Fiscal Year 2004 Annual Reports Available
ITP has released the first of its Annual Reports, which highlight key activities and results from Fiscal Year 2004. Read the Chemical, Steel, and Technology Delivery reports to find out about specific R&D portfolios, current status, challenges, and opportunities to become involved with ITP. And watch for additional reports in other ITP program areas!
The Manufacturing R&D Interagency Working Group Public Forum on March 3, 2005
You can be involved in guiding the future of manufacturing R&D. Take part in a public forum on March 3, 2005 in Washington, D.C. to review the state of high-priority R&D in nanomanufacturing, manufacturing for the hydrogen economy, and intelligent and integrated manufacturing systems. The Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Manufacturing Research and Development of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council, will host this session to generate recommendations on Federal manufacturing R&D programs over the next 5 to 10 years. Visit the IWG web site to register for the event and for details on submitting comments..
Chemical Bandwidth Study Helps Pinpoint R&D
ITP's Chemicals research portfolio has released a new study to help guide R&D decision-making and target development of the most effective energy-efficient technologies for the Chemical industry. The Chemical Bandwidth Study-Exergy Analysis: A Powerful Tool for Identifying Process Inefficiencies in the U.S. Chemical Industry applies energy and "exergy" analysis to selected chemical manufacturing processes. The study identifies sources of inefficiency and potential areas for energy recovery. Read the study.
Dimpled Tube Technology to Capture Energy and Cost Savings
With ITP sponsorship, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has developed a new technology for chemical industry process heating applications, which could become commercially available as early as 2006. The Vortex Heat Transfer Enhancement (VHTE) heat exchanger tube design uses special 3-D profile "dimples" on the heat exhange surface, creating a vortex flow pattern that provides intensive heat transfer between the surface and heating media. VHTE could increase heat transfer without increasing pressure drop, reduce fouling rate and maintenance, extend duty, and increase throughput.
Oxy-fuel Front End System Promises Glass Industry Energy Savings
Natural gas accounts for approximately 80% of the energy used in the glass industry, therefore, improving furnace efficiency is paramount. Now, ITP and an industrial team led by Owens-Corning have developed an oxygen combustion front-end system that delivers a high level of energy efficiency, reduces emissions, and improves glass quality. The system's efficient design requires fewer burners to operate, and uses oxygen instead of air/gas. This reduces natural gas usage by up to 70% and cuts NOx and CO2 emissions. Initial results from a commercial-scale demonstration at Owens Corning's Jackson, TN plant indicate energy savings of about 60% over air/gas systems. Read more.
Fan System Qualified Specialist Training in Illinois this April
ITP's BestPractices will launch the Fan System Qualified Specialist training on April 12-14, 2005 in Arlington Heights, IL. This pilot training is limited to individuals with fan system expertise. By successfully completing this advanced training and an exam, you will be recognized by DOE as a Specialist in the area of the Fan System Assessment Tool. Register now! To learn about upcoming Fan System Assessment training in your area, visit the ITP training calendar.
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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.
Energy Matters Goes Electronic!
Energy Matters, ITP's technical information and news quarterly, is going electronic. Don't risk missing a single issue; convert your current print subscription to electronic format today by visiting the Energy Matters Web site and clicking on the highlighted subscription link. Use your personal ID number from the mailing label of your most recent issue of Energy Matters to make the change to electronic delivery. It's a simple and speedy process that will guarantee you won't miss an issue.
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.
Apply Now for New Industries of the Future Solicitations
ITP seeks proposals for three new R&D funding opportunities through the Steel and Glass Industries of the Future, and Combustion program. "Next Generation Steelmaking" offers funding to develop a process concept definition and steel-related research. The latest Glass solicitation will award funding for research to advance manufacturing processes. And, the "Ultra-High Efficiency Industrial Steam Generation" solicitation seeks applications for R&D of high efficiency industrial water-tube and fire-tube package boilers. Visit the ITP Solicitation page for details.
Plant-wide Assessment Solicitation to Open in February
Submit your proposal for consideration in the next Plant-wide Assessment Opportunities solicitation. ITP's Technology Delivery offers cost-shared awards of up to $100,000 for assessments that show potential for substantial cost and energy savings, process improvements, and replication. The next solicitation is scheduled to open on or about February 14, 2005. Watch for details.
Register Now for Upcoming Solicitations
Prior to applying for solicitations, remember to first register with Grants.gov. This will streamline your application process! See detailed instructions on how to register with Grants.gov (MS Word 39 KB).
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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