In related news, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a new report last week that examines new technologies for saving energy in industry. The report provides an overview of 54 technologies that cover a wide range of industries
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Exciting new technologies that are likely to offer energy-saving alternatives to current technologies and practices in the industrial sector are profiled in ACEEE’s new report, Emerging Energy-Efficient Industrial Technologies. Increasingly, industry is confronted with the challenge of moving toward a cleaner, more sustainable path of production and consumption, while increasing global competitiveness. Technology will be essential in meeting these challenges. At some point, businesses are faced with investment in new capital stock. At this decision point, new and emerging technologies compete for capital investment alongside more established or mature technologies. Understanding the dynamics of the decision-making process is important to perceive what drives technology change and the overall effect on industrial energy use. The assessment of emerging technologies can be useful for: * identifying R&D projects; * providing common information on technologies to a broad audience of decision-makers; * offering new insights into technology development and energy efficiency potentials; and * identifying potential technologies for market transformation activities. This report identifies many promising emerging technologies, which can achieve high energy savings and have a good likelihood of success due to their economic, environmental, product quality, and other benefits. We encourage product developers and policy-makers to undertake the outlined next steps for each of the most promising technologies and we also encourage follow-up assessments to help identify additional technologies. “This report represents a significant contribution to industrial energy analysis. I hope that others will build upon this effort so that a large database of technology profiles can be compiled,” said co-author Neal Elliott, Industrial Program Director and Senior Associate of ACEEE. This report was a collaborative effort between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and ACEEE and was funded by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Research and Development Authority, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the Iowa Energy Center. Copies of Emerging Energy-Efficient Industrial Technologies are available for $50 (postpaid). To order, contact the ACEEE publications office, 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW #801, Washington, D.C. 20036, phone: (202) 429-0063; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on ACEEE, see our Web site at aceee.org.