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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 Newsbriefs

Industrial


American-Made Wind Turbine Blades

News Release, Sandia National Laboratories, Sept. 2014.
https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/american_turbine/#.VFv_cmx0wWo

"Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (AMII), a three-year $6.3 million project, brought together researchers from Sandia, Iowa State University, and TPI Composites of Scottsdale, Ariz., which operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, Iowa."

Your Own Energy “Island”? ORNL Microgrid Could Standardize Small, Self-Sustaining Electric Grids

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oct. 2014, by Katie Jones.
http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/features/2014/a47cc734-54f3-4aec-95ba-df1bbbdb25ad

"Microgrids are designed to not only continue power to local units such as neighborhoods, hospitals or industrial parks but also improve energy efficiency and reduce cost when connected to the main grid. Researchers predict an energy future more like a marketplace in which utility customers with access to solar panels, battery packs, plug-in vehicles and other sources of distributed energy can compare energy prices, switch on the best deals and even sell back unused power to utility companies. However, before interested consumers can plug into their own energy islands, researchers at facilities such as ORNL’s Distributed Energy Control and Communication (DECC) lab need to develop tools for controlling a reliable, safe and efficient microgrid."

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Save Energy at a Maine Composting Site

Treatment Plant Operator, Oct. 2014, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/10/geothermal_heating_and_cooling
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"A Maine composting facility creates beneficial recycled products, and does it with less energy, thanks to innovations like geothermal heating and cooling."

Industrial Facilities Profit From a Total Systems Approach to Wastewater Treatment

Treatment Plant Operator, Oct. 2014, by Chandler Johnson.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/10/industrial_facilities_profit_from_a
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"Industries that must treat or pretreat their wastewater face varied challenges. Any given facility’s needs are best met by a total systems approach (TSA) — a fully integrated solution that includes all pieces of the puzzle instead of uncoordinated components and systems. The approach includes a collaborative evaluation up front to understand a facility’s requirements, apply proven designs and materials, and select innovative products that achieve the optimum water quality at the best life cycle cost."

Efficient Pumps And VFDs Bring Fast Payback On A Rhode Island [Water Treatment] Plant Upgrade

Treatment Plant Operator, Oct. 2014, by Chris Champi, Rob Little, and Mark Donovan.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/10/efficient_pumps_and_vfds_bring
_fast_payback_on_a_rhode_island_plant_upgrade


"A Rhode Island town expects payback of 3 1/2 years on an extensive project to upgrade inefficient pumps and install variable-frequency drives."

Improve Pump Operations with VFD Network Multiplexing

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2014, by Steven Peterson.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96788-improve-pump-operations-with-vfd-network-multiplexing

"From setting up node addresses to the nuances of lead and lag pump operation, explore the opportunities for tailored, more efficient performance and increased redundancy."

Nestlé Beats the Heat: Innovative Air-to-Water Heat Exchanger Recovers Heat from Air-Cooled Compressors

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2014.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/nestle-beats-heat-innovative-air-water-heat-exchanger-recovers-heat-air-cooled-compr

"When the topic of discussion is making ice cream, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t heat, but at Nestlé’s Ice Cream factory in Tulare, California, heat is recovered from air-cooled air compressors to heat process water."

A Different Approach to Understanding Power Factor (Second of Three Parts)

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2014, by Joe Evans.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/motors/october-2014-different-approach-understanding-power-factor-second-three-parts

"I hope that my last column (Pumps & Systems, September 2014) provided a clearer definition of power factor and how it can be calculated. Power factor can also be explained using a vector triangle, but comparing the voltage and current wave forms is more intuitive and can lead to a clearer understanding of what is actually going on."

PSU Selling Carbon Credits to Chevrolet, Helping Offset Cost of Energy Efficiency

The Oregonian, Oct. 22, 2014, by Ted Sickinger.
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/10/psu_selling_carbon_credits_to.html

"Portland State University is selling the carbon credits generated by energy efficiency projects during a two and half year period to Chevrolet.

The car giant is looking to burnish it environmental credibility with a voluntary carbon reduction initiative, and is buying carbon credits from 12 universities toward a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 8 million tons."


HP Supercomputer at NREL Garners Top Honor

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Feature News, Oct. 13, 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=15403

"A supercomputer created by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that uses warm water to cool its servers, and then re-uses that water to heat its building, has been honored as one of the top technological innovations of the year by R&D Magazine."
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