Energy Management

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Canadian Company Perfects Wastewater Heat Recovery Process


BURNABY, B.C.—According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 400 billion KW of hot water goes down the drain annually in the United States—roughly $40 billion worth of energy at an average cost of $.10/KW. A great deal of that energy loss occurs in hotels—where energy is uncaptured from greywater from showers and baths, sinks, dishwashers, laundry, etc. Energy is also lost in the blackwater coming from toilets. One company, International Wastewater Systems, has developed a system it calls SHARC (which stands for sewer heat recovery) to capture and reuse heat that typically is lost to the sewage system. International Wastewater Systems, based in Burnaby, B.C., has installed its SHARC system in several buildings, including a 172-unit condominium complex in Vancouver, B.C. While International Wastewater Systems has not yet installed SHARC in a hotel, company founder and president, Lynn Mueller, said the system is ideal for a hotel building. Green Lodging News asked Mueller how his system works and what equipment is required.

Cree Introduces Self-Programming Lighting Control System


DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces SmartCast Technology, a self-programming wireless lighting control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70 percent at half the cost of traditional lighting controls. According to Cree, luminaires enabled with Cree SmartCast Technology remove the initial and ongoing complexity associated with lighting controls.

Litetronics Releases Improved Neolite Miniature CFL Lamps


ALSIP, ILL.—Litetronics introduces its new, improved Neolite Miniature CFL lamps that are more energy efficient and shorter than previous models. With redesigned T2 glass spiral tops and new micro ballasts, these latest Neolite lamps are on average 15 percent brighter while reducing their maximum overall length by 8 percent.

At Kentucky’s Southern Grace Bed & Breakfast, the Chickens Eat Well…Really Well


BRANDENBURG, KY.—If you are staying at the Southern Grace Bed & Breakfast in Brandenburg, Ky., and can’t finish your tasty breakfast, don’t even think about throwing your food scraps in the trash. The approximately 70 chickens—free range chickens—will be more than happy to eat what you cannot. According to Theresa Padgett, owner of the 15-acre B&B with her husband David, all food scraps are either fed to the chickens or composted. The plate-to-chicken approach to waste management is just one of the ways the B&B owners work to lighten their property’s impact on the planet. In the garden that the owners plant each year, a “lasagna” no dig, no till, layering method is used. Layers of cardboard or newspaper are alternated with layers of “live” material such as leaves or egg shells.

Improving Chilled Water Plant Efficiency is Focus of New Guide


BOURNE, MASS.—Chilled water system performance is often overlooked in plant operations, yet optimizing performance can significantly improve chilled water plant efficiency, and thereby reduce costs.

Cireon Completes Lighting Project for Universal CityWalk


MOORPARK, CALIF.—Jim Dilbeck, General Manager of Cireon, announced that his LED systems manufacturing company recently completed a major outdoor lighting project for Universal CityWalk Hollywood at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Completed in conjunction with Tako Tyko, Signs & Lighting of Los Angeles, the parking lot project encompassed 600 parking spots and a footprint of more than 70,000 square feet.

UniMac Expands Product Range with New 200-Pound Dryer


RIPON, WIS.—UniMac, a leading provider of on-premises laundry equipment, has expanded its product offering with the introduction of the UT200, a 200-pound tumble dryer. “The UT200 is just one example of UniMac’s commitment to increasing our customers’ satisfaction by offering a comprehensive range of equipment with innovative features that help on-premises laundries operate more cost-effectively,” said Bill Brooks, North American Sales Manager for UniMac.

WattStopper Adds Line of Wireless Occupancy Sensors


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has introduced a new line of wireless occupancy sensors in response to customer requests for more choices to manage energy. The radio frequency (RF) products make it easy and cost effective to install code-compliant controls in existing buildings, or wherever wired occupancy sensors aren’t the best fit. The product line includes dual relay controls not available from other manufacturers, as well as time-saving functionality.

Acuity Introduces ACP Series LED Floodlights


GRANVILLE, OHIO—Acuity Brands, Inc. introduces ACP Series LED floodlights from American Electric Lighting that save up to 60 percent in energy costs, while cutting maintenance by as much as 50 percent compared to a metal halide floodlight. Sustainable solution ACP1LED and ACP2LED luminaires also reduce CO2 emissions by up to 60 percent while providing a service life of more than 20 years.

Swegon Announces North American Release of ADAPT Parasol


MINNEAPOLIS—Swegon Inc. announced its North American launch of the ADAPT Parasol comfort module, a hybrid product uniting the energy-saving and comfort advantages of chilled beams and demand control ventilation. “The ADAPT Parasol is the first of Swegon’s demand controlled ventilation products to be modified to meet North American Industry standards,” said Mike Woolsey, President at Swegon “This follows the successful launch of ADAPT Parasol in Europe last year.”

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