Exhibit Hall: News among the views
Nearly 150 booths, displays, and poster sessions filled Expo sharply expanded Exhibit Hall. Booths featured everything from engineering software to innovative uses for soybeans. A wide range of companies, trade associations, professional societies, universities, national labs, industry and government consortia, and DOE programs displayed their contributions and commitment to increased energy-efficiency. A small stage in the Exhibit Hall was also used to make several newsworthy announcements, including the following among others.
Concrete aims to become ndustry of the Future/b>
Executives from the concrete, cement, and construction industries and other industry stakeholders have collaborated on the development of Vision 2030: A Vision for the U.S. Concrete Industry. The document identifies eight broad industry goals, including a 50-percent reduction in energy use. OIT and the concrete industry Strategic Development Council will work closely to develop a roadmap aligned with the Vision goals. ee very excited, and we hope it brings much needed integration to this industry,said Peter Emmons, Chairman of the Strategic Development Council.
New vision, roadmap planned for natural gas industry
The Gas Technology Institute is leading the development of a vision and roadmap for the natural gas industry. As an environmentally benign and secure fuel, natural gas offers numerous benefits to manufacturers. OIT and the natural gas industry plan to focus on developing technologies than can help make manufacturers more productive and efficient. The natural gas industry hopes to complete much of the industry vision sometime this Spring.
AIChE joins Allied Partnership with DOE
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced that it will be the first organization to take advantage of opportunities available through OIT expanded Allied Partnership initiative. Organizations that sign up as Allied Partners with OIT gain access not only to best practices for industrial systems, but also information on emerging industrial technologies and the latest R&D to help improve industrial energy efficiency. e believe this partnership fits our strategy to serve chemical engineers,said John Sofranko, Executive Director of AIChE.