$38,000 rebate from the Burlington Electrical
Department (BED) and Efficiency Vermont.
The plant’s more efficient pumps, motors,
lights and transformers will lower annual
operating costs by $68,000. The partnership between UVM and BED to reduce
electricity use began in 1988 and has resulted in millions of dollars in avoided costs,
earning UVM a Governor’s Award for
Environmental Excellence in 2006.
Thermal Energy Gets
First Order in China
Thermal Energy International announced
that it has received its first order in China
for its GEM® steam traps from the Lee and
Man Paper Manufacturing Co. Lee and Man
will replace many of the steam traps on one
of four large containerboard machines at
its 1 million-sq-ft Hongmei plant in Guang-dong Province. The installation follows a
trial of the technology by Lee and Man
announced in July.
The massive plant, opened in 2004,
produces more than 1. 5 million tons of
containerboard annually, making it one of
the largest plants of its type in the world.
Lee and Man management will monitor
the results of the conversion as a basis for
considering further installation of Thermal
Energy’s large condensate systems at its
Thermal Energy reports that with high
failure rates in many existing traditional steam
systems, China represents a multibillion-dollar
market for condensate return systems in all
industrial sectors and is the fastest-growing
steam systems market in the world.
Toronto System in Christian
The Christian Science Monitor profiled
Toronto’s deep lake water cooling system
in an Aug. 30 article titled “Toronto Turns
to Lake Water for Air Conditioning.” The
piece highlights the Enwave Energy Corp.
system’s role in reducing the city’s demand
for electricity during hot summer months
by removing air conditioning from the grid.
The three original towers of the Toronto
Dominion Centre are cited as among the
first buildings connected to the system, in
September 2004, saving the local electric
utility 7. 5 MW of power each work day.
With the addition of the two newer towers,
which came on line last fall, the entire TD
Centre was cooled by the system for the
first time this summer, saving 10 MW of