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

Steel Producer Upgrades EMS

Karen Henry

Tatsoft helped design, build and implement a new energy management system for Usiminas, Automation World reports. The South American steel supplier was struggling to manage the energy system application at its Ipatinga, Brazil, plant because the human machine interface (HMI) software was no longer supported. The company wanted to update the user interface and system architecture, add   …Continue Reading

Industrial Power Supplies Eliminate Need for Enclosures

Linda Hardesty

Installing traditional power supplies in distributed and remote locations can be prohibitively complex and costly because of the need for protective enclosures, fans and excess wiring. To reduce cost and complications, SolaHD has launched its new IP67 SCP-X self-sealed power supplies. SolaHD is a brand of Emerson Industrial Automation. The self-sealed power supplies mount directly   …Continue Reading

5 Steps for Guaranteeing the Best Lighting Upgrade in Industrial Facilities

Mike Robinson

Rapid growth in LED technology has brought good news for energy managers in industrial facilities, as they have more options than ever before in planning facility retrofits. Finding high-quality fixtures that reduce energy consumption and cut maintenance costs is easier today than it was several years ago. The bad news is that this relatively young   …Continue Reading

Optimizing Steam, Utilities Efficiency in Food and Beverage

Karen Henry

There are a number of strategies plant operators can use to optimize steam power and other plant utilities in the food and beverage industry, according to an article on the Food Processing website. Accurate flow measurements result in reduced operating costs. However, monitoring and controlling steam flow can be challenging at low flow rates. When   …Continue Reading

Emulsion Mist Collectors Designed for Heavy Industry

Linda Hardesty

A new line of emulsion mist collectors from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) handles the heaviest loads encountered in industry to clean up contaminants generated during milling, drilling, tapping, turning, grinding and other machining processes that utilize emulsion mist coolants. Camfil’s Handte EM Profi collector uses long-life coarse and fine filter demisters followed by a   …Continue Reading