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Articles for October 14, 2013

ENERGY NEWSBRIEFS is a weekly current awareness service provided by the WSU Extension Energy Program Library and written by Angela Santamaria, WSU Energy Library Manager, to assist users in tracking developments in the energy field. To view past issues or to subscribe to receive an email notification of the publication of a new issue, go to the Energy Newsbriefs home.

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The following two articles were published in the September 2013 issue of Appliance Design:

  1. Advances in Cooling Technology” was written by Doug Schmidt, Sales Manager of Embraco North America’s Commercial Cooling Solutions Division. The author discusses propane as a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally-acceptable hydrocarbon to use in place of refrigerants recognized as dangerous to the atmosphere’s ozone layer.
  2. Refrigerators: A Look at What’s Inside” was authored by Lee Salamone, Senior Director of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council. It describes the role that polyurethanes play in insulating appliances.


Pump Retrofits and Upgrades,” by Carol Brzozowski, is a five-Web-page article that was published in the September 2013 issue of Water Efficiency. Water-pumping accounts for 90% of the electric energy used at water utilities. Since older pump/motors meet efficiencies of only 60-65% while newer ones can be up to 85% efficient, it becomes crucial to keep older pumps properly maintained and to replace them when appropriate. There are cost-effective ways to optimize older pumping systems and the U.S. DOE (Department of Energy) has programs for industrial plants to help in this area. DOE’s Superior Energy Performance program and its Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) are discussed. Further, the author describes newer challenges to pumping systems in this information-rich article.

The following four articles were carried in the September 2013 issue of Pumps & Systems:

  1. Color-Coding Systems Establish Best Practice,” by Patrick Fasse, Fluid Defense, is a two-Web-page article that describes the advantages of well-designed, color-coded lubrication systems and cautions against inadequate ones.
  2. Magnetic Drive Pumps Versus Canned Motor Pumps,” by Guillermo Bueno, M PUMPS S.R.L., describes the differences between the two that, in certain cases, have narrowed in recent years due to technological advances.
  3. The Revised API 682 Mechanical Seal Standard” is a four-Web-page article authored by Thomas Böhm and Markus Fries, both of EagleBurgmann. The revisions are carefully described in this valuable piece.
  4. The Smart Pump Market” is a two-Web-page article by Anand Gnanamoorthy & Laurel Donoho, both of Frost & Sullivan. The expanded use of the integrated-chip has resulted intelligent pumping systems. The authors describe the changes that have resulted, the problem of the lack of standards for devices and software, and the path that smart pumping will likely take in the near future.


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


Solar Projects Raise the Bar,” by staff, was published in the September 2013 issue of Buildings. It briefly discusses two new PV installations, one in Massachusetts, the other in California.


Next Gen Sustainability” was written by Erika Templeton, Editorial Director, and Adam Moore, Managing Editor, both of Interiors & Sources; it was published in the September 2013 issue of that journal. The authors report on six product groups for the commercial and institutional sectors: desks, modular carpeting, panels for multiple uses, textiles, floor tiles, and decorative laminates.


The World’s Most Colossal Offshore Wind Farm Opens,” by Sonal Patel, Senior Writer at Power; was published in the September 2013 issue of that journal. The 630-MW London Array with 175 turbines in relatively shallow water off the Kent/Sussex UK coast is well described. Other massive wind projects are planned; the two mentioned briefly at the end of the article are to be in Great Britain’s waters as well.

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