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Defective Steam Traps Waste Energy

Linda Hardesty

Blue Energy Technologies, the official distributor for Delta DSV steam traps in the United States, says inefficient steam systems can reduce productivity and profit in manufacturing applications. For example, a failed steam trap with a 3/32” orifice operating at 100 psi can lose almost 30 pounds of steam hourly, leading to a loss of over   …Continue Reading


SKF Achieves ISO 50001 at 38 Sites

Linda Hardesty

SKF has been awarded an ISO 50001 global certification by Den Norska Veritas (DNV). SKF’s energy management system has been deployed across 38 manufacturing facilities around the world. In total, these facilities account for more than 90 percent of the company’s total direct energy use. SKF is a supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems   …Continue Reading


GM Procures 34MW of Wind Energy

Linda Hardesty

General Motors signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Enel Green Power to procure 34 MW of wind energy to power its manufacturing operations. Enel Green Power is developing and constructing the 34 MW wind farm in Palo Alto, Mexico. Seventy-five percent of the energy coming from the wind turbines will power most of GM’s   …Continue Reading


LEGO Powered by Wind Energy

Karen Henry

The LEGO Group is closer to reaching its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Kirkby, a holding and investment company that owns 75 percent of the LEGO Group, has invested about $456 million to construct of an off-shore wind farm in the German North Sea. The first turbines have started delivering power into the   …Continue Reading


Kingspan Installs 1.3 MW Solar

Linda Hardesty

Kingspan Energy designed and installed a rooftop solar system for Kingspan Environmental, a separate division of Kingspan Group. The 1.3 MW array at Kingspan’s manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland will generate 1.1 GWh per year, enough to meet 30 percent of the site’s daytime annual energy demand. The site comprises the company’s head office and   …Continue Reading


Constellation Installs $200M Cogeneration Plant for P&G Factory

Linda Hardesty

Procter & Gamble and Constellation are developing an up to 50-MW biomass plant that will help run P&G’s paper manufacturing facility in Albany, Ga. Constellation will build, own and operate the $200 million cogeneration plant, which will supply steam to P&G’s facility and generate electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power. For more than 30   …Continue Reading


Dow Corning Deploys EnerNOC’s Energy Intelligence Software

Linda Hardesty

Dow Corning has deployed EnerNOC’s utility bill management system across more than 30 sites in 10 countries. The EnerNOC software will enable Dow Corning to improve its management of all utility bills each year in different currencies and under unique rate structures, and will help the company gain greater visibility into its energy costs at   …Continue Reading


DOE Announces 20 New Better Buildings Challenge Partners

Karen Henry

More than 20 new Better Buildings Challenge partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next decade, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced. These new partners bring with them more than 70 million square feet of fast-food, restaurant, manufacturing, university and government facilities. The new   …Continue Reading


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