DOE Announces Solicitations to Advance Small Business Innovations
DOE issued its fiscal year 2005 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) combined program solicitation on September 28, 2004. This solicitation seeks proposals for technical and scientific projects, including manufacturing processes, equipment, or systems that have strong commercial potential. Projects are selected based on strength and innovation of the idea and approach, technical merit, qualifications of the small business/research institution, and future market potential. Relevant industrial technical areas covered in this solicitation include chemical processes, process heating, and sensors and automation. Find out more.
Compressed Air Challenge Sponsors Receive Efficiency Award
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance announced the first Inspiring Efficiency Awards at a ceremony on September 28, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. These awards recognize individuals and organizations who promote energy efficiency awareness and practices in the Midwest region, and are given for categories of leadership, education, innovation, and impact. The Midwest sponsors of Compressed Air Challenge® were awarded the Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award for their efforts to educate industry about the benefits of improved compressed air system performance. These sponsors include Iowa Energy Center, Energy Center of Wisconsin, State of Illinois, Compressed Air and Gas Institute, and the Association of Ingersoll-Rand Distributors.
Plant-Wide Energy Assessments Lead to Multiplied Savings
Since 1999, when ITP first launched its cost-shared plant-wide energy assessment (PWA) initiative, 35 PWAs have been completed, identifying total potential annual savings of $186 million. ITP works with companies to investigate overall energy use in industrial facilities and identify cost-effective measures for best practices in energy management, including new technologies and process and equipment improvements. Read more about some of the companies who are leaders in replicating energy and cost savings throughout their facilities. Explore how you can duplicate these savings, or partner with ITP to conduct a PWA at your plant.
Sign Up Now for the Energy Efficiency Forest Products Workshop
Plan to attend the Energy Efficiency Workshop on October 19, 2004 in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), the workshop focuses on the forest products industry's efforts to reduce energy and cut costs. Learn how to cut your mill's energy costs - with rapid paybacks!
Pumping Systems Specialist Qualification Workshop Coming Soon!
ITP offers a two-day Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) Specialist Qualification workshop on October 19-20, 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This rigorous workshop is designed for industry professionals with knowledge of pumping systems, and provides guidance on analyzing systems, measuring system performance, and using the PSAT software to quantify the savings potential of these systems. Find out 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.
Plant-Wide Assessment Leads to Lean Manufacturing
Jernberg Industries, Inc.: Forging Facility Uses Plant-Wide Energy Assessment to Aid Conversion to Lean Manufacturing in Chicago, Illinois (PDF 987 KB). To streamline the manufacturing processes at its Chicago, Illinois, forging plant, Jernberg chose to convert from its traditional batch methods to lean manufacturing. Using a process simulation model and systems approach, Jernberg identified projects with potential annual savings of $791,000 in costs, 64,000 MMBtu in fuel, and 6 million kWh in electricty.
New Tip Sheets Help Industry Reduce Compressed Air Use
In many industrial facilities, air compressors use more electricity than any other type of equipment. Energy savings from system improvements can range from 20% to 50% or more of electricity consumption. To assist manufacturers who use compressed air in their production processes, ITP recently published several new hands-on optimization tip sheets for improving compressed air system performance. Review the tip sheets and implement these ideas now!
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.
FY2005 SBIR and STTR Solicitation Announced
DOE issued its fiscal year 2005 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Combined Program Solicitation on September 28, 2004. Small businesses with strong research capabilities in science or engineering are encouraged to participate. The deadline for applications is December 13, 2004. Apply now.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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