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Alternative Power Generation Technologies

This course will review fuel cells and microturbines as possible alternatives for data center and network room power generations The benefits and drawbacks of multiple power generation approaches will be highlighted.

Active Energy Efficiency Using Speed Control

The focus of this course is to explore the different ways we can control motor speed efficiently and with minimal physical stress on equipment. In addition, we'll discuss other advantages such as controlled starting and regulated torque.

Boiler Types and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency

Steam and hot water provide a means of transporting controllable amounts of energy from a central boiler house, where it can be efficiently and economically generated, to the point of use. Steam and hot water are popular throughout industry for a broad range of tasks from mechanical power production to space heating and process applications. The boiler room is a place where there are many opportunities for energy efficiency, as described in this class.

Building Controls I - An Introduction to Building Controls

Have you ever been in a meeting in a conference room where the room was just too hot? Or too cold? Did you find it uncomfortable and hard to concentrate? Have you ever considered how much money is wasted when things like that are not addressed? What’s the solution? The control system within a building is very important to the energy efficiency of the building, and also to the comfort of the building’s occupants. In this class, we will learn a simple definition of a control system, learn the components of a control system, and describe some fundamental types of control and control loops.

Building Controls II - Control Sensors

Building control systems are important facets in any building’s energy management plan. They help avoid waste and save money. A vital component of a control system is the sensors that are incorporated into the system. We must measure what we wish to control. We need to have a way to make measurements accurately and repeatedly. Sensors measure the data that the controller uses to make decisions based on its set of programmed standards and set points. Sensors are the first step of control. This course provides an overview of the various sensors integrated in a building control system, and looks at the variety of designs and need for correct placement.

Building Controls III - Introduction to Control Loops

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an overview of basic building control technology used in buildings, so that you will understand how building controls can contribute to energy efficiency. We will examine the five controller loop responses and review the terms associated with controller loop responses.

Building Controls IV: Two Position and Floating Control Responses

The purpose of this course is to examine the two-position response and the floating response. We’ll also spend some time working in an interactive example whereby you can simulate how changing a VAV box will affect static pressure and temperature in the environment.

Building Controls V-Proportional and PID Responses

The purpose of this course is to define proportional control responses along with investigating how integral and derivatives affect proportional control responses. We¡¯ll also spend some time explaining the appropriate use of each control response.

Building Controls VI-When to Use Each Response

The purpose of this course is to define proportional control responses along with investigating how integral and derivatives affect proportional control responses. We¡¯ll also spend some time explaining the appropriate use of each control response.

Building Controls VII-Interactive Illustration of PID Response

The purpose of this course is to see how proportional control may oscillate and stabilize at a point above the setpoint and how an integral term helps a control loop to achieve a result closer to the setpoint. We¡¯ll also spend some time explaining how derivatives help to prevent overshoots.

Building Controls VIII: Controllers and Controlled Devices

If we can control an environmental system we can tell equipment when to turn on and off, how slow or fast to run, and how cool or hot the temperature of air or water needs to be. For an environmental control, or building automation system to work effectively, three things must take place: Measured data must be input into the system. That data must be compared with a set of standards or instructions. Lastly, an action to change or maintain current environmental conditions must be made. In the previous class in this series we looked at how controllers respond to the inputs they receive. We will now look at the different classifications of controllers. We’ll also see how the control loop is completed by controlled devices, which take the actions that maintain or change current environmental conditions.

Building Envelope

The building envelope is a critical component of any facility since it protects the building occupants and plays a major role in regulating the indoor environment. Consisting of the building's foundation, walls, roof, windows, and doors, the envelope controls the flow of energy between the interior and exterior of the building. A well designed envelope allows the building to provide comfort for the occupants and respond efficiently to heating, cooling, ventilating, and natural lighting needs.

Combined Heat and Power (Cogeneration)

Cogeneration today is widely used throughout the world for efficient production of heat and power. Cogeneration is the simultaneous production of heat and power in a single thermodynamic process. The purpose of this course is to review the different approaches for applying technologies to the function of cogeneration. We’ll also explore the various issues and considerations for deployment of the two main types of cogeneration concepts: "Topping Cycle" plants (including “Combined Cycle” plants), and "Bottoming Cycle" plants.

Combustion Processes

Combustion is an almost universal process in energy use, and it usually offers opportunities for modest but worthwhile energy savings through good management. Conversely, it carries a significant risk of avoidable energy waste. In this course, you will learn the basics of combustion chemistry, how avoidable losses arise, and how they are measured. Particular attention will be paid to burners fitted in heating boilers but the basic principles are applicable to any kind of combustion plant.

Commissioning For Energy Efficiency

Commissioning is a process to ensure building performance problems are understood and corrected. Deficiencies such as design flaws, construction defects, malfunctioning equipment, and deferred maintenance have a multitude of consequences, ranging from equipment failure, to poor indoor air quality and comfort, to unnecessarily high energy use or under-performance of energy efficiency strategies. Fortunately, an emerging form of quality assurance, known as building commissioning, can identify and cure most deficiencies. This course will explain the purpose of a commissioning process, and discuss the impact of the commissioning process on energy efficiency.

Compressed Air I: An Introduction

Compressed air is widely used throughout industry. It is sometimes called the ¡°fourth utility¡±, after electricity, gas and water. From mining, lumber and paper mills, petroleum, chemical, textile and glass production to small manufacturing plants and hotels, compressed air provides critical services and can often represent the majority of the facility energy costs. Since many facilities cannot function without compressed air, reliability is paramount, but given that sound operating practices can reduce energy consumption by 20% to 50%, efficiency is high on the agenda. This is the first in a series of compressed air system courses offered by Energy University. In this course, we will look at the relative inefficiency of compressed air and examine the components of a compressed air system.

Compressed Air Systems II: Compressor Types

Compressed air is one of the most expensive utilities. There are many different types and designs of air compressors. Each is suited for different applications in buildings and industry. In this course, we will explore the main types of compressors and identify their differences, compare the capacity and efficiency of different types of compressors and we will identify appropriate compressor types for an application.

Compressed Air III: Controlled Methods

Compressed air is an extremely expensive utility. Therefore, efficient control methods can have a big impact on the energy costs of the system. The purpose of this course is to identify the various methods to control air compressor capacity, including methods that control the flow of air into the compressor and ways of controlling the loading of the compressor itself.

Data Center Efficiency: Reducing Electrical Power Consumption

The course will explain how to quantify the electricity savings and provide examples of methods that can greatly reduce electrical power consumption.

Demand Response and the Smart Grid

This course will review how Demand Response works, why it is beneficial and what the Smart Grid is.

Distributed Generation

Due recent electricity market liberalization and on-going concerns regarding the cost of electricity as well as efforts towards environmentalism; distributed generation is experiencing a renewed interest throughout the world. Distributed generation, is generally defined as small-scale electricity generation and is used to provide an alternative to or an enhancement of the traditional electric power system. The purpose of this course is to discuss the various small-scale generation technologies that exist today and then move on with a discussion of the major benefits and issues of distributed generation.

Efficient Motor Control with Power Drive Systems

In buildings, nearly three quarters of the electricity consumed is used to turn motors. For a typical motor, the lifetime energy bill is equivalent to 100 times the cost of the motor itself. The money invested in motors, is merely 1% of their total cost. And installing and maintaining those motors accounts for only 2% of overall motor costs. 97% of costs associated with motors are spent on the energy required to operate them. This course will provide an overview of power drive systems and motors along with insight on efficiency. This course will also cover, gears - types, efficiency and maintenance.

Electric Vehicles: Plugging into Smarter Energy Management

This class discusses the technological, economic, and safety aspects involved in linking massive numbers of plug-in electric vehicles to the grid and what it all means to consumers, facility and vehicle fleet managers, and electric utilities.

Energy Audits

This course will review the different types of audits, the overall auditing process as well as the auditing methodology which will help prepare you to successfully participate in the energy audit process.

Energy Audits Instrumentation I

This course will review electrical, lighting, temperature and humidity measurement instruments that are used in energy audits.

Energy Audits Instrumentation II

As a continuation of Energy Audits Instrumentation I, the purpose of this course is to review the measurement instruments used in energy audits in order to select and employ the appropriate instrument for your auditing needs.

Energy Efficiency Fundamentals

This course is extremely important in understanding building energy use and energy efficiency measures that customers can implement to save energy and money in their facilities.

Energy Efficiency Units and Concepts

This course explores the fundamentals of energy units and electricity. With energy demand rising and greenhouse gas emissions in sharp focus around the world, the time has come for everyone to take action to economize on energy use by the intelligent application of technology to bring about energy efficiency.  Understanding these units and concepts is the foundation to managing and controlling energy – and the key to reducing both consumption and emissions.

Energy Efficiency with Building Automation Systems Part 1

In this course we will focus on what a building automation system (BAS) is as well as some of the commonly used terminology. We will also look at some of the HVAC strategies used in building automation systems.

Energy Efficiency with Building Automation Systems Part 2

In this course, we will focus on the energy conservation measures that can be used with building automation systems.

Energy Procurement I

The procurement of energy (electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, etc.) is becoming a major part of the energy manager’s job. Cost effective energy procurement requires understanding of the market, regulatory limitations and opportunities, and contingency planning. The purpose of this course is to raise awareness of the available options for energy procurement.

Energy Procurement II

An on-going Energy Risk Management program can provide for more predictable budgeting and insulate future earnings from the unpredictable effects of volatile energy prices. The purpose of this course is to address the hedging process. We will also cover the spot and forward markets as well as fixed and index linked contracts.

Energy Procurement III- Balanced Hedging Strategies

- Managing energy costs is the key to a successful profit margin and bottom line for many industrial companies. In order to successfully manage costs in this market, it is helpful to apply a balanced hedging strategy. A balanced hedging approach will quantify exposure to adverse events and mitigate the impact of those events on financial results. The purpose of this course is to describe a variety of hedging strategies, and identify the main drivers of energy prices. We will also cover how the commodity market functions to support energy trading

Energy Rate Structures Part I: Concepts and Unit Pricing

Understanding the forms of energy used at a facility, and the rate structure for each, is key to understanding energy costs and implementing an energy efficiency program. By understanding what you are paying for energy, and how the rate structure controls your bill, you can adopt different strategies for reducing your energy costs. You may even be able to move to a different rate structure that is more cost effective for you. In this course, we will focus primarily on gas and electricity concepts and unit pricing.

Energy Rate Structures Part II: Understanding and Reducing your Bill

Understanding the forms of energy used at a facility, and the rate structure for each, is key to understanding energy costs and implementing an energy efficiency program. By understanding what you are paying for energy, and how the rate structure controls your bill, you can adopt different strategies for reducing your energy costs. You may even be able to move to a different rate structure that is more cost effective for you. In this course, we will focus primarily on gas and electricity concepts and unit pricing. 

Establishing Benchmarks for Data Center Efficiency Measurements

This course will review the results documented from the creation and operation of the Data Center Observatory of the Parallel Data Lab housed at Carnegie Mellon University.

Fan Systems I: Introduction to Fan Performance

Fans are machines for moving air and air-borne materials, and are widely used in industrial and commercial applications. Fans use billions of kilowatt-hours of energy each year. Fan reliability can be critical ¨C for example, in material handling operations fan failure will often force a process stoppage. The importance of reliability may cause system designers to compensate for uncertainties by adding capacity to fans. Unfortunately, fans that are oversized for their service requirements do not operate at their best efficiency points. Paradoxically oversizing fan systems creates problems that can increase system operating costs while decreasing fan reliability. In this class we provide a basic introduction to fans to equip an energy manager to understand the principal characteristics of this equipment.

Fan Systems II: Fan Types

Key impacts that determine which fan type is the most appropriate include technical and nontechnical attributes. Understanding the principles of fan selection can be helpful in correcting poor system performance, especially during retrofit or upgrade opportunities. In this course we will look at the different fan types and the appropriate applications for each fan type.

Fan Systems III: Improving System Efficiency

Fan systems are vital to the operation of many industries and buildings. Fans often serve over a wide range of operating conditions because of changes in ambient conditions, occupancy, and production demands. The importance of fans often causes system designers to be concerned about under-performing systems. Designers tend to compensate for uncertainties by adding capacity. However, peak requirements may only occur for a few days or weeks each year, and normal operating conditions could be well below the design conditions. Although your fan may be the right size some of the time, it may be the wrong size most of the time. An oversized fan operates below its most efficient point and creates problems such as high capital costs, high energy costs, decreased reliability, high system pressures and flow noise. In this course we will discuss the ways that airflow is controlled in fan systems and we will define the main opportunities to improve performance in fan systems. We will also explore common fan system problems.

Fan Systems IV: Improving System Efficiency

Problems such as unusually high operating and maintenance costs, poor airflow delivery, surges or noise or wear on the electrical components can be caused by oversized fans, poor system design, poor balancing or leakage, or wasteful airflow control practices. Often, users are only concerned with initial cost, accepting the lowest bid for a component, while ignoring system efficiency. To achieve optimum fan system economics, users should select equipment based on life-cycle economics and operate and maintain the equipment for peak performance. This course helps define opportunities to improve fan system performance by identifying common fan problems. We'll also uncover why a highly efficient fan system is not merely a system with an energy-efficient motor.

Financing and Performance Contracting for Energy Efficient Projects

Everywhere, the economy is tight and banks becoming more and more cautious with regards to lending. However, this doesn’t mean that there is no alternative business funding options for you. The purpose of this course is to discuss general financing alternatives, the aspects of performance contracting, along with ways to measure and verify energy savings.

Financial Analysis of EE Projects I

Rising energy prices, dwindling resources and environmental impacts are headline news for today’s business owners. Energy efficiency projects have been shown to be low risk, high return investments. Financial analysis is key to getting your project approved by decision makers. If your project is presented using the language and terms they recognize, you will be off to a good start. Therefore energy managers require a thorough grasp of how economic analysis is used to evaluate return on investment. This class will enable you to compare and prioritize projects, and gain management approval. We will look at how financial officers make decisions, and explain evaluation methods such as simple payback period, net present value, and internal rate of return using simple language and easy-to-follow examples.

Financial Analysis of EE Projects II

In the first "Financial Analysis of EE Projects" class, we looked at the most common methods for evaluating, prioritizing and approving projects. In this class we identify some common pitfalls to avoid when calculating savings. We also show how to construct formulas in Excel to perform the calculations, and how to easily include depreciation and after-tax credits to maximize the likelihood of gaining project approval.

Going Green with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

This course defines green buildings, explains the mission of the US Green Building Council and the requirements of the LEED rating system. Schneider Electric solutions for meeting the LEED requirements will also be explained.

Going Green: Energy Efficiency in the Data Center

This course will review the benefits of greening up your buildings and review some new approaches to save money and energy while keeping an acceptable level of reliability in your data center.

HVAC and Characteristics of Air

This course discusses how an HVAC system manipulates the properties of the air in the conditioned space to regulate a desirable rate of heat transfer. Calculations for Sensible Heat Transfer and Total Heat Transfer are also explained.

HVAC and Psychometric Charts

Psychrometrics is the study of the thermodynamic properties of moist air and its effect on materials and human comfort. Psychrometrics applies the well understood relationships between humidity and temperature in the air to practical problems.  HVAC system designers use these factors to model the HVAC requirements depending on the location of the building and the needs of the occupants or processes within it.  This course explores how those factors are used to ensure an effective HVAC system, while discussing how Psychrometric Charts are utilized to drive HVAC sizing and evaluation.

HVAC and Psychometric Charts- SI Version

Psychrometrics is the study of the thermodynamic properties of moist air and its effect on materials and human comfort. Psychrometrics applies the well understood relationships between humidity and temperature in the air to practical problems. HVAC system designers use these factors to model the HVAC requirements depending on the location of the building and the needs of the occupants or processes within it. This course explores how those factors are used to ensure an effective HVAC system, while discussing how Psychrometric Charts are utilized to drive HVAC sizing and evaluation.

HVAC Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are fast becoming the leading technology for heating and cooling in energy efficient buildings. When using a geothermal heat pump for heating efficiencies are 50% to 70% higher than other heating systems and cooling efficiencies are 20% to 40% higher than conventional air conditioners. Better yet, these savings do not require complicated or difficult to operate systems. Geothermal heat pumps rely on off-the-shelf components that are familiar in conventional air conditioning. The underground components typically have a 50 year warranty. (Source: International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) In this course, we will explore all aspects of the geothermal heat pump, including the various installation types, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each type.

HVAC Thermodynamic States

All refrigeration systems involve the movement or transport of heat from a cold region to a warm region. The subject of thermodynamics describes how these heat transports may occur. Thermodynamics is a branch of physical science that deals with the relations between heat and other forms of energy (such as mechanical, electrical, or chemical energy), and, by extension, of the relationships and interconvertibility of all forms of energy. “Thermo” means heat, and “dynamic” refers to energy and change. In cooling applications, we are interested in managing heat, energy, and change, and so a knowledge of basic thermodynamics helps us to grasp the processes that are taking place, for example, in an air-conditioner.

Increasing Data Center Efficiency through High Density Power Distribution

This course will review alternative methods for power distribution in the data center as well as provide case example to illustrate the benefits involved with these alternative methods.

Industrial Insulation I

Most engineers, architects, and end users are familiar with the use of insulation to reduce heating and cooling loads and control noise in building envelopes. Insulations used for pipes, ducts, tanks, and equipment are not as familiar. The installed cost of these materials is usually a small part of the total cost of a project. As a result, mechanical insulation is often overlooked, undervalued, or improperly specified and maintained in commercial and industrial construction projects. The purpose of this course is to review the different types of industrial insulation applications for a given application.

Industrial Insulation II: Design Data Calculations

The pipes and installations in industrial plants often carry materials that need to be kept at a certain temperature for an optimal production process. Unless the pipes and installations are properly insulated, the proper temperature may not be maintained. And while placing the actual insulation onto the mechanics—such as a pipe, tank or vessel—is fairly easy; determining what type of insulation to use and how much—is not so easy. The focus of Industrial Insulation II will be on the process of performing calculations in order to determine the requirements/impact of industrial insulation.

Industrial Insulation III

Insulation systems, like all mechanical systems, require a schedule of regular inspection and maintenance. Despite the well known fact that inspection and maintenance are the responsibility of the owner, the reality is that most insulation systems are frequently ignored. Over time, insulation systems can also become damaged due to a variety of reasons—and if not repaired or replaced—can be rendered useless. The purpose of this course is to discuss the proper process of inspection and maintenance for industrial insulation.

Lighting I: Lighting Your Way

Lighting is considered a “quick hit” by many building owners and managers looking to save energy and reduce costs. This class is a preliminary introduction to the four principles for efficient lighting, which every energy manager should be aware of. Improving lighting is not just about energy efficient lamps, but also about the right amount of light, the right lamps, controlling lighting, and ensuring systems are commissioned and maintained correctly.

Lighting II: Defining Light

We all know what light is. Yet most of us would find it difficult to define or describe it. Knowledge of natural and artificial light sources improves our ability to create quality interior environments and control them. In this class, we will learn how to describe and quantify light - terms that are important vocabulary when we interact with lighting professionals as we evaluate and select solutions.

Lighting III: Lamp Families: Incandescent and Low Pressure Discharge

At the heart of lighting performance is the lamp or light source. Lamps are the key determinant in the amount, quality, and distribution of light from a luminaire. Additionally, power consumption, maintenance and life cycle are lamp characteristics a facility owner will live with long after the initial purchase is made. In this class, we will learn about the key characteristics of incandescent (including halogen) and low pressure discharge lamps, particularly fluorescent. We'll learn about the advantages and disadvantages, and the appropriate applications of each lamp family. As we look at fluorescent lamps, we'll also examine ballast factor and see how ballasts contribute to energy efficiency. Certain lamps can also contribute to an effect called ""low power factor"". We'll look at this briefly and see how it can impact your energy bill.

Lighting IV: Basic Lamp Families: High-Intensity Discharge and LED

At the heart of lighting performance is the lamp or light source. Lamps are the key determinant in the amount, quality, and distribution of light from a luminaire. Additionally, power consumption, maintenance and life cycle are lamp characteristics a facility owner will live with long after the initial purchase is made. In this class, we will learn about the key characteristics of high intensity discharge lamps, particularly metal halide and light emitting diodes. We'll learn about the advantages and disadvantages, and the appropriate applications of each lamp family.

Maintenance Best Practices for Energy Efficient Facilities

Good maintenance saves energy costs! Properly maintained facilities and equipment produce quality products, reduce downtime and have lower energy costs. This adds up to real money! This course will address the importance of maintenance in facilities, discuss the savings proper maintenance can contribute, and identify techniques that can lead to the energy efficient maintenance of facilities.

Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance

In this course, we’ll discuss energy accounting, and examine some of the concepts and methods involved in energy measurement and benchmarking. We’ll also explore the components of a utility bill, and provide benchmarking examples to verify charges.

Measuring Data Center Efficiency

Data center electrical efficiency is rarely planned or managed.  The unfortunate result is that most data centers waste substantial amounts of electricity.  Today it is both possible and prudent to plan, measure, and improve data center efficiency.  In addition to reducing electrical consumption, efficiency improvements can gain users higher IT power densities and the ability to install more IT equipment in a given installation.  This course explains how data center efficiency can be measured, evaluated, and modeled; we’ll also explore a comparison of the benefits of periodic assessment vs. continuous monitoring.

Measuring Data Center Electrical Efficiency

This course explains how data center efficiency can be measured, evaluated, and modeled; we’ll also explore a comparison of the benefits of periodic assessment vs. continuous monitoring.

Measurement and Verification

Measurement and verification can be defined as the process of measurement to determine the actual savings created by an energy management program or energy conservation improvements.   The purpose of this course is to explore the concept of measurement and verification, including the role of guidelines such as IPMVP.

Power Factor Correction and Harmonics

Low power factor and harmonics are a frustration for electrical installations. They can cause power losses and reduced energy reliability. In the context of increasing concern about energy efficiency and energy management, power factor and harmonics are important issues to consider for the management of electrical installations. This course will explore power factor and harmonics and will explain how power factor correction and harmonic mitigation provide immediate benefit in terms of reduced power losses, reduced electricity bill, and the possibility to use the total system capacity.

Pumping Systems I: Pump Types and Performance

Pumps are essential to the daily operation of many facilities. This tends to promote the practice of sizing pumps conservatively to ensure that the needs of the system will be met under all conditions. Intent on ensuring that the pumps are large enough to meet system needs, engineers often overlook the cost of oversizing pumps and err on the side of safety by adding more pump capacity. Unfortunately, this practice results in higher-than-necessary system operating costs. In addition, oversized pumps typically require more frequent maintenance than properly sized pumps. Excess flow energy increases the wear and tear on system components, resulting in valve damage, piping stress, and excess system operation noise. A pump does not function in isolation: it is part of a system of supply and demand. The use of a ¡°systems approach¡± will typically yield a quieter, more efficient, and more reliable system. In this course, we will explore the advantages of different types of pumps, pump components, and end-use equipment. We'll also examine pump efficiency curves to gain a better understanding of the flow/pressure relationship.

Pumping Systems II: Efficient Flow Control

The purpose of this course is to examine the chief factors that impact the efficiency of pumping systems. Pumping systems commonly have a wide range of flow needs. Since flow may have to be increased or decreased depending on demand, flow control is essential to system performance. This class will examine the various flow control methods generally found in pumping systems today. We also cover the effects of impeller trimming, piping configurations, and oversized pumps.

Pumping Systems III: Improving System Efficiency

Pumping systems support essential processes in buildings, manufacturing and water treatment. A pump does not function in isolation: it is part of a system of supply and demand. The use of a ‘systems approach’ will typically yield a quieter, more efficient, and more reliable system. This course will explore how fine-tuning a pump’s performance helps to render it more suitable for the system, while appropriate design of piping configurations helps to reduce energy losses. We’ll also recap how you can detect oversized pumps in your pumping system.

Steam Systems I: Advantages and Basics of Steam

Steam has come a long way from its traditional associations with locomotives and the Industrial Revolution. Today, it serves as an integral and essential part of modern technology. This course will introduce the benefits of utilizing steam in numerous processes and discuss t selecting the appropriate pressures for each of these different processes.

Steam Systems II: Impact of Boiler Sizing

This course will introduce a measure of boiler efficiency and discuss the impact of correct boiler sizing as well as how working pressure affects efficiency. We will also look at choosing the correct steam velocity for a given system. Finally, we will talk about how air and non-condensable gases can impact a steam system.

Steam Systems III: Distribution Control & Regulation of Steam

Steam is one of the oldest and most widely used forms of energy in industry. Difficulties in energy management of steam arise from the fact that it is often a totally unmeasured service. The distribution, control and regulation of steam is crucial because inefficiency translates into additional operating costs. The savings potential is enormous: Not only from a fiscal standpoint, but also from an environmental standpoint. This course will review the basics of steam systems and list the benefits associated with measuring steam. We will discuss steam piping design, metering, and steam manifolds. Also addressed are two typical applications of tracing as well as the components involved when controlling and regulating steam.

Steam Systems IV: Condensate Removal -Prevent your energy from going down the drain

In the previous courses, we saw that steam condenses in the distribution pipes, and has to be removed to avoid water hammer. The financial value of condensate has been neglected in the past, but has a distinct monetary value which must be recaptured. This course will explore why it is far too valuable to merely discard condensate to the ground or a drain. It will help you to calculate the value of the condensate, and explain the different types of steam traps available for separating steam from condensate.

Steam Systems V: Condensate Removal - Maximizing Your Recovery

In Steam Systems part one, we discussed the overall advantages and basics of steam as source of energy. In part two, we looked at the impact of boiler sizing, pressure and velocity on overall system efficiency. During part three, we reviewed the distribution, control and regulation of steam, and in part four we learned how to prevent energy from going down the drain by implementing proper condensate removal strategies. Now we will further explore condensate removal and show you how to maximize your recovery with considerations for choosing traps, proper testing and sizing of traps and options for how to lift the condensate. To ensure your steam system enjoys a long and full life cycle, we’ll summarize a preventative maintenance program. The downfalls of by-passes, and impact of waterlogging will also be discussed.

Steam Systems Part VI: Recovering Energy from Flash Steam

In this series of courses on steam systems we have reviewed a number of key success factors for efficient operation of steam systems, including correct boiler sizing, selection of working pressure and pipe sizing, metering of steam, and removal of condensate. Flash steam is another essential topic for the efficient management of steam. This course will discuss how flash steam recovery contributes to energy efficiency, how to identify how much flash steam is available and discuss ways to recover that steam.

Strategic Energy Planning

Strategic energy planning is the development of an overall energy resource plan to ensure that necessary energy resources are available, and to make the most cost effective energy decisions. It provides for orderly growth in energy consumption and transition to new fuels or suppliers when required. A strategic energy plan will address short and long term actions to improve and sustain the energy efficiency of the facility, define procurement strategy, and provide contingencies for outages, expansion, or reduction in production and occupancy. This class provides an overview of the important pre-requisites for planning and the components of an effective plan.

Strategies for Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers

Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. It is possible to dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of the data center physical infrastructure and through the design of the IT architecture. This course explains how to quantify the electricity savings and provides examples of methods that can greatly reduce electrical power consumption.

Strategies for Saving Energy in a Retail Environment

- Globally retail companies spend billions of dollars and euros on energy each year. Those costs can account for 25 percent to 40 percent of ongoing building expenses. In many countries, energy costs continue to rise - for example in the US those costs rose 31 percent from 2003 to 2005, according to U.S. federal figures.  There is no indication that these costs will fall in the future. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy projects a 30 percent sustained increase in the cost of electricity. This course will identify ten strategies for saving energy and reducing cost in the retail environment, as well as describe the benefits provided by implementing energy efficient practices.

Thermal Energy Storage

Storing thermal energy can save money in a number of different ways. High-cost peak-time power usage is avoided. Also, with stored cooling capacity, the cooling system doesn’t have to cope with the hottest part of the day in real-time. It may be possible to install a smaller compressor, pumps and pipes. This may help reduce the initial purchase cost and operating and maintenance costs. Some very broad conditions favor thermal energy storage, but it’s not advisable without competent staff to oversee operation. This course offers a description of the various forms thermal energy storage, describes strategies, provides advantages and drawbacks and provides realistic examples and calculations in US Customary and Metric units.

US Energy Codes and Standards

Energy-efficient buildings and products offer economic and environmental benefits. They diminish energy expenditures and environmental pollutants caused by consuming fossil fuels. They also help highlight economic opportunities for business and industry by promoting new energy efficient technologies. This course will discuss the codes and standards that influence and mandate energy usage in the United States.  This course seeks to define the difference between an energy code and an energy standard, and explores specific codes and standards for lighting, ventilation and other relevant areas, while identifying the laws and international codes that govern them.

Waste Heat Recovery

Waste heat is present in almost all industries and processes. Opportunities exist to put this waste heat to use economically in order to reduce the energy consumption in the plant. The purpose of this course is to identify opportunities to recover waste heat, and the equipment used to recover waste heat. The process for calculating waste heat recovery will also be addressed, along with the factors that influence the feasibility of waste heat recovery.
  
 
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