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ITP Announces Six Plant-wide Assessment Awards
Solicitations are just one of the ways that ITP partners with industry to increase energy efficiency and productivity, and reduce waste. The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) recently announced selection of six projects in response to the ITP Plant-wide Assessment (PWA) Financial Opportunity Announcement. ITP plans to contribute $530,000 towards the projects, which will investigate plant energy efficiency, and identify energy-saving opportunities and projects. Read about the awards.
Profiles Highlight the Skills IAC Alumni Offer Employers
Sponsored by ITP, the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program trains engineering students and faculty from 26 universities to perform no-cost assessments for small- and medium-sized manufacturers and make recommendations for specific cost savings. The benefits of the IAC program are many: valuable, hands-on education for students, increased industrial energy efficiency for manufacturers, ideas for further R&D by faculty members, and the creation of a database containing all the assessment information. Perhaps the longest-term benefit of the IAC program comes from transforming the students into a trained workforce of energy engineers who will contribute to industrial efficiency throughout their careers. Read more about how the IAC program is developing tomorrow's energy engineers, and check out the profiles of five IAC alumni who are using their skills on a daily basis to contribute to a stronger, more productive manufacturing sector.
New FSAT and Fan Training Help Optimize System Performance
ITP introduces two new resources that can help you target potential improvements and reap the benefits of optimizing your plant's fan systems. The Fan System Assessment Tool (FSAT) is powerful software to quantify the potential benefits of optimizing fan system configurations. And, you can make the most of the tool and gain valuable insight to better manage fan systems by attending a 1-day Fan System Assessment training workshop, now offered through ITP. Find out more about FSAT and how to find training sessions in your area.
Register Now for Upcoming ITP Solicitations
Check the ITP Solicitations Web page for the upcoming FY05 ITP solicitations. ITP plans to issue five solicitations in January 2005! Over the next year, many Federal financial opportunities will be required to be announced online, and the applications for these will be collected on the Grants.gov Web site. Prior to submitting an application in Grants.gov, you must complete the one-time registration, which may take up to 14 days to process. Register now to be eligible to apply for solicitations without delay. See detailed instructions on how to register with Grants.gov (MS Word 39 KB).
Industrial Energy Best Practices Conference Offers Energy Savings Solutions
Mark your calendars for the Industrial Energy Best Practices Conference on January 17, 2005 in Portland, Oregon! This 1-day event will feature real-life success stories from companies that have implemented best practices solutions to produce significant energy savings at their facilities. Learn practical steps to reduce energy costs, hear lessons learned from plant operators, and participate in the open forum on plant solutions. Register now (PDF 762 KB); your registration fee includes entrance to the concurrent Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo.
Steam System Specialist Qualification Workshop Coming Soon!
ITP offers a 2 ½-day Steam System Specialist Qualification workshop on January 25-27, 2005 in Downey, California. This in-depth training is for steam service providers interested in becoming proficient in use of the BestPractices Steam Tools. Participants who complete the workshop and pass the written exam are recognized by ITP as Qualified Steam Specialists, and can assist industrial customers in evaluating their steam systems. Sign up today! (PDF 88 KB)
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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.
Just Out: Energy Matters And Energy Matters Extra Fall 2004 Issue
Read the new Fall 2004 issue of Energy Matters (PDF 937 KB), which offers a guide to energy information and forecasting resources available to assist plant managers in this volatile energy market. This issue also outlines 20 strategies your plant can implement right now to reduce energy consumption. Read about how energy efficiency recommendations led to big energy savings at a major glass manufacturing facility, and see how these ideas might benefit your industrial facility, too! Visit the Energy Matters Web site and start your free subscription today.
Updated Sourcebook Now Available
Steam is used in many industrial processes, and many opportunities exist to increase system efficiency and lower operating costs. Industry professionals now have an updated resource for optimizing their industrial steam systems. In collaboration with industry partners, ITP has recently revised Improving Steam System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry. This Sourcebook is a complete guide to steam system basics, performance improvement opportunities and tools, an extensive contacts directory, and a variety of other resources. Read the Sourcebook (PDF 1.26 MB).
Case Study: Compressed Air System Saves Energy, Improves Production at a Sawmill
Weyerhaeuser, a DOE Allied Partner, is saving 6.8 million kWh and $250,000 in annual energy costs; it all started in Coburg, Oregon, with an energy-efficient compressed air system. Details.
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.
FY05 Solicitations Soon to be Announced
Five ITP solicitations will be announced in January 2005, including Chemical, Forest Products, Glass, Combustion, and Steel. Look for these announcements on the ITP Solicitations Web page, and remember to first register at Grants.gov (MS Word 39 KB).
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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