Coming Soon! Round 3 of Energy Savings Assessments
Get ready! ITP is gearing up to launch Round 3 of Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs) and expects to open the application process in July, 2007. Stay tuned to the Save Energy Now Web site for announcements! ESAs are a critical first step in identifying ways to optimize your industrial systems; take advantage of this opportunity to partner with ITP. Typical savings for implemented improvements are up to 7%, which could make an ESA one of the best moves your plant can make!
The latest results from the highly successful Save Energy Now campaign are in, with 206 ESAs completed, bringing the total natural gas savings to 53 trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by 740,000 typical homes. Visit the Results Web page for detailed reports from participating companies.
Make the most of the vast collection of resources ITP offers to help you achieve energy efficiency at your plant! Attend a Webcast, download a variety of system software tools, access technical publications, and register for a training session.
Also, ITP is eager to grow its pool of ESA Energy Experts for the next round of assessments. If you are an engineer or other industry professional with knowledge about industrial systems, ITP invites you to share your knowledge by becoming a Qualified Specialist. If you are already a Qualified Specialist, please submit a proposal by June 15, 2007 to become an ESA Energy Expert in time for the next round of assessments.
Don't Miss ITP's Sensor & Automation Portfolio Review on June 13, 2007
ITP will hold its 2007 Sensors & Automation Portfolio Review at the Sensors Expo & Conference on June 13, 2007, in Rosemont, IL. Attend this exciting event to learn about cutting-edge sensor and wireless technologies coming to market, and how these can improve industrial energy efficiency. This year's presentations review technologies such as a microgas analyzer for process industries, an image-based surface quality sensor, a robotically-enhanced manufacturing line, and a variety of wireless sensor technologies. A special panel session will feature industry partners describing their accomplishments and challenges.
Rapid Solidification Process Success Story
The revolutionary Rapid Solidification Process (RSP) tooling machine (PDF 124 KB) is an ITP-sponsored success story making considerable advances into the commercial market. This unique process can extend tool life by 25% or more, and has recently demonstrated 200% longer life for forging dies. Developed by Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) with ITP support, this technology involves spraying layers of molten metal, metallic alloys, or polymers onto a three-dimensional pattern and building up the layers into a full-sized die. This method circumvents the majority of fabrication steps in conventional die-making processes such as machining, benching, and heat treatment, saving energy, cost, and production time. The process also results in a very uniform microstructure of the material, producing dies with significantly longer life than conventional dies. RSP Tooling, LLC is manufacturing the tooling machine for plastics injection, casting, die casting, and forging, and is receiving repeat orders from several customers. Currently in development are aluminum die cast and plastic prototype projects. The RSP technology was awarded an R&D 100 Award, an Energy @23 Award, and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award.
DOE Invites Input on Energy Management System Standards Proposal
DOE invites you to take part in a meeting on July 10, 2007, in Washington, D.C., to discuss a possible U.S. proposal for the development of international energy management system standards through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standard would build on the framework of existing national standards, and would combine both the technical aspects of energy management and strategic management aspects. If proposed, the U.S. would seek the leadership of this ISO activity. Plan to attend the meeting to give your feedback on this important proposal! Learn more and register.
Steam System Assessment Tool Alert!
If you install ITP's Steam System Assessment Tool (SSAT) on your computer using Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system or Excel 2007, the tool will not operate. SSAT is incompatible with these new versions of Microsoft's programs when used with Office 2007, and ITP is working to resolve this incompatibility. In the meantime, SSAT will continue to operate successfully on older versions of Microsoft Windows and Excel programs. SSAT is part of ITP's powerful suite of software tools to help industrial manufacturers analyze energy system savings opportunities in their plants. The incompatibility affects versions of the tool currently available for download on ITP's BestPractices Web site. For assistance, please call the EERE Information Center at 877-337-3463 (877-EEREINFO) or visit their Web site.
New Glass Publications Portal: Your Resource for Glass Technologies
Keep informed of the latest developments in glass processing technology with ITP's new Glass Publications portal! Search the portal for glass technology publications such as fact sheets, case studies, final and progress reports, and R&D studies conducted from 1995 to 2007. The portal also features information about collaborative efforts between the industry and the federal government, reports on the industry's research and development priorities, and workshops focused on technology needs for producing coated glass products. Visit ITP's Glass Industries of the Future Web site for more information on how ITP is partnering with industry to address glass industry energy efficiency challenges.
Reminder: Is Your Plant Hurricane-Ready?
Predictions for an above-average 2007 hurricane season persist—have you safeguarded your industrial plant? If your plant is located in a hurricane-prone region, it is time to prepare. 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 up-to-the-minute forecasts on the 2007 hurricane season, visit the Tropical Meterology Project Web site.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
- Attend the Combustion, Cooling, & Energy Conservation Workshop: How to Save Money & Prevent Pollution by Strategic Energy Management workshop on June 27, 2007, in Cambridge, MA. Sponsored by DOE, EPA, Air & Waste Management Association, and Environmental Business Council of New England, this workshop focuses on cost and energy savings and reducing emissions from combustion, heating, and cooling. Activities include breakout sessions on ITP's QuickPEP and other software tools, tours of cogeneration systems, and a vendor fair.
- Mark your calendars for the Instrument Society of America (ISA) and Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) symposium on Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation, on July 22-24, 2007, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Also, plan to attend a three-hour tutorial prior to the conference, titiled, "All Things Industrial Wireless—Technologies, Standards, Applications, Implications," which will provide insights into the current state of wireless technologies for manufacturing and control systems.
- Register now for the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry on July 24-27, 2007, in White Plains, NY. Participants from around the world will gather for three days to discuss technical, policy, and program issues related to increasing energy efficiency in industry.
- This year marks the 30th anniversary of the World Energy Engineering Congress on August 15-17, 2007, in Atlanta, GA. The conference includes a comprehensive agenda of current information on energy cost management, industry trends, and coping with supply uncertainties.
- Save the date for the National Manufacturing Week Conference on September 25-27, 2007, in Rosemount, IL.
For more upcoming conferences, please visit ITP's 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.
Take ITP's Quick Quiz to Test Your ESP!
How is your ESP (energy savings potential)? Take ITP's quick quiz to find out! The quiz calculates your potential annual electricity and fuel savings, and directs you to an energy savings action plan, and other resources to get you started on your path to energy savings. Discover your ESP today!
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.
Deadline Approaching for Energy Infrastructure Projects Solicitation
The deadline for DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) solicitation is June 19, 2007. This solicitation seeks cost-shared agreements that will support OE's mission to enhance U.S. energy infrastructure. Anticipated funding for this program is $38 million over the course of 5 years. This solicitation consists of two program areas of R&D: Secure Control Systems for the Energy Sector; and, Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration.
Deadline for Second Round of NYSERDA Solicitation is July 19, 2007
The deadline for the second round of the The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Program Opportunity Notice 1130 is coming up on July 19, 2007. In this series of solicitations, NYSERDA is offering more than $5.7 million to promote New York State industrial energy efficiency projects. 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. The due date for the third and final round will be on November 8, 2007.
New Solicitation Targets Concentrating Solar Power Technologies
DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) has issued a solicitation for projects to develop Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies for utility-scale generation of electricity. CSP systems use the heat generated by concentrating and absorbing the sun's energy to produce electric power. The objectives of SETP include establishing a U.S. manufacturing capability for key CSP components, as well as developing new design and manufacturing approaches for reduction of CSP costs. This solicitation invites applications for thermal storage, trough component manufacturing, and advanced CSP systems and/or components.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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