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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


This Vertical Farm Will Provide Wyoming Residents with 100,000 lbs of Fresh Produce Each Year

Inhabit, Mar. 9, 2015, by Charley Cameron.
http://inhabitat.com/this-vertical-farm-will-provide-wyoming-residents-with-100000lbs-of-fresh-produce-each-year/

"A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce up to 100,000 lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent less water than conventional farming, and absolutely no pesticides, the three-story Vertical Harvest greenhouse will enable the cold, land-locked city to provide locally-grown produce for its residents all year round."

New Poultry Barn Ventilation System

Manure Manager, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Lilian Schaer
http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/index.php?i=&m=1559&l=1&p=22&pre=&ver=swf

"An innovative minimum ventilation system for poultry barns is improving bird health and reducing energy costs for farmers in the process."

Investment Helps Washington Film Converter Become More Sustainable

Plastics News, Mar. 9, 2015, by Roger Renstrom.
http://tinyurl.com/ml3jfu8

"Emissions control and energy use improvements have won a Washington film extruder and converter $342,000 worth of incentives as a state of Washington energy leadership-in-innovation award. Shields Bag and Printing Co. installed a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) and a flexographic press to improve production at its Yakima, Wash., facility."

Chilled Water Thermal Energy Storage [TES] Hydraulics

ASHRAE Journal, Feb. 2015, by Kent W. Peterson.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Feb_040-043_EngNote_Peterson.pdf

"Chilled water thermal storage can provide many energy cost benefits when implemented in chilled water systems. Placing an atmospheric chilled water thermal energy storage tank in a chilled water system will have several engineering ramifications on the hydraulic performance of the system. Understanding these hydraulic implications and designing the optimum solutions for addressing these implications will improve both control and energy performance."


UTEP Engineering Center Can Boost Business Efficiency, Profits

UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso) News, Feb. 23, 2015, by Nadia M. Whitehead.
http://news.utep.edu/?p=29171

"Local manufacturers who are looking to boost efficiency and increase profitability don’t have to go at it alone. The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), an engineering program based at The University of Texas at El Paso, is here to help."

Microsoft Experiments with Taking Energy-Sucking Data Centers Off the Grid

EnergyWire, Feb. 24, 2015, by David Ferris.
http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060013896

"At a lab in Southern California, Microsoft is trying out a radically different way to power the data center, one of the most energy-hungry kind of buildings there is. The solution is fuel cells, thousands of them, everywhere in the building, embedded into a rack of computer servers or even plugged into the individual servers themselves. In this way, Microsoft imagines it might be able to cut the cord entirely from the electricity grid."

Energy Impacts of Laboratory Ventilation Methods

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2015, by Victoria Herman and others.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/energy-impacts-laboratory-ventilation-methods?page=1

"Laboratory ventilation method—fixed percentage offset or fixed flow per door—has little effect on overall energy consumption compared with other design variables."

Energy Smart Industrial: Five Years of Enormous Savings [BPA]

Bonneville Power Administration Newsroom, Feb. 5, 2015.
http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Energy-Smart-Industrial-five-years-of-enormous-savings.aspx

"The Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial program is helping companies better manage their energy use and reduce costs. Since 2009, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have partnered with 473 industrial companies on projects that have collectively saved more than 647 million kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year."

A Financial Justification for Pumped System Improvements

Engineered Software, Inc., Feb. 2015.
http://eng-software.com/newsbrief/2015/2/financial_justification/

"This month we will look at the value of starting a proactive Pumped System Improvement program in which major pumped systems are evaluated on an ongoing basis. Prior to starting any new program there must be financial justification; this article shows how using readily available plant production data."

The Ways of Warehouses and Other Large Facilities

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Matt M. Casey.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Ways_of_Warehouses_and_
Other_Large_Facilities_27625.aspx


"Assessing industrial and commercial spaces for efficiency upgrades."

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