2006 ESAs Bring You the Top 10 Tips for Improving Process Heating and Steam Systems
ITP's 2007 Energy Saving Assessments (ESAs) selections are moving full steam ahead, and there's still time to submit your application; the deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, April 13, 2007. Apply now! Visit the Save Energy Now Web site to apply for an ESA, and find technical tools and resources, training, and program information designed to help you identify energy-saving opportunities. View the Webcast training presentations, and register for a session if you are scheduled for a 2007 ESA, or are considering applying for one.
In addition to scheduling 250 more ESAs in 2007, ITP has compiled a list of recommendations coming out of the 2006 assessments. If your manufacturing operation relies on process heating or steam, some of the top 10 recommendations resulting from the 2006 ESAs, and recently highlighted in the BestPractices quarterly, Energy Matters, could help you start saving energy and money today. The 200 U.S. manufacturing plants that received assessments in 2006 could reduce their process heating or steam energy costs significantly if they implement the recommendations from their ESAs; the savings potential for all plants is about $484 million per year. Read the top 10 tips for improving process heating and steam systems, which range from optimizing boiler efficiency to implementing a steam leak maintenance program.
IACs and MEPs Team Up to Help Small and Mid-Sized Plants
ITP's Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) and the National Institute for Science and Technology's (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) are dedicated to helping small and mid-sized industrial plants meet their unique energy efficiency challenges. Now, they are joining forces in a new partnership that will offer an expanded reach of services to improve the energy efficiency, environmental performance, and global competitiveness of these plants. DOE Assistant Secretary Karsner stated, "Approximately 200,000 small and mid-sized plants in the U.S. pay a total of $50 billion per year in energy costs. This initiative has the potential to help these manufacturers reduce enegy costs in some cases by up to 30% per year." Through this new collaboration, IACs and MEPs will assist plants through plant assessments, technical tools and information, and training opportunities. ITP's university-based IACs conducted more than 500 plant assessments last year, identifying about $150 million in energy, waste, and productivity savings. In 2006, MEPs assisted nearly 25,000 manufacturers through technical expertise and services. Learn more.
Isothermal Melting Technology Expands R&D and Commercial Success
Apogee Technology, Inc.'s revolutionary Isothermal Melting (ITM) process (PDF 42 KB) keeps reaching for the peak of energy efficiency in aluminum melting technology and acceleration into commercial markets. The ITP-sponsored project uses direct immersion heaters to melt aluminum with just one-third of the energy and less floor space than conventional melters. Among its benefits, ITM offers reduced melt loss, zero in-plant emissions, and low capital costs. The second phase of R&D seeks to increase the capabilities of the 5,000 lb/hr aluminum melter, and develop advanced portable heated delivery and in-plant dispensation technology. Since the first commercial-scale melter was installed at an Aleris International aluminum plant in October, 2005, commercial activity has been heating up with orders from General Motors Corporation, Alcoa, and Daido Metals. This promising new technology also received an R&D 100 Award in 2006.
Ready Your Plant Now for Hurricane Season!
Experts are predicting above-average activity for the 2007 hurricane season; is your plant prepared? It is not too early to analyze your current situation, establish your planning team, and develop a strategy for protecting your industrial facility. ITP has assembled helpful information and Web site resources to help you prepare for the hurricane season and minimize damage to your plant. Visit ITP's Hurricane Ready Web site for tips on how you can plan, prepare, and implement an effective hurricane response for your industrial plant. For more information about storm predictions for 2007, visit the Tropical Meterology Project Web site.
IAC Students Celebrate Current Activities and Look to the Future
Thirty-seven engineering students representing the university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) recently gathered to exchange ideas, discuss the program's role in achieving national energy policy goals, and explore career opportunities. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosted the annual IAC Student meeting on February 1-2, 2007, and featured speakers from DOE, ORNL and the Spallation Neutron Source, and East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. The IAC program benefits students through hands-on training in energy and waste assessments, and provides no-cost plant assessments to small and mid-sized manufacturers. In 2006, IACs were instrumental in supporting ITP's successful Save Energy Now effort, conducting more than 600 plant assessments, and identifying an average of $117,000 in energy savings opportunities per plant. View the presentations from this year's meeting, and learn more about the IAC program.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Sign Up Now for These Industry Conferences
- The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) is holding its 78th Annual Meeting on April 11-14, 2007, in San Diego, CA.
- Attend the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) inaugural Energy Efficiency Finance Forum on April 12-13, 2007, in New York, NY, to find out about current and future energy efficient investment opportunities.
- Don't miss the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) 2007 Spring National Meeting on April 22-26, 2007, in Houston, TX, to find out about the latest innovations and workable solutions for industry.
- The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) hosts the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition on May 1-4, 2007, in Cleveland, OH, which features new technologies from around the world.
- Register now for the 29th Industrial Energy Technology Conference on May 8-11, 2007, in New Orleans, LA, to learn about new industrial innovations, energy use, and waste reduction programs. The Energy Manager's workshop kicks off the conference, with technical and practical sessions following, including special workshops focusing on boiler and steam systems, and plant assessment best practices.
- The Utah Association of Energy Users presents the 22nd Western States Energy Conference on May 17-18, 2007, in Salt Lake City, UT, and looks at clean energy goals, energy efficiency initiatives, and tools for large energy users.
- Mark your calendars for the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, on July 24-27, 2007, in White Plains, NY, an international forum for technical, policy, and program issues related to increasing energy efficiency in industry.
- You won't want to miss the 30th anniversary of the World Energy Engineering Congress on August 15-17, 2007, in Atlanta, GA, which includes a comprehensive agenda of current information on energy cost management, industry trends, and coping with supply uncertainties.
For additional upcoming conferences, please visit 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.
New Pumping Tip Sheet Examines Control Valve Inefficiencies
ITP has just added another publication to its library of BestPractices technical resources. Pumping Tip Sheet #10: Energy Savings Opportunities in Control Valves (PDF 237 KB) is a hands-on two-page tip sheet to help you optimize your industrial pumping system through correcting control valve inefficiencies. The tip sheets are just one of the resources BestPractices offers to help manufacturers. Visit the BestPractices Resources Web site to access the complete collection of technical publications, software tools, training opportunities, and case studies available to industry partners!
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.
Asia-Pacific Partnership Solicitation Advances Clean Development and Climate Goals
To further the goals of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP), the Department of State (DOS) has issued a solicitation for Concept Papers toward projects that advance clean development and climate objectives in India. APP goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions; advancing sustainable economic growth; reducing poverty; creating new investment opportunities; building local capacity; and improving economic and energy security. Through this grant opportunity, DOS is awarding $26 million for partnership projects. The deadline for submitting Concept Papers is 5:00 PM EST on April 27, 2007; invitations for full proposals will be sent approximately 30 days after Concept Paper submission. Review the full announcement.
NYSERDA Solicitation Targets Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects
If you missed the first deadline for the The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Program Opportunity Notice 1130, there is still time to apply! Upcoming due dates are July 19 and November 8, 2007. NYSERDA is offering more than $5.7 million to promote New York State industrial energy efficiency projects to develop, demonstrate, or commercialize new industrial energy-efficient technologies or processes. This includes proposals from technology developers to 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.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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