As in years past, the 2016 Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) served as a one-of-a kind conference that focused on energy in the industrial sector and complemented DOE’s mission of sponsoring various initiatives to build awareness about energy efficiency and clean energy topics. Making the news at the event, were three Better Plants partners, including Celanese Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, and The Dow Chemical Company, who were recognized for their energy efficiency accomplishments.
- Celanese received an IETC Energy Award. This award is for industrial plants or organizations that have successfully applied energy conservation in their operations, or that have provided leadership to the industrial community to promote energy conservation. As part of the Better Plants Challenge, Celanese has shared details on innovative, replicable energy efficiency solutions. Celanese’s newest solution highlights how they created Energy Dashboards to provide operators with access to real-time energy consumption measurements.
- Celanese, Dow, and Eastman received awards under the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Responsible Care program. All three companies received multiple awards from ACC across different categories: Energy Efficiency Program, Significant Improvement in Manufacturing, Environmental Impact, and Non-Manufacturing Impact.
Mark Johnson, the Advanced Manufacturing Office Director delivered keynote remarks on the first day of the conference. He emphasized the longstanding importance of the industrial sector to the United States, dating back to a letter to Congress from Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in the 1790s, while also expressing his optimism about the present-day rapid pace of innovation, especially in 3D printing.
The conference featured a few other presentations relating to Better Plants, Superior Energy Performance and other complementary Technical Assistance programs and tools offered by the Department of Energy (DOE). For example, one session track was dedicated to Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as co-generation, and one session covered Better Plants’ recently published industrial water management primer. All the IETC presentations can be found here.
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