Save Energy Now Initiative Calls on Industry to Boost Energy Efficiency
In response to President Bush's call for energy conservation in light of rapidly rising energy costs, ITP has launched the Save Energy Now initiative. This intensive campaign is designed to assist U.S. industry in implementing energy efficiency practices that will save energy and costs, and improve productivity. Initial steps include sending Energy Saving Teams to conduct 200 energy assessments of the most energy-intensive industrial plants, offering energy assessments through Industrial Assessment Centers to small- to medium-sized plants, and providing information, training, and resources. Find out how you can get involved in this effort to Save Energy Now.
New! BestPractices Web Site Delivers Resources for Industry
Check out the newly designed BestPractices Web site! The site boasts a new look, along with a wealth of resources to help industrial customers reduce energy use and improve the bottom-line. Review the Web site to find technical publications, partnership opportunities, software tools, information on training and workshops, and much more. Corporate executives, plant managers, technical staff, and the public will find information tailored to their needs.
New Report Assesses Energy Efficiency Opportunities in the Plastics Industry
A new report just released by ITP and The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. emphasizes the challenges faced by the plastics industry, and demonstrates how 11 forward-thinking companies are saving energy and improving productivity at their facilities. The report, Improving Energy Efficiency at U.S. Plastic Manufacturing Plants: Summary Report and Case Studies, describes 99 energy-saving findings identified through assessments conducted by Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs). By March 2005, 10 out of 11 of the plants had implemented most of the recommendations, saving, on average, $68,500 annually per plant.
Honeywell Advances Industrial Wireless Architecture
ITP's Sensors & Automation (S&A) works with industry partners to develop cross-cutting technologies to help U.S. manufacturers use energy and materials more efficiently, reduce costs, and improve productivity. One of the key focus areas of S&A is industrial wireless technology. The vision document, Industrial Wireless Technology for the 21st Century defines the long-term goals and challenges in implementing wireless sensor technologies into industrial environments. Part II in our series on ITP-sponsored R&D of wireless sensor technologies describes some of the critical challenges Honeywell faces in making the industrial radio part of a system operational.
- With ITP support, Honeywell is designing a multi-use wireless network robust enough to meet the challenges of the factory floor. Users of industrial wireless sensor systems will not only reduce energy costs, they can also become more globally competitive. Unlike personal wireless communication devices, industrial sensor systems face special conditions. Interference from large metal structures, high heat and humidity levels, corrosive chemicals, vibrations, and time-critical process control requirements create significant hurdles for wireless sensors operating in industrial environments. In addition, the power for industrial wireless sensors must last for the life of the sensor, probably 5 to 10 years. Honeywell has teamed with ITP to develop wireless technology that will enhance communication reliability, data security, low power operation, and timeliness of data delivery. By addressing these requirements, applications of the new technology will reduce process upsets, and improve product quality and process efficiency. Applications range from condition-based equipment monitoring to control systems, a major Honeywell focus. Honeywell intends to field-test complete systems in 2006 in two operational industrial settings. View the Honeywell presentation from the S&A Portfolio Review. Also, review last month's article on Eaton's wireless diagnostic technology.
Designer Stainless Steels Can Take the Heat
With ITP support, Duraloy Technologies, Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have produced new higher temperature stainless steels for use in the chemical, petrochemical, steel, and heat treating industries. Using microcharacterization and computer modeling, researchers developed the most promising alloy compositions for potential applications in processing and heat treating industrial systems. In contrast to conventional alloys, the new steels enable 50° C higher operating temperatures, resulting in up to 5% increase in energy efficiency, longer life and increased productivity. Estimated energy benefits include natural gas savings of more than 35 TBtu per year by 2020. Details.
Sign Up Now for the DOE Commercialization Forum
Register now to attend the DOE Commercialization Opportunity Forum, October 24-25, 2005 in Tysons Corner, VA! This unique conference links companies with innovative technologies to potential partners and investors to create successful commercialization opportunities. In all, 52 companies will showcase their projects, which include technologies in the areas of energy efficiency, emission reduction, renewable energy, and improved manufacturing processes. These projects are supported by ITP, DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, and the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovative Research Program.
New Database Houses Findings on Environmental Health and Safety of Nanoparticles
Through a Chemicals Plus ITP Project, the Chemical Vision2020 Technology Partnership worked with the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), and Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) to launch the world's first online database to house scientific reports and articles on the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. The database is free and currently archives peer-reviewed journal articles, with additional search functions to be added soon.
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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.
BestPractices Steam Tool and Resources Help Food Processing Company Conserve Energy
With help from the BestPractices Steam System Assessment Tool (SSAT) and a Qualified Steam Tool Specialist, J.R. Simplot Company is realizing significant energy savings at its food processing plant in Caldwell, ID. Upgrades to burners, controls, and flue gas oxygen trim systems resulted in annual savings of $299,000 energy costs, 52,000 MMBtu of natural gas, and 526,000 kWh of electricity, with savings now being replicated in other Simplot facilities. Read more.
New Tip Sheets Help Manufacturers Optimize Systems and Save Energy
To assist manufacturers in keeping their energy systems operating at peak efficiency, ITP recently released 15 new tip sheets for process heating, steam, pumping, and motor systems. The concise 2-page tip sheets offer no- or low- cost strategies for optimizing systems, reducing energy use, and saving money, especially valuable in this time of rising energy prices. Review the tip sheets.
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.
ITP Offers Many Current and Future Funding Opportunities
ITP seeks proposals for several current and upcoming solicitations; be sure to view the Solicitations web site for funding opportunities. Deadlines are approaching for the Materials for Energy Efficient Industrial Processing solicitation, and the Materials National Laboratory call, so don't delay! Other current opportunities are the Chemicals Industry of the Future and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitations. Watch for the Innovative Energy Systems project solicitation for chemicals industry R&D and commercialization projects, as well as the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) opportunity for ABET-accredited colleges and universities interested in hosting an IAC.
Register Now Through Grants.gov
Reminder: Effective October 1, 2005, Grants.gov is the new access point for funding opportunities, 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. Please register as soon as possible to be eligible to apply for solicitations without delay! See detailed instructions on the registration process.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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