DOE/NAM Partnership Expands Industrial Energy Efficiency Commitment
On June 11, 2007, DOE and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation's largest industrial trade association, officially joined forces to meet U.S. manufacturers' energy efficiency challenges through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU reinforces a joint commitment towards maximizing industrial energy efficiency, and implements an outreach effort to merge DOE's portfolio of technologies and energy-saving resources with NAM's connection to 13,000 member companies.
"Increasing energy efficiency is not only good practice, but it can also be good business," DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman said. "Today's agreement between DOE and NAM represents a significant commitment between government and the private sector to help curb our nation's energy use and enhance energy security while also reducing emissions."
Specific activities of the partnership include combining existing tools, resources, and technical information into a central catalog of resources for manufacturers, providing support for implementing energy management programs, and creating a Web site portal to resources and services. Learn more.
Round 3 of Energy Savings Assessment Kicks Off in August!
If you haven't yet conducted an Energy Savings Assessment (ESA) at your facility, get ready for another opportunity! ITP plans to launch Round 3 of its successful Save Energy Now campaign in early August, 2007, continuing its efforts to help U.S. industry identify potential energy and cost savings opportunities. Watch the Save Energy Now Web site for announcements of the application process, and to view results from the latest completed assessments! Visit the Save Energy Now Resources page to access technical publications, software tools, training opportunities, and program information designed to help you save energy and boost productivity. Preview the Webcast training presentations, and register for a session if you are considering applying for an ESA, or if you want a good start in using the software tools.
DOE Needs Your Input on Energy Management Standard Proposal
It's not too late! Attend the DOE meeting on July 10, 2007 in Washington, D.C. to give your input on 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 the technical aspects of energy management and strategic management aspects. If proposed, the U.S. would head up this ISO activity. Find out more and register.
New Alloy is a Champion of Efficiency in Harsh Steel Environment
An award-winning aluminum bronze alloy (PDF 718 KB) is proving to be a champion for the steelmaking industry, extending the estimated life of basic oxygen furnace (BOF) components fivefold, and saving more than 9.3 billion Btu per year at Republic Engineered Products, Inc. With ITP support, Energy Industries of Ohio, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Ohio steel manufacturers identified an aluminum bronze alloy (AmeriBronze®), developed by AmeriFab, Inc., that could stand up to the harsh environment of the BOF. Republic agreed to conduct a full-scale evaluation of an aluminum bronze skirt in their Lorain, OH, hot-rolled bar steel plant.
Like half of the nation's steelmakers, Republic produces steel using the basic oxygen process. Its system uses a hood and moveable skirt to collect and treat gases discharged from steelmaking operations. The aggressive environment erodes and corrodes the hoods, roofs, and sidewall components, requiring frequent maintenance that wastes energy, reduces productivity, and increases operating costs.
In operation since October 2004, the skirt has exceeded expectations by requiring no process-related maintenance over nearly 6,000 "heats." Besides the energy savings, the use of this new alloy has reduced CO2 emissions by 550 metric tons per year, and eliminated problems associated with slag build-up. Also, reduced maintenance has allowed Republic to process an additional 1,200 tons of steel per month—a yearly value of approximately $12 million. This alloy has also shown comparably superior performance on components of the electric arc furnaces used in "mini-mills" to make steel. Based on the overwhelmingly positive results of the project, Republic has subsequently installed a second skirt and two flux chutes of AmeriBronze®, and is redesigning the entire lower portion of their hood system to accommodate the use of this alloy.
For its contributions to steelmaking productivity and energy efficiency, the aluminum bronze alloy garnered a 2006 Ohio Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency.
Sensor & Automation Portfolio Review Spotlights Revolutionary Technologies
"Industrial Wireless is Here!" was the theme of the wireless sessions at ITP's 2007 Sensors & Automation Portfolio Review, conducted on June 13, 2007, in Chicago, IL. Held in conjunction with the Sensors Expo, the review focused on ITP-sponsored R&D and commercialization of robust, reliable, and cost-effective wireless and non-wireless technologies to transform manufacturing efficiency. Illustrating that cost is a major driver to adoption, industry is looking to wireless sensor use to reduce costly process upsets and unexpected shutdowns.The wireless sessions featured presentations on projects from Eaton, GE, and Honeywell, and a panel discussion by ITP partners relating their project experiences, successes, and challenges. The ITP-sponsored non-wireless projects highlighted included: Honeywell's micro-gas analyzer; OG Technologies' image-based surface quality improvement for hot rolled steel bars; and Timken's robotically enhanced manufacturing line.
Use These Helpful Tips to Increase Your Motors' Efficiency
You don't have to live with high utility bills just because your plant relies heavily on electric motor systems. The solution lies in increasing the efficiency of your motor systems. To help you maximize their efficiency, experts at ITP have prepared seven informative technical tip sheets. See the "Seven Ways to Increase Your Motor System's Efficiency" article in the latest issue of ITP's quarterly Energy Matters for more information and links to these helpful tips. The issue also contains information about the newest motor standards proposed for inclusion in upcoming energy legislation. Visit the ITP training calendar to sign up for the next training session in assessing your motor systems' efficiency, and the software tools Web site to find out more about DOE's MotorMaster+ motor selection and management software tool.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
- To learn about the latest industrial wireless technologies for manufacturing and control systems, attend the Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation symposium on July 22-24, 2007, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Hosted by Instrument Society of America (ISA) and Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA), the conference will also include an in-depth tutorial on wireless technical issues, as well as open meetings on ISA-SP100 standards.
- Sign up now for the 8th biennial ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, on July 24-27, 2007, in White Plains, NY. This year's theme is "Improving Industrial Competitiveness: Adapting to Volatile Energy Markets, Globalization, and Environmental Constraints,"—compelling subject matter for current industrial challenges. Participants from around the world will gather to discuss technical, policy, and program issues related to increasing energy efficiency in industry.
- Don't miss the 30th annual World Energy Engineering Congress on August 15-17, 2007, in Atlanta, GA. This year's theme is "Preparing Your Organization for the New World of Carbon Reduction", and features a comprehensive agenda with more than 200 speakers, as well as an expo showcasing the latest energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Register by August 3 for the early bird discount.
- The National Manufacturing Week conference on September 25-27, 2007, in Rosemount, IL, covers the entire range of the manufacturing process, and features in-depth education on enabling technologies, systems, products, and solutions. Register before August 30 for the early discount.
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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 Issue of Energy Matters Underscores Partnerships to Benefit Industry
Be sure to read the Spring 2007 issue of the ITP BestPractices quarterly, Energy Matters, for news about promising new partnerships designed to help U.S. plants become more energy- and process-efficient while reducing environmental emissions. One new partnership brings together experts at the 26 university-based DOE Industrial Assessment Centers and those in the Commerce Department's Manufacturing Extension Partnership to enhance the information, assistance, and services available to nearly 200,000 small and mid-sized U.S. industrial plants. Another partnership helps U.S. computer data centers increase their energy efficiency and reduce their operating costs. In addition, motor system efficiency is the subject of two new articles and one "Performance Spotlight." And, the energy-saving featured technology is oxy-fuel firing for high-temperature combustion, which is of particular interest to the metal casting, chemical, glass, steel and petroleum refining industries. Check out Energy Matters today!
Attention: Steam System Assessment Tool Users
Reminder: ITP's Steam System Assessment Tool (SSAT) is incompatible with Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system or Excel when used with Office 2007, and will not operate with these systems. The incompatibility affects versions of the tool currently available for download on ITP's BestPractices Web site with label printing dates from February, 2006, to May, 2007. ITP is working to correct this incompatibility; in the meantime, SSAT will continue to operate successfully with older versions of Microsoft and Excel. Use SSAT and the rest of ITP's suite of powerful software tools to help you identify energy savings opportunities in your industrial plant! Stay tuned for more information on an updated version of SSAT.
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.
Apply Now for Second Round of NYSERDA Funding Opportunity!
If you haven't yet submitted your application for the second round of The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Program Opportunity Notice 1130, there is still time; the deadline is 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.
Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Solicitation Deadline is August 9
The deadline is fast approaching for DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) 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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