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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.

 


What Are Wind Techs, Why Are They So In Demand, and How Do You Become One?

AWEA Blog, Mar. 27, 2017, by Anna Luke.
http://www.aweablog.org/wind-techs-demand-become-one/

"The average growth rate for all occupations is seven percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But for wind turbine technicians? It’s 108 percent. That means the amount of men and women employed fixing and maintaining wind towers will more than double between 2014 and 2024. There’s no denying it– wind techs are in demand."

Preparing For More DG On the Grid: No Two-Way Power Flow About It?

Public Power, Mar/Apr 2017, by Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=47668

"Installing solar panels seems simple, according to all those companies selling them. Just sign up, invite someone onto your roof to install them, and boom, you’re in business — generating power even when the grid goes down. Right? Not exactly."

Top Six [Wind] News Stories To Start 2017 as First Quarter Closes

AWEA Blog, Mar. 31, 2017, by Anna Luke.
http://www.aweablog.org/top-six-good-news-stories-builds-2017-first-quarter-closes/

"Since the start of the year, there have been almost too many exciting developments in wind power to count. But we’ll try! Here are six top news items from the first three months of the year."

A Cheaper HRSG [Heat Recovery Steam Generator] with Advanced Gas Turbines

Power Engineering, Mar. 2017, by S. Can Gülen, Ilya Yarinovsky, and Dave Ugolini.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-121/issue-3/features/a-cheaper-hrsg-with-advanced-gas-turbines.html

"Present state-of-the-art in gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) design is three-pressure, reheat (3P-RHT) steam bottoming cycle with steam generation at three different pressure levels. The goal is to maximize total steam generation and steam turbine generator power output for a given gas turbine exhaust energy and, thus, to maximize combined cycle efficiency."

Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 3, 2017 by Jason Hartke.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/play-ball-american-baseball-stadiums-round-bases-energy-efficiency

"As Americans gear up to “root, root, root for the home team” on Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Opening Day, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use."

Taming the Power-Hungry Beast [Motors in Ethanol Operations]

Ethanol Producer Magazine, Mar. 2017, by Ron Kotrba.
http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/14210/

"Updated regulations, motor industry advances promise efficiency improvements in the full range of electrical motors used in ethanol operations."

Enhanced Monitoring Improves Performance

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Todd Loudin.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/march-2017-enhanced-monitoring-improves-performance

"IoT information allows end users to provide corrective action that serves a proactive purpose, rather than reactive."

Smart Building Technology

Forester Daily News, Mar. 2017, by Ed Ritchie.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/building-automation/smart-building-technology-2/

"Automation software, customizable networks, and data collection create energy savings."

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

New York Times, Mar. 13, 2017, by Diane Cardwell.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/business/energy-environment/brooklyn-solar-grid-energy-trading.html?_r=0

"In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of [Brooklyn], dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar-energy producers to sell excess-electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door."

Cooling Towers Offer Data Centers Water and Energy Savings

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Douglas Bougher and Kent Martens.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/technology/cooling-towers/cooling-towers-offer-data-centers-water-and-energy-savings

"The number of data centers in the United States continues to grow in response to the enormous amount of digital information stored and streamed. The massive computer power within these data centers generates heat, making efficient cooling a key building system requirement. Evaporative cooling towers are an integral part of many data center cooling systems. Recently some have questioned the use of cooling towers, citing water scarcity to bolster their arguments. But a thorough examination of water use for local onsite cooling towers compared to water use to generate power at regional fossil fuel power plants reveals surprising results."

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