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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.

 


Measuring Up [Submetering]

Net Zero Buildings, June 2014. (Scroll to page 28)
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1406nzb-r1?e=6596036/8395630#search

"Submetering products and services sales are expected to double by the end of the decade. Commercial tenants seeking to boost efficiency turn to submetering as a way to understand baseline energy use, and to provide verifiable data."

Engaging Humans: Tackling a Final Frontier in Sustainable Operations

Building Operating Management, June 2014, by Jenny Carney and Trista Little.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Occupant-Engagement-Proper-Operation-Help-Meet-Sustainable-Operations-Goals--15010?source=part

"Whether you're going for full-scale LEED certification or simply instituting a more advanced recycling program, ensuring proper operation and encouraging occupant engagement can help you meet your sustainable operations goals."

Controls: 8 Ways Integration Helps Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, June 2014, by Jim Sinopoli.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/buildingautomation/article/System-Integration-Can-Help-Meet-Green-Energy-Efficiency-Goals--15014

"Building owners seeking a green building certification or energy rating for a new building or a renovation generally push the idea of system integration to the background. To some extent this is understandable. They're probably familiar with integration involving the fire alarm, smoke control, elevators, and access control — essentially life safety integration. But they may not be aware of the functional benefits of integrating other systems and the opportunities to analyze an integrated database of system data points."

Building Farm And Food Scrap Digesters (Part I)

BioCycle, June 2014, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/06/16/building-farm-and-food-scrap-digesters/

"A steady stream of anaerobic digestion facilities are coming on line, most equipped to process food waste. This first of a two-part series profiles several farm digesters. Part I"

How North America can Benefit from UK Know-How in Ocean Energy

Hydro Review, Jun. 2014, by Michael Rosenfeld.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-5/articles/how-north-america-can-benefit-from-uk-know-how-in-ocean-energy.html

"The United Kingdom is known for its pioneering work in wave, tidal and ocean current energy. The U.S. and Canada have vast marine resources and would benefit from partnerships with UK companies in a number of ways, including building expertise, sharing lessons learned and fostering industry growth."

More than Heat and Power: Cogeneration with New Gas Engine Technology

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, May/June 2014, by Michael Devine.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-3/features/more-than-heat-and-power.html

"Cogeneration today goes well beyond simultaneously generating electricity and hot water or steam. Today's usable engine outputs can also include heated air, chilled water produced by absorption chillers, and carbon dioxide from purified exhaust. In other words, a single engine-generator can produce two, three or four useful outputs at once. With today's generating technologies, electrical efficiencies up to 45% and total resource efficiencies upwards of 90% are achievable. And cogeneration systems do not necessarily need to operate full-time at full load to be cost-effective–low-cost and low-intensity configurations can bring attractive returns in many settings."

Micro-CHP: A Tool for Increased Market Access

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, May/June 2014, by Jan de Wit, Mads Moeller Melchiors and Laila Grahl Madsen.

"...present perspectives for increased CHP market penetration, as well as reduced primary fuel consumption and carbon savings based on one year's field testing of fuel cell-based micro-CHP units."

Hydrogen Fuel Finally Graduating From Lab to City Streets

Bloomberg Business Week, June 2014, by Christopher Martin.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-04/clean-hydrogen-advances-amid-fuel-cell-technology-gains

"Once relegated to the realm of science projects, hydrogen fuel cells are starting to displace fossil fuels as a means of powering cars, homes and businesses."

The Dynamic Challenge of Integrating Variable Resources

Power, June 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/the-dynamic-challenge-of-integrating-variable-resources/

"All aspects of system operations are tested by unique challenges as more variable energy resources are connected to the grid."

Cool Policies for Cool Cities: Best Practices for Mitigating Urban Heat Islands in North American Cities

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 17, 2014, by Virginia Hewitt, Eric Mackres, Kurt Shickman. (Free registration required to view full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/research-report/u1405

"The urban heat island (UHI) effect is a global phenomenon in which dark, impermeable surfaces and concentrated human activity cause urban temperatures to be several degrees hotter than those in surrounding areas. Urban heat islands impose negative effects on local and global public health, air quality, energy consumption, resilience, quality of life, stormwater management, and environmental justice. Cities across North America experience and mitigate the impacts of UHIs. We conducted a review of the UHI mitigation activities of 26 North American cities and distributed a questionnaire to local government contacts to gather information."

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