June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Energy Conversion and Conservation
24.154.1 - 24.154.18
An energy assessment of a large grain storage and transfer facility in _________: An industry, university and public utility company collaborative effort resulting in energy savings outcomesABSTRACT: In the spring of 2012 _________ _________ University was approached by________ Energy (the local utility company) with funding to have students and faculty work onan applied research project with the ________ ________ __________, Inc. (_ _ _) to undertakean energy assessment of the _ _ _ ________, __ facilities. The _ _ _ is a private company in thebusiness of buying, selling, storage and distribution of agricultural commodities such as corn,wheat and other grains, dry beans and edible soya beans. Rising utility costs and fixedcommodities prices necessitated the need for a concerted effort by the _ _ _ to reduce theirenergy costs. ______ Energy was also interested in balancing the electric power utilitydistribution load in the predominantly rural area the _ _ _ facility is located. For this projectstudents served as part-time paid employees of the university working directly under thesupervision of university faculty.There were two major phases for this project. Phase 1 concentrated on establishing a reliable anduseful power and energy usage data acquisition capability, and testing grain hopper aeration anddrying fan systems both with and without the use of variable frequency drive power regulators.Phase 2 involved a full energy assessment of the _ _ _ _______ facility including grain receiving,grain drying (which uses electric and natural gas), outdoor temporary grain storage piles, outdoorsafety and security lighting, and office areas.This paper reviews how __________ _________ University engineering faculty brought studentsinto the project, and then how the student and faculty team directed, managed, and carried out allof the major tasks associated with the two major phases of this project. The nature of this projectmade it an excellent educational opportunity for students by providing them a real customer, realneeds, specific timelines, and required deliverables. Also reviewed are how students had multipleopportunities to set up experiments, collect and interpret testing data, and then report the finalresults of those energy usage data, management and savings. Because of the various partiesinvolved, there were several opportunities for students to interact with other business personnel,and technical specialists. Students directly involved in this project provide comments andfeedback that highlight the value of the project, and how they benefited from participating in theeffort. Lastly, a summary is provided for how future similar projects might be created, structuredand managed to assure successful projects with a broader use and application of the knowledgethey generate.
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