Share the Cost—Keep the Savings!
Join forces with ITP to optimize your energy-intensive industrial systems, and start saving energy and money now! Selection of the applications for 2007 ESAs is underway, and there is still time to apply! If your plant consumes 1 Trillion Btu or more per year, you may be eligible to receive a no-cost assessment in motor-driven, process heating, or steam systems. In addition, ITP brings you several new opportunities to partner with other companies and third parties to share the costs of an assessment, while you keep the savings. Here's a rundown of the opportunities:
- Did your company complete an ESA in 2006 in steam or process heating? Build on your success by assessing a different system, and sharing the cost of the assessment with DOE.
- Does your plant consume less than 1 trillion Btu annually? Then, partner with other plants, share the assessment cost and keep the savings!
- Are you a utility, trade organization, or state energy office? Apply on behalf of a plant; share the cost of the ESA with DOE, and help your industrial partner find ways to reduce energy demand while becoming more profitable.
Finding ways to fine-tune these systems often costs little, but the potential for savings could be big! Of the 200 ESAs completed in 2006, 188 plants reporting results to date have identified total potential natural gas savings of 48 trillion Btu per year, or $457 million in energy cost savings. Typical savings for implemented improvements are up to 7%—which could make cost-sharing an ESA one of the best investments your plant can make!
The application process will remain open until 250 assessments are selected. Apply now!
ITP Software Tool Basics at a Webcast Near You
Learning about ITP&'s powerful suite of software assessment tools is more convenient than ever. Now, in addition to full-day training sessions, ITP offers a series of 2-hour Webcasts, facilitated by experts. These sessions introduce the tools and help you learn the basics—and the benefits—of using them to target opportunities for energy savings in your plant. This training is for you if your plant is scheduled to receive a 2007 Energy Savings Assessment, if you are considering applying for one, or if you want a good start in using the tools. The Webcasts rotate regularly to feature fans, pumping, compressed air, steam, and process heating systems. To sign up for an upcoming session, see the ITP BestPractices training calendar. You can also learn more and download these specialized software tools—free of charge.
ITP Appoints New Technology Delivery Team Leader
DOE recently announced the selection of James Quinn as the new Technology Delivery Team Leader for ITP. Mr. Quinn has held a number of positions within DOE in the offices of Energy Efficiency, Fossil Energy and Policy office. He presently manages ITP programs for industrial energy systems, software development and outreach activities. He is a leader in ITP&'s Save Energy Now campaign. Mr. Quinn also leads ITP&'s international activities and is the U.S. delegate to the International Energy Agency implementing agreement on Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems (IETS). Find out more.
New Separations Membrane Promise Savings for Distillation Processes
Reducing energy use in distillation processes represents a major research opportunity for ITP, and a recent project completed by PoroGen Corporation has met this challenge. With ITP support, PoroGen has developed a novel hollow fiber membrane with superior physical, thermal, and chemical durability for use in large scale, separation applications in the chemical, petrochemical, and food industries. Manufactured from an advanced polymer poly(ether ether ketone), the PEEK membrane offers an energy-efficient alternative to high capital cost and energy-intensive distillation processes currently in use. Estimated energy savings for chemical, petrochemical, and food industries is 55 trillion Btu/year. PoroGen has completed the initial round of financing and is currently building a membrane manufacturing facility in Woburn, Massachusetts.
New Report Highlights Industrial Best Practices for Metalcasters
In the face of the reported low profit margin of 2.4% pretax (2005) in the foundry industry, ITP has found that, in fact, many opportunities exist to not only reduce energy use, but also boost profitability. A project to explore reasons why the foundry industry is hesitant to adopt new R&D outcomes was recently completed. The resulting report, Implementation of Metal Cast Best Practices (PDF 1.0 MB), documents 11 foundry assessments, including ferrous and nonferrous, and a variety of casting processes, including sand, permanent mold, die casting, and lost foam. During the assessments, the project team made observations and recommendations on facility and operational aspects that could improve the casting operations' bottom line. In addition, the team provided each facility with ITP BestPractices free software tools to enable them to analyze their own energy use. These improvements, if implemented and sustained, could result in substantial improvement in profitability for the foundry industry.
Qualified Specialist Training Opens the Door to ESA Energy Expert Opportunity
Are you interested in becoming an ESA Energy Expert? If so, attend Qualified Specialist training classes—your essential first step toward becoming an ESA Energy Expert! ITP offers Qualified Specialist training in pumping, steam, compressed air, fan, and process heating systems. These rigorous 2- or 3-day classes are open to industry professionals with substantial system knowledge and who are interested in taking a qualifying exam. Register for upcoming specialist trainings by visiting the ITP BestPractices training calendar, and get started on the path to becoming an ESA Energy Expert.
Save the Date for These Upcoming Events
Attend these upcoming conferences and learn about the newest innovative technologies and energy management practices, and network with industry peers:
- The Lake States Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) Annual Energy Conference and Trade Fair, "Focus on Energy Symposium" on February 22, 2007, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, brings you information on energy-saving tools and tactics that use the latest technologies.
- The focus is on partnership and collaboration at the 2007 PIMA & TAPPI International Leadership Conference on March 11-15, 2007, in Jacksonville, Florida. This conference brings together both groups to address industry issues and explore common concerns.
- Mark your calendars for the 27th Forging Industry Technical Conference and Energy Summit on March 28-29, 2007, in Ft. Worth, Texas. This conference will showcase new technologies and energy management practices in the forging industry, and also includes plant tours to Chaparral Steel, and Trinity Forge.
- Don't miss the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) 78th Annual Meeting, on April 11-14, 2007, in San Diego, California.
- American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) brings you the first-ever "Energy Efficiency Finance Forum" on April 12-13, 2007, in New York City, New York. Explore the opportunities for investing in energy efficiency and network with industry leaders.
- The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) will hold their 2007 Spring National Meeting on April 22-26, 2007, in Houston, Texas.
For more, see the ITP Events calendar!
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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.
Now Available—Quick PEP Version 1.1.2
Use ITP's Quick Plant Energy Profiler, or Quick PEP, to understand how energy is being used at your plant, and identify areas for potential savings. In approximately an hour, users can complete a plant profile, which diagnoses the energy being purchased, and how it is being consumed. Once those areas have been identified, Quick PEP provides a broad list of potential next steps for the user to begin realizing cost and energy savings. Take advantage of this free Web-based software tool!
IEA Takes a Look at Global Industrial Energy Efficiency
The International Energy-Related Technologies and Systems (IETS) operates under the International Energy Agency (IEA) to foster international cooperation in meeting the challenge of industrial energy efficiency. IETS activities seek to expand awareness of R&D of cost-effective technologies, promote synergy between systems, and enhance international partnerships towards sustainable development. Subscribe to the new quarterly IETS newsletter, now available online! This inaugural issue examines black liquor gasification technology, a benchmarking tool for pulp and paper mills, and separation technologies.
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.
NYSERDA Solicitation Targets Industrial Efficiency Projects
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)is currently offering more than $5.7 million to promote New York State industrial energy efficiency projects. NYSERDA's Program Opportunity Notice 1130 seeks proposals for projects to develop, demonstrate, or commercialize new industrial energy-efficient technologies or processes. This includes proposals from technology developers who would produce an innovative product or service to benefit industry, or technology users who intend to use an innovative product or underutilized process that will provide an energy benefit. The first due date is March 28, 2007.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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