ITP's Save Energy Now Campaign in Full Swing
The Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs) offered through ITP's Save Energy Now campaign are now underway, with nine plant assessments already completed, and having identified, in aggregate, $28 million per year in energy cost savings. If improvements are implemented, this will reduce natural gas consumption by more than 3 trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by more than 40,000 typical U.S. homes in one year. Visit the Save Energy Now Web site to view the list of 200 companies selected for assessments, see results from completed assessments, and access publications, software tools, and other resources to help you save energy and costs. Browse through the new database, which houses more than 200 technical publications to help you optimize your plant systems. Place your order for the Save Energy Now CD, a comprehensive collection of information and resources.
To view other activities and events in your area, see the new interactive State map showing ESAs, completed and scheduled Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) assessments, Web cast workshops, trainings, and State and regional activities. And, register now for the free IAC National Webcast Lecture Series for 2006! Lectures are conducted by IAC directors, and include topics such as building management, boiler efficiency, combined heat and power, combustion, and steam systems.
New Metal Casting Report Focuses on Improving Melting Efficiency
Because the process of melting metal is a complicated, multi-step operation, it incurs substantial material and energy losses, accounting for approximately 55% of the Metal Casting industry's energy consumption. A new ITP study, Advanced Melting Technologies: Energy Savings Concepts and Opportunities for the Metal Casting Industry (PDF 1.9 MB), explores challenges faced in implementing new melting technologies, and highlights current and emerging R&D on experimental technologies, retrofits for existing systems, and best practices in energy management. Although the study found that there is no single melting technology to provide a "one-size-fits-all" solution, it did find that melting efficiency can be improved by 25%-30% by combining technologies that concentrate on retrofitting existing furnaces. These include oxygen-rich fuels combustion, preheating of charge, molten materials delivery, and heat recovery from flue gases. Details.
Register Now for Teleconference on Energy-Saving Strategies for Industry
There is still time to sign up for the national satellite teleconference, "Industrial Efficiency Initiative: Save Energy, Maximize Profits", to be held on March 9, 2006. This 3-hour conference highlights proven energy management methods, and innovative technologies and techniques for optimizing systems and saving energy and costs in food manufacturing and other industries.
Don't Miss These Upcoming Forest Products Events!
ITP's Forest Products Industry is preparing for two exciting events coming in April! Take advantage of the opportunity to network with industry peers, and review current R&D projects at ITP's Forest Products Industry Peer Review meeting 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. Sign up! Also, mark your calendars for the "Increased Productivity Through Energy Efficiency" workshop, on April 18-19, 2006, in Atlanta, GA. Sponsored by DOE, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), and Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, this workshop targets energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction opportunites for the Forest Products industry. Register.
Annual IAC Meeting Highlights Student/Industry Connection
Thirty-six engineering students representing ITP's Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) recently had the opportunity to network and exchange ideas at the 2006 IAC Student Meeting on February 9-10, 2006, in Washington, D.C. The IAC program benefits students and manufacturers alike by providing hands-on education for students, no-cost energy assessments for manufacturers, ideas for further R&D by faculty members, and a comprehensive database cataloging all of the completed plant assessment results. Currently, IACs are playing a big role in DOE's "Easy Ways to Save Energy Now" initiative, conducting plant assessments, and assisting with Web-based training sessions, regional workshops, and outreach activities to industry partners. The two-day program included presentations from DOE and industry leaders, IAC alumni, students, and roundtable discussions. View the presentations, and find out more about the IAC program.
Workshops Explore Synthetic Gas Opportunities for Industry
Industry input is essential in helping DOE better understand the potential opportunities and barriers involved in utilizing synthetic gas in place of natural gas for industrial applications. Towards this goal, DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory, in conjunction with ITP, held the first Industrial Gasification Assessment Workshop on February 28, 2006, in Tyson's Corner, VA, bringing together gasification technology developers, industry representatives and associations, market experts, and government representatives. The purpose of this series of workshops is to assess technology, market and business issues pertaining to industrial gasification, poly-generation, and industrial natural gas usage and substitution, and identify a path towards further understanding. Read details from this workshop, and watch for announcements of future events!
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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.
Rohm and Haas Performance Spotlight
Rohm and Haas' Deer Park, TX facility is the company's largest plant, producing more than 5 billion pounds of chemicals each year. Improving the plant's sulfuric acid recovery process, which reclaims more than 3,600 tons of sulfuric acid per day, is the focus of ITP's latest Performance Spotlight. Using DOE's Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST), staff forecasted energy savings resulting from installing a new natural gas-fired furnace and preheater, and upgraded sensors and insulation. In fact, energy savings from installing the new equipment has surpassed initial predictions, yielding annual savings of 210,000 MMBtu and $2 million. In addition, the sulfuric acid recovery process has a higher acid reclamation rate, saving the company an additional $5 million per year. Read about the Performance Spotlight.
Place Your Order for a Save Energy Now Information Packet
Go online to order the new Save Energy Now information packet! The packet includes technical fact sheets and energy saving tip sheets to help you target natural gas savings in industrial steam, process heating and motor systems. Resources also include software tools, case studies of plant-wide assessments, training information, samples of ITP's award-winning newsletters, the new Save Energy Now CD, and more! Order now.
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.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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