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Title: Industrial Assessment Center

Abstract

Since its inception, the University of Florida Industrial Assessment Center has successfully completed close to 400 energy assessments of small to medium manufacturing facilities in Florida, southern Georgia and southern Alabama. Through these efforts, recommendations were made that would result in savings of about $5 million per year, with an implementation rate of 20-25%. Approximately 80 engineering students have worked for the UF-IAC, at least 10 of whom went on to work in energy related fields after graduation. Additionally, through the popular course in Industrial Energy Management, many students have graduated from the University of Florida with a strong understanding and support of energy conservation methods.

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Research Org.:
University of Florida
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
900293
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO/12083
TRN: US200722%%92
DOE Contract Number:
FC36-02GO12083
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ALABAMA; ENERGY CONSERVATION; ENERGY MANAGEMENT; IMPLEMENTATION; INDUSTRIAL PLANTS; RECOMMENDATIONS; MANUFACTURING; EDUCATION; Energy Conservation, Small Manufacturing

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Dr. Diane Schaub. Industrial Assessment Center. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/900293.
Dr. Diane Schaub. Industrial Assessment Center. United States. doi:10.2172/900293.
Dr. Diane Schaub. Mon . "Industrial Assessment Center". United States. doi:10.2172/900293. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/900293.
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