Companies on Board to Save Energy Now
During May 2006, DOE's Energy Saving Teams continued to move through U.S. manufacturing plants, conducting Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs), slashing high energy costs and waste, and boosting the total of potential energy cost savings to approximately $152.7 million. Companies such as Wolverine Tube, Wise Alloys, UOP LLC, and Sappi Fine Paper are benefitting from ESAs performed at their facilities, which focus primarily on natural gas savings opportunities in steam and process heating systems. Through ITP's Save Energy Now campaign, the 50 ESAs already conducted have identified 14.9 trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by 207,234 typical U.S. homes. Visit the Save Energy Now Web page to view the latest ESA results and reports of assessments, and access helpful resources.
In addition, ITP offers free webcast lectures on efficiency for buildings, boilers, combined heat and power, combustion, and steam systems. The final webcast lecture focuses on Steam System Management, and will be conducted by Dr. Warren Heffington of Texas A&M University on June 14, 2006.
Save the Date for the Texas Technology Showcase
Heads up for the 2006 Texas Technology Showcase, coming in December 6-7, 2006 to Galveston, TX! This year's theme is The Engineer's Energy Toolbox: Practices, Technologies, and Management, and targets energy savings opportunities in the chemical and petroleum refining industries. Attend this 2-day conference to learn how industry leaders in energy efficiency and environmental performance are accomplishing their goals, methods for incorporating best energy management practices, and the latest innovative energy-saving technologies and systems. Also, plan to attend a special session highlighting technologies for NOx reduction. You are invited to submit a one-page abstract on a topic for presentation at the Showcase; submit your abstract by June 23, 2006 to Kathey Ferland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more.
Novel Material Coatings Enhance Aluminum Melting and Casting Processes
An R&D partnership led by Pyrotek, Inc. has produced a new class of material coating that offers superior performance for use in aluminum smelting and low-pressure die casting. With ITP support, Pyrotek, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Missouri-Rolla developed cost-effective, low-permeability ceramic and refractory components that can successfully withstand thermal shock, erosion, and corrosion during exposure to molten aluminum. Applied to dense fused silica riser tubes, one zircon-based coating increases tube life by up to five times. Computer modeling to minimize permeability also led to the development of monolithic, fused-silica castables, which have extended service life of riser tubes by up to 700%. These improved riser tubes have the potential to save the industry 206 billion Btu per year through reduced defects, downtime, scrap rework costs, and energy savings from higher yield and productivity. The material technology also has potential applications in the chemical, petrochemical, and glass industries. Read the fact sheet (PDF 51 KB).
Workshop to Help Chart the Course for Robotics
In this era of global competition, U.S. manufacturers are looking for ways to gain a competitive edge through new technologies that curtail manufacturing costs, increase productivity, and reduce energy consumption. Automation and robotics can provide innovative solutions for industry that will streamline production, increase quality and efficiency, and lower costs. To develop a roadmap for industry and DOE in advancing industrial robotic applications, DOE and Energy Industries of Ohio will host Robotics in Manufacturing Technology Roadmap Workshop on June 29, 2006, in Baltimore, MD. View the agenda and register.
California Energy Commission Demonstrates the Value of ITP BestPractices Resources
Steam system improvements can save a company up to 30% of its total energy costs, by reducing operating and maintenance costs, waste, and emissions. ITP BestPractices training, software tools, and publications can help you optimize your steam systems to increase productivity and energy cost savings. Through its new informational video, California Energy Commission (CEC) is demonstrating how to effectively use these resources to assist and educate industrial customers about ways to identify and implement energy efficiency improvements in their common industrial systems. Narrated by Riyaz Papar, a DOE Qualified Steam System Specialist and Steam System Instructor, the video presents an overview of steam component areas and performance improvement opportunities, and ways to determine cost effectiveness. In addition, SoCal staff discuss their work with industrial customers, how they partner with DOE and the CEC, and use of the DOE training and tools. View the video. And, tap into BestPractices resources—training, software tools, and publications—to improve your plant's energy efficiency.
ITP Offers Dynamic Employment Opportunity
Are you interested in being part of the ITP team? If so, now's your chance! DOE seeks a motivated and highly qualified individual to perform ITP Technology Delivery management duties. The candidate selected for this position will serve as a General Engineer, and evaluate and make recommendations that will help determine the direction, development, and deployment of energy efficiency, technology, and best energy management practices. For details, and to apply, visit the DOE Jobs Online Web site, and browse the Vacancy Listing for Announcement # 06HQPN-EE6-0279.
Glassmaking Short Course is Long on Energy Savings Techniques
ITP and Alfred University's Center for Glass Research bring you Energy Relevancy of the Glassmaking Process on July 25-27, 2006 in Alfred, NY. This short course on energy savings opportunities in glassmaking addresses energy challenges; gives an overview of processes, associated thermal fundamentals and heat recovery possibilities; and provides online tools and other resources that can help save energy in glassmaking. This 2-1/2 day course will provide glass plant personnel such as engineers and supervisors valuable information which can optimize their manufacturing operations, use energy more efficiently, and reduce harmful emissions.
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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.
Updated Pumping Systems Sourcebook Available Online
ITP adds a new version of Improving Pumping System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry to its online publication library. This second edition of the sourcebook provides a systems approach to industry pumping systems and a myriad of ways to increase their efficiency and performance. Included are 11 fact sheets with specific opportunities for performance and efficiency improvements, a section on system economics, and information on resources and assistance. Learn more.
Energy Matters in the Northwest
Be sure to check out the Spring issue of ITP's BestPractices quarterly, Energy Matters, to find out how a new alliance in the U.S. Northwest is helping industries in the region boost their energy efficiency. The Industrial Efficiency Alliance (IEA) is a resource for manufacturers who want to increase their energy efficiency and make energy management a part of their normal business operations. The alliance seeks to help reduce electricity use in the region by 130 MW—enough to power 90,000 average houses for a year—by 2015. It is working initially with pulp and paper mills, food processing companies with large or multiple facilities, and related trade industries. The IEA was launched in 2005 by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), a long-time DOE Allied Partner. Energy Matters also features stories on Energy Savings Assessments, Allied Partners, and the benefits of making cost-effective efficiency improvements at a U.S. chemical plant and a power plant. For more, read the new Energy Matters.
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.
Solicitation Seeks Collaborative Teams to Target Savings in Iron and Steelmaking
DOE seeks proposals for a new R&D funding opportunity targeting energy savings in the iron and steelmaking industry. Collaborative Energy Efficiency Research in Iron-Making and Steel-Making offers funding for R&D that will develop transformational technologies to reduce energy use, improve efficiency of processing equipment, or minimize the generation of scrap and oxides. Applicants are required to form a consortium that must include at least three steel manufacturers, along with other companies, universities, laboratories, and trade associations. Proposals are also being accepted for analytical studies on displacing natural gas in ironmaking with alternative fuels. Submit your proposals by October 3, 2006. 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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