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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.

 


System Selection Crucial for Long Wastewater Pump Life

Pumps & Systems, Aug. 2014, by Lars Bo Andersen.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/august-2014-system-selection-crucial-long-wastewater-pump-life

"Driving down investment, energy and maintenance costs translates into big savings throughout an installation’s lifetime."

A Different Approach to Understanding Power Factor

Pumps & Systems, Sep. 2014, by Joe Evans.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps-motors/september-2014-different-approach-understanding-power-factor-first-three-parts

"First of Three Parts - Power factor (PF) is an important component of an alternating current (AC) circuit, but understanding its actual effect can be difficult. Why is PF mysterious to many of us? It has to do with the way it is explained."

How Texas Does Net Zero [Schools]

EDC (Environmental Design + Construction, Aug. 2014, by Sangeetha Karthik and Don Penn.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95783-how-texas-does-net-zero

"A Texas middle school models sustainability while building a curriculum designed to educate the next generation about renewable energy."

At the Tipping Point of Airtightness

Home Energy, Sep./Oct. 2014, by Max Sherman. [Scroll to page 12.]
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=15729&l=1&p=3&pre=

Looks at the history of residential air tightness, air infiltration, and indoor air quality and the evolution of testing and measuring.

Highlights From Four Tribal Weatherization Programs in Washington State

Home Energy, Sep./Oct. 2014, by Eunice Herren. [Scroll to page 16.]
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=15729&l=1&p=3&pre=

"A closer look into the challenges, successes, and lessons learned" at four tribal weatherization programs:
  • Makah Tribal Housing Department
  • Spokane Indian Housing Authoring
  • South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
  • Yakama Nation Housing Authority

Sharing the Table for Improved Recreational Facilities

EDC (Environmental Design + Construction), Aug. 2014, by Steve Flanagan.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95772-sharing-the-table-for-improved-recreational-facilities

"By applying an integrated project process, building teams can bring higher education recreational centers to a greater level of sustainability and efficiency."

Customize Lighting Control with Wireless Flexibility

Buildings, August 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17799/title/customize-lighting-control-with-wireless-flexibility.aspx

"Mesh networks for devices create greater granularity with minimal disruption."

Air Leakage Testing: A Hot Button or Hot Air?

Buildings Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Christopher Curtland.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17768/title/air-leakage-testing-a-hot-button-or-hot-air.aspx

"Find out when and where pressurization is a valuable forensic tool."


Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Aug. 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.
http://hpac.com/motors-drives/evaluating-power-demand-reduction-vfd-controlled-systems

Discusses the "the impact of relative dynamic-pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings."

Improving the Efficiency of Small to Mid-Sized Buildings

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Aug. 2014, by Chad Senger. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/improving-efficiency-small-mid-sized-buildings

"Taking advantage of technological advances previously limited primarily to large buildings."

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