Track L | Emerging Energy Trends
For many U.S. corporations, energy efficiency and clean energy are now becoming part of everyday business. Close to one half of Fortune 500 companies have set energy targets using metrics of greenhouse gas reductions, energy efficiency or renewable energy usage. What are the strategies utilized by highly efficient industrial and manufacturing facilities in both their building systems, processes and energy supply? This presentation will provide an overview of strategies that can be implemented to achieve 50% and 75% energy reductions as well as the ultimate goal of zero net energy (ZNE). The definition of zero net energy will be discussed. We will consider the ability to engineer a low energy system based on the metric of net "source energy" that would have otherwise been provided by remote, central power generation combined with highly efficient building systems and processes, combined with on-site solar and wind energy installations. Some amount of natural gas technologies, such as combined heat and power, can still be utilized using this definition of ZNE. Should your facility incorporate LED lighting, daylighting, or energy storage, and should the elimination of compressed air and/or steam systems be considered? Lastly, off site, remote installations of renewables may be necessary to fully implement a ZNE energy operation. Case studies will be offered to showcase successful implementations of individual strategies, and we will review plans by a few manufacturers to achieve this ultimate goal of ZNE on an industrial scale.
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