Archive for the ‘Energy Efficiency’ category

Making Motors More Energy Efficient

February 17th, 2012

AC Induction Motors motors literally are everywhere! Almost every mechanical movement that you see around you is caused by an AC (alternating current) electric motor.

They are everywhere and used by everyone. However, they have a fundamental flaw – they often waste unnecessary amounts of energy. An incredible 50% of the world’s energy production is consumed by motors!

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London Olympics Lack Energy Saving Plan

February 13th, 2012

LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games currently do not have an energy-saving strategy. They have vowed to make this years games the greenest Olympics and Para-Olympics to date.

The Commission for a Sustainable London (CSL) 2012 have called for these issues to be addressed urgently, as there is a window of opportunity to make for lost time.

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Energy Efficiency Financing Needed by Businesses and Organsiations

January 23rd, 2012

RESEARCH shows that UK businesses and organisations want to improve their energy efficiency and can now overcome the negatives of the current economic climate with help from a financing scheme.

The estimated market for energy efficiency equipment finance in the UK is enormous, with research estimating that the market over the next three years in England alone, is around £8.8bn ($13.6bn). This analysis, based on official business emissions data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, reveals the scale of the opportunity for energy cost savings.

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Global Market for Energy Efficient Buildings to Surpass $100 Billion by 2017

November 24th, 2011

The market for energy efficiency services and equipment is on the rise as national governments look to reduce energy consumption by improving the efficiency of the building stock.  With buildings being one of the largest sources of energy consumption, the opportunity to improve efficiency is significant, ranging from high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to the utilization of energy-efficient lighting technologies to business models such as energy performance contracting (EPC) as employed by energy service companies (ESCOs) around the world.  According to a new report from Pike Research, the total market for energy efficiency in buildings will reach $103.5 billion by 2017, an increase of more than 50% from the 2011 market value of $67.9 billion.

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Importance of Energy Efficiency PR

October 1st, 2011

“Energy efficiency PR” often refers to public relations campaigns that highlight a company’s efforts to operate in a “green” manner.  These days, it’s cool to be green and everybody wants to show off their commitment to preserving our depleted store of natural resources.  But there is another facet of energy efficiency PR that may be even more important, namely, PR that raises awareness about efficient products that consumers can incorporate into their everyday lives.  This type of energy efficiency PR doesn’t just generate positive press for companies seeking to compete in today’s cutthroat marketplace.  It truly promotes a greener world by encouraging consumers to use energy efficient products whenever possible.  The new “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” program serves as a perfect example of this.

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Energy Efficiency Vital to Avoid U.S. Energy Crisis

September 1st, 2011

THE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have published an interesting white paper entitled: “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency.”

The report highlights that over the past year, the U.S. utility industry has experienced significant angst over pending updates to utility environmental regulations.

Of particular concern is the question of whether to invest in plant updates to comply with these regulations or to retire these plants altogether and replace this capacity with new (and most likely natural gas-fueled) power plants. Many inside and outside the utility industry have painted this situation as a crisis in the making.
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Upgrading Buildings to Improve Energy Efficiency Pays

August 20th, 2011

THE U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) claim that investing in building energy efficiency is central to the country reducing its energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020, saving $1.2 trillion – showing it truly does pay to improve energy efficiency.

The conclusion comes from a study sponsored by USGBC on the benefits of green buildings, combined with other non-transportation initiatives. Apart from the substantial monetary savings, environmentally it will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually.

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Motoring to Energy Saving

July 22nd, 2011

WE use them everyday, probably without realising it, they are everywhere and according to the IEA they account for about 45 percent of the world’s power consumption – electric motors.

The IEA (International Energy Authority) has carried out new analysis that highlights that electric motors are by and far the greatest energy consumers, offering tremendous energy saving opportunities. Running in second place of the power consumption league, according to the analysis, is lighting, making up 19 percent of global power consumption.

Regarding the the IEA analysis journalist Joe Hogan explains it in simplified form, that every second power plant is generating electricity just to run electric motors. In detail, the power demanded by motors every 60 seconds, is enough power to supply 13,000 households in India (think about it – that is every minute!) – which is 13,318,113 kWh.
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Information-Based Energy Efficiency Can Save Big

June 1st, 2011

THE U.S. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced the findings of a major study analysing the impact of information-based energy efficiency programmes, which produced impressive results.

The report identifies energy reductions that could generate billions in savings for Americans and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions by more than 8.9 million metric tons per year if extended nationwide. 

The EDF analysis released relies on data gathered from 11 different utilities in six states. The data analysed includes more than 22 million meter reads, gathered over periods of a minimum of twelve months from each of the deployments. The report analyses the effectiveness of these programmes and estimates the impact of taking these savings to the national scale.

Kate Robertson, Energy Efficiency Specialist at EDF, said at the launch of the report: “Energy efficiency is widely considered one of the greatest untapped energy resources. This study confirms that simple behavioral changes generate consistent savings across a wide range of utilities and demographics.

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Energy Efficiency Is The Way Ahead

May 20th, 2011

I read a great editorial a while back in Distributed Energy by Elizabeth Cutright.

She highlights how energy efficiency is the way ahead as far as change energy use for environmental, energy security and energy supply reasons.

As she reports – it is what people want to happening compared to new or old forms of power generation. New power stations are needed but the impact of funding into energy efficiency is paramount.

Here is the bulk of the article:

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