Energetics’ Growing Global Reach

Energetics has provided support and expertise to many U.S. government clients for more than 35 years. But did you know that our work extends to many international efforts and clients as well? Energetics staff provide expert analysis and communications support on efforts related to clean energy, energy efficiency, climate change, clean transport, and electricity transmission around the world. Learn more about our work's growing global reach! 

Two Energetics Publications Win Society for Technical Communication Awards

Two Energetics publications won awards of merit in the 2014–2015 technical communications competition held by the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Washington, DC—Baltimore Chapter: Annual Report 2013–2014: Accomplishments of the U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Center and Infographics: Integrated Biorefineries. These awards honor printed and electronic communications that demonstrate superior writing, editing, organization, and design.

Energetics Launches New Office in Dubai

Energetics has launched its first international office, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This new location expands Energetics services into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, serving as a hub that will allow Energetics to better serve MENA regional national governments and other organizations interested in developing policies and practices that support clean energy and energy efficiency. The Dubai initiative is being led by Ridah Sabouni, senior engineer and MENA region managing director. From his new base in Dubai, Ridah leads scientists and engineers in providing project management, metrics development, and technical analyses to support the development of clean energy technologies and best practices. He is working with sector leaders and Energetics headquarters staff to provide our full spectrum of services to MENA regional clients.

Leslie Nicholls Wins Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Award

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presented Energetics Vice President Leslie Nicholls with a Director’s Award during its 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards ceremony on October 14. The Vice President of Energetics’ Building Energy Solutions (BES) division, Ms. Nicholls received the award in recognition of her leadership in helping FEMP design and implement the highly successful 2015 Energy Exchange conference held in August.

Energetics Recognized for Contributions to the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program

On October 22, members of the Energetics Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) support team received recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Patricia Hoffman. The team received the award “in recognition of your leadership and outstanding support of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program, which helped the United States recover from economic hardship, create jobs, and enhance the reliability, security, and efficiency of the nation’s electric delivery system.”

Energetics Volunteers Help Clean Up Patapsco Valley State Park

Twelve Energetics employees participated in a recent company-sponsored stream clean up event at Patapsco Valley State Park, just south of Baltimore. The team collected 740 pounds of trash—including tires, shoes, diapers, steel girders, and more—during the October 12 event organized by Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. These efforts will help protect the Patapsco River watershed, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

Besides typical trash such as bottles, cans, food wrappers, and plastic bags, the team collected a corroded water heater, clothes, phone cords, toys, an old boat, a car bumper, a complete birthday party set for a child’s fourth birthday, frying pans, books, and half a boogie board. Natural items found included two snakes, lots of ants, spiders, bees, a Great Blue Heron, beaver, poison ivy, phlox, crayfish, a dead mouse, and an entire articulated deer skeleton.

Energetics offers full-time employees 8 hours of community service time per year, which they can use to participate in volunteer activities during the work week.

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Energetics Volunteers Help Clean Up Patapsco Valley State Park

Energetics Contributes Expertise, Insight to U.S. DOE Quadrennial Technology Review

The 2015 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Quadrennial Technology Review: An Assessment of Energy Technologies and Research Opportunities examines the most promising research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities across energy supply and end use to effectively address the nation's energy needs and work toward a clean energy economy. The report was released in late September by U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz and John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. 

Drawing on our firm’s deep expertise with energy science, technology, analysis, and R&D, Energetics provided extensive support for the development of the DOE Quadrennial Technology Review. Nine Energetics staff members—five coauthors and four additional contributors—provided direct, expert input to chapters on the following topics:

  • Enabling modernization of the electric power system
  • Innovating clean energy technologies in advanced manufacturing
  • Advancing clean transportation and vehicle systems and technologies 
  • Advancing clean electric power technologies

In addition, many staff contributed innovative, supporting analysis found throughout the report, including industry energy bandwidth studies and manufacturing energy Sankey diagrams that Energetics produced for the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office.  

The Quadrennial Technology Review complements the work of the Quadrennial Energy Review, which focuses on energy infrastructure and government-wide energy policy. Energetics provided vital support throughout the development of the Quadrennial Energy Review, working with DOE to obtain stakeholder input, facilitate all of the public meetings, and analyze all public comments. Energetics also helped write and edit several white papers that provided input into the document. 

The analyses in these two reports provide important insights and information for stakeholders and decision-makers in government, industry, academia, and civil society who together form our national energy enterprise. 

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Energetics Contributes Expertise, Insight to U.S. DOE Quadrennial Technology Review

Energetics Team Develops Dynamic Manufacturing Energy Flows Tool for DOE AMO

Energetics has developed an innovative, interactive online tool for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) that can help both technical and nontechnical users easily view and understand the flow of energy supply, demand, and losses in the U.S. manufacturing sector. Understanding where and how energy is used and lost in manufacturing is essential in helping industry—a heavy energy consumer—improve its efficiency. The new Dynamic Manufacturing Energy Flows Tool makes technical data about energy use and loss accessible and understandable to a wide audience, in a user-friendly way. 

 A sample view in the Dynamic Manufacturing Energy Flows tool.

 A sample view in the Dynamic Manufacturing Energy Flows tool.

This project builds on a series of comprehensive energy analyses that Energetics has developed for AMO over the past decade. Using published Energy Information Administration data, Energetics created a manufacturing energy and carbon footprint model and used that model to develop and publish Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints and Static Sankey Diagrams for the 15 most energy-intensive manufacturing sectors, plus U.S. manufacturing as a whole. 

AMO sought Energetics’ help to gain wider use of the data contained in the Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints. After careful assessment and testing, the team selected Sankey diagraming as the best method to clearly and accurately visualize the footprints’ data. Energetics then applied modern, interactive data-driven programming techniques to create the new Dynamic Manufacturing Energy Flows Tool, which brings these analyses and data together in a single, accessible interface.

The Tool’s easy-to-follow, interactive Sankey diagrams help users view and understand information on energy use at varying levels of detail. Weighted lines in the diagrams trace the flow of energy in the U.S. manufacturing sector, with thicker lines indicating larger amounts of energy and thinner lines indicating smaller amounts. Line colors indicate energy type—fuel, steam, electricity, and/or applied or lost energy. Users can manipulate the data by panning and zooming with the mouse, and customize the display by clicking buttons, enabling them to explore the flow of energy use across the manufacturing sector as a whole or within a particular subsector, or to compare energy consumption across subsectors. The energy flow images that the tool generates can be saved and exported to static image files. 

For more information about this tool, the Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints, and Static Sankey Diagrams, please contact us.

Energetics Helps Facilitate First U.S.–China Exchange on Brownfield Remediation

Energetics, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and industry partners recently organized a forum representing the first dialogue between the United States and China on remediating “brownfields,” or land that is potentially contaminated because of past industrial or commercial use. The forum, entitled “A Standards in Trade Workshop on China Brownfields Remediation,” took place on September 1 in Chicago. More than 70 people attended, including a delegation from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and more than a dozen selected U.S. technology and specialty firms. 

During the forum, the Chinese delegation discussed its vision and challenges regarding brownfield remediation, which has come to the forefront in China because of poor industrial and pollution management in the past, combined with the growing need for land reuse. The country has limited experience in brownfield remediation and is eager to learn from U.S. entities with significant expertise in developing environmental improvement technologies and remediation strategies.

U.S. representatives discussed the history of brownfield remediation in the United States, current approaches to standards development, and workforce training efforts. The absence of global expertise on this topic creates an opportunity to advance U.S. technical development and enable U.S. businesses to enter into this new and rapidly expanding market.

Energetics will work with NIST and industry partners on future dialogues to promote further knowledge sharing and joint leadership on this critical topic. In particular, the Chinese delegation expressed a deep interest in participating in additional exchanges regarding U.S. approaches on standards development, project management approaches, and workforce training efforts. 

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Photo credit: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, on Flickr 

Energetics Helps Facilitate First U.S.–China Exchange on Brownfield Remediation

Energetics Joins Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Energetics has joined the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), a nonprofit organization that fosters collaboration among a wide range of stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of a safe, consumer-friendly smart grid. 

Energetics looks forward to sharing our smart grid perspective and experience with SGCC and its partners. Energetics specializes in developing collaborative processes to help clients plan, evaluate, and implement decisions that will modernize the nation’s electric grid. Plus, Energetics has substantial experience working with federal and state agencies, regional transmission organizations, utilities, and vendors to strengthen and protect the electric grid while also making it more flexible and resilient.

Since its founding in 2010, SGCC has funded independent research on consumer smart grid issues, provided forums for members to share and learn, and facilitated collaboration among members to develop industry best practices. Energetics is eager to collaborate with other SGCC members, including leaders from the business community, utilities, regulators, and advocacy groups, to promote a safe, consumer-approved smart grid. 

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Energetics Joins Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Energetics Publishes Four Industry Energy Bandwidth Reports

Understanding energy consumption patterns and opportunities for improvement is a fundamental step on industry’s path toward energy savings and energy efficiency. Energetics is providing a foundational reference to guide this first strategic step, having recently published four energy bandwidth reports. These analyses compare energy consumption for defined industrial process areas to determine bandwidths of technical energy savings opportunities. Energetics prepared bandwidth reports for four major energy-intensive U.S. industries: chemical, iron and steel, petroleum refining, and pulp and paper. 

The studies are the result of several months of research and analysis. Energetics staff reviewed the existing topical literature, evaluated manufacturing data obtained through published and networked sources, and consulted with both internal and external experts. The reports present findings using both detailed tables and user-friendly visuals; 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, 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 website and are accessible by clicking the links below:

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Energetics Publishes Four Industry Energy Bandwidth Reports

Energetics Presents on the Future of the Smart Grid

The U.S. electricity system has begun a major transformation that will continue for the next 20+ years, and smart grid technologies are poised to be the lynchpin of the future system. Energetics Vice President Chris Kelley and Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Charles Chen explored the future of smart grid deployment in a joint presentation at the Grid Modernization Summit, held July 15-17, 2015. Drawing on their deep experience with the utility industry and the smart grid, they reviewed key issues and drivers in the grid’s future, including rising grid outages, federal investment in grid infrastructure upgrades, and the pressing need for major investments and new market frameworks to catalyze the transition to an advanced power grid. View presentation

Among the presentation’s key findings:

  • The number of power outages has doubled every 5 years.
  • While weather is the top cause of outages, vandalism contributes to 40% of outages per year and is a common source of long-duration outages.
  • Since 2009, $8 billion has been invested in the electrical grid through American Reinvestment and Recovery grants (including federal and non-federal contributions).
  • However, it is estimated that between $338 billion and $880 billion is needed to fully modernize the grid.
  • Frameworks and new rate structures are needed to fully leverage smart grid investments to transform the grid.

During the Summit, the duo was also part of an interactive panel discussion on modernized grid planning, and Chris supported a pre-conference workshop featuring a Southern California Edison case study on renewables and the grid.

 

Energetics Presents on the Future of the Smart Grid

Energetics Presents Three Papers at 2015 Industrial Energy Technology Conference

In early June, Energetics presented three papers at the 2015 Industrial Energy Technology Conference in New Orleans. Industrial energy managers and utility experts from the United States and abroad attend the annual event to get up-to-date information on industrial innovations, energy use and waste reduction, and government programs that affect industry. Energetics’ Sabine Brueske gave presentations on three diverse areas—all of critical relevance to the future of industrial energy usage.

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Energetics Presents Three Papers at 2015 Industrial Energy Technology Conference

Energetics Partners on Two Winning NIST AMTech Bids

Energetics is a partner on two winning teams for the second round of awards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech). The AMTech awards support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting collaborative actions to solve high-priority technology challenges impeding the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.

As part of a team led by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Energetics will leverage its industry knowledge and strategic planning expertise to develop the “Consortium Formation and Technology Roadmap Development for Remanufacturing in the Circular Economy,” which will address the most serious challenge in the future of manufacturing—material availability. Energetics will work with RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability to assemble and facilitate productive discussion among a consortium of prominent remanufacturing industry leaders and researchers from national laboratories, with the goal of identifying environmental and economic adjustments needed to address material availability.

As part of a team led by the University of Houston, Energetics will leverage its strategic planning and analysis expertise to develop an industry-wide consortium roadmap to overcome the technological obstacles inhibiting the growth of commercial manufacturing of high-temperature superconductors (HTS). The team will assess the challenges, barriers, and risks of HTS technology in applications such as power grids, rotating machinery, and magnets with the goal of expediting the transition of superconductor manufacturing to commercialization.

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Energetics Partners on Two Winning NIST AMTech Bids

Energetics Facilitates NFPA Workshop on School Safety, Codes, and Security

Addressing both the security requirements and fire safety needs of students and faculty in school buildings requires a delicate balance. In December 2014, Energetics facilitated the School Safety, Codes and Security Workshop, organized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The workshop sought to identify considerations within appropriate codes and standards and within emergency planning to better balance student and staff security and life safety in a school setting. Energetics employed innovative collaboration techniques to foster lively and productive discussions and balance the multiple perspectives of a diverse group of stakeholders. As a result, the workshop successfully garnered numerous innovative ideas, concepts, and designs.  

Energetics thoroughly analyzed and expertly synthesized the workshop discussions to produce the Workshop on School Safety, Codes and Security Final Report, which summarizes participants’ input and recommendations, identifies high-level themes, and provides multiple pathways for moving forward, particularly for the codes and standards development community. As a result of this work, NFPA anticipates updates to relevant codes, standards, procedures, policies, and operational tactics.

The NFPA approached Energetics to perform this work after having a positive experience at a National Institute of Standards and Technology brainstorming meeting also expertly facilitated by Energetics.

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Energetics Facilitates NFPA Workshop on School Safety, Codes, and Security