Don't Miss Out! Register for ITP's Thursday Webcasts Today
ITP is offering no-cost Webcasts on Thursdays to help companies learn about ITP tools, technologies, and Save Energy Now assessments that can help save energy and reduce costs. The Webcasts are convenient, cost-effective, and ideal for any size group. So gather your colleagues, grab a conference room, and register today for one of these upcoming Webcasts:
- November 6, 2008—Energy Assessments: What are the Benefits to Small and Medium Facilities?
- November 13, 2008—Assessing Data Center Energy Use
- November 20, 2008—Super Boiler Technology
- December 4, 2008—Using Wireless Technology to Reduce Facility Energy Usage
You can also view presentations from previous Webcasts.
Six Ways to Get Involved in Data Center Efficiency Efforts
Current trends show that data center energy consumption will continue to grow by 12% per year unless steps are taken to decrease energy use. Here are six ways your company can get involved in efforts to improve data center efficiency:
- Find opportunities to collaborate. Read the new report, Energy Efficiency in Data Centers: Recommendations for Government-Industry Coordination (PDF 320 KB), which suggests how government and industry can work together on data center efficiency. The report summarizes feedback from a National Data Center Energy Efficiency Strategy Workshop convened by DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in July 2008.
- Register to attend a free Webcast on "Assessing Data Center Energy Use" on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Get an overview of data center best practices and energy-saving resources data centers can take advantage of, including software tools, assessments, and training.
- Learn about cost-saving measures. See how a DOE-sponsored assessment helped Lucasfilm, a leading film and entertainment company, identify seven opportunities to save energy in their 13,500-square-foot data center (PDF 304 KB).
- Read the latest issue of Energy Matters, ITP's quarterly e-magazine, which focuses on energy challenges arising from the growth in data centers and offers practical tips for reducing energy used by servers, power, and cooling infrastructure.
- Share your knowledge and gain recognition. Apply for the Uptime Institute's 2009 Green Enterprise IT Awards, presented in partnership with DOE, McKinsey & Company, and Forbes.com. The awards are an important annual industry milestone that promote and celebrate innovative information technology (IT) and data center energy efficiency best practices. The deadline to apply is December 19, 2008.
- Sign up to receive e-mail updates about DOE's data center efficiency efforts.
Limited Number of Save Energy Now Assessments Still Available for 2008
Tired of seeing your energy costs rise and your profits dwindle? One way to reduce energy costs and increase profits is to participate in a Save Energy Now energy assessment. By focusing on energy-intensive steam, process heating, compressed air, pumps, and fan systems, Save Energy Now assessments have identified more than $820 million in potential energy cost savings. Apply today! But hurry—there are only a few assessments still available for 2008.
University-based Industrial Assessment Centers enable engineering students to participate in real-world industrial energy assessments and provide recommendations for energy and cost improvements.
IACs Reach Milestone: 14,000 Energy Assessments Completed
ITP's university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) have completed their 14,000th energy assessment. Located at 26 universities across the United States, IACs provide no-cost Save Energy Now energy assessments to small- and medium-sized manufacturers. IACs also serve as a training ground for the next generation of energy-savvy engineers. The 14,000th assessment took place at Mid-South Metallurgical, a small company with 15 employees and a 21,000-square-foot facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Following the one-day, on-site energy assessment by the Tennessee 3-Star IAC, seven recommendations were identified totaling more than 2,900 MMBtu in potential energy savings—about $75,000 in cost savings.
"I was very impressed with the assessment team," said Clif Coleman, President of Mid-South Metallurgical. "This program is a great opportunity for students to gain exposure to industry and apply their skills in a practical way. Under the leadership of Dr. Glen Cunningham, the team did an excellent job of providing a summary of recommendations by the end of the visits, and then followed up with a detailed written report. These recommendations are on the top of our priority list for implementation." Read the full story in Energy Matters.
IT and Data Center Energy Forecast to Shape Future Technology R&D
Experts from the information and communication technology sector met in October 2008 to work on an industry vision and roadmap for technologies that will dramatically reduce the energy footprint of data centers and telecom systems. The workshop was sponsored by Yahoo! Inc., the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Telecommunications Industry Association, and Emerson Network Power. Yahoo! also hosted the workshop. Participants provided DOE and others with an industry vision of the energy future and IT and communications technology. The goal is to help align public and private technology investment, lead to collaborative activities between industry and DOE, and accelerate progress in reducing power demand. Read the full ITP news story.
Enhanced Energy Tax Credits Support Clean Energy Projects for Industry
New legislation expanding business energy tax credits for energy efficiency and renewable projects can make it more cost-effective for U.S. industrial companies to implement combined heat and power (CHP) and geothermal technologies. The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, included in the recently enacted Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, enhances tax incentives for renewable and energy efficiency technologies. The law establishes a new 10% investment tax credit for CHP systems and geothermal heat pumps; extends existing tax credits for solar energy, fuel cells, and microturbines; increases the credit amount for fuel cells; and extends eligibility for a business energy tax credit for commercial, industrial, and utility sectors. The new law also extends the tax deduction by 5 years for energy efficient commercial building improvements made to heating, ventilating and air conditioning, interior lighting, and hot water systems. For additional information, see the ITP news article. Learn more about financial resources offered by ITP and other entities by reading the Energy Matters article, "Financial Opportunities Help Advance New Technologies."
Volunteers Needed to Test New Energy Assessment Draft Standards
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Superior Energy Performance partnership invites industry to test new system energy assessment standards recently developed for trial use. The deadline for testing four new draft standards is January 19, 2009. The standards will establish the requirements for organizing and conducting assessments at industrial plants, analyzing data, and reporting and documentation. They also provide a framework for conducting assessments that will help define the market for system assessment services. ITP has provided support to the ASME Project Teams throughout the development process. To learn more about testing the draft standards, contact Paul Sheaffer at 703-356-1300 extension 215, or Ryan Crane at 212-591-7004.
CHP Technology Use Increases through Regional Application Centers
Did you know there are eight DOE Regional Application Centers (RAC) located throughout the United States that provide information about utilizing combined heat and power (CHP) technologies as a near-term solution to energy challenges? For example, the Northwest RAC recently worked with Washington State's Climate Action Team to incorporate CHP technologies in three subcommittee reports. This could impact legislation that will allow new CHP facilities and projects to qualify for offset credits; and seek to avoid inadvertently penalizing CHP systems. The Northwest RAC also recently published a Biomass Drying and Dewatering for Clean Heat & Power guide (PDF 274 KB). Created specifically for the forest products and food processing industries, the guide provides general information about drying biomass fuels, one element of getting the most out of biomass fired CHP projects. A few states away, at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the final chapter of a six-phase program with Chevron Energy Solutions of San Francisco is underway. The crowning feature of the effort to upgrade the energy efficiency profile of the campus is a 6 megawatt CHP system. The Intermountain RAC played a central role in the project by providing an independent review of the project developer's study and proposal, as well as CHP emissions information on green impacts of the project. Find a RAC 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 energy-efficient HotEye Rolled Steel Bar technology (the blue unit pictured above) detects surface flaws during production to help steel manufacturers conserve hundreds of tons of steel that would otherwise be destroyed.
Steel Industry Goes High-Definition: HotEye® Technology Detects Microscopic Flaws in Steel Bars
The HotEye® Rolled Steel Bar (RSB) system (PDF 1.5 MB), developed by OG Technologies, Inc. with support from ITP, delivers high-definition images of surface defects such as seams, overfills, laps, slivers, and tears in steel bars. According to DOE's Impacts Report (PDF 4.8 MB), the HotEye RSB technology helped four U.S. steel mills achieve energy savings of 2 trillion Btu and avoid 32,000 tons of carbon emissions in 2006 alone.
Used during rolled steel bar production, the HotEye RSB technology makes it possible to save hundreds of tons of steel that would otherwise be destroyed because of surface defects found too late in the rolling process. HotEye RSB can detect surface flaws as small as 25 micrometers—about 1/4 the width of a human hair—while moving at production line speeds of more than 230 mph. After a steel bar has been scanned, HotEye RSB generates a report that provides an overall quality score as well as the type, severity, location, and image of each surface defect. The operator can then use this information to immediately correct the problem. In addition, the HotEye RSB system can also:
- Automatically apply separate thresholds based on steel grade and/or customer needs
- Automatically adjust for hands-free operation
- Provide instant surface images
- Establish data traceability for process control and plant-wide access.
To date, OG Technologies has been awarded six U.S. patents, an R&D 100 Award, and a Michigan 50 Award for the HotEye RSB technology. Currently, 14 HotEye RSB installations exist in the United States, Canada, Japan, and China. For additional information, visit the OG Technologies Web site. Learn more about ITP's other Sensors and Automation R&D projects.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Speakers from academia and industry will focus on emerging, leading, and cutting-edge technologies including nanotechnology, biotechnology, and advanced energy storage at the Society of Plastics Engineers New Technology Symposium, November 11-12, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Supplier Relationship Management for Utilities Conference and Seminar will be held November 17-18, 2008, in Denver, Colorado. Utility personnel can learn about the implementation of efficiencies in the creation, negotiation, and management of service contracts and the advantages of good supplier relations to the utility enterprise.
Federal agencies and their servicing utilities will convene at the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Fall Meeting, November 19-20, 2008, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The theme is "Securing Energy Independence in Williamsburg," and the event will focus on how to identify, develop, and implement cost-effective energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable projects at federal sites.
The 23rd International Maintenance Conference, "Mastering the Maintenance Process," will be held December 8-11, 2008, in Bonita Springs, Florida. Attendees can learn how to improve systems reliability with new methods, strategies, technologies, and techniques for the plant floor and the workforce.
Register for the no-cost Virtual Energy Forum, December 10-11, 2008, to learn about better energy management practices and clean energy alternatives. The event includes a virtual exhibit floor and booths, live question-and-answer sessions with leading energy experts, and presentations by industry representatives, including ITP Program Manager Douglas Kaempf.
The 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites will be held January 18-23, 2009, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event showcases cutting-edge research and product developments in the industry, and will include 11 symposia and four focused sessions ranging in topic from Nanostructured Materials to Advanced Nuclear Energy Applications for Silicon Carbide and Carbon-based Materials.
Food processing industry professionals from around the globe will come together January 19-21, 2009, in Portland, Oregon, for the Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo. Attendees can see and learn about the latest technologies, systems, and related information that can improve operations from the more than 450 exhibitor booths showcasing the latest equipment, services, and supplies.
The Association of Energy Services Professionals 19th National Energy Services Conference & Expo will be held January 27-29, 2009, in San Diego, California. This year's conference will feature case studies and presentations on all aspects of energy efficiency and demand response, including program implementation, renewable energy, and policy. In addition, ITP will be presenting on applicable technologies for both the federal and industrial sectors.
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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.
The Latest in ITP Software Tools: Quick PEP, Version 2.0, Now Available
DOE has just completed beta testing and now invites you to download an enhanced version of the Quick Plant Energy Profiler, or Quick PEP, an online software tool that helps industrial plant personnel quickly understand how energy is being used at their plant and how they might save energy and money. Use Quick PEP as your first step in identifying the best opportunities for saving energy in your plant. Quick PEP also provides a broad list of potential next steps to begin realizing energy and cost savings. Version 2.0 of Quick PEP has been enhanced with these features:
- Chinese language support for the entire software program
- Energy intensity spreadsheet
- Carbon dioxide footprint calculator
Other changes correct errors for improved functionality. Learn more and download Quick PEP Version 2.0, today!
Upgrade to the New Version of AIRMaster+
Download the latest version of AIRMaster+ to assess your plant's compressed air systems, including modeling, existing and future system upgrades, and evaluating savings and effectiveness of energy efficiency measures. AIRMaster+ Version 1.2.3 was released on October 6, 2008, and replaces earlier versions of the software. It corrects errors to the editing/review function in the Energy Efficiency Measures module and unit labeling errors in some screens of the English version. All ITP software tools are available at no charge. You can also attend training sessions to learn more about how to use the tools.
Fall 2008 Energy Matters Spotlights Data Center Energy Efficiency
Why is it so important to evaluate how much energy your data center uses? What technologies can help you save money and energy? And where do you start? The Fall 2008 issue of Energy Matters answers these and many more questions about data center efficiency. Read the newsletter to learn about:
Energy Matters also features the "Ask an Energy Expert" column written by a DOE Energy Expert who discusses the importance of taking a systems approach to optimizing industrial steam systems. Read the full issue. If you don't receive Energy Matters in your in-box, be sure to subscribe.
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 November 20, 2008, for Small Business Funding Opportunity
Applications for Phase I of DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunity are due November 20, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. EST. You must be registered on grants.gov in order to apply. The registration process can take up to 2 weeks, so be sure to register early.
The goal of the solicitation is to increase private sector commercialization of technology developed through DOE-supported R&D, stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, and improve the return on investment from federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. Phase I grants will be made during fiscal year 2009 to small businesses in amounts up to $100,000. Success in Phase I is a prerequisite to receiving further DOE support in Phase II, which is the principal R&D effort. Phase II awards are expected to be made in fiscal year 2010 in amounts up to $750,000. The Phase II period of performance will depend on the scope of the effort, but normally will not exceed a 12-month initial budget period with an option for continuation up to 12 months. In Phase III, small businesses will use non-SBIR capital to pursue commercial applications of the R&D.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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