Count Down to Ohio Technology Showcase!
Reserve your spot at the Ohio Technology Showcase, September 27-29, 2005 at the Crowne City Center Plaza in Cleveland! Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about the newest energy-efficiency technologies and energy management best practices. Tour a local plant to see how forward-thinking companies are optimizing energy at their facilities; attend technical breakout sessions to find out about innovative technologies and clean power issues; learn about BestPractices software tools; and network with your peers, and industry and government leaders. Register now.
State Energy Program (SEP) Special Projects Solicitation Awards Announced
DOE recently announced the awards for the State Energy Program (SEP) Special Projects solicitation; 21 ITP projects were awarded funding to address industrial energy efficiency challenges. The grants will foster State/industry partnerships to deliver technology and information solutions for saving energy, improving productivity, and reducing environmental impacts in large industrial facilities. Read about the awards.
ITP Awards $2.6 Million to Boost Combustion Efficiency in Industrial Boilers
Combustion systems use nearly three-quarters of all energy consumed in U.S. manufacturing. However, to help industry save energy, increase efficiency and improve environmental performance, ITP has just selected three new combustion technology R&D projects that will receive nearly $2.6 million in total cost-shared funding over the next 2 years. This R&D will develop advanced industrial boilers, which by 2020, could reduce energy use by 7% and save industry $2 billion per year in energy costs. Read more about the R&D teams and their projects, which were selected through an open, competitive solicitation process.
Sensor Expo Showcases Wireless Technologies
DOE's Sensors & Automation 2005 Annual Portfolio Review was held in Chicago, IL on June 6, in conjunction with the 2005 Sensors Expo. Several new technologies to improve industrial efficiency, lower manufacturing costs, and reduce waste were highlighted. These include sensors, wireless technologies, and robotics. With ITP support, Eaton, GE, and Honeywell are developing cross-cutting, inexpensive ways to monitor and control industrial equipment and processes. This issue features the first in a series of articles detailing the ITP-sponsored R&D of these companies:
New Wireless Diagnostic Technology Will Slash Motor Maintenance Costs, Spot Energy Savings
Electric motor-driven systems consume 60% of the electricity used by industry, and nearly one-quarter used by the entire nation. With the right maintenance strategies, motor electrical consumption could be significantly reduced. Condition-based monitoring of motor performance is now used only on the largest, most critical motors because of the high cost of wiring these motors to a central station, even though 98% of all electrical motors in use today are 150 horsepower (hp) or less. With ITP support, Eaton Corporation has developed a new low-cost wireless motor monitoring system that continuously measures line voltage and current to evaluate energy use; detects motor faults; and allows real-time trending from each motor in the field to predict its condition. This approach increases the efficiency and lowers the cost of motor maintenance. Also, because it uses low-cost wireless rather than wire, this system makes it practical, for the first time, to monitor the condition of motors of 150 hp or less. Details.
DOE Commercialization Opportunity Forum Highlights R&D
The DOE Commercialization Opportunity Forum, October 24-25, 2005 in Tysons Corner, VA, will offer a unique chance for companies to showcase their ITP-supported technologies to potential partners and investors. In all, 52 companies will present their technologies, including nine that are sponsored by ITP. The companies have participated in the Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP), managed by Dawnbreaker, Inc., which helps businesses transition their R&D projects into the commercial market.
Register Now for the World Energy Engineering Conference
Join your fellow energy efficiency movers and shakers at the 28th Annual World Energy Engineering Congress, September 14-15, 2005 in Austin, Texas. This major energy conference and expo includes a comprehensive conference program, exhibits, plant tours, plenary sessions, and presentations on the latest efficiency technologies and energy management best practices. Sign up now.
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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 Summer 2005 Energy Matters
Read the first of a two-part article detailing how you can identifiy opportunities to reduce waste heat in your industrial processes. Look for that article and more in the Summer 2005 issue of Energy Matters. The concluding part, which offers practical strategies for reducing waste heat, will be available to online subscribers only this fall! So, if you haven't converted your print subscription to Energy Matters to all-electronic, do it today. Subscribe now!
Energy Systems Approach Reveals Opportunities for Savings at Texas Refinery
A review of the primary energy systems at Valero's Houston, TX crude oil refinery identified improvements to save energy and costs, reduce emissions, and also initiated a corporate energy optimization and management program. The plant-wide assessment team recommended projects, which, if implemented, could save the company $5 million in energy costs per year. Find out more.
Tile Manufacturer Multiplies Energy and Costs Savings
Dal-Tile Corporation, the largest manufacturer and distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone in the U.S., upgraded the compressed air system at one of its facilities, resulting in annual savings of $290,000 in energy, maintenance, and demand costs, and a reduction of more than 5.7 million kWh per year in electricity. Read the Performance Spotlight for details and to find out how the company is replicating these savings at its other plants.
Dow Chemical Company Finds Ways to Reuse Products, Conserve Energy, Save $$
Forty Dow Chemical Company facilities in Texas and Louisiana participated in a study to find ways to use the waste products from some chemical plants as raw materials for new products at other plants. Potential annual cost savings through reduced natural gas consumption, and reuse of by-products were estimated to be at least $15 million. Details.
New Case Studies Underscore IAC Successes
Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) help small and medium manufacturers identify ways to optimize energy in their plants. Engineering students from 26 IACs around the country provide professional, no-cost energy assessments; more than 50% of suggestions are implemented, with an average annual savings of $20,000 per plant. Read five new IAC case studies to see how companies are profiting from these students' expertise.
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 for Solicitations Through Grants.gov
Effective October 1, 2005, Grants.gov will be the new access point for all Funding Opportunities Announcements (FOA), replacing Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS). Prior to submitting an application for a solicitation posted in Grants.gov, you must first complete the one-time registration, which may take up to 14 days to process. Therefore, you are highly encouraged to register as soon as possible. Register now through Grants.gov to be eligible to apply for solicitations without delay! See detailed instructions on the registration process. FYI: applications submitted for FOAs posted in May-September 2005 will continue to be processed through IIPS until closed.
Watch for New and Upcoming Solicitations
Review the ITP Solicitations Web page for several new solicitations becoming available soon! Apply now for the Chemical Industries of the Future solicitation, and watch for the Innovative Energy Systems project opportunity, to be released on September 15. In addition, DOE will issue a competitive solicitation in October for ABET-accredited colleges or universities interested in hosting an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC).
DOE will soon begin accepting Phase I grant applications from qualified small businesses for the fiscal year 2006 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Details on this solicitation, listed as Opportunity Number DE-FG01-05ER05-28, will be available September 21 on the SBIR/STTR Web site. Apply through DOE's e-Center; the deadline for submission of grant applications is December 2, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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