Ohio Technology Showcase Coming in September
Sponsored by ITP, Energy Industries of Ohio, and Ohio Department of Development, the Ohio Technology Showcase promises to be one of the premier energy efficiency events of 2005! Plan to attend the Showcase on September 27-29 in Cleveland, OH, and learn about the latest technologies and energy savings opportunities. See best practices in action during plant tours, training sessions, and sector-specific discussions, and learn how you can optimize performance at your plant.
Don't Miss the ACEEE Summer Study Conference!
Register now for the 2005 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry on July 19-22 in West Point, NY. Co-sponsored by ITP, the theme of this year's conference is "Cutting the High Cost of Energy." Learn about the latest energy technologies, measures, programs, and strategies to reduce industrial energy costs, and improve reliability and productivity. Key activities include presentations, panel discussions, site tours, and awards for 2005 Industrial Champions of Industrial Energy Efficiency, and Exemplary Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs. Deadline for registration is June 20.
In-Situ Sensors Improve Measurements and Product Quality
To achieve consistent product quality, manufacturers require process analytical technologies that can effectively measure and monitor process heating operations, and withstand extreme temperature conditions. Now, DOE has teamed with Dow Chemical Company, Analytical Specialities (ASI), Synkera Technologies, Inc., and Rice University to develop two enhanced sensor technologies that provide real-time measurement and improved process control of combustion and manufacturing processes. The laser-based and solid-state sensors (PDF 337 KB) will ensure more consistent product quality; improve measurement of environmental monitors, thereby reducing emissions; increase the number of measurements available; and, reduce energy consumption and manufacturing waste. As a result of this project, ASI has commercialized the TruePeak Tunable Diode Laser Analyzer, and two more technologies are expected to hit the market soon.
Industrial Assessment Center Solicitation and Training Opportunities
DOE-sponsored Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) throughout the U.S. prepare engineering students to be the energy efficiency experts of tomorrow. Watch for a competitive solicitation to be issued in October 2005 for colleges and universities interested in directing an IAC. DOE will select approximately 26 centers for terms of up to five years. In addition, DOE is conducting an IAC Applicant Training on July 13-15 in Boise, ID. The IAC training session is intended for tenured and tenure-track faculty in Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited college and university departments who are interested in directing an Industrial Assessment Center. Deadline for training registration is June 22.
Awards Praise Energy Efficiency Efforts
Several companies recently garnered awards and were recognized by their peers for their efforts to achieve industrial energy efficiency. Alcoa, an ITP Allied Partner, received an IETC Energy Award at the recent Industrial Energy Technology Conference, for its company-wide energy efficiency and conservation approach to reduce energy use, costs, and emissions. Through plant-wide assessments, employee training, and use of DOE software tools and resources, Alcoa identified more than $60 million in savings opportunities throughout its facilities. The Steel Manufacturer's Association awarded the Distinguished 2005 Recycler of the Year Award to Gerdau Ameristeel-Wilton and ITP for the plant-wide assessment conducted at a North Star Steel mini-mill. The assessment team performed a Total Assessment Audit, a synergistic method of pinpointing ways to optimize energy use, decrease waste, and improve productivity, which identified projects with potential savings of more than $2.6 million annually.
Cutting-Edge Paper Sensor Saves $$ for Forest Products Industry
A new sensor technology for the paper industry is proving that it can accurately measure the optimum amount of raw material needed to produce paper, which could reduce the amount of trees and chemicals used for production and save the U.S. $200 million annually in energy costs. With ITP support, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has developed the laser ultrasonic sensor, which measures a paper's bending stiffness and shear strength, without touching the paper. A successful pilot demonstration has recently been performed at a Boise Cascade paper mill.
Arizona Industries of the Future Forms Non-Profit Initiative
State Industries of the Future (IOF) bring ITP's national IOF strategy to the state level, promoting collaboration of local industries, utilities, universities, and government to increase industrial energy efficiency, reduce waste, and improve productivity. The Arizona State IOF recently initiated the first non-profit organization to help the state's energy-intensive industries meet energy, education, environmental, and economic challenges. Arizona Industries of the Future, Inc. (AZIOF) will focus its efforts on industrial energy efficiency, industry and public education and promotion, and business environment improvement.
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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.
Review the New Spring 2005 Energy Matters
The Spring 2005 Energy Matters is now available! This issue features Part 2 in the series on trouble-shooting electric motor voltage problems. Also, read how Ford Motor used a plant-wide assessment to find millions of dollars of energy-saving opportunities at its Cleveland casting plant, how a compressed air system upgrade saved energy at a California winery, coming events, and more. Read Energy Matters, and subscribe today!
Forging Plant Accrues Energy and Cost Savings
Metaldyne, Inc., the largest independent forging company in North America, recently completed a plant-wide assessment at its forging facility in Royal Oak, MI. The assessment team uncovered 21 specific opportunities to reduce energy use at the plant by more than 11 million kWh per year, with potential annual energy and operating costs savings of $12.6 million. Find out more.
Compressed Air System Upgrades Spell Savings for Printing Plant
With help from a DOE AirMaster+ Qualified Specialist, the San Jose Mercury News printing plant identified several areas of potential energy savings in its compressed air system, with savings of $80,000 per year in energy and operating costs. A systems-level approach to the compressed air system improved compressor controls, repaired costly leaks, stabilized pressure levels, and improved air treatment. Read the Performance Spotlight.
New Online Software Tools Forum Available Now
Visit ITP's new software forum for help with using BestPractices software tools! Use this forum to post questions, share 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.
Several New Solicitations Soon to Be Announced
ITP seeks applications for cost-shared R&D of technologies that will reduce energy and environmental impacts, and enhance economic competitiveness of domestic industries. Check the Solicitations Web page for announcements of upcoming funding opportunities: the Materials for Energy Efficient Industrial Processing solicitation is expected to be issued on June 27, with the Chemicals solicitation following in July. In addition, watch for a competitive solicitation for colleges and universities interested in directing an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), expected to be announced in October 2005.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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