October 26 HVAC&R Industry Newsletter T2
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Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
October 26, 2023
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to ban a chemical commonly used as a furniture cleaner and degreaser, a proposal made under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The ban would prohibit most uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) within one year, affecting the manufacturing, processing and distribution of TCE for any use. A longer transition to phasing out TCE would be allowed for critical uses by federal agencies, in battery separators used to make electric vehicle batteries and for manufacturing certain refrigerants while the industry transitions to more climate-friendly refrigerants. Read more
At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, nuclear experts are working with industry partners to develop tomorrow’s nuclear power plants. This article highlights several companies working with experts at DOE national laboratories to create a new silhouette for the U.S. nuclear landscape, and also touches on technologies such as small modular reactors and micro reactors; fast reactors and advanced reactors such as liquid metal, molten salt, and gas-cooled reactors used in nuclear energy applications. Read more
Argonne, Industry Leaders Collaborate to Shape the Future of Nuclear Energy
Argonne’s researchers have a multitude of historical experiments, established expertise and plan to also collaborate with industry partners equally devoted to innovating and improving nuclear technologies. Credit: Shutterstock/industryviews
A South Korean company has launched production at a Georgia complex, claiming that it will build enough solar panels to generate 5.1gw of power yearly—almost 40% of existing U.S. solar panel capacity. Other Southeastearn states are working to make enhancements to their power grids, and this article summarizes the current work being done at the state and federal levels as well as in EV technology to enhance the reliance on renewable energy technologies. Read more
In Other News
ASHRAE Journal
By Houshang Esmaili, Dr. Eng., P.E., Associate Member ASHRAE
This article describes a potential pathway for automating and optimizing the fuel feed to boilers as a function of the measured contemporaneous hourly outside air temperature in the area surrounding the building being served by the HVAC system. Implementation of such a system could result in a significant decrease in the emission of greenhouse gases—and in the incurred fuel cost for heating the building—while ensuring the comfort of the building’s occupants. Based on the current state of technology for boilers and the related control mechanisms, adoption of the proposed measures appears to be feasible for existing and new HVAC systems. Download here
The O*NET Data Collection Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is seeking the input of qualified expert Energy Engineers, except Wind and Solar. As the United States most comprehensive source of occupational data, O*NET is a free resource for millions of job seekers, employers, veterans, educators, and students, available at www.onetonline.org. If you’re an energy engineer in the United States, please consider participating. Read more
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In Case You Missed It
In 2022, the United States produced more than three times as much solar, wind and geothermal power than it did in 2013, with growth in all 50 states. That’s according to Renewables on the Rise 2023, an online dashboard unveiled on October 11 by the Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. The dashboard compiles information from various sources to detail progress over the past decade in six areas—wind, solar, electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency and battery storage—that will be key to transitioning to a future powered entirely by clean and renewable resources. Read more
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