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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.

 


Advanced Inverters: The Coming Standards Bring New Opportunities

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Ryan Edge.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/online/issues/SI1609/FEAT_05_Advanced-Inverters-The-Coming-Standards-Bring-New-Opportunities.html

"Advanced inverters have built-in potential to expand solar developers' customer base -- now all we need are the UL and IEEE code updates."

Innovations for Improved Gas Turbine Productivity

Power Engineering, Sept. 2016, by Gerrill Griffith.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-120/issue-9/features/innovations-for-improved-gas-turbine-productivity.html

"... Now, with demands for energy rising along with calls for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the need for cleaner more efficient next generation turbine technology is critical. With a robust research portfolio, productive partnerships, and a mandate to increase power-producing efficiencies and improve the environment for future generations, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is shepherding innovations for improved gas turbine productivity."

Designing With Liquid-Immersion Cooling Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sept. 21, 2016, by Saahil Tumber.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/designing-with-liquid-immersion-cooling-systems/50ef4dcd4e7dee72b8d45e1fa4608abb.html

"Liquid cooling refers to a scenario where liquid (or coolant) must be supplied to the ITE. An IT cabinet is considered to be liquid-cooled if liquid, such as water, dielectric fluid, mineral oil, or refrigerant, is circulated to and from the cabinet or cabinet-mounted equipment for cooling. Several configurations are possible, depending on the boundary being considered (i.e., external or internal to the cabinet). For the same heat-transfer rate, the flow rate requirement for a liquid and the energy consumed by the pump are typically much lower than the flow rate requirement for air and the energy consumed by the fan system. This is primarily because the specific volume of a liquid is significantly lower than that of air."

LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues

IEEE Spectrum, Sept. 22, 2016, by Jeff Hecht.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/conservation/led-streetlights-are-giving-neighborhoods-the-blues

"Early adopters of LED street lighting are struggling with glare and light pollution."

Grassroots And Grass: How Sacramento Became The Center Of Zero-Energy Housing

FastCoexist/Fast Company, Sept. 29, 2016, by Griffin Hagle.
https://www.fastcoexist.com/3064046/grassroots-and-grass-how-sacramento-became-the-center-of-zero-energy-housing

"California’s unassuming state capital boasts more energy-neutral homes than any other city in America."

Snohomish PUD Lands $3.5 Million Clean Energy Grant

Stanwood Camano News, Sept. 20, 2016.
http://www.scnews.com/news/article_b7c7181c-7ea9-11e6-9e1e-8b2855a54976.html

"To demonstrate new energy technologies including energy storage, a microgrid system, small-scale renewable energy and an electric "vehicle to grid” system, Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) will receive $3.5 million in matching funds from the Washington Clean Energy Fund."

Key To Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells

Science Daily, Sept. 28, 2016, Columbia University.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160928151119.htm

"In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduce fossil fuel consumption."

Hydropower Isn’t Carbon Neutral After All, WSU Researchers Say

The Seattle Times, Sept. 28, 2016, by Lynda V. Mapes.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/hydropower-isnt-carbon-neutral-after-all-wsu-researchers-say/

"Washington State University researchers have learned that reservoirs produce much more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously understood."
Link to access the full-text article: http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/10/02/biosci.biw117

Researchers Make Breakthrough In Biobased Materials

Washington State University News, Sept. 28, 2016, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2016/09/28/researchers-make-breakthrough-biobased-materials/

"Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications."

This is One of the Most Efficient Energy Sources Out There. So What’s Holding it Back? [Cogeneration]

Alberta Oil, Sept. 9, 2016, by Nick Wilson.
http://www.albertaoilmagazine.com/2016/09/cogeneration-one-efficient-energy-sources-whats-holding-back/

"Combined heat and power generation, or “cogeneration,” is clean power’s unsung hero. And the oil sands are its ground zero, supplying about 50 percent of Alberta’s 4,821 megawatts of electrical capacity, and pushing the province to the top of Canada’s “cogen” table. It’s not just ultra-efficient; it can be lucrative too. Oil sands operators have earned as much as $2.43 per barrel from power sales to the electricity grid."

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