Just Released: A New Report Assesses ITP
Decreasing Energy Intensity in Manufacturing: Assessing the Strategies and Future Direction of the Industrial Technologies Program is a new report which assesses ITP's strategic, management and decision-making processes, as well as the effectiveness of each of the Industry of the Future subprograms. Issued by the National Research Council's Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, the report evaluates ITP and makes recommendations for continued improvement.
Impacts Report Sums Up Program Results
Since 1979, ITP-supported R&D has produced over 160 successfully commercialized technologies that are boosting productivity, improving efficiency, and reducing environmental emissions of U.S. industry. In 2003 alone, energy savings from these innovations totalled 121 trillion Btu. A new report summarizes the impacts of ITP-supported projects to date, reviews emerging technologies, and measures the influence of technical assistance programs such as Industrial Assessment Centers and BestPractices. Altogether, ITP's programs have assisted industry in saving 352 trillion Btu per year by 2003--approximately equal to the energy consumption of all the homes in Maryland for one year. Read the Impacts report.
Portfolio Peer Reviews in Progress
ITP is currently conducting 2005 Portfolio Peer Reviews on each of its subprograms. These reviews provide you with opportunities to evaluate the progress of technical projects, examine market potential, and determine direction and content of an entire technology portfolio for future R&D. Learn about the Chemicals and Metal Casting Peer Reviews in April, and additional reviews coming soon!
TAPPI Hosts Paper Industry Energy Symposium
The Technical Association of Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) Lake States Regional Chapter held a successful Paper Industry Energy Symposium on March 15, 2005, in Appleton, WI. Paul Scheihing of ITP delivered the keynote speech at the meeting, focusing on DOE's partnership with industry to save energy, improve productivity, and reduce environmental impact of energy-intensive plants. View the presentation.
Tomorrow's Energy Engineers Connect at IAC Student Meeting
The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) held its 2005 Lead Student Meeting on February 16-18 in Washington, D.C. The annual meeting offers engineering students a chance to network and explore career opportunities in industry. View the presentations that are helping these 33 students become the energy efficiency experts of tomorrow, and find out more about how IAC prepares them through hands-on experience.
LTS-100 Diode Laser Temperature Sensor Ready for Market
With ITP sponsorship, MetroLaser, Inc. has successfully tested its LTS-100 diode laser temperature sensor, and it is now ready for market. Potential benefits include improved energy efficiency, lower fuel and operation costs, and more consistent furnace operation. The LTS-100 was developed to non-intrusively measure high-temperature gas combustion and process controls. Using a single-laser diode through an optic fiber network, the sensor measures combustion gas temperature in real time at multiple locations simultaneously. Learn more.
Qualified Specialist Trainings Offered in April!
Earn recognition as a Qualified Specialist by attending a qualification workshop in April! These rigorous workshops are designed for industry professionals with system knowledge and include classroom instruction, a written exam, and a practical hands-on exam. Sign up today for the Fan Systems Qualified Specialist training on April 12-14, 2005, in Arlington Heights, IL, and the Steam Systems Qualified Specialist training on April 26-28, 2005, in Milwaukee, WI.
Ultrasonic Metals Processing Improves Quality and Efficiency
Conventional methods of metal casting require considerable time and energy, and often involve the use of chemical additives and mechanical stirring. Now, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee have demonstrated new ultrasonic technology to control the microstructure of metals. Learn how this promising technology reduces the energy required to produce alloy components, produces superior grain refinement, decreases porosity, and improves secondary phase morphology.
Upcoming Conferences Highlight Energy Savings Solutions
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events you won't want to miss! The Chemical Industry Vision2020 Technology Partnership and Council for Chemical Research hosts the second open U.S. Chemical Industry Workshop to Identify Research Collaborations on April 12-13, 2005, in Pittsburgh, PA. The 27th Annual Industrial Energy Technology Conference happens on May 11-12, in New Orleans, LA. And, the Ohio Technology Showcase is on September 27-29, in Cleveland, OH.
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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.
Winery Harvests Benefits Through Upgraded Compressed Air System
With help from a DOE Qualified AirMaster+ Specialist, Canandiagua Wine Company conducted a system-wide review of the compressed air system at its winery in Lodi, CA. As a result of the assessment, a variable-speed compressor was installed, saving 218,000 kWh and $22,000 annually. Read the Performance Spotlight.
Innovative Materials Boost Industrial Efficiency
ITP has released two new technology fact sheets highlighting Industrial Materials R&D. Innovative Materials and Operating Practices Saves Energy in Recovery Boilers describes new materials for pulp and paper mill recovery boilers that increase energy efficiency and reduce shutdowns. Intermetallics for Manufacturing focuses on ITP-sponsored research of compounds in manufacturing processes, in particular, nickel aluminide.
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.
Now Open: Forest Products Solicitation
Submit your application for cost-shared R&D of technologies to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts, and enhance economic competitiveness of the domestic forest products industry. This new solicitation targets advanced water removal technologies used during the paper-making process, as well as innovative concepts in next generation mill processes.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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