ITP-Supported Technologies Receive 2007 R&D 100 Awards
The 2007 R&D 100 awards, known as the "Oscars of Invention," were recently announced, and once again, ITP-sponsored technologies have captured top honors! This year, three ITP projects have earned this prestigious award, which recognizes the 100 most significant new technologies, processes, materials, and software developed and commercialized during the past year. Awards are based on each project's technical significance, uniqueness, and usefulness. The ITP technologies recognized this year represent breakthrough innovations that promise improved energy efficiency opportunities for the steel, chemical, forest products, and agricultural industries. These technologies are:
- The Nickel Aluminide Furnace Rolls (PDF 2.6 MB) received an R&D 100 award because of improved high temperature performance in steel heat-treating furnaces. Developed in partnership with Duraloy Technologies, Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the furnace rolls fabricated from this unique intermetallic alloy are stronger and more oxidation-resistant than traditional cast stainless steels. This reduces downtime and rework costs, and increases yields. In four years of service at Mittal Steel, the rolls have operated without surface failure, and have saved 124 billion Btu of natural gas and $5.5 million in energy and product costs. Duraloy has licensed the technology from ORNL and installed the rolls in two furnaces operated by ISPCO Steel.
- Chemical, petroleum, and power generation industries will benefit from the Corrosion AnalyzerTM (PDF 1.1 MB) software tool that performs like a virtual lab. Imagine a software tool that predicts corrosion in advanced materials, evaluates performance of energy-saving materials in "real-world" environments, and selects the optimal alloy for specific applications! OLI Systems, Inc. developed this award-winning tool with ITP support. This technology will save energy across a wide range of industries by enabling use of advanced high-performance alloys with improved thermal efficiency, which reduces downtime and process and material losses due to corrosion.
- Phenotype Screening Corporation also received an R&D 100 award for development of a Plant Phenotype Characterization System (PDF 42 KB), a high-resolution, non-destructive x-ray-based visualization system that images and characterizes plant roots. This technology enhances research on the role of plant root systems in plant yield and stress tolerance, which is important to production of biomass as feedstock for bioenergy. Supported by DOE's Inventions & Innovations program, the system was commercialized as RootViz FS, and was installed at Duke University in November 2006 to support rice functional genomics research.
ITP-supported R&D has produced more than 140 successfully commercialized technologies that are boosting productivity, improving efficiency, and reducing environmental emissions of U.S. industry. See details of ITP's R&D portfolio and emerging technologies!
ITP Initiates Round 3 of Save Energy Now Assessments
ITP is preparing to launch another application round of the Save Energy Now Assessments! Watch the Save Energy Now Web site for the application, which will be available online on or about August 20, 2007. Don't miss this opportunity to get on the path to energy efficiency at your plant!
ITP is committed to providing the best possible resources to ensure a successful assessment. An Energy Expert will work closely with your plant staff to perform the assessment, and will also provide information on ITP software tools, training, Webcasts, and technical publications. Prior to the assessment, interested plants will have the opportunity to use the Quick Plant Energy Profiler (PEP) software tool to determine their overall energy use and estimate potential energy and cost savings.
The latest results from the highly successful Save Energy Now campaign are in, with 230 plants reporting having implemented nearly $70 million worth of energy savings.
Improved Materials for Aluminum Processing Boost Thermal Efficiency
Two new materials have been developed to meet heat loss and degradation challenges in aluminum refractories used for molten metal containment and process thermal insulation, and they are showing improved corrosion resistance and superior thermal management. Research conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Missouri-Rolla, and industry partners on corrosion and wear mechanisms of refractory materials led to development of the new materials: a castable refractory based on calcium aluminate (bonite); and an alumina/silicon carbide composite. These materials performed successfully in a 2,000 hour industrial trial, and exhibited improved corrosion and wear resistance (five times improvement in wetting behavior and three times improvement in corrosion rate), along with enhanced thermal management. The new materials could save the aluminum industry more than .55 trillion Btu per year. Learn more (PDF 32 KB).
Mining Industry Bandwidth Study Explores Energy Savings Potential
According to ITP's new energy bandwidth study for the U.S. mining industry, combined energy savings from improved energy management best practices and further R&D could save 667 trillion Btu per year, or 54% of the energy consumed by the coal, metals, and minerals mining industries. In particular, the largest energy-saving opportunities would be realized through improving the two most energy intensive processes—grinding and materials handling—chiefly in the metals and coal mining industries. Details (PDF 2.0 MB).
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Mark Your Calendars for These Energy Events!
- Plan to attend the 30th annual World Energy Engineering Congress on August 15-17, 2007, in Atlanta, GA! This national energy event features a comprehensive agenda with more than 200 speakers, as well as an expo showcasing the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. This year's theme is "Preparing Your Organization for the New World of Carbon Reduction."
- Register now for the National Manufacturing Week conference on September 25-27, 2007, in Rosemount, IL, which will offer in-depth education for the entire U.S. manufacturing community. The agenda includes sessions for engineering teams, executives, and practitioners responsible for the entire manufacturing endeavor, from design to manufacturing process to customer fulfillment to business success.
- Alliance to Save Energy hosts the inaugural Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) on November 11-14, 2007, in Washington, D.C. Don't miss this premier gathering for the energy efficiency community, featuring 36 Executive Dialogue sessions on energy management best practices and energy efficiency topics, and four plenary sessions, as well as an exposition showcasing the latest energy-efficient products and services.
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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.
Register Now for ITP Software Tool Training!
Stay current with ITP's powerful software tools through ITP's training program! ITP offers a myriad of software tool training opportunities to help you run your plant more efficiently, ranging from 2-hour introductory Webcasts to in-depth sessions designed to help you become an expert in using the tools.
For a quick, introductory overview, attend a free Webcast to learn the basics—and the benefits—of using ITP software tools to target energy savings opportunities at your plant! These 2-hour sessions are facilitated by experts to help users get a good start in using the tools, or prepare for Save Energy Now assessments. In addition to fans, pumps, compressed air, steam, and process heating systems, the Webcasts now feature the Plant Energy Profiler software tool. Sign up!
To boost your knowledge of energy management or industrial system capabilities, attend an end-user training session. These classes are offered throughout the year and around the country, and provide in-depth training on system-specific software tools such as compressed air, motor, fan, pump, steam, and process heating systems. Register!
Attend Qualified Specialist training to expand your expertise in the software tools, and help industrial facilities identify ways to improve system efficiency. After completing the rigorous training and a written exam, attendees are recognized by DOE as Qualified Specialists, and can apply the tools to help plants optimize their industrial systems.
Take advantage of these ITP training resources!
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 Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Solicitation
Apply by August 9, 2007 for DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) solicitation for projects to develop Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies. 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. Learn more about SETP.
NYSERDA Industrial Energy Solicitation Third Deadline: November 8
If you missed the first two application rounds for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Program solicitation, you can still apply! There will be a third and final round of applications due November 8, 2007; see Program Opportunity Notice 1130 for application details. 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.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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