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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.

 


Growing Solar [Co-ops Offering Renewables]

Rural Electric Magazine, Apr. 2014.
http://www.nreca.coop/growing-solar/

"Co-ops big and small are sponsoring innovative community photovoltaic projects to meet member demand for renewables."

Rethinking Daylighting [in Schools]

High Performing Buildings, Spring 2014, by Robert Anthony Hans & Kenny Stanfield.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Spring%202014/030-037_LED.pdf

"When designers of the first net zero energy school in the U.S. considered how they would approach the lighting design differently using today’s LED technology, the results extended far beyond just switching out the lightbulbs. The hypothetical redesign of Richardsville (Ky.) Elementary classrooms involves rethinking the daylighting design based on the evolution of LED lighting and the cheaper cost of photovoltaics (PV)."

Advanced Cooling and Water Treatment Technology Concepts for Power Plants

Power Magazine, Apr. 2014, by Sean Bushart and Jessica Shi.
http://www.powermag.com/advanced-cooling-and-water-treatment-technology-concepts-for-power-plants/

"Worldwide awareness of the need to minimize freshwater use for power generation—while minimizing energy penalties—is growing. The Electric Power Research Institute [EPRI] is involved in several programs that are developing innovative technologies."

New Interconnection Policies Free the Grid While Providing for Stability

Solar Industry, Apr. 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1404/FEAT_01_New-Interconnection-Policies-Free-The-Grid-While-Providing-For-Stability.html

"Aggressive adoption of distributed generation solar power is forcing regulators, utilities and manufacturers to address grid stability."

Reducing Environmental Impact with Coatings

The Construction Specifier, Apr. 2014, by Ranking Jays.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/reducing-environmental-impact-with-coatings/

"Coatings are in no way meant to replace insulation, but they can make an effective contribution in reducing the downstream environmental impact by reducing energy usage. With new coatings in the market, and more coming in every day, these products are contributing to energy savings and reducing energy dependency."

Poplars Designed for Deconstruction: A Major Boon to Biofuels

University of Wisconsin-Madison News, Apr. 3, 2014.
http://www.news.wisc.edu/22698

"What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel.

Michigan State University Associate Professor and (GLBRC) scientist Curtis Wilkerson describes his and University of Wisconsin-Madison colleagues’ paper, appearing in the April 4 issue of Science, as 'a rare, top-down approach to engineering plants – in this case poplars – for digestibility
.'"

The Challenge of Forecasting Pellet Demand

Pellet Mill Magazine/Biomass Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Susanne Retka Schill.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10129/the-challenge-of-forecasting-pellet-demand

"Can the demand boost from this winter’s severe cold and energy costs be sustained?"

Advancing Building Energy Performance

Environmental Design + Construction, Mar. 2014, by Corey Enck.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95500-advancing-building-energy-performance

"The push from building codes and the pull from voluntary programs, such as LEED and Energy Star, are creating huge gains in building energy efficiency."


Aligning IECC and [ASHRAE] Standard 90.1

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2014, by Steve Ferguson.
http://bit.ly/1kH3Erg

"In 2013, ASHRAE participated in the development of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) published by the International Code Council (ICC). The IECC is a model energy code that is adopted in many jurisdictions across the United States. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 serves as an alternative compliance path in the IECC. In an effort to try to reduce confusion in the marketplace, and decrease the amount of training for designers and code officials, ASHRAE submits proposals and comments with the intent of trying to align the requirements in the IECC and Standard 90.1."

Motor Selection in HVAC Design

Engineered Systems, Mar. 2014, by Gary Hamilton.
http://digital.bnpmedia.com/publication/?i=198332&p=40

"Who actually specified that motor? Did they keep the entire system in mind or were they simply specifying one component at a time? And will that spec require over-speeding the motor? Answers to the first two questions frequently aren’t what they should be these days, and the fallout from over-speeding isn’t so great, either. We can do better."

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