Industrial Assessment Center
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|Headquarters||Piscataway, New Jersey|
There are 24 Industrial Assessment Centers in the United States. These centers are located at universities across the US, and are funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to spread ideas relating to industrial energy conservation.
The centers conduct research into energy conservation techniques for industrial applications. This is accomplished by performing energy audits or assessments at manufacturers near the particular center. The IAC program has achieved of over $4.5 billion of implemented energy cost savings since its inception.
Industrial Assessment Centers (formerly called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center (EADC) program) were created by the Department of Commerce in 1976 and later moved to the DOE. The IAC program is administered through the Advanced Manufacturing Office under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Centers were created to help small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities cut back on unnecessary costs from inefficient energy use, ineffective production procedures, excess waste production, and other production-related problems. According to instructions from DOE, currently the centers are only required to focus on reducing wasted energy and increasing energy efficiency. While this remains the primary focus of the assessments, waste reduction and productivity improvements are still commonly recommended.
In addition to providing technical support to small to mid-sized manufacturers through energy assessments, the IAC program offers several other important benefits. Apart from the routine energy audits which cover a broad scope of industrial settings and subsystems, the IACs provide technical material and workshops promoting energy efficiency.
Rutgers University maintains a large databases of energy efficiency projects in the industrial sector. The database contains recommendations from every audit completed by an IAC dating back to 1980. As of June 2016, the IAC program had finished 17,400 assessments and made over 132,000 recommendations. This database is free and open to the public.
The IAC program helps train the next generation of energy efficiency engineers. Hundreds of students participate in the program each year, and over 56% of those students pursue careers in energy or energy efficiency.
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- Lehigh University
- Boise State University
- Colorado State University
- University of Dayton
- University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- University of Missouri
- Oregon State University
- San Francisco State University
- Syracuse University
- West Virginia University
- San Diego State University
- Oklahoma State University
- Texas A&M University
- Bradley University
- Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
- Iowa State
- University of Michigan
- University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
- North Carolina State University
- University of Alabama
- University of Miami
- University of Delaware
- Tennessee Tech University
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