New Motor Master+ International Helps Evaluate Motors System Savings Potential
Motor systems account for approximately two-thirds of electricity used in industrial facilities, but improved motor management practices could be the key that unlocks tremendous energy savings and emissions reductions. To help energy managers worldwide make better motor management decisions, an international version of DOE's popular MotorMaster+ software has been developed. The new tool, MotorMaster+ International, allows industrial end users to analyze electric motor repair/replacement choices for motors tested under either Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) or International Electrical Commission (IEC) motor designs. Details.
Texas Industries of the Future (IOF) Hosts Symposium on NOx Reduction
Mark your calendars for the Texas IOF's symposium on "Industrial Source NOx Reduction Technologies and Strategies", in Houston, TX on August 24, 2004. This conference will review case studies that have implemented NOx reduction strategies, leading to increased energy efficiency, and cutting NOx emissions and costs. Also highlighted are up-to-date technical developments from process heater and boiler experts, as well as software tools, training, and solicitation opportunities. Register now (PDF 153 KB).
Fan System Assessment Tool (FSAT) Training Coming Soon!
DOE is launching a new Fan System training program, and will host the first workshop in Arlington Heights, IL on September 14, 2004. This 1-day workshop includes an overview of the new Fan System Assessment Tool (FSAT), a software tool which helps to determine the potential benefit of using a more optimally-configured fan system to serve industrial processes. Using FSAT, participants will learn how to calculate the energy a fan system is using, determine how efficiently the system is operating, and quantify savings from system upgrades. Sign up now for the training, and watch for announcement of the FSAT software tool on the BestPractices Web site!
U.S. Patent Awarded for Rapid Solidification Process (RSP) Tooling
A new patent has recently been awarded for the RSP Tooling process (PDF 121 KB), which reduces cost and production time for manufacturing dies, molds, and tooling. With support from DOE (ITP), Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) has developed and commercialized this technology, which involves spraying layers of molten metal onto a three-dimensional pattern. This circumvents the majority of fabrication steps in conventional die and tool-making processes, such as machining, benching, and heat treatment operations, thus cutting energy and production cost. Read more.
DOE Regional Offices Change Names and Web Addresses
The six Regional Offices of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) have changed their names to better reflect the regions that they serve. The Regional Offices are the prime vehicle through which EERE develops state and local partnerships to promote the use of its technologies. Details.
Evaluation Confirms Effectiveness of Compressed Air Challenge® Training
The Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) offers a course entitled Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems, which recently scored high marks in an independent evaluation by Xenergy, Inc. The report, Evaluation of the Compressed Air Challenge® Training Program, tells how well the CAC has reached its target audiences, satisfied attendees, provided pertinent and useful information, and helped end users achieve energy savings. Learn more of the details.
ITP and Hydraulic Institute Partner on Optimizing Pumping Systems
DOE's Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) collaborates with industry partners to identify and implement strategies and processes to boost industrial efficiency. For example, ITP and the Hydraulic Institute (HI), an EERE Allied Partner, are working cooperatively to promote a "systems approach" to pumping systems optimization. This cooperation includes co-sponsorship of an upcoming Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) Qualification workshop, as well as joint development of pumping systems optimization materials. Read more.
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ITP offers technical publications, software tools, and other resources to help you address your company's industrial energy needs. Here are the latest products from ITP.
Announcing Steam Digest: Volume IV
ITP and the Alliance to Save Energy announce the release of the Steam Digest: Volume IV, a compendium of articles published in 2003 on the technical and financial benefits of industrial steam efficiency. Read this volume for expert information on: the cash flow impacts of steam efficiency; strategies to optimize condensate return; insulation specification, design, and management; boiler and combustion safety; and more! Review the full Steam Digest.
Read these case studies to see how companies have implemented energy and cost savings plans and how they may be replicated at other facilities.
Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation: Facility Utilizes Energy Assessments to Identify $930,000 in Potential Annual Savings near Salt Lake City, Utah (PDF 307 KB). This plant-wide assessment focused on the copper smelting and refining facilities at the copper mine, because of their energy-intensive processes. Several projects were identified to conserve energy and improve production processes, as well as reducing maintenance, repair costs, waste and emissions. By implementing the projects identified, Kennecott predicts annual cost savings of $930,000, and savings of 425,000 MMBtu/year in natural gas.
Weyerhaeuser Company: Longview Mill Conducts Energy and Water Assessment that Finds Potential for $3.1 Million in Annual Savings (PDF 400 KB) in Longview, Washington. This plant-wide assessment identified nine projects for improving energy efficiency and improving water consumption at this pulp and paper manufacturing facility. Implementing these projects could potentially save $3.1 million per year and 1.8 million MMBtu in annual natural gas usage, reduce water consumption by 3,600 gpm, and increase onsite power generation by 15 MW.
Pechiney Rolled Products: Plant-Wide Energy Assessment Identifies Opportunities to Optimize Aluminum Casting and Rolling Operations (PDF 417 KB) in Ravenswood, West Virginia. This plant-wide assessment focused on the primary energy consumers in the plant; the melting/casting, ingot reheating, and rolling operations. The PWA identified potential annual natural gas savings of 460,000 MMBtu and 9.6 million kWh in annual electricity savings, along with potential emission reduction and cost savings of $2.5 million per year.
Review the Award-Winning Glass CD!
The "Glass Industry of the Future Resources and Tools for Energy Efficiency and Cost Reduction Now" CD gives users knowledge of ITP's many resources and services for the Glass Industry, and provides information on innovative energy-efficient glass technologies, software tools, energy-saving tips, case studies of plant assessments, and financial opportunities. The CD, produced by ITP, was recently awarded an APEX Award of Excellence, and has also garnered an Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Visit the ITP Web site for more BestPractices technical publications, software tools, and case studies to help you improve efficiency, productivity, and the bottom line.
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ITP awards cost-shared funding for R&D and plant assessment projects through a competitive merit review process.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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