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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.

 


Energy Performance Comparison of Fans with Variable Speed Drives

ASHRAE Journal, Nov. 2016, by Armin Hauer.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Nov_052-059_Hauer.pdf

"Highly efficient air systems require precise fan selection and a method to adjust the fan performance to the Load. Fan supplier applications engineers are experienced in identifying the most suitable fan type and fan size for a specified application, whether the fan duty is fixed or continuously variable. Manufacturer-certified performance and electrical power consumption data support competitive performance contracts and ensure minimum energy consumption."


How City Trucks in Manteca, California Could Run On Food Waste

Treatment Plant Operator, Dec. 2016, by David Steinkraus.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/12/how_city_trucks_in_manteca
_california_could_run_on_food_waste


"A California city gears up for a biogas production project that will convert food waste from schools and businesses into clean gas for vehicles."

U.S. Department of Energy Cabinet Exit Memo

U.S. DOE Press Release, Jan. 5, 2016, Secretary Ernest Moniz.
https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/01/f34/Department%20of%20Energy%20Cabinet%20Exit%20Memo.pdf

"The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for advancing the energy, environmental, and nuclear security of the United States; promoting scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; sponsoring basic research in the physical sciences; and ensuring the environmental cleanup of  the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. The DOE enterprise has 64 sites across 29 states and the District of Columbia, including 17 National Laboratories that form a critical part of America’s research enterprise. During the eight years of the Obama Administration, DOE has delivered on its mission. The results have included dramatic growth in clean energy jobs, vital progress on securing and diminishing the amount of nuclear material globally, and major scientific and technological (S&T) discoveries."

Advanced Storage Battery Technology – Providing a Foundation For the New Energy Paradigm

North American Clean Energy, Nov/Dec 2016, by Jim Petersen.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/24810/advanced-storage-battery-technology-providing-a-foundation-for-the-new-energy-paradigm

"The burgeoning energy storage market is being driven by improved energy efficiency, the declining cost of solar equipment, and higher capacity energy storage made possible by improved battery technology, such as lithium ion. This creates a huge benefit to consumers of electric power, especially with federal incentives covering up to 30 percent of the total system cost."

A New Plateau: Broad Structural Changes are Reshaping the Utility Landscape

Rural Electric Magazine, Dec. 2017, by Reed Karaim.
http://remagazine.coop/technology-trends-reshaping-electric-utilities/

"We’re living in an era of rapid and sustained technological change that can sometimes feel like chaos. But many analysts say the recent spate of frenetic innovation is beginning to take shape into three primary trends that will ultimately reshape the electric utility industry.  ...identifies the three plates as increased consumer focus, with consumers becoming more aware of their power options and desires; distribution optimization, the result of smart-grid and other technologies that are vastly increasing the control and analytical capabilities of electric co-ops; and an evolution of the wholesale/retail model, which includes both the growth of distributed generation and evolving state regulations intended to further decentralize power generation.

Flashbacks: Rural Electrification By the Numbers

Rural Electric Magazine, Dec. 2016, by Frank K. Gallant.
http://remagazine.coop/flashbacks-rural-electrification-cartogram-numbers/

"....In 1940, just four and a half years after Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 7037, 25 percent of American farms had been electrified. Among the bigger farm states, Indiana (37 percent), Ohio (42 percent), and Washington (57 percent) were electrifying fastest. Ten years later, 90 percent had been electrified nationally. REA was proving to be one of the most successful government infrastructure-building programs in U.S. history."

Chiller Plant Optimization: Improving On Variable Primary Flow Chilled Water System Operation

Engineered Systems, Nov. 2016, by Mark Bandini, Ernie Brandusa, and Carlos Petty.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98002-chiller-plant-optimization-improving-on-variable-primary-flow-chilled-water-system-operation

"The larger or more complex a cooling plant becomes, the more challenges to its efficiency it will face. When applied wisely, modern controls and equipment can rise to meet those challenges. Read up on active balancing, pump dynamic differential setpoint control, and more responsive tactics for when the worst thing you can do is just go with the flow."

Why Would A Hospital Consider Absorption Chillers?

Engineered Systems, Nov. 2016, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98005-why-would-a-hospital-consider-absorption-chillers

"While CHP is good, CCHP can be even better for your facility and its locale. The author surveys the potential benefits, building code input, and electrical considerations. After a couple of case studies, she then reviews considerable engineering re-sources the DOE provides for those contemplating a forward-looking but proven design."

Oregon Wave Energy Center Gets $40 Million for Test Facility

Power, Dec. 12, 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/oregon-wave-energy-center-gets-40-million-for-test-facility/

"Oregon State University’s (OSU’s) Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) was awarded up to $40 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) on December 21 to create what the center calls the world’s premier wave energy test facility in Newport, Ore."

The City Of Las Vegas Is Now Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

Huffington Post, Dec. 20, 2016, by Hayley Miller.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-city-of-las-vegas-is-now-powered-entirely-by-renewable-energy_us_58594291e4b0b3ddfd8ea4e8

"Las Vegas just became the largest U.S. city to rely solely on green energy to power its municipal facilities. All Las Vegas city facilities ― from government buildings to streetlights ― are now running entirely on renewable energy, city officials have announced."

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