Start to Save Energy Now Through an Energy Assessment
Get on the path to energy savings! On August 20, 2007, ITP launched Round 3 of the Save Energy Now energy assessments. Visit the Save Energy Now Web site for details and to apply!
Since 2005, DOE Energy Experts have conducted energy assessments at 324 industrial plants throughout the United States, focusing on energy-intensive systems such as compressed air, fans, pumping, process heating, and steam. Of the 253 plants that have reported results, the total annual energy savings is nearly $63 million; currently planned projects are expected to yield another $263 million in annual energy savings.
DOE will make its initial selection of industrial plants for energy assessments beginning in mid-September; additional selections will be announced periodically until the target of 250 assessments is reached for the calendar year 2008. Why wait? Apply today!
Calling All Industry Partners! ITP Needs Your Feedback
ITP looks to industry partners for collaboration on developing program strategies, identifying R&D priorities, and defining activities that best address U.S. industrial energy challenges. Get involved! ITP is seeking feedback from industry partners through two new opportunities.
What are the most beneficial and efficient ways to reduce industry energy intensity 25% by 2017? This is the question DOE is asking the industrial community through a new Request for Information (RFI). Section 106 of EPAct (PDF 197 KB) authorizes DOE to engage in voluntary agreements with industry partners towards the goal of reducing industrial energy intensity 25% by 2017 (not less than 2.5% each year from 2007 through 2016). To help determine the best course of action, ITP is seeking input from its industry partners. Your voice counts! See the DOE Progress Alert for more information and to submit your ideas. Comments are due by 8:00 PM EST on October 1, 2007.
Plan to attend the 2007 ITP Stakeholder Forum on October 16, 2007 in Arlington, VA, to network with industry peers, and share your ideas about how ITP can support you in your energy efficiency efforts. At the Stakeholder Forum, you will join in discussions about ITP's Save Energy Now campaign, strategies for R&D and technology deployment, and outreach activities, and share your company's energy-saving priorities. Sign up today!
High-Luminosity Oxy-Fuel Burner Advances Glass Furnace Efficiency
Glass melting efficiency has improved a great deal with the advent of high combustion oxy-fuel fired furnaces, and a new high-luminosity burner created with ITP support boosts efficiency even further. Developed by Gas Technology Institute and commercialized by Eclipse Combustion, Inc., the PrimeFire® 400 series oxygen-fuel burner improves thermal efficiency over standard oxy-fuel burners, and reduces NOx emissions by up to 50%. To do this, the PrimeFire® 400 uses a process where a small fraction of the combustion oxygen is mixed with the natural gas stream. This produces carbon particles which create a highly luminous flame, increasing heat transfer and improving furnace efficiency. The lower flame temperature and natural gas consumption leads to reduced NOx emissions. The PrimeFire® 400 burner is saving an estimated 175 billion Btu per year in the fiber, container, and flat glass industry sectors, as commercial sales continue to rise.
Indiana Companies: Apply Now for Energy Efficiency Certification Training
Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is teaming with the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) to launch the Energy Efficiency Practitioner Certification Program (PDF 45 KB), a new worker training program in the field of energy efficiency. To initiate this program, TAP Energy Efficiency Services is issuing a competitive solicitation to companies within the 14-county WIRED region of Indiana. Twenty-eight companies will be selected from the applicants, and will be eligible to send up to five team members through the certification program free of charge. Training will consist of 7 ½ days of workshops, on-site training, and mentoring in facility energy use and mapping, industrial systems, and energy management practices. As part of the certification, participants will also be required to identify and implement an energy cost savings project. Key components of the curriculum include DOE system-specific training courses, and mentoring by DOE Qualified Specialists. The application deadline is October 5, 2007
DOE Selects Iron- and Steel-Making Solicitation Project
DOE recently announced the award for the Collaborative Energy Efficiency Research in Iron-Making and Steel-Making solicitation, which seeks to address energy efficiency challenges in blast furnaces. The selected project is American Iron and Steel Institute's "Minimization of Blast Furnace Fuel Rate by Optimizing Burden and Gas Distribution", which will apply computational fluid dynamics to develop models of the burden and gas distribution inside a blast furnace. The models will help determine optimum burden and gas distribution to increase productivity and reduce energy use. Potential energy savings of these models on U.S. blast furnaces is 5 trillion Btu per year. Learn more (PDF 1.2 MB).
University of Massachusetts IAC Named 2007 Center of Excellence
Congratulations to the University of Massachusetts (UMASS), and its director, Dr. Beka Kosanovic, winners of the 2007 Industrial Assessment Center of Excellence! Each year, one of the DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) is awarded a special honor which acknowledges exceptional performance, as measured by energy and dollars saved, and also the effort put forth by the IAC director to promote ITP initiatives. UMASS has been a high performer since 1984, adding 620 assessments to the IAC database, developing the Chilled Water System Analysis (CWSAT) software tool, and hosting the annual director's meeting. In addition, Dr. Kosanovic continues to guide the center in directions which benefit the IAC program, such as hosting a combined heat and power applications center, working with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in multiple states, and actively supporting ITP's Save Energy Now initiative by performing assessments for small and medium-sized manufacturers.
The 26 university-based IACs have earned an outstanding reputation by helping manufacturers to identify energy savings opportunities in their facilities, creating a database of results from more than 11,000 plant assessments, and providing hands-on training for students. UMASS' performance exemplifies the top-notch standards of this ITP program.
Real-time Monitoring of Nanomaterial Production
A recent nanomanufacturing characterization project sponsored by ITP measured nanomaterials in real time during commercial production. The project addressed industry-critical needs for real-time, on-process monitoring of nanoscale materials in gas-phase synthesis processes, the performance of unit operations for gas-phase nanomaterial processing, and monitoring of emissions from nanoparticle production processes. The project used a differential mobility analyzer and developed a software package to address demanding conditions found in the production process for nanomaterials. Measurement of size distribution and concentration were demonstrated in particle streams sampled from multiple sources, including the arc-plasma reactor, in the safety hood, operation room, and the process stream from the separation unit. Details (PDF 166 KB).
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Save the Date for These Exciting Conferences!
- The National Manufacturing Week® conference on September 25-27, 2007, in Rosemount, IL, features sessions for the entire manufacturing community, from design to manufacturing process, to customer fulfillment to business sucesss. Attend this event to learn about the latest industrial technologies, systems, and manufacturing facility management best practices.
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industry Applications Society hosts the IEEE Industrial Energy Efficiency Workshop on October 22-23, 2007, in Baltimore, MD. The educational track features sessions on managing an energy program, best energy management practices, analysis tools, process optimization and monitoring, and much more! Don't miss this opportunity to learn about how you can boost productivity and save energy at your plant.
- The first-ever Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) will be held 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.
Visit the ITP Events calendar to see the latest upcoming energy events in your neighborhood!
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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! Steam Tip Sheets Offer Heat Recovery Solutions
ITP has just added two new steam tip sheets to its library of technical resources to help manufacturers keep their industrial systems operating at peak efficiency. Read Steam Tip Sheet #26A: Consider Installing a Condensing Economizer (PDF 390 KB) and its companion, Steam Tip Sheet #26B: Considerations When Selecting a Condensing Economizer (PDF 431 KB) to learn about waste heat recovery opportunities to boost steam system efficiency.
Find these and the other system tip sheets on the ITP BestPractices Technical Publications Web site. These concise 2-page tip sheets provide low- or no-cost practical solutions to help plant personnel improve their industrial systems.
New AirMaster Version 1.1.3 Available for Download
Attention AirMaster software tool users! Version 1.1.3 is now available for download from the BestPractices Software Tools Web site. This update corrects errors found in the Version 1.1.2 System module, where the Profile sequence order becomes locked and prevents data from being manipulated. ITP recommends that users install this update to ensure complete functionality.
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.
Heads Up for New Solicitations!
Through solicitations, DOE encourages industry to participate in cost-shared R&D of new technologies and systems that will save energy, improve productivity, and reduce environmental impacts in industrial facilities. Watch the Active Solicitations Web page for upcoming funding opportunities, including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitation, scheduled to be issued on September 19, 2007.
Access Grants.gov for Federal Funding Opportunities
Grants.gov is a convenient and easy-to-use resource for locating and applying for grant opportunities offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The Web site offers simple and advanced search functions to help you find grant funds for which to apply. Prior to submitting an application for a solicitation posted in Grants.gov, you must first complete the one-time registration, which may take up to 14 days to process. Remember to register as soon as possible to be eligible to apply for solicitations without delay!
Apply for National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities
Each year, the National Science Foundation issues approximately 11,000 grants to fund research for science and engineering endeavors, many of which are targeted to industrial energy efficiency projects. Following are several current funding opportunities related to manufacturing.
Submit your application for these opportunities by September 15, 2007:
Thermal Transport Processes
Apply for these opportunities by October 1, 2007:
Manufacturing Machines and Equipment
Materials Processing and Manufacturing
Manufacturing Enterprise Systems
Mechanics and Structures of Materials
Material Design and Surface Engineering
Search the NSF Funding Web site for more funding opportunities!
NYSERDA Industrial Energy Solicitation
The third and final application deadline for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Program solicitation is November 8, 2007. See Program Opportunity Notice 1130 for application details. This series of solicitations offers more than $5.7 million to projects that will enhance New York State industrial energy efficiency. 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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