Beyond the Boilerplate
April Newsletter - Curated by Boilersource
News You Can Use
We are pleased to announce our partnership with Nationwide Boiler, providing on-demand boilers and associated equipment to facilities in need of temporary support to ensure the continuity of steam plant operations.
The need for a temporary steam plant to replace or augment the permanent system could happen for many reasons:
Unplanned outages for emergency repair
Planned outages for repair, maintenance, or upgrades
Increased capacity requirements to handle peak loads
Testing of a new process or production run
Research and development projects
Delays in bringing new systems online
Although we all hope that steam plants operate without interruption, the likelihood that one of the above listed factors will affect any steam plant operation in one year’s time is 100%.
At Boilersource, we are available to assist your team at no cost and document a contingency plan for your customer’s facilities to be ready for any eventuality. Alternatively, please use our planning guide should you wish to document it yourself.
Our Line is Expanding Daily
If you haven’t connected with us lately, give us a call as we have a lot of new products lines we are representing to ever expand the list of product solutions to be the best fit, functionality and performance for each facility’s specific needs. We are thrilled with the performance of these systems and continue to represent the best systems on the market.
Additions to our line card this month include:
Another Reason to Choose Niles Steel Tanks – All are lined with Antimicrobial Technology from Microban®
Niles Steel Tank’s unique formula for Ultonium® is the ONLY glass lining in the industry to feature Microban® antimicrobial technology. This is included as a standard feature on all Ultonium® glass-lined tanks from Niles Steel Tank, at no extra cost.
Antimicrobials have been safely used for many years. The Microban® technology used in Niles Steel Tanks is silver based which has been used for many years in a range of applications. The Microban®antimicrobial technology used in Niles Steel Tank products also carries both the EPA and European Union approval for direct food contact. For additional details regarding Microban® safety, please visit www.microban.com.
U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) to Fund Applied Research and Development Projects to Drive Industrial Decarbonization.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will advance high impact applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the U.S. industrial sector. The FOA, led by EERE’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), will drive innovation to develop the next-generation technologies required to decarbonize industry and move the U.S. towards a clean energy economy for all Americans.
Decarbonizing the industrial sector is critical to achieving the nation’s climate goals. In 2020, the industrial sector accounted for 33% of the nation’s primary energy use and 30% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. However, the industrial sector is considered one of the most difficult to decarbonize due to the diversity and complexity of energy inputs, processes, and operations. Achieving net-zero emissions across the U.S. economy by 2050 will require an aggressive, multidimensional approach to eliminating industrial emissions.
This upcoming funding opportunity is part of an integrated, industrial decarbonization technology development strategy for DOE’s basic and applied research offices. Rooted in the principles identified in the 2022 Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap, DOE is building an innovation pipeline to accelerate the development and adoption of industrial decarbonization technologies with investments spanning foundational science; research, development, and demonstrations (RD&D); and technical assistance and workforce development. This FOA will also advance the goal of the Industrial Heat Shot™, which aims to develop cost-competitive industrial heat decarbonization technologies with at least 85% lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.
View the full notice of intent.
EERE plans to issue the FOA via EERE Exchange in March 2023. The funding opportunity is expected to include approximately $156 million in federal funding. EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately three years.
Learn more about IEDO and its work to accelerate the innovation and adoption of cost-effective technologies that eliminate industrial GHG emissions.
Want to learn more?
2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment
The conference is organized by ASHRAE, AIA, APPA, BOMA, and IFMA.
Boilersource will be there to support Maxi-Therm.
October 25-27, 2023
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
Washington D.C. Metro Area
The Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment will be an information and idea exchange, between stakeholders in the built environment industry, concerning the timely and important topic of reducing carbon emissions from buildings. The goal is to discuss the design, construction, ownership, and operation of facilities targeted for reduced or neutral impact on the environment with respect to carbon footprint. A primary objective of the conference is to enhance the knowledge base in North America on decarbonization efforts.
Learn more: https://www.appa.org/events/call-for-programs-2023-decarbonization-conference-for-the-built-environment/
Entertainment & Amusements
Brain Teaser – WASTING WATER
This is a classic brainteaser, and even appeared in a movie. Let's see if you can figure it out.
The challenge: If you had an infinite supply of water and a 5-liter and 3-liter bucket, how would you measure exactly 4 liters? The buckets do not have any intermediate markings.
Brain Teaser Answer: A lot of wasted water
Workings: You may already know the answer or have worked it out, but we are obliged to give you an answer. Fill the 5-liter bucket first. Then using that bucket fill the 3-liter bucket, being careful not to spill any. This leaves 2 liters in the 5-liter bucket.
Now chuck away the water in the 3-liter bucket and refill with the remaining 2 liters from the bigger bucket. Once again, fill the 5-liter bucket and then use this to fill the second 3-liter bucket. This will leave you with 4 liters in the 5-liter bucket. Simple!
Celebrate the season with asparagus pasta! Lemony roasted asparagus pairs with fresh basil and Parmesan for an irresistible dinner recipe. This recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook and should feed 4!
For the asparagus
1-pound thin asparagus spears, cut into 2” pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 lemon (zest from half, plus slices from the other half)
For the pasta
8 ounces tagliatelle or fettuccine
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, grated
½ teaspoon dried oregano
⅛ teaspoon chopped Calabrian chilis or ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ cup Parmesan shavings
2 tablespoons Italian seasoned panko
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, for garnish
Asparagus Pasta with Lemon
Preheat the oven to 425˚ Fahrenheit.
Roast the asparagus: Cut off the tough bottom ends of the asparagus and cut it into 2” pieces. Add the stalks to a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle the asparagus with the olive oil and add the kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
Slice the lemon in half crosswise. Thinly slice 4 wheels from one half of the lemon, then add them to the baking sheet. Zest the other half of the lemon, sprinkle it onto the asparagus and mix with your hands to coat. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until tender when pierced by a fork at the thickest part. The timing will depend on the thickness of the asparagus spears.
Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente (taste testing a minute or two before the package instructions indicate). Do not drain.
In the serving bowl, stir together the olive oil, oregano, grated garlic and chilis. When the pasta is done, use tongs to transfer the pasta from the boiling water into the bowl with the oil mixture without draining. Toss with the olive oil mixture until coated. Add the roasted asparagus and toss. (If desired, transfer to a serving platter or individual plates.)
Top with the Parmesan shavings and panko. Add basil leaves and serve immediately.