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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.

 


2015 ASHRAE Technology Awards: Energy Efficient Ice Rink

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2015, by Art Sutherland.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Mar_078-087_TechAward_Sutherland.pdf

"An extensive study conducted by Natural Resources Canada determined that a typical 40,000 ft2 (3716 m2) ice rink in Canada will consume an average of 1.5 million kWh of equivalent energy per year. The Westhills Recreation Centre in Langford, British Columbia, is nearly twice as big uses only 768,000 kWh. And, the refrigeration system for the ice surfaces produces so much waste heat that excess is shared with a nearby housing development."

2015 ASHRAE Technology Awards: Data Center Economizer Efficiency

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2015, by Brett Griffin.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Mar_064-071_TechAward_Griffin.pdf

"The Digital Chicago Datacampus took advantage of efficiency improvements made possible by improved server equipment thermal tolerances, which open up the opportunity to condition a data center space without mechanical cooling for significant portions of the year in a wide range of climates."

Energy Performance in Mission Critical Facilities

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2015, by Bill Kosik.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-performance-in-mission-critical-facilities/7d86458cbe2b48298e30ce1daaf36f5d.html

"Mission critical facilities, such as data centers, are judged carefully on their energy use. Engineers should focus on the codes and standards that dictate energy performance and how building energy performance can be enhanced."

Solar Ready Vets: Preparing Our Veterans to Join the Growing Solar Workforce

U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 6, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/solar-ready-vets-preparing-our-veterans-join-growing-solar-workforce-0

"...the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense joined forces to create the Solar Ready Vets program, which provides training to help military personnel translate and build on their skill sets and transition to careers in this thriving renewable energy field.."

The Growing Demand for Emergency Backup Power

Business Energy, Mar. 2015, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Growing_Demand_for_
Emergency_Backup_Power_24939.aspx


"Onsite generation options for the needs of mission-critical businesses and staying a step ahead of storms."

Big Data, Small Generator: The Future of Data Centers is Big Green

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Mark Scott Lavin.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Big_Data_Small_Generator_28480.aspx

"Whether it’s a building filled with racks of managed cloud servers, a small colocation facility for local enterprises, or an Internet giant’s showcase IT installation, a data center is a complex and hungry beast."

Are Flexible Generation Plants Performing as Expected?

Power Magazine, Mar. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/are-flexible-generation-plants-performing-as-expected/?printmode=1

"Highly flexible, fast-ramping, fast-cycling combined cycle plants hit the market with a big splash a few years ago. But are they performing as advertised? Though the few operational plants are still new and still learning, the initial results are encouraging."

New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 31, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/new-interactive-map-shows-big-potential-america-s-wind-energy-future

"Wind power is growing rapidly in America. In fact, wind has accounted for 33 percent of all newly installed electricity generation capacity in the years spanning from 2006 to 2013. The United States now gets about 4.6 percent of its electricity from wind power. But how can this pattern of strong growth continue and how will a thriving wind industry help the public and improve the environment? Our new Wind Vision Report seeks to answer those questions and more, using data from a team of researchers, academics, scientists, engineers and wind industry experts to map out the future of wind energy in the U.S."

Handling the Heat With CHP: ESCOs Allow for More Adoption of Cogeneration

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Handling_the_Heat_With_CHP_28482.aspx

"There is a renewed emphasis in the distributed generation marketplace for solutions such as Combined Heating and Power (CHP) and cogeneration, with shale gas being one of the primary drivers, notes Clark Wiedetz, director of alternative and renewable energy for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens."

Chilled-Water Piping Condensation Control for Energy Savings and Risk Avoidance

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2015, by Richard Lubinski.
http://www.insulationoutlook.com/io/article.cfm?id=IO150203

"Proper mechanical insulation of chilled-water piping is critical. The life-cycle cost savings and risk avoidance made possible by insulating chilled-water piping is vital to the design of a high-functioning system. Chilled-water pipe insulation is the wrong place to attempt value engineering when designing new or replacement piping."

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