Goodyear Tire Plant Prioritizes Energy Efficiency Projects and Identifies $875,000 in Savings After Save Energy Now Assessment
Plant managers at the Goodyear tire plant in Union City, Tennessee, were aware of potential energy savings measures in their steam system, but unsure of implementation costs. The plant participated in a Save Energy Now energy assessment performed by DOE Energy Expert Don Schmidt, of Geos LLC. Using DOE's Steam System Assessment Tool software, Schmidt worked with plant personnel to identify two energy savings opportunities that would cost $180,000 to implement and result in annual cost and energy savings of $875,000 and 93,000 MMBtu—with a simple payback of less than three months. According to Dennis Burden, Mechanical Engineer for Goodyear, "The Goodyear Union City plant had an energy conservation program active at the time of the audit, but the DOE audit helped to refocus our efforts and identify issues that would be better moved to the top of our task list."
Read the full case study (PDF 711 KB) to learn more about the Goodyear energy assessment. Find additional system improvement recommendations that may be applicable to your plant on ITP's new Save Energy Now case studies Web page.
Facilities that have achieved significant energy savings after implementing Save Energy Now assessment recommendations are being recognized at industry events.
Plants Recognized by ITP at Industrial Energy Technology Conference
During the Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) held in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 6-8, 2008, ITP's James Quinn presented Save Energy Now awards to several companies located in the region. Shown at the right, Merrick (Rick) Johnson (second from left) and Danny Lott accept an Energy Saver award on behalf of J. Ray McDermott's fabrication facility in Amelia, Louisiana. Dr. Dan Turner, IETC Conference Director, is seated at the far right.
Energy Saver awards were also presented to Boise Paper in Jackson, Alabama, and Dow Chemical Company's EOEG plant in Hahnville, Louisiana. In addition, Dow Chemical Company's St. Charles facility in Hahnville, Louisiana, received an Energy Champion award.
See which other companies have been recognized by DOE. There's also still time to apply for a 2008 Save Energy Now assessment. Learn more.
Industry Invited to Test New Data Center Energy Profiler Tool
DOE has developed the Data Center Energy Profiler, or DC Pro, online software tool to help industries worldwide quickly diagnose how energy is being used by their data centers and how they might save energy and money. DC Pro can be used as a first step to help your company identify potential savings and reduce environmental emissions associated with energy production and use. Using DC Pro and information about your data center, you can complete a profile in about an hour. The tool provides an overview of your company's energy purchases, data center energy use, savings potential, and a list of specific actions you can take to realize these savings. Test the beta version of DC Pro and tell us what you think. You can also sign up to participate in DOE's effort to reduce data center energy use.
Upcoming Events Focus on Data Center Energy Efficiency
Eco-Technology Great Debates: June 11, 2008—Intel® Corporation is hosting an Eco-Technology Great Debates event in Santa Clara, California, which will provide a forum for technical personnel to discuss several key data center energy efficiency topics. Representatives from DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as IBM, Microsoft, and Intel Corporation are scheduled to attend the event. Industry leaders will debate their positions on data center energy efficiency strategies and technologies, including: alternating current (AC) versus direct current (DC) power, liquid versus air cooling, and thick versus thin clients.
National Data Center Energy Efficiency Strategy Workshop: July 8, 2008—Through the National Data Center Energy Efficiency Information Program, Save Energy Now, ENERGY STAR®, and the Federal Energy Management Program are bringing together leaders from industry and government to share ideas and best practices to greatly improve energy efficiency in data centers. Energy efficiency programs and technology developments in the data center field are rapidly accelerating. In addition, a growing focus on climate change and rising energy prices have created new opportunities and challenges for companies. This workshop provides an opportunity to look at the big picture of how government and industry are advancing toward the goal of improved energy efficiency in data centers. Key topics in the workshop will include market trends and predictions; progress made by initiatives already underway; and ways to coordinate and leverage public and private sector initiatives to accelerate the adoption of energy management best practices and state-of-the-art data center technologies for all classes of data center facilities. The workshop is hosted by Microsoft Corporation and will take place in Redmond, Washington. Registration for this event will open soon. Watch the ITP data center Web site for more details.
Clean Heat and Power Regional Application Centers Provide Resources for Industry
ITP partners with private industry and states to help accelerate the deployment, testing, and validation of novel distributed energy applications for industry. This includes combined heat and power (CHP), which is widely recognized as a method for saving energy and cutting costs while reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants. ITP operates eight Clean Heat and Power Regional Application Centers (RAC) that help companies identify and implement CHP technologies and projects. The RACs work with stakeholder groups, including end-users in targeted market sectors, local architect and engineering communities, state regulators and policymakers, and power planning organizations, to publicize the benefits of CHP technologies and reduce perceived implementation risks. The Clean Heat and Power RACs conducted their semi-annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on May 6, 2008, at the Midwest RAC located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The meeting covered the status of projects at the centers, key industrial activities and milestones, metrics, and coordination with efforts within ITP. Learn more about services provided by Clean Heat and Power RACs.
Save Energy Now Helps Utilities Meet Power Demand According to APPA Magazine Article
The May 2008 issue of the American Public Power Association's (APPA) Public Power magazine featured an article about how industrial customers served by public power utilities are taking advantage of no-cost energy assessments offered through ITP's Save Energy Now initiative. While the assessments are geared toward energy-intensive industrial companies, utilities can also benefit from partnering with ITP and promoting Save Energy Now assessments, including:
- Reduced load, making more energy available for other customers without the utility having to spend capital to increase its generation capacity
- Prevention against load instability during peak use times
- Improved economic viability of industrial customers, which helps sustain jobs and grow business.
APPA is the service organization for more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 45 million Americans. Read the full 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.
Isothermal Melting Technology Offers 70% Higher Efficiency Than Conventional Furnaces: See How it Works
See an interactive animation of the Isothermal Melting and transport and delivery process in the Spring 2008 issue of Energy Matters.
Aluminum melting is an energy-intensive process that typically uses gas-fired, reverberatory furnaces that are thermally inefficient, yield high metal oxidation rates and melt loss, and generate emissions. With support from ITP, Apogee Technology, Inc. developed an Isothermal Melting technology (PDF 48 KB) to substantially reduce energy intensity and metal loss in large-scale aluminum melting and other molten metal processes. The technology offers many benefits when compared to conventional furnaces, including:
- Potential cost savings of $340 million per year
- 70% higher efficiency
- Near-zero in-plant emissions
- Low capital and operating costs
- Less than 1% metal loss.
Learn more about this revolutionary technology and see an animation of how it works by reading the "Isothermal Melting: Reaching for the Peak of Efficiency in Aluminum Melting Operations" article in the Spring 2008 issue of Energy Matters.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Participate in the Virtual Energy Forum, June 10-11, 2008, without leaving your office. Learn how to implement better energy management practices to cut costs, while at the same time adopting clean energy alternatives. The two-day online conference will include a keynote by Newt Gingrich, and presentations by Paul Scheihing of ITP and many other energy efficiency experts.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is hosting a CHP in NYS: Past, Present, and Future event June 9-11, 2008, in New York City. A CHP awards ceremony co-sponsored by DOE and ENERGY STAR will be held. Attendees can also participate in a special workshop on conducting site-specific CHP feasibility studies presented by the Northeast Regional CHP Application Center.
Held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 17-19, 2008, the Energy Solutions Center's Technology & Market Assessment Forum will feature presentations from Piedmont Natural Gas, the Director of the North Carolina Energy Office, and ITP Program Manager Douglas Kaempf. Manufacturers will be showcasing new gas solutions as well as energy management systems and controls.
The Glass Art Society's 38th Annual Conference will take place June 19-21, 2008, in Portland, Oregon. It will include a technical display for viewing and purchasing the latest equipment, supplies, services, and educational materials for the glass industry. Classroom session topics will focus on business design, sustainable energy, and legal issues.
The APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo will be held June 21-25, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event attracts more than 1,200 public power industry professionals including utility board members and senior utility executives. More than 30 sessions covering all facets of utility governance and operations will be featured to provide insight on industry trends, changes, and new ideas for developing customer programs.
The Third Annual New Energy Symposium will be presented July 9-10, 2008, in Albany, New York, by New Energy New York, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and the Environmental Technology Applications Center. Energy efficiency personnel from academia, government, and industry sectors will be in attendance to discuss industry trends, threats, and opportunities; solar energy technology and national incentives, policy, and research; and clean energy investment developments.
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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.
New Crosscutting R&D Efforts Multiply Energy Savings for Industry
Through its Crosscutting Technologies portfolio, ITP conducts R&D to boost efficiency of technologies common to a variety of industrial processes, providing widespread benefits across multiple industries. ITP has recently expanded its existing portfolio to include four new focus areas:
- Industrial Distributed Energy accelerates deployment of effective CHP solutions, and collaborates with regional Clean Energy Application Centers to provide educational and technical assistance. See the funding opportunity.
- The Energy Intensive Processes initiative focuses R&D efforts on energy-efficient technologies for industrial activities such as reactions and separations, high-temperature processing, waste heat minimization and recovery, and sustainable manufacturing.
- The Fuel and Feedstock Flexibility subprogram partners with industry to integrate alternative fuels into manufacturing processes, through technology R&D and demonstration of gasified fuels, landfill gas, and electro-technologies. Learn more about the solicitation.
- ITP's Nanomanufacturing effort supports R&D for the cost-competitive production of nanomaterials and the manufacture of nanomaterial goods.
To learn more about how these new R&D areas are meeting national energy challenges, visit the updated Crosscutting Technologies Web site.
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.
Applications Due June 17 for Solid-State Lighting Technology Funding Opportunity
Energy used for lighting represents one-fifth of the national electricity consumption; therefore, DOE has set aggressive goals for R&D of energy efficient solid-state lighting technologies. To help meet these goals, DOE has announced a solicitation for Solid-State Lighting Core Technology R&D. This is the fifth round in a series of solicitations issued by EERE's Building Technologies Program to support R&D of lighting technologies that are more energy efficient, longer-lasting, and cost-competitive. The program areas of interest for this opportunity target technological advances in both light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) efficiency and stability. Approximately $7.5 million is expected to be available for new awards under this solicitation, and DOE anticipates making five to 10 awards. Don't delay! The deadline for applications is June 17, 2008, at 8:00 PM EST. DOE expects to notify applicants selected for awards by December 31, 2008, and make awards by March 31, 2009.
First Energy Expert Selection Period to Begin June 29
The first quarterly review and selection period for the DOE Energy Experts solicitation, which is in effect for one year, will start 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.
DOE Issues Fuel and Feedstock Flexibility, Combined Heat and Power Solicitation
ITP is accepting applications for cost-shared research and development of technologies that enable utilization of opportunity fuels and nontraditional feedstocks in industrial processes, as well as enable the use of combined heat and power in underutilized applications. This funding opportunity supports ITP program goals and objectives to drive a 25% reduction in U.S. industrial energy intensity by 2017, and an 18% reduction in U.S. carbon intensity by 2012. Proposed R&D should focus on one of the following areas:
- Fuel flexibility
- Feedstock flexibility in the chemical industry
- Clean distributed generation.
Approximately $4 million in total funding is available in FY2008 for new awards with an additional $6 million expected to be available for awards under this announcement in subsequent years. One to five awards will be issued for each area of interest with individual awards of $500,000 to $2 million. The deadline for proposals is July 14, 2008, at 8:00 PM EST. Selections will be made at the end of August 2008. Awards will be issued by September 30, 2008.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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