From left to right: Douglas Kaempf, ITP Program Manager; David Hill, Idaho National Laboratory Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology; and Michael Kluse, Administrator of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Northwest Food Processors Sign On to Reduce Energy Intensity
The Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit was held on February 17, 2009, in Portland, Oregon, and resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work toward reducing industrial energy intensity 25% in 10 years—a step that directly supports DOE's Save Energy Now initiative. ITP Program Manager Douglas Kaempf, Northwest Food Processors Association President David Zepponi, and representatives from the Bonneville Power Administration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance signed the agreement. During the Summit, more than 100 participants representing industry, utilities, federal and state governments, and academia discussed their ideas to effectively deal with rising energy costs, limit carbon emissions, spur industrial growth, and stabilize employment in the region's manufacturing sector.
12 State Organizations Awarded Funding for Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs
State energy offices, economic development entities, and regional energy efficiency groups are among the 12 applicants selected to receive approximately $9 million in funding over the next three years from ITP. Organizations from California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia, were selected through a competitive process to work with industrial customers at local, regional, and state agencies. These projects will help companies achieve a national goal of a 25% reduction in energy intensity in 10 years. Selected applicants will develop and deliver industrial energy efficiency programs to their industrial customers. Read the news article for details on the awardees. For more information on ITP's state activities, visit the Web site.
Don't Miss Out on ITP's Project Opportunities
Make sure to read the Project Opportunities section of this issue of E-Bulletin to learn about the important financial opportunities ITP is currently offering. ITP is looking for proposals related to solicitations for an Industrial Assessment Center Field Manager, and the Save Energy Now Technical Assistance and Plant Assessment Program. Additionally, read about upcoming Notice of Intent funding opportunities for data center energy efficiency and industrial distributed energy projects.
Thirty-five top engineering students from 26 universities, shown above, gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual IAC student meeting in February 2009.
Top Engineering Students Gather for Annual Industrial Assessment Center Meeting
Thirty-five top engineering students from DOE's university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) gathered in Washington, D.C., February 5-6, 2009, to discuss the program's role in energy efficiency and innovation. The annual meeting featured presentations from organizations including DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Rutgers University. Students had the opportunity to meet with IAC alumni and recruiters from ORNL, Energy & Resource Solutions, Johnson Controls, and other businesses to discuss career opportunities. Four student presentations were given, and Ross DiLiegro, Brandon Peery, and Wade Willatt were awarded an infrared thermometer from Fluke for their presentation, Automation of Report Formatting and Production. IAC engineering students gain real-world experience by working with instructors to provide small and medium-size manufacturing facilities with no-cost energy assessments that identify opportunities for energy and cost savings. View the presentations from this year's meeting.
Alternative Energy Options and Technologies To Be Featured at Largest Energy Conference on West Coast
The West Coast Energy Management Congress is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West coast specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users. Held June 10-11, 2009, in Long Beach, California, the event will showcase new technologies, energy supply and alternative energy options, and innovative project implementation strategies. This year, DOE is a Government Energy Leader. On Thursday, June 11, 2009, ITP will be sponsoring two classes in the Partnerships Track (Track 5) on Save Energy Now energy assessments and Industrial Assessment Centers. Additionally, ITP will recognize facilities for implementing energy savings after a Save Energy Now assessment at their plant. Register to get DOE's reduced rate.
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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 Callidus UltraBlue Burner, shown here in use, maximizes fired-heater efficiency and reduces NOx emissions.
UltraBlue™ Burner Provides Ultra Low Emissions
Editor's Note: This article is part two of a three-part series on commercially available, low-emissions burners.
Refineries and petrochemical manufacturing plants rely on process heaters to heat liquids and induce chemical reactions during the production process. Nationally, these process heaters can generate more than 235,000 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions annually, which can mean heavy fines and the need for costly post-combustion equipment. To address these needs Callidus Technologies' (now part of Honeywell) developed the UltraBlue™ burner. UltraBlue burners maximize fired-heater efficiency and reduce NOx emissions by up to 80% to 90%, negating the need for post-combustion equipment. To achieve these low emissions levels, the burners combine three advanced technologies, including staging the fuel/gas/exhaust gas recirculation to keep flame temperatures low, an enhanced fired-heater system, and an online temperature sensing and burner control system. Through 2008, more than 3,400 UltraBlue burners have been supplied to facilities across the country.
For facilities that are already operating a Callidus low-emission burner, your equipment can be adapted with the UltraBlue technology using the company's UltraBlue Retrofit Kit, which can be installed during a scheduled routine or major shutdown with no special equipment or machinery required. For more information on Callidus Technologies' burners, download the UltraBlue Burner brochure (PDF 568 KB). Learn about ITP's other combustion program activities and supported technologies by visiting the Web site.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
Held April 13-16, 2009, in New York, New York, the Uptime Institute's 4th Annual Research Symposium: Lean, Clean, & Green is dedicated to rapid improvement in energy efficiency of enterprise computing, networking, and data centers. Attendees will include IT and data center owner/operators representing IT, finance, corporate real estate, and facilities management organizations. Learn about ITP's efforts to improve data center efficiency.
The 2009 Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, April 18-22, 2009. The event will identify gaps and economic hurdles to establish profitable and productive competitive positions. Choose from three tracks: Top-Line Growth, Process Improvements Through Bottom-Line Growth, and MEP Policy and Center Management.
The Association of Energy Service Professionals Spring Implementation Conference, April 28-29, 2009, in Charlotte, North Carolina, will welcome utilities, government policy makers and regulators, industry advisors, technology professionals, and others. Attendees will discuss energy efficiency program implementation, program design and marketing, developing trade allies, and leveraging brands.
The Association for Iron and Steel Technology Conference and Exposition will be held May 4-7, 2009, in St. Louis, Missouri. Steel producers and other industry professionals will gather to discuss and view the latest steel technologies from around the globe.
If you are a professional involved in the production, use, or transportation of energy; or in designing and evaluating energy-related equipment and waste reduction practices, plan to attend the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, May 12-15, 2009, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event features numerous workshops and technical sessions focused on industrial energy and waste reduction. DOE is a sponsor of the event.
The Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology, May 31-June 5, 2009, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will explore the latest issues facing the ceramic and glass technology industry and provide a forum for presentations and information on emerging technologies. Choose from eight themed topic areas and 27 symposia.
More than 2,000 plastics suppliers will be attending the International Plastics Showcase, June 22-26, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. Sponsored by the Society of Plastics Industry, networking and training opportunities will abound, as well as new and emerging plastics technologies. Visit ITP in the Emerging Technologies Showcase area.
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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 CD-ROM Offers ITP Tools and Resources to Save Energy Now
ITP is offering the Industrial Energy Management Resources and Tools CD-ROM, a new release of its popular Save Energy Now Tools and Resources CD. This updated version features the latest ITP assessment software tools, including metric versions, and more than 100 publications such as technical tip sheets, fact sheets, and case studies---all in one convenient package. Use these resources as part of an energy management strategy to improve the efficiency of your process heating, steam, and motor-driven systems, as well as data centers. You will also find information on energy assessments, learn how to partner with Save Energy Now, and discover energy-saving emerging and commercialized industrial technologies. Order the CD, free of charge, by contacting the EERE Information Center online or by calling 1-877-337-3463.
Sign Up Today for Free Thursday Webcasts in March and April
Attend ITP's one-hour Thursday Webcasts from the comfort of your office—or organize a group meeting—to learn about ITP software tools, technology R&D, and energy savings assessments. Choose from the following upcoming Webcasts:
- March 12, 2009: Steam System Tool Suite
- March 19, 2009: MotorMaster+ Tool
- March 26, 2009: ITP Nanotechnology R&D
- April 2, 2009: ITP's Top Low- and No-Cost Improvements
- April 9, 2009: Project Financing—From Identification to Implementation
- April 16, 2009: Energy Assessment Results—Most Commonly Identified Recommendations
- April 23, 2009: Data Center Assessment Case Studies—Verizon and Lucasfilm.
Register for these and other Webcasts or trainings. See past Thursday Webcast presentations.
ITP's Peer Review Presentations Focus On Activities, Technologies
ITP's new Peer Review Web page features the presentations given at the October 28-30, 2008, corporate peer review. Presentations at the ITP peer review ranged from subprogram overviews to emerging and commercialized technologies to corporate communications and management. Peer reviews are periodically held to evaluate a program's effectiveness, management, productivity, and relevance to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) goals. These reviews also help direct EERE and its programs when designing future programs and/or enhancing existing efforts. Learn more about the peer review process.
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.
Industrial Assessment Center Technical Field Manager Applications Due March 24, 2009
ITP is accepting proposals for an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Technical Field Manager to assist DOE in monitoring and managing the IAC program nationally. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative approaches for delivering program services, educational opportunities, and regional outreach efforts. The closing date for applications is March 24, 2009.
Technical Field Managers must be located in the United States, and be a college or school of engineering that has at least one of its four-year undergraduate programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission or the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Current IACs are eligible to apply, but if selected, the center must relinquish its "center" status.
The selection will be made by mid-May 2009, when ITP will choose one application to award an estimated annual funding of $600,000 to $900,000 for a total of $4.5 million through Fiscal Year 2014.
Two Funding Opportunities Expected In March
Under funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, DOE has released two Notice of Intent (NOI) Funding Opportunity announcements to support energy efficiency projects in specific areas. Both are expected to be issued in late March 2009. Potential applicants for each NOI can prepare to apply for this funding opportunity by completing the pre-registration process outlined at Grants.gov and FedConnect. Prospective applicants must complete this process as soon as possible in order to be eligible to apply for this solicitation. Learn more about each NOI below.
Data Center and Telecom Technology Energy Efficiency
This funding opportunity will seek to increase the energy efficiency of server-based telecommunications and data center facilities. Project proposals should focus on increasing the efficiency of IT equipment and software, and power and cooling systems. In addition, the solicitation will fund the demonstration and field testing of pre-commercial technologies in these areas as well as in distributed generation or alternative power technologies used to power information and communication technology systems. Read the news article for more details.
CHP, District Energy, and Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects
This funding opportunity will seek proposals that identify, design, and implement energy-efficient technologies and systems for institutional entities, including higher education facilities and public school districts, local government, and municipal utilities. Proposals should promote domestic CHP, waste heat recovery projects, and/or more efficient industrial processes while encouraging the development of a skilled labor force for implementation. Read the news article for more details.
Save Energy Now Technical Assistance and Plant Assessment Program
DOE is accepting proposals for organizations that will work directly with DOE staff to integrate and coordinate technical assistance with ITP's activities. Applicants may submit proposals to perform both tasks listed below, or submit proposals to perform just Task 1 or Task 2. Note that Task 2 requires 50% cost-sharing. The closing date for applications is April 2, 2009.
Task 1: Technical Assistance and Plant Assessment Development and Delivery
Task 2: Enhanced Project Implementation Support and Technology Deployment
- Coordinate, strengthen, and expand the energy assessment process
- Provide access to ITP technical resources and assistance
- Develop and implement communications and outreach strategies to raise awareness of, and solicit industry participation in, ITP activities
- Coordinate and manage DOE Energy Experts and Qualified Specialists, and solicit and train new Energy Experts.
- Develop and execute methodologies for activities following energy assessments that work toward and provide project implementation support
- Integrate new or emerging technology development from the ITP R&D portfolio into project implementation.
DOE anticipates selecting one to three applicants who will be notified by mid-May 2009. Awards will be presented by July 2009. Approximate total funding through Fiscal Year 2014 is $25 million for each task.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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