ASERTTI News

ASERTTI News

Register for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting in Seattle

The ASERTTI Fall Meeting will be held October 10-12 in Seattle, WA.  Hosted by Washington State University’s Energy Program and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the meeting is shaping up to be an outstanding event, including presentations from leading energy researchers, networking opportunities, and off-site activities.  Event highlights include focused discussion sessions on: smart grid, energy storage, bioenergy, high performance buildings, waste heat recovery, and advanced manufacturing. Experts from Boeing, the California Energy Commission, Ingersoll Rand, NEEA, EPRI, the WSU Energy Program, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, among others, will share the latest trends in research and technology at the Fall Meeting.

ASERTTI Emerging Technologies Webinar Series

The first webinar in ASERTTI’s new Emerging Technologies Webinar series was held on Monday, August 20th.  Advancements in Energy Storage: Utility-Scale Technologies and Demonstration Projects featured presentations by EPRI, Xtreme Power, and NYSERDA, exploring innovative battery and flywheel energy storage demonstration projects underway in Texas, New York, and beyond.  The presentation slides are available for viewing or download on ASERTTI website: http://asertti.org/events/webinars/emerging-technologies/descriptions.aspx#2012-08.  
 
The next webinar in the series, Balancing Competing Interests: Achieving Efficiency at the Energy-Water Nexus, is scheduled for Monday, September 10th  with three speakers.  Dr. Juan Gomez, Deputy Director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will discuss his organization’s latest work addressing the complex relationship between water and energy.  Ammi Amarnath, Senior Program Manager at EPRI, will highlight a joint research effort by EPRI and Argonne National Laboratory to develop a class of nanoparticles intended to cut the amount of water lost from steam-based generators. Jordan Macknick, Energy and Environment Analyst at NREL, will share current research examining the interface between energy and water in policy and energy resource planning.  Register is now open online, at no cost.

ASERTTI Smart Grid Poster Presentation Well Received at ACEEE Summer Study

ASERTTI Poster at ACEEE Summer Study in BuildingsOn August 16th, ASERTTI members Cris Love (WSU Energy Program) and Peter Douglas (NYSERDA) delivered a poster presentation at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, held in Pacific Grove, CA. 
 
The poster was based on a recent ASERTTI report addressing the smart grid’s potential to advance energy efficiency throughout the U.S. building stock.  The poster presentation served to inform attendees about the information displayed, as well as ASERTTI’s work, in general. The poster and paper can be downloaded on the ASERTTI Buildings Committee website: www.asertti.org/committees/buildings/.

EIO Receives Grant to Demonstrate High Temperature Electric Generation Alloys

The Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) recently awarded a $330,000 grant to the Energy Industries of Ohio (EIO). The grant is to demonstrate components for power plants made from new high temperature alloys. This project is needed to address the efficiency of power plants using high sulfur Ohio coal and to expand the State’s Baseload Supply Chain Catalog. The materials and manufacturing processes to be undertaken in the grant are potential market opportunities for mainstay Ohio industries. In particular, the program will position Ohio’s metal-casting, forging and extrusion industries to capitalize on the need to upgrade and replace older power plants. The grant will cover learning new processing techniques to address the special characteristics of the new materials such as their reaction to air when melting. The grant also expands earlier EIO activities to identify, screen and place firms onto the State of Ohio’s Advanced Baseload Energy Suppliers Catalog.

NYSERDA Assists American Biogas Conditioning with Launch of Biogas-to-Power Equipment

Syracuse-based American Biogas Conditioning has launched a demonstration project at a dairy farm in Skaneateles, setting out to prove its technology can reduce the cost of generating electricity through anaerobic digestion.
 
Anaerobic digestion is a clean-energy process that can be used to generate electricity. Farm or other organic waste is placed in a sealed container and broken down by bacteria into a biogas predominately comprised of methane. The biogas is subsequently burned in an engine to produce electricity.
American Biogas makes equipment that removes hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the biogas. If the H2S was not removed, the biogas would corrode engine gaskets and seals thereby reducing equipment life. American Biogas removes the H2S using bacteria, a new approach that costs about a tenth of current removal methods.
 
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has been working with American Biogas for several years, and has provided $470,000 to help the company develop and test this energy-efficient technology.

NATIONAL NEWS

President Obama Signs Executive Order Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency
The White House

President Obama signed an Executive Order on Thursday, August 30 to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency that will strengthen American manufacturing and help create jobs.  These efforts to boost industrial energy efficiency, including combined heat and power systems, can save manufacturers as much as $100 billion in energy costs over the next decade, improving their bottom lines and strengthening U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.  These types of efficiency measures will reduce energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions.
 
“Today, we are taking another step to strengthen American manufacturing by boosting energy efficiency for businesses across the nation,” said President Obama. “This action will cut costs, increase efficiency, and help our businesses create strong, middle class jobs.  We’ll continue to do everything we can to put more people back to work and build an economy that lasts.”
 
While manufacturing facilities have become more energy efficient over time, there is an opportunity to accelerate and expand this trend with investments that reduce energy use through more efficient manufacturing technologies and processes, such as the expanded use of efficient, on-site heat and power generation, known as combined heat and power (CHP).  This Executive Order builds on important steps the Administration has taken to scale up private sector investments in energy efficiency in our homes, buildings, and factories with efforts like the Better Buildings Initiative and investments upgrading homes around the United States.
 
In addition, it directs the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to coordinate actions at the Federal level while providing policy and technical assistance to states to promote investments in industrial energy efficiency.  The Executive Order also directs agencies to foster a national dialogue through ongoing regional workshops to encourage the adoption of best practice policies and investment models that overcome barriers to investment, provide public information on the benefits of unlocking investment in industrial energy efficiency, and use existing Federal authorities that can support these investments.  
 
The Executive Order also establishes a new national goal of 40 gigawatts of new combined heat and power capacity by 2020, a 50% increase from today. Meeting this goal would save energy users $10 billion per year, result in $40 to $80 billion in new capital investment in manufacturing and other facilities that would create American jobs, and would reduce emissions equivalent to 25 million cars.

DOE Announces New University-Led Projects to Create More Efficient, Lower Cost Concentrating Solar Power Systems
U.S. Department of Energy

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative, which aims to drive solar energy to be cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020, Secretary Steven Chu announced new investments totaling $10 million over five years for two university-led projects to advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. CSP technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat that can be used to produce electricity. Heat transfer fluids are a key component of CSP systems that transfer heat from a receiver to the point where the heat is needed to drive a turbine. According to DOE, the investments will dramatically improve heat transfer fluids, helping to increase the efficiencies and lower costs for CSP systems. 

EVENTS

NASEO 2012 Annual Meeting
September 9-12, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
 
Balancing Competing Interests: Achieving Efficiency at the Energy-Water Nexus
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, September 17, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting
October 10-12, 2012 - Seattle, WA
 
Crops for Cars: Biofuel Breakthroughs for the Transportation Sector
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, November 19, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST