OIT Times: Validating Performance of New Technologies to Boost Their Acceptance
March 20, 2002
Winners of the Technology Deployment solicitation, to be announced this spring, will field test emerging technologies developed by the IOFs. For each of these field tests, OIT will provide unbiased verification and validation of the associated energy, economic, productivity, and environmental benefits. By testing these technologies and assessing performance data under live-plant conditions, OIT hopes to mitigate the hurdle new technologies often face in gaining broad acceptance and use by industry.
The winning proposals for the latest Plant-Wide Assessment (Round 4) solicitation were recently announced . Nine companies received awards: North Star Steel, Formosa Plastics, Ford Motor Company, Pechiney Rolled Products, Weyerhaeuser, Georgia Pacific (Crossett), Charter Steel, Commonwealth Aluminum, and Jernberg Industries.
"Past assessments show that, on average, the potential value of identified energy savings exceeds OIT investment by over 10 to 1," said Best Practices Team Leader Peter Salmon-Cox. "Furthermore, replication of these results throughout the company and industry will greatly enhance actual and potential energy savings," he said.
An assessment of training activities sponsored by OIT and delivered through the Compressed Air Challenge has shown that, at the end of the evaluation period last May, over 3,000 participants from 1,400 companies had participated in this training. Three-quarters of the industrial end users participating in the evaluation reported making changes to their compressed air systems as a direct result of the training. Energy savings resulting from these actions are conservatively estimated at 8% total annual savings of $12.1 million.