Why Wait? Apply Today for an Energy Savings Assessment
Time is money...and so is energy. One or more of your plants could be just an application away from uncovering hidden profits of 7% or more annually. We did the math, and that's how much your plant could save, starting with a no-cost or cost-shared Energy Savings Assessment (ESA) available from ITP in 2007. The initial selection of applications for ESAs is underway. So far, 82 applications have been chosen, but there is still plenty of opportunity for your company to apply. Additional selections will be made periodically until ITP's target of 250 assessments has been reached for 2007. With an expanded focus on process heating, steam, compressed air, pumping, or fan systems, you won't want to miss this opportunity to start saving energy now! Apply today!
Many plants have already taken action by applying for and receiving an ESA in 2006. Companies such as Kellogg, Sunoco, Tembec, and many more took part in the first round of 200 ESAs, and have identified excellent opportunities for savings. Of the 188 plants that have reported their results, the total potential natural gas savings are 48 trillion Btu per year—equivalent to the natural gas consumed by 666,000 typical homes—and the potential cost savings of nearly $460 million. After six months, 71 plants have completed energy savings projects worth more than $10 million, and another $130 million in energy savings have been identified. Learn more about these impressive results.
ESA Energy Experts Accept Challenge to Become Energy Educators
ITP Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs) provide plants an opportunity to learn from the top energy experts in the field. In December 2006, about 60 ESA Energy Experts met in Dallas, Texas, to kick off and prepare for this year's round of ESAs. Ron Wroblewski, PE, Productive Energy Solutions, in Madison, Wisconsin, attended the meeting wearing two hats: one as an ESA Energy Expert and one as a workshop presenter. Ron said one of the most important things he learned at the meeting is DOE's new expectation for experts. "In the past, we were seen as magicians that waved a magic wand over the plant. Now, we want to make customers understand that they are part of the process. We want to teach them how to find and implement energy savings that will persist over time."
The challenge for the ESA Energy Experts will be to make the most of an assessment as a starting point while helping customers understand how to use ITP BestPractices software tools to find energy savings opportunities. These experts are highly experienced professionals who have passed a rigorous exam to become ITP Qualified Specialists; they then receive additional training to conduct ESAs, and are vital resources in helping you identify energy saving opportunities. Find out more about ESAs and the ESA Energy Experts.
Biological Air Filtration Technology Reduces Emissions and Costs for Wood Products Industry
The production of wood products such as fiberboard, particle board, and oriented strand board creates air emissions and particulates that must be controlled to meet air quality standards. The Biological Oxidation and Air Filtration Technology, sponsored by ITP, uses microorganisms to oxidize organic and inorganic pollutants into nontoxic byproducts. This technology offers an alternative to conventional emission control technologies that are energy intensive and generate secondary pollutants.
Researchers from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and BioReaction Industries, LLC recently completed field-scale tests at Stimson Lumber Company in Forest Grove, Oregon. The testing not only proved that the bio-oxidation system is a viable technology for controlling emissions, it also demonstrated that the technology uses less energy and costs less to run than conventional systems. Further field tests are planned, promising continued progress in bio-oxidation technology for the wood products industry. To learn more, see the fact sheet (PDF 92 KB).
Novel Dry Coal Deshaling Technology Removes Waste Rock from Coal and Saves Energy
A novel method for removing waste rock from coal is proving to save energy and increase product value in industrial trials. Eriez Manufacturing Company is commercializing the FGX technology with technical support from the University of Kentucky and Virginia Tech as part of an R&D project funded by ITP. The process works by separating higher density rock from lower density coal with a dry air table technology. FGX deshaling plant modules are small enough to be placed close to the extraction point, which reduces the transport and the need to process out-of-seam waste rock. Industrial trials have shown the low-cost system retains nearly all coal, yet rejects more than 70% of waste rock; this increases the heating value of the product, while reducing ash, sulfur and mercury content. Read the fact sheet (PDF 94 KB) to learn more about this new technology and its potential impact on the coal and other mining industries.
Texas Technology Showcase Wrap-up: Protecting U.S. Competitiveness with Energy Management Tools
The Texas Technology Showcase, held on December 6-7, 2006, in Galveston, Texas, focused on useful energy management tools for the chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining industries, from best practices in programs and new technologies to the management strategies that sustain results. The 2-day conference, hosted by DOE, the Texas Industries of the Future, the Texas State Conservation Office, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, provided attendees with essential information on how effective energy management contributes to reduced long-term manufacturing costs. Keynote speakers covered a wide range of topics on accelerating advanced technologies and best practices to improve U.S. competitiveness.
Kick Off a New Year of Energy Savings with these Upcoming Events
Take advantage of these conferences and events featuring energy management, cutting-edge technologies, and leadership opportunities that can help you improve your operations and boost the bottom line:
- The Northwest Food Processors Association is set to host the 93rd annual Northwest Food Manufacturing and Packaging Expo, January 14-17, 2007, 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 and an expected 3,500 or more attendees.
- If pulp and paper is your industry, don't miss the Lake States Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) Annual Energy Conference and Trade Fair "Energy Advantage—Don't Miss Any Opportunity" on February 22, 2007, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Topics will range from the latest on biofuel sources to energy savings tools and tactics that use the latest technologies.
- The Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA) and TAPPI have combined resources and ideas to create a world-class, global event with benefits for professionals at every level. The two will host the 2007 PIMA & TAPPI International Leadership Conference, on March 11-15, 2007, in Jacksonville, Florida, bringing together the paper industry's innovators, leaders, and core professionals at an inaugural event to share knowledge and experience and to offer the community an unparalleled networking opportunity.
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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.
Tips on Applying Adjustable Speed Drives for Efficient Flow Control
Your plant, like many others, may be equipped with industrial pumps that are oversized or operating away from their best efficiency points. The latest in the ITP BestPractices series of pumping tip sheets, Adjustable Speed Pumping Applications (PDF 277 KB), offers good advice for using this technology as an efficient means of flow control. Learn which conditions are best suited for adjustable speed drive applications and their potential benefits, including improved energy efficiency, precise speed control, lower bearing loads, and lower maintenance costs. And, be sure to review the entire portfolio of BestPractices publications for more information on purchasing, analyzing, and maintaining industrial systems, including pumps, motors and fans, compressed air, process heating, and steam systems.
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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