Apply by April 13, 2007 for your 2007 Energy Savings Assessment!
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply!" (Goethe). If you know that energy-saving opportunities exist in your industrial facility, why wait to apply for a 2007 Energy Savings Assessment (ESA)? The deadline is 5:00 PM EST on April 13, 2007; apply now!
In 2006, 200 ESAs were completed as part of ITP's successful Save Energy Now campaign, identifying potential natural gas savings of 52.3 trillion Btu and $484 million worth of energy savings. Of these, 116 plants have reported implementing $22 million worth of energy savings after just 6 months, with $175 million in energy savings either underway or in the planning phase. Read more.
Visit the Save Energy Now Resources page to access a wealth of technical publications, software tools, training opportunities, and program information to help you save energy and boost productivity. Preview the Webcast training presentations, and register for a session if your plant is scheduled to receive a 2007 ESA, if you are considering applying for one, or if you want a good start in using the software tools.
ITP Targets Energy Savings Opportunities at U.S. Data Centers
Energy-intensive data centers across the United States will soon benefit from a new Save Energy Now initiative to reduce energy demand by 10%-20% through adoption of energy efficiency practices. In 2005, data centers used about 45 billion kWh—roughly 1.2% of all U.S. energy consumption—to run and maintain their computer systems, servers, and components. The demand for processing power continues to grow, presenting a prime opportunity for ITP to meet this energy challenge by applying the tools of the successful Save Energy Now program. Strategic activities include: energy savings assessments to pinpoint ways to reduce energy use; training data center designers in the latest energy management best practices; designing new software tools specifically to profile data center energy use; and disseminating information on energy saving opportunities for data centers. Learn more.
Enhanced Machine Vision System Boosts Energy Savings for Steel Industry
OG™ Technologies has advanced its award-winning HotEye™ Rolled Steel Bar (RSB) (PDF 128 KB) machine vision system to even greater technological breakthroughs, while also broadening its commercial market. With ITP support, OG™ Technologies developed the in-line machine vision system to help steel mills identify and analyze surface defects of rods, bars, and billets. Now, the HotEye™ system has demonstrated the ability to detect steel product surface flaws as small as 25 micrometers—about ¼ the width of a human hair—while moving at production line speeds of up to 236 mph. The system then provides a report on the type, size, severity, location, and cause of the defect. This breakthrough technology is expected to save more than 2 trillion Btu each year by reducing reprocessing through product quality improvement. Currently, HotEye™ systems are installed in the United States, Canada, and China, and are expected to expand into key markets such as Japan. OG™ Technologies won a 2006 R&D 100 Award for the HotEye™ technology, as well as a Michigan 50 Award, which recognizes high-performing companies in Michigan.
Energy Performance Framework Aims to Boost Energy Efficiency Recognition
More than 50 representatives from manufacturing companies, ITP, the EPA ENERGY STAR program, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the American National Standards Institute met to discuss a variety of approaches for engaging the industrial sector in promoting greater energy efficiency in U.S. plants. The "Achieving Superior Energy Performance" meeting was held on March 6, 2007, in Washington, D.C., to develop a framework to foster and recognize industrial energy efficiency accomplishments. Participants critiqued the preliminary concept proposal, identified potential barriers, and suggested innovative incentives to assist plants in initiating or accelerating their energy efficiency programs. The proposed framework will provide a means to help companies assign greater value to their energy efficiency improvements, verify their energy savings, and receive public recognition for their achievements. Learn more.
New Corrosion Prediction Software Paves the Way for Advanced Energy-Saving Alloys
A new software tool that predicts corrosion in advanced materials could save the chemical, petroleum, and power generation industries up to $1 billion in annual cost savings, and enable the use of advanced energy-saving alloys. The Corrosion Analyzer™ (PDF 56 KB), developed with ITP support by OLI Systems, Inc. and Southwest Research Institute, helps plant personnel evaluate advanced energy-saving materials in "real-world" environments, and selects an optimal alloy for specific applications. The software tool combines theoretical models and experimental results to develop models to predict general and localized corrosion of base alloys and fabricated components, including heat treatment and welding. This technology will save energy by enabling use of advanced high-performance alloys, prediction of useful service life, and for scheduling of maintenance activities.
Register Now for the Industrial Energy Technology Conference
Don't miss the 29th Industrial Energy Technology Conference on May 8-11, 2007, in New Orleans, LA! This annual conference will be packed with information on new industrial innovations, energy use, and waste reduction programs, as well as the latest information on state and federal programs affecting industry. The popular Energy Manager's Workshop kicks off the conference on May 8, with technical and practical sessions following. Highlights include new technologies and processes to cut energy costs, developing a corporate energy program, plant assessments, the American Chemistry Council Award winners, tools for assessing energy use, case studies, and much more. Special workshops focus on boiler and steam systems, and best practices for energy assessments.
Roadmap Highlights Current and Future Role of Robotics in Industry
A new report from ITP shows how robotics can help U.S. manufacturers improve productivity and reduce energy use in the face of increasing global competition. Technology Roadmap for Robotics in Manufacturing (PDF 1.8 MB) is the result of a June 2006 collaborative workshop which examined the current and future role of robotics in U.S. manufacturing processes. Read the report to learn about the role of robotics in industry today, trends affecting future use of robots, challenges to widespread implementation, and R&D and other activities that will help increase use of robotics in U.S. manufacturing facilities.
Attend These Upcoming Energy Events
Sign up now for these key industry events:
- Attend the 27th Forging Industry Technical Conference and Energy Summit on March 28-29, 2007, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to see the latest new technologies and energy management practices for the forging industry.
- 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, which explores the exciting new opportunities for investing in energy efficiency.
- The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) will hold its 2007 Spring National Meeting, on April 22-26, 2007, in Houston, Texas.
For additional upcoming conferences, visit the ITP events calendar.
Just Released: Major Upgrade of Glass Furnace Model 4.0 Software
The Glass Furnace Model (GFM) is an advanced computational fluid dynamic glass furnace simulation code developed for the glass industry to evaluate new or existing furnace design, performance, and operation. Developed by Argonne National Laboratory with ITP support, the software tool received a 2004 R&D 100 award for its ability to evaluate design and operating parameters to save energy and improve product quality. The GFM 4.0 version is now available with several upgraded features, including a modern installer, improved user interface, automated cycling between combustion and melt space computations, simulation progress monitoring and trouble shooting capability, and other enhancements. Order your free six month trial license.
Order Your Texas Technology Showcase Proceedings
More than 260 engineers from chemical and petroleum refining industries attended the 2006 Texas Technology Showcase to learn about the latest innovations in energy efficiency technologies and energy management practices. Now, attendees may purchase a CD containing 46 presentations and six case studies from the Showcase. Order now! Attendees may also view the presentations on the Texas Technology Showcase Web site. Contact Kathey Ferland at firstname.lastname@example.org for login information.
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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 Out: The Winter 2007 Issue of Energy Matters
Read the Winter 2007 issue of Energy Matters to find out how your manufacturing plant can benefit from industrial energy efficiency and energy management best practices for years to come. This issue brings you in-depth information on why U.S. plants need to expand their energy efficiency efforts despite downward trends in oil and gas prices. Find out how Owens-Corning partners with DOE to reduce its own energy use and costs in plants throughout the world. Learn the top 10 recommendations for improving process heating and steam system efficiency, which were compiled following the 200 Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs)conducted in 2006. Also read about what ESA Energy Experts have prepared for 2007 ESAs, as well as how to become a DOE Qualified Specialist in assessing industrial systems. Don't miss this issue!
Improved AirMaster+ and MotorMaster+ Software Tools Now Available
Visit ITP's BestPractices Software Tools Web page to download the newest versions of AirMaster+, MotorMaster+, and MotorMaster International. AirMaster+ Version 1.1.2 includes enhancements to compressors, and the option to enter utility rate values directly into screens. MotorMaster+ Version 4.0.6 has several new updates, including: an checkbox option to display only NEMA Premium motors, a similar option limiting the Batch Analysis setup to NEMA Premium for replacement motors; and updated motor price and performance data. MotorMaster International Version 1.0.15 includes the same checkbox option for NEMA Premium motors, and also features an IEC50Hz option limiting selections to motors that meet or exceed the CEMEP EFF1-High Efficiency motor standard, as well as updated motor price and performance data.
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.
First Round of NYSERDA Solicitation Proposals Due March 28, 2007
Submit your proposal for the first round of applications for The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) solicitation by March 28, 2007. NYSERDA's Program Opportunity Notice 1130 offers more than $5.7 million to promote New York State industrial energy efficiency projects, which 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. Subsequent due dates are July 19 and November 8, 2007.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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