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Energy Efficiency Software Tools

The MAEEP program has had significant success with delivery of technical training sessions and technology transfer activities over the past year. The State EERE Partnerships work closely with the USDOE Industrial Technologies Program - Best Practices team and are provided preferred access to resources for technology transfer, education and training. This resource has historically been provided as in-kind financial support for experts, software, hardcopy training and technology materials. It has been our finding from participant's comments that both industrial and commercial customers find value in the many of the offerings and both sectors can be served simultaneously under most circumstances. We propose that a number of USDOE Best Practices training tools and customized programs be delivered or facilitated by MAEEP.

DOE Training Opportunities AIRMaster+

AIRMaster+ provides comprehensive information on assessing compressed air systems, including modeling, existing and future system upgrades, and evaluating savings and effectiveness of energy efficiency measures. [ Download Software ]

Chilled Water System Analysis Tool (CWSAT)

Use the Chilled Water System Analysis Tool (CWSAT) to determine energy requirements of your system, and to evaluate opportunities for energy and costs savings by applying improvement measures. Provide basic information about an existing configuration to calculate current energy consumption, and then select proposed equipment or operational changes for comparison. The results of this analysis will help you quantify the potential benefits of chilled water system improvements. [ Download Software ]

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Application Tool The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Application Tool helps industrial users evaluate the feasibility of CHP for heating systems such as fuel-fired furnaces, boilers, ovens, heaters, and heat exchangers. It allows analysis of three typical system types: fluid heating, exhaust-gas heat recovery, and duct burner systems. Use the tool to estimate system costs and payback period, and to perform "what-if" analysis for various utility costs. The tool includes performance data and preliminary cost information for many commercially available gas turbines and default values that can be adapted to meet specific application requirements. [ Download Software ] Fan System Assessment Tool (FSAT)

Use the Fan System Assessment Tool (FSAT) to help quantify the potential benefits of optimizing fan system configurations that serve industrial processes. FSAT is simple and quick, and requires only basic information about your fans and the motors that drive them. With FSAT, calculate the amount of energy used by your fan system; determine system efficiency; and quantify the savings potential of an upgraded system. [ Download Software ]

DOE recognizes FSAT Qualified Specialists for their ability to apply the FSAT tool with industrial users. Attendees who successfully complete a FSAT qualification workshop receive this designation. A Qualified Specialist can apply FSAT to help your plant or industrial customers identify ways to improve fan system efficiency.

NOx and Energy Assessment Tool (NxEAT)

The NOx and Energy Assessment Tool (NxEAT) helps plants in the petroleum refining and chemical industries to assess and analyze NOx emissions and application of energy efficiency improvements. Use the tool to inventory emissions from equipment that generates NOx, and then compare how various technology applications and efficiency measure affect overall costs and reduction of NOx. Perform "what-if" analyses to optimize and select the most cost-effective methods for reducing NOx from systems such as fired heaters, boilers, gas turbines, and reciprocating engines. [ Download Software ]

Plant Energy Profiler for the Chemical IndustryNew (ChemPEP Tool)

The ChemPEP Tool provides chemical plant managers with the information they need to identify savings and efficiency opportunities. The ChemPEP Tool enables energy managers to see overall plant energy use, identify major energy-using equipment and operations, summarize energy cost distributions, and pinpoint areas for more detailed analysis. The ChemPEP Tool provides plant energy information in an easy to understand graphical manner that can be very useful to managers. [ Download Software ]

MotorMaster+ 4.0

Energy-efficient motor selection and management tool: An energy-efficient motor selection and management tool, MotorMaster+ 4.0 software includes a catalog of over 20,000 AC motors. Version 4.0 features motor inventory management tools, maintenance log tracking, efficiency analysis, savings evaluation, energy accounting, and environmental reporting capabilities. [ Download Software ]

Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST)

Improve thermal efficiency of heating equipment: Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST) provides an introduction to process heating methods and tools to improve thermal efficiency of heating equipment. Use the tool to survey process heating equipment that uses fuel, steam, or electricity, and identify the most energy-intensive equipment. You can also perform an energy (heat) balance on selected equipment (furnaces) to identify and reduce non-productive energy use. Compare performance of the furnace under various operating conditions and test "what-if" scenarios. [ Download Software ]

Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) Assess the efficiency of pumping system operations: The Pumping System Assessment Tool helps industrial users assess the efficiency of pumping system operations. PSAT uses achievable pump performance data from Hydraulic Institute standards and motor performance data from the MotorMaster+ database to calculate potential energy and associated cost savings. [ Download Software ] Steam System Assessment Tool (SSAT 1.0.0)

Assess potential savings from individualized steam-system improvements: The Steam System Assessment Tool (SSAT) allows users to assess potential savings from individualized steam-system improvements. Users input data about their plant's conditions, and the SSAT generates results detailing the energy, cost, and emissions savings that various improvements could achieve. [ Download Software ]

Steam System Scoping Tool This scoping tool is designed to help steam system energy managers and operations personnel for large industrial plants. This tool will profile and grade steam system operations and management. This tool will help you to evaluate your steam system operations against best practices [ Download Software ] View presentations from the 2003 Steam Awareness Training 3E Plus Version 3.2

Optimize insulation of boiler steam lines: With this Microsoft Windows® based software you can easily determine whether boiler systems can be optimized through the insulation of boiler steam lines. The program calculates the most economical thickness of industrial insulation for a variety of operating conditions. You can make calculations using the built-in thermal performance relationships of generic insulation materials or supply conductivity data for other materials. [ Download Software ]

ASDMaster: Drive Evaluation Methodology and Application

Determine the economic feasibility of an ASD application: Adjustable Speed Drive Evaluation Methodology and Application Software. This Windows software program helps you, as a plant or operations professional, determine the economic feasibility of an ASD application, predict how much electrical energy may be saved by using an ASD, and search a database of standard drives. The package includes the software, user's manual, and user's guide. [ Download Software ]

Non DOE Training Opportunities Chiller Optimization

Technical presentation on state of the art chiller technology: The Chiller System Optimization and Energy Efficiency Workshop provides technical information and opportunities to achieve energy savings in process and space cooling applications. Participants in the workshop are introduced to and case studies on state of art chiller technology applications including: electric, gas and absorption chiller systems, and system approaches to optimizing existing equipment. Participants received guidance, tools and resources for implementation of chiller systems upgrades, including: programs and case studies from utility incentive programs and federal and state assistance programs.

View presentations from the 2003 Chiller Optimization Training

Energy Efficiency Best Practices in Automated Energy Management Systems

This workshop is designed to provide energy managers, engineers and decision makers with tools and information to achieve energy savings in building facility operations. Managing and monitoring energy use through automated systems and controls has the ability to track energy use, identify waste, and maximize efficient use of energy resources. Speakers from technology companies, engineering, and design firms will present real world examples of practical applications of state of the art automated energy management systems. The recently commissioned system at the Museum will be highlighted by two of our speakers. In addition to implementation projects, a presentation on a useful free DOE tool (EQuest) for modeling energy use will be presented along with a case study demonstrating its use. This is an opportunity to observe state of the art implementation of automation of energy management. Utility incentive programs and federal and state assistance programs will be explained. Find out how you can implement state of the art technology in your commercial or manufacturing facility. Electric Load Management Best Practices in Energy Use for Commercial and Industrial Facilities

This workshop is designed to provide energy managers and engineers with tools and information to achieve operational savings through load management. Presentations will cover BestPractices and resources available for both commercial and industrial facilities to achieve economic and productivity gains through reduced energy use. Highlights include: load shed audits, process identification and scheduling, and load response programs available through the electric utilities, engineering firms and the New England Independent System Operator (ISONE).

Energy Efficiency for Plastics Industry

This half day program will focus on specific energy efficiency improvements and productivity option for the plastics industry. Case studies from energy assessments and proven recommendations will be given along with information on state of the art production alternatives for increased competition in a global manufacturing market place. Contacts for technical and financial assistance will be provided. Presentations from October 28th 2004

ENERGY AUDIT BEST PRACTICES:  IMPROVED APPROACHES FOR IMPROVED RESULTS

Historically, energy audits have been the preferred format for introducing industrial consumers to cost-effective energy efficiency options. However, the best of the energy audit programs—whether conducted by utilities, universities, vendors, or independent consultants—lead to disappointing implementation rates, usually in the 30-40 percent range. It's time to re-think the conduct of energy audits. This concept paper outlines a strategy for doing so.

The Alliance to Save Energy is organizing a series of regional, one-day roundtables to invite expert energy auditors to share insight on what constitutes “best practice” in audit performance. Each roundtable will be a moderated discussion, kept to a practical size (12-18 participants). The discussion will be proctored to elicit and refine the individual expert contributions. Each roundtable will generate a consensus that will be subsequently compiled into a draft for the group's review prior to publication as a final report. Topics for roundtable discussion may include (but are not limited to) the following aspects of energy audit conduct:

Targeting certain industries or industry segments for priority attention. If the audit program needs to demonstrate success, then where should its valuable resources be applied?

Promoting the availability of audits. Who is the audience? What is the message? Who is the messenger? Should the term “audit” be used, or something less intimidating?

Pre-screening potential audit recipients for participation. Understand the recipient's expectations and preparedness, both for audits and implementation. Understand the place of energy improvements relative to their other operational priorities.

Preparing clients for the audit itself. Ensure that the appropriate individuals are involved. Identify and understand the audience that approves the recommendations.

Preparing the recommendations. Move beyond cost/payback analysis. Suggest ways to pace implementation to reflect the client's management style and capabilities.

Preparing the report. Minimize the potential for embarrassment—do not appear to list “what they do wrong.” Translate results into business outcomes that meet a variety of needs within the client organization.

Presentation and follow-up. Develop a protocol for post-audit assistance. Help clients to maintain momentum and maximize implementation rates.

Energy Efficient Transformers Training with demonstration equipment that accurately simulates real-world commercial electrical loads: Observe the interaction of electronic equipment on new and existing electrical systems. Take a hands-on look at both linear and non-linear loads and their harmonic profiles. See the impact of electronic loads on conventional transformers and cable installations. Compare typical harmonic correction approaches, including K-rated transformers. Study Energy Efficient Harmonic Cancellation Transformers in action Review typical applications for new and existing systems, including drives.