ACEEE Identifies New Technologies to Reduce Energy Use in the Industrial Sector

March 13, 2001

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Emerging Energy-Efficient Industrial Technologies: New York State Edition profiles 54 exciting new technologies that are likely to offer energy-saving alternatives to current technologies and practices in the industrial sector. The information in this new report will help focus and enhance the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Industry R&D and Energy Services programs in order to maximize their benefits.

Industry faces the increasing challenge of moving toward a cleaner, more sustainable path of production and consumption while increasing global competitiveness. Technology will be essential in meeting this challenge. New and emerging technologies compete for capital investment alongside more established or mature technologies when businesses are inevitably faced with investment in new capital stock. Understanding the dynamics of businesses' decisionmaking process is important in order to perceive what drives technology change and the overall effect on industrial energy use.

"The project identifies, characterizes, and prioritizes emerging technologies that can contribute to increased energy efficiency in industries throughout the United States and in individual states, including a specific focus on New York State," stated co-author Anna Shipley, Industrial Research Associate for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). "The technologies are characterized with respect to energy use and efficiency, costs (capital, operation, and maintenance), productivity gains, overall cost-effectiveness, potential environmental impact, resource productivity impact, degree of development and implementation, market barriers, potential for deployment, recommendations for next steps, and possibly other characteristics."

Gunnar Walmet, Director of NYSERDA's Industry and Buildings R&D programs and Secretary of the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI), added, "The report will help NYSERDA, state agencies, utilities, and others to select and support technologies with the greatest potential for further development through public benefit R&D, market transformation, and other programs. It will also provide many organizations interested in industrial technologies with a large amount of information on specific technologies that should help further joint activities among these organizations." This report is the first to describe emerging industrial technologies in a quantitative way for such a wide array of industries.

This report was a collaborative effort between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and ACEEE. It was funded by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Iowa Energy Center.

Copies are available for $55 (postpaid). To order, contact ACEEE Publications, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20045, phone: 202-507-4000, fax: 202-429-2248, e-mail: