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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


Q&A: What to Know About the New DOE Pump Energy Efficiency Rule

Flow Control, Mar. 3, 2016, by Michael Michaud and Peter Gaydon.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/qa-what-to-know-about-the-new-doe-pump-energy-efficiency-rule

"To get an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Pump Energy Efficiency Rule, Flow Control talked with Michael Michaud, executive director of the Hydraulic Institute (HI), and Peter Gaydon, its director of technical affairs. HI uses a pump systems approach to developing industry standards, providing knowledge and resources, educating the marketplace, and advocating for the industry."

Using Insulating Firebricks to Maximize Energy Savings in Iron and Steel Applications

Insulation Outlook, Jan. 2016, by Steve Chernack and Chris Johnson.
http://www.insulationoutlook.com/io/article.cfm?id=IO160101

"Engineering design and the lining materials chosen are key factors in controlling the efficiency and energy usage of equipment used in iron and steel applications. Thus, it is critical that industrial designers understand the advantages and disadvantages of the materials they choose. One option for lining material is insulating firebricks (IFBs), which can minimize energy losses. Recent studies conducted on IFBs using the 3 most common manufacturing methods—cast, slinger, and extrusion—show that the cast process offers the lowest thermal conductivity and provides the greatest energy savings."

Air Barriers for Metal Buildings

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2016, by William Beals.
http://www.insulationoutlook.com/io/article.cfm?id=IO160204

"Air barriers have been discussed and used in different ways since the 1930s. The purpose of an air barrier is to limit uncontrolled air leakage into and out of the building’s envelope. A building’s envelope is defined as roof, wall, and floor area that encloses a heated or cooled area. Uncontrolled leakage will result in increased energy usage due to the heat or cooling lost."

Select the Best VFD for Your Application

Maintenance Technology, Feb. 2016.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2016/02/select-the-best-vfd-for-your-application/

"According to the technical experts at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Vernon Hills, IL, there are several factors to consider when selecting variable-frequency drives (VFDs)."

Calculate the True Cost of Unreliability

Maintenance Technology, Feb. 2016, by Al Poling.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2016/02/calculate-the-true-cost-of-unreliability/

"Although experts have espoused the virtues of equipment reliability for decades, countless manufacturing operations still suffer significant and unnecessary downtime due to equipment failure. Apparently these manufacturers haven’t bought into the benefits of failure-free operation. What will it take to get them to accept the time-proven benefits of reliability? Perhaps they will never be convinced by examples of other manufacturing operations, believing that they are somehow unique."

Intelligent Pump Control Reduces Energy Consumption by 80 Percent

Pumps & Systems, Feb. 2016, by Martin Hoffmann.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-instrumentationcontrols/february-2016-intelligent-pump-control-reduces-energy-consumption-80

"A flame retardant manufacturer incorporated frequency converters to control its cooling water pumps."

Is Your Desiccant Dryer Running Efficiently?

Plant Services, Jan. 2016, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2015/is-your-desiccant-dryer-running-efficiently/

"Pity the neglected air dryer: Much time and attention is paid to efficiently controlling air compressors, but often the control of air dryers gets ignored. If your plant has desiccant dryers, it's important to manage their operation effectively, too, in order to get the maximum return from your compressed-air efficiency efforts."

Smart Manufacturing: The Internet of Things: Power at Your Fingertips

Food Engineering, Jan. 2016, by Debra Schug.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/95046-the-internet-of-things-power-at-your-fingertips

"The concepts and technologies encompassed by the term “Internet of Things” are rapidly changing the world. Sometimes called “Industry 4.0” or the “Industrial Internet,” it is the idea that manufacturers will be able to connect everything in their operations, allowing information to be easily exchanged and enabling more autonomous plants."

Teaming Up to Apply Advanced Manufacturing Methods to Wind Turbine Production

U.S. Department of Energy, February 1, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/teaming-apply-advanced-manufacturing-methods-wind-turbine-production

"DOE’s Wind Program and Advanced Manufacturing Office, ORNL, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and other organizations are partnering to apply this advanced manufacturing technology to the production of wind turbine blade molds. By applying 3D printing to the manufacture of blade molds, it is possible to reduce costs and time associated with manufacturing, experiment with new capabilities, and improve design flexibility. Blades are some of the most important—yet costly—components of a wind turbine, so finding ways to reduce the cost of blade manufacturing will further reduce the costs of wind energy."

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center

New York Times, Jan. 31, 2016, by John Markoff.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/technology/microsoft-plumbs-oceans-depths-to-test-underwater-data-center.html?_r=0

"Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry’s most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill."

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