President Bush Requests $1.25 Billion for EERE's FY 2009 Budget; $62.1 Million for ITP
On February 4, 2008, U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman announced that President Bush requested $1.25 billion for the fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). This includes ITP, which has requested $62.1 million for the program to continue its focus on reducing the energy intensity of the U.S. industrial sector. This will be accomplished through a coordinated program of R&D validation and dissemination of energy efficiency technologies and operating practices. ITP will also continue its key activities such as Save Energy Now industrial plant assessments to identify cost-effective energy savings. For more information on the FY 2009 budget, read the DOE press release, FY 2009 DOE Budget Request to Congress (select "Volume 3" and go to pages 361-387 for the ITP budget), and EERE's FY 2009 Budget-in-Brief (PDF 438 KB).
The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2008, which was signed on December 26, 2007, provides approximately $1.72 billion for EERE programs for FY 2008. ITP received $65 million in funding to continue many of its current efforts and conduct R&D in several new areas, including distributed energy, fuel flexibility, and interagency manufacturing—with an emphasis on nanomanufacturing. Read more about ITP's 2008 initiatives in the new Winter 2008 issue of Energy Matters. Also see Division C, Title III of the appropriations act report (PDF 384 KB).
ITP State Partnerships Provide Industry Access to Save Energy Now Assessments, Technologies, and More
Efforts to reduce manufacturing energy consumption continue to expand through DOE's partnerships with states, such as those listed below, that promote Save Energy Now assessments, as well as ITP tools, resources, and technologies to local industrial facilities.
- Rohm & Haas, a chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas, has been involved with the Texas Industries of the Future (IOF) state program, which promotes Save Energy Now assessments. In an article recently published in Chemical & Engineering News, a publication of the American Chemical Society, Frederick Fendt at Rohm & Haas stated: "Energy has always been very important to us in this plant, so we worked together with the DOE auditor on a steam-use assessment, and what we found was astounding. Ten years of looking at this plant—we'd never seen this situation." Read the full news article and see the Rohm & Hass assessment report. Discover opportunities for energy savings in your plant; apply for your 2008 Save Energy Now assessment today.
- Energy Industries of Ohio (EIO), which implements the Industries of the Future program for Ohio, hosted an "Advanced Materials for 21st Century Steelmaking" workshop on January 23, 2008. Nearly 100 steelmakers, some from as far away as Germany, toured the Republic Engineered Products steel mill in Lorain, Ohio, to see a demonstration of an ITP-sponsored aluminum bronze alloy technology (PDF 1.07 MB). The alloy has lasted five times longer than traditional steel components, saved more than 15 billion Btu, reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,100 metric tons, and improved productivity by $12 million annually. The mill also uses two other commercially available ITP-developed technologies: a laser contouring system for measuring steel vessel refractory lining thickness (PDF 1.07 MB) and an on-line surface flaw detector used on high-quality steel bars (PDF 1.15 MB). Download presentations from the workshop. Learn more about ITP technologies that can help reduce energy use and improve productivity in your plant.
- Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) DOE is partnering with the state of Wisconsin, Focus on Energy, and CleanTech Partners, to foster increased awareness and use of energy-efficient practices and technologies by industries throughout the state. On January 30, 2008, the partnering organizations and Johnson Controls, Inc., sponsored a "Federal/State/Private Stakeholders Summit on Reducing Industrial Energy Intensity in Wisconsin." Nearly 60 industry leaders from major energy-intensive clusters, as well as representatives from federal and state agencies, attended the event. Doug Kaempf, ITP Program Manager, provided an overview of ITP and its energy intensity reduction goals. In addition to the presentations and panels, attendees discussed the barriers to implementing energy efficiency in Wisconsin, which included obtaining permits, competition for capital, and lack of staff, expertise, managerial buy-in and leadership, and financing. Find out about industrial efficiency activities in your state.
Jim Peterson of Ball Corporation and Jere Zimmerman of Molson Coors accepted a DOE Energy Saver award from DOE representative Paul Scheihing (far right) on January 17, 2008. The award was presented to Rocky Mountain Metal Container - End Manufacturing Plant, which is a joint venture between the two companies.
Plants Receive Save Energy Now Awards During Industry Events
ITP recently presented awards to several companies that participated in and implemented recommendations from their 2007 Save Energy Now assessments to achieve significant energy savings.
- Dyna-Tech Adhesive received an Energy Saver award at the "West Virginia Industries of the Future Day at the State Capitol and Technology Summit" on January 14, 2008, in Charleston, West Virginia.
- J.R. Simplot's Don Plant was given an Energy Saver award on January 15, 2008, at the "Northwest Food Manufacturing and Processing Expo" in Portland, Oregon.
- Rocky Mountain Metal Container – End Manufacturing (jointly owned by Molson Coors and Ball Corporation) received an Energy Champion award at the "Grocery Manufacturers Association Environmental Sustainability Summit," which took place January 17-18, 2008, in Washington, DC.
ITP will continue to honor companies at major industry meetings or ITP events throughout the year. Find out how your plant can get recognized.
Share Your Industrial Knowledge by Becoming a Qualified Specialist and Energy Expert
Do you have a passion for helping others understand how to improve the efficiency of industrial process systems? ITP is looking for engineers and industry professionals to become Qualified Specialists at identifying ways to improve system efficiency using ITP software tools. Training, which starts in February 2008, includes demonstrating your ability to use the software tools to identify and quantify potential system improvement opportunities, and passing a rigorous exam. Register today. Once you have been recognized as a Qualified Specialist, you can submit a proposal to become an Energy Expert and conduct energy assessments as part of ITP's Save Energy Now effort. The next Energy Expert solicitation is scheduled for March 2008. Sign up to be notified when new solicitations are announced.
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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.
A "Type A05 UNCD Seal" that includes a UNCD mating ring on the left side with its matching uncoated SiC rotary primary on the right. Credit: Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.
Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD®) Available for Use in Rotating Pump and Gas Seal Applications
Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD®) (PDF 1.07 MB) offers a unique diamond thin-film microstructure that provides superior low-friction, corrosion- and wear-resistance when used in mechanical seal applications. The technology, which won a Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation award in 2006, is now being commercially applied on industrial rotating pump and gas seal applications by Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc., the exclusive licensee to the UNCD technology. The ITP-sponsored project was developed in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. UNCD can help optimize energy efficiency by reducing pump shaft frictional torque by as much as 75%. For more information, contact Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc., at 815 293-0900. Also read the recently published MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY magazine article.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Register Today for These Industry Events
The 6th International Conference on Permanent Mold Casting of Aluminum and Magnesium sponsored by the American Foundry Society will be held February 11-12, 2008, in Dallas, Texas. The three-day meeting will include discussions on metal treatment, filtration, non-traditional alloys, extending mold life, mold temperature control, magnesium alloys, new mold coating options, and more. A plant tour of Denison Industries is also planned.
The Spring 2008 American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, will be held April 6-10, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for this year's meeting is "Energy and the Environment." The event, which attracts thousands of chemists, chemical engineers, and professionals, will feature more than 300 exhibitors showcasing new technological developments and offering free workshops.
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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.
Metric Versions of AirMaster+ and PSAT Tools Now Available
Two new versions of ITP's industrial energy system assessment tools are now available in both English and metric units. AirMaster+ Version 1.2.0 and the Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) 2008 provide even more options for you to evaluate the efficiency of your compressed air and pumping systems and identify opportunities for potential improvements.
- With AirMaster+ Version 1.2.0 you can input either English or metric data on your air pressure selections and airflows, and shift between units for comparison. Customize your analyses by currency, region, and language. Then save the unit selections in your company files and access them in future analyses. Download AirMaster+ Version 1.2.0.
- PSAT 2008, and its accompanying valve tool, enable you to enter, convert, and obtain key system data in either English or metric units. With the upgraded software you can also save and retrieve log files, default values, and system curves, making it easier to share analyses with other users. If you are currently using PSAT 2004, the new tool contains a utility to update log and summary files to the PSAT 2008. Download PSAT 2008 today.
Learn more about ITP's suite of software tools.
New Process Heating Sourcebook Features Solutions and Opportunities for Electric-Based Systems
The second edition of ITP's Improving Process Heating Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry (PDF 2.4 MB) is now available. This handy reference describes basic process heating applications and equipment, outlines opportunities for energy and performance improvements, and provides a directory of associations and other organizations engaged in enhancing process heating system efficiency. New to the sourcebook is a section on electric-based systems that offers solutions and opportunities by technology type, such as electric infrared processing, laser processing, and resistance heating. The sourcebook is part of ITP's BestPractices resources, which includes a variety of other technical publications, as well as software tools, training, Qualified Specialists, and more.
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 Opportunity for Transformational Technologies Coming Soon
An upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "Collaborative Energy Efficiency and Carbon Footprint Research and Demonstration for U.S. Manufacturing Industry" will seek industry applications on transformational technologies for the Industries of the Future and energy intensive processes. This FOA is planned to open in late February or early March, with an anticipated closing in early- to mid-May. The areas of interest are:
- Transformational Iron and Steel Technologies: New or improved iron and steelmaking technologies; Technologies to improve energy efficiency and to reduce carbon footprint
- Alternative Chemical Process Technologies: Use of ionic liquids for the production of commodity chemicals; Improved heat exchange technologies for the chemical processing industry
- Forest Product Technologies: Advanced water removal for the forest products industry; Advanced pulping technologies.
- Energy Intensive Processes:
- High-Temperature Processing Platform: Lower-energy, high-temperature material processing
- Industrial Reactions and Separation Platform: Advanced water removal; Advanced gas separation
- Sustainable Manufacturing Platform: Net and Near-net shape design and manufacturing; Advanced joining and assembly
- Waste Heat Minimization and Recovery Platform: Ultra-high efficiency furnace, Waste heat recovery systems.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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