posted by William R. Stott
Published: June 03, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it plans to offer $256 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency improvements in manufacturing and information technology (IT) industries. The funds include $156 million for deployment and demonstration projects that can help manufacturers operate more efficiently, including new energy-efficient industrial equipment, waste energy recovery systems, combined heat and power systems, and district energy systems.
“Supporting the development of the latest industrial technologies plays an important role in helping U.S. industry to lead the world in energy efficiency and productivity,” said DOE Secretary Steven Chu. “Working together with American manufacturing and IT industries, we will be able to create new jobs, reduce industrial energy use and limit damaging greenhouse gas emissions.”
Waste energy recovery systems could reduce U.S. energy demand by 17,000 megawatts, while combined heat and power systems and district energy systems can operate at efficiencies of 80% or more. Conventional heat and power production facilities operate at efficiencies of only 45%, which means that 55% of the energy used by the facilities is lost through cooling towers and smokestacks, and only 45% is converted into a useful energy source.
The funds also include $50 million to support research, development and demonstration projects for advanced industrial materials, including nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing, both of which rely on the properties of materials at the scale of a billionth of a meter, or nanometer. Another $50 million will help reduce energy use for microprocessors and servers that support the information and communication technology industries. The funds will go toward research, development, and demonstration projects that improve the energy efficiency of these services, including projects that address the power and cooling systems that help keep such services running.
For more information on these opportunities and to view the DOE's funding opportunity announcements, visit: www.energy.gov/recovery.