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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.

 

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Harnessing the Potential of Energy Storage

Power Engineering, May 2017, by Richard McMahon and Lola Infante.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-121/issue-5/features/harnessing-the-potential-of-energy-storage.html

"Energy storage has been called a "game changer," a "panacea," and a "disruptor." It has garnered widespread interest from electric companies, residential customers, businesses, manufacturers, regulators, and policymakers. Its potential for growth has been described as "astronomical" and "colossal," and its benefits sometimes touted as incalculable. Indeed, energy storage has the potential to be a true game changer."

State Of Diffusion: Have Typical Air Distribution Design Habits Gone Stale?

Engineered Systems, May 2017, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98294-state-of-diffusion-have-typical-air-distribution-design-habits-gone-stale

"After decades of the old terminal velocity standby, it may be time to do away with “We’ve always done it that way.”"

A Critical Role: Pumps and Valves are Key to System Efficiency

Water Efficiency, May 2017, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://foresternetwork.com/water-efficiency-magazine/we-water/pumps/a-critical-role/

"When it comes to moving water efficiently, pumps and valves play a critical role. Some efficiency concerns focus on the wastewater utility sector, where “the EPA state revolving funds are going to fixing failing existing sewers—not so much extending into new service areas as much as they have been, but now repairing the leaky infrastructure,” says George Vorsheim, director of marketing and communications for Environment One Corporation (E/One)."

Designing with Tunable White Light

National Lighting Bureau, 2017 Lighting Forum Video.
https://nlb.org/designing-with-tunable-white-light/

"One of the most important applications for tunable white light will occur in health-care facilities, especially for patients dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. By using light as a stimulant during morning hours, patients will nap less during the day, enabling them to sleep better at night. Using light in this way can also reduce the patients’ agitation. In commercial applications, tunable white light can be used to affect the colors of surfaces in a space. This gives building owners the ability to provide lighting that is highly compatible with a given tenant’s interior design, and to adjust the lighting to make it ideally suited for the next tenant’s interior design, avoiding the need to replace the existing system for each new tenant."

Zero Energy: Path for Existing Buildings

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2017, by David Park
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/How-Existing-Buildings-Are-Moving-Toward-Net-Zero-Energy--17111

An article in 4-parts:
Part 1: How Existing Buildings Are Moving Toward Net Zero Energy
Part 2: Deep Energy Retrofits: First Step Toward Zero Energy Existing Buildings
Part 3: How To Use Renewable Energy To Achieve Zero Energy Existing Buildings
Part 4: Retail Chains Embrace Solar: Total of More Than 1 Gigawatt of Installed Solar

Modular Chillers Reduce Energy, Ownership Costs, Ensure Uptime

HPAC Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Climacool Corp.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/modular-chillers-reduce-energy-ownership-costs-ensure-uptime

"At the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif., an independent biomedical research facility focused on the connection between aging and chronic disease, prepared to embark on a 60,000-sq-ft expansion of its 185,000-sq-ft research facility, [they] sought a HVAC solution that not only could provide added capacity, but would optimize energy efficiency, minimize overall consumption, and reduce total cost of ownership. With the facility running on 100 percent single-pass outdoor air and requiring six air changes per hour—any HVAC-component downtime would require a complete shutdown of the facility—the Buck Institute needed a solution that also would minimize downtime—both during construction and post-occupancy—with built-in redundancies."

CLEAResult Guide to Smart Thermostats

CLEAResult, 2017.
https://www.clearesult.com/insights/whitepapers/guide-to-smart-thermostats/

"...this paper outlines available products and services and shares the collective expertise of CLEAResult’s energy analysts, building science consultants and program managers who have first-hand knowledge of how smart thermostats work and how they can help save energy."


Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

Forester Daily News, Mar. 2017, by Ed Ritchie.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/strategies-for-peak-shaving-and-power-security/

"In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite technologies important in maintaining reliable power generation."

Why Rate Design Matters for Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Blog, Mar. 22, 2017, by Brendon Baatz.
http://aceee.org/blog/2017/03/why-rate-design-matters-energy

"Today, most American households pay for electric service via a two-part electric rate. This typically consists of a small, fixed customer charge ($ per month) and an energy rate applied per unit of electricity ($ per kilowatt hour). There are some variations on this model, including energy rates that vary based on time of day or total monthly consumption, but the basic structure of residential rates hasn’t changed much over time. In recent years, utilities have proposed significant departures to this format to address the changing dynamics of the electric utility industry."

Preparing For More DG On the Grid: No Two-Way Power Flow About It?

Public Power, Mar/Apr 2017, by Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=47668

"Installing solar panels seems simple, according to all those companies selling them. Just sign up, invite someone onto your roof to install them, and boom, you’re in business — generating power even when the grid goes down. Right? Not exactly."
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