Lumber Company Locates Kilns at Landfill to Use Methane

Carl Weinschenk

Johnson Brothers Lumber, located in Cazenovia, NY, is erecting drying kilns on a landfill in Lincoln that will use methane gas generated from the landfill to fuel the ovens that will dry lumber. The second phase of the Johnson Brothers Lumber project will be to use the moist excess heat from the kiln to heat an   …Continue Reading

Bridon American Earns $100,000 Rebate

Carl Weinschenk

Bridon American has received a rebate check for $100,000, which is the largest ever issued by UGI’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program. The wire rope manufacturer’s facility is in Hanover Industrial Estates in Hanover, PA. The Times-Tribune reports that the company spent $269,000 for energy efficiency improvements. Equipment installed by SmartWatt Energy includes a temperature   …Continue Reading

LEDs to Cut Ashland Foundry & Machine Works Lighting Costs 85%

Carl Weinschenk

Ashland Foundry & Machine Works has deployed LED lighting from Digital Lumens in its 215,000-square foot facility. The Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System will cut 85 percent of energy used for lighting, according the company. Ashland replaced 400W and 1000W metal halide fixtures. Since deployment, the company has saved $85,652 on energy. Smart Start   …Continue Reading

Motor Management and Protection Relay from Eaton

Carl Weinschenk

Eaton has introduced the Power Xpert C445 intelligent motor management and protection relay, which is designed for heavy industrial and continuous process operations. The goals, according to the company, are to hike energy awareness compared to traditional methods, enhance operator safety and improve operations through enhanced diagnostics. Industries with complex startup and shut down procedures will find   …Continue Reading

Public/Private Partnership Eyes Hydrogen-Powered Supply Chain

Carl Weinschenk

Public and the private organizations in Japan are working together to create carbon-neutral supply chains across the power generation, vehicle fueling and other sectors, according to Toyota. The company said that the consortium will test a carbon-neutral hydrogen-powered supply chain near Yokohama and Kawasaki in the Keihin region. Electrolysis is a main way to create   …Continue Reading

2014 Better Than 2013 for Distributed Wind Turbines, But Far Below 2012

Carl Weinschenk

Several factors made 2014 a down year for distributed wind turbines compared to 2012, though it was far superior to 2013. The factors that saw demand sink include relatively low prices for electricity, competition from other sources and high permitting and other nonmaterial costs. The report on the status of the industry was put together by   …Continue Reading

Saving Energy in the Supply Chain

David Goldstein

How much energy can we save through efficiency? This question has been addressed in dozens of national or international-level energy studies since before 1980. Some well-known examples of studies that quantify the efficiency potential are those by the National Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, and McKinsey & Company. I listed some 45 good examples of   …Continue Reading

Tips for Reducing Energy Consumption in the Mining Industry

Karen Henry

Electricity accounts for 32 percent of a mine’s total energy use, so finding ways to reduce energy use can result in significant savings for mining companies. Grinding and ventilation offer the greatest potential for reducing energy use in the coal mining industry, according to an article on the World Coal website. In addition to savings achieved   …Continue Reading

Energy Recovery Ventilator Is AHRI Certified

Karen Henry

Greenheck has released a new Model ECV energy recovery ventilator. The ventilator uses a total energy core to provide preconditioned outdoor air for commercial and institutional applications ranging from 500 to 1000 cfm. Applying energy core technology to a building’s ventilation system reduces the building’s heating and cooling loads, which can lead to substantial energy   …Continue Reading

Linear, Low-Bay/High-Bay LEDs Have Greatest Market Potential

Karen Henry

Linear and low-bay/high-bay LEDs are the most fertile ground for future energy savings in lighting, according to a new report from the US Department of Energy (DOE). The report, Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications, investigates the current US market adoption and resulting energy savings of LEDs in 10 common white-light applications: A-type,   …Continue Reading