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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.

 


DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, January 14, 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2016/21618

"Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid."

A Nanophotonic Comeback for Incandescent Bulbs?

MIT News, Jan. 11, 2016, by David L. Chandler.
http://news.mit.edu/2016/nanophotonic-incandescent-light-bulbs-0111

"Traditional light bulbs, thought to be well on their way to oblivion, may receive a reprieve thanks to a technological breakthrough."

New PNNL Research to Help Modernize Power Grid

Tri-City Herald, Jan. 15, 2016, by  Annette Cary.
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/pacific-northwest-national-lab/article55039935.html

"Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland will play a key role in up to $220 million worth of new federal research projects to modernize the electric grid."

Using ISO 8573-1 to Test Compressed Air: Clearing the Confusion

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Ruby Ochoa.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/using-iso-8573-1-test-compressed-air-clearing-confusion

"Compressed air is used in more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activities, ranging from highly critical applications that may impact product quality to general “shop” uses. When compressed air is used in the production of pharmaceuticals, food, beverages, medical devices, and other products, there seems to be confusion on what testing needs to be performed. By defining compressed air contaminants, reviewing ISO 8573-1, and discussing how to designate a quality class per ISO 8573-1, this article will help clear up some of that confusion."

Study Proves Potential Energy Savings of AODD Pump Controls

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/study-proves-potential-energy-savings-aodd-pump-controls

"Air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps are common to many manufacturing facilities. As estimated by veteran compressed air auditor Hank van Ormer of Air Power USA, approximately 85 to 90 percent of plants in the United States have AODD pumps. They are used for all kinds of liquid transfer applications, like those found in chemical manufacturing, wastewater removal, and pumping viscous food products. As ubiquitous as they are, AODD pumps are also commonly misused."

The Amazing Drop in Home Appliance Energy Use

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 15, 2016, by Marianne DiMascio.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/01/amazing-drop-home-appliance-energy

"Appliance efficiency has increased remarkably over the past several decades.... The decline in energy use parallels the rise of appliance efficiency standards, first at the state level, and then at the federal level."

How Technical Advances are Driving Flow Batteries Closer to Mass Commercialization

Utility Dive, Jan. 12, 2016, by Peter Maloney.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-technical-advances-are-driving-flow-batteries-closer-to-mass-commercial/411923/

"Recent technical advances are sparking interest in flow batteries by offering the promise of significant cost reductions that could make them better able to compete for market share with solid state storage devices, such as the nearly ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. But full commercialization is still several years off, analysts say."

Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers

SEE Action, Dec. 10, 2015.
https://www4.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/publication/making-it-count-understanding-value-energy-efficiency-financing-programs-funded-utility

"In some jurisdictions, policy makers are considering large-scale financing programs that use utility customer funds to attract larger amounts of private capital. In some cases, these strategies support a goal to shift away from traditional energy efficiency program strategies (such as rebates and technical assistance and audits) and toward financing over time."

Meat Processing Plant Drops Compressed Air Costs 60%

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/meat-processing-plant-drops-compressed-air-costs-60

"One of the statements made in the Compressed Air Challenge’s Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems seminar is that improvements can always be made to every compressed air system, including new ones. The statement definitely applies to a Canadian pork processing facility built a few years ago. This article is based on a compressed air audit performed two years into the life of a brand new plant. The audit found numerous problems and made recommendations that helped reduce plant compressed air operating costs by 60 percent."

Hydraulic Institute Supports the Pump Industry as the DOE Issues Final Rules on Test Procedures and Energy Conservation Standards For Commercial And Industrial Pumps

Water Online, Jan.. 6, 2016.
http://www.wateronline.com/doc/hydraulic-institute-pump-industry-doe-test-procedures-industrial-pumps-0001

"The Hydraulic Institute, North America’s largest pump trade association, announces the release of two final rules (1) The Energy Conservation Standard and (2) The Test Procedure for Commercial and Industrial Pumps by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The rulings are now available through the HI website. The compliance date for the Energy Conservation Standard will be 2020 and DOE estimates it will save 0.29 quadrillion BTUs (2020 – 2050)."

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