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Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: es often leads to an indirect reduction in energy use, the recent upswing in interest in energy management, coinciding with the rise of process management methodologies, has resulted in a host of recent activity by those explicitly combining the two concepts. 2.1.2 Recent Trends and Current Frameworks The basic engineering principles for increasing efficiency of manufacturing support systems have been well disseminated and demonstrated in the energy management literature since the late 1970s[20). In fact, the bulk of the literature in energy management, even now, is typically dedicated to upgrading the technology of common facilities support systems, such as HVAC, boilers, lighting, and motor compressors[1, 2, 21]. Efforts to create and install more energy efficient equipment in industry is currently supported by the the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and their Industrial Technologies Program, and there continues to be a robust facilities engineering consulting market that dates back to the late 1970s[22]. However, only about 2% of US industrial facilities employ a full-time energy manager, and many well-documented impro...
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