Start the New Year Off Right: Take Advantage of ITP Training, Software Tools, and More
Make a New Year's resolution to increase your industrial energy efficiency knowledge through resources offered by ITP. System-based training is available via free Webcasts and 1-day courses at various locations throughout the country. Learn how to utilize software tools to analyze energy system savings opportunities in your plant. Access a variety of useful tip sheets for quick technical advice on how to keep systems running at maximum efficiency. Find a Qualified Specialist in your area who will visit your plant and help you identify ways to reduce energy use. Learn more about these and other beneficial resources.
Save Energy Now Conducts More than 250 Assessments in 2007
ITP completed a total of 259 Save Energy Now energy assessments in 2007, exceeding the goal for the year of 250. In addition, assessments were also performed by Industrial Assessment Centers at 373 small and medium plants and by 23 State Energy Offices. Since its inception, Save Energy Now has identified potential energy cost savings of more than $658 million. View current results and participating plants, and find out how your company can benefit from Save Energy Now by applying for your assessment today!
Data Center Energy Efficiency Tools Workshop Solicits Industry Input
Approximately 40 industry stakeholders attended a DOE-sponsored data center workshop on December 18, 2007, to discuss the development of the "DC Pro" software tool suite. DC Pro will be used to benchmark the energy efficiency of data centers and assist data center operators with identifying key energy-saving opportunities. DOE is collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure integration between DC Pro and EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool. DOE is also working with industry groups such as the Green Grid Association to develop the tool suite. Read the workshop presentation materials to learn more about DC Pro. Sign up to receive data center updates and participate in technical working groups.
North Carolina State University IAC Honored by City of Danville, Virginia
The DOE Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at North Carolina State University received a Proclamation of Appreciation by the City of Danville, VA on December 18, 2007, for its work with industrial facilities in the Danville area. Over the past four years, the IAC has conducted energy assessments at 10 plants in the Danville area, identifying an average of eight energy-saving recommendations at each plant. The assessments have helped industrial customers of Danville Utilities survive their local energy crisis and, for the most part, maintain operations. In addition to plant assessments, IACs are helping meet industry demand for engineers by educating students and providing hands-on energy experience. Read the full news article.
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ITP-sponsored technologies help U.S. industry save energy, boost productivity, and reduce emissions. Below you will find new technologies to help increase energy efficiency at your company.
Helical flame stabilization element.
Advance Process Heater Technology Offers Increased Efficiency; Generates Three Spin-Off Projects
By combining a helical heat exchanger, shared-wall radiant U-tube, and helical flame stabilization element, the Advance Process Heater (APH) offers 70% to 80% efficiency over current state-of-the-art radiant tube combustion systems. Funded by ITP and developed by STORM Development, LLC, the APH technology is ideal for the strip and wire annealing, heat treating, chemical, and aluminum industries. Two commercial APH hybrid prototypes were designed, installed, and demonstrated on a batch wire annealing furnace. Three spin-off products have resulted from this project: a low-cost high-temperature heat exchanger, a new radiant heat transfer system, and a hybrid or integral APH, which is planned for commercialization in 2009 and 2010. When compared to a state-of-the-art radiant tube combustion system, the APH represents a potential annual fuel savings of 102 trillion Btu. Learn more (PDF 728 KB).
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
New Year's Resolution: Attend at Least One Industry Event This Year
There's still time to make your reservations to attend the Northwest Food Manufacturing and Packaging Expo January 13-16, 2008, in Portland, OR. The event offers more than 400 exhibit booths and several sessions covering such topics as energy management, food regulation, and climate change in the West.
The Industrial Heating Equipment Association is offering two distance learning courses in process heating beginning January 14, 2008: "Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating" and "Advanced Industrial Process Heating." Through these instructor-led, online courses, you will learn safe, efficient operation of industrial heating equipment, how to reduce energy consumption, and ways to improve your bottom line.
The first-ever Grocery Manufacturers Association Environmental Sustainability Summit will be held January 17-18, 2008, in Washington, DC. Industry leaders, policymakers, and academic experts will come together to showcase the consumer packaged goods industry's leadership in developing and implementing environmentally sustainable business practices, and provide a roadmap for broader adoption of those practices.
See demonstrations of a new award-winning aluminum bronze alloy that is improving productivity and efficiency for steelmakers at the Advanced Materials for 21st Century Steelmaking event on January 23, 2008, in Westlake, OH.
The metal casting industry consumes 165 trillion Btu of energy annually.
Learn about basic environmental issues and concerns facing the U.S. metal casting industry at an "Environmental 101 Seminar" hosted by the American Foundry Society February 18-19, 2008, in Atlanta, GA. Seminar topics include: air quality, waste management, water quality, training requirements, and how to prepare for an inspection.
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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.
Five Ways to Save Money in Process Heating Systems
The following top five potential annual money-saving recommendations for industrial process heating systems were identified during Save Energy Now energy assessments:
- Recover and use heat from industrial furnaces—$20 million;
- Use heat cascading—$16 million;
- Use proper heating methods—$13 million;
- Use proper furnace insulation and maintenance techniques—$12 million;
- Reduce flue gas oxygen content—$9 million.
To see potential natural gas savings and reductions in carbon dioxide, as well as money-saving recommendations for steam systems and links to additional resources, read the full Energy Matters article.
Take the First Step to Saving Energy with the Quick PEP Software Tool
Improve energy management at your facility by using the DOE Quick Plant Energy Profiler, or Quick PEP. ITP recommends this Web-based software tool as a first step in identifying areas for potential energy savings. You can complete your plant profile in about an hour and get a quick diagnosis of the overall energy picture at your plant and a plan for investigating further. The results will help you focus on improving the performance of major energy-consuming systems in your plant. Download this free tool now.
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.
Funding Solicitations Delivered to Your In-Box with the SBIR/STTR Alerting Service
The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program sends out free bi-weekly notifications of funding solicitations and other information from multiple-agency Web sites. Through the SBIR/STTR program, 11 federal agencies provide annual funding to small businesses to research, develop, and commercialize their technologies. Sign up for the SBIR/STTR Alerting Service.
Register at Grants.gov 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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