Get Ready to Save Energy Now in Round 2 of Energy Savings Assessments!
Are you ready to find out how saving energy today can help your company remain competitive in the future? Then, apply now for an ITP Energy Savings Assessment (ESA)! The application phase of Round 2 of ITP's Save Energy Now campaign is in full swing and will remain open until January 19, 2007, or until the goal of 250 assessments is reached. In Round 2, ITP has expanded the scope of eligible plant systems to include fan, compressed air, and pumping systems, in addition to process heating and steam. Also, ITP is offering several new opportunities for cost-sharing and third party financing options. Prior to the assessment, interested companies will also be able to use the Quick Plant Energy Profiler (Quick PEP) software tool to determine their plant's overall energy use. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to partner with ITP to improve productivity, and save energy and costs in your manufacturing facility.
The first phase of the highly successful Save Energy Now campaign is nearing its goal of conducting 200 ESAs in 2006! To date, 180 ESAs have been completed. Reports from the first 138 have identified $342 million in energy cost savings, and reduction of natural gas consumption by 35 trillion Btu per year; equivalent to the natural gas consumed by more than 480,000 typical U.S. homes. These are significant savings for U.S. manufacturers and the nation, and many of the initial savings opportunities are being replicated in other plants. Visit the Results Web page to view the ESA savings identified so far, and access detailed reports of companies' findings.
In addition to offering ESAs, and plant assessments through Industrial Assessment Centers, the Save Energy Now initiative also provides technical assistance through ITP's portfolio of resources. This includes software tools, training, Web casts, and technical publications, as well as consultation with experts.
Texas Technology Showcase Gives You Tools for Energy Efficiency
There is still time to reserve your spot at the Texas Technology Showcase on December 6-7, 2006, in Galveston, TX! Find out about The Engineer's Energy Toolbox: Practices, Technologies, and Management, and energy saving opportunities in the chemical and petroleum-refining industries. Attend the technical sessions 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 on technologies targeting NOx emissions reduction. Early bird registration ends November 13; register now for this premier energy event!
ITP Awards Funding for R&D of Energy-Efficient Materials and Chemical Processes
Through cost-shared competitive solicitations, ITP partners with industry to conduct R&D in technologies that meet industrial energy efficiency challenges. ITP has recently selected projects in response to solicitations in the Chemicals and Industrial Materials for the Future subprograms. Following is information on the selected projects:
- Innovative materials can greatly improve the efficiency of industrial equipment and processes, therefore, R&D of new materials is a critical component of ITP strategy. In response to a competitive solicitation, ITP has recently awarded $14.1 million in funding for six projects that will develop new materials to improve energy efficiency in U.S. manufacturing plants. These projects aim to boost industrial energy efficiency through development of process sensors, ultra-hard materials, membranes, refractories, and advance nanoporous, thermal insulation; energy savings of 93 trillion Btu by 2020 are expected. Details on the projects.
- Four new projects have been selected that promise to reduce energy and environmental impacts, and enhance competitiveness in the U.S. chemicals industry. Three of the projects target innovations in reactions and separations processes, and the fourth project will focus on improving technologies and systems that transport energy to and from the chemical process. Projected energy savings from these projects is estimated to be more than 5 trillion Btu per year by 2030. Learn more.
Changing the World One Light Bulb at a Time
Small changes in our homes and businesses can add up to big energy savings. That is the message behind the "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign, launched by DOE and EPA in recognition of Energy Awareness Month. If each U.S. household replaced one standard incandescent light bulb with an Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), there would be enough energy saved to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year, and prevent greenhouse gases equal to the emissions of 800,000 cars. CFL bulbs provide the same amount of light as a standard bulb, but use 2/3 less energy and last 10 times longer. Imagine the energy savings from replacing light bulbs in an entire industrial plant! Make the "Change a Light" pledge today, and please check DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as the referring organization.
Deadline Extended for Loan Guarantee Program Pre-applications
DOE has extended the deadline for pre-applications for the Loan Guarantee Program to December 31, 2006, in order to allow interested parties sufficient time to develop plans and prepare materials for submission. The purpose of the Loan Guarantee Program is to encourage early commercialization of clean energy technologies that eliminate or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and implement energy efficiency measures. Apply today!
Register Now for the 23rd Annual NAESCO Conference
The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) is the primary industry organization for the energy services industry, working with trade groups, energy service companies (ESCOs), distributed generation companies, engineers, and finance companies to deliver cost-effective energy services to customers. Attend the 23rd Annual NAESCO conference on November 15-16, 2006, in Dallas, TX, to learn about the federal, regional, and state market trends that affect your business. Get tips on refining your market strategies, how to beat the competition to new market opportunities, and how to effectively promote your products and services. The Vendor Showcase will feature the latest innovations for saving energy and improving productivity. Get more information and register.
Coatings Technology Captures Top Engineering Materials Award
ASM International recently awarded its 2006 Engineering Materials Achievement Award to Swagelok® Company for the development of the low-temperature colossal supersaturation (PDF 953 KB) process. This ITP-supported Industrial Materials for the Future process uses a coating technology which imparts corrosion and wear resistance, high surface hardness, and high fatigue resistance to stainless steel components. Potential industrial applications for these coatings include pumps, bearings, fasteners, and components for analytical and process instrumentation.
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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.
Spotlight on Kodak's Picture Perfect Energy Savings
Kodak's plant in Rochester, NY, is the company's largest U.S. manufacturing facility, using between 40,000–50,000 motors in its production plant. With help from DOE's MotorMaster+ software tool, Kodak personnel systematically evaluated existing motors to determine potential energy savings of replacing them with new motors. To date, Kodak has retrofitted approximately 600 motors with National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Premium™ efficiency motors, saving the company 5.8 million kWh of electricity and $664,000 in energy costs each year. Read the Performance Spotlight (PDF 370 KB). Learn about MotorMaster+ (PDF 1.2 MB) and the other ITP BestPractices Software Tools.
New Tip Sheets Help Manufacturers Optimize Systems and Save Energy
ITP has just added two new pumping tip sheets to its library of technical resources to help manufacturers keep their energy systems operating at peak efficiency. Pumping Tip Sheet #7: Trim or Replace Impellers on Oversized Pumps (PDF 209 KB) and Pumping Tip Sheet #8: Optimize Parallel Pumping Systems (PDF 271 KB) are concise, 2-page tip sheets that offer no- or low- cost strategies for optimizing systems, reducing energy use, and saving money. Tap into these and the entire collection of BestPractices Resources.
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 November 21 for SBIR/STTR Solicitation!
The deadline is fast approaching for the Fiscal Year 2007 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitation; apply by November 21, 2006! This funding opportunity aims to increase private sector R&D and commercialization of technologies through providing approximately $36 million to small businesses. Approximately 360 projects will be selected for the Phase I grants, which will evaluate the feasibility of the project; Phase II grantees will further develop their project to commercialization. Learn about the eligible technical topics, and apply today!
And remember, prior to submitting an application for a solicitation at Grants.gov, you must first complete the one-time registration, which may take up to 14 days to process. Please register as soon as possible to be eligible to apply for solicitations without delay!
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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