White Papers

on 'Energy Management'

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  • Monitor how your assets use energy

    Read this white paper to discover how advanced tools for monitoring energy consumption at the asset level can support maintenance, replacement, and process control decisions, and even behavioral change.

  • Establishing energy as enterprise currency

    Identifying energy inefficiencies as well as opportunities to improve operational efficiencies needs to be a primary objective in order to drive down expenses, meet regulatory standards, and remain competitive.

  • How HVLS fan technology works

    In this white paper you’ll learn about the history of HVLS fan technology, the physics of airflow and why energy-efficient HVLS fans can help you lower your energy costs.

  • Optimization of energy usage

    For the industrial sector, energy consumption statistics are eye popping. The industrial sector alone consumes about half of the world's total delivered energy, making it the largest end-use sector. Moreover, although global industrial energy consumption is projected to increase by more than 40%, as measured from the beginning of the recent economic crisis in 2007 to 2035, emerging economies in non-OECD countries will account for approximately 95% of this increase in consumption.

    Thus, optimization of energy usage is a natural and necessary expansion of ODVA's application coverage for industrial automation. ODVA envisions an energy solution for the industrial energy consumer that will be comprehensive, scalable, open, and inclusive for both users and their vendors. Within this context, ODVA's vision of optimization of energy usage will emerge as the natural sweet spot to help industrial consumers meet their overall business objectives and achieve greater societal goals for sustainability. ODVA's energy approach will offer broad situational awareness of energy consumption and enable control strategies to optimize energy usage throughout the industrial ecosystem from the plant floor to the grid. This approach will enable businesses to improve productivity and thus profits while concurrently benefiting people and our planet through better utilization of energy resources.

  • Energy audit process

    An energy audit is a four-step process that includes the phases of planning, investigating, implementing, and sustaining.

  • Mercury control with regenerative activated coke technology

    Many issues face coal-fired utilities with respect to environmental demands, some based on regulations and others based on local pressures. These include increasingly stringent control of criteria pollutants, anticipated federal and state requirements for mercury control, issues revolving around water use and water disposal, plume visibility, overall plant thermal efficiency, and the future considerations for climate change issues. For utilities that burn PRB and other low-sulfur coals, an exemplary reference project is the reconstruction of the Isogo Power Station by J-Power. This project replaced two vintage coal-fired units, and within the same site limits, more than doubled generation capacity to 2x600MW with ultrasupercritical boilers fitted with SCR, ESPs and advanced generation ReACT technology. The controls provide low emissions from the high-efficiency coal-fired boiler plant and allow the plant to operate as the cleanest coal-fired power plant in the world in terms of emissions intensity, at emissions levels that are equivalent to natural gas-fired power plants.

    H. James Peters
  • Windfall of generator testing

    Northwest Motor Service tested wind turbines for the White Creek Wind Farm outside of Goldendale, Washington.

  • The case for hollow shaft torque motors

    Permanent magnet synchronous torque motors offer significant advantages on high energy consuming and high dynamic applications.

    Today's machine designer must evaluate more factors than ever in approaching a new project. Likewise, the integrator and retrofit engineer has expanded options, not only as a result of new technologies, but also because of critical areas of focus such as reduced energy consumption, faster assembly time, vendor reduction and smaller footprint achievement.

    In the realm of motion control, one type of motor with a relatively short history has made significant advancements that necessitate a new look at its potential in many application areas. These applications range from machine tool rotary tables to various packaging, printing, converting, extruding, papermaking, plastic film and materials handling machinery, anywhere direction must be reversed with a very high degree of accuracy, no backlash (hysteresis) and the maintaining of motion control, contrasting the necessary decoupling of a conventional motor and gearbox.

    Enter the often-overlooked permanent magnet, synchronous torque motor. Torque motors are direct drives built for rotary axes where high torque and high precision are required at relatively low speeds. With significantly lower installation time, maintenance requirements, component part count and space allowance, these motor types are frequently viable alternatives to geared motors.

  • Making permanent savings through Active Energy Efficiency

    This white paper argues strongly that meeting greenhouse gas emissions targets set within the Kyoto Protocol will fail unless Active Energy Efficiency becomes compulsory.

    Active Energy Efficiency is defined as effecting permanent change through measurement, monitoring and control of energy usage. Passive energy efficiency is regarded as the installation of countermeasures against thermal losses, the use of low consumption equipment and so forth.

    It is vital, but insufficient, to make use of energy saving equipment and devices such as low energy lighting. Without proper control, these measures often merely militate against energy losses rather than make a real reduction in energy consumed and in the way it is used.

  • Automation and the Smart Grid: Energy management today

    Is your company's electrical energy usage important to you? Whether still feeling the results of the recession or looking forward to competing as the global marketplace moves ahead, businesses are looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenues.

    Trends in energy show utility companies raising rates and introducing more tiered rate structures that penalize high-energy consumers. And with all the talk about carbon footprints and cap and trade, energy becomes an important place to look for both savings and revenues.

    This white paper takes a look at electrical power in the United States today, investigates the nature of the Smart Grid, and suggests ways that small and medium-sized companies can — without waiting for future technological development — gather energy data and control electrical energy costs today.

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