When rising energy costs threatened to close a local ice rink, a waste heat recycling system was designed that paid back in 24 months while extending equipment life and saving millions of gallons of water.
I was talking with John, the operator at the ice storage plant. Was he ever glad he had this ice storage plant; it was going to save him a fortune! Then I said to him, “Excuse me, I must be missing something. It appears that there is no ice in the ice storage tank.”
The master of using complex apparatus to perform simple tasks would be proud of many older control systems. Here’s how one engineer learned to cut through the resulting clutter to achieve award-winning energy efficiency.
It’s not necessary to use pneumatics to win a Rube Goldberg award for needless complexity. Here, the panels were all-electric. When I turned the latch of the hinged door on the first one, it literally exploded.
What do skyscrapers and schools have in common when it comes to energy management? Not as much as some people think. The differences might offer you some insight into variations among industrial facilities.