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Articles for November 18, 2013

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The following two articles were published in the Quarter 3, 2013, issue of Pellet Mill Magazine:

  1. Reaching for Sustainability” was authored by Chris Hanson, Staff Writer, Pellet Mill Magazine. It demonstrates how important it is to both international and domestic buyers of pellets that sustainable forest management practices be in place. The high international demand is being met largely by exports from the U.S. Southeast.
  2. Shaping Up to Ship Out” was written by Anna Simet, Managing Editor, Biomass Magazine. The two million tons of pellets shipped from the U.S. Southeast to Europe in 2012 may be just half of what might be the total for 2013. The author reports what facilities are needed to meet that demand at ports in Florida, Georgia, Lousiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.


“Critical Facilities: Three Containment Strategies,” by Travis Steinmetz and Thomas Squillo, is a four-part article that was published in the October 2013 issue of Building Operating Management:


Rehabilitating the Francis Units at Chief Joseph” was coauthored by Benoit Papillon, Principal Engineer with Alstom in Canada, and, Thomas Freeman, Senior Mechanical Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; it was published in the October 2013 issue of Hydro Review. Ten turbines are now very high performance ones.


2012 Renewable Energy Data Book” is an October 2013, 128-page report from the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. All major forms of renewables are covered.


The following five articles were published in the October 2013 issue of Pumps & Systems. The first three are technical articles showing how various methods optimize pumping systems; the last two, both written by Michelle Segrest, Editor, Pumps & Systems, describe the well-known pumping systems of Paris and London:

  1. "Efficient Operation with Diamond-Faced Mechanical Seals” was authored by Andreas Goldschmidt & Tobias Gürtler, EagleBurgmann. The diamond-faced seal works to ensure an efficient operation even when poor lubrication and dirt militate against it.
  2. "Outside- Versus Inside-Mounted Seals, Pump Input Power & Rotodynamic Pump Motor Cooling” was written by staff at the Hydraulic Institute. While other seals are in use, the single, inside-mounted seal is the most common and is reported to be the most energy-efficient.
  3. "Pump & Control Valve Optimization,” by Satish Mathur, Bechtel India Pvt. Ltd., explains how the control valve works to reduce inefficiencies that accompany variable flows.
  4. "Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Sewer” is a report resulting from a private tour of the system in Paris. The author describes the impressive protection for the city from overflow due to surges from storms and the like.
  5. "Deep Tunnel Super Pumps - Pushed to the Edge” describes the problems of London’s Victorian-era sewers and the new pumping system that, it is hoped, will resolve them.


"Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page from the U.S. Department of Energy. The site is now offering many tips for energy savings for the cooler months.

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