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AFE hopes its members, partners, and other industry professionals have had a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of AFE Weekly Headlines a look at the most accessed articles of 2012. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 8.

10 safety signs to spot on a plant walkthrough
Sustainable Plant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 24: Safety signs are a primary way to communicate important warnings and messages to your employees, on-site contractors and other visitors. To make sure your facility has the right safety signs placed in all necessary locations, it's important to conduct visual plant walkthroughs on a regular basis. More

Japanese company announces plans to build 20,000-mile-high space elevator by 2050
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From Feb. 28: Scientists have long considered the possibility of creating ultra-tall space elevators that stretch beyond the earth's atmosphere to transport satellites and shuttles into outer space without the cost and environmental impact of rocket fuels. Now a Japanese company specializing in major infrastructure projects called The Obayashi Corporation has announced plans to build a space elevator by 2050, with the aim of taking tourists 20,000 miles above the planets surfaces. More

Sizing motors right the first time
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From Feb. 7: "Let's just oversize the motor and we can run it lightly loaded — that will save us some money and be easier on the motor." This is a false belief among some who select and install motors. Properly sizing motors for a given load results in driving loads more efficiently, saving energy and saving dollars. Motors typically are most efficient when they are 90 to 95 percent loaded. Just because a motor says "25 hp" on the nameplate does not mean the motor is producing 25 hp as it operates. More

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Solar power morphs into cones and more
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From Oct. 9: All of a sudden everyone seems to be getting funky with the solar cells. From glass for balconies to spinning cells shaped like ice cream cones, solar power is looking slicker and holding more promise than ever. A Los Angeles-based company called V3Solar just made a splash with designs for sapphire blue "Spin Cells" that it says can produce 20 times more electricity than traditional flat, static photovoltaic panels. A cone containing triangular PV cells spins underneath a static shell lens to concentrate the solar power, Ubergizmo's Latif Salman explained. More

Retrofits 'could save commercial buildings 25-35 percent' on HVAC costs
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From April 17: Large commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling costs by an average of 25 to 35 percent by adding certain retrofits to existing large HVAC systems on their rooftops, according to research by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. More

Using thermography to uncover hidden problems
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From May 16: Thermography can be used to identify and analyze thermal anomalies for the purposes of condition monitoring of machines. These thermal anomalies usually are caused by such mechanisms as operation, improper lubrication, misalignment, worn components or mechanical loading anomalies. More

Places to look for energy losses in commercial buildings
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From May 2: Data from millions of businesses, institutions and manufacturers show that sustainability issues fall into four main categories: rising energy costs, growing disposal costs, limited water supply, and health concerns over the quality of indoor air. More

Solar energy is ready; the US isn't
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From Oct. 30: Clean energy has become a dirty word in presidential politics. In their second debate, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama each tried to outdo the other's love of fossil fuels: Obama extolling his record on oil and natural gas production, Romney vowing to take "advantage of the oil and coal we have here." The Republican candidate has ridiculed the administration's $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the bankrupt California-based solar panel maker, and accused Obama of living "in an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy." More

Zero energy buildings on the rise across the US
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From March 13: A new report released by the New Buildings Institute and the Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium reveals that zero energy commercial buildings — highly efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they use through on-site renewable resources — are cropping up across the United States from California to New York State. More


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