3E Plus

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Industrial energy management tool to simplify the task of determining how much insulation is necessary to use less energy, reduce plant emissions and improve process efficiency. The 3E Plus insulation thickness computer program is designed for facility managers, energy/environmental managers, industrial process engineers, and the industrial industry, the program is a valuable tool for determining the return on investment of an insulation upgrade on pipes, ducts, tanks, and boilers.

3E Plus is an integral part of several private sector and government-sponsored energy efficiency programs. It is featured in the National Insulation Association's (NIA) Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP). The IEAP provides detailed instruction on how to use 3E Plus as well as how to perform a complete energy appraisal on pipes and ducts. The Department of Energy also used 3E Plus to develop its Industrial Insulation Guidelines. Screen Shots

Keywords

insulation, insulation thickness

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

No training is required to use 3E Plus, but many users do find it helpful to attend a training session through the National Insulation Association (NIA) which walks users through the program.

Users

More than 6000 downloads, mostly in the US. Upcoming metric version will be more useful worldwide.

Audience

facility managers, energy/environmental managers, industrial process engineers

Input

Input to 3E Plus is all done through pull down menus or forms in a clearly marked graphical user interface. To use 3E Plus, be prepared to input specific data about the system being analyzed for an insulation upgrade, including base metal type, various process and operating temperatures, wind speed, pipe sizes, surface geometry, fuel type, annual operation hours and the type of insulation under consideration.

Output

3E Plus simplifies the task of determining how much insulation is necessary to use less energy, reduce plant emissions and improve process efficiency. The program is a valuable tool for determining the return on investment of an insulation upgrade on pipes, ducts, tanks, and boilers. Output comes in preformatted reports, and can be exported to spreadsheets designed by NAIMA for further analysis.

Computer Platform

PCs running Windows.

Programming Language

Visual Basic

Strengths

3E Plus is best used as a means of determining how much insulation is necessary to use less energy, reduce plant emissions and improve process efficiency. It gives a very clear picture on the return on investment of an insulation upgrade on pipes, ducts, tanks, and boilers.

Weaknesses

N/A

Contact

Company:

North American Insulation Manufacturers Assoc.

Address:

Suite 310
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
United States

Telephone:

+1 (703) 684-0084

Facsimile:

+1 (703) 684-0427

E-mail:

3EPlus@naima.org

Website:

http://www.pipeinsulation.org

Availability

3E Plus and its user manual can be downloaded at no charge from www.pipeinsulation.org. Hard copies of the program and manual can be ordered from the web site at cost.