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June 22, 2011

DOE to Help Train Next Generation of Industrial Energy Efficiency Experts

Photo of three people wearing hard hats with industrial factory pipes in the background.

A new DOE program will help train energy efficiency experts like these.
Credit: DOE

DOE announced on June 16 the availability of more than $30 million to train engineering students in manufacturing efficiency, helping them become the next industrial energy efficiency experts. Through the industrial assessment center program, university teams across the country will gain practical training that will enable them to conduct energy assessments in a broad range of manufacturing facilities. These participants will help local companies and factories reduce energy waste, save money, and become more economically competitive.

Under this funding opportunity, each industrial assessment center will be expected to train at least 10 to 15 students per year, conduct approximately 20 energy assessments annually, and perform extensive follow-on reporting, tracking, implementation, and management-improvement activities. DOE will select 20 to 30 universities as industrial assessment centers that will be eligible to receive $200,000 to $300,000 per year for up to five years for the training and energy assessments. Applications are due by August 2. See the DOE press release, the funding announcement on FedConnect, and DOE's Industrial Technologies Program website.