Understanding energy consumption patterns and opportunities for improvement is a fundamental step on industry’s path toward energy savings and energy efficiency. Energy bandwidth studies of U.S. industrial sectors serve as consistent frameworks to help understand the range (or bandwidth) of potential energy savings opportunities. Energetics provides these foundational analyses, which compare energy consumption for defined industrial process areas or products to determine ranges of technical energy savings opportunities. Energetics recently prepared bandwidth reports for four traditional U.S. manufacturing industries, six lightweight materials, and the seawater desalination industry.

The newly published industry bandwidth studies address cement, food and beverage, glass, and plastics and rubber manufacturing. In addition, Energetics recently finalized six studies on the manufacturing of lightweight structural materials: aluminum, advanced high-strength steel, magnesium, titanium, carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer composites, and glass-fiber-reinforced polymer composites. For these ten reports, Energetics worked in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The eleventh report, focused on seawater desalination, was completed in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and AMO. 

 Summary chart illustrating the range (or “bandwidth”) of potential energy savings for the manufacture of plastics and rubber products.

Summary chart illustrating the range (or “bandwidth”) of potential energy savings for the manufacture of plastics and rubber products.

These studies are the result of over a year of research, analysis, peer review, and feedback. Energetics staff conducted an extensive literature review, evaluating published and networked industry data, and consulted with both internal and external experts. Additionally, each report underwent a peer review and revision process. 

These 11 reports are the latest in a series of bandwidth studies prepared by Energetics. Our 2015 publications covered four industries: chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum refining, and pulp and paper. All 15 studies present findings using detailed tables and user-friendly visuals in a standardized layout; the example graphic illustrates the format of summary information provided. Industry stakeholders can use the reports to understand the processes and products that consume the most energy and the range of potential energy savings while understanding the source of underlying data, which helps in identifying and prioritizing areas of focus. 

The reports can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office Energy Analysis website. The 2017 reports are accessible by clicking the links below:

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