Cicadas affect campus cooling systems Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011 — 2:39 PM13 & 17 Year Periodical Cicada Broods are known to be as large as a BILLION per square mile and are a nuisance for 6-8 weeks.
Cicadas are attracted by the sound of cooling towers and can easily inundate the fill, sump, strainer, piping, pumps and chillers. Air intakes of other equipment can also be affected.
These bugs are harmless, except to your cooling towers
and other mechanical equipment air intakes.
They are attracted to the sound of cooling towers,
get sucked in plugging the fill, strainers and sump.
They contaminate the cooling tower water.
Their soft tissues breakdown feeding and escalating the bacterial level
and they absorb water treatment chemicals.
Their hard exoskeleton does not breakdown in the water
or by water treatment. They have to be physically removed
from the fill, sump and strainers
They can plug up other equipment and AHU air filters, as well.
You can protect your cooling towers and other
susceptible equipment with patented Air Intake Filters
from Air Solution Company. And this is a good time to do it,
while there time to order and install the filters.
By keeping these bugs and other airborne debris (like cottonwood seed) out of your HVAC systems, you will avoid all the headaches and high maintenance and labor costs.
Posted: Jul 13, 2011 4:24 PM CST
"Teams will be out inspecting all 88 cooling towers across the district. More sub-contractors will be hired to handle the clean-up. Seven crews will be out daily. Each of those crews will be cleaning about eight to ten towers a day."
Consider the cost of this:
88 cooling towers, 7 crews, 14 people in the field, $80/hour contract labor, 40 day duration = $224,400 or $2,545 / tower to remove the Cicadas and keep the chiller plants operating, otherwise they shutdown.
Look at the Numbers !
ROI: Significant Energy & Operational Cost Savings
If you have forgotten or haven't seen how Cicadas can impact a building . . . watch this video filmed in Nashville, TN
May 24, 2011.
The cicadas don't stay in the trees, grass and shrubs. They swarm buildings and will inundate cooling towers.
6 Story Wall of Cicadas Video
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Wireless technology drives devices that we use every day – our smart phones, tablets, laptops, GPS, and more. How cool is that for us? Wireless technology can also mean better performance and energy savings for commercial buildings. How cool is that for those buildings?
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Advanced wireless technology offers new choices for building controls and management. That’s important for making Building Management Systems (BMS) more affordable and energy-efficient. It’s also quite cool.
Research by ENERGY STAR indicates that commercial office buildings waste as much as 30% of their energy consumption. A BMS can help control that energy use; however, existing buildings and smaller enterprises sometimes struggle to justify investing in a BMS, in part because a retrofit wiring installation can be cost-prohibitive and disruptive. With a wireless building management solution, there are significantly fewer wires to run…typically no renovation…and minimal disruption to business.... Read more »
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Energy is within reach everywhere, it just needs to be harvested: this is the principle of energy harvesting.
Energy harvesting wireless solutions are already well established in the commercial building automation sector and for smart home systems. However, the technology is just getting started.
In 2015, new application fields for batteryless wireless communication will emerge to further enhance the world around us.
The “Forget Me Not” challenge at the end of 2014, a global design competition organized by the element14 community, gave us a taste of the technology’s possibilities. Engineers from around the world applied with their ideas for pioneering applications in the field of wireless monitoring and automation to perform tasks in our modern lives.
Most of these engineers were designing with energy harvesting wireless technology for the first time and this was no hurdle at all. On the contrary, the possibilities of sensors gaining their energy from the surrounding environment inspired many new ideas.
The flexibility of self-powering made the designers think about placing sensors in areas where data collecting devices that need maintenance or cables are not an option – a key parameter for the internet of things.
Powering sensors from the surrounding environment is not just a cool technology, it also ensures there is never any interruption in data collection needed to improve the interaction with our world. Read the article here
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Schneider is now able to offer a solution that optimizes energy savings while increasing overall system flexibility and user comfort.
StruxureWare Building Expert is a fully programmable, no-license-fee software, hosted directly by MPM devices. No other gateway or server is needed on setup, thereby providing the lowest fixed cost per location for small and medium buildings.
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Can2Go is now Schneider Electric SmartStruxure Lite, integrating EnOcean energy harvesting, self-powered wireless sensors and controls within Zigbee wireless mesh networks for advanced building monitoring and control. Lighting, HVAC, metering, occupancy, remote cloud access, data analytics and fault detection for small, medium and large buildings.
The installed base of EnOcean technology is over 250,000 buildings with millions of sensors and controls in 6 continents since 2002. There are 350 EnOcean-Alliance members and 1,250 devices currently available for measurement, verification and control of: lighting, HVAC&R, occupancy/vacancy, daylight harvesting, metering and sub-metering of utilities.
Continuous data acquisition: Wireless sensors and controls make building data and analytics viable and economical.
If this is true for big companies like GE, JLL and ATT (as in this discussion), what about buildings in Kansas and Missouri? The answer is true for little buildings, individual tenants, retail shops, large buildings, multiple site locations and campuses.
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There are similar results for Air-Cooled Chillers, RTU's, CRAC Condensers and Dry-Coolers.
This Owner Is Using Cottonwood Filters on 50+ Cooling Towers as a part of their global green building initiative. What about your cooling towers, air-cooled chillers and RTUs?
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We have controllers equipped with ZigBee transceivers, as well as regular inputs and outputs; offering two-way communication for simultaneous wired and wireless control. Our controllers convert end-devices (wired, wireless (ZigBee)) into BACnet objects, so no gateway is required.
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The CAN2GO line of controllers (UN2, VA2 and GW2) will be featured in the January issue of Building Operating Management as a Top Products Award Winner.
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For the 4th year in a row, CAN2GO has received yet another recognition from the AHR Expo Innovation Awards. For this 2013 edition, CAN2GO's TE2 Wireless Terminal Equipment Controller was awarded anhonorable mention in the Building Automation category.
Since it first launched its products in 2010, CAN2GO has won or gotten honorable mentions every year for its UN2, Web BEMS, DA2 and TE2. It is by far the most any building automation company has received over that 4-year span.
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