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Achieve Steam System Excellence

Description: This fact sheet describes OIT BestPractices Steam program's systems approach to help companies operate and maintain their industrial steam plants and thermal manufacturing processes more efficiently.
Date: December 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Advanced Quality Control System for the Thermomechanical Pulping Process Improves Quality and Reduces Energy Costs for Augusta Newsprint

Description: In July 2001, the Augusta Newsprint Company partnered with Invensys' Pacific Simulation group to implement an advanced quality control (AQC) solution for the thermomechanical pulping (TMP) process at Augusta Newsprint's Augusta, Georgia, site. The goal of the project is to decrease energy and raw material costs while maintaining final pulp quality. The project involves coordinating AQC in 3 areas of the paper mill to reduce the amount of energy required for manufacturing. In addition, a time-of-day production (TODP) feature will use current power market pricing data to adjust production rates in the pulping operation to minimize the average cost of purchased energy. The AQC implementation is currently in progress.
Date: February 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Akzo Nobel Morris Plant Implements a Site-Wide Energy Efficiency Plan

Description: Akzo Nobel's Surface Chemistry plant in Morris, Illinois, implemented an energy efficiency plan, which included a plant-wide energy efficiency assessment. The assessment revealed opportunities to save an estimated$1.2 million per year in operating and energy costs, reduce environmental impacts, and improve production capacity.
Date: January 1, 2003
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

American Water Heater Company: Compressed Air System Optimization Project Saves Energy and Improves Production at Water Heater Plant

Description: In 2001, American Water Heater Company implemented a system-level improvement project on the compressed air system that serves its manufacturing plant in Johnson City, Tennessee. The plant now operates with less compressor capacity, which has reduced its energy consumption and maintenance needs. The project's total cost was $228,000. The annual compressed air energy savings (2,345,000 kWh) and maintenance savings total $160,000, yielding a simple payback of 17 months. Furthermore, the system now supports the plant's production processes more effectively, which has improved product quality and increased production.
Date: November 1, 2003
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Anchor Glass Container Corporation Plant-Wide Energy Assessment Saves Electricity and Expenditures:Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) BestPractices Glass Assessment Case Study

Description: Plant-wide energy assessments at the Anchor Glass Warner Robins and Jacksonville plants revealed opportunities that could result in significant annual energy savings.
Date: March 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Appleton Papers Plant-Wide Energy Assessment Saves Energy and Reduces Waste: Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) BestPractices Forest Products Assessment Case Study

Description: Plant-wide energy survey at the Appleton Papers, Inc. West Carrollton paper mill resulted in 21 recommendations for projects to reduce energy consumption and waste production and improve process efficiency.
Date: March 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Bayer Polymers: Plant Identifies Numerous Projects Following Plant-Wide Energy-Efficiency Assessment

Description: The Bayer Corporation undertook a plant-wide energy efficiency assessment of its New Martinsville, West Virginia, plant in 2001. The objectives were to identify energy saving projects in the utilities area. The projects, when complete, will save the company the loss of an estimated 236,000 MMBtu ($1.16 million) annually in energy from burning and leaking fossil fuels. Certain other projects will save the company 6,300,000 kWh ($219,000) of electrical energy each year. All of the projects could be duplicated in other chemical manufacturing facilities and most of the projects could be duplicated in other industries utilizing steam, pumps, and/or compressed air.
Date: August 1, 2003

Boiler Blowdown Heat Recovery Project Reduces Steam System Energy Losses at Augusta Newsprint

Description: The boiler blowdown process involves the periodic or continuous removal of water from a boiler to remove accumulated dissolved solids and/or sludges. During the process, water is discharged from the boiler to avoid the negative impacts of dissolved solids or impurities on boiler efficiency and maintenance. However, boiler blowdown wastes energy because the blown down liquid is at about the same temperature as the steam produced. Much of this heat can be recovered by routing the blown down liquid through a heat exchanger that preheats the boiler's makeup water. A boiler blowdown heat recovery project at Augusta Newsprint Company's Augusta, GA mill will save almost $31,000 annually in fuel costs.
Date: February 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Citation Corporation: Compressed Air System Optimization Project Saves Energy and Improves Production at Forging Plant

Description: In the 1990s, a subsidiary of the Citation Corporation, Interstate Forging, implemented a compressed air system improvement project at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, forging plant. This improvement enabled the plant to maintain an adequate and stable pressure level using fewer compressors, which led to improved product quality and lower production downtime. The project also yielded annual energy savings of 820,000 kWh and$45,000. With a total project cost of$67,000, the plant achieved a simple payback of just 1.5 years.
Date: May 1, 2003

Compressed Air Project Improves Efficiency and Production at Harland Publishing Facility

Description: Case study describing a project which configured a printing machine so that it consumes less compressed air and required lower pressure to operate effectively. Project replicated throughout the company, leading to energy cost savings of $200,000 per year, or 2.9 million kilowatt-hours.
Date: May 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Compressed Air System Improvement Project Saves Foundry Energy and Increases Production

Description: This case study highlights International Truck and Engine Corporation's optimization project on the compressed air system that serves its foundry, Indianapolis Casting Corporation. Due to the project's implementation, the system's efficiency was greatly improved, allowing the foundry to operate with less compressor capacity, which resulted in reduced energy consumption, significant maintenance savings, and more reliable production.
Date: May 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Compressed Air System Retrofit Increases Productivity at a Petroleum Packaging Facility.

Description: This case study highlights a compressed air improvement project implemented at the Mobil lubricating-blending plant in Vernon, California. The project reduced the plant's energy production and maintenance costs, and increased reliability due to increased efficiency of the compressed air system.
Date: January 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Compressed Air System Retrofitting Project Improves Productivity at a Foundry. Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) Metal Casting BestPractices Project Case Study

Description: This case study highlights International Truck and Engine Corporation's optimization project on the compressed air system that serves its foundry, Indianapolis Casting Corporation. Due to the project's implementation, the system's efficiency was greatly improved, allowing the foundry to operate with less compressor capacity, which resulted in reduced energy consumption, significant maintenance savings, and more reliable production.
Date: January 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Compressed Air System Upgrade Improves Production at an Automotive Glass Plant

Description: In 2000, The Visteon automotive glass plant improved its compressed air system at its automotive glass plant in Nashville, Tennessee. This improvement allowed Visteon to save $711,000 annually, reduce annual energy consumption by 7.9 million kilowatt-hours, reduce maintenance, improve system performance, and avoid $800,000 in asbestos abatement costs.
Date: February 1, 2003
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Compressed Air System Upgrade Results in Substantial Energy Savings. Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) BestPractices Project Case Study

Description: This case study highlights a compressed air system upgrade at BWX Technologies manufacturing plant in Lynchburg, Virginia, which replaced antiquated compressors and dryers and implemented an improved control strategy, resulting in improved energy efficiency and savings in energy and maintenance costs.
Date: January 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Consolidated Compressed Air System Reduces Power Consumption and Energy Costs Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) Forest Products BestPractices Technical Case Study

Description: Augusta Newsprint Company consolidated two compressed air systems at its facility in Augusta, GA. The results are a more streamlined system, added storage capacity, backflow prevention, and the elimination of unused equipment.
Date: April 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Control Scheme Modifications Increase Efficiency of Steam Generation System at ExxonMobil Gas Plant.

Description: This case study highlights control scheme modifications made to the steam system at ExxonMobil's Mary Ann Gas Plant in Mobile, Alabama, which improved steam flow efficiency and reduced energy costs.
Date: January 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Corning Inc.: Proposed Changes at Glass Plant Indicate $26 Million in Potential Savings

Description: In 2000, the Corning glass plant in Greenville, Ohio, consumed almost 114 million kWh of electricity and nearly 308,000 MMBtu of natural gas in its glassmaking processes for a total cost of approximately $6.4 million. A plant-wide assessment indicated that improvement projects could save nearly $26 million and reduce natural gas use by 122,900 MMBtu per year, reduce electrical use by 72,300,000 kWh per year, and reduce CO2 emissions by 180 million pounds per year.
Date: January 1, 2004

Fan System Optimization Improves Production and Saves Energy at Ash Grove Cement Plant

Description: This case study describes an optimization project implemented on a fan system at Ash Grove Cement Company, which led to annual energy and maintenance savings of $16,000 and 175,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). In 1999, Ash Grove Cement Company implemented an optimization project on a fan system in its cement plant in Durkee, Oregon. Because of a severe vibration problem, the fan system would often fail and require frequent repairs to the ductwork and adjoining machinery. The plant replaced the belt drive with an Adjustable Speed Drive (ASD) to improve the control of the fan system and lower its energy consumption. This change eliminated the vibration problem and improved the system's airflow control and energy efficiency. The project led to annual energy and maintenance savings of $16,000 and 175,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). In addition, the fan system's improved reliability allowed the plant to achieve its desired production level. Because of partial funding from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the total project cost was approximately $10,000, which gave the Durkee plant a simple payback of 7.5 months.
Date: May 1, 2002
Creator: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Office of Industrial Technologies.

Ford Cleveland: Inside-Out Analysis Identifies Energy and Cost Savings Opportunities at Metal Casting Plant; Industrial Technologies Program Metal Casting BestPractices Plant-Wide Assessment Case Study

Description: The Ford Cleveland Casting Plant used results from its plant-wide energy efficiency assessment to identify 16 energy- and cost-saving projects. These projects addressed combustion, compressed air, water, steam, motor drive, and lighting systems. When implemented, the projects should save a total of$3.28 million per year. In addition, two long-term projects were identified that together would represent another$9.5 million in cost savings.
Date: September 1, 2003