Energy stakeholders gather at Danfoss Symposium

More than 30 representatives from the federal government, energy utilities, foreign embassies and the HVAC&R industry gathered in Washington, DC, April 4, to answer a recurring question, “Is the tide turning with regard to the future of energy and energy efficiency strategy?”


More than 30 representatives from the federal government, energy utilities, foreign embassies and the HVAC&R industry gathered in Washington, DC, April 4, to answer a recurring question, “Is the tide turning with regard to the future of energy and energy efficiency strategy?”

Those who attended the seventh Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposium, held at The Mayflower hotel in the nation’s capital, said "Yes.".

"The tide is turning, but we need to change our respective approaches,” said Robert Thompson, project manager of Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs for Pasadena (Calif.) Power and Water.

California has long been a pioneer in energy efficiency programs, and Pasadena Power and Water is no exception.%%The goal is to put energy savings first … and first costs second,” Thompson said.

Jean Lupinacci, director of the Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, agreed that the energy efficiency tide is turning.

Lupinacci noted that more than 4,000 buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR label; these buildings use 405re embracing the Energy Star model.

Other symposium speakers, and the key points they made, included:

  • Darrell Beschen, chief economist for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept.increased from 2% in 2004 to 22%  in 2006. “We’re trying to bring critical resources to critical technologies to (capitalize on) critical opportunities,” Beschen said.

  • Thomas Hartman, president of The Hartman Company, a building technologies consulting firm based in Georgetown, Texas, introduced a new white paper, “A Vision for Energy Performance-Based Building Design and Operations.”rgy.”

  • In keeping with the utilities theme, Drake Erbe, vice president of business development, Airxchange, added: “Utilities can be part of the solution, not the problem.

The symposium identified two recommendations:

  • Decoupling electric utility revenue from KWH sales could motivate that industry to become a vehicle for accelerating conservation. Incentives and building code changes are needed to upgrade the installed base of old, inefficient equipment.

Robert Wilkins, president of Danfoss Inc. (U.S. and Canada), summed up the symposium, noting that all stakeholders can and should make valuable contributions to the global energy challenge.

"Energy-efficient technologies are available right now, and they’re making an impact in the U.S. and abroad,” Wilkins said.

New Date (Nov. 14) Announced for Symposium 8

The next Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposium will be held Nov. 14 in Carlsbad, Calif., just prior to the annual meeting of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, set for Nov. 16-18.stCentury, Energy-Efficient Environment,” will address how energy efficiency technology is creating novel opportunities %%MDASSML%% and positive returns on investment %%MDASSML%% in the business environment.

For more information about the Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposia Series, call: Global Strategy Initiative at 202-744-3633 or visit:

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 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...
2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa.; 2015 Best Practices: Automation, Electrical Safety, Electrical Systems, Pneumatics, Material Handling, Mechanical Systems
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Migrating industrial networks; Tracking HMI advances; Making the right automation changes
Understanding transfer switch operation; Coordinating protective devices; Analyzing NEC 2014 changes; Cooling data centers
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

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.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.