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Wind Offsets 22% of Whirlpool Factory Energy Needs

Linda Hardesty

Whirlpool Corporation will use wind energy to help power its manufacturing facility in Findlay, Ohio. The $18 million Findlay Wind Farm is financed by Findlay-based One Energy, which will also oversee construction of the project. The wind farm will be comprised of five wind turbines erected on 70 acres, which One Energy has bought north of the   …Continue Reading


Warehouse Software is Culprit in Energy Waste

Linda Hardesty

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released a case study in which an EDF Climate Corps fellow helped the adidas Group save energy at its Spartanburg, SC, distribution center. The “Conveyor Belt to Energy Savings” case study outlined several ways the adidas Group implemented energy efficiency strategies for its material handling equipment (MHE). Perhaps the key   …Continue Reading


Potato Chip Factory Saves $77,000 per Year after Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

SmartWatt Energy recently completed an energy efficiency project for snack food manufacturer Snyder’s-Lance at its Cape Cod Potato Chip production facility in Hyannis, Mass. The project began with a full building energy audit of all mechanical systems at the 30,000-sq-foot facility. Ultimately, the project included retro-commissioning of the existing energy management system, the integration of   …Continue Reading


Tobacco Factory Achieves ISO 50001

Linda Hardesty

DEKRA Certification has certified the energy management system at Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company’s manufacturing facility in Oxford, NC, under the ISO 50001:2011 energy management standard. The ISO 50001 standard helps businesses reduce energy related operational costs, increase energy efficiency, demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, support energy conservation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve use of   …Continue Reading


DOE Champions Lighter Manufacturing Materials to Save Energy

Linda Hardesty

The University of Tennessee will lead the US Department of Energy’s new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites. Advanced composites are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest commonly used metals, having the potential to transform clean energy products from wind turbines to next-generation passenger vehicles such as the 3-D printed   …Continue Reading


Mexican Factory Buys Efficient Gas Chiller

Linda Hardesty

Tecogen sold a Tecochill CH-400x natural gas-powered chiller to Stanley Black & Decker. The unit will produce 400 tons of cooling for Black & Decker’s manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The Tecogen chiller will provide chilled water for both air conditioning and process manufacturing in the 300,000-sq-foot facility through a common loop system. The   …Continue Reading


5 Key Measurements for Plant Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

An Emerson Process Management report identifies five key measurement priorities that should be a concern for any plant management team that is looking to reduce energy use. 1) Steam System– monitoring steam traps. Barking Power found a leaking steam trap that was costing them $2,200 per day. 2) Utility Fluids –metering flow and managing use.   …Continue Reading


Cott Beverages Saves $170,000 Per Year with LED Retrofit

Linda Hardesty

Eco-Shift Power signed a contract with Cott Beverages Canada to retrofit one of Cott’s production facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, with LED fixtures. Cott expects over $170,000 per year savings. The project consists of a full LED retrofit for a 220,000-sq-foot facility, including Cott’s production plant, warehouses, storage space, offices, parking and other external lighting. A   …Continue Reading


$140M Innovation Hub Focuses on Energy in Manufacturing

Linda Hardesty

President Obama launched a competition for a new innovation hub in smart manufacturing at the Department of Energy. DOE will receive $70 million or more of federal investment to be matched by at least $70 million from the private sector. DOE will lead a competition for a new public-private manufacturing innovation institute focused on smart   …Continue Reading


P&G Biomass Plant Moves Forward

Karen Henry

Members of the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority (PDA) approved a $230 million bond resolution to build a biomass energy plant adjacent to the Proctor & Gamble campus, the Albany Herald reports. The plant will primarily be used to power P&G-Albany, but the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany will use the plant for energy   …Continue Reading


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