Point and Click to Start Saving Energy: Attend the Virtual Energy Forum
Go green and help save more than 18 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when you attend the Virtual Energy Forum December 10-11, 2008. According to the Web site, that is the amount Virtual Energy Forum registrants are saving by attending the free online-only event instead of traveling. Learn about cost-cutting alternative energy technologies, polices, and energy management best practices all from the comfort of your computer desk or conference room. Be sure to tune in on Thursday, December 11, from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. EST for a presentation from ITP Program Manager Douglas Kaempf on "Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Industry." You can also access streaming video presentations, chat with other attendees and exhibitors, view the emerging technology showcase, and visit a virtual exhibit floor and booths. Register now.
Mark Your Calendar for New ITP Thursday Webcasts Scheduled for 2009
Continue to save on travel fees and energy in the New Year by attending ITP's no-cost Thursday Webcasts. Offered on a variety of technical topics, from energy assessments to software tools and technologies, the Webcasts are the perfect opportunity to enhance your knowledge about industrial system efficiency, without incurring any expenses. All you need is a computer and a phone. Ask your co-workers to join you in a conference room or office to take advantage of this free training resource. Webcasts are held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. View the events calendar to register for these upcoming Webcasts:
- January 8, 2009—Combined Heat and Power Regional Assessment Centers
- January 15, 2009—Introduction to the Industrial Technologies Program
- January 22, 2009—Energy Management Programs
- January 29, 2009—Emerging Steel Technologies
- February 5, 2009—State and Utility Partnerships
- February 12, 2009—Energy Assessments: What Are the Benefits to Large Facilities?
- February 19, 2009—Energy Assessments: What are the Benefits to Small- and Medium-Sized Facilities?
- February 26, 2009—Quick PEP Tool Demonstration and Results
During an energy assessment of the Jinyuan Chemical Company in China, DOE Energy Experts and Jinyuan engineers evaluated the steam and utility systems to identify opportunities to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Save Energy Now Goes Global—First Assessment Conducted in China
The first joint DOE/China energy assessment took place at one of China's largest industrial plants on November 18, 2008. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DOE and China's National Development and Reform Commission calls for DOE to perform six to 12 pilot assessments, train Chinese engineers in plant decision tools, and compare U.S. and Chinese energy policies and energy intensive plants. The 5-day plant assessment, modeled after ITP's successful Save Energy Now initiative, was conducted at Jinyuan Chemical Company in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, which makes ammonia, methanol, and other chemical products using coal and electricity. DOE Energy Experts and Jinyuan engineers focused on identifying opportunities to save energy and reduce carbon emissions in the plant's steam and other utility systems. Read the full DOE news story. Save Energy Now has helped U.S. manufacturers save an average of 8% of their total energy costs. Apply for a no-cost energy assessment of your facility today.
Representatives from Dow Chemical Company's Power 8 Freeport, Texas, plant accepted a DOE Save Energy Now award at the Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum in Houston, Texas, on November 6, 2008. From left to right: Rod VanHorn, Stephen Seth, John Theile, and Bill Behr.
39 Top Energy-Saving Companies Recognized at Industry Events in November
U.S. manufacturers are being recognized by DOE for implementing energy savings recommendations from Save Energy Now assessments. Many of the the 2008 Save Energy Now award recipients will be publicly honored at industry events throughout the year. During the Manufacturers Association of Florida Annual Summit on November 6, 2008, in Jacksonville, Florida, 31 Save Energy Now awardees from both 2007 and 2008 were acknowledged. Trophies were presented to Daniels Manufacturing Corporation and Orchid Island Juice. Also on November 6, 2008, eight plants were recognized at the Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum in Houston, Texas. Dow Chemical Company Power 8 Freeport Plant and Texas Tile Manufacturing, LLC were on hand to receive their trophies. If your company has already participated in an assessment, find out how you can get recognized for your progress.
Free Audio Web Briefing Offers Tips to Pump Up Your Savings
Did you know that optimizing your pump systems could save your facility up to 20% in energy savings? ITP is partnering with Pump Systems Matter™ (PSM) to offer free audio Web briefings on pump systems. The 40-minute "Pump Systems Performance Impacts Multiple Bottom Lines" briefing, presented by Mike Pemberton of ITT Industrial Process, will focus on ways to optimize your pump system performance for lower maintenance costs and improved system reliability. The Web briefing will be offered at 11:00 a.m. EST on Friday, December 12, 2008, or Monday, January 19, 2008. PSM is an industry-led market transformation initiative that focuses on pump systems education and outreach and addresses energy savings and total cost of pump ownership. ITP offers numerous resources to aid with pump system efficiency, including the Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT). Find training on how to use the tool to estimate energy and cost savings.
Test New Energy Assessment Draft Standards by January 19, 2009
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 the new draft standards is January 19, 2009. The standards focus on four system areas: pumping, compressed air, steam, and process heating. They will establish the requirements for organizing and conducting assessments at industrial plants, analyzing data, and reporting and documentation. The standards 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.
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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.
H2Scan's hydrogen sensors are available in a variety of configurations, including this hand-held sensor, which is being used to scan a hydrogen gas tank for leakage.
Sensing a Change: Hydrogen Sensors Help Industry Improve Safety and Efficiency
Hydrogen plays a critical role in energy-intensive industries such as petroleum processing, chemical manufacturing, and utilities. The real-time measurement of hydrogen in processes can improve plant efficiency, potentially saving the user hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and providing a payback within days. Based on an ITP-sponsored technology, H2Scan's solid-state, real-time hydrogen sensors (PDF 1.1 MB) improve plant safety by delivering reliable hydrogen measurement in process streams and in the detection of leaks. The sensors can be used to measure hydrogen levels in plant feedstocks, equipment, and products. Even in the presence of carbon monoxide, sulfur, and water vapor, these hydrogen sensors demonstrate high accuracy and response speed. H2Scan's sensors:
- Provide in-line hydrogen-specific measurements over the 0.5% to 100% hydrogen concentration range by volume
- Operate in process gas temperatures up to 212oF over a wide range of flow conditions, producing measurements in less than 30 seconds
- Operate with or without oxygen
- Are available in a number of configurations, including a hand-held portable leak detector, fixed-area monitoring system, and an in-line real-time concentration analyzer.
Since 2004, around 2,500 H2Scan units have been sold to more than 200 industrial and government customers. One customer using the sensors to monitor hydrogen in a gaseous refinery feedstock saved $250,000 annually. H2Scan's hydrogen sensors are expected to play a crucial role in the developing hydrogen economy. 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.
The 4th Annual Military Energy Alternatives conference will be held January 12-14, 2008, in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has made a commitment to use 25% renewable energy in their facilities by 2025 and the conference will address the challenges faced by DOD and the use of alternative energy applications systems. Those involved with DOD, DOE, and other research organizations are invited to attend. Learn more about ITP resources, tools, and technologies available to help federal facilities reduce energy intensity.
Held January 18-23, 2009, in Daytona Beach, Florida, the 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites will showcase cutting-edge research and product developments in the industry. The event includes 11 symposia and four focused sessions ranging in topics from nanostructured materials to advanced nuclear energy applications for silicon carbide and carbon-based materials.
The Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo will take place January 19-21, 2009, in Portland, Oregon. The event draws food processing industry professionals from around the globe and more than 450 exhibitor booths showcasing the latest technologies, equipment, services, and supplies to improve operations.
Sponsored by DOE, the International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation will be held February 10-12, 2009, in Newport Beach, California. The event addresses advanced central power and advanced distributed generation technologies. Attendees can choose from tracks on distributed generation technologies (1 MW to 50 MW) or central plant technologies (100 MW to 1,000 MW).
The MIT Energy Conference will bring together leaders in the technology, policy, industry, and finance fields on March 6-7, 2009, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Panel discussions include energy use in the developing world, demand, transportation, fuels, and power generation issues. Promising technologies and new approaches to energy policy will be showcased.
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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.
Current use of combined heat and power in the United States today reduces carbon emissions equivalent to removing more than 45 million cars from the road.
New Report Underscores Combined Heat and Power Deployment Opportunities and Challenges
What if 20% of generating capacity came from combined heat and power (CHP)? According to a new DOE report, Combined Heat and Power: Effective Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future, if the United States attained this goal by 2030, benefits would include:
- A 60% reduction of the projected increase in CO2 emissions—the equivalent of removing 154 million cars from the road
- Fuel savings of 5.3 quadrillion Btu annually—equal to nearly half the total energy currently consumed by U.S. households
- Economically viable application throughout the nation in large and small industrial facilities, commercial buildings, multi-family and single-family housing, institutional facilities, and campuses
- The creation of 1 million new highly-skilled, competitive "green-collar" jobs and $234 billion in new investments throughout the United States.
Learn more about this proven and effective energy resource that can be deployed in the near term by reading the report (PDF 2.5 MB). Also see the CHP Solutions brochure (PDF 2 MB) for an overview of the benefits of this technology and ITP's goals for R&D and commercialization.
New Year's Resolution: Increase Your Knowledge About Compressed Air System Efficiency
Get a jump on training in the New Year by registering today for these upcoming compressed air workshops:
- Fundamentals of Compressed Air (Level 1)—January 7, 2009, Orlando, Florida; March 3, 2009, Irwindale, California; March 24, 2009, Omaha, Nebraska—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.
- Advanced Management of Compressed Air (Level 2)—January 8-9, 2009, Orlando, Florida; March 25-26, 2009, Omaha, Nebraska—this workshop will provide in-depth technical information on troubleshooting and making improvements to industrial compressed air systems.
- AIRMaster+ Specialist Qualification—March 10-13, 2009, San Francisco, California—for those of you who are ready to take your knowledge of compressed air to the next level, participate in this class and pass a rigorous exam to be recognized as a DOE Qualified Specialist.
Visit the training calendar to register for any of these workshops or to find training on other energy-intensive industrial process systems. Also be sure to download the new version of DOE's AIRMaster+ software tool for analyzing compressed air systems, which was released on October 6, 2008.
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.
Sign Up for Small Business Funding Solicitations E-mail Alerts
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 takes 3 to 5 business days to complete. Learn more and register.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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