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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.

 


Compressed Air System Commissioning Part 2: Measurement and Data Plots

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Tim Dugan.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/compressed-air-system-commissioning-part-2-measurement-and-da

"Facility managers, air compressor dealer personnel, auditors and utility DSM energy engineers: All three project stakeholders need to have one agreed-upon robust methodology for commissioning a system, and the teamwork to do it correctly the first time.  That is the intent of this series of articles."

More End Users Embracing Smart Pumping Applications

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2017, by Siva Kanesvaran & Jack Creamer.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-pumps/march-2017-more-end-users-embracing-smart-pumping-applications

"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a business buzzword. But asking 10 people for a definition of IIoT will likely result in 10 different answers. Additionally, many may think IIoT refers to connecting people with machines, instead of a connected process. This concept goes beyond basic process management to informing and educating people on what is happening in a process. Further, some people who mention machines often think of industrial applications, such as packaging or conveying equipment. Pumping systems and pumping applications are often left out of the discussion."

Plastic Extruder Reduces Compressed Air Use by 367 cfm

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Don van Ormer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/plastics/plastic-extruder-reduces-compressed-air-use-367-cfm

"A plastic product manufacturer spends an estimated $245,000 annually on electricity to operate the air compressors in a compressed air system at its plant located in a midwestern U.S. state.  The main manufacturing process is plastic extruding. The current average electric rate, at this plant, is 7 cents per kWh. The compressed air system operates 8,760 hours per year and the load profile of this system is relatively stable during all shifts."

Microgrid Momentum: Building Efficient, Resilient Power

C2ES: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Mar. 2017, Doug Vine, et. al.
https://www.c2es.org/docUploads/microgrid-momentum-03-2017.pdf

"When Hurricane Sandy cut off power to millions of homes and businesses in the Northeast, a few areas, mostly parts of universities, kept the lights on using their own power generation systems. This ability to sustain electricity service during widespread natural disasters is one reason for the growing interest in microgrids. But they offer other important benefits as well. By increasing efficiency, integrating renewables, and helping manage energy supply and demand, microgrids can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ave energy. For utilities, microgrids can ensure power reliability in remote areas. Microgrids also appeal to those who want to disconnect from utility bills."

How to Plan a Successful Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2017, by Lindsay Audin.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Plan-Audit-Commission-Measure-and-Verify-Steps-To-A-Successful-Energy-Upgrade--17074

"When developing ways to improve energy efficiency in commercial facilities, two words stand out: Plan ahead. While some efficiency options are almost literally plug-and-play, maximizing benefits while avoiding pitfalls involves steps taken long before choices are made and equipment specified. New technologies, incentives, and codes need to be integrated into any strategy for saving money through energy use reduction. Done well, those steps may lead to higher quality, greater savings, lower costs, and happier occupants." An article in 3-parts.

Designing a Dedicated Modern Wine Cooling System

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2017, by Kevin Trowhill.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/industries/beverage/designing-dedicated-modern-wine-cooling-systems

"The temperature of wine must be kept stable throughout its production and storage in order to ensure final product quality that is acceptable for distribution and sale, and so cooling systems are an integral component of wine production. In wineries, the entire harvest can be destroyed by a temperature fluctuation during processing or storage, leading to catastrophic consequences for wineries. Cooling systems must meet three main criteria in order to be effective in wine production and storage applications: the cooling systems must be able to achieve the ideal temperatures for wine production processes; they must deliver consistent, reliable operation; and they must be well-designed for safe, convenient use."

Energy Efficiency: A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way

Automation World, Mar. 2017, by James R. Koelsch.
https://www.automationworld.com/energy-management/energy-efficiency-little-knowledge-goes-long-way

"There has been a lot of talk in industry about energy efficiency in manufacturing facilities, but the realities of high cost and limited returns have stymied action. Some best practices, though, could tip cost calculations in favor of moving forward."

How Will The PV Module Market Fare In 2017?

Solar Industry, Mar. 2017, by Edurne Zoco.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/how-will-the-pv-module-market-fare-in-2017

"Total module costs for industry leaders are forecast to continue declining throughout the second half of 2017 to reach around $0.30/W for best-in-class p-type module costs, thereby widening the gap in cost structure between lowest-cost producers and other producers and affecting gross margins and profitability throughout 2017."

5 Things To Look For In Your Next Battery

North American Clean Energy, Mar. 2017.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/25692/5-things-to-look-for-in-your-next-battery

"With hundreds of battery types and styles to choose from, how do you sift through spec sheets and marketing to find the right battery for you? Battery technology is key. Many batteries -- commercial, automotive, and UPS -- can’t handle constant cycling in renewable energy systems. Lithium-ion batteries are maintenance-free but have the highest cost per ampere-hour (Ah). They also pose fire and thermal runaway risks and cannot be fully recycled. In most, but not all, cases, lead-acid batteries are the best fit. They have the highest ROI, over 100 years of safe use, and are the most recyclable product in North America."

Oregon’s Largest Solar Project Begins Construction

PV Magazine, Feb. 27, 2017, by Christian Roselund.
https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/02/27/oregons-largest-solar-project-begins-construction/

"While SunPower continues to bleed red ink, the company is also breaking new ground for high-efficiency solar, in some cases literally. Today SunPower announced that construction firm Moss has begun work on a 56 MW solar PV project in Eastern Oregon, using its E-Series PV modules and its modular Oasis platform for utility-scale projects."

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