Is Your Company Ready to Save Energy Now? Apply For Energy Savings Assessments
Through the Save Energy Now initiative, ITP is committed to helping U.S. industry identify ways to reduce energy consumption and costs in this time of escalating energy prices. In keeping with DOE Secretary Bodman's national goals, ITP will send teams of energy efficiency experts to the nation's 200 most energy-intensive industrial facilities to conduct energy savings assessments. Applications are now being accepted: apply online through December 9. While the DOE efficiency expert will partner with plant managers to identify energy savings opportunities, the ultimate goal is to help companies create long-term energy management best practices. Apply now!
New Solicitation Targets Chemical Industry Energy Supply Chain Savings
In conjunction with Chemical Industry Vision2020 Technology Partnership (Vision2020), ITP seeks applications from industry partners for cost-shared R&D of energy supply chain systems in the Chemicals industry. This solicitation encourages innovative technologies and systems in the areas of energy generation, transmission, conversion, or distribution that will significantly improve efficiency in chemical plant energy use. The solicitation supports the goal of achieving a 30% reduction of energy supply chain losses in the U.S. Chemicals industry by the year 2020. Details on how to apply.
Apply Now to Host an Industrial Assessment Center
DOE has just announced a new solicitation seeking applications from colleges and universities interested in hosting an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). This is your opportunity to participate in a unique educational program that trains engineering students to be industrial energy efficiency experts. Their training includes hands-on assessment experience, technical report writing, and academic coursework. In addition, IAC teams conduct free assessments of small- to mid-size manufacturing facilities, identifying opportunities to improve energy efficiency and productivity, and reduce energy costs and waste. Apply now.
GE Advances Wireless Monitoring Sensor Technology to Market
ITP's Sensors and Automation (S&A) teams with industry partners to develop cross-cutting technologies that optimize operations and productivity of industrial facilities. The vision document, Industrial Wireless Technology for the 21st Century, describes objectives and challenges of implementing wireless technology into industrial environments. Part III in our series on S&A's cutting edge new technologies describes General Electric's (GE) efforts to bring reliable, robust, and affordable wireless monitoring systems quickly to market.
- With ITP support, GE and Sensicast Systems are developing a low-cost, reliable wireless communications technology (PDF 325 KB) that will move pervasive sensing into industrial markets and deliver significant energy savings to an industry's manufacturing process over its lifespan. Several pilot applications in field-testing suggest that this new wireless sensor technology can reduce the installation cost of this type of equipment monitoring system tenfold, making it a much more attractive option for end users to buy and install. Examples include: a motor monitoring program at San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station in California; an arc furnace crucible wall-temperature sensing system in a working steel mill; and a portable system for steam pipe monitoring used by service engineers at GE Energy. Through these early applications and rigorous testing, GE and Sensicast have developed a positive base of reference applications that will help to accelerate the adoption of this new wireless technology. The technology allows for self-powered wireless devices to be rapidly and inexpensively deployed in industrial settings with performance levels that are well understood.
R&D 100 Awards Showcase Technical Products and Processes
Each year since 1962, DOE–supported projects have won R&D 100 awards, and 2005 was no exception; researchers at DOE laboratories captured 29 prizes. Stolar Research Corporation, in cooperation with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and ITP, won an award for the Drill String Radar™ (DSR) Technology (PDF 304 KB), a real-time proximity sensor designed for high-resolution imaging of underground geographical structures such as coal seams, ore bodies, and tunnels. The DSR sends high frequency radio waves into the earth from an existing drill string, enabling detection, mapping and navigation through unknown strata. This technology improves mine ore quality and production efficiency, and reduces operational risks and wastewater. Through these annual awards, R&D Magazine honors the 100 most scientifically and technologically important, and commercially viable, new products, processes, and software. Read about the DOE winners.
Attend the Third Workshop to Identify R&D Partnerships
R&D collaboration is crucial to ensuring the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. Chemical industry. To this end, the Chemical Industry Vision2020 Technology Partnership (Vision2020) and the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) have hosted a series of workshops to explore and develop new R&D partnerships to advance technologies. Plan to attend the third Workshop to Identify Research Collaborations on December 7, 2005, in Baltimore, MD. This particular workshop focuses on new technologies and processes for increased efficiency of natural gas in industrial applications. Participants will present proposals, learn about funding opportunities, and identify potential R&D partners. Register 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.
Coeur Rochester Plant-wide Assessment Uncovers Energy Savings Opportunities
The plant-wide assessment conducted at Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation's Rochester, NV mine identified projects to help the company extract big energy and cost savings and improve operation and reliability through making component-level equipment changes. The assessment team identified five energy efficiency projects, which focused on improving the pumping systems, capturing waste heat, and upgrading lighting fixtures. If implemented, these projects will save nearly 11 million kWh in annual electricity costs, and $813,000 in annual costs. Read more.
Updated 3E Plus Version 4 Now Available for Download
With natural gas prices soaring, it is more critical than ever for plant managers to consider proper insulation in their facilities. Version 4 of the 3E Plus® Insulation Thickness Computer Program, included in ITP's suite of steam software tools, is now available for download. North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) developed the software, which makes it easy to calculate the savings for a range of insulation thicknesses. This free, comprehensive energy management tool will help industrial energy managers determine the energy, economic and environmental savings from proper levels of industrial insulation. Details.
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.
Don't Miss the Chance to Apply for New Solicitations
Through solicitations, DOE encourages industry to participate in cost-shared R&D of new technologies and systems that will optimize energy savings. Check the Active Solicitations Web page to view the current funding opportunities, including Chemicals, SBIR/STTR, Industrial Assessment Centers, and Innovative Energy System Challenge. Be sure to first register at Grants.gov, the new access point for funding opportunities. 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!
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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