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Insulation Provides Same Capabilities With Five Times Less Material

Imagine a lightweight, flexible material that effectively insulates pipes in steam distribution systems. You don’t have to imagine anymore. With DOE assistance, Aspen Aerogels developed insulation that provides the same insulating capabilities as conventional products, but with up to five times less material.
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An Energy Modeling Analysis of Warehouse Heating Systems

Space heating and lighting consume most of the energy in non-refrigerated warehouses. Installing more efficient lighting to save energy has been well documented by computer modeling. But what about space heating? This article summarizes an energy modeling analysis showing energy performance for six types of gas-fired heating systems commonly used in warehouses.
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Eliminate Voltage Unbalance

Voltage unbalance degrades performance and shortens the life of a three-phase motor. It causes phase current unbalance far out of proportion to the voltage unbalance. Unbalanced currents lead to torque pulsations, increased vibrations and mechanical stresses, increased losses, and motor overheating, which results in a shorter winding insulation life.
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Is Solar Growing? Survey Respondents Say Yes

To find out readers’ opinions about where solar products stand in today’s market, a brief, informal online survey was conducted on The NEWS Website. Survey respondents in this case do feel solar is taking hold in the residential sector.
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Investigating Residential Humidity Complaints

Scenario: Single stage residential cooling equipment. Homeowner complains that humidity is too high at their desired thermostat setting. Actions: You think this is too easy. Probably a system-related problem (dirty filter, low charge, dirty condenser; the usual stuff). But you also realize that it’s been a little cooler than most summers.
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Optimizing Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems

Outdoor air brought into a building can be expensive to temper and, if not properly conditioned, can cause humidity problems for the building. Designers are increasingly finding that using dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) allows them to comply with ASHRAE 62.1 with an energy efficient and easily verifiable design.
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Combined Heat and Power in Action: Demonstration Projects Showcase Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has actively supported cost-shared combined heat and power (CHP) R&D and demonstration projects. This article showcases four successful CHP demonstration projects, and illustrates its broad applicability across industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities.
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Combined Heat and Power: A Clean, Local Energy Solution

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) has identified combined heat and power (CHP) as one of the most important opportunities available today for increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions. This article explains CHP technology uses and benefits.
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Focused Cooling Using Cold Aisle Containment

As heat densities and cooling costs rise, data center professionals are looking for more efficient cooling solutions. A cold aisle containment retrofit can be implemented easily and quickly, carries a payback time from weeks to a few months, and can reduce cooling related energy costs by as much as 30 percent.
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Optimizing Fleet Maintenance With Wireless Vehicle Management

Unfortunately, many fleets simply take a reactive approach to vehicle maintenance. In a widely distributed fleet, that could mean costly repairs, not to mention vehicle downtime. Fleet managers need to be able to monitor and collect data on the “health” of their vehicles to fix problems early and reduce costs.
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Matt Barga, portfolio manager — a/c and coils, Ingersoll Rand, discusses how the company is working to comply with the new energy conservation standards for heat pumps and air conditioners that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Posted on Dec. 19.

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