Energy Department Announces Second Round of Midwest Entrepreneurship Program to Drive Technology Innovation
The Energy Department today announced the opening of the application period for innovators to join the second cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). CRI, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs, embeds top technical talent with ANL to perform early-stage research and development (R&D) that may lead to the launch of energy or manufacturing businesses in the future.
Read the Full Story at Energy.gov
40th Anniversary World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC)
The 40th annual WEEC will be held in Atlanta, Georgia September 27-29, 2017. Complete details can be found at AEE
Energy Department Announces Universities to Lead Industrial Assessment Centers Program
U.S. Energy Information Administration Releases Annual Energy Outlook 2016
Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) focus on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040.
The full report can be found at eia Annual Energy Outlook 2016
AMO Celebrates 40 Years of Industrial Assessment Center Program at Capitol Hill Event
The Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program was recognized during a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill sponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Speakers commended the significant impact that the IAC program has on manufacturers and students alike.
Read full details about the event Here
Industrial Assessment Center Program Helps Veterans Learn Valuable Energy Management Skills
Memorial Day is not only an important time to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country, but it’s also a time to think about what we can do to set veterans up for success when they return home. The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, sponsored by the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), is providing veterans an opportunity to build new skillsets and join the next generation of energy-savvy engineers. The program is open to all engineering students at participating colleges and universities, but many veterans find that they can use the program to further develop many skills they obtained through their service. Employers actually seek out IAC graduates because of the unique blend of hands-on experience gained through conducting energy assessments at manufacturing facilities and communicating the findings of their assessments, which can help companies save money. This makes veterans graduating the IAC program highly attractive to employers when they return to the workforce. Here are a few examples of veterans thriving in the IAC program.
Keith Striby just finished his first year at Oregon State University (OSU). He is a retired U.S. Navy electrician who used to serve primarily aboard nuclear submarines. In addition to taking a full course load during the regular school year and summer, Keith also serves as the IAC equipment manager for his school. He’s been able to apply his background knowledge in advanced electrical systems to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers save energy and increase productivity.
Daniel Barclay is a mechanical engineering student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He has 24+ years of service in the U.S. Army as an Armament Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer. His experience identifying and troubleshooting malfunctions in electrical, hydraulic, and fire control systems and instruments for the Army has helped him when conducting IAC assessments.
Youseff Elkassis is a mechanical engineering student at San Diego State University (SDSU). He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years as a Contingency Contracting Officer and was connected with the SDSU IAC through the Troops to Engineers program. Now a Lead Student at the SDSU IAC, Youseff works with the SDSU IAC Director to develop assessment reports, coordinate assessment teams, and handle administrative duties. He also helps train new students and represents SDSU at national IAC student meetings.
Veterans like these are improving the skills they learned during their service and offering a huge benefit to small- and medium-sized manufacturers who they provide with energy assessments. The IAC program gives engineering students the tools and abilities they need to be successful and competitive in the workforce, and veterans frequently enter the program with a strong skillset which they can improve upon. The Energy Department is proud to offer this hands-on training program to those who have served and protected our country.
Read the Full Story about veterans in the IAC program.
Recently FEMP released FY 2014 comprehensive annual energy performance data, which illustrates federal agency progress towards energy and sustainability goals.
Highlights from the release include:
• Federal agencies reported a 21 percent decrease in energy intensity (Btu per gross square foot relative) to FY 2003.
• Federal targeted Scope 1&2 greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 17 percent since 2008.
• 8.8 percent of the federal government electricity use is now from renewable sources.
• Federal government potable water use was reduced by 21 percent below FY 2007 levels.
For more a more detailed look at the federal facility energy goal progress visit the FEMP Website
DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office(AMO) is now publishing a Quarterly Update to share successes and highlights from the IACs and our manufacturing partners.
This update includes information about recent assessments and new initiatives the IACs are launching this year: the first ever IAC Student and IAC Alumni of the Year Awards, and the IAC student internship program.
Read the full newsletter Here
New Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment to Cut Businesses’ Energy Bills and Carbon Pollution.
Building on President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced new efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. Over the next 30 years, these standards will help cut carbon pollution by about 142 million metric tons, equivalent to the annual electricity use of 14.3 million U.S. homes, and save businesses up to $11.7 billion on their energy bills.
Read more on new standards Here.
Energy Department Actions to Deploy Combined Heat and Power, Boost Industrial Efficiency
Underscoring President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut harmful emissions and double energy efficiency, the Energy Department is taking action to develop the next generation of combined heat and power (CHP) technology and help local communities and businesses make cost-effective investments that save money and energy. As part of this effort, the Department launched today seven new regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships across the country to help strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, lower energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions.
Last year, President Obama established a new national goal of 40 gigawatts of new CHP capacity by 2020 – a 50 percent increase from today. Meeting this goal would help American manufacturers and companies save as much as $100 billion in energy costs over the next decade and reduce emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road. View an Energy Department infographic on how CHP technology works and its environmental and economic benefits.
Since 2003, the Energy Department has supported a set of regional centers to help organizations understand how CHP can improve their bottom lines and lower energy bills. Today, the Department is launching seven regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships – the next generation of these centers – to help further grow America’s CHP market for commercial, institutional and industrial businesses, state agencies, utilities and trade associations. Located in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington state, these organizations will offer best practices for CHP project financing, management and state policies, market analysis tools and resources, and technical site evaluations.
Read the complete CHP fact sheet at http://energy.gov/articles/fact-sheet-energy-department-actions-deploy-combined-heat-and-power-boost-industrial
Established in 1994, the ASME Old Guard Early Career Award recognizes outstanding early career engineers who have advanced quickly in their professional careers, have participated in advancing their education, have shown leadership in ASME activities and have volunteered activity in their communities.
The Old Guard is made up ASME dues exempt members, those who have reached the age of 65 and have retired. They continue to contribute to the Society and their contributions are used to support ASME Student and Early Career Engineer Development
Applicants must be a current ASME Member who has received a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering no less than four (4) years and no more than six (6) years before the application deadline, February 1 annually
Please send all nominations to D. Armstrong, Old Guard Early Career Award Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete details can be found at ASME
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that is in a field within NSF's mission and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.
The program goals are 1) to select, recognize, and financially support individuals early in their careers with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and 2) to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. GRFP is a critical program in NSF's overall strategy to develop the globally-engaged workforce necessary to ensure the Nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. All applicants are expected to have adequate preparation to begin graduate-level study and research by summer or fall of 2014. This is nearly always demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in a science and engineering field earned prior to fall 2014. In addition, Fellowship awardees must be enrolled in a university, college, or non-profit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States that offers graduate degrees in eligible science and engineering fields by fall 2014.
The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is currently $32,000 for a 12-month tenure period.
All Fellowships will be for a maximum of three years of financial support (in 12-month allocations, starting in summer or fall) usable over a five-year period. The anticipated announcement date for the Fellowships is early April 2014.
The NSF expects to award 2,700 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds.
Complete information about the Fellowship Program along with full eligibility requirements and detailed application instructions can be found at the NSF 18-584 Program Solicitation
Prospective applicants are also encouraged to visit the NSF web page at http://www.nsf.gov/ for more information and guidance about current and emerging themes for NSF.
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to revitalizing America's manufacturing sector, today the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI).
The CEMI is a new Department initiative focused on growing American manufacturing of clean energy products and boosting U.S. competitiveness through major improvements in manufacturing energy productivity. The initiative includes private sector partnerships, new funding from the Department, and enhanced analysis of the clean energy manufacturing supply chain that will guide the Department's future funding decisions.
"We are at a critical moment in the history of energy in our nation. Over just the last seven years, global investment in the clean energy sector has grown nearly five-fold to over $260 billion and these markets will grow into the trillions of dollars in the years to come," said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson. "Our nation faces a stark choice: the energy technologies of the future can be developed and manufactured in America for export around the world, or we can cede global leadership and import these technologies from other nations. As part of President Obama's plan to revitalize American manufacturing, the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative will seize this opportunity to ensure U.S. leadership in the clean energy sector and advance the global competitiveness of American manufacturers."
The announcement was made at the ribbon cutting of the Department's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a new advanced manufacturing facility to reduce the cost of carbon fiber—a critical material for efficient lightweight vehicles, next generation wind turbines, and a wide array of other consumer and industrial products.
Why Engineers Earn More
A recent article published on ThomasNet examines why engineers earn more than other degreed professionals. The full article can be found Here
The Advanced Manufacturing Office has launched a new annual research awards competition to honor exceptional students in the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program.
Every year, each winning IAC will receive an additional $25,000 in IAC program funds. The research awards are designed to create incentives for students to pursue assessment-inspired research projects. The awards are intended to enhance traditional student-led research efforts and to formally recognize those research proposals that stand out as being exceptional and particularly innovative.
EPA AND DOT FINALIZE HISTORIC 54.5 MPG FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. On August 28th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.
The final standards were developed by DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and EPA following extensive engagement with automakers, the United Auto Workers, consumer groups, environmental and energy experts, states, and the public. Last year, 13 major automakers, which together account for more than 90 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States, announced their support for the new standards.
The new fuel efficiency standards are anticipated to save American families more than $1.7 trillion dollars in fuel costs, resulting in an average fuel savings of more than $8,000 by 2025 over the lifetime of the vehicle. Additionally, these standards are projected to reduce the nation's reliance on foreign oil, saving a total of 12 billion barrels of oil and reducing oil consumption by more than two million barrels a day by 2025. The standards aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks in half by 2025, reducing emissions by six billion metric tons over the life of the program.
Major auto manufacturers are already developing advanced technologies that can significantly reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions beyond the existing model year 2012-2016 standards. In addition, a wide range of technologies are currently available for automakers to meet the new standards, including advanced gasoline engines and transmissions, vehicle weight reduction, lower tire rolling resistance, improvements in aerodynamics, diesel engines, more efficient accessories, and improvements in air conditioning systems.
The program also includes targeted incentives to encourage early adoption and introduction into the marketplace of advanced technologies to dramatically improve vehicle performance, including:
Incentives for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cells vehicles
Incentives for hybrid technologies for large pickups and for other technologies that achieve high fuel economy levels on large pickups
Incentives for natural gas vehicles
Credits for technologies with potential to achieve real-world greenhouse gas reductions and fuel economy improvements that are not captured by the standards test procedures.
To read the final rule, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and click on the link "Read Final Rule."
Clarkson joins federal Industrial Assessment Center program. Clarkson University is teaming up with Syracuse University to offer free energy and efficiency audits to area manufacturers.
Clarkson was made a satellite campus of Syracuse’s Industrial Assessment Center, a federally-funded program that uses university students to provide the audits free of charge. “We were asked by Syracuse to participate,” said Kenneth D. Visser, Clarkson professor of aeronautics and mechanical engineering.“Apparently this year the IAC program allowed the establishment of satellites.”
The U.S. Department of Energy funds the program annually, said Jonathan Smegal, workforce development lead for the Department of Energy. “Nationally, it is funded in the neighborhood of $6 mil per year,” he said. “The lion’s share goes directly to the schools.”
As a satellite campus, it is unclear how much of the funding will go to Clarkson. “We’re kind of like Syracuse up here — they get the funding from the DOE and they’re like subcontracting out to us,” said Mr. Visser. The program benefits local manufacturers by reducing energy costs and increasing efficiency and productivity, said Mr. Visser.
“They’re small to medium size companies, not the big ones,” he said. “Companies can contact us, we get some names and send them down to Syracuse. Part of the reason for having a satellite up here is we’re two and a half hours north of Syracuse. Driving to a place like Plattsburgh is easier for us than Syracuse.” Mr. Smegal said involvement in the program adds prestige to host schools and their professors.
“These are selfless people, these are teachers, they benefit from the work that they do and it helps their careers,” he said. “There is the prestige and notoriety of being an IAC director. President Obama was visiting the University of Miami IAC earlier this year, and the Secretary of Energy was at one in Indiana.”
The audits also give students real-life work experience. “There’s a host of benefits,” said Mr. Smegal. “The schools are generating a new type of engineer, these are energy engineers, they have hands-on experience, they’re out of the lab and getting out into the industrial community and getting their hands dirty and learning a certain set of schools that are going to benefit them.”
Mr. Smegal said participation in an IAC gives students a career boost, too.
“Ninety percent of them leave school with job offers in hand,” he said. “Engineers don’t have much of an unemployment problem to begin with, but I have done some informal querying among IAC schools, they have a much higher percentage of job-in-hand when they leave. After they leave, they do great things.”
The audits are only required to focus on the energy use of small to medium-sized manufacturers, but past audits have also looked at productivity and waste-reduction.
Though Industrial Assessment Centers have existed for more than 35 years, they fit in well with the Obama Administration’s push for greater efficiency and more use of renewable energy.
“It is my favorite program,” said Mr. Smegal. “The program is a low-cost model. These assessments are one day, close to the campuses, and they benefit the companies, schools and students.”
Mr. Visser said the program meets many of Clarkson’s core principles as well.
“This meshes well with Clarkson’s position on sustainable energy systems, I push for that kind of stuff,” he said. “When there are opportunities to build upon our focus on sustainable energy, we go after them.”
To qualify for a free assessment, manufacturers must be within 150 miles of a satellite campus, employ fewer than 500 people and have gross sales below $100 million.
This article was written by Christopher Robbins, Times Staff Writer and originally published in The Watertown Daily Times
Renewable Energy to Grow During the Next 5 Years.
Global renewable power generation is expected to continue its rapid growth over the next five years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2012, released on July 5, says that despite economic uncertainties, global power generation from hydropower, solar, wind, and other renewable sources is projected to increase by more than 40% to almost 6,400 terawatt hours by 2017. That amount would be roughly one-and-a-half times the current electricity production in the United States.
The study examines in detail 15 key markets for renewable energy, which currently represent about 80% of renewable generation, while it identifies developments that may emerge in other important markets. Of the 710 gigawatts of new global renewable electricity capacity expected, China accounts for almost 40%, with the United States, India, Germany, and Brazil also contributing to the growth. The report presents detailed forecasts for renewable energy generation and capacity for eight technologies: hydropower, bioenergy for power, onshore wind, offshore wind, solar photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power, geothermal, and ocean power. Hydropower is projected to have the largest increase in generation, followed by onshore wind, bioenergy, and solar PV.
This expansion is underpinned by the maturing of renewable energy technologies, in large part due to supportive policy and market frameworks. However, rapidly increasing electricity demand and energy security needs in recent years have been spurring deployment in many emerging markets. These new deployment opportunities are creating a virtuous cycle of improved global competition and cost reductions. More information can be found at iea.gov.
Saving Energy and Money with Aerogel Insulation
By Leo Christodoulou, PhD, Program Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Most of us are familiar with the classic Thermos bottle. The bottle keeps hot liquids hot with its vacuum insulation material—but without good insulation, the heat from the liquid is wasted. Likewise, on a much larger scale, about 950 trillion BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat energy is lost every year due every year to the poor insulation of pipes, valves, traps, and components from industrial steam distribution systems. This is almost one percent of total domestic energy consumption—the equivalent of wasting close to 165 million barrels of crude oil or just over 7,500 million gallons of gasoline.
As part of the President’s all-of-the-above strategy to solve America’s clean energy challenges, the Energy Department is investing in an innovative insulation material that saves energy and money for industrial facilities while also helping to support 50 full-time clean energy jobs for Americans.
With help from the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, Aspen Aerogels created Pyrogel and Cryogel, insulation products that use aerogel insulation technology. Aerogel insulation saves energy and money because of its structure—which is comprised of lightweight silica solids that take up only three percent of its total volume. The remaining 97% of the insulation is composed of air in the form of extremely small pores. Because the air has little room to move, it traps the heat effectively – saving energy and money. For the complete story, see the Energy Blog
DOE Releases Updated Steam System Informational Resources.The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) recently updated its popular collection of informational resources focused on steam system energy efficiency.
The primary reference book, Improving Steam System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry, 2nd Edition, is a comprehensive resource that educates readers about the basic components of steam systems, outlines opportunities for energy and performance improvements, highlights the benefits of utilizing a systems approach to managing steam, and directs readers to helpful resources. In the new edition, readers will find discussions about the following topics:
- Energy management standards for continuous improvement
- Standards-based assessment protocols
- A database of energy efficiency incentives
- Reference materials and assessment tools
In addition to the updated sourcebook, AMO has also released 27 companion tip sheets that offer low-cost, practical, "how-to" guidance on a variety of steam system management topics and techniques, including the following:
- Boiler upgrades and improvements
- Steam trap management
- Waste energy recovery
Collectively, these resources can help steam system users identify opportunities to optimize performance, reduce energy use, and save money within their operations. The updated sourcebook, as well as the 27 tip sheets, are now available for download—free of charge—on the AMO website. AMO is the lead government office working to identify, explore, develop, demonstrate, and deploy new, energy- efficient processes and materials technologies that will help U.S. manufacturers secure a competitive advantage in the global economy. Collectively, AMO's technologies and suite of technology deployment resources create opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to realize bankable results in productivity and energy savings while also reducing emissions.
President Obama Highlights Energy Department Efficiency Training Centers
That Save U.S. Manufacturers $5.6 Billion
During a visit to the University of Miami to highlight his administration's all-out, all-of-the-above approach to American energy, President Obama today touted the Energy Department's cost-cutting Industrial Assessment Program. The program supports university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) across the country, which provide students with critical skills and training to conduct energy assessments in a broad range of facilities, while producing real cost savings for small to mid-size manufacturers. To date, these assessments have helped save over 530 trillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) of energy—enough to meet the energy needs of 5.5 million American homes—and have helped participating manufacturers save more than $5.6 billion in energy costs.
||The American Public Power DEED Program has numerous grant and internship opportunities. Detailed informtion can be found Here (PDF)