Tools and Resources
This report describes the data and statistical methods used to construct the Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) for fluid milk processing plants. It reviews how the EPIs were developed to provide plant-level indicators of energy performance by working with the dairy industry. The report also presents the individual equations used in the EPI.
Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project.
A plant energy performance indicator (EPI) for tomato product processing is currently under testing. We need help in reviewing the model before it can be finalized and offered for certification. If you are interested in providing testing assistance, please try out this model by inputting the information for each of your company's tomato product processing plants. Once the model has generated a score for each plant, please contact Gale Boyd at Duke University (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the model's performance.
This presentation shows how Ford Motor Company's Sustainability Director and Energy Manager were able to drive change in energy use within the corporation.
When reviewing the applications for the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards for Energy Management, we noticed 12 major themes that seemed to keep popping up. Learn what the best-of-the-best are doing to enhance their world-class energy programs by downloading this two-page summary, which briefly describes each theme.
This Guide provides information to identify cost-effective practices and technologies to increase energy efficiency in the nitrogenous fertilizer industry. This research provides information on potential energy efficiency opportunities for ammonia, urea and ammonium nitrate plants and on potential opportunities to decrease the N2O emissions in nitric acid plants, a powerful greenhouse gas with a high global warming potential. This Guide focuses on the most important systems, processes, and practices that account for the bulk of energy consumption.
Energy costs typically account for 5-7% of the overall operating costs in a metal casting foundry. Energy waste is found in all plants, and improving energy efficiency goes right to the bottom line. Following the procedures outlined in this guide will reduce your energy costs (and dollars spent) per ton of cast metal while improving your environmental reputation as well as image in the community.
Energy consumption is equal to 3–8 percent of the production costs of beer, making energy efficiency improvement an important way to reduce costs, especially in times of high energy price volatility. After a summary of the beer making process and energy use, this 74-page paper examine energy efficiency opportunities available for breweries. Projected energy savings for each energy efficiency measure are provided. If available, typical payback periods are also included.
In the cement industry, from 1970 to 1999, carbon dioxide intensity due to fuel consumption and raw material calcination dropped 16 percent. Despite the historic progress, there is considerable potential for energy efficiency improvement, when compared to other industrialized countries. This guide examines more than 40 energy efficient technologies and measures, and estimates the energy savings, carbon dioxide savings, investment costs, and operation and maintenance costs for each. Best practices from around the world are also covered.
This guide introduces energy efficiency opportunities available for petroleum refineries. It begins with descriptions of the trends, structure, and production of the refining industry and the energy used in the refining and conversion processes. Specific energy savings for each energy efficiency measure based on case studies of plants and references to technical literature are provided. If available, typical payback periods are also listed. The Energy Guide draws upon the experiences with energy efficiency measures of petroleum refineries worldwide.