Second Round of Energy Savings Assessments Kicks Off in October!
ITP's Save Energy Now will soon launch Round 2 of its successful Energy Savings Assessment (ESA) effort, offering an expanded scope of system assessments, and cost-sharing options with industry associations, utilities, and other partners. Plan to take part in this national effort; apply online beginning October 2, 2006.
As in Round 1, an individual plant must have annual energy consumption of 1 trillion Btu or more per year to be eligible for an ESA, however, groups of plants with a combined total of 1 trillion Btu per year are also eligible. ITP is offering several new options to broaden the scope of the ESAs. Now, in addition to steam and process heating systems, pump, fan, and compressed air systems will also qualify for assessments. Also, cost-shared options will be available for those plants that have already received an ESA, but are interested in an assessment on a different industrial system. ITP will also provide a cost-shared opportunity for third parties wishing to apply on behalf of a group of plants.
DOE will make initial selections of applications for ESAs in late November. Additional selections will be announced periodically until the target of 250 assessments is reached for the calendar year 2007.
The first 100 ESAs in 2006 identified more than $250 million in potential annual savings in process heating and steam systems. If the plants fully implement these recommendations, they will, on average, reduce their energy bill by more than 7% and $2.5 million per year — significant benefits for individual manufacturers and the entire nation. Read detailed reports on results of the ESAs.
DOE Introduces Loan Guarantee Program to Boost Commercial Energy Projects
To encourage early commercialization of innovative, clean energy technologies, DOE is offering loan guarantees for projects that will help diversify U.S. energy sources, reduce reliance on foreign energy sources, and encourage energy efficiency. As directed by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), loan guarantees are a partnership tool that DOE can use to promote commercial use of energy technologies that eliminate or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to facilitate implementation of new or improved technologies and processes. Visit DOE's Loan Guarantee Program Web site to learn more and submit a Pre-Application.
Metal Infusion Surface Treatment Extends Life of Die Casting Equipment
A new surface treatment developed with ITP support by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Chemical Composite Coatings, International, LLC (C3), is increasing lifetime and productivity of engineering components in a variety of industrial applications. Metal Infusion Surface Treatment (MIST) uses rapid infrared processing to infuse up to 51 elements into the surface of metals and alloys, and then secures these elements with a thin, nanostructured coating. Recently selected for an R&D 100 award, the MIST technology is improving the life of aluminum die casting parts by 30 to 50 times, and has also shown to increase lifetimes of metalworking and cutting tools. In addition to aluminum die casting applications, MIST shows potential application in spark plugs and catalytic filter function, as well as fuel cells. Learn more (PDF 125 KB).
Bandwidth Studies Analyze Potential for Energy Savings and R&D Direction
ITP is releasing several new energy bandwidth studies that will help to determine the greatest potential for energy efficiency improvements in industrial systems and guide future R&D efforts. These analyses identify the most energy-intensive and least efficient industrial processes, and provide a snapshot of energy losses that can be recovered through improved technologies and operating practices.
- The Pulp and Paper Industry Energy Bandwidth Study reviews how energy management best practices and innovative technologies can improve efficiency in the pulp and paper industry. Comparing average mill energy consumption and mill energy consumption if state-of-the-art technologies were applied, the study found that mills using state-of-the-art technologies consumed 26% less energy and 46% less fossil fuel than average mills.
- The Chemicals Bandwidth Study analyzes 25 of the most energy-intensive processes in chemical manufacturing, and provides a snapshot of potentially recoverable energy losses. This study uses a unique "exergy" analysis to pinpoint inefficiencies, evaluating not only the quantity, but the quality of energy lost.
Watch the ITP E-Bulletin for additional bandwidth studies coming soon!
Don't Miss These Premier Energy Events!
Join your colleagues in attending these exciting energy conferences:
- The 7th Annual Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Roadmap Workshop on September 13-15, 2006, in Seattle, WA will review the past year's progress and discuss actions and challenges to advancing CHP in the marketplace. This year, the workshop is held in conjunction with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) annual meeting.
- Be sure to stop by the ITP exhibit booth at the 29th annual World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) on September 13-15, 2006, in Washington, D.C. This comprehensive forum features a large, multi-track conference agenda, seminars, free workshops and tours, and exhibits of the most promising energy-efficient technologies. This year, WEEC also includes FEMWorks 2006, a series of workshops specifically targeting federal energy managers and presentations and exhibits on high performance buildings. WEEC also serves as the Association of Energy Engineers' (AEE) annual convention.
- DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) host the Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance conference on October 10-12, 2006, in St. Louis, MO. This first-time event brings together key stakeholders to boost the commercialization of renewable energy technologies and distribution systems. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and USDA Secretary Mike Johanns will kick off the conference, which includes presentations on building supply and distribution chains, encouraging demand, developing infrastructure, and creating effective market models and partnerships.
- The Texas Technology Showcase, on December 6-7, 2006, in Galveston, TX targets energy saving technologies and practices for the chemical and petroleum refining industries. Learn about the tools in The Engineer's Energy Toolbox: Practices, Technology and Management through 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 (PDF 142 KB) 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.
Just Released: Forest Products Technology Roadmap and Portfolio Peer Review Final Report
The new Forest Products Industry Technology Roadmap identifies seven high-value technology platforms for focusing collaborative R&D activities that will help the industry meet energy and competitive challenges. Developed by ITP with support of the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, the roadmap provides a framework for reinventing and reinvigorating the industry through technological innovations. Review the report.
The final report and program response from the FY06 Forest Products Portfolio Peer Review held in April 2006 is now available. During the Peer Review, six industry experts evaluated the Forest Products' strategic plan, reviewed 24 products from it's portfolio, and made recommendations for improvement. These recommendations will assist the project teams in defining strategy for the program, and help guide future R&D of new technologies and processes for the pulp and paper industry. Learn more.
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 by October 3 for Iron and Steelmaking Solicitation
The deadline is fast approaching for the Collaborative Energy Efficiency Research in Ironmaking and Steelmaking solicitation; apply by 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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