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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


Dealing With Motor Failures: Common Causes and Solutions

Maintenance Technology, Aug. 2014, by Thomas H. Bishop.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/08/dealing-motor-failures-common-causes-solutions/

"If you want to make a plant manager’s day, just say: “Production’s down because a motor failed.” Fortunately, such situations can usually be overcome with some relatively simple techniques and straightforward solutions to protect the bearings and stator windings. These two vulnerable components are root causes of the vast majority of motor failures."

Case Study: Insulation Audit Leads to Big Savings [Chemical Plant]

Insulation Outlook, Aug. 2014, by Zach Tanghetti.
http://www.insulation.org/io/article.cfm?id=IO140801

"Honeywell's Geismar site was established in 1967 and is currently operated by roughly 275 employees and 130 contractors. The site is responsible for producing multiple refrigerants, hydrofluoric acid, and a resin that is used in medical packaging. The various reactors, heat exchangers, steam traps, and process piping that make our processes a reality all utilize insulation to maintain temperatures and moderate processes. All of our processes are susceptible to inefficiencies because systems that include insulation can degrade in a chemical plant environment. When insulation degrades, it loses its ability to retain heat within the system. Though the site is in Louisiana, winters can still be cold, and steam and other process lines have even been known to freeze in the past. Improved repair and maintenance of insulation systems could have helped prevent these process upsets."

System Selection Crucial for Long Wastewater Pump Life

Pumps & Systems, Aug. 2014, by Lars Bo Andersen.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/august-2014-system-selection-crucial-long-wastewater-pump-life

"Driving down investment, energy and maintenance costs translates into big savings throughout an installation’s lifetime."

A Different Approach to Understanding Power Factor

Pumps & Systems, Sep. 2014, by Joe Evans.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps-motors/september-2014-different-approach-understanding-power-factor-first-three-parts

"First of Three Parts - Power factor (PF) is an important component of an alternating current (AC) circuit, but understanding its actual effect can be difficult. Why is PF mysterious to many of us? It has to do with the way it is explained."

WhiteWave Opens Company’s First Certified Green Manufacturing Plant

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, Aug. 5, 2014.
http://www.refrigeratedfrozenfood.com/articles/88391-whitewave-opens-companys-first-certified-green-manufacturing-plant

"WhiteWave Foods, Broomfield, Colo., announced green building certification of its beverage manufacturing facility in Dallas, Texas. The facility...earned U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certification for New Construction."

Combined Heat and Power and Clean Distributed Energy Policies

American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 2, 2014, by Anna Chittum and Neal Elliott. (Free registration required to view full-text of report.)
http://www.aceee.org/policy-brief/combined-heat-and-power-and-clean-distributed-energy-poli

"Combined heat and power (CHP) systems generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but a particular way to deploy existing technologies. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, so CHP systems are more efficient and provide environmental, economic, and energy system infrastructure benefits. However, several barriers impede cost-effective CHP applications, including lack of common interconnection protocols, discriminatory standby rates, and emissions regulations that do not recognize the improved efficiency levels of CHP systems."

Efficient Building Water Use

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2014, by Willa Kuh and Fred Betz.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/efficient-building-water-use/5c43e78511f4c18036dd0e018167ce82.html

"The escalating cost of providing potable water in the United States is creating new urgency for owners of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings to respond with greater engineered water efficiency."

Digested Dairy Manure to High-End Potting Soil

BioCycle, July 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/07/15/digested-dairy-manure-to-high-end-potting-soil/

"An anaerobic digester development company launched a bagged potting soil product to utilize digested dairy manure fibers and improve long-term success of facilities....when falling rates for renewable energy and the loss of the federal Investment Tax Credit grant hit at the same time."

4 Things to Consider Before Predictive Maintenance Programs

ThomasNet.com, July 30, 2014, by Paul Leavoy.
http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/2014/07/30/4-things-to-consider-before-predictive-maintenance-programs/

"Industrial companies have realized that it pays to be sustainable, literally. It is not just a noble act; we want to do it because mitigating energy and water waste is mitigating costs and improving profit. Here, LNS Research describes how predictive maintenance equals to sustainable manufacturing."

USDA, DOE and EPA Release Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

Biomass Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Erin Voegele.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10761/usda-doe-and-epa-release-biogas-opportunities-roadmap

"The USDA has published its Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, a document that builds on progress made to date to identify voluntary actions that can be taken to reduce methane emissions through the use of biogas systems. It outlines strategies to overcome barriers limiting further expansion and development of a robust biogas industry in the U.S. The USDA also noted that the roadmap supports the U.S. dairy industry’s 2008 goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020."

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