprising results."

Compressed Air System Commissioning Part 2: Measurement and Data Plots

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Tim Dugan.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/compressed-air-system-commissioning-part-2-measurement-and-da

"Facility managers, air compressor dealer personnel, auditors and utility DSM energy engineers: All three project stakeholders need to have one agreed-upon robust methodology for commissioning a system, and the teamwork to do it correctly the first time.  That is the intent of this series of articles."

More End Users Embracing Smart Pumping Applications

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Siva Kanesvaran & Jack Creamer.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-pumps/march-2017-more-end-users-embracing-smart-pumping-applications

"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a business buzzword. But asking 10 people for a definition of IIoT will likely result in 10 different answers. Additionally, many may think IIoT refers to connecting people with machines, instead of a connected process. This concept goes beyond basic process management to informing and educating people on what is happening in a process. Further, some people who mention machines often think of industrial applications, such as packaging or conveying equipment. Pumping systems and pumping applications are often left out of the discussion."

Plastic Extruder Reduces Compressed Air Use by 367 cfm

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/plastics/plastic-extruder-reduces-compressed-air-use-367-cfm

"A plastic product manufacturer spends an estimated $245,000 annually on electricity to operate the air compressors in a compressed air system at its plant located in a midwestern U.S. state.  The main manufacturing process is plastic extruding. The current average electric rate, at this plant, is 7 cents per kWh. The compressed air system operates 8,760 hours per year and the load profile of this system is relatively stable during all shifts."

Designing a Dedicated Modern Wine Cooling System

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Kevin Trowhill.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/industries/beverage/designing-dedicated-modern-wine-cooling-systems

"The temperature of wine must be kept stable throughout its production and storage in order to ensure final product quality that is acceptable for distribution and sale, and so cooling systems are an integral component of wine production. In wineries, the entire harvest can be destroyed by a temperature fluctuation during processing or storage, leading to catastrophic consequences for wineries. Cooling systems must meet three main criteria in order to be effective in wine production and storage applications: the cooling systems must be able to achieve the ideal temperatures for wine production processes; they must deliver consistent, reliable operation; and they must be well-designed for safe, convenient use."

Energy Efficiency: A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way

Automation World, Mar. 2017, by James R. Koelsch.
https://www.automationworld.com/energy-management/energy-efficiency-little-knowledge-goes-long-way

"There has been a lot of talk in industry about energy efficiency in manufacturing facilities, but the realities of high cost and limited returns have stymied action. Some best practices, though, could tip cost calculations in favor of moving forward."

Ultrasonic Flow Meters Improve Biogas Measurements

Pumps & Systems, Feb. 2017, by Dick Laan and Rick Lowrie.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/february-2017-ultrasonic-flow-meters-improve-biogas-measurements

"As interest in biogas grows, industry is paying more attention to measuring biogas flow, which has long been a challenge in process measuring technology. While high water and carbon dioxide (CO2) content makes biogas a demanding medium and a difficult measuring task, a new generation of ultrasonic flow meters is helping to make biogas measurements stable and manageable. One type uses the time transit differential method to guarantee flow measurement with a high degree of long-term stability regardless of the gas composition."

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