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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.

 


Breakthrough Advancements in Biofuels Research?

Engineering360 (IEEE), Oct. 4, 2016, by Brad Buecker.
http://insights.globalspec.com/article/3326/breakthrough-advancements-in-biofuels-research

"After a look at some biomass basics, this article examines an example of research at ISU Iowa State University] regarding biofuels/biochemicals production methods."

The Advantages of Onsite Nitrogen Generation for Brewers

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016, by Mike Robinson.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/advantages-onsite-nitrogen-generation-brewers

"Although the basic principles behind brewing are little changed since their advent, the technological aspects are much improved. Today, large stainless steel tanks are used for fermentation and wort aeration, and complex, automated systems help with everything from temperature regulation to bottling. A price tag comes with these high-tech systems, and it’s not insignificant. By using onsite nitrogen generation, brewers can save significant amounts of money throughout the life of their operation."

U.S. Navy Flight Tests 100% Jet Biofuel

Engineering360 (IEEE), Oct. 4, 2016, by John Simpson.
http://insights.globalspec.com/article/3334/u-s-navy-flight-tests-100-jet-biofuel

"A U.S. Navy EA-18G "Green Growler" has completed flight testing a 100% advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This is the first time the Navy has looked at a process that can produce a fuel with all the properties and chemistry of petroleum-based jet fuel without having to blend with JP-5, says Rick Kamin, energy and fuels lead for the Naval Air Systems Command."

New CSA C837-16 [Canadian] Compressed Air Efficiency Standard

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/standards/energy-management/new-csa-c837-16-compressed-air-efficiency-standard?page=1

"After almost three and a half years of development work the Canadian Standards Association C837-16 document “Monitoring and Energy Performance of Compressed Air Systems” has finally been published and is available for download."

Energy Management Considerations With Today’s Drive Systems

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016, by Michael Perlman.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/energy-manager/corporate-sustainability-programs/energy-management-considerations-today’s-drive-syst

"It is a fact that most of the energy loss in a system occurs in three areas, namely, the generation, distribution and conversion of energy into useful work, the last being accomplished through heat exchangers, pumps, motors and drives.  This paper will concentrate on the last product group."

When Solar Goes Unmanned

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Betsy Lillian.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/online/issues/SI1609/FEAT_01_When-Solar-Goes-Unmanned.html

"Now that federal rules are finally in place for commercial drone operations, the U.S. solar industry is ready to bring the technology on board."

Advanced Inverters: The Coming Standards Bring New Opportunities

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Ryan Edge.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/online/issues/SI1609/FEAT_05_Advanced-Inverters-The-Coming-Standards-Bring-New-Opportunities.html

"Advanced inverters have built-in potential to expand solar developers' customer base -- now all we need are the UL and IEEE code updates."

Innovations for Improved Gas Turbine Productivity

Power Engineering, Sept. 2016, by Gerrill Griffith.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-120/issue-9/features/innovations-for-improved-gas-turbine-productivity.html

"... Now, with demands for energy rising along with calls for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the need for cleaner more efficient next generation turbine technology is critical. With a robust research portfolio, productive partnerships, and a mandate to increase power-producing efficiencies and improve the environment for future generations, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is shepherding innovations for improved gas turbine productivity."

Designing With Liquid-Immersion Cooling Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sept. 21, 2016, by Saahil Tumber.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/designing-with-liquid-immersion-cooling-systems/50ef4dcd4e7dee72b8d45e1fa4608abb.html

"Liquid cooling refers to a scenario where liquid (or coolant) must be supplied to the ITE. An IT cabinet is considered to be liquid-cooled if liquid, such as water, dielectric fluid, mineral oil, or refrigerant, is circulated to and from the cabinet or cabinet-mounted equipment for cooling. Several configurations are possible, depending on the boundary being considered (i.e., external or internal to the cabinet). For the same heat-transfer rate, the flow rate requirement for a liquid and the energy consumed by the pump are typically much lower than the flow rate requirement for air and the energy consumed by the fan system. This is primarily because the specific volume of a liquid is significantly lower than that of air."

LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues

IEEE Spectrum, Sept. 22, 2016, by Jeff Hecht.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/conservation/led-streetlights-are-giving-neighborhoods-the-blues

"Early adopters of LED street lighting are struggling with glare and light pollution."

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