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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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.’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.

"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.

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

Grassroots And Grass: How Sacramento Became The Center Of Zero-Energy Housing

FastCoexist/Fast Company, Sept. 29, 2016, by Griffin Hagle.

"California’s unassuming state capital boasts more energy-neutral homes than any other city in America."

Key To Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells

Science Daily, Sept. 28, 2016, Columbia University.

"In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduce fossil fuel consumption."

Hydropower Isn’t Carbon Neutral After All, WSU Researchers Say

The Seattle Times, Sept. 28, 2016, by Lynda V. Mapes.

"Washington State University researchers have learned that reservoirs produce much more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously understood."
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