Focus on Efficiency During Energy Awareness Month
October is Energy Awareness Month, a perfect time to assess the efficiency of your industrial systems. ITP offers a host of resources to help you in this effort, including Save Energy Now energy assessments, training, software tools, and technical publications. Visit the ITP Web site to access these resources and get on the path to energy savings today!
High-Performing Plants Recognized by DOE
Congratulations to the more than 170 industrial plants that are receiving awards from DOE for making significant improvements to the way their plant uses energy. These companies have participated in and implemented recommendations from their 2007 Save Energy Now energy assessments to save 13.8 trillion Btu of natural gas—worth more than $73 million in energy savings.
More than 200 plants applied for and received three-day assessments from Energy Experts, while approximately 500 additional plants completed their assessment through an Industrial Assessment Center. The manufacturers receiving awards from DOE reported their assessment results after six months and met the criteria for one of three award categories. The companies will be publicly recognized at major industry meetings or ITP events throughout the year and on the Save Energy Now Web site. View the list of 2007 award recipients.
Industry Could Save $500 Million, According to Save Energy Now 2006 Results Report
DOE's Save Energy Now energy assessment initiative helped major manufacturers find ways to cut more than $500 million from their energy bills in 2006, according to Results from the U.S. DOE 2006 Save Energy Now Assessment Initiative, a new report just released from ITP. Based on energy assessments conducted at 200 industrial plants, Save Energy Now identified opportunities to save 53 trillion Btu of natural gas per year, or enough energy to heat more than 1 million U.S. single family homes, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking more than 775,000 cars off the road. Read the full report (PDF 2.1 MB) and report summary (PDF 3 MB).
To date, 265 assessments have been completed, with implemented energy savings totalling more than $75 million. See the latest results and apply now for a 2008 Save Energy Now assessment! On average, each large plant assessment yields potential savings of $2.5 million. Don't miss out on your chance to work with Energy Experts to identify potential areas for savings in your plant.
DOE Partners with Industry to Tackle Energy Consumption
DOE is collaborating on energy efficiency strategies both in the U.S. and internationally through several Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) signed recently. These agreements represent a commitment to build upon the success of the Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) Save Energy Now initiative, which provides energy assessments and training to help manufacturing facilities identify ways to reduce energy in key processes.
- DOE Assistant Secretary Andy Karsner and John Tuccillo of The Green Grid signed a MOU at the New York Stock Exchange on September 18, 2007 that will address data center energy efficiency challenges. Data centers are among the fastest growing industries in the country, using an estimated 61 billion kilowatt-hours, or 1.5%, of U.S. electricity. The MOU set a goal of improving overall energy efficiency in data centers by 10 percent by 2011, which would save approximately 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6.5 million tons per year. To accomplish this goal, the two organizations will work together to promote continual efficiency improvements and assist data centers with implementing energy management programs and adopting clean energy technologies. The Green Grid is a global consortium dedicated to developing and promoting energy efficiency for data centers and information service delivery.
- DOE signed a MOU in mid-September with China's National Development Reform Committee (NDRC) to increase cooperation and energy efficiency in the country's industrial sector, which accounts for 70% of China's total energy demand. Under the MOU, a DOE team of industrial energy efficiency experts and an NDRC counterpart team will conduct on-site audits of plant production processes and energy systems at up to 12 facilities in China. DOE will provide tools to conduct the plant audits and train factory personnel on plant audit techniques. DOE will also conduct a comparison study of the Chinese enterprises and U.S. manufacturing plants to identify differences in best practices.
In addition, DOE signed a MOU in June 2007 with the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation's largest industrial trade association, to meet U.S. manufacturers' energy efficiency challenges.
Get Involved! ITP Stakeholder Forum October 16
Where can you network with industry peers and share your ideas about how ITP can support you in your energy efficiency efforts? Attend the 2007 ITP Stakeholder Forum on October 16, 2007, in Arlington, VA. You will have the opportunity to 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!
New Report Shows ITP's Impacts
In the last 28 years, ITP has supported approximately 600 research, development, and demonstration projects that have produced more than 190 commercialized technologies. A new report entitled Impacts: Industrial Technologies Program, Summary of Program Results for CY2005 (PDF 3.5 MB), describes 101 of these technologies, which, in 2005, saved 99 trillion Btu in energy. The report summarizes other benefits of research partnerships, including improved productivity and product quality, and environmental benefits such as reduced emissions. It also provides an overview of ITP technical assistance programs including the Industrial Assessment Centers and BestPractices. In 2005 alone, ITP programs saved more than 400 trillion Btu of energy, or $4.44 billion in cost savings.
Lost Foam Process Improves Productivity and Casting Quality
The ITP-supported lost foam casting technology (PDF 137 KB) is a revolutionary way to produce precision metal castings with complex shapes. The process saves energy and costs by consolidating parts, reducing machining, minimizing assembly operations, and reducing scrap and emissions associated with traditional casting operations. In 1989, the Lost Foam Consortium was formed to develop a sound understanding of the process and to advance the technology. The Lost Foam Technology Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, conducts research for the consortium, with current focus on pattern digestion and process modeling; pattern quality control; new pattern and coating materials; pressurized aluminum; and design data and marketing planning. General Motors is successfully using the process to produce castings for automotive engine parts; Mercury Marine uses it to produce marine engine parts, and operates the first pressurized lost foam foundry in North America.
Webcast to Promote Benefits of Insulation in Industrial Operations
Attend a free Webcast on October 31, 2007, to learn about the power of insulation to improve energy efficiency in manufacturing facilities! Sponsored by the University of Florida's Industrial Assessment Center, the National Insulation Association, and DOE, the Webcast will review mechanical insulation and associated benefits, discuss findings from Save Energy Now assessments, and provide information on software tools and other helpful resources.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Register Now for Upcoming Energy Events!
Don't miss the IEEE Industrial Energy Efficiency Workshop on October 22-23, 2007, in Baltimore, MD! This event brings together industry, government, and utility partners to discuss manufacturing and processing best practices that will increase industrial energy efficiency. Learn how leading companies develop their energy management programs, benefits of partnering with ITP and ENERGY STAR, and how utility companies can support industrial customers. The educational track features sessions on managing an energy program, energy management best practices, analysis tools, process optimization and monitoring, and much more!
The four-day inaugural Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) on November 11-14, 2007, in Washington, D.C., promises to be a showcase for energy efficiency. This event brings together industry leaders, academics, and policy makers from around the world to network and share ideas. It features 36 Executive Dialogue sessions on energy management best practices and energy efficiency topics, four plenary sessions, and 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.
Learn About Industrial State Activities with New Web Site
Want to learn about industrial-related activities in your area? Visit the new ITP State Activities Web site to find out how ITP is helping to increase industrial energy efficiency at a local level. Click on the interactive map for a wealth of information on each state, such as:
- Statistics of industrial energy use
- Save Energy Now energy assessments
- The latest R&D projects
- Training opportunities
- Industrial Assessment Center and Manufacturing Extension Partnership information and locations
- Contacts to services and resources.
Stay informed about industrial endeavors close to home with this new ITP resource!
Cut Energy Use in Process Heating Systems with Tips from ITP
Boosting energy efficiency in your process heating system is easy with ITP's new brochure, Ten Tips for Saving Natural Gas in Process Heating Systems (PDF 304 KB). Learn simple, low-cost steps to optimize your equipment, maintenance, and operation that can save up to 25% on your natural gas bill. Tips range from ensuring that furnace and oven walls and doors are well-insulated, to heat recovery opportunities. Start saving energy today with this helpful brochure!
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.
Phase I of SBIR/STTR Solicitation Now Open
Partner with DOE to bring your technologies to market! Apply now for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitation. Deadline for Phase I is 8:00 PM EST on November 27, 2007. The objective of this solicitation is to increase private sector commercialization of technologies developed through DOE-supported R&D. Phase I grants resulting from this competition will be made during fiscal year 2008 to small businesses, in amounts up to $100,000.
Register with Grants.gov for Upcoming Solicitations
Prior to submitting an application for a federal funding opportunity, remember to first register on the Grants.gov Web site. This one-time registration may take up to 14 days to process, so be sure to register as soon as possible in order to apply for solicitations without delay. 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.
National Science Foundation Offers Funding Opportunities
The National Science Foundation NSF) issues approximately 11,000 grants to fund research for science and engineering endeavors each year, many of which are targeted to industrial energy efficiency projects. Following are several current NSF funding opportunities related to manufacturing.
Search the NSF Funding Web site for more funding opportunities!
Final NYSERDA Solicitation Deadline is November 8, 2007
Apply now for the third and final application deadline for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Program solicitation, due 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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