ITP Leads the Way to Save Energy Now
ITP's Save Energy Now campaign continues to forge ahead to conduct 200 Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs) at the nation's most energy-intensive manufacturing plants. So far, 39 ESAs have been completed, identifying 11.5 trillion Btu per year in natural gas savings, with total potential energy cost savings of $100.6 million. Visit the new Results Web page for detailed reports on the findings.
Addressing the nation's energy challenges in his keynote speech, DOE's new Assistant Secretary Alexander (Andy) Karsner underscored the need for urgency, stating, "There is no time to waste and no time for small thinking" in maximizing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Issuing a rally cry for "people of goodwill" to work together towards President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative goals, Assistant Secretary Karsner said, "the role of government is to clear the way, get the rocks off the rails, and ensure maximum velocity". More.
Visit the Save Energy Now Web site to take advantage of ITP resources that can help companies ensure maximum velocity in meeting their energy cost saving goals. Order the comprehensive Save Energy Now resources CD, sign up for a free Web cast lecture, and access a wealth of publications to help you optimize plant operations.
Apogee Showcases Immersion Heating Technology
According to Apogee Technology, Inc., the new Isothermal Melting (ITM) technology (PDF 353 KB) could save the nation a total of 63 trillion Btu per year in aluminum melting, if all facilities were to use it. That would be enough energy to power the City of Pittsburgh for 4 years. To showcase the revolutionary process, developed in collaboration with ITP, and to mark the second phase of R&D and commercialization, Apogee hosted a kickoff event on April 11, 2006 at the Aleris International Rolled Products plant in Uhrichsville, OH. DOE's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Doug Faulkner, participated in the event, which included a tour of the commercial installation, and presentations to introduce the technology. Developed in partnership with Aleris International, General Motors, Drexel University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Argonne National Laboratory, the ITM technology promises to greatly improve energy efficiency in melting and other molten metal processes. Unlike conventional combustion furnaces, ITM technology uses direct immersion heaters that enable heat transfer via conduction. This results in high energy efficiency, reduced melt loss, and zero in-plant emissions. Other benefits include excellent metal quality, low capital cost, simple hardware, and significantly reduced plant floor space requirements.
Plant Energy Profiler Tool Pinpoints Opportunities for Savings
Do you know which systems in your plant are the biggest energy users? ITP's new Quick Plant Energy Profiler (PEP) software tool can help you find out, and then offers solutions for energy and cost savings. The beta version of Quick PEP has just been released, and is applicable for any industrial plant. Users simply enter information about the energy purchased or generated, and plant production data, and Quick PEP generates a report that identifies energy flow, major energy-use processes, and cost distributions, and offers next steps for improvement. Download now -- it's free!
Inventions & Innovations Awards Announced
Competitive solicitations are just one of the ways DOE partners with industry to develop technologies that promise energy, environmental, and economic benefits. In response to a funding opportunity issued in Fall 2005, DOE's Inventions & Innovations program (I&I) received more than 219 applications. Ten of these energy-saving technology projects were recently chosen to receive a total of $1,775,000 in grant funding, and target wind and hydropower, distributed energy, biomass, industrial processes, and vehicle technologies. Details on the selected projects.
Save the Date for Upcoming Conferences!
You won't want to miss the annual Industrial Energy Technology Conference on May 9-10, 2006, in New Orleans, LA. This premier conference offers a full agenda of information on innovative technologies and practices, energy use, and waste reduction. TAPPI's all-new Forum on Energy: Immediate Solutions, Emerging Technologies will be held May 15-17, 2006, in Appleton, WI, and targets energy savings opportunities for pulp and paper mills. See the latest innovations in sensing technologies at the 20th annual Sensors Expo & Conference on June 5-7, 2006, in Rosemont, IL. And, you are sure to find what you need to make your plastics plant more efficient at the free Energy Efficiency workshop during the NPE 2006: International Plastics Showcase taking place on June 19-23, 2006, in Chicago, IL.
Sensors & Automation 2006 Portfolio Review Coming in June
Mark your calendars for the 2006 Sensors & Automation (S&A) Portfolio Review, to be held on June 5, 2006 at the Sensors Expo & Conference in Rosemont, IL. The "Sensors to Revolutionize Manufacturing" workshop is open to the public, and will showcase cost-saving, energy-efficient sensor and wireless technologies developed by ITP and industry partners. And that's not all -- at the event, ITP also intends to announce a forthcoming S&A solicitation on inferential process control.
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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.
Energy Matters is Now Online
Now, more than ever, energy matters! To provide the kind of information that can help you make your industrial plant as energy-efficient and productive as possible, ITP BestPractices has made the Energy Matters quarterly available online in a brand new format. In the debut online issue, you'll find out: how DOE is helping industry save millions in fuel costs through in-plant assessments; why Dow Chemical joined with DOE to Save Energy Now; how industries in the Northwest can boost their energy efficiency through a new alliance; what a chemical plant can do to save more than $3 million annually; why our "spotlight" is on Austin Energy's recent pumping system improvements; and more! Read the new Energy Matters.
Boise Paper Benefits from Training and PSAT Analysis
The Boise Paper mill in Wallula, WA realized a host of benefits from an ITP-sponsored pumping system training program held there in 2005. Not only did the session educate employees on optimization opportunities for pumping systems, it also provided a chance for hands-on application of the Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) software tool to analyze a pumping system at the mill. This analysis resulted in a system improvement which is yielding annual cost savings of $15,157 and more than 498,000 kWh per year in electricity costs. Read the Performance Spotlight (PDF 354 KB).
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 Energy Program (SEP) Solicitation Still Open
There is still time to apply for the State Energy Program (SEP) Special Projects solicitation; the deadline is May 31, 2006. Through this solicitation, ITP partners with States to help 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! And remember to first register at Grants.gov, to be eligible to apply for solicitations without delay!
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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