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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.

 


IIoT and the Smart Grid Connection

Automation World, Nov. 3, 2016, by David Greenfield.
http://www.automationworld.com/all/iiot-and-smart-grid-connection

"As different as the energy industry is from the manufacturing and processing industries, there are increasing connection points between the two when it comes to Internet of Things technology deployments and the benefits that can be derived from them."

Weatherization Plus Health in Washington State: An Update

National Association for State Community Services, Oct. 26, 2016.
https://thestateofpoverty.org/2016/10/26/weatherization-plus-health-in-washington-state-an-update/

"In April, we described the launch of an exciting new weatherization venture in Washington State that combines the energy efficiency improvements of weatherization with a targeted approach to reduce and remove asthma triggers in low-income households. Six months later, the hard work of marrying weatherization to home health environment improvements is underway. The Washington State Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program is learning a great deal about the challenges, and the promise, of energy savings and health impacts in low-income homes."

5 Unanswered Questions After Tesla's Big Solar Roof and Battery Announcement

Utility Dive, Oct. 31, 2016, by Gavin Bade.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/5-unanswered-questions-after-teslas-big-solar-roof-and-battery-announcemen/429393/

".... Last Friday, CEO Elon Musk unveiled a slate of integrated solar roof and battery storage offerings that mimic the design of traditional roof shingles and eliminate the external mounted panel designDetails about the panel efficiency, battery life and overall cost were left out of Musk’s presentation, leaving a number of open questions about the sleek new Tesla offering and its potential impacts on the market."

Modeling Occupant Behavior

ASHRAE Journal, Oct. 2016, by Javad Khazaii.
http://tinyurl.com/jb483bf

"The current approach in building design focuses almost solely on increasing energy efficiency by improving system-oriented controls and behavior. However, occupant behavior also affects energy efficiency. To provide a more realistic modeling result, occupant behavior needs to be included in energy modeling."

ASHRAE Standard 90.4: First Look at Energy Standard for Data Centers

ASHRAE Journal, Oct. 2016, by Ron Jarnagin.
http://tinyurl.com/h9om44n

"Standard 90.4 is a code-intended energy standard designed to work in concert with Standard 90.1. In developing Standard 90.4, the basic structure matched that of Standard 90.1, which enables Standard 90.4 to simply refer to Standard 90.1 for requirements such as envelope, lighting and service water heating, which are within the scope of Standard 90.4 but are already well-covered by Standard 90.1. Standard 90.4 also references Standard 90.1 for mechanical equipment efficiencies, some of which are linked to U.S. Department of Energy legislation. So, if you are building or expanding a data center, you need to use both standards."

BPI Launches the Healthy Home Evaluator Certification Nationally

Building Performance Institute, Oct. 3, 2016.
http://www.bpi.org/news_expansion.aspx?selectedID=2383

"Today, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) announces the nationwide launch of the Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification. This certification will help the nation's home performance, weatherization and healthy housing workforce conduct assessments in homes to determine conditions that may adversely affect occupant health and safety."

Know When, Where to Specify VRF Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sept. 2016, by James M. Del Monaco.
https://www.csemag.com/industry-news/codes-and-standards-updates/single-article/know-when-where-to-specify-vrf-systems/afe0f6f206f06f553b360c1b00bb694b.html

"Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) offers an alternate HVAC solution. Its key attributes include zonal control, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality (IAQ). To help facilitate their successful design and operation, engineers should take advantage of the available resources and training offered by manufacturers, utilities, and others."

Fuel Of The Future? [Biomass]

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Oct. 18, 2016, by John Harrison.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/boardman-plant-will-burn-renewable-fuel/

"Portland General Electric will stop burning coal at its Boardman power plant in 2020, replacing coal with biomass including a bamboo-like cane."

Brazed-Plate Heat Exchangers in District Energy Systems

HPAC Engineering, Sept. 2016, by PÄR BJÖRKMAN.
http://hpac.com/heating/brazed-plate-heat-exchangers-district-energy-systems

"Optimizing heat transfer and life-cycle costs. Brazed-plate heat exchangers have none of the operational red flags of shell-and-tube and gasket-plate heat exchangers."

Fan Selections and Their Energy Impacts, Part 1 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Sept. 2016, by Khalil Kairouz and Dale Price.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/fan-selections-and-their-energy-impacts-part-1-2

"Evaluating fans and fan systems and their impact on operating costs."

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