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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


Big Corporations To Utilities: Please Make It Easy to Buy Renewable Energy

Sustainable Business.com, July 21, 2014, by Rona Fried.
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25818

"We've written about the increasing amounts of renewable energy big corporations are using, but they would use much more if utilities made it easier for them to buy."

Combined Heat and Brewing Power

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, July 23, 2014, by Karen Crofton.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2014_07_23_combined_heat_and_brewing_power

"What do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins [CO], I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene is a great example."

The Energy Savings Potential of Smart Manufacturing

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 2014, by Ethan A. Rogers. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/ie1403.pdf

"Smart manufacturing, the integration of all facets of manufacturing through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), is set to transform the industrial sector and its use of energy, raw materials, and labor over the next twenty years."

Compressed Air System Simulation Software

Compressed Air Best Practices, July 2014, by Jan Hoetzel.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/compressed-air-system-simulation-software

"Over the years and many compressed air audits later, one thing has become clear: continuous monitoring is a key factor for efficient compressed air systems. Similarly, the only constant in a compressed air system is change. When new air applications are added, a line is down, air leaks grow or if maintenance is done to repair leaks in the system, the whole system is affected and responds accordingly. Due to the nature of compressed air systems, improvements may be quickly lost shortly after implementation and go unnoticed. System monitoring allows operators and facilities maintenance to see real time effects of changes to the system and respond with appropriate adjustments when necessary."

Companies Pocket Savings From Better Energy Management

ClimateWire, July 23, 2014 (reprinted and published with permission by DOE)
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/companies-pocket-savings-better-energy-management

"Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program were highlighted in ClimateWire, July 23, 2014. The article recounts how SEP led one Nissan plant to invest in operational changes that are now saving 264,000 gigajoules annually—and how a General Dynamics plant saved $536,000 in the first year.

Increasing Efficiency with Advanced Controls [in Heat Treating]

Industrial Heating, Jun. 2014. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.industrialheating.com/articles/91705-increasing-efficiency-with-advanced-controls?v=preview

"The ever-increasing need to produce higher-quality parts with lower costs requires newer tools to reduce waste and optimize processes. By using advanced gas-handling systems, heat treaters can reduce waste and get a handle on each furnaces gas consumption. Using process modeling for carburizing, nitriding, and carbonitriding can help users develop more efficient processes."

Building Farm And Food Scrap Digesters (Part I)

BioCycle, June 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/06/16/building-farm-and-food-scrap-digesters/

"A steady stream of anaerobic digestion facilities are coming on line, most equipped to process food waste. This first of a two-part series profiles several farm digesters. Part I"

More than Heat and Power: Cogeneration with New Gas Engine Technology

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, May/June 2014, by Michael Devine.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-3/features/more-than-heat-and-power.html

"Cogeneration today goes well beyond simultaneously generating electricity and hot water or steam. Today's usable engine outputs can also include heated air, chilled water produced by absorption chillers, and carbon dioxide from purified exhaust. In other words, a single engine-generator can produce two, three or four useful outputs at once. With today's generating technologies, electrical efficiencies up to 45% and total resource efficiencies upwards of 90% are achievable. And cogeneration systems do not necessarily need to operate full-time at full load to be cost-effective–low-cost and low-intensity configurations can bring attractive returns in many settings."

ASME EA-4-2010 - Energy Assessment for Compressed Air Systems. What’s it all about?

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2014, by Joe Ghislain.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/standards/food-grade-air/asme-ea-4-2010-energy-assessment-compressed-air-systems-what-s-it-all-about

"The ASME EA-4 standard takes the same system approach that is taught in the Compressed Air Challenge® Fundamentals and Advanced Compressed Air System Management courses and provides a prescriptive but scalable process that can be tailored to each facility. Along with system definition, it sets requirements for organizing and conducting the assessment, analyzing the data, and reporting and documenting of the findings."

Preventive Maintenance for Profit

Plant Services, May 2014, by John Kravontka.
http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2014/preventive-maintenance-for-profit/?show=all

"The challenge facing manufacturers is how to implement a maintenance program that will provide immediate return. It can take as many as five or 10 years to train maintenance staff and introduce programs for them to carry out."

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