DOE to fund industrial energy efficiency projects

An initiative of the department’s Industrial Technology Program, the Energy Intensive Processes Initiative seeks to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in the most energy-consuming manufacturing processes by developing and promoting technologies that can be applied in many industrial settings.

09/17/2008


The Department of Energy recently announced that it will invest up to $26 million over eight projects to develop energy-efficient industrial processes that will replace the energy-intensive processes currently in use.
Two projects relate to the steel industry. One seeks to develop an energy-efficient alternative to the blast furnace; the other a method to recover waste heat from steel reheating furnaces. The recovered waste heat would then be used to convert natural gas fuel into hydrogen, which provides more energy to the combustion process than natural gas. For the automotive industry, a project will investigate the use of intense pressure waves to shape body panels instead of employing a stamp. A project for refineries will develop membranes to recover the hydrogen typically lost in hydrotreating processes, which are used to remove sulfur from motor fuels. All industries will benefit from an effort to develop high-efficiency industrial motors based on permanent magnets.
The remaining three projects will investigate ways to accomplish feats that usually involve high temperatures, including using membranes to separate water from ethanol rather than boiling and distilling the mixture; inducing electrical currents in thermoplastic composites to soften them rather than using heat; and employing electrical induction and magnetic heating to shape and harden metals rather than using a forge.
The DOE will invest its funds over the next 3 years, subject to congressional appropriations. More information is available at the Department of Energy .





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.