Make Your New Year's Resolution to Save Energy Now!
Act now to get your company on track to Save Energy Now! The second round of ITP's Energy Savings Assessments (ESA) offers an expanded scope of system assessments and cost-sharing opportunities, and your company may be eligible. Apply today! Initial selection of applications for ESAs is well underway, and additional selections will be made periodically until the target of 250 assessments is reached for the calendar year 2007.
So far, 190 out of 200 Energy Savings Assessments from the first round have been completed, with the remainder scheduled. Results are in for 162 plants, reporting potential natural gas savings equal to 42 trillion Btu per year, or the natural gas use of 580,000 typical U.S. households. That equates to more than $395 million in energy savings per year.
Boise Cascade is just one of the companies already reaping energy savings from ESAs conducted in 2006. For example, a DOE Energy Expert worked with plant personnel to assess the steam systems at the Boise Alabama Operations Paper Mill in Jackson, Alabama. The goal of the ESA was threefold:
- to identify realistic and economically viable energy saving projects
- to train site personnel in evaluation and energy management techniques and practical application of the DOE BestPractices Steam System Assessment Tool
- to identify energy management best practices currently in use at the site that can be replicated throughout Boise Cascade and industry.
The ESA reviewed and affirmed several existing energy saving projects the mill was pursuing, and also identified three new projects. The projects implemented so far are saving the mill more than $2,500,000 per year.
Tom Tobin of Boise Cascade commented, "the Save Energy Now visit last year served as a real eye-opener for us around these opportunities, so we continue to give them a high priority."
In addition to the energy savings identified, a key result of the ESA was the training provided to the mill's newly created Charter Team, consisting of engineering, operations, and maintenance personnel to monitor steam system performance and implement improvements. To learn more, read the detailed report (PDF 58 KB) on the Boise Alabama Operations Paper Mill, and visit the Results Web page to read about the other Boise plants and companies conducting ESAs.
Don't miss this opportunity to partner with ITP in moving U.S. manufacturers toward high impact, clean, efficient energy technologies and practices.
ITP Names Douglas Kaempf as New Program Manager
DOE recently announced the appointment of Douglas Kaempf as the new Program Manager for ITP. Mr. Kaempf brings extensive industrial energy management experience to this position, with more than 21 years of process industry experience, including 12 years in the electric power industry. Most recently, Mr. Kaempf served as Program Manager for the Biomass Program within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he managed the biomass research portfolio and development investments to advance opportunities to meet U.S. demand for clean energy and biobased fuels and products. Previously, he served in a series of positions within ITP, including Acting Program Manager, Director of Industrial Program Operations, and Director of Industrial Process Technologies. During this time, he was involved in managing multi-million dollar research portfolios for extensive government-industry collaborations, and facilitated industry partnerships in developing R&D Visions and Roadmaps. Mr. Kaempf holds a Masters of Science degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. About ITP.
New Report Analyzes Thermoelectric Materials in Industrial Waste Heat Recovery
Approximately one-third of all energy consumed by U.S. manufacturers is lost to the atmosphere or cooling systems, because of inefficient use of excess energy. A new ITP report, Engineering Scoping Study of Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) Systems for Industrial Waste Heat Recovery (PDF 2.4 MB), examines the potential performance and engineering requirements of new thermoelectric materials in recovering industrial waste heat. This report identifies manufacturing operations suitable for advanced TEG technology, and provides an analysis of the potential energy recovery and of the engineering issues expected when integrating TEG devices into existing manufacturing processes. The report brings to light the need for new hot-side heat exchange materials, designs, and systems with performance characteristic that significantly exceed current technology.
Apply by December 31 for Loan Guarantee Program
Submit your Pre-Application for DOE's Loan Guarantee Program, and take advantage of this unique opportunity to bring your new technologies to market! Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (PDF 3.1 MB) allows DOE to guarantee loans to promote early commercilization of clean energy technologies that eliminate or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This partnership tool supports DOE's efforts to boost economic growth, environmental benefits, and a secure energy supply for the nation through development of new technologies. Visit DOE's Loan Guarantee Program Web site to learn more and submit a Pre-Application.
Award-winning Technology Optimizes Corrosion Resistance for Improved Performance of Stainless Steel Components
A new surface treatment process developed by Swagelok Company could improve productivity and save energy by reducing corrosion and wear on stainless steel in pumps, bearings, fasteners, water treatment, and analytical and process instrumentation. This new technology overcomes the challenge of optimizing both the hardness and corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless steels by using a low-temperature super-saturation process. The Swagelok process is currently used to manufacture fittings. Now, a project sponsored by ITP is working to extend the treatment to other alloys, and to quantify improvements in fatigue, corrosion, and wear resistance. So far, demonstrations show surface hardness increases of four to five times, and industrial component trials show two times the life extension in severe wear operations. Read more (PDF 85 KB) about this award-winning process. For this breakthrough technology, Swagelok recently received the American Society for Materials' (ASM) 2006 Engineering Materials Achievement Award. (See the November issue of the ITP E-Bulletin.)
Trade Show Offers Food Processors Tips on Boosting the Bottom Line
The Northwest Food Processors Association is pleased to host the 93rd annual Northwest Food Manufacturing and Packaging Expo on January 14-17, 2006, in Portland, Oregon. Attend this major event to network with industry peers, learn about the latest energy efficiency technologies and manufacturing techniques, new products, and services, and visit the Exhibit Hall, featuring more than 450 exhibits. This year's theme is "Manufacturing Excellence, Continuous Improvement," and features five tracks of technical sessions on topics such as food science, industrial energy efficiency, corporate energy management, and new technologies that will help companies improve their productivity. Register by December 15 for the early bird discount!
Pledge to "Change A Light" Towards Greater Energy Savings
Join ITP in making the commitment to DOE and EPA's "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign, and demonstrate how industry leaders are helping to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each Energy Star™ compact fluorescent light bulb uses two-thirds less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb, lasts up to 10 times longer, saves an average of $30 in energy costs, and prevents 450 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime. This simple change within an industrial plant could add up to sizeable energy savings. Make the "Change a Light" pledge today, and please check DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as the referring organization.
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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.
Locate an Industrial Assessment Center Near You!
Check out the updated Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) map to find a Center in your area. This new map reflects the 26 recently selected universities across the United States that will direct IACs, including five new Centers: Tennessee Technological University, University of Delaware, University of Washington, University of Alabama, and University of Missouri-Columbia. 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. In addition, this unique educational program prepares engineering students to be industrial energy efficiency experts through hands-on practical training, technical report writing, and academic coursework. Learn more about the IAC Program.
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.
Watch for Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Through solicitations, ITP encourages industry to participate in cost-shared R&D of new technologies and systems that will reduce energy and environmental impacts, and enhance economic competitiveness of U.S. industries. Watch the Solicitations Web page for announcements of upcoming solicitations.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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