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Combustible dust: Identifying, addressing explosion risks can save lives
Consulting-Specifying Engineer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Fire Protection Association sets standards and codes to protect buildings against fire and explosion risks, and OSHA is enforcing these standards with increasing vigilance. When it comes to combustible dust, several standards must be considered. Combustible dust explosions are a risk in many areas of a plant, but one of the most common locations is the dust collection system.  More



Boston high-rises could be turbine towers
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Chicago is known as the Windy City, but in truth, Boston is breezier. Beantown has the highest average wind speed of any major city in the United States, at 12.4 mph. Does it make you wonder how much energy might be generated if wind turbines were placed atop some of its tall buildings? More

Where, when to apply pneumatic actuation
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From commercialization of servo pneumatic solutions to development of high-density, fieldbus-networked valve terminals, pneumatic actuation has come a long way in a few years. When manufacturers know why, where, and when to apply pneumatic actuation, performance and efficiencies improve and overall costs decrease. More

AFE Certification goes high-tech
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The Association for Facilities Engineering has announced that its highly regarded Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Certification will be offered as an online course beginning July 10. The CPMM Review Course will run every Tuesday and Friday for eight weeks. This virtual series of real-time webinars allows you to prepare for the exam in the comfort of your own office. Participants must have access to a telephone and computer. To enroll or for more information, visit www.AFE.org. More

Upscale Recycling bins by T2

T2 Site Amenities offers the widest selection of upscale recycling bins for lobbies, meeting spaces, offices and outdoors. Many available with casters for easy mobility. Amazing planters, benches and bike racks also available.
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The great German energy experiment
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Along a rural road in the western German state of North Rhine–Westphalia lives a farmer named Norbert Leurs. An affable 36-year-old with callused hands, he has two young children and until recently pursued an unremarkable line of work: raising potatoes and pigs. But his newest businesses point to an extraordinary shift in the energy policies of Europe's largest economy. In 2003, a small wind company erected a 70-meter turbine, one of some 22,000 in hundreds of wind farms dotting the German countryside, on a piece of Leurs's potato patch. More

EPA tool points the way for companies recycling organic waste
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Thanks to a new online tool touted as the first of its kind in the nation, restaurants, hotels and other businesses will now be able to link up with nearby wastewater treatment plants and other facilities to recycle their biodegradable waste into renewable energy. More


OBR Cooling Towers

OBR Cooling Towers can meet any of your cooling tower needs, no matter how big or small the project may seem. We can provide all the resources necessary to get the job done right the first time. Let us be your single source for cooling tower repairs, reconstruction, new construction and replacement parts.
Philips - Guth Lighting 60,000 Hour High-Bay
UL 1598 50°C listed E Pod-Pro uses 680 watts of Master Color Elite lamps & Advance ballasts to provide: 75,600 lumens, 60K lamp & ballast life, 92% CRI, 10% lumen depreciation, dimming & instant re-strike. Replaces 1000W or 3-400W fixtures. Try with 4-UP program. Financing possible. www.guth.com , 314-533-3200
NFPA 70E Electrical Testing Safety
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"Is it a spacesuit?" Test and monitor electrical systems in comfort and safety using PowerSight meters and analyzers with wireless remote control & Cat-IV. For power quality, energy audits, harmonics, data logging. RENT or BUY a PowerSight. Talk to a power monitoring expert: (408) 982 9280 www.powersight.com


EPA to propose stricter rules on soot
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The EPA is set to propose tougher air quality pollution standards for fine particulate matter, or soot, a microscopic particle released from power plants, factories and vehicles. More

Greenwood Energy commits $50 million to the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge
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Greenwood Energy, the North American renewable energy division of the Libra Group, signed a commitment of $50 million to the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge which matches universities, retailers and large-scale property owners with financial allies to develop energy efficiency projects.  More

Smithsonian Institution and its Facilities Director to be highlighted at Facilities America Education Forum
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What does it take to manage a space shuttle and a million insects? Nancy Bechtol, CFM, will be the keynote speaker for the Facilities America Education Forum to be held in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10-12. Her presentation on "World Class Facilities, the Smithsonian's Largest Treasure" will highlight the special challenges of managing facilities that house everything from the tiniest insects to the Star Spangled Banner to the space shuttle Discovery. In addition, conference attendees will have the unique opportunity for a behind-the-scenes facilities tour of the Smithsonian's magnificent Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum which houses Discovery and many more space and aviation exhibits. More


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SPEC Launching Process Engineering Forum
SPEC’s experience solving complex scale-up projects, regulatory compliance issues, and equipment specifications and installations provides a strong basis from which to host an engineering forum. MORE


Economic analysis in individual project selection
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Consulting engineers are always under pressure to deliver the most cost-effective project possible for their client, whether it is for a simple replacement pump selection or a full HVAC system selection on a large building. This is no small feat, as cost effectiveness depends not only on the upfront cost of a project, but also on its impact on future operational and other costs. More

Las Vegas plugging into solar energy
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John Bettencourt smiled from under his wide-brimmed hat as the Southern Nevada sun blazed across the 25-acre solar array he has been installing in northeast Las Vegas. "Solar technology is changing so fast. It's really pretty incredible," said Bettencourt, manager of the photovoltaic project under construction next to the city of Las Vegas' wastewater treatment plant. More
 

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