Governor’s Award OF Excellence Awarded To WVU IAC

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The West Virginia University (WVU) Industrial Assessment Center was presented with the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Enabling Industrial Energy Efficiency by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. This was announced by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The award was given to WVU during the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the state capitol in Charleston, West Virginia. The Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), with the help and support of DOE, give hands-on training for engineering students in the country to conduct energy audits and determine opportunities for small and medium-sized manufacturers to improve productivity, save energy, and reduce waste.

DOE said that small and medium-sized manufacturers may likely be qualified to get a no-cost assessment given by its IACs. Teams that are located at 24 universities in the United States conduct the energy audits. IAC determine over $130,000 in possible annual savings opportunities for each manufacturer assessed and almost $50,000 of which is carried out in the first year following the assessment. To date, there are over 16,000 IAC assessments that have been conducted.

Manufacturers can get in touch with the nearest IAC location about getting an IAC assessment if they satisfy the following criteria:

* Within Standard Industrial Codes (SIC) 20-39
* Gross annual sales below $100 million
* Located less than 150 miles of a participating university
* Annual energy bills more than $100,000 and less than $2.5 million
* No professional in-house staff to perform the assessment
* Fewer than 500 employees at plant site

Based on its website, IACs train the next generation of energy savvy engineers in which more than 60 percent pursues energy-related careers upon graduation. IAC assessments are in-depth analysis and examination of a facility conducted by engineering faculty with the upper class and graduate students from a participating university. After surveying the plant remotely, the team makes a one or two-day visit to the site to conduct engineering measurements. The team then makes a detailed analysis to get particular recommendations with performance, payback times, and estimates of costs. Within 60 days, the plant will then receive a confidential report that includes the analysis, findings, and other recommendations. Withing two to six months, the IAC team will contact the plant manager to confirm the recommendations that the plant implemented. The IAC program, formerly known as the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center (EADC) Program, has given assessment since 1976.

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