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DOE to Invest $61 Million in Industrial Energy Efficiency
DOE announced on November 5th its selection of 32 new projects to improve energy efficiency in U.S. industry. Over the next three years, DOE will invest $61 million in the projects, while industrial partners will contribute more than $54 million. Two dozen of the projects will pursue new energy efficiency technologies, including 3 projects for the glass industry, 4 for the metal-casting industry, and 17 projects developing technologies that can be applied throughout industry, such as industrial sensors, advanced materials, and automation technologies. In addition to those 24 research and development projects, eight projects will identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency in industrial plants using technologies and practices available today. Six of those eight projects will involve plant-wide energy assessments at specific industrial plants. See the DOE press release and the full list of projects (PDF 76 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
Plant-wide energy assessments really work, as shown by a series of case studies and summaries published by DOE. The reports document 25 plant-wide assessments that found nearly $107 million in annual energy savings-an average of $4.27 million in annual savings at each plant. The estimated annual savings ranged from a low of $75,000 at a small chemical plant to a high of $52 million at a large refinery. See the plant-wide assessment case studies and summaries-most of which were published this year-on DOE's Office of Industrial Technologies Web site.