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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.

 


12 Ways to Save Energy in Data Centers

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2015, by Steve Ryan and Robert Huang. [Scroll to page 48 of the journal, or page 53 of the PDF.)
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/bom/graphics/15/11/bo1115.pdf

"These proven strategies offer best practices that can be applied in many data centers."

Pumps: State of Global Efficiency Standards (Part 1 of 2)

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2015-state-global-efficiency-standards

"Despite an increasing focus on energy savings around the world, no formal standard—that is also simple and practical—exists. A recent pump energy conference in the Middle East took a comparative look at available resources on the subject in the U.S., Europe, Israel and other areas of the world. Several fledgling documents on formalizing the approach are in the works, but nothing is complete to the point of availability to the pumping community."

Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Nov. 2015, prepared by the New Building Institute.
http://www.caba.org/documents/reports/CABA%20ZNE%20report%202015%20full.pdf

"This research examined the controls perspectives from design firms responsible for 23 buildings, operators of six buildings and occupants of seven buildings....  Control systems can deliver important benefits that support the owner and occupants as well as the goals of reduced energy use in buildings."


Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 27, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/innovative-study-helps-offshore-wind-developers-protect-wildlife

"Thanks to a first-of-its-kind in-depth study of wildlife distribution and movements, the nation’s Eastern Seaboard is better prepared than ever for offshore wind energy."

System Considerations for VSDs in Industrial Machinery

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Paul Stavrou.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2015-system-considerations-vsds-industrial-machinery

"The changing landscape of hydraulic drives is leading many fluid power specialists to quickly adapt to VSDs."

Choosing Between Soft Starters & Adjustable Frequency Drives

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Nichole Angiola.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/november-2015-choosing-between-soft-starters-adjustable-frequency-drives

"Motors often require large amounts of energy when quickly accelerating to full speed. Using soft starters and adjustable frequency drives reduce in-rush currents and limit torque—protecting valuable equipment and extending the motor's life by reducing motor heating caused by frequent starts and stops. Choosing between a soft starter and an adjustable frequency drive (AFD) often depends on the application, system requirements and cost, both for initial startup and over the life cycle of the system."

System Vibration Monitoring Is Essential to Predictive Maintenance

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Mike Pemberton & William Livoti.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/november-2015-system-vibration-monitoring-essential-predictive-maintenance

"In today's industrial landscape, remote monitoring of rotating assets is critical for reliable operation. Specifically, vibration data from pump bearings and other monitored points allows users to analyze the data spectrum and identify problems, such as shaft misalignment and pump cavitation. The effective use of vibration technology begins within the context of a well-managed predictive maintenance program."

The Emergence of Disclosure in Green Design

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2015, by James L. Hoff.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/the-emergence-of-disclosure-in-green-design/

"With the release of the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program, the concept of ‘disclosure’ has taken center stage as the next big topic in the ongoing discussion of how sustainable buildings are defined and evaluated. Sharing the stage are new tools that have emerged to help measure the ‘greenness’ of building products."

The Value of In-House Lighting Audits

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19418/title/the-value-of-in-house-lighting-audits.aspx?topic=394

"Lighting is one of the easiest places to cut energy use in many facilities, but finding the right place to start a retrofit or relamping project can be a real hurdle. That’s where a lighting audit comes in. It may be time-consuming, but identifying the biggest energy hogs and dealing with them first will pay dividends in the form of cost savings that you can use to finance future efficiency projects. Ensure your audit’s success by starting off on the right foot."

Introducing the Passive House System: A New Standard for Building Green

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2015, by Gita Nandan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/introducing-the-passive-house-system-a-new-standard-for-building-green/

"The architectural community is at a tipping point. Specifiers and their design teams are moving closer to super-energy-efficient performance across a spectrum of building types and portfolios, including the ‘deep energy retrofits’ of recent years.... A solution many architects and owners are turning to is Passive House, a relatively new standard focused on airtightness, high thermal values, energy-attuned material selection, and the use of natural ventilation and lighting."

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