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Smart Manufacturing Will Transform US Industry

Karen Henry

Smart manufacturing—the integration of all facets of manufacturing through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT)—is set to transform the industrial sector and its use of energy, raw materials and labor over the next 20 years. A new report issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines energy savings opportunities in   …Continue Reading

Variable Speed Blowers Save Energy for Effluent Treatment

Linda Hardesty

Pharmaceuticals company Sandoz has achieved up to 17 percent energy efficiency and lower noise levels with Atlas Copco low pressure screw blowers for its effluent treatment plant in Navi Mumbai, India. The aeration process in Sandoz’s effluent treatment plant was previously managed by conventional lobe blowers. After experiencing reliability problems, the company decided to shift   …Continue Reading

Advanced Energy Selected for Accredited Motor Repair Pilot Program

Karen Henry

Advanced Energy has been selected by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, to assist in the development of an accredited motor repair pilot program. Advanced Energy will be responsible for identifying and certifying four motor service centers across AEP Ohio’s service territory, demonstrating that the motor service centers are capable of repairing motors   …Continue Reading

GDF SUEZ Offers Web-Based Demand Response

Linda Hardesty

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources plans to distribute Viridity Energy’s VPower to any interested customer over 1 MW in aggregate demand. The VPower demand response suite combines usage, pricing and system data to show energy managers how to control their consumption. With VPower, commercial and industrial energy customers can monitor their energy usage, minimize their peaks,   …Continue Reading

Steel Plant Saves 25 million kWh Per Year with Better Fans

Linda Hardesty

ProcessBarron retrofitted four 2,750-hp fans that draft heavy dust-laden gases from an electric arc furnace to a baghouse for air pollution control at the Severstal steel plant in Columbus, Miss. These retrofits have helped the Severstal plant achieve over 25 million kWh per year in energy savings and reduced the plant’s electric arc furnace energy   …Continue Reading

Automotive Market on Track to Be Biggest User of Energy Storage

Karen Henry

The automotive market is on its way to displacing consumer electronics as the biggest user of energy storage, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Finding Growth Opportunities in the $50 Billion Energy Storage Market.” Energy storage will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent to $50 billion in 2020,   …Continue Reading

Plug Power Deploys Hydrogen Fuel Cell Units for Ace Hardware

Karen Henry

At the grand opening of its distribution center in Wilmer, Texas, Ace Hardware celebrated its first all hydrogen material handling fleet. Plug Power deployed GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell units for the facility’s fleet of class-2 and class-3 lift and reach trucks. Ace has ordered further GenDrive units for another distribution center being built in West   …Continue Reading

Germany Proposes Heftier Green Energy Surcharge for Heavy Industry

Kirsten Korosec

Germany has proposed changing a policy that would require industrial companies producing their own electricity to pay a higher surcharge in an effort to appease the European Commission and control renewable energy costs. The proposal was presented to the European Commission, which objected to an initial draft of a renewable energy bill, to reach an   …Continue Reading

Supreme Court Upholds EPA Emission Rules

Karen Henry

In a 7-to-2 vote, the Surpreme Court ruled on June 23 to uphold the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that call for the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as factories and power plants, the New York Times reported. The EPA was hoping to regulate sources that it said were   …Continue Reading

NF Energy Retrofits Coal-Fired Boiler

Linda Hardesty

NF Energy Saving Corporation, a provider of energy saving services for China’s power, petrochemical, coal and metallurgy industries, signed a $3.38 million contract with an environmental protection company in Beijing for a major retrofit project of the industrial coal-fired boilers owned by a Chinese aircraft manufacturer. According to the contract, NF Energy will provide and   …Continue Reading

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