PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Energetics worked with experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to perform “energy bandwidth analysis” for four major manufacturing subsectors: chemical, iron and steel, petroleum refining, and pulp and paper.
  • The “bandwidths” analyze energy use and the potential for energy savings in various processes for selected manufacturing subsectors. 
  • 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.

Understanding the framework of energy consumption and opportunities for improvement is a fundamental starting point when evaluating industry’s path toward energy efficiency and savings opportunities. Energetics’ bandwidth studies serve as a foundational reference for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technical data analysts, national laboratories, academic institutions, and private businesses that are benchmarking energy performance and evaluating technical potential. Energy bandwidth reports have been published for four major energy-intensive U.S. manufacturing subsectors: chemical, iron and steel, petroleum refining, and pulp and paper. Additional manufacturing energy bandwidth studies are underway.

These analyses compare energy consumption for defined industrial process areas to determine bandwidths of technical energy savings opportunities. They estimate potential energy savings as the difference between the amount of energy typically consumed in a specific process using commercially available technology, the-state-of-the-art consumption, and the practical minimum consumption conceptually needed to achieve those same results employing research and development technologies. The chemicals manufacturing bandwidth analysis, for example, delivers macro-scale estimates of energy savings opportunities both sector-wide and for chemical manufacturing subsectors, providing understanding of which chemicals and, by association, which process areas would benefit most from process and technology efficiency improvements to realize energy savings. 

The studies are the result of several months of research and analysis. Energetics worked with experts from the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop these reports. Energetics 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 reports can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office website and are accessible by clicking the links below:

Bandwidth Study on Energy Use and Potential Energy Saving Opportunities in U.S. Chemical Manufacturing
Bandwidth Study on Energy Use and Potential Energy Saving Opportunities in U.S. Iron and Steel Manufacturing
Bandwidth Study on Energy Use and Potential Energy Saving Opportunities in U.S. Petroleum Refining
Bandwidth Study on Energy Use and Potential Energy Saving Opportunities in U.S. Pulp and Paper Manufacturing