Energy

These are links to articles on my information and my views related to energy:
(click on title to go to full article)

Industrial energy conservation: Where does the reasoning begin?
Most industrial plants today have “low hanging fruit” opportunities that can readily be identified and will deliver quick payback with small investments. Take advantage of “low hanging fruit” opportunities for energy conservation. The U.S. Department of Energy notes as much as 1.6 to 3.2 quadrillion Btu could be saved by improving the efficiency and reducing energy losses in industrial systems. “Where does the reasoning begin?” MORE

Energy Expert Provides Views – Refining Industry Update – Natural Gas Economic Game Changer
Energy is a big economic component with growing demand that businesses need to understand. The developing countries (non-OECD) are, still growing like gangbusters, with close to 4% growth in 2011. China alone is growing faster, at about 9.5% in the first quarter of 2011. Europe is shipping gasoline to the U.S. The U.S. is now a net exporter of fuel with diesel going into Europe and Latin America where the installation of new capacity cannot keep pace with demand. Learn more in this article.  MORE

An Example of a Sustainable Light Commercial Building
There can be some great lessons learned from professionals when they put their skills and knowledge to work. I recently visited a 34,100 square feet light commercial building where technology and knowhow were applied to create an efficient, sustainable, and productive environment. The building is a notable exception when contrasted with the typical light commercial building built for lowest first cost resulting in high energy cost, extra maintenance, and an uncomfortable environment. MORE

Sustainability for Profit – Vision & Sound Engineering
At the recent Invensys OpsManage09 Conference, David Haft’s presentation inspired the audience by illustrating the value of sustainability with successful projects at Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. These projects are examples of management with a vision and sound engineering applied to improve operations, the environment, and company profits. MORE

Solar power coming of age
Not long ago considered a novelty or fringe technology, solar is a mainstream proven technology for alternative energy and sustainability.   Solar power is becoming an alternative for industrial plants to consider as the technology has improved and been refined.  In just one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the entire world uses during a whole year; the challenge has been to efficiently convert this to useable energy. The conversion of solar to electricity is no where near this ideal, but efficiencies have improved enough for consideration as an alternative energy source for industrial plants. MORE

Siemens Smart Grid tour educates industry and consumers
While the Smart Grid is going to take some time to develop, investing in energy conservation and efficiency has always made sense. Siemens Smart Grid Tour educates industry and consumers using thought-leadership panels, videos, interactive demos, and educational sessions on topics including automation, power distribution, generation, and transmission. MORE

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