Tennessee Industrial Assessment Centers
Manufacturers in Tennessee have better tools for improving productivity, securing information, reducing waste, and lowering energy cost. This is due to the work of Tennessee Industrial Assessment Centers (TN IACs), which help manufacturing facilities operate more efficiently while simultaneously educating students in industrial energy assessment. OEP assists the TN IACs by performing stakeholder education and outreach, increasing industry awareness of the Centers’ energy services and successes.
Since 2006, TN IACs have provided no-cost technical assistance and whole-plant assessments to more than 180 manufacturers in order to help them reach their energy goals. TN IACs have saved Tennessee industry $7 million in energy costs and have helped to reduce roughly 0.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, TN IACs have trained more than 140 students in industrial energy efficiency measures and processes. The Tennessee Technological University IAC is housed in the Center for Manufacturing Research on the university’s campus in Cookeville and serves Middle and East Tennessee. Another IAC is housed in the University of Memphis, which serves West Tennessee.
Small and medium sized manufacturers may be eligible for a no-cost energy assessment from the Tennessee IACs. One- or two-day onsite visits focus on the major energy-consuming plant equipment such as compressed air, steam systems, process heating and cooling, HVAC, lighting, and more. These assessments are sponsored by U.S. DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. The average assessment identifies more than $100,000 in potential energy savings opportunities.