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  • December 18, 2013

    While the nation’s political leaders debate the implications of global climate change, a new report from researchers CDP discloses that a number of the biggest and smartest energy players including Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell have integrated an “internal carbon price” into their business planning calculations.

  • December 4, 2013

    Industrial insulation, whether it’s mineral fiber, perlite or calcium silicate, is often considered a necessary evil during the industrial process design phase – a required add-on that has to be factored into the project estimate. Calculating the thickness of that insulation is typically done by balancing the twin goals of minimizing installed cost while conforming to safety requirements.

  • December 4, 2013

    The Marcellus-Utica shale gas boom underway in Western Pennsylvania has created new prospects for downstream petrochemical operations, as various multinational manufacturers assess how to capitalize on the region’s suddenly abundant, inexpensive energy source. Now comes word that two Brazilian energy giants are considering an olefin cracking facility and three polyethylene manufacturing plants in West Virginia that would tap the pipeline networks now beginning to take shape in the region.

  • December 4, 2013

    Whether a mechanical insulation project is large or small, there is no substitute for developing a proper specification document. All to often, a spec is developed by “dusting off’ the plans from a previous job, which can result in confusion, delays, and unanticipated expense.

  • December 4, 2013

    What combination of energy sources will power the U.S. in the year 2030? Will it be shale-generated oil and gas? Renewables such as solar and wind? Old-fashioned coal? Or a newer, safer version of nuclear technology?

    The rapidity of recent changes in the energy economy like the fracking boom and the Fukushima meltdown makes forecasting problematic. But one of the nation’s premiere energy experts, Daniel Yergin, has published his predictions in the form of three scenarios or “plausible stories” about which way we are headed. He calls the three paths “Global Redesign,” “Meta” and “Vortex.”

  • November 13, 2013

    The controversy — and uncertainty — over the long term effects of the world’s increasing greenhouse gas emissions has now galvanized three of America’s business and political leaders to launch a project designed to assess the measurable risks of climate change to the nation’s economy and industrial health.

  • November 13, 2013

    When thinking about the challenge of curbing carbon emissions, here’s a fact worth pondering: Mechanical insulation is one of the few manufactured products that saves more energy over its lifespan than it takes to manufacture it – far more. In fact the National Insulation Association has estimated that over a 20-year life span, insulation systems save as much as 500 times the amount of energy required to produce them.

  • November 13, 2013

    When you’re designing an insulation system for industrial use, there are numerous selection criteria – temperature range, potential exposure to moisture, ease of installation, durability, etc. — that help determine the right solution for a given heat-generating environment. Match the right product to the chosen criteria and you’ve got the right solution. The basic rule of thumb is “one size does not fit all.”

  • November 13, 2013

    The Mechanical Design Guide from the National Institute of Building Sciences is an excellent resource for anyone preparing a proposed industrial insulation project. The Guide describes various project design criteria, insulation types, maintenance requirements, and much more to aid in drawing up specifications and a budget.

    Various design criteria for proposed projects are enumerated to help with the task of specifying the right insulation for a given project. This is accompanied by a comprehensive list of insulation marketplace alternatives with suitable descriptions.

  • October 30, 2013

    Thanks to the rapid development of the nation’s shale deposits and the ramp-up in petroleum production, the U.S. is now the world’s leading oil producer, surpassing both Saudi Arabia and Russia.