Mining R&D Projects Awarded Funding
Through open, competitive solicitations, ITP promotes R&D of innovative technologies to improve productivity, save energy, and reduce environmental impacts in U.S. industry. DOE recently announced the selection of five projects focused on developing and commercializing new, energy-efficient technologies within the Mining industry. Details on the awarded projects.
New! Three Software Tools Help You Identify Energy and Cost Savings
ITP adds three new software tools to its diverse collection of resources to help you identify and assess energy savings opportunities in your plant. The Plant Energy Profiler for the Chemical Industry (ChemPEP) is a robust tool to help chemical industry energy managers determine overall plant energy use, identify major energy-using equipment, review cost distributions, and locate areas of improvement. Download the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Application Tool to gauge the feasibility of CHP for different types of heating systems; analyze system types, estimate costs and payback, and examine "what if" scenarios for utility costs. Chilled water systems present many possible energy efficiency improvements through pipe, pump, and cooling tower upgrades; use the Chilled Water System Analysis Tool (CWSAT) to evaluate system needs and pinpoint energy savings in your chilled water system. Learn more about these new tools.
Reports Chronicle Case Studies of Energy Savings
Two reports to assist industry in identifying and achieving energy goals were recently issued during the National Manufacturing Week conference on March 7-10, 2005. Energy Management Pathfinding: Understanding Manufacturers' Ability and Desire to Implement Energy Efficiency describes the experiences of 10 forward-thinking companies that have successfully integrated energy management into their business practices. Energy Efficiency, Water, and Waste-Reduction Guidebook for Manufacturers (PDF 405 KB) identifies proven ways to reduce your costs and improve operations, and includes real-life examples of companies who have increased energy, water, and waste efficiency in their plants.
Distillation Column Flooding Predictor Increases Throughput and Saves Energy
The distillation process used in the Chemicals and Petroleum Refining industries is energy intensive, yet remains the preferred separations process because of its low cost and high purity yield. Distillation columns are often at risk of flooding as a result of being pushed to the maximum throughput to meet production demand. With ITP support, 2ndpoint, Inc. has developed and patented a pattern recognition system that offers low cost and maintenance, increased throughput, and reduction in energy and carbon emissions. The Distillation Column Flooding Predictor (PDF 188 KB) technology detects distillation column flooding before it occurs, which allows refiners to operate columns nearer their true hydraulic limit, thereby increasing throughput by as much as 6%. 2ndpoint, Inc. is currently conducting a commercial-scale test of this energy efficient technology at the Equistar Chemical plant in Morris, IL.
Materials and Sensors Portfolio Peer Reviews Coming Soon
ITP's Portfolio Peer Reviews provide opportunities to review current R&D projects, and bring together research and commercialization partners. Plan to attend two Peer Reviews coming soon to Chicago: the open sessions for the Materials Portfolio Review on June 1-3 at the Wyndham Chicago; and the Sensors Peer Review on June 6, in conjunction with the Sensors Expo & Conference, at McCormick Place. Watch for more Peer Reviews coming soon!
Study Addresses Opportunities for Materials Innovations
Separation processes are among the most energy-intensive operations in industry, accounting for more than one-third of the energy used in manufacturing. New materials with improved selectivity, stability, morphology, and ability to regenerate are needed to develop and implement low-temperature, low-energy separations technologies. A new study developed for DOE, Materials for Separations Technologies: Energy and Emission Reduction Opportunities (PDF 1.63 MB) identifies potential energy savings from development of innovative materials that could lower separations energy consumption by 40%-80%, while reducing capital costs.
New Pump Systems Initiative Focuses on Education
Pumping systems consume approximately 20% of industry's electrical energy; significant opportunities exist to optimize pumping systems through smart design, retrofitting, and operating practices. The Hydraulic Institute (HI), an ITP Allied Partner, will lead the first industry pump systems market transformation initiative in the United States - Pump Systems Matter™ (PSM). Along with ITP, 33 leading pump manufacturing and suppliers will sponsor the initative, which will help industrial pump users save energy and improve performance through strategic, broad-based energy management and system performance optimization approaches. Find out more.
Save the Date for Upcoming Conferences!
Don't miss the Industrial Energy Technology Conference on May 11-12, in New Orleans, LA. Also, plan to attend the Ohio Technology Showcase on September 27-29, in Cleveland, OH to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and share experiences with other energy managers.
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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.
Compressed Air System Upgrade Saves Energy and Improves Performance
Raytheon Company, a major manufacturer of defense-related electronics, upgraded the compressed air system at its Andover, MA plant, reducing the energy consumed by more than 1.5 million kWh annually, and saving $141,500 per year in energy and maintenance costs. Details on the case study.
Automotive Transmission Plant Reaps Benefits from Improvements
As part of a corporate initiative to improve energy efficiency, the Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, MI enlisted help from a DOE AirMaster+ Qualified Specialist. Equipment upgrades and improvement measures implemented between 2000 and 2003 resulted in energy savings of more than 1 million kWh, and energy and maintenance cost savings of $165,000. Read the Performance Spotlight (PDF 34 KB).
New Online Software Forum
ITP's suite of powerful software tools can help you identify and analyze energy system savings opportunities in your facility. Now, ITP takes the assistance a step further by offering a new online forum to answer questions about software tools. Visit the forum to post questions, share your knowledge, and learn from other users.
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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