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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.

 


Investment Helps Washington Film Converter Become More Sustainable

Plastics News, Mar. 9, 2015, by Roger Renstrom.
http://tinyurl.com/ml3jfu8

"Emissions control and energy use improvements have won a Washington film extruder and converter $342,000 worth of incentives as a state of Washington energy leadership-in-innovation award. Shields Bag and Printing Co. installed a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) and a flexographic press to improve production at its Yakima, Wash., facility."

Industry Prepares for New Residential Water Heater Standards

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Feb. 9, 2015, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/128809-industry-prepares-for-new-residential-water-heater-standards

"New minimum energy-efficiency standards go into effect for nearly all residential gas and electric water heaters on April 16, 2015. The set of rigorous rules are the third generation of standards the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued for the equipment under the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA). While the new efficiency standards do not require manufacturers to use any specific technologies to achieve the new EF (energy factor) ratings, they’ve already necessitated a significant redesign effort from manufacturers."

Faulty Installations Slash System Efficiency [HVAC Equipment]

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Feb. 9, 2015, by Nicole Krawcke.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/128787-faulty-installations-slash-system-efficiency

"Duct leakage, refrigerant undercharge or overcharge, low indoor airflow, and oversized equipment with undersized ductwork have the most potential to significantly degrade equipment efficiency, according to a recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study. Contractors who adequately address these challenges differentiate themselves from the competition."

Direct link to the NIST Report, Sensitivity Analysis of Installation Faults on Heat Pump Performance, NIST Technical Note 1848, October 2014.

New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) News Release, Feb. 4, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2015/16455.html

"The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories."

Chilled Water Thermal Energy Storage [TES] Hydraulics

ASHRAE Journal, Feb. 2015, by Kent W. Peterson.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Feb_040-043_EngNote_Peterson.pdf

"Chilled water thermal storage can provide many energy cost benefits when implemented in chilled water systems. Placing an atmospheric chilled water thermal energy storage tank in a chilled water system will have several engineering ramifications on the hydraulic performance of the system. Understanding these hydraulic implications and designing the optimum solutions for addressing these implications will improve both control and energy performance."


Part One: Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems

ASHRAE Journal, Feb. 2015, by Kwang Woo Kim and Bjarne W. Olsen.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Feb_028-039_Olesen_pt-1.pdf

"This two-part article describes basic knowledge of radiant heating and cooling systems to give a principle understanding of the design and operation of this advantageous system including comfort, system load, heating/cooling capacity, installation and application of the system with examples."

Part Two is here - http://www.energy.wsu.edu/EnergyLibrary/Newsbriefs/EnergyNewsbriefsBlog/
tabid/905/entryid/674/Default.aspx



County [King County, WA] Trials Energy Tracking Software Used by Microsoft

Energy Manager Today, Mar. 3, 2015, by Linda Hardesty.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/county-trials-energy-tracking-software-used-microsoft-0109722/

"King County, Washington, plans to pilot the same energy-tracking software that Microsoft uses to reduce energy consumption at many of its buildings. Seattle-based design firm MacDonald-Miller will install the software at five King County facilities for the two-year pilot project. Iconics developed the software using Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure platform."

Shelter Report 2015: Less Is More: Transforming Low-Income Communities Through Energy Efficiency

Habitat for Humanity, Jan. 2015.
http://www.habitat.org/advocate/publications-resources/shelter-report-2015

"Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Shelter Report focuses on improving energy efficiency among lower-income households.  Although Habitat for Humanity and the federal government are addressing some of the energy efficiency issues among lower-income families, too many families still face the challenge of energy costs that are excessive compared to their overall incomes."

Bosch Equips Energy Smart Housing Community in Texas

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 21, 2015, by Karen Henry.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/bosch-equips-energy-smart-housing-community-texas-0108288/

"Bosch has partnered with Taurus Investment Holdings, a Boston-based real estate development company, to equip a master-planned community outside Austin, Texas, with efficient geothermal heat pumps, hot water systems and Energy Star rated kitchen appliances. The new community, called Whisper Valley, will eventually include 7,500 net zero ready single and multi-family homes and apartments, plus more than 2 million square feet of retail and office space across 2,062 acres."

Daylighting and Flooring: Don’t Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity

Armstrong Flooring, Jan. 2015, by Mike Kennedy. [May need to complete free registration to download full report.]
http://tinyurl.com/kwhhftk

"A key strategy in creating environmentally friendly, energy-efficient education spaces is capturing abundant daylight and reducing the reliance on artificial light. Efforts to maximize daylighting in school facilities have taken many forms as techniques have grown more sophisticated.... For architects and administrators who have reaped the benefits of many of these strategies and are seeking even more daylighting dividends, one characteristic to consider that some may be overlooking is the reflectivity of the flooring material selected for a space."

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