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NIU to update infrastructure

Ashley Dwy, Northern Star Summary With a budget of $3.7 million, the University aims to either improve or repair the critical electrical infrastructure that keeps the campus functioning. The next six years have the potential to be a significant improvement for facility investments in...


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Akron receives first high-efficiency, natural gas boiler for new energy production plant

Megan Becka, Cleveland.com Summary AKRON, Ohio – The city of Akron and Akron Energy Systems (AES), the city’s district energy provider, have received the first of three high-efficiency natural gas boilers for the city’s energy-production plant. The boiler, which weighs 97 tons and is 29 feet...


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B&W to build boilers for downtown Akron steam thermal system

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com Summary Babcock & Wilcox Co., a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. in Barberton, will supply three package boilers for Akron Energy Systems, the district energy provider for Akron. The company said it has been awarded a contract for approximately...


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PsiKick and Thermaxx Partner on Smart Steam System for Energy Efficiency

Ken Briodagh, IoT Evolution Summary PsiKick, wireless, batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems provider, recently announced it has partnered with Thermaxx to jointly deliver smart, IoT-based industrial steam system monitoring and energy efficiency solutions. Thermaxx specializes in...


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Power Plant Boilers: Condenser Performance

Brad Bueker, Power Engineering Summary The steam condenser of a power plant boiler is a critical heat exchanger in the process. Poor performance due to restricted heat transfer can have a dramatic influence on unit efficiency. And, condenser tube leaks will introduce impurities to the...

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Receiver: Youngstown Thermal Sale a 'Long-Term Solution' for the City

The Business Journal Summary YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The court-appointed receiver charged with overseeing the assets of Youngstown Thermal Heating Cooling said Monday that the sale of the district heating utility provides a long-term solution to a difficult situation. “You can’t just put a Band...

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Air Force Issues RFI for Energy-as-a-Service Contract at Massachusetts Base

Ken Silverstein, Microgrid Knowledge Summary The US Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency-Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) in anticipation of an energy-as-a-service contract for Hanscom Air Force base in Massachusetts, a site where a microgrid is being contemplated. ...

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Burns & McDonnell to Help Build Army Steam Generation System

Brenda Marie Rivers, Executive Biz Summary BAE Systems has awarded Burns & McDonnell a contract to design and construct a steam boiler facility that will replace a coal-fired plant and support manufacturing activities at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tenn. ...

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University moves forward with renewable energy plan

Emily Turner, Maine Campus Summary On March 25, the University of Maine System board of trustees authorized the spending of up to $5.7 million to continue negotiations for a plan to shift the Orono campus from use of fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is the second phase of...


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Agreement Nears for Sale of Youngstown Thermal

Dan O'Brien, The Business Journal Summary YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The court-appointed receiver who manages the assets of Youngstown Thermal Cooling LLC says he’s optimistic that a sale of the district heating and cooling company could be reached in the coming weeks. “We’re waiting and hoping for a...