Purdue Univ. Teaches Indiana Companies to Save Energy

Purdue Univ. Teaches Indiana Companies to Save Energy

Several programs facilitated by Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) are uncovering dozens of opportunities for Indiana companies to boost energy efficiency and increase their bottom lines.

TAP's Energy Efficiency Services is leveraging resources from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. of Labor and Dept. of Commerce to train workers and businesses across Indiana in the fine art of energy efficiency.

Efforts have yielded thousands of dollars in savings: Drug Plastics & Glass Company Inc. in Oxford undertook several initiatives, such as replacing 400W metal halides with T-fluorescent fixtures, sequencing air compressors and installing variable speed drives, among other projects, all of which will trim the company’s energy expenditures by more than $100,000.

The Tech Group also made improvements to its compressed air and lighting systems, generating about $36,000 in energy savings for the plastic injection molding company in Frankfort. Haynes International, a high-performance alloy manufacturer, saved $500,000 in reduced gas consumption by targeting its sizeable furnaces.

The companies took part in a worker certification program Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED)Industrial Energy Efficiency Practitioner worker certificate program.

Other TAP programs include U.S. DOE BestPractices workshops and a new assessment program that selected three companies to learn from a DOE-qualified specialist how to analyze and optimize energy-intensive systems, the cost of which -- valued at between $10,000 and $15,000 -- is covered by a U.S. DOE grant.