Testing of new technology marks start of operations at new Water Research Center at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen Georgia Power, one of the nation's largest generators of electricity is testing a new technology, The Thermosyphoncooler, which reduces significantly the amount of water needed in power plant coolingduring the energy generation process.The new technology is being tested, at Water Research Center (WRC) at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen in Cartersville, Ga. The cooler system (developed by Johnson Controls), transfers heat to the environment without evaporative water loss by using an air-cooled refrigerant that pre-cools water before it enters the cooling tower. The thermosyphon cooler reduces the amount of water that must be cooled by evaporation in the cooling tower, thus reducing water consumption. During the next year WRC will be analyzing and documenting the technology's water savings potential and energy consumption characteristics. Dominion Transmission Places Appalachian Gateway Project Into Service Dominion Transmission a subsidiary of Dominion, one of the largest providers of natural gas transportation and storage services in the U.S., recently launched its new project that will allow increasing the flow of natural gas (a total of 484,260 dekatherms per day)transported from West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania to storage fields in Pennsylvania. The Appalachian Gateway Project will help local producers to move their natural gas through Dominion's West Virginia system in a more efficient way, benefiting the regional economy. The company invested three-quarters of a billion dollars and constructed four new natural gas compressor stations, upgraded two and constructed about 110 miles of new pipeline. Union Pacific unveils cleaner, less-powerful locomotives A new experimental locomotive, the UP 9900 that uses three different filtering technologies to reduce emissions, was launched in California by Union Pacific. The company will be testing the performance, power, fuel-efficiency and maintenance requirements of the engine. The UP900 has an operating range of about 200 miles and it will be use between Roseville and the Bay Area. Union Pacific has invested $20 million on 25 experimental locomotives and the testing is expected to last until 2014. Union Pacific is committed to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 air standard, which will be required after 2015. The new locomotive is a very important step in the process. Siemens launches app for HVAC controllers Home Control is the new Siemens’ iPhone app for remote access, to control heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Customers using Synco 700, Synco living, Albatros and Sigmagyr HVAC controllers can control their system from any location, minimizing their energy consumption. With Home Control, owners can set different features such as turn on-off the heat, switch to protection and energy-saving mode and configure lighting and shading scenarios. It also displays system notifications and includes device-specific configuration templates. The new app runs on any iPhone or iPad with iOS 4.3 or later and is available in different languages as a free download in the Apple App Store.