DOE Announces 200 Manufacturing Facilities to Receive Energy Savings Assessments
DOE's "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign has announced the selection of Energy Savings Assessments to 200 of the nation's most energy-intensive manufacturing plants. See the DOE Progress Alert and the list of manufacturing facilities who are participating, along with an interactive map showing planned and completed assessments across the United States. Assessments completed on six plants have already identified $10 million per year in energy cost savings, that on average, will reduce total natural gas use by 6.7%. View the list of DOE Energy Experts performing the assessments, and visit ITP's Save Energy Now Web site for details on companies receiving assessments.
In addition, DOE is excited to offer to industry partners a new five-part series on topics relating to industrial energy efficiency, including building management strategies, combined heat and power, and optimizing boiler, combustion, and steam systems. Sign up now for these free Web cast lectures, beginning February 15!
New ITP Information Now Available for Plants to Save Energy Now
To further help plant energy managers target their best energy saving opportunities, ITP has expanded its library of tools and resources to include new technical fact sheets on optimizing process heating, steam, and motor-driven systems, as well as a comprehensive Save Energy Now CD, soon to be released. The CD will bring together - in a single product - the best of ITP and BestPractices' resources, tools, and services. These products are tailored for industrial energy savings, with an emphasis on reducing natural gas consumption. Access the fact sheets online. The CD will be available mid-February.
Peer Review and New Profile Report Showcase Forest Products Industry
The pulp and paper industry is one of the most capital- and energy- intensive manufacturing sectors in the nation. Paper manufacturing is a very complex process, requiring large inputs of water, energy, chemicals, and wood resources, and producing waste and emissions that must be controlled or treated. ITP's Forest Products program collaborates with industry to develop new technologies and processes that foster energy efficiency and global competiveness, while meeting demanding environmental regulations. The Forest Products program is proud to announce two new activities toward this goal:
- A profile report, Energy and Environmental Profile of the U.S. Pulp and Paper Industry (PDF 1.9 MB), summarizes market trends, energy consumption, and environmental issues within the paper manufacturing process, the most energy-intensive of the Forest Products industries. This comprehensive report provides a broad snapshot of industry energy use and environmental impacts, as well as data within the major process stages of paper production.
- ITP's Peer Reviews provide opportunities to showcase and evaluate current R&D projects and bring together research and commercialization partners. Plan to attend the Forest Products Peer Review on April 5-6, 2006 in Atlanta, GA. Technical papers will be presented in open sessions, and industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide feedback on the projects. More information and to register.
Register Now for Teleconference on Industrial Efficiency
Join your fellow industry leaders in attending the Industrial Efficiency Initiative: Save Energy, Maximize Profits national satellite teleconference, to be held on March 9, 2006! Co-sponsored by DOE, the Food Processing Industry Resource Efficiency team, and the Northwest Food Processor's Association, this 3-hour broadcast focuses on proven energy management strategies, along with innovative technologies and techniques for reducing energy use and improving productivity. The program is geared to all manufacturing segments, including the nation's third largest manufacturing sector, food processing.
New Database Improves Aluminum Processing Energy Efficiency
Trace amounts of sodium (Na) in aluminum-magnesium (Al-Mg) alloys can cause a host of problems for aluminum manufacturers, resulting in reduced yields and subsequent reprocessing of materials. Although Na is known to be a harmful impurity, no previous systematic studies had been conducted to determine the behavior of this element during aluminum processing. With ITP support, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new thermodynamic database which will help to minimize defect formation in Al, reduce high temperature embrittlement, and improve energy efficiency of the hot rolling process. The database models the correlations between cracking, furnace processing temperature, and Na content of an Al-Mg alloy, and is projected to save the aluminum industry $42.7 million per year and 6.2 trillion Btu per year of natural gas by 2015. Details.
Dehumidifier Offers Low Cost, Enhanced Humidity Control
High humidity in manufacturing facilities is detrimental to many processes, including food processing, paper and chemical production. To address the need for cost-effective humidity control, Advantek, Inc. partnered with DOE's Inventions and Innovations (I&I) program to develop a low-cost, improved dehumidification product suitable for widespread industry applications. ClimaStat™ offers on-demand humidity control for new and existing equipment, lower start-up and upgrade costs, and superior reliability. The system combines a liquid-suction heat exchanger, bypass damper, and thermostat-humidistat controller into a patented, reliable system that reduces operating costs by 40%-50%, compared to conventional hot-gas reheat systems.
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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.
New and Updated Tip Sheets Help to Optimize Systems
As part of its effort to provide energy-savings solutions and information to industry partners, ITP has just released several new publications to help companies optimize their industrial systems. Four new Process Heating tip sheets to help reduce natural gas usage are now available; topics include furnace leaks and radiation losses, and using waste heat gases for furnace load preheating and secondary processes. Also, view the 24 newly updated Steam 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.
Partner with ITP on Cost-Shared R&D
The Innovative Energy Systems Challenge solicitation remains open until February 8, 2006; apply now! This opportunity seeks applications for breakthrough new technologies and systems with widespread use in the Chemical Industry; specifically those that produce or transport energy to the chemical process, or recycle waste energy streams resulting from the process. Also, watch the Solicitations Web page for an official announcement of a new Steel Industry funding opportunity, tentatively scheduled to be released in late February or early March 2006.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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