Greening the Industrial Workforce

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June 2, 2010

Preston L. Roberts

Is the American workforce prepared to transition to a low-carbon economy? Experts offered their insights at a recent Capitol Hill briefing, "Efficient America: Greening the Industrial Workforce."

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Greening the Industrial Workforce

  1. 1. Northampton Community College Greening the Industrial Workforce Preston L. “Pete” Roberts Energy Management Institute Emerging Technology Applications Center (ETAC) June 2, 2010 1
  2. 2. About NCC  Northampton Community College located in Bethlehem Township, PA with satellite campuses in 4 counties.  Grants associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in over 100 fields.  One of the largest providers of workforce training in the region.  NCC serves over 32,000 students a year in credit and non-credit programs.  Northampton Community  Extensive on-line learning College located in Bethlehem program. Township, PA with satellite campuses in 4 counties.  35% of students continue their education immediately after graduation. 2
  3. 3. About ETAC  ETAC is an applied RD&D center at NCC.  14 Staff + Outside Consultants. • Mostly Advanced Degrees in the Sciences & Engineering • All Have Worked Extensively in Industry  15,000 ft2 of labs and office space.  Established in 1995 • ETAC has assisted 1,000+ manufacturing companies globally. 3
  4. 4. Manufacturing Focus Areas  Coatings and Inks Research Institute (CIRI) • Environmentally Compliant Coatings & Inks Development  Sustainable Engineering and Manufacturing Institute (SEMI) • Industrial Process Heating Technology Development • Industrial Process Improvement • Materials Science  Energy Management Institute (EMI) • Investment-Grade Energy Assessments • Energy Management Training • Alternative & Renewable Energy Technology Development • Carbon Foot-Print Assessments 4
  5. 5. Energy Management Institute  Investment–Grade Industrial Plant Energy Assessments  Training • Distance Learning Courses in Industrial Energy Management. • Training in Establishing Energy Management Programs • Development of on-line interactive training for USDOE industrial Best Practices software tools.  Renewable Energy Technology Development and Assessment • 3 mW of PV, Solar Thermal, Wind, Geothermal  Combined Heat and Power Development and Assessment • US EPA CHP Partnership Member • Over 100 mW in projects  Active partner in development of USDOE Process Heating Assessment and Scoping Tool (PHAST) through IHEA. 5
  6. 6. ETAC Results  27% average annual energy savings identified  $17.9 million/yr cost savings  53 million kWh/yr electric energy  421 million cf/yr natural gas  17,000 tons/yr coal  259 million gallons/yr water saved  1.0 MTE COx  1.2 years average payback 6
  7. 7. ETAC/NCC Distance Learning Current Energy Courses • Industrial Processes & Energy Principles • Energy Supply and Market Fundamentals • Energy Systems Measures • Energy Assessment Methodology • Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating • Advanced Industrial Process Heating • Steam System Fundamentals • Compressed Air Fundamentals • Pumping System Fundamentals • Energy Efficient Building Systems • Environmental Energy Fundamentals • Energy Monitoring & Energy Management Systems 7
  8. 8. IHEA Process Heat Training Courses developed by ETAC; Funded by IHEA First offered in 2006 119 students trained 8
  9. 9. ETAC/NCC Energy Training • ETAC has delivered industrial energy training through distance learning and workshops to over 1,300 students, mostly working professionals. • ETAC trains engineering students through its internship programs. • ETAC trains companies in setting up permanent energy management programs. • ETAC is working with NCC’s Engineering Department to create a specialized energy diploma. 9
  10. 10. Geo-Thermal Heat Pump Installation Training Northampton
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  11. 11. Photovoltaic Installation Training NCC is the ONLY community college in PA currently offering for- credit training in PV technology and installation. Northampton
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  12. 12. Energy Education Issues  Nationally, there are few available courses available that address industrial energy issues. • Much of the energy training that is available is aimed at commercial or residential buildings and systems. • Existing opportunities are limited to webinars and short- courses that are too focused or lack depth. • Community colleges lack the resources to develop training aimed industrial energy efficiency. • While there is a growing need for energy efficiency training, qualified faculty is hard to find.  Existing courses of study for engineers and technicians lack energy efficiency training and experience. 12
  13. 13. Recommendations  Nationally, there are few available courses available that address industrial energy issues. • Provide incentives and assistance for developing new training courses and propagating existing courses specifically aimed at industrial energy efficiency. • Provide mechanisms to acquire the instrumentation and equipment needed to provide “hands-on” training. The cost is beyond the reach of most community colleges. • Support the development of “train-the-trainer” programs to expand the pool of qualified instructors. 13
  14. 14. Recommendations  Graduating engineers and technicians lack exposure to energy efficiency perspective and experience in analysis. • Open the USDOE Industrial Assessment Center Program to include community colleges as associates. • Expand internship programs for students to learn how to conduct assessments and technical and economic analyses. • Encourage energy efficiency continuing education for engineers and managers in industrial firms. • Encourage incorporation of energy efficiency into existing curricula for students. 14
  15. 15. plroberts@etctr.com (610) 861-5367 15
  16. 16. Thank You! 16

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