Bookmark and Share

Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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


Industrial Lubrication Fundamentals: Lubricant Life-Cycle Management

Maintenance Technology, Apr. 2014, by Ken Bannister.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/04/industrial-lubrication-fundamentals-lubricant-life-cycle-management/

"Give your equipment lubricants the respect they deserve. Keep them well-filtered and clean!"

First U.S. County Passes Energy Benchmarking Law

EcoBuilding Pulse, Apr. 30, 2014, by Katie Weeks.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/energy-efficiency/first-us-county-passes-energy-benchmarking-law_o.aspx

"Nine major U.S. cities already have energy benchmarking laws on their books, and now the first county in the country has joined their ranks. On April 22, Maryland's Montgomery County—a suburban county bordering Washington, D.C.—unanimously passed a package of nine energy bills that includes energy benchmarking legislation that will now require owners of large, nonresidential buildings to track and report their properties' energy use."

Is Your Facility Ready for ISO 50001 and SEP?

Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP), U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 2014.
http://superiorenergyperformance.energy.gov/strategic_energy_management_checklist.html

"As you consider your manufacturing facility’s readiness for energy management, use the Strategic Energy Management Checklist to conduct a high-level assessment of your manufacturing facility’s energy management program and identify steps you can take to move to the next level."

What Owners Need to Know About ... Evaporative-Cooling Equipment

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering, Apr. 2014, by June Galloway. (Free registration is required to view full-text of article.)
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/what-owners-need-know-about-evaporative-cooling-equipment

"Evaporative-cooling equipment is selected to provide a fluid (usually water) to a system at a certain temperature and flow rate. If the temperature of the fluid delivered to a system (chiller) is higher than desired, the system will suffer increased wear and tear and usage. Decreasing leaving-water temperature by just 2°F can lower electricity expenditures by 6 percent.

Routine inspection and maintenance is paramount in achieving desired temperature and flow rate, and it plays an important role in extend operating life
."

A Green Factory to Crop Up On Chicago's South Side

Green Source Magazine, Apr. 18, 2014, by William McDonough.
http://greensource.construction.com/news/2014/04/140418-a-green-factory-to-crop-up-on-chicagos-south-side.asp

Article describes the new Method (green cleaning products brand) factory in Chicago. "The building, designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, will use (not surprisingly) Cradle to Cradle Certified materials and feature rooftop greenhouses to help reduce wind loads as well as provide food production for the local community. Different sources of renewable energy will power the factory, including solar thermal panels, a refurbished wind turbine, and solar photovoltaic tree-shaped structures, which will also shade cars parked underneath its canopies."

Alternative Energy Fires Up Plants

Design News, Mar. 2014, by Rob Spiegel.
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=271886&dfpPParams=ind_182,aid_271886&dfpLayout=article

"For decades, renewable energy was the stepchild of the energy mix used to run [industrial] plants. Everyone thought clean energy was a good idea (how could you not?), but it was considered impractical, unreliable, and costly. Recent years have seen a sizable shift in that view. Between government subsidies, government mandates, and improved technology, alternative energies have elbowed their way to the big kids' table."

Optimized Solutions for Industrial Cogen Units

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jan.-Feb. 2014.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-1/features/optimized-solutions-for-industrial-cogen-units.html

"CHP [Combined Heat & Power] installations are often associated with industrial process and so any failure at the plant can be a commercial disaster for the owners if they have to cease production as a result. However, with a more sophisticated set up it is possible to continue to operate seamlessly, even in the event of an unexpected gas turbine trip, explains Stef Verhagen of NEM Energy bv."


Industrial Energy Efficiency: Designing Effective State Programs for the Industrial Sector

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, Mar. 2014.  Prepared by A. Goldberg, R. P. Taylor, and B. Hedman, Institute for Industrial Productivity.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/pdfs/industrial_energy_efficiency.pdf

Report "provides state regulators, utilities, and other program administrators with an overview of U.S. industrial energy efficiency programs delivered by a variety of entities. The report assesses some of the key features of programs that have helped lead to success in generating increased energy savings and identifies new emerging directions in programs that might benefit from additional research and cross-discussion to promote adoption."

Outsourcing Energy Performance: Its Potential for Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Research Report IE1402, March 2014, by Christopher Russell. (Free registration required to view full text.)
http://aceee.org/research-report/ie1402

"This report evaluates outsourcing as a tool for achieving the energy efficiency program goals.  While offered to industrial and other large facilities primarily to ensure the reliability of energy performance, energy service outsourcing can also enhance energy efficiency in these facilities. The report describes the business models and considerations for both providing and consuming outsourced energy services. Awareness of these issues is crucial to the success of any energy efficiency program that attempts to achieve its goals by relying on the market for energy service outsourcing."

Compressed Air System Design Recommendations for Food Processors

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2014, by Roderick Smith.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/compressed-air-system-design-recommendations-food-processors

"The codes and recommendations put forth by the BCAS/BRC and by the VDMA provide the compressed air user and specifier in the food industry with some VOLUNTARY guidelines to consider when designing a compressed air system. The key word here is “voluntary”. These recommendations do not recommend the involvement of any inspectors or the creation of new regulations. The compressed air industry has simply shared very solid, unbiased, and practical recommendations to the food industries in their respective countries."

About

The Energy Newsbriefs Blog is a continuation of the weekly Energy Newsbriefs. Please bookmark this site and return frequently. Although we will not be accepting comments from within the Blog, we would be happy to hear from you by email at library@energy.wsu.edu

Archives of the weekly Energy Newsbriefs, from Oct. 2012 – Jan. 6, 2014, may be found on the WSU Energy Library web page.

Archives