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Utilitywise Buys t-mac Technologies to Boost Energy Management Offerings

Linda Hardesty

UK Energy consultant Utilitywise acquired t-mac Technologies for an initial investment of $15 million and up to a further $18 million as part of its strategy of broadening its service offering and expanding into energy management systems. Founded in 2004 and based in the UK with 28 employees, t-mac  Technologies services both small- and medium-sized   …Continue Reading

Passive Harmonic Filters Protect Motors, Pumps, Fans

Linda Hardesty

Schaffner EMC’s new ECOSine 60 Hz Passive Harmonic Filters remove harmful harmonics from power supplies. Harmonics are generated by nonlinear components in electrical systems, which distort the sine wave. Increasing usage of power electronics causes a corresponding increase in voltage distortion, or harmonics. Common electrical components like motors, pumps, fans, automation equipment, DC fast chargers,   …Continue Reading

Schools Likely to Retrofit Air Handling Units

Linda Hardesty

IHS found in its recent report the “World Market for HVAC Equipment” that 65.2 percent of total HVAC units sold into nonresidential buildings in the United States were retrofit sales as opposed to sales for new construction. Due to the large installed base of equipment in the US following the 2009 economic collapse, IHS was   …Continue Reading

5 Critical Factors to Reduce the Energy Intensity of Operations

Matthew Littlefield

With increasing energy prices, increasing pressure for operational cost reduction and major demographic shifts impacting the political and policy sphere, the focus on effective energy management is only increasing. Industrial companies today are being forced to address this trend and focus on cutting energy consumption wherever possible. To achieve this, visibility into energy expenditures through   …Continue Reading

Static Flow Meter Monitors Thermal Energy in C&I Applications

Linda Hardesty

Itron expanded its thermal energy metering portfolio with its new static flow meter for thermal energy commercial and industrial (C&I) applications. The Axonic meter is a static ultrasonic flow meter designed to meet the needs of district heating and cooling applications. The meter will be marketed globally. In combination with a connected Itron thermal energy   …Continue Reading

Saxlund Produces Electricity from Waste Heat

Linda Hardesty

Saxlund International will market and support a new, wet steam turbine (WST) power technology that produces electricity from saturated or superheated steam. Developed by sister company Opcon Energy Systems around a twin screw Lysholm turbine, the Opcon Powerbox WST enables the production of between 200 kW–800 kW of electricity from low grade steam, which would   …Continue Reading

Dow Chemical Procures 200 MW of Wind

Linda Hardesty

Dow Chemical has signed a long-term agreement with a new wind farm currently under development in South Texas by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy, a joint venture between MAP and Enerverse. The wind farm, to be complete in first quarter 2016, will span nearly 35,000 acres and will supply Dow’s Freeport Texas Manufacturing facility   …Continue Reading

Steel Company Saves Energy with New Turbine Blowers

Linda Hardesty

ArcelorMittal Galati, a steel and mining company, has invested more than $7 million to upgrade a set of turbine blowers, aimed at reducing energy consumption at one of its blast furnaces. The turbine blowers inject cold air into the blast furnaces, and are key to the technological flow of the unit. Following the investment, the   …Continue Reading

Cement Industry Dominates Top Performing Energy Star Plants in 2014

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 70 manufacturing plants that have achieved Energy Star certification for their energy performance in 2014. The cement industry made a strong showing for the year. Energy Star certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached the top 25 percent of energy performance for their   …Continue Reading

Steel Distributor Reduces Lighting Fixtures 60% with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Kenwal Steel, a flat-rolled steel distributor, has upgraded the lighting in its 100,000-sq-foot steel mill in Dearborn, Michigan, to the Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System. By replacing its 1000-watt metal halide fixtures with the LED system, the facility is saving more than 93 percent in lighting-related energy, resulting in an investment payback period of   …Continue Reading