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Industrial Newsbriefs

September 2013

Welcome to this edition of Industrial Newsbriefs, produced by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. Please forward this issue to those of your colleagues interested in industrial energy efficiency. Please forward this issue to those of your colleagues interested in industrial energy efficiency. View archive 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Western Industrial Energy Efficiency and CHP Regional Dialogue Meeting

The U.S. Department of Energy, in coordination with the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Industrial Energy Efficiency and CHP Working Group, and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), is hosting a Western Regional Dialogue Meeting to bring together key stakeholders and obtain input on best practices and innovative solutions that address the multiple barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP. The meeting will take place October 29, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For information, click the link above, or visit the registration link.

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing: Information Requested

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) announces the release of a Request for Information (RFI) on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to fiber reinforced polymer composite manufacturing, specifically for continuous or discontinuous carbon and glass fiber composites with thermoset or thermoplastic matrix materials. AMO seeks information through this RFI to understand the cross-cutting manufacturing challenges that, if addressed, could reduce life cycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), support further adoption of clean energy systems, and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. The deadline to respond is September 26, 2013.

COMPRESSED AIR

Compressed Air Best Practices

The August 2013 issue of Compressed Air Best Practices is now available for download; this issue’s focus is Compressed Air System Automation. Article topics include system pressure influences on compressed air power, load sharing, heat recovery, dual pressure controls, and variable speed drives.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Energy metrics primer

How to Choose the Most Effective Energy Metrics,” published August 26, 2013 at SustainablePlant.com, explains how energy management metrics can be used to save energy in manufacturing plants. The author provides best practices and advice on how to choose the right metrics for the greatest energy benefit.

Superior Energy Performance results published

Early results from the U.S. Department of Superior Energy Performance Program (SEP) have shown an average energy performance improvement of 10% in the first 18 months with an average payback of 1.7 years. For further information, see the July 2013 report from Berkeley National Laboratory, “Assessing the Costs and Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance Program.” It provides a detailed cost-benefit analysis of nine industrial facilities taking part in the program. A slide presentation from the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry is also available.

IAC Student Research Awards announced

On August 1, 2013, the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) announced the winners of the 2nd annual Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) student research awards. The awards honor exceptional students involved in IAC projects. Programs with winning projects will receive $25,000 in additional funds. For more information, see the AMO press release.

MACHINERY

Upgrading legacy machines

Old Machine, New Life,” published in the June 2013 issue of Control Design, provides advice for machine builders on when and how to renovate older machinery. If chosen wisely, the replacement of controls, software, motors, and/or drives with newer, more efficient technologies can significantly improve performance and efficiency. This article also links to a related sidebar, “When to Upgrade Legacy Machines, and How to Make It Workable.”

Mechatronics for improved machine design

Improving Machine Processes & Plant Automation,” by Tom Jensen, Lenze Americas, was published in June 2013 in Design News. It describes mechatronics, an interdisciplinary approach using a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and control programming to efficiently design machines that are smaller, better, and less expensive to produce.

POLICY AND LEGISLATION

Energy bill on the agenda in Congress

When Congress resumes on September 9, 2013, among their first tasks will be to review the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392). The bill addresses building codes, industrial energy efficiency, and federal energy efficiency upgrades, but will also be subject to a number of amendments which may make passage difficult. Read ACEEE’s commentary on this and other energy efficiency-related happenings in Congress in “Congress Moves Forward on Energy Efficiency,” published August 8, 2013, at ACEEE.org.

Exergy for a thriving economy

A new report from ACEEE, “Linking Energy Efficiency to Economic Productivity: Recommendations for Improving the Robustness of the U.S. Economy (log in for free access),” was published on August 7, 2013. This report explores the potential role of energy efficiency in a thriving U.S. economy. In particular, it calls for more rigorous tracking of energy wasted vs. energy captured in the production of goods and services. The concept of “exergy” (maximum useful work) is discussed.

Policy for water conservation

"Water Matters!" was published in the July 13, 2013, issue of HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering. HVAC equipment consumes a great deal of energy and water. The author explains how the state of Florida and Florida's Broward County is proceeding in its major efforts to conserve water by reducing the water needs of HVAC equipment through policy initiatives such as building code changes. .

PUMPS AND MOTORS

The following two articles appeared in the July 2013 issue of Maintenance Technology:

State-of-the-Art Control: Save Energy as You Maintain Normal Motor Speed" describes the importance of motor speed to operational efficiency. The author explains why a plant's motors must be operated at 100% of rated horsepower to achieve their rated efficiencies.

Vibration Analysis & Lubrication: Natural Synergy" explains why a plant's maintenance program should manage both vibration analysis and lubrication as related parts of one whole, and not as completely separate issues.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

"Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management,” published in August 2013, is the latest in a series of publications in the Sustainability How-To Series from the International Facility Management Association. It contains best practices for conducting a waste audit, as well as information about environmentally preferred purchasing, reuse and recycling of materials, tips for making the business case for waste reduction, and detailed case studies.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND TRAININGS

Pacific Northwest

Energy Efficiency of Chilled Water Systems
September 10, 2013, Seattle, Washington

Chilled water systems, which provide cooling for commercial and industrial facilities, often account for a major portion of the energy consumed in these facilities. Attendees will learn how technology improvements can reduce energy costs by more than half. Topics include chiller machinery, refrigerant options, the impact of using variable speed for compressors, system pumps, and cooling towers. In addition, a case study will be presented that shows how an energy-efficient chiller was selected. Take the Energy Efficiency of Cooling Towers on September 11 for an additional $60. This course is coordinated by the NEEA Industrial Training project and is sponsored by Seattle City Light, City of Port Angeles, Clallam County PUD, Grays Harbor County PUD, Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County PUD, Tacoma Power, Bonneville Power Administration, Washington State University Energy Program, and Northwest Food Processors Association.

Energy Efficiency of Cooling Towers
September 11, 2013, Seattle, Washington

This cooling tower course addresses efficiency measures and other issues, including cooling tower sizing vs. energy savings, approach control strategies (efficient fan operation), water treatment (including ozone), water conservation and maintenance. This course includes a case study exercise that works through an example of how a cost-effective and efficient cooling tower was selected. Take the Energy Efficiency of Chilled Water Systems on September 10th an $60. This course is coordinated by the NEEA Industrial Training project and is sponsored by Seattle City Light, City of Port Angeles, Clallam County PUD, Grays Harbor County PUD, Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County PUD, Tacoma Power, Bonneville Power Administration, Washington State University Energy Program, and Northwest Food Processors Association.

Energy Efficiency of Chilled Water Systems and Cooling Towers dual registration
September 10-11, 2013, Seattle, Washington

PGE Series: Motors and Motor Controls
Wednesdays, September 18-October 30, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Tualatin, Oregon

In this in-depth course you’ll learn about motor fundamentals, electrical codes, starting, braking, speed control, variable frequency drives, over current protection, overload protection, motor controls and drive system efficiency. Attendees may be eligible to earn up to 21 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their Oregon or Washington electrical license, professional development credit hours, and will receive a certificate of completion.

FLO-Master two-day training course
September 19-20, 2013, Seattle, Washington

FLO-Master Training will help you learn how to use the very newest version of PIPE-FLO and Flow of Fluids software to their fullest potential, providing even the advanced users with hint and tips. Have your PIPE-FLO and/or Flow of Fluids questions answered in person by our top FLO-Master trainers. The course covers model building, pump selecting, even fluid flow theory! Taking this course will show you how to improve your proficiency of the program as well as introduce users to new features, and ways to increase general productivity. You also receive a full color guidebook, not available anywhere else.

Pumping System Optimization
September 25, 2013, Longview, Washington (Registration Deadline: September 11)

Did you know that the average pumping system efficiency is 40% or less? When pumping systems are not optimized for best efficiency, they will drain your company’s profitably with higher energy and maintenance costs, shorter mean time between repairs, more CO2 emissions and a less reliable system overall. The course will show how the variable speed drive can save additional power by slowing down the pump speed, which will save energy and reduce cost in the process. With the system running more efficiently, maintenance and operating costs will go down and the mean time between repairs will improve. With these savings opportunities, isn’t it time to find out how much your pumping systems are costing you?

Forty Under Forty: Clean Energy Leaders Celebration
October 1, 2013, Portland, Oregon

Join the NW Energy Coalition for Four Under Forty, a fundraising event that will highlight the future of clean and affordable energy through the eyes of young leaders. At the event, four outstanding leaders in the field of clean energy from the Portland area and around the region will be recognized. Please join us for an evening featuring light appetizers, drinks and good cheer. You will hear from the honorees as they share past successes and vision for a clean and affordable energy future. You will meet attendees from the Portland area and around the region, including a mix of energy policy leaders, clean energy supporters, and Coalition members and allies.

Introduction to Energy Data Management: A Hands-on Workshop
October 17, 2013, Roseburg, Oregon

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Introduction to Energy Data Management: A Hands-on Workshop
October 23, 2013, Spokane, Washington

The training presents methods, tools, and resources to analyze energy use. Attendees will work in a collaborative environment to evaluate energy drivers and create statistically significant models to inform energy efficiency decisions. Attendees will gain new and/or deeper understanding of their company’s energy performance using best practices/considerations and basic statistical approaches. By the end of the day, attendees will know how to develop an energy model and dashboard. Knowledge of Excel is required for this course. This course is coordinated by the NEEA Industrial Training project and is sponsored by Avista, Inland Power and Light, Bonneville Power Administration, Washington State University Energy Program, and Northwest Food Processors Association.

Western Dialogue on Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat & Power
October 29, 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Advanced Manufacturing Office is pleased to announce the fourth and final, in a series, of regional dialogue meetings scheduled for October 29, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Western Regional Dialogue on Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat & Power (CHP) is being held in support of the August 2012 Executive Order signed by President Obama. These one-day dialogue meetings focus on developing and implementing state best practice policies and investment models to address the multiple barriers that inhibit greater investment in energy efficiency and CHP. This meeting focuses on the West, and will include an optional tour of the University of Utah’s CHP system.

Webinars and Online Courses

WEBINAR: Developing an Energy Plan
September 17, 2013, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Lack of planning is a significant barrier to reducing energy consumption in your facility. An energy-management plan is a great way to improve efficiency and encourage energy-saving behavior. In addition to cost savings, successful energy-management plans reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower maintenance costs, improve workplace comfort and more. Topics to be discussed include the following: 1) The elements of a seven-step energy plan, 2) Making the decision to hire or train an energy manager, 3) Financing an energy plan, 4) Energy-efficiency tools and resources. This webinar is coordinated by the NEEA NW Regional Industrial Training project and is sponsored by Bonneville Power Administration, Washington State University Energy Program, and Northwest Food Processors Association.

PGE Webinar: Intro to Compressed Air Systems
October 8, 2013, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Compressed air systems can be one of the largest energy consumers in your facility. Learn how to start saving energy and money today. At this introduction webinar you will learn highlights from our 4 hour seminar of how compressed air systems work and practical advice about making the most of your compressed air system investment.

WEBINAR: Energy Efficiency Investment Analysis
October 15, 2013, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Do not let inadequate financial analysis stop a good project dead in its tracks. As you purchase new, energy-efficient equipment in support of your 2013 energy plan, you will need to conduct a payback analysis to justify the investment. This webinar will discuss key financial concepts that lay the foundation for investment analysis, including: simple payback, time value of money, net present value, internal rate of return, and life-cycle cost analysis. We will also review real-world examples. Attending this webinar will help boost your confidence when discussing the justification for energy-efficiency investments with senior management. This webinar is coordinated by the NEEA NW Regional Industrial Training project and is sponsored by Bonneville Power Administration, Washington State University Energy Program, and Northwest Food Processors Association.

Outside the Pacific Northwest

Western Industrial Energy Efficiency and CHP Regional Dialogue Meeting
October 29, 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah

The U.S. Department of Energy, in coordination with the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Industrial Energy Efficiency and CHP Working Group, and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), is hosting a Western Regional Dialogue Meeting to bring together key stakeholders and obtain input on best practices and innovative solutions that address the multiple barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP. For information, click the link above, or visit the registration link.

MORE TRAININGS IN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY

For a listing of other upcoming industrial energy efficiency trainings, visit the following websites:

Energy Events Calendar

Northwest Regional Training Calendar

U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Best Practices Training Calendar

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