Save Energy Now Initiates Round Two of Energy Savings Assessments
News flash! ITP is preparing for Round 2 of its Save Energy Now campaign, continuing its efforts to help U.S. industry identify potential energy and cost savings opportunities. Round 2 will offer expanded assessments for plants, including system evaluation for pump, compressed air, fan, and motor systems (in addition to steam and process heating), and cost-shared opportunities. An additional 250 Energy Savings Assessments (ESA) will be offered in 2007; applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2006. Stay tuned to the Save Energy Now Web site for further announcements! Here's what you need to know:
Question: What is an ESA?
Answer: An ESA is an up to three-day review by a ESA Expert who works in partnership with your energy managers and their staff to evaulate your plant systems, using DOE Software Tools. The Expert and your staff use the tools to identify areas for potential energy savings; the result is a report that details recommendations for improvement. The ESA is key to identifying savings opportunities which can then evolve into a strategic, long-term energy management business plan.
By the end of this year, 200 ESAs will be completed. The Save Energy Now effort has reached the halfway mark for this year, having performed 100 energy savings assessments which have identified 27.5 trillion Btu per year in natural gas savings, and total potential annual energy cost savings of $256.1 million. Thirteen plants have reported more than $1.9 million in immediate savings, implemented in the first 30 days following the assessment. Details on results.
Question: How can an ESA benefit my plant?
Answer: Energy efficiency makes good business sense. Improved energy savings, production, and reliability through implementing new technologies and energy management practices translates into increased profits for the individual plant. On the national level, energy efficiency contributes to a healthier environment by reducing emissions, and decreases waste and dependence on foreign energy sources. In addition to finding substantial energy savings, an important benefit of an ESA is the training that plant personnel receive in using DOE Software Tools to help them identify even more energy savings opportunities.
Visit the Resources Web site to order your Save Energy Now CD, access other technical resources to help you optimize your plant systems, and sign up to partner with ITP. Details of Round 2 of the Energy Savings Assessments will be announced in the September issue of the ITP E-Bulletin.
Universities Selected to Host Industrial Assessment Centers
Through a competitive solicitation process, DOE has selected 26 universities across the United States to direct Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC). Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman gave the "thumbs-up" to ITP's IAC program, declaring it a "win-win for everyone involved; for industry, for the participating students and universities, and for America." This unique educational program prepares engineering students to be industrial energy efficiency experts through hands-on practical training, technical report writing, and academic coursework. In addition, the IAC program helps small to medium-sized manufacturers by conducting free, comprehensive energy audits at their facilities to identify opportunities for energy savings, and improved efficiency and productivity. Read about the awardees.
Center Directors from newly chosen Tennessee Technological University (TTU) and the University of Delaware are clearly excited to be part of the IAC program. "We feel this is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about industrial energy efficiency and to help local industries identify and implement energy saving technologies. TTU faculty have a rich history of assisting industry on a wide variety of problems and we see energy efficiency as another opportunity to serve this sector," said Dr. Glenn Cunningham of TTU. Dr. Keith Goossen of the University of Delaware added, "While the University of Delaware's vigorous work in renewables paves the way toward energy independence for our nation, it is clear that this must be done in conjunction with increases in energy efficiency in order to achieve success. The IAC program has clearly been a great boon to the nation's business community, and we are looking forward to assisting local industry in gaining greater energy efficiency through both engineering and operational analyses."
Directors from the selected schools assembled on July 31-August 1, 2006, in Washington, D.C. to review current and upcoming activities, as well as case studies on a variety of technical topics. In addition, two awards of distinction were presented: the "Center of Excellence Award" to North Carolina State University; and the "Lifetime Achievement Award" to Dr. Lawrence L. Ambs of University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Learn more about the IAC Program.
ITP Projects Capture Eight R&D 100 Awards
ITP is excited to learn that eight of its supported technologies have won R&D 100 awards! The prestigious R&D 100 awards are given annually by R&D Magazine to honor the 100 most significant new technologies and processes developed and brought to market during the past year. Awards are based on each achievement's technical significance, uniqueness, and usefulness. Since 1962, DOE has supported the basic research for nearly 700 of these award-winning projects. Read details on the eight ITP-supported award-winning technologies!
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Energy Events
Several exciting energy events are on the horizon! Here are some you won't want to miss:
- ITP will conduct its annual Corporate Peer Review on September 6-7, 2006 in Arlington, VA. The Program accomplishments, R&D focus, and vision for the future will be reviewed.
- The 7th Annual Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Roadmap Workshop will be held on September 13-15, 2006, in Seattle, WA. The agenda will gauge the success of the Roadmap and address next steps to advance CHP milestones to meet the goal of doubling CHP capacity by 2010.
- Plan to attend the 29th annual World Energy Engineering Congress 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. Register before September 1 to receive the discounted rate.
- Attend the Texas Technology Showcase, on December 6-7, 2006, in Galveston, TX and learn about the tools in The Engineer's Energy Toolbox: Practices, Technology and Management. The agenda is packed full of sessions examining the best practices in programs and new technologies that are proving themselves today, as well as the energy management strategies for long-term results. Special presentations will highlight case studies on NOx reduction technology implementation. Exhibit booth registration for exhibitors will open on September 15; booth spaces are limited, so early application is encouraged. Submit the Exhibitor Information document to reserve your space.
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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.
Use ITP Software Tools to Identify Savings Opportunities
ITP BestPractices software tools are your ticket to identifying savings in your plant's energy systems! Choose from a variety of energy management and system-specific software tools. Simply plug your plant information into the Quick Plant Energy Profiler (Quick PEP) software tool, and it determines how your plant is using energy. It then provides you with a detailed report about your plant's energy purchases, major energy-consuming systems, potential energy and cost savings, and next steps for implementing savings. System-specific software tools are also available for compressed air, steam, motors, pumps, and process heating. Take advantage of these useful tools and start saving energy and money today!
Hurricane Season is Near - Is Your Plant Prepared?
It has been said that success is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. U.S. industrial plants learned some key lessons from damages caused by the 2005 hurricane season, which totalled more than $21 billion. Loss of assets due to high winds, flooding, loss of power and raw materials, disruptions in infrastructure, and other challenges could have been mitigated had industrial plants been better prepared. Visit ITP's new Hurricane Ready Web site to access steps you can take right now to fortify your plant against hurricane damages, and links to additional useful information. And, be sure to read the new fact sheet (PDF 456 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.
Apply Now for Collaborative Funding Opportunity!
There is still time to apply for the Collaborative Energy Efficiency Research in Ironmaking and Steelmaking solicitation; the deadline is October 3, 2006! This funding opportunity targets R&D of new technologies and processes to improve energy efficiency of ironmaking and steelmaking manufacturing, or minimize the generation of scrap and oxides. The solicitation is also accepting proposals for analytical studies on displacing natural gas in ironmaking with alternative fuels. 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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