mence operation in December 2005. The
new cogeneration system will be approximately 18 percent more efficient than the
technology it replaces, produce 45 percent
fewer emissions and save the university
$30 million to $50 million over the next
20 years. The cogeneration plant is the
final project in a larger campus utilities
Ohio Cogen Systems Honored
Three Ohio cogeneration systems have
been named winners of 2005 Governor’s
Awards for Excellence in Energy Efficiency.
The University of Cincinnati Consolidated
Utilities – IDEA’s 2005 System of the Year –
was among those systems. It was recognized for its new $84 million cogeneration
plant, which was integrated with existing
systems to optimize energy efficiency and
provide an overall reduction in emissions.
Another cogeneration system, the
Ford Motor Co.-Lima Engine Plant, received
a Governor’s Award for its chilled-water
system that uses naturally cooled water
from abandoned limestone quarries situated on the plant’s 312-acre site. Kent State
University also was presented an award for
its power plant’s new combined heat and
power system, which consists of two natural gas-fired electric generators with heat
recovery steam generator units. The nearly
60,000 lb/hr of steam captured by the heat-recovery units meets almost 55 percent of
the university’s steam needs.
A total of 10 individuals and organizations were named by Ohio Gov. Bob Taft as
this year’s energy award recipients. The
honor recognizes their efforts to improve
energy efficiency, the environment and the
state’s economic competitiveness.
TAS To Build Cooling Plants
TAS International has signed an agreement with Palm District Cooling for the
design and building of four packaged
chilled-water plants off the coast of Dubai,
United Arab Emirates. The plants will deliver 120,000 tons of cooling to The Crescent
of the Palm, Jumeirah, a commercial and
residential development. The plants will be
designed, manufactured and installed by
TAS over a three-year period starting with
initial delivery of two plants in mid-2006.
The final two plants will be delivered to
Palm District Cooling in August 2008.
Direct Contact Inc., Clients Receive Awards
The Association of Washington Business
(AWB) presented nine Washington companies with Environmental Excellence Awards
for their continuous efforts in environmental innovation, resource conservation, education and continuous improvement. AWB
President Don Brunell presented the
awards at its 2005 Environmental Summit
on Oct. 20, 2005.
This year, IDEA member Direct Contact
Inc. (DCI) of Renton, Wash., along with
two of its local clients, received recognition
as Environmental Excellence Award
winners for category of ‘Resource
Direct Contact Inc. (DCI), headquartered in Renton, continues to advance its
waste heat-recovery vessel and system
designs, which enable clients to recover
previously wasted energy and reintegrate it
back into their processes. The savings add
up to significant sums and give DCI’s clients
the option of using less energy or doing
more work with the same amount of energy.
DCI evaluates and quantifies the potential
savings up front and provides engineering
and installations services for their systems
The Seattle Steam Co., a steam produc-
Accepting the Association of Washington
Business’ Excellence Awards for Resource
Conservation from AWB’s Grant Nelson,
director of environmental policy, governmental affairs (at left) were (left to right)
Ralph Renes, senior project engineer, Nippon
Paper Industries USA Co., LTD; Tim Clancy,
vice president of business development,
Seattle Steam Co.; Bill Carson, president,
Direct Contact Inc.; Jim Fok, sales and marketing manager, Direct Contact Inc.; and
Ken Weiner, partner, Preston, Gates, Ellis, LLP.
tion plant supplying steam to downtown
Seattle customers for heating and other
uses, installed a DCI heat recovery system
able to conserve both energy and water.
Seattle Steam used heat recovery to raise
feed-water temperatures, which increased
plant efficiency by more than 6 percent.
The company reports an average daily savings of $2,500, which is likely to become
greater as gas prices increase. The vapor
condensation recovers about 7 percent of
the plant's average water intake.
Nippon Paper Industries USA Co.
recently installed a DCI heat-recovery system on the hog fuel-fired boiler at its pulp
and paper mill in Port Angeles. This energy
recovery project resulted in significant
reductions in steam demand and associated heavy oil use. The company acquired
the ability to extract an average of 15
MMBtu/hr to 30 MMBtu/hr of energy and
return it to their processes, achieving a
two-year return on a $2 million investment.
“Over the years, we’ve recognized businesses, large and small, who have gone
beyond what is required by law to improve
our environment,” AWB President Don
Brunell said. “Each year it is encouraging for
me to see different companies across our
state doing good things to improve our
state’s quality of life.” AWB is Washington’s
oldest and largest statewide business association. Formed in 1904, its 5,200 members
employ more than 600,000 workers.