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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.

 


A New Way to Analyze Fan Systems for Optimal Performance, Cost Savings

HPAC Engineering, Oct. 2015, by Christian Radulescu and Gavin Kaleta.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/new-way-analyze-fan-systems-optimal-performance-cost-savings

"Introducing a method for selecting the right fan for a space, mitigating system effects, and pinpointing system losses."

Energy Upgrades: Delivering Results

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Desiree J. Hanford.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Energy-Upgrades-Begin-with-Careful-Planning-Knowledge-of-Equipment-and-Building-Design--16204

Article in 3-parts: Taking the right steps to ensure a successful energy upgrade.
1) Energy Upgrades Begin with Careful Planning, Knowledge of Equipment and Building Design
2) Role of Measurement and Verification in Energy Upgrade
3) Communication Is Key in Energy Upgrade


Drip Irrigation Helping CA Dairies Maximize Nutrients [and Save Water]

Manure Manager, Sep/Oct 2015.
http://www.agannex.com/sustainability/drip-irrigation-helping-ca-dairies-maximize-nutrients

"Enterprising dairy using drip irrigation of liquid manure to save water. DeJager Farms manager Nate Ray is confident that lessons learned the first year of applying liquid manure via drip tape to his forage crops have shown success is at hand."

Marijuana Grow Houses Trigger 7 Summer Outages for Pacific Power

Utility Dive, Nov. 6, 2015, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-grow-houses-trigger-7-summer-outages-for-pacific-power/408741/

"Pacific Power is urging would-be home growers to consult with the utility before starting up their marijuana operations, same as they should any time a customer intends to significantly increase their power load."

Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Value-of-Internet-of-Things-to-Green-Buildings--16217

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Building Internet of Things and Automated Demand Response

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Rita Tatum.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/powercommunication/article/How-Internet-of-Things-Is-Automating-Demand-Response-Programs--16207

An article in 3-parts: Explores impact of the Internet of Things on how facilities communicate with electric utilities.
1) How Internet of Things Is Automating Demand Response Programs
2) How Automated Demand Response (ADR) Works in Power Utilization
3) How OpenADR Standard Aims to Help with Automated Demand Response

Lighting and the Energy Codes

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oct. 2015, by Kenneth L. Lovorn.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/lighting-and-the-energy-codes/494b201472d868627c7e63920bdde3d3.html

"Engineers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Lighting designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes."

Controlling Networks of Microgrids Over the Industrial Internet

Solar Industry, Oct. 2015, by Lynne Canavan.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1510/FEAT_04_Controlling-Networks-Of-Microgrids-Over-The-Industrial-Internet.html

"The application of existing technologies to energy distribution will enable real-time control of renewable energy sources. With the introduction of smart power grids, all sectors of the energy industry are on the verge of a seismic shift. The enabling technologies of big data, data analytics and predictive maintenance are creating the industrial Internet that will make renewable energy assets responsive to demands in near real time."

Emergency and Standby Power in Hospitals

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oct. 2015, by Vahik Davoudi.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/emergency-and-standby-power-in-hospitals/be2ba7589929868a4ea191a27e56730b.html

"Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for hospitals are required to comply with NFPA 110 in conjunction with NFPA 70. System designers must interpret the requirements of these standards, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations."

Calibrate Faster, Smarter & More Accurately [Pump Systems]

Pumps & Systems, Oct. 2015, by Jim Shields.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/october-2015-calibrate-faster-smarter-more-accurately

"As the price of raw materials fluctuates, industries must minimize costs and maximize profit margins. One way to control costs is to become leaner and more efficient. Every time companies remove waste in their processes, they save money. That includes maintenance and efficiency of pumps that move materials through a facility."

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