PCA Program Promotes Industrial Energy Efficiency Best Practices with Chinese Universities


PCA Program Promotes Industrial Energy Efficiency Best Practices with Chinese Universities

On October 19th 2010,ISC's US-China Partnership for Climate Action (PCA) program organized and co-funded a training session in Beijing on the use of U.S. Department of Energy's Quick Plant Energy Profiler (QuickPEP) web-based tool for industrial energy specialists from Chinese universities. The QuickPEP training session was part of a China-U.S. Industrial Energy Efficiency University Partnership Symposium which was organized by the University Alliance for Industrial Energy Efficiency, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the U.S. Department of Energy were the supervisors of the symposium and workshop, and the University of Science and Technology Beijing coordinated the events.

QuickPEP is an online software tool designed to help plant managers quickly understand how an industrial plant is using energy and what plant managers can do to begin saving energy and money. The QuickPEP is a good "first step" that industrial plants can take to identify excellent opportunities for savings, improve their company's bottom line, and help reduce the environmental emissions associated with energy production and use. The QuickPEP training course was delivered by Dr. Gopalakrishnan and his team from the West Virginia University in the U.S. A total of 20 trainees participated in the workshop held in the China National Convention Center in Beijing.

An overview of typical significant energy losses in industry was initially provided, then a practical rigorous approach to energy data analysis and diagnostics was described, including the importance of energy profiling to identify energy saving opportunities. After demonstrations of the web-based QuickPEP tool, the trainees used their laptops to enter data to show the tool's functionality and benefits.

The PCA program is funding the training of managers from Chinese industries on the use of the QuickPEP tool to identify potential energy efficiency opportunities and thereby reduce unnecessary GHG emissions. As was shown by one of the case studies, a facility with a total electricity consumption of 9.4 GWh/yr and natural gas consumption of 6.2 Gm3/yr had the potential to annually reduce its CO2 emissions by around 8 million lbs (3,700 MT) if all of the energy saving opportunities were implemented. The PCA program is promoting the adoption of similar industrial energy efficiency best practices with Chinese industries.

For more infomation about this project, please click Industrial Energy Efficiency & GHG Accounting

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