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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.

 


Utilities Choose to Embrace Distributed Energy Future…or Ignore at Their own Peril

Electric Light & Power, May 23, 2017, by Rod Walton.
http://www.elp.com/Electric-Light-Power-Newsletter/articles/2017/05/utilities-choose-to-embrace-distributed-energy-future-or-ignore-at-their-own-peril.html

"A new report by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions points out what most industry leaders have known for a while—that consumers are increasingly interested in clean energy choices and perhaps even going off the grid to gain them. The company’s 2016 report cited statistics showing that 65 percent of residential customers are “very concerned” about the environment and their impact on it, coupled with the cost of wind, solar and battery storage falling 41, 54 and 73 percent, respectively, since 2008, according to federal indicators."

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1019.134 Grade D Compressed Breathing Air Requirements

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2017, by Nancy Aulisa.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/standards/nfpa-99-medical-air/osha-standard-29-cfr-1019134-grade-d-compressed-breathing-air-requirem

"Compressed air, commonly called Industry’s fourth utility, is the most common utility used in a typical industrial facility. Compressed air is used in more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activities including supplying breathing air to personnel using supplied air respirators. Hazardous breathing conditions exist in many routine industrial operations, such as chemical manufacturing, hospitals, abrasive blasting, paint spraying, industrial cleaning, and arc welding. In these and other operations that introduce contaminants into the workplace, supplied-air respirators, air filtration systems and carbon monoxide monitors are frequently used for worker protection."

Making Sense of Compressed Air at a Huge Chemical Plant

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2017, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/oil-gas/making-sense-compressed-air-huge-chemical-plant

"A chemical plant spends an estimated $587,000 annually on electrical energy to operate their compressed air system. In addition, the plant has an expenditure on rental air compressors of equal or greater size - but this will not be covered in this article. The plant was built in the 1940s and modernized in the 1970s. The plant generates its own power and serves many processes. The average cost per kWh is $0.0359."

Zero Energy: Path for Existing Buildings

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2017, by David Park
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/How-Existing-Buildings-Are-Moving-Toward-Net-Zero-Energy--17111

An article in 4-parts:
Part 1: How Existing Buildings Are Moving Toward Net Zero Energy
Part 2: Deep Energy Retrofits: First Step Toward Zero Energy Existing Buildings
Part 3: How To Use Renewable Energy To Achieve Zero Energy Existing Buildings
Part 4: Retail Chains Embrace Solar: Total of More Than 1 Gigawatt of Installed Solar

New Developments in Museum Lighting Design

The Construction Specifier, Apr. 2017, by Scott Newman.
https://www.constructionspecifier.com/new-developments-in-museum-lighting-design/print/

"Museums employ two key strategies for lighting works of art: daylighting and artificial or electric lighting. For the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, architects Cooper Robertson and Renzo Piano Building Workshop collaborated extensively with Arup consulting engineers, as well as museum curators and conservators, to design suitable solutions for both imperatives."

Optimizing Centrifugal Chiller Systems

Engineered Systems, Apr. 2017, by Chris Miller.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/98238-optimizing-centrifugal-chiller-systems

"Retrieving every last bit of performance from the system while stopping short of the surge line is no small feat. Dig into sizing, tower selection, chilled water loads and stability, and condenser water management to leave no efficiency stone unturned."

Top Five Topics Wind Schools Should Be Teaching Future Wind-Turbine Technicians

Wind Systems, April 2017, by Walter Christmas.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1450/condensing-the-curriculum

"Today’s wind-energy technology students want to compress their education into a year or less so they can enter the industry workforce right away. Similarly, industry employers can’t wait two years or longer for technicians to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be highly capable and trainable wind-turbine technicians. They need good technicians now. This pressure from both sides is pushing wind-energy training programs to consider becoming leaner with their curriculum."

What You Need to Know About Energy Storage

Power Engineering, April 18, 2017, by Rajan Chudgar and Dan Gabaldon.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-121/issue-4/features/what-you-need-to-know-about-energy-storage.html

"Common Misconceptions, How to Assess Options, Practical Operational Concerns, and Where's the value? There is a reason for the seemingly endless series of conferences and press releases on energy storage, and why the topic is near the top of the agenda for many energy and facility managers across the country. In the last three years, more energy storage has been deployed in the U.S. than the previous five years combined."

Fine Tuning Oil-Free Air Compressors and Purification at a Pharmaceutical Plant

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2017, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/pharmaceutical/fine-tuning-oil-free-air-compressors-and-purification-pharmaceutical-plant

"A pharmaceutical product manufacturer spends an estimated $137,443 annually on electricity to operate the oil-free air compressors in its compressed air system. The compressed air system operates well and is providing the level of purification required.  Our team visited the plant and identified a group of projects which could reduce compressed air demand and reduce energy costs by $42,248 – or 31% of current use. The objective of this article, however, will be to illustrate the review we did of all the supply-side equipment.  This includes the oil-free air compressors, dryers, filters, drains, oil-water separators and breathing air systems."

Modular Chillers Reduce Energy, Ownership Costs, Ensure Uptime

HPAC Engineering, Mar. 2017, by Climacool Corp.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/modular-chillers-reduce-energy-ownership-costs-ensure-uptime

"At the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif., an independent biomedical research facility focused on the connection between aging and chronic disease, prepared to embark on a 60,000-sq-ft expansion of its 185,000-sq-ft research facility, [they] sought a HVAC solution that not only could provide added capacity, but would optimize energy efficiency, minimize overall consumption, and reduce total cost of ownership. With the facility running on 100 percent single-pass outdoor air and requiring six air changes per hour—any HVAC-component downtime would require a complete shutdown of the facility—the Buck Institute needed a solution that also would minimize downtime—both during construction and post-occupancy—with built-in redundancies."

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