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Re: DOE Industrial Assessment Centers
I have partnered with the IAC in Philadelphia - the
Industrial Technology and Energy Management (ITEM) Division, of the
University City Science Center. I worked with Bill Clark, an energy guru
and the field manager for the 13 western IAC offices for the past several
years. We've conducted about 15 P2E2 trainings and about 5 P2E2
assessments together in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Most of the PA
trainings were 2.5- or 3-day workshops in support of the Pennsylvania
P2E2 Site Assessment Grant Program.
I felt that the workshops were pretty successful because we chose to use
a process approach to P2 and E2 of the sort championed by people
like Bob Pojasek and Warren Weaver, among others. That is, while we would
present the nuts-and-bolts of pollution prevention and energy efficiency
separately, we emphasized looking at entire processes and production
units holistically. For instance, I would present information about
process mapping, material balances, and low-hanging P2 fruits. Bill would
then talk about specific energy systems such as boilers, compressors and
motors, and the low-hanging E2 fruits associated with them. But we would
challenge participants to think in terms of production systems, not just
components: if a company attempted to make E2 modifications, say, to a
compressor system, how would that affect the efficiency of the stamping
machine? Or how will changes to the boiler and steam lines affect the
plating bath temperaturers? - and so on.
Applying the same principles to on-site assistance, I felt, made the
assessments a whole lot more meaningful and useful. We saw things
together that we never would have considered separately. The two areas of
experience, P2 and E2, are completely complementary. The assessments take
longer to complete and write up, but the results and reports presented to
the company are more robust, complete - and systems-focused.
By the way, kudos to the Pennsylvania DEP's Office of P2 and Compliance
Assistance for being one of the first programs to formally wed P2 and E2
in a successful, on-going, results-oriented program. The website above
has specific information about how this program works, if you're
Good luck, Cindy.
At 12:53 PM 7/12/2002, you wrote:
Has anyone out there partnered with
a university-based DOE Industrial
Assessment Center (IAC) in your state? There is a network of 26
around the country that exist to provide energy and waste reduction
assessments for businesses through faculty and student help. I am
on a proposal jointly with our Univ of MN Mechanical Engineering Dept to
bring an IAC to Minnesota, and am wondering about your experience with
this worked, any problems you ran into, how you meshed P2 with E2 in
assessments, respective roles you played as a P2 TA provider compared
the academic dept, whether you got the results you were shooting for, and
any other tidbits you might have as I work my way through this proposal
Cindy McComas, Director
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 350
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2008
612-624-1300, 1-800-247-0015 (toll free)
fax 612-624-3370 (fax)
Helping businesses reduce waste and maximize efficiency.
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