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Energy efficiency

Stay ahead of the energy curve by managing the use, waste, and quality of power to save money, maintain uptime, and remain reliable and compliant. Energy management is becoming more critical to the success of manufacturers and others within the industrial sector. These resources have been developed to help you identify and evaluate energy efficiency and conservation opportunities within your own facilities. mitigate issues, improve efficiencies, and maintain reliable processes.

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  • Best tools for energy efficiency management

    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.
  • Lockout/tagout photovoltaic systems

    Solar panel safety: lockout / tagout for solar power systems

    How to LOTO a PV system. Guidance for electrical safety in solar power plants, PV installation and solar panel safety considerations.
  • Fluke Tools + Future of Wind Power and Solar Energy

    Fluke Tools + Future of Wind Power and Solar Energy

    Watch this video to how Fluke tools are supporting the future of solar energy, wind power and renewable energy.
  • Fluke Sonic Air Leak Detector

    How to detect compressed air, gas and vacuum leaks AND find hidden profits

    What if there were a leak detection technology that could pinpoint the precise location of a leak from up to 50 meters away? The Fluke ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager, a “gamechanger” in the pursuit of finding compressed air leaks.
  • ARTICLE: Renewable Energy Employment

    Global wind energy growth driving demand for wind turbine technicians

    As wind turbine technician jobs are growing, and new wind tech schools are popping up to provide training. Fluke has the tools to help wind turbine technicians troubleshoot wind energy problems.
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    Inside a Wind Energy Tower Tech Community

    As the wind energy industry evolves, so does the wind technician community. Learn how a unique wind tech community shares troubleshooting and solutions online.
  • California Solar Law

    What new California solar law means for workers

    As California approaches a state-wide mandate to add solar to all new residential construction, the skilled labor gap and solar installation expertise will be top of mind.
  • Considering cogeneration?

    Considering cogeneration?

    Cogeneration - also known as combined heat and power or CHP - is the process of generating electricity and usable heat at the same time. The term has a modern, "green energy" ring to it, but cogeneration has been around since Edison's Pearl Street Station used heat from its turbines to warm the buildings of lower Manhattan in the 1880s.

  • How to calculate the payback of test tools

    How to calculate the payback of test tools

    Now that budgets and staff are smaller, it's not uncommon for management to ask for justification before authorizing tool purchases. The key phrase here is return on investment (ROI), or how long will it take to save enough money, using the tool, to cover the cost of purchasing the tool.

  • How much does energy waste cost you?

    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.

  • Fluke developing smart grid technology

    Fluke developing smart grid technology

    You may have read about the new Smart Grid currently in development by various manufacturers, utilities and government agencies worldwide. At the highest level, the idea behind the Smart Grid is to add far more "intelligent" devices to the transmission of high voltage across a large power grid such as the continental U.S.

  • Energy auditing and weatherization with thermal imagers

    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'.

  • Save money with best practices and an energy inspection checklist

    Save money with best practices and an energy inspection checklist

    With the economic downturn, many facility managers are facing very tight operation and maintenance budgets. Capital expenditures for new HVAC mechanical equipment have likely either been frozen or eliminated.
    One way to free up financial resources is to tune up existing HVAC equipment. Follow best maintenance practices and the increased operating efficiency will reduce energy consumption.

  • Say goodbye to the incandescent lightbulb (as we know it)

    Say goodbye to the incandescent lightbulb (as we know it)

    One approach to getting full life out of a CFL bulb would be to leave it on longer, reducing the heater- filament-stressing on-off cycles. In my experience, described above, you could leave it on five times as long as an incandescent lamp and not use any more energy.

  • Using a single-phase VFD to run three-phase fans

    Using a single-phase VFD to run three-phase fans

    Kiln-drying wood is a 24/7 process. That is why Zena Forest Products mill owner Ben Deumling was so anxious to ensure that the new dry kiln he was setting up was as energy-efficient as possible. Deumling started with a 24-foot kiln built from a repurposed refrigerated shipping container, and installed a set of three ¼-horsepower single-phase fans to move the warm air over the wood.

  • Energy logger helps cut utility surcharges and power waste

    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.

  • If you knew how much it cost to run that equipment

    If you knew how much it cost to run that equipment

    If you knew how much it cost to run that equipment

  • Your Low-Cost Electrical Audit: What to Test, and How

    Your Low-Cost Electrical Audit: What to Test, and How

    Your Low-Cost Electrical Audit: What to Test, and How Energy conservation programs don't have to entail major investments in new equipment and systems. Often facilities maintenance teams and/or outside contractors can achieve significant savings in electric power used and billed just by testing and tuning up the systems they have today. With just operational changes or different maintenance practices, they can find savings to strengthen the bottom line, reinvest for even greater savings, or both.

  • Find industrial energy waste

    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.

  • How to Identify the Easiest Energy Savings in Your Facility

    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.