Save Energy Now Progress Report
What does a fertilizer plant in Oklahoma have in common with a dairy in California, a steel manufacturer in New Jersey, and a co-generation facility in Chicago? They all are reaping the benefits of DOE Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs) recently completed at their facilities. As part of DOE's "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign, Energy Saving Teams are visiting 200 of the nation's most energy-intensive plants to identify energy efficiency opportunities. So far, 21 ESAs have been completed, having pinpointed more than $64 million in potential energy cost savings. Visit the new Results Web page for detailed reporting on the completed assessments. On April 6, 2006, DOE Secretary Bodman attended the ESA at the Caterpillar, Inc. plant in Peoria, IL, emphasizing the goals of President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative. More about this event.
ITP also invites you to become a Save Energy Now partner, and brings you resources to help target energy savings opportunities in your facility. Visit the Save Energy Now Web site to become a partner, order your information packet, and sign up for Webcasts covering efficiency for buildings, boilers, combined heat and power, combustion, and steam systems.
Two New Reports Recap ITP's New and Emerging Commercial Successes
ITP's primary role is to invest in R&D projects that will reduce industrial energy use, waste, and emissions, while boosting productivity and economic growth. Read two new reports, just released, that highlight ITP's accomplishments towards this goal:
- Since inception in 1979, ITP has employed a six-part strategy to boost industrial energy efficiency through coordinated R&D, validation, and dissemination of information on innovative technologies and best practices in energy management. The cumulative net savings of ITP programs equal approximately 4.72 quadrillion Btu, or about $23.1 billion. To date, ITP has supported approximately 600 separate R&D projects that have yielded more than 170 new technologies, 90 of which are now commercially available. ITP's new IMPACTS - Industrial Technologies Program: Summary of Program Results for CY2004 (PDF 3.8 MB) report summarizes this successful effort, highlights new and emerging technologies, and describes the benefits of ITP's BestPractices and Industrial Assessment Center programs.
- To learn about all of the new technologies hitting the market, you will want to read this new report from ITP! Energy Technology Solutions: Public-Private Partnerships Transforming Industry (PDF 2.9 MB), features ITP-supported technologies available in the marketplace today, as well as emerging technologies expected to enter the commercial market within the next 3 years. This report details each cutting-edge technology, and also includes a section on knowledge-based results that have translated into improving industrial processes.
Short Course to Highlight Energy Management Practices in Glass Industry
Alfred University's Center for Glass Research brings you "Energy Relevancy of the Glassmaking Process", a short course on energy savings opportunities in glassmaking, on July 25-27, 2006, in Alfred, NY. Sponsored by ITP, the course includes an introduction to energy concerns in glassmaking, an overview of glassmaking processes and associated thermal fundamentals, energy saving opportunities, heat recovery, and an introduction to online tools and other resources that can help save energy in glassmaking.
Corrosion-Resistant Materials Extend Life and Efficiency of Molten Metal Processing
New corrosion-resistant materials for rolls and bearings used in molten-metal environments could save the coated-steel industry up to 2.2 trillion Btu per year. This is what researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, West Virginia University, and University of Missouri-Rolla are predicting with new metallic and refractory materials they are developing for aluminum, steel, and metal casting industries. Containment of liquid metals during melting and recycling processes leads to energy loss through corrosion of refractory walls, contamination of melt, and subsequent product quality loss. In addition, the molten metal baths used for coating steel and aluminum during the finishing process attack the submerged hardware, requiring frequent replacement of parts, and lost energy and money from downtime. Laboratory tests on the new materials are confirming the project could meet its goal of extending life of hardware and thermal efficiency tenfold.
Sign Up Now for Forest Products Industry Workshop!
If you are a plant manager in the Forest Products industry, you won't want to miss this helpful workshop coming April 18-19, 2006 to Atlanta, GA! Co-sponsored by ITP, American Forest and Paper Association, and Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, the workshop titled "Increased Productivity Through Energy Efficiency" brings you an agenda full of information on energy efficiency, case studies, and best practices in energy management. This is also a great opportunity to network with peers, and learn about resources available to help you save energy. 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.
Aluminum Plant Analysis Leads to Big Energy Savings
A new case study highlights the results of plant-wide assessments conducted at two Commonwealth Aluminum (now Aleris Rolled Products) aluminum sheet rolling plants, identifying 10 projects, which, if implemented, could save the company more than $11 million annually. Corresponding annual energy savings would be approximately 1 million MMBtu in natural gas, and 38 million kWh of electricity. The assessment team reviewed levels of energy consumption in the production processes, and determined best practices of energy management at each plant, including new equipment recommendations, and improved production strategies. 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.
State Partnership Opportunity Boosts Industrial Efficiency
Through DOE's new State Energy Program (SEP) Special Projects solicitation, ITP invites States to play an active role in accelerating the productivity and competitiveness of their industrial base. This funding opportunity seeks applications for projects that will advance industrial energy efficiency through new technologies and practices, and enhance "Save Energy Now" activities. Approximately $1 million will be available for selected projects. Apply now; deadline is May 31, 2006! And remember, 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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