For most industries, energy is a critical component
in the manufacturing process and improving energy efficiency directly
impacts the vitality and competitiveness of individual companies
and the US industrial economy. The US Department of Energy has determined
the key sectors where energy use is particularly intense and recognized
them as “Industries of the Future.” Recent ERC projects
that focused on these critical industries include an investigation
of the energy conservation opportunities in metal casting, chemicals
and pulp and paper manufacturing. The ERC audit team performs extensive
assessments of a industrial plant, evaluating not only energy intensive
uses but opportunities for waste minimization and process and productivity
The ERC's Industrial projects include:
Industries of the Future Seminars -- The Energy Resources
Center will host a series of seminars that bring crosscutting
technologies to a broad base of industrial market sectors within
the State of Illinois.
Assessment Audits - Chemicals Program -- On-site assessments
provide energy conservation, waste minimization and productivity
improvement services to small and medium sized chemicals companies.
Energy Audits -- Working to investigate energy conservation
opportunities in the industrial sector.
US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Center -- Exploring the commercialization
and deployment of Cooling, Heating, and Power (CHP) technologies
in the eight state Midwest region.
Guidebook -- Facilitating the permitting process for end
users and developers of CHP/BCHP projects.
CHP, City of Chicago -- Identifying strategic industrial
locations that will maximize the benefit of integrated Industrial
Distributed Generation Systems.
Machinery and Manufacturing Equipment Industry -- Studying
the energy usage and economics of the diverse manufacturing
climate of the Industrial Machinery and Manufacturing Equipment
Metal Casters -- The Total Assessment Audit provides analysis
and recommendations on energy usage, producton improvements
and other cost saving procedures for the metal casting industry.
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