NSTAR Energy Efficiency Rebates in Massachusetts

There are new economic incentives available through Massachusetts utilities companies for businesses who upgrade industrial equipment to achieve better energy efficiency. Mass Save has organized resourcesoutlining the different incentives offered by utilities companies and incentives for new constructions and retrofits for industrial customers. Mass Save has also helped stimulate the energy rebate program by partnering with NSTAR to increase incentives by up to 50% to help reach the governor’s goals by the end of 2010. NSTAR is just one of several Massachusetts utilities companies which offer rebates for adding energy efficient equipment to your manufacturing facility.

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Solar Powered Energy: Evolving Technology in Photovoltaics

First Generation, or Crystalline Silicon-

Crystalline silicon has historically been the favorite material for solar cells, even though it’s not a great light absorber, and it needs to be several hundred microns thick to work properly (which creates high materials costs). Crystalline silicon is not only expensive but also very delicate, so solar panels made of this material can’t endure rough handling or environments. It continues to be the predominant type of semiconductor in solar cells because there is a large amount of existing process manufacturing knowledge for this technology; plus, it is highly efficient.
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U.S Department of Energy Supports New Electric & Hybrid Car Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this summer, awarded 2.4 billion dollars in stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to, “accelerate the manufacturing and deployment of the next generation of U.S. batteries and electric vehicles”. The goal of the stimulus money was to promote and support three initiatives

  • Sustain clean energy research
  • Secure the nation’s energy sources
  • Reduce the United States dependency on foreign oil
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DCS Selection, Distributed Control Systems

Why would you choose one brand/model of DCS over another. At SPEC we have used, (for various reasons)

  • Emerson DeltaV, with and without S88 Batch
  • ABB 800XA, batch
  • Siemens PCS7, non-batch
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Steve Freitas on a long term client

“We just want you to provide a P&ID for our new process.  Please provide accompanying line sizing and pipe specifications.  Also, please provide instrumentation specifications and purchasing for all automated instruments, as well as updated programming and control system modifications.  We will take care of equipment purchasing, as well as the piping and electrical contracts.”-Waters Corporation, a long term client.

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Foreign-made Thermal Oxidizers: Lessons learned

Purchasing and installing a thermal oxidizer is a common solution for manufacturing facilities that need to neutralize toxic air emissions. We recently installed a foreign-made thermal-oxidizer for a client and encountered several issues that we thought would be worthwhile to share with others considering a similar solution. Consider these as lessons learned from our experience. 

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