ITP and Stakeholders Work Together to Meet Energy Challenges
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." Henry Ford.
ITP's 2007 Stakeholder Forum held on October 16, 2007, in Arlington, VA, provided an ideal opportunity for more than 140 industry leaders to come together and work toward reducing U.S. industrial energy intensity and carbon emissions. Representatives from industry, state and trade organizations, and the academic community offered their unique insights to help ITP refine technology R&D, deployment, and delivery strategies and activities. The stakeholders also learned about ITP's Save Energy Now initiative, and details on industry-specific and crosscutting technologies that are in development and commercially available. Review the presentations, and visit the ITP Web site to learn about opportunities to get involved!
States Gear Up Energy Efficiency Efforts
States across the country are partnering with ITP on R&D projects to improve industrial energy efficiency. Read the full article in the latest issue of Energy Matters. You can also visit the new ITP state activities Web site to find out what's going on in your state, including energy statistics, economic indicators, events and training, R&D, and which companies have completed a Save Energy Now assessment. In addition to the ITP efforts, DOE recently committed $610,000 to the National Governors Association's (NGA) "Securing a Clean Energy Future" initiative to enact meaningful energy policies at the state level.
Offset Rising Energy Costs With Help From Save Energy Now
The Energy Information Administration predicts a 10% increase in natural gas prices and a 4% increase in electricity costs this winter. Offset rising energy costs by improving energy efficiency in your manufacturing facility. ITP can help through Save Energy Now! Apply now for an energy assessment, and take advantage of the energy-saving technical resources ITP offers to help you with efficiency efforts.
Your plant could qualify to be an Energy Champion! Through Save Energy Now, DOE is recognizing plants that have participated in and implemented energy-saving recommendations; total implemented energy savings is now more than $75 million. Visit the Save Energy Now recognition Web page to view the list of Energy Champions and Energy Savers, and find out how your plant may qualify. Browse through the participating plants Web page to view completed assessments by company name, location, industry, system type, or year of assessment.
Also, read the new Save Energy Now case study (PDF 497) to find out how Terra Nitrogen reduced natural gas use at its ammonia and fertilizer plant by 497,000 MMBtu per year. View the results of other participating companies, and watch for several upcoming case studies!
Pattern Tooling Prediction Software Advances into the Marketplace
ITP-sponsored research conducted to forecast pattern tooling for investment casting has led to a breakthrough development to predict shrinkage caused by viscoelastic behavior of the wax patterns. What's more, the computer code is expected to be commercially available in 2008 as part of ESI Group's ProCAST® software, the foundry industry's leading virtual casting process simulator. This simulation technology will save energy and costs for the aerospace industry and supporting foundries by reducing design and production cycles, and improving yield and casting quality. Partners in the R&D project, "Predicting Pattern Tooling for Investment Casting" (PDF 105 KB), include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Edison Materials Technology Center of Ohio, and the American Foundry Society.
DOE Selects Projects for Loan Guarantee Program
DOE has issued final regulations for its Loan Guarantee Program, and announced selection of 16 clean energy projects invited to submit applications for their projects. DOE initiated this program in 2006 to encourage early commercialization of clean energy technologies in the areas of biomass, fossil energy, solar, industrial energy efficiency, electricity delivery and energy reliability, hydrogen, and alternative fuel vehicles. The chosen industrial efficiency projects include a highly efficient process for producing paper, and a manufacturing facility that would produce energy efficient windows.
New Microchannel Reactor System Ensures Safe and Energy Efficient On-Site Hydrogen Peroxide Production
A new process for producing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) can potentially save an estimated 5 trillion Btu of steam and 3 trillion Btu of electricity annually. The microchannel reactor system is designed for on-site production of H2O2 at commercial end user sites. It eliminates energy-intensive production of high concentration H2O2 in the conventional process, risky and fuel-guzzling transportation to user sites, storage, and concentration dilution at user sites. Since concentrations of reactants in micro-reactor systems are below explosive limits, the process is inherently safe. H2O2 concentrations of 2 weight percentage (wt%) have been demonstrated and further optimization is continuing to produce concentrations above 5 wt% in order to broaden areas of application in the chemical industry. Read more (PDF 110 KB) about this ITP-sponsored project.
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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 These Key Industry Events
Don't miss the inaugural Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) on November 11-14, 2007, in Washington, D.C.! This premier energy event brings together industry leaders, academics, and policy makers from around the world to network and share ideas on energy efficiency. The program includes 36 concurrent executive dialogue sessions on energy efficiency and energy management strategies, four plenary sessions, and an exposition showcasing the latest in energy-efficient products and technologies.
The 22nd Annual International Maintenance Conference kicks off on December 4, 2007, in Daytona Beach, FL. This four-day event brings together 1,000 maintenance and reliability professionals from around the world to share knowledge and experiences. Learning zone sessions include best practices, maintenance management, reliability, human asset management, predictive maintenance, and computerized maintenance management systems. The conference package also includes a special tour of the Kennedy Space Center.
Save the date for the 2008 Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo on January 13-16, 2008, in Portland, OR! The theme for this year's conference is "Harvesting Innovation," and will provide a comprehensive program ranging from food sciences and technologies to energy efficiency solutions.
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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.
Fall 2007 Energy Matters Focuses on Partnerships and Wireless Technologies
Be sure to read the Fall 2007 issue of Energy Matters, your quarterly online resource for information on plant energy efficiency opportunities, news, and technical assistance. This issue highlights various programs and partnerships that address industrial energy efficiency at the state level. Learn how ITP is expanding its work with the states through a new financial agreement with state energy offices, partnership programs, the Save Energy Now effort, R&D of new technologies, and Industrial Assessment Centers. In this issue, Energy Matters also features an article on several new wireless sensor technologies that are entering the marketplace. Find out how wireless sensors not only eliminate the expensive wiring and cabling needed for conventional sensors, but also contribute significantly to a plant's overall energy efficiency. And, learn about how energy managers at a wastewater treatment plant in New York used two DOE software tools to assess and optimize systems, to the tune of saving $233,000 per year in energy costs. Read the current issue.
Attention: Chilled Water System Analysis Tool Users
Do you use the Chilled Water System Analysis Tool (CWSAT) in your plant to determine potential energy savings measures in your existing system? If so, please visit ITP's software tools Web page to download the new version 2.3 of CWSAT. Updates include a streamlined user input feature, and an expanded weather database that includes Canadian cities. Learn more about the software (PDF 1.3 MB).
ITP's Energy Efficient Technology Solutions Featured in New Report
ITP is proud to present an exciting new report, Energy Technology Solutions: Public/Private Partnerships Transforming Industry (PDF 3.7 MB), which details more than 170 energy-saving technologies coming out of ITP's collaboration with industry partners. Read the report to learn about technologies that are now commercially available and promising new products expected to reach the marketplace within the next three years.
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.
Final NYSERDA Solicitation Deadline is November 8, 2007
There is still time to apply 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 is the final in a series of solicitations that 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.
Apply by November 27 for SBIR/STTR Solicitation
Take advantage of this opportunity to bring your technologies to market! Apply now for Phase I of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitation. The 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. Apply today!
Grants.gov—Your Resource for Federal Funding Opportunities
The Grants.gov Web site is a great resource for locating and applying for federal funding opportunities offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. Before submitting an application, however, you must first register on the Grants.gov Web site. This one-time registration process has been streamlined and will take three to five business days to complete. Learn more and register.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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