ITP Celebrates 500th Save Energy Now Assessment; Recognizes Industry Accomplishments
ITP reached a major milestone on March 17-19, 2008, when it performed the 500th Save Energy Now energy assessment at Dow Chemical Company's Freeport, Texas, site. Since 2006, ITP has worked with industrial manufacturing plants to identify more than $732 million in potential energy savings. In 2007, more than 170 manufacturers were recognized for achieving significant savings by implementing assessment recommendations. Fifteen of those facilities are located in Texas and will be honored on April 9, 2008, at a Texas Industries of the Future event. Paul Dickerson, Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will attend the event and present awards to the companies. Special acknowledgement will also be given to Dow as the recipient of the 500th assessment.
The following Texas plants will be recognized:
- CRP Balmoral International
- Custom Rubber Products
- Dow Chemical Company – Power 6
- Flexible Foam Products
- Groth Corporation
- Houston Chronicle
- Houston Chronicle SW Printing Plant
- NBGS International
- Sunoco - Bayport
- Texas Petrochemicals LP - Houston Plant
- Tyson Foods Incorporated
In addition to the Texas Industries of the Future event, ITP representatives will be attending several other upcoming events to educate industry about Save Energy Now and recognize award recipients. These include the:
- Sustainable Manufacturing Summit, April 8-9, 2008, Chicago, Illinois
- 5th Annual North Carolina Sustainable Energy Conference, April 8-9, 2008, Raleigh, North Carolina
- Michigan Energy Conference, April 11-12, 2008, Big Rapids, Michigan
- Society of Automotive Engineers 2008 World Congress, April 14-17, 2008, Detroit, Michigan
- Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Conference, April 26-30, 2008, Orlando, Florida.
Applications are still being accepted for 2008 Save Energy Assessments. Don't miss out on the opportunity to receive a free assessment of your energy-intensive process system by a DOE Energy Expert, and gain valuable knowledge and tools to save money and reduce energy consumption. Apply online today!
West Linn Paper Company Saves $379,000 Annually After Save Energy Now Assessment
Steam systems like those used in the West Linn Paper Company mill in West Linn, Oregon, are prevalent in the paper industry and account for much of a mill's energy consumption. West Linn was in the process of evaluating and implementing several savings initiatives when a DOE Save Energy Now energy assessment was performed by Energy Expert Bill Moir, of Steam Engineering, Inc. Using DOE's Steam System Assessment Tool (SSAT) software, Moir provided seven recommendations for improving energy efficiency. West Linn later implemented several of these, such as surveying steam traps, adding insulation, and re-evaluating the positioning of several steam headers. West Linn achieved annual savings of approximately $379,000 and more than 58,000 MMBtu in natural gas with a payback time of less than six months. Read the new case study (PDF 635 KB).
DOE and EPA Partner to Help National Data Centers Reduce Energy Consumption
DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have partnered to coordinate a national data center energy efficiency information program. The program incorporates various activities from ITP's Save Energy Now initiative, the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), and the EPA ENERGY STAR® program. Part of the joint venture includes a set of fact sheets summarizing the ongoing efforts of DOE and EPA to provide information, tools, and resources to owners and operators of data centers. The fact sheets provide useful information, including links to outside organizations, to assist data center personnel in their efforts to reduce energy consumption in their buildings. See the full fact sheet (PDF 225 KB) and abbreviated fact sheet (PDF 84 KB) for more.
ITP Seeks to Develop Energy Efficient Nanomanufacturing Technologies; Lab Call to be Announced Soon
Nanomanufacturing, the use of nanotechnology (matters of size between 1 to 100 nanometers), involves the production of nanomaterials and nano-enabled products. Potential annual savings from the use of these products in the chemicals, refining, and maritime industries is estimated at 0.5 to 1.1 quadrillion Btu of energy. In addition, more than 60 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions could be avoided, the equivalent to taking nearly 11 million cars off the road. Accelerating the development of nanomanufacturing technologies will not only reduce industrial energy consumption, but also strengthen the global competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector. However, substantial technical challenges must be overcome to enable a commercially viable nanomanufacturing industry.
ITP's Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Program will strive to meet this challenge and close the gap between nanoscience discoveries and nanotechnology products by conducting research in nanomanufacturing. In June 2007, ITP held a Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Workshop to identify research, development, and demonstration needs and business initiatives. Read the report (PDF 5.54 MB) to learn more. In addition, watch ITP's active solicitations Web site for a Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Research and Development Lab Call to be announced in mid-April.
UC Davis Offers Energy Resource Management Certificate Program
The University of California (UC) Davis Extension is offering a Certificate Program in Energy Management beginning April 21, 2008. The program will include six online courses focusing on energy resource management, supply, regulatory, demand, environment, and leadership. The program is designed for professional engineers, construction planners and designers, plant managers, energy analysts, architects, and others who are interested in becoming energy resource management experts. Curriculum aligns with the Association of Energy Engineers requirements for Certified Energy Manager and Business Energy Professional certifications, and has also been recognized by the California Energy Commission. Students will be provided with a list of ITP's Save Energy Now resources, including energy assessment and energy management fact sheets, system-specific sourcebooks and tip sheets, and much more. ITP offers many one- and two-day training classes, as well as Webcasts, on industrial systems and components to help you run your plant more efficiently. Locate ITP training sessions in your area.
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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.
The new purified terephthalic acid purification process will produce commercial-grade TA crystals (pictured above), increase understanding of crystal growth mechanisms, and develop reliable predictive process control models for crystallization steps.
New Purified Terephthalic Acid Purification Process Enables Manufacturers to Increase Production, Reduce Waste, and Save Energy
Chemical companies that produce purified terephthalic acid (PTA) can dramatically improve their production process by utilizing a new PTA purification technology (PDF 1.08 MB) now available for licensing. PTA is a commodity chemical used principally as a starting compound to produce polyester, or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), to manufacture clothing and plastic bottles. GTC Technology, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with ITP and in collaboration with Montana State University, has developed a new PTA purification process technology that could yield annual energy savings of 22 trillion Btu of natural gas. The purification process uses a two-step crystallization technique, and a highly selective, proprietary organic solvent blend that tolerates high levels of impurities, typical of that produced by non-bromine catalyst systems. Depending on the application, the process offers the following advantages:
- Increased production capacity of 15 to 40%
- Reduction of p-xylene and acelic acid consumption by 5 to 25%
- Improved oxidation and purification catalysts utilization
- Lower operating costs
- Better product quality (<10% variability)
- Reduced emissions and load to wastewater treatment facilities
- Minor capital costs to retrofit existing facilities
- Payback of less than 2 years
A pilot scale testing of the process has been completed and samples are now being tested at PET manufacturers. In December 2007, a U.S. Patent (7307188, Purification of Carboxylic Acids by Complexation with Selective Solvents) was issued for the PTA purification process. For information about licensing, contact Randi Wytcherley at 406-582-0423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
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 event, which attracts thousands of chemists, chemical engineers, and professionals, will feature free workshops and more than 300 exhibitors showcasing new technological developments.
The 79th Annual Meeting of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association will be held April 13-16, 2008, at the Sand Pearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The three-day meeting will include roundtable discussions and presentations that emphasize energy efficiency and green technologies.
A series of presentations on combined heat and power will be offered to customers and regulatory staff of Arizona Southwest Gas by the Intermountain Combined Heat and Power Regional Application Center (ICHPC) and Southwest Gas on April 10, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to a presentation on large CHP projects in Arizona, attendees can learn about the Southwest Gas CHP Incentive Program and "CHP 101" from the ICHPC.
A Manufacturing Outreach Workshop, hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute, will be held April 14, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. The workshop provides an opportunity for companies interested in entering the nuclear sector to gain insights into the current market for components, commodities and services, as well as industry requirements to enter the market.
The Association for Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition (AISTech) will be held May 5-8, 2008, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AISTech 2008 conference programs will focus on iron making, steelmaking, engineering, finishing processes, technologies, and equipment.
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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.
Improve Your Knowledge of Compressed Air Systems Through Upcoming Training
Facility engineers, operators, and maintenance staff can learn how to achieve 15 to 25% cost savings through more effective production and use of compressed air by attending one of ITP's upcoming compressed air trainings. A Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems (Level 1) course will be offered on April 16, 2008, in San Francisco, California, and Kokomo, Indiana, and on April 23, 2008, in Westwood, Massachusetts. To take your compressed air knowledge to the next level, attend ITP's Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems (Level 2) course available April 29-30, 2008, in Sacramento, California, and May 7-8, 2008, in Omaha, Nebraska. This two-day training teaches you how to develop a system profile and address point-of-use issues. In addition, you'll learn how to implement a compressed air system maintenance program, determine different compressor control strategies, align the supply-side to demand-side operation, and gain an understanding of the value of heat recovery. In addition to training, ITP offers compressed air software tools and publications such as tip sheets, technical fact sheets, case studies, 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.
Proposals Due April 1, 2008 for Energy-Intensive Processes 2008 Lab Call
ITP is soliciting proposals from DOE national laboratories to develop innovative technologies that, when deployed commercially, would reduce the energy requirements for energy-intensive processes across many industrial sectors. Proposals for the Energy-Intensive Processes 2008 Lab Call are due April 1, 2008. Industrial collaboration and cost sharing are required. DOE anticipates selecting six to 12 projects to receive funding, depending on the scope of the projects. Read the full Program Announcement for more information.
Deadline Nearing for Transformational Technologies Funding Opportunity
ITP is seeking industry applications on transformational technologies for the Industries of the Future and energy-intensive processes. Applications are due May 7, 2008 for the "Collaborative Energy Efficiency and Carbon Footprint Research and Demonstration for U.S. Manufacturing Industry" Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The areas of interest are transformational iron and steel technologies; alternative chemical process technologies; forest product technologies; and energy-intensive processes. For more details, read the full Program Announcement.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Energy Experts
A solicitation has been issued for Qualified Specialists interested in becoming DOE Energy Experts. The solicitation will be in effect for one year, and applications will be reviewed for selection on a quarterly basis. The first review and selection period will begin June 29, 2008. Through ITP's Save Energy Now effort, Energy Experts conduct energy assessments at major U.S. industrial plants to help improve the efficiency of industrial steam, process heating, fan, pump, or compressed air systems. To qualify to become an Energy Expert, individuals must first be Qualified Specialists. These are highly experienced professionals who have passed a rigorous exam and are skilled in the use of ITP BestPractices assessment and analysis software tools. Those selected from this solicitation will attend training provided by DOE for certification as Energy Experts. Once certified, DOE will place the Energy Experts on a Qualified Bidders List for future procurement opportunities in 2008 and 2009.
California Energy Commission Seeks Research Projects on Climate Change
The California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program is accepting solicitations for "Research Projects on Climate Change of Relevance to California." The solicitation covers six research topics that represent a major variable in the overall picture of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in a California context. Research funded by this solicitation will contribute toward a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between GHG emissions factors and climate change and how best to adapt to and/or mitigate its negative impacts. Proposals are due May 20, 2008. Learn more about this opportunity.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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