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Title: University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center

Abstract

This report documents all activity of the University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center (MIIAC) grant awarded by the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Industrial Technology Program (ITP). This grant was coordinated through a collaborative effort with the Center for Advanced Energy Systems (CAES) located at Rutgers University in New Jersey (www.caes.rutgers.edu) which acted as the program’s Field Manager. The grant’s duration included fiscal years 2003-2006 (September 2002 – August 2006), and operated under the direction of Dr. Shihab Asfour, Director (MIIAC). MIIAC’s main goal was to provide energy assessments for local manufacturing firms. Energy consumption, productivity enhancement, and waste management were the focus of each assessment. Energy savings, cost savings, implementation costs, and simple payback periods were quantified using scientific methodologies and techniques. Over the four-year period of the grant, the total number of industrial assessments conducted was 91, resulting in 604 assessment recommendations and the following savings: 73,519,747 kWh, 435,722 MMBTU, and $10,024,453 in cost savings. A total of 16 undergraduate and graduate students were trained on energy assessment. Companies in over 40 different zip codes were assessed.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
University of Miami
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
898307
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO/12082-1
TRN: US200717%%468
DOE Contract Number:
FC36-02GO12082
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENERGY SYSTEMS; IMPLEMENTATION; MANUFACTURING; PAYBACK PERIOD; PRODUCTIVITY; RECOMMENDATIONS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; Industrial Assessment; Energy Efficiency

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Asfour, Shihab, S. University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/898307.
Asfour, Shihab, S. University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center. United States. doi:10.2172/898307.
Asfour, Shihab, S. Mon . "University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center". United States. doi:10.2172/898307. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/898307.
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