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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


Energy Department Announces Universities to Lead Industrial Assessment Centers Program

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Dec. 14, 2016.
https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-universities-lead-industrial-assessment-centers-program

"The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced nearly $35 million, subject to appropriations, for 28 higher education institutions from 25 states across the country to set up and operate regional Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs)."

A Fuel Phase Transition: Converting Industrial Engines to Natural Gas

Distributed Energy, Nov/Dec 2016, by Daniel P. Duffy.
http://foresternetwork.com/distributed-energy-magazine/be-energy/fuel-cells/a-fuel-phase-transition/

"There is a quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) revolution taking place in the way America powers its motors, engines, and turbines. Industrial motors, traditionally powered by diesel and gasoline fuels, are transitioning to a new fuel source—natural gas."

Maximizing a Manufacturer’s Combined Heat and Power Plant

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Nov. 14, 2016, by Andrew Price and Aaron Wickersham.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/maximizing-a-manufacturers-combined-heat-and-power-plant/8dba326de767f993596c7d8e3ffcc9a8.html

"A Midwestern manufacturing facility opted for a hybrid combined-cycle steam turbine generator solution."

Case study: Reducing Costs with Cloud-Based Energy Management [Water Recycling Plant]

RCR Wireless News, Nov. 18, 2016, by Phillip Tracy.
http://www.rcrwireless.com/20161118/internet-of-things/energy-management-candi-tag31-tag99

"The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency claims to operate the world’s largest water recycling facility designed for raw food crop irrigation, using 25 pumping stations to treat 20 million gallons of wastewater every day. Pumping, treatment and conveyance are a few of the most expensive and energy exhaustive processes for regional municipalities, comprising more than 30% of their budgets, according to a case study provided by Candi Controls. The MRWPCA chose an energy management and control solution to try to reduce operating costs associated with its operations."

A Policymaker’s Guide to Smart Manufacturing

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Nov. 30, 2016, by Stephen Ezell.
https://itif.org/publications/2016/11/30/policymakers-guide-smart-manufacturing

"Smart manufacturing—the application of information technologies to manufacturing processes—is poised to transform how products are designed, fabricated, serviced, and used. But to speed this transformation, the federal government needs smarter policies for smart manufacturing."

DOE Completes New [Rotary] Air Compressor Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 5, 2016, by Chris Granda.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/doe-completes-new-air-compressor-standards

"Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new energy efficiency standards for rotary air compressors. These large air compressors power a range of commercial and industrial equipment such as manufacturing robots, pneumatic tools, and paint sprayers and use about 6 percent of all motor-driven electricity consumption in the industrial sector."

Another Look at Optimizing Pump Hydraulics

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2016, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2016-another-look-optimizing-pump-hydraulics

"This column will provide feedback on a quiz published in my August 2016 Pumps & Systems column titled “Optimizing Pump Hydraulics: When Is It Important?” (Read it here) Readers were asked to estimate the amount of energy that would be saved by using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with a small centrifugal pump and to compare those savings to the energy used by a pump specifically designed for the required conditions (100 gallons per minute [gpm], 15 feet)."

Fan Selections and Their Energy Impacts, Part 2 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Oct. 2016, by Khalil Kairouz.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/fan-selections-and-their-energy-impacts-part-2-2

"Fans and fan systems can be significant consumers of energy in commercial applications and the greatest consumer in industrial ones. Concerned about underperformance, designers tend to compensate for uncertainties by adding capacity to fans. Oversizing fan systems creates problems that can increase costs and decrease reliability. This article explains how to evaluate fans and fan systems and their impact on operating costs."

Four Ways To Capture The Benefits Of Thermal Storage

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2016, by Khalil Kairouz, Vincent Priolo, and Safaa Al Musawi.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97962-four-ways-to-capture-the-benefits-of-thermal-storage

"In our world of growing concerns with global warming, utility companies across the world are making energy storage more cost effective for energy users. Initially, energy storage was developed to reduce the energy cost to the customer. However, there are many more issues which now benefit the utility companies, hence the rebate and incentive programs offered to get customers to implement energy storage."

Chiller Plant Optimization: The Role Of Controls

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2016, by Carlos Petty.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97961-chiller-plant-optimization-the-role-of-controls

"Properly selected automated controls to minimize chiller plant energy, power consumption, and the cost of operations are essential for overarching chiller plant performance. Effective plant managers are driven to operate their plants at the lowest life cycle costs possible. This begins with the initial first cost of construction and recurring plant lifecycle operating costs, while still accounting for all the complexities and interaction among major plant equipment components."

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