Manufacturers: Take Advantage of New R&D Tax Credits in Recovery Act
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes tax credits and incentives for industrial manufacturers who invest in advanced energy facilities and/or advanced energy projects. The R&D tax credit is meant to help offset the costs of investment. Your manufacturing company may find it surprising that many of your modest activities that work toward improving energy efficiency may qualify for the R&D Tax Credit, including:
- Designing, experimenting with, and integrating new machinery, models, and/or systems
- Experimenting with new technologies
- Developing new plants, or expanding and optimizing existing operations
- Integrating new production systems and/or processes to reduce or treat hydrocarbons or other waste systems.
Research expenses, including those generated internally or through third parties such as cost of supplies, employee wages, and contract fees could also qualify for the credit. To learn more, read the official American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 document (PDF 1.0 MB). Information for manufacturers can be found in Subtitle D – Manufacturing Recovery Provisions on page 230. You can also visit DOE's Recovery Act Web page to learn about funding opportunities in your state.
Industrial Facility Energy Savings Made Possible with Utility Support
According to three new case studies, partnerships between industrial manufacturers and their local utilities are enabling companies to implement energy-savings recommendations that would otherwise not be feasible. Utilities benefit because these improvements help to ensure the economic viability of their customers, maintain manufacturing jobs in their community, attract new businesses, keep power costs low, and allow rising load growth to be met without building more power plants, mitigating the utility's carbon footprint. Read the case studies to learn more.
- Financial incentives from Silicon Valley Power helped the Owens Corning plant in Santa Clara, California, save $252,000 after a Save Energy Now assessment and DOE software tools revealed pumping, fan, and compressed air system improvement opportunities (PDF 659 KB).
- Alliant Techsystems, Incorporated used Rocky Mountain Power's Self-Direction Credit program to significantly reduce payback times on energy-saving measures identified during a DOE assessment at their Promontory site in Utah (PDF 666 KB).
- An innovative Industrial End User program created by the Southern California Gas Company, the California Energy Commission, and ITP offers project verification assessments, financial incentives to purchase energy-efficient equipment, and training to help large industrial customers save money and meet state-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (PDF 1.7 MB).
Read other Save Energy Now case studies for ideas on cost-saving steps your company can take to achieve similar success. Learn more about ITP's partnership with utilities (PDF 2.1 MB).
CHP Applications in Data Centers Highlighted in New Report
ITP's Opportunities for Combined Heat and Power in Data Centers report (PDF 1.5 MB) analyzes the opportunities for combined heat and power (CHP) technologies to assist primary power in making data centers more cost-effective and energy efficient. Broader application of CHP will lower the demand for electricity from central stations and reduce the pressure on electric transmission and distribution infrastructure. The report features information on data center market segmentation, data center energy-use trends, CHP applicability, CHP drivers and hurdles, and CHP paths to market. Learn more about ITP's efforts to improve data center efficiency.
ITP's Conference Sessions Focus on Partnerships at Largest West Coast Energy Event
Sign up today for ITP's sessions on Save Energy Now energy assessments and Industrial Assessment Centers (Partnerships - Track 5) at the June 10-11, 2009, West Coast Energy Management Congress. DOE is a Government Leader for this Long Beach, California, event, which will feature energy supply and alternative energy options, project implementation strategies, and new technologies for business, industrial, and institutional energy users. Additionally, ITP will recognize facilities at the event 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 M-PAKT burner, shown above in use with a direct-fired water heater, can be utilized in various applications to reduce NOx emissions by as much as 90%.
Versatile Low-Emissions Burner Can Be Used in Various Industries and Settings
Editor's Note: This article is the third in a three-part series on commercially available, low-emissions burners that have resulted from ITP sponsorship.
Furnaces and boilers, gas turbines, and liquid process heaters in the chemical and petroleum refining industries can emit high amounts of nitrogen oxide (NOx). Maxon Corporation's M-PAKT® Ultra-Low NOx Burner, developed in part with ITP, can reduce NOx emission levels from these types of applications by as much as 80% to 90% thanks to its lean, premixed combustion gas and low-swirl flow technology. The M-PAKT burner uses a detached flame lifted above the burner, which provides for highly efficient conversion because no heat is transferred from the flame to the burner. This concept also allows for greater application in a wide range of combustion systems used in the paper making, paint finishing, food baking, and textile production industries.
The burner's design is scalable—allowing for different orientations and sizes of various flue configurations—and can be operated with natural gas or propane. Optional sleeve selections are also available for use with low- or high-temperature applications, including oxidizers, incinerators, heat exchangers, and process heaters. Since its commercialization in 2003, M-PAKT burners have been installed in 400 locations in the United States and abroad. For more information on the M-PAKT burner, contact Stacy Mulrooney at 800-287-6378. Visit ITP's combustion Web site to learn about other supported technologies.
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Attend these key events to learn about the latest energy-efficient technologies and practices, and network with industry peers.
The Uptime Institute's 4th Annual Research Symposium: Lean, Clean, & Green will be held April 13-16, 2009, in New York, New York. The event seeks to improve the energy efficiency of enterprise computing, networking, and data centers. Representatives from IT, data center, finance, corporate real estate, and facilities management organizations will be in attendance.
Held April 18-22, 2009, in Orlando, Florida, the 2009 Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Conference will showcase three tracks—Top-Line Growth, Process Improvements Through Bottom-Line Growth, and MEP Policy and Center Management. Chose from one of these tracks to help you identify the gaps and economic hurdles to establishing profitable and productive competitive positions.
Utilities, government policy makers and regulators, industry advisors, technology professionals, and others will meet at the Association of Energy Service Professionals Spring Implementation Conference, April 28-29, 2009, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Attendees will discuss energy efficiency program implementation, program design and marketing, developing trade allies, and leveraging brands.
Steel producers and other industry professionals will gather at the Association for Iron and Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, May 4-7, 2009, in St. Louis, Missouri, to discuss and view the latest steel technologies from around the globe.
The Industrial Energy Technology Conference, held May 12-15, 2009, in New Orleans, Louisiana, will feature workshops and technical sessions focused on industrial energy and waste reduction. Professionals involved in the production, use, or transportation of energy; or in designing and evaluating energy-related equipment and waste reduction practices are invited to attend.
Explore the latest issues facing the ceramic and glass technology industry at the Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology, held May 31-June 5, 2009, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Presentations and information on emerging technologies will be available through eight themed topic areas and 27 symposia.
Visit ITP in the Emerging Technologies Showcase area at the Society of Plastics Industry International Plastics Showcase. The event will welcome more than 2,000 plastics suppliers June 22-26, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. Attend to see the latest plastics technologies, and participate in networking and training opportunities.
Industrial energy decision makers, equipment manufacturers, government policymakers, electric and gas utility staff, and others will attend the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's 2009 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency. Held July 28-31, 2009, in Niagara Falls, New York, the event will include presentations and discussions related to the policies and technical issues facing industry's quest for energy efficiency.
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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 Software Tools and Updates Help Users Identify Potential Energy Savings
ITP's self-assessment software tools can be used to help industrial facilities find ways to reduce energy use and costs while boosting plant productivity. Two new software tools are now available for download, as well as an update to the Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST).
Industrial Facilities Tool Suite
ITP's newest software tool suite was created specifically to help industrial facilities find ways to lower carbon emissions, boost productivity, and increase energy security in their energy-intensive heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, and plant process systems. The Industrial Facilities Tool Suite consists of the Industrial Facilities Score Card, Version 1.1; the Buildings Cooling, Heating, and Power Systems Screening Tool (BCHP), Version 2.0; and the Industrial Facilities Systems Assessment Tool (IFSAT), Beta Version. The BCHP tool must be downloaded prior to installing IFSAT. Learn more about each tool's capabilities and download the software.
Data Center Energy Profiler (DC Pro) Air Management Tool
This tool supplements DOE's DC Pro software tool suite and can be used to determine potential supply air flow reductions and increases in supply air temperature that can be implemented without negatively affecting thermal equipment. The Air Management Tool also estimates the potential percentage of energy reduction in fans and chillers. Learn more and download the tool.
PHAST Version 2.0
This update amends the installation package to help eliminate several registry conflicts. Use Version 2.0's enhanced features to assess furnace equipment and other process heating equipment. This version supports inputs in English and metric units of measurement. Plant data previously collected using PHAST 1.1.2 cannot be transferred directly to PHAST 2.0; however, a patch is available that allows for parallel use of both versions. Download PHAST Version 2.0.
Register for ITP's No-Cost Thursday Webcasts in April
There are still three more ITP Thursday Webcasts scheduled for this month. Register today for the following one-hour Webcasts to learn more about project financing and energy assessments.
- 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.
See past Thursday Webcast presentations.
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.
Clean Energy Application Centers: Proposals Due April 30
DOE is accepting proposals for Clean Energy Application Centers, which will provide support for the transfer of combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, waste heat recovery, and other clean energy systems technologies. The creation of Clean Energy Application Centers will replace DOE's current CHP Regional Application Center program. Centers will perform education and outreach, identify potential high-impact projects, and assist with project implementation. Proposals are due April 30, 2009. Potential applicants must complete the pre-registration process outlined at Grants.gov and FedConnect as soon as possible in order to be eligible to apply for this solicitation without delay.
DOE expects to make up to eight awards of $1.2 to $2 million each under this announcement. Recipients are required to cost-share a minimum of 20% of total project costs. Learn more about this funding opportunity at FedConnect. Search Public Opportunities and Awards by reference number (DE-FOA-0000048) or by title (Clean Energy Application Centers).
Upcoming Industry Funding Opportunity from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will soon release a request for proposals (RFP) to procure one or two New York Energy Smart Focus Program contractors. These contractors will provide services for NYSERDA's Industry and Process sector. The Energy Smart program helps New York state raise awareness of energy efficiency efforts. For additional technical information and the status of the RFP's release, e-mail or call Jessica Zweig at 518-862-1090, ext. 3346 and reference RFP 1263.
To learn more about project opportunities, visit ITP's solicitation page.
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