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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


How to Maximize Burner Efficiency

Industrial Heating, Jul 2016, by Mark Lampe. [Free registration required]
http://www.industrialheating.com/articles/92914-how-to-maximize-burner-efficiency?

"Because energy costs are a major factor for many industrial processes, it makes sense to carefully analyze how the natural gas is being used and whether the system is running at peak efficiency."

Smart Buildings Center Tool Lending Library

Smart Buildings Center, Jul 2016.
http://www.smartbuildingscenter.org/tool-library/

A project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the Smart Building Center (SBC) is hosting a "Tool Lending Library". The diagnostic tools are available to building owners and managers, as well as energy service professionals, for short term data collection on energy using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings in Washington.

Merkley [OR] Announces $52 Million in Energy Loans for Rural Communities

The Gorge Business News, July 7, 2016.
http://thegorgebusinessnews.com/2016/07/merkley-announces-52-million-in-energy-loans-for-rural-communities/

"Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make $52 million in loans available to rural electric co-ops through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program designed by Senator Merkley to allow rural electric co-ops to offer their customers low-interest loans from USDA to provide affordable financing for energy efficiency improvements. The customers then pay back the loans through the savings on their electric bills."

Facilitating Fermentation [Pumping Systems]

Pumps & Systems, July 2016, by John Wallace.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/july-2016-facilitating-fermentation

"California vineyard uses AODD [air-operated double-diaphragm]pumps for 6,000-gallon tanks to achieve up to 60 percent savings in energy and operating costs."

Pump System Optimization in Pulp & Paper: High-Value Target Applications

Pumps & Systems, July 2016, by Mike Pemberton.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/print/pumps/july-2016-pump-system-optimization-pulp-paper-high-value-target-applications

"In most pulp and paper applications, energy and unscheduled maintenance are two of the largest components of ownership cost. For this reason, improving pump efficiency is key to pump system optimization. Although certain mechanical and control modifications can improve reliability, selecting the best hydraulic fit is an often overlooked approach to system optimization. Energy and reliability are two sides of the same coin: A good rule of thumb is that where there is excess energy beyond what is required to move fluid through the pipes, there will also be unreliability."

A Simplified Method of Determining the Efficiency of a Motor-Driven Centrifugal Pump

Pumps & Systems, July 2016, by Robert X. Perez.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/centrifugal-pumps/july-2016-simplified-method-determining-efficiency-motor-driven-centrifugal-pump

"A common concern in processing plants is determining the pumping health—or efficiency—of centrifugal pumps. As pump impeller seals wear as a result of erosion and corrosion mechanisms, tight internal clearances open up and allow fluid to recirculate internally, gradually degrading performance. As wear progresses, a centrifugal pump will eventually become unable to perform its intended function. Periodically monitoring pump performance allows end users to identify internal degradation before a serious loss of capability occurs."

Farm to Fleets: Manure Helps Chicago Startup Build Natural Gas Network

Chicago Tribune, Mar. 2016, by Ally Marotti.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-ampcng-opens-more-filling-stations-20160317-story.html

"Chicago startup AmpCNG launched at a farm in northwest Indiana that converted cow manure to renewable natural gas. Nearly five years later, that manure from Fair Oaks Farm is still a core part of the West Loop-based startup’s business. But its reach has grown. It now owns and operates 19 compressed natural gas, or CNG, stations in eight states, fueling the increasing number of vehicles that operate on the resource."

Motors: The Proactive Approach To Voltage Unbalance

Engineered Systems, June 2016, by Thomas H. Bishop.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97772-motors-the-proactive-approach-to-voltage-unbalance

"Once we distinguish voltage unbalance from voltage variation, the need to tackle the issue intelligently becomes even more clear. Learn about common causes and effects, testing for unbalanced voltages and single-phasing, and ways to correct the problem if it does manage to arise."

A Compressed Air Piping System Assessment

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2016, by Gary Wamsely.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/pipingstorage/compressed-air-piping-system-assessment

"During an Energy Review at a relatively new health care garment factory, in the Southwest, we found all three of the 100 psig nominally rated rotary screw air compressors were operating at 115-120 psig continuously. We asked the Production Superintendent if this was normal or if something had recently changed. He explained that initially they operated two air compressors but had to begin running the 3rd unit in ‘trim’ mode after some converting machines were up-graded. Then, a new larger converting machine was recently installed and air pressure quickly became a production issue. Since capital funds were tight, the project engineering team determined the third air compressor had sufficient capacity."

President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

U.S. Department of Energy, June 20, 2016.
http://energy.gov/articles/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing-innovation-institute

"President Obama announced on June 20 that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Energy Department. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the coalition brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than 30 states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama administration."
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead a hub in the Northwest.

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