Partner with DOE to Save Energy Now!
There is still time to apply to have an Energy Savings Assessment conducted at your plant! Apply online now. As part of its "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign, DOE will conduct 200 Energy Savings Assessments at the nation's most energy-intensive manufacturing facilities. If your plant is selected, an energy efficiency expert will help you identify ways to reduce your plant's energy use and improve productivity through optimized systems and processes. So far, 65 manufacturing plants have been selected for Energy Savings Assessments, representing 5% of all natural gas consumed by the industrial sector. Read about the awardees.
In addition, we invite you to partner with DOE in the Save Energy Now national effort to boost industrial energy efficiency. Sign up as a partner, and gain recognition, access to technical assistance, and opportunities to spread the word about the potential for energy savings.
Forest Products Solicitation Awards Announced
ITP offers competitive solicitations as a principal means of partnering with industry for cost-shared R&D on technologies that reduce energy use and environmental impacts, while enhancing productivity and economic competitiveness. ITP just announced selection of three R&D projects from the Forest Products solicitation that will develop new technologies for saving energy in this industry. DOE plans to contribute $2.2 million towards the projects, which focus on advanced dewatering technologies and breakthrough concepts in next generation mill processes. Read about the projects.
Aluminum Bronze Skirt Increases Steelmaking Productivity and Safety
Thanks to a new aluminum bronze skirt product, Republic Engineered Products, Inc. is improving productivity and safety, and reducing maintenance costs in the steelmaking process at its Lorain, OH, hot-rolled bar plant. Republic produces steel using the basic oxygen furnace (BOF), which uses a hood and skirt system to collect and treat gases discharged from the steelmaking process. The aggressive environment created by extreme heat and dust in the waste gas is especially destructive to the skirt, causing corrosion and thermal stress cracking. Republic is collaborating with ITP, Energy Industries of Ohio, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, steel manufacturers, and equipment providers to demonstrate a new material that will extend the life of the BOF hood systems, reduce costs by 20%, and downtime by 25%. As part of this project, Republic installed a BOF hood skirt with aluminum bronze tubing in its backup furnace in 2004. The skirt endured nearly 300 heat runs without requiring a single repair, and in August 2005 was converted into the primary production vessel. Details.(PDF 325 KB)
Mark Your Calendars for Satellite Teleconference on Industrial Efficiency
Plan to attend a special national satellite teleconference, Industrial Efficiency Initiative: Save Energy, Maximize Profits, on March 9, 2006, co-sponsored by DOE, the Food Processing Industry Resource Efficiency team (FIRE), and the Northwest Food Processor Association (NWFPA). This 3-hour broadcast is full of useful information presented by leading food processors on successful industrial energy management strategies and innovative technologies and tools that they have applied to optimize energy use and increase productivity and profits. NWFPA also teams with DOE, Oregon Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, the California League of Food Processors, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Washington State University, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Idaho Department of Water Resources, Del Monte Foods, and other industry leaders on the State Technology Advancement Collaborative (STAC) partnership. This alliance collects, analyzes, and disseminates information to Western state food processors to improve energy efficiency through best practices in management, and cutting edge technologies. A joint meeting of the NWFPA Energy Committee and the STAC Industry Resources Efficiency will be held on January 16, 2006, in Portland, OR, in conjunction with the Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo.
Catalyst Alkylation Process "ExSacts" Energy and Cost Savings
Beginning in 2006, the new Energy Bill restricts the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), and mandates that 4 billion gallons of ethanol must be blended into the gasoline pool. An ethanol/aklylate combination looks to be the fuel of the future to meet the MTBE ban, ethanol mandate, and minimum octane requirements for the new gasoline specifications. However, conventional liquid-acid catalyzed alkylation units are expensive and pose severe environmental risks. With support through the DOE SBIR program and the ITP Chemicals subprogram, Exelus has developed a cost-effective, solid-acid catalyst alkylation process by synergistically integrating an engineered solid-acid catalyst with a novel fixed bed reactor, as a viable alternative to conventional alkylation processes. Benefits of Exelus' ExSact technology include significantly reduced capitol costs of up to 50%, reduced utility costs, and higher alkylate yields. The process is slated for semi-commercial demonstration in a 1,000 barrel/day plant later this year.
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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.
Fall 2005 Issue of Energy Matters Available Online
Read the new Fall 2005 issue of Energy Matters, your quarterly resource for information on plant energy efficiency opportunities, BestPractices news, and technical assistance. This issue highlights ITP's Save Energy Now initiative, and shows how you can apply for an Energy Savings Assessment, partner with ITP in this campaign to improve U.S. industry efficiency, and make use of technical resources and tools. Read the second of our two-part series on energy-saving opportunities in your process heating systems; this edition focuses on ways to recover industrial waste heat. And, learn how a major newspaper publisher in California used a systems-level approach to improve its compressed air system and save energy at its publishing plant. Note the new Industrial Natural Gas Cost and Usage by State map now featured on the Energy Matters Web page. Read the new Energy Matters - available online only.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Benefits from BestPractices Resources
Process systems in wastewater treatment plants are big energy consumers, therefore, good candidates for optimization projects. The Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant in Onondaga County, NY, is reaping cost and energy savings as a result of optimizing its pump and motor systems. A Qualified Pump System Specialist used two BestPractices software tools to evaluate and optimize pumps and motors, saving nearly 3 million kWh annually of electricity and 270 MMBtu of natural gas each year. Read the Performance Spotlight.
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.
Check the Solicitations Web Site for Opportunities
There is still time to apply for solicitations for the Industrial Assessment Center Program, Innovative Energy Systems Challenge, and Chemical Industry of the Future. Deadlines are fast approaching, so don't delay! Note: The Innovative Energy Systems Challenge has been extended to February 8, 2006. Check the Active Solicitations Web page for details, and take advantage of these opportunities to partner with ITP on cost-shared R&D. In order to streamline your application process, remember to first register with Grants.gov.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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