ITP Continues to Help Industry Save Energy Now
The latest results from ITP's Save Energy Now campaign are in, with 76 Energy Savings Assessments completed, bringing the total potential natural gas savings to 23.9 trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by 332,059 typical homes. Link to the Save Energy Now Results Web page for detailed reports on identified energy savings.
- See what companies are saying about Energy Savings Assessments conducted at their facilities! View the new video testimonials.
- Missed a Web cast? Visit the Archived Lectures Web page to download presentations on energy efficient building management strategies, improving boiler efficiency, combined heat and power, combustion systems, and steam system management.
- Access a multitude of ITP resources to help you achieve optimum efficiency at your plant! Order a Save Energy Now CD, browse the database to access technical publications, partner with ITP, download a variety of system software tools, and sign up for a training workshop.
Super Boiler Takes on High Industrial Steam Costs!
Able to save U.S. industry more than $10 billion annually in operating costs! Helps industry achieve 185 trillion Btu per year in energy savings, and reduces carbon emissions by 2.67 MMTCE! Offers more than 50% size reduction! It's Super Boiler—transforming combustion, heat transfer and recovery, vessel engineering, and controls into an economic, compact, and highly-efficient steam generation package. Poised as an interconnected boiler system, Super Boiler leads a charge for energy savings, reduced environmental impacts, and improved competitiveness and productivity.
In 2000, ITP joined forces with the Gas Technology Institute, Cleaver-Brooks, and Southern California Gas Company to launch the Super Boiler program, a superhero of steam generation technologies. The two-stage firetube design includes a transport membrane condenser (TMC) and compact humidifying air heater (HAH) to extract sensible and latent heat from the flue gas for increased energy efficiency; compact convective zones with intensive heat transfer; and a staged/intercooled combustion system for ultra-low emissions. Current field tests at Specification Rubber Products in Alabaster, AL using a single-stage, 300-hp gas-fired Super Boiler with TMC/HAH heat recovery are confirming 94% fuel-to-steam efficiency. Further tests are scheduled for Clement Pappas & Company, in Ontario, CA, using a two-stage unit, and a TMC/HAH retrofit on a conventional boiler in Utah. Upon completion of continued successful demonstrations of energy cost savings, Cleaver-Brooks plans to market a new line of high-efficiency, low-emissions industrial firetube boilers. Learn more (PDF 211 KB).
New Software Tool Identifies Opportunities for Energy Savings in Galvanizing Lines
A new energy evaluation software tool developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, West Virginia University, and University of Missouri-Rolla now quantifies the energy and productivity benefits for improved pot hardware materials in steel galvanizing lines. The Galvanizing Energy Profiler Decision Support System (GEPDSS) model uses inputs such as energy costs, equipment energy consumption, materials life, and production and rejection information. It then yields information on energy consumption and production, and potential energy savings, product losses, and productivity rates as a result of implementation of new materials. The model has been used to report a national current energy consumption of approximately 21 trillion Btu per year from 57 continuous galvanizing lines in operation. Details (PDF 122 KB).
Forest Products Report Points To Commercial Successes
Read a just-released report to find out about 12 new commercially available technologies from the ITP Forest Products R&D portfolio. Forest Products Technologies: Public Private Partnerships Produce R&D Results (PDF 2.0 MB) highlights technologies and processes that can help achieve advanced water removal, high efficiency pulping, improved fiber recycling, and innovative wood drying and curing for the pulp and papermaking industry. Some of the technologies include: surfactants to increase wood pulp yield; a process model to improve continuous digester performance; a novel adhesive to facilitate recycling of paper labels; a technology to enhance combustion and reduce NOx formation in stoker boilers; and operational practices that reduce plant emissions of volatile organic compounds. Also featured are descriptions of promising emerging technologies expected to hit the market within the next 3 years.
Energy Events Focus on Efficient Manufacturing Solutions
Mark your calendars for these upcoming energy events:
- Attend Energy Relevancy of the Glassmaking Process on July 25-27, 2006, in Alfred, NY to learn about energy challenges and savings opportunities in the glass manufacturing process. Sponsored by ITP and Alfred University's Center for Glass Research, this 2-1/2 day short course will help glass plant personnel optimize their operations and reduce harmful emissions.
- The 29th annual World Energy Engineering Congress takes place on September 13-15, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Association of Energy Engineers and Alliance to Save Energy, this comprehensive forum includes a multi-track conference agenda, seminars on current topics, facility tours, and exhibits of the most promising new energy-efficient technologies. A discounted rate is available for registrations prior to September 1.
- The Engineer's Energy Toolbox: Practices, Technology and Management is the theme of this year's Texas Technology Showcase, which runs from December 6-7, 2006 in Galveston, TX. Examine the tools in the Engineer's Toolbox, from the best practices in programs and new technologies that are proving themselves today, to the energy management strategies for long-term results. Special sessions will highlight case studies on NOx reduction technology implementation. Registration for exhibitors will open in August and booth spaces are limited, so early application is encouraged.
Workshop Targets Energy Efficiency Practices at NPE Plastics Conference
The NPE 2006 International Plastics Showcase, a premier forum for plastics industry professionals, was recently held in Chicago, IL, and featured 1,850 exhibits and 120 conferences and workshops geared towards improving industrial technologies and processes. Paul Scheihing of ITP gave the opening presentation at the Energy Efficiency workshop, reporting on ITP's Save Energy Now campaign, and distributing the "Improving Energy Efficiency at U.S. Plastics Manufacturing Plants" report (PDF 1052 KB), which describes 99 energy-saving findings identified through assessments conducted by Industrial Assessment Centers. Also presenting at the workshop were Gordon Slack of Dow Chemical, reporting on Dow's successful energy management practices; Peter Jones of Wexco Plastics, who reviewed the results of an ITP-sponsored plant energy assessment at Wexco; and Todd Simmons of All World Machinery Supply, Inc., who explained the benefits of alternative energy methods over idle electric motors. View the presentations.
California Energy Commission Addresses Natural Gas Efficiency in Industrial Process Heating Challenge
As a relatively clean-burning source of energy, natural gas has become the fuel of choice in industrial process heating nationwide. In California, industry uses approximately 18% of total natural gas. Recently, the increasing demand for natural gas has put pressure on both the supply and price of this energy source. To counteract increasing industrial natural gas demand and soaring energy prices, the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program is launching a campaign to improve efficiency in process heating systems. On June 27, 2006, CEC hosted the Workshop on Natural Gas Use Efficiency for Industrial Process Heat in San Francisco, bringing together 19 industry and utility representatives to identify energy efficiency opportunities and goals for process heating applications and technologies. Participants worked together to analyze and prioritize potential opportunities, obstacles, and R&D solutions to set goals for natural gas efficiency in California process industries. Results will be highlighted in a final report to be issued in August 2006. Learn more about industrial Process Heating.
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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.
Add PEP to Your Energy Savings Software Tool Library
Use ITP's new Quick PEP (Plant Energy Profiler) free online software tool to quickly pinpoint your plant's energy use and determine the best opportunities for energy savings! Complete a plant profile, and Quick PEP will provide you with a customized report that shows the amount of energy purchased at your plant, the major energy consuming systems, potential cost and energy savings, and a list of next steps to help you ensure savings. Read the new fact sheet describing the software, and visit the BestPractices Software Tools Web site to use Quick PEP today!
EERE Information Center—Your First Line Resource
Have you ever wondered how the EERE Information Center can help your company? The Center serves ITP and other EERE customers as a first-line resource, providing information about ITP and other EERE programs. In addition, the staff offers you information about resources such as newsletters, technical publications, software tools, training, and technology programs. Information Center engineering staff also provides customized technical assistance to help plant personnel and industrial service providers identify and implement energy saving measures, and makes referrals to Qualified Specialists and other experts as needed.
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.
Iron and Steelmaking Solicitation
ITP partners with industry in high-risk, high-value R&D that will reduce energy and environmental impacts, and enhance economic competitiveness of domestic industries. Watch the ITP Solicitations Web page for current funding opportunities. Submit your proposal now 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 seeks to invest in technologies to reduce energy use, improve efficiency of processing equipment, or minimize the generation of scrap and oxides. Proposals are also being accepted for analytical studies on displacing natural gas in ironmaking with alternative fuels. Proposals are due 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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