Energetics has had longstanding expertise in the preparation of Energy Bandwidth Studies, which examine the range (or bandwidth) of potential energy savings opportunities in selected manufacturing industries. In collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Energetics recently added six new energy bandwidth studies to the series. The new studies explore energy consumption in the manufacture of six lightweight structural materials: aluminum, advanced high-strength steel, magnesium, titanium, carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites, and glass fiber reinforced polymer composites.

For each material, manufacturing energy consumption was analyzed by product and process area, and opportunities for energy savings were identified based on a review of state-of-the-art and R&D technologies. An example of results for carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites is shown. The bar chart shows estimated energy consumption based on the thermodynamic minimum, practical minimum, state of the art, and current typical manufacturing energy use. The pie charts show the breakdown of estimated current and R&D savings opportunities by process area. Industry stakeholders will be able to use these analytical studies as foundational references for energy consumption and to prioritize energy reduction strategies.

Summary chart illustrating the range (or “bandwidth”) of potential energy savings for the manufacture of carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites, one of six lightweight materials analyzed in the new Lightweight Materials Energy Bandwidth Study series.

Summary chart illustrating the range (or “bandwidth”) of potential energy savings for the manufacture of carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites, one of six lightweight materials analyzed in the new Lightweight Materials Energy Bandwidth Study series.

The new Lightweight Materials Bandwidth Studies have been posted in draft form on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office website and are accessible by clicking the links below. These studies have been released as drafts at this time in order to soli

cit input as part of the peer review process. Additional energy bandwidth studies prepared by Energetics, including four sector studies published in 2015, are also available on the AMO website.

For more information about Energetics’ expertise in energy and industry analysis, please contact us.