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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.

 


PNNL Researchers Convert Sewage Into Biofuel

Biomass Magazine, Nov. 7, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13895/pnnl-researchers-convert-sewage-into-biofuel

"It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology, hydrothermal liquefaction, mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years."

A Road Map for Optimized Maintenance

Flow Control, Nov. 1, 2016, by Michael J. Trainor.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/a-road-map-for-optimized-maintenance

"Unexpected failure of machinery is never a welcomed option for any plant, especially in the case of critical assets. Productivity may take a big hit when an asset goes down for emergency fixes. Could a developing problem have been detected earlier? Could the failure have been prevented or even predicted? An operation’s maintenance strategy — or lack of one — holds the key."

Is Your Building Endangering Birds?

Buildings, Oct. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20713/title/is-your-building-endangering-birds-

"Excessive exterior lighting isn’t just wasting energy – it may be harming migrating birds. Cut down your energy spending and ensure safe passage during migration season by joining a local Lights Out initiative."

Solar Ready Vets

Solar Foundation.
http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-ready-vets/

For Veteran's Day - "Funded by the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Ready Vets provides quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning military personnel who are within six months of separation. Solar training complements the extensive skills developed during military service and prepares transitioning service members to be strong candidates for jobs in the growing solar industry."

IECC Building Code Update: Three Issues to Watch

Code Watcher, Oct. 31, 2016, by Mike Collignon.
http://www.codewatcher.us/codes/iecc-building-code-update-three-issues-to-watch/

"These building code issues will make the biggest impact on the 2018 codes. Here’s where they stand now."

[U.S.] Dept. of Transportation Unveils National Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Utility Dive, Nov. 4, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/dept-of-transportation-unveils-national-electric-vehicle-charging-network/429775/

"Moving to support the electrification of the transportation sector and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government this week announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states."

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

RMI Outlet, Nov. 2, 2016, by Douglas Miller and Larry Zarker.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_11_02_how_to_use_peer_diffusion_to_make
_better_homes_a_must_have


Announcing a new Rocky Mountain Institute Report: Peer Diffusion: A Promising Way for Service Providers to Unlock Investments in Home Energy Upgrades.

Solar Thermal Energy: Why The Wait?

Solar Today, Oct. 2016, by William T. Guiney.
http://solartoday.org/2016/10/solar-thermal-energy-why-the-wait/

"For those of you who only know solar energy as Photovoltaics (PV) there is another solar technology that has the potential to significantly reduce GreenHouse-Gas emissions often referred to as the other solar “White Meat” basically ignored by most of the State and DOE, Federal Energy and R&D programs except Solar Thermal Electric Generation (CSP). Common uses of the other white meat or I should say the other solar technology include: swimming pool heating, boiler water preheating, domestic water and space heating, air conditioning, and high temperature heat for a wide range of commercial and industrial processes such as Industrial Process Heat (IPH)."

What You Should Know About LEED v4 [Multifamily]

Multifamily Executive, Nov. 1, 2016, by Chris Wood.
http://www.multifamilyexecutive.com/design-development/green/what-you-should-know-about-leed-v4_o

"As of last month, LEED v4 became the officially required version for certification. Here are the multifamily-friendly aspects you should know about."

9 Subtleties of Grid Storage Revealed

The Energy Collective, Oct. 28, 2016, by Xavier Moreau.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/xmoreau/2391089/9-subtleties-of-grid-storage-revealed

"Storing MWh of electricity in a battery at grid scale is not trivial because it requires a set of connected equipment and software that operate together: battery cells, power electronics, sensors, fire protection, telecommunication, relays, switchgears, controlling computer and software to name a few. Furthermore this system must be optimized along four dimensions: energy (quantity of electricity to be stored, i.e. MWh), power (flow of electricity, i.e. MW), chemistry (how electrons will actually be withheld, e.g. LiOn), and usage (charging/discharging cycles and ageing patterns over system life time)."

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