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Energy management program resources

Energy is at the center of what keeps the world up and running. Whether you’re using it, managing it, or else trying to reduce your reliance on it, this collection of articles, videos and webinars will offer you the guidance and direction you need to be successful. Learn about the role of renewable energy at the plant or utility level, how to maintain backup battery systems, or how to identify where energy is used and lost.

Energy management

Energy management videos

Energy management on-demand webinars

Best practices

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    Identifying and Quantifying Electrical Energy Waste

Renewable energy

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Troubleshooting photovoltaic systems: Three typical problems

With the push to energy independence and renewable energy sources, HVAC technicians need to know how to troubleshoot photovoltaic systems

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Targeting Safety in Photovoltaic System Installation and Maintenance

Late on a Sunday afternoon the Kern County Fire Department responded to a call at a store on Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield, California. Crews found that a row of solar panels on the roof had caught fire. Some of the panels were still live when the crew arrived, so the fire crew had to take extra precautions until electrical power could be disconnected.

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Renewable energy: Maintenance and health of battery storage systems

Importance of investing in battery storage systems health and maintenance.

Energy efficiency

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Best tools for energy efficiency management

Make energy efficiency a part of your preventive maintenance plan to make a positive impact on your bottom line, improve plant performance, and maintain uptime.

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How to Identify the Easiest Energy Savings in Your Facility

ROI for industrial energy efficiency programs. How manufacturing plants can identify energy waste, save on utilities, and industrial energy costs.

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How much does energy waste cost you?

Managing energy efficiency in your facility can save money. Conducting an energy inspection can show you how to reduce energy costs by up to 25 percent.
Energy is a critical issue for facilities around the world. Undiscovered and uncorrected energy waste represents tremendous potential savings.

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Find industrial energy waste

With energy savings, there's intent and then there's plan. Industrial facilities in the United States show a sustained interest in energy management. That's the intent: Reduce overall energy usage or sustain usage but increase the amount produced per kW used.
In manufacturing, a plan will only stick if it has both the wisdom of experience guiding the vision and the ROI numbers to back up the effort. But in energy, there just isn't the body of research out there for an industrial plant manager to use to set baselines for what "reasonable" energy usage looks like in a manufacturing facility.

Battery systems

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Maintaining Backup Battery Systems for Maximum Usage and Reliability

Standby battery backup systems play a critical role in keeping essential operations functional in the event of a utility outage. Although most batteries used in modern day UPS systems are “maintenance free,” they are still susceptible to deterioration from corrosion, internal shorts, sulphation, dry-out, and seal failure.

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Fluke 500 Series Battery Analyzers increase accuracy and safety, reduce testing time

CAT III rated Fluke Battery Analyzers increase accuracy, safety, efficiency, with intuitive interface, Intelligent Probes, audible cues

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Measuring battery state-of-health over time to ensure optimal uptime

Although most batteries used in uninterruptable power supply (UPS) and battery back-up systems are touted as “maintenance free,” they are still susceptible to deterioration from corrosion, internal shorts, sulphation, dry-out and seal failure. But how do

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Recommended battery tests and testing schedule for battery back-up systems

Healthy batteries should main¬tain a capacity above 90 % of the manufacturer’s rating; most manufacturers recommend replacing the battery if it falls below 80 %. A series of regular tests are recommended for ensuring that batteries are maintaining capacit

Energy analyzers

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Energy auditing and weatherization with thermal imagers

The first step in evaluating a building's energy use involves an energy audit. This consists of various home performance tests which identify opportunities to reduce energy use. Once the audit is complete, various weatherization techniques are performed to improve the energy efficiency of the building, often called 'weatherizing'.

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Energy waste you didn't even know about. Do you care?

In 2005, most facilities viewed their monthly electrical utility bill as a standard cost of doing business. When oil topped $100 per barrel, attitudes changed practically overnight, generating a surge of interest in energy-conscious retrofits that previously would not have been cost-efficient. Yet, when the energy costs came down, attitudes and practices did not entirely revert. The United States was still trying hard to shake a recession. Global competition for providing products and services had grown even more intense. American facilities had found a potential new source of margin and profitability in the form of their monthly energy bill, and they weren't giving it up.

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Reliable backup power

Since information technology (IT) installations are particularly sensitive to power supply fluctuations and distortions, they typically rely on an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to compensate. Some installations even include a second UPS supplied by a separate feeder, and a standby generator that can be set to start automatically three minutes after detecting a power interruption.

Energy logging

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Energy logging in a building's ventilation system

A big savings point is the efficiency of the equipment used to run your HVAC system—the motors, chillers, boilers, etc.

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Energy logger helps cut utility surcharges and power waste

At commercial buildings and industrial plants, energy costs can quickly add up, especially when older lighting systems are in place, motors age and the compressed air lines snaking around the plant leak, requiring unnecessary cycling of compressors.

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How much does energy waste cost you?

Managing energy efficiency in your facility can save money. Conducting an energy inspection can show you how to reduce energy costs by up to 25 percent.
Energy is a critical issue for facilities around the world. Undiscovered and uncorrected energy waste represents tremendous potential savings.

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5 Reasons to Monitor Power Consumption

Why monitor power consumption with a power logger? Get the data you need to make important energy management decisions including plant safety, cost savings, and power quality troubleshooting.