Net zero energy buildings, changes coming in domestic refrigeration, the future of turbo equipment, and trends in energy efficiency. Those were the topics during plenary sessions that started each morning at the every other year Purdue conferences dealing with HVACR.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected HP and Intel to provide a new energy-efficient high performance computer (HPC) system. NREL’s new HPC data center is designed to be the world’s most energy efficient.
President Obama has signed an executive order to accelerate investments in industrial energy efficiency, including combined heat and power (CHP). The executive order states that these investments can improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, lower energy costs, and free up future capital for businesses to invest.
As the supermarket industry continues to embrace so-called ‘natural refrigerants,’ manufacturers also continue to seek improvements in energy efficiency with what they hope is easy to use equipment for service technicians. The FMI Food Retail Show was a major showcase for these developments at this year’s show in Dallas.
As this is being written temperatures are near 100°F here on the Illinois/Wisconsin border and a drought is in full force. The hue and cry is, “See, see, global warming! Told you it was real!” But folks from Europe were telling me that the Old World was experiencing one the coolest and wettest summers on record.
While owners of commercial buildings have been looking to improve energy efficiency for quite some time, the market for building energy management systems is still emerging. According to a report from Pike Research, many of the companies in this growing market are now turning to utilities as a market channel for their products and services.
When Platte River’s headquarters rated just a seven on a scale of 100 on Energy Star scoring, Jeff Menard, facilities and security manager, decided to evaluate the building for areas where energy efficiency could be improved. Menard enlisted the help of Haynes Mechanical Systems to come up with a plan.
Jes Munk Hansen of Grundfos North America joined Pia Olsen Dyhr, Danish minister for trade and investment, at a congressional forum in Washington, D.C., to discuss how Grundfos’ home country, Denmark, is meeting the economic, environmental, and energy challenges of the coming decades and how the U.S. can apply these lessons.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2012 Award for Excellence in Energy Star Promotion winner for “outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts promoting energy-efficient products.”