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Energy Conservation in Industrial and Commercial Environments

8 Professional Development Hours

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply principles and concepts associated with common forms of energy (electric, hydrocarbon, compressed air, steam, stack heat, etc.) in an industrial or commercial environment to assess the energy intensity and energy productivity differences between alternative manufacturing and process systems, with a clear understanding of the physics and engineering fundamentals of energy in its various forms.
  • Apply energy engineering metrics - associated with different forms of energy, i.e. electrical, hydrocarbon fuel energy, heat energy, pressure energy, etc. - to quantify how much energy is being consumed and how efficiently energy is being utilized in operations and facilities of various types. Examples of energy metrics include MMBtus, MMBtus/ton or product, kWh, kWh/ton of product, Joules, etc.
  • Identify, evaluate and implement high-value energy conservation opportunities based on energy facts, energy engineering principles, application of SCADA, Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition, and type Energy Management Systems (EMS). Develop architecture and design of EMS systems for specific energy measurement, real-time monitoring – and in some cases – energy conservation-related control applications.
  • Apply proven energy engineering and equipment sustainability best practices to minimize overall energy intensity and enhance equipment durability in industrial and commercial facilities.
  • Apply a four-faceted approach in developing corporate or facility-level energy management plans. This four-faceted approach includes: (1) a Focus on Energy Productivity Improvement, (2) a Focus on Energy Cost Minimization, (3) a Focus on Energy Supply/Source and (4) Energy Storage.
  • Apply Power Factor and Load Factor improvement engineering principles and methods to enhance electrical power quality, electrical energy productivity and electrical equipment sustainability. Calculating power factor and load factor will be illustrated in addition to quantifying the benefits realized through these efforts.
  • Distinguish between high efficacy and low efficacy lighting systems based on watts/lumen or watts/foot-candle and apply the coefficient of utilization approach in the design and specification of facility illumination systems – all, ultimately precipitating in lower overall energy intensity.
  • Apply proven best practices in the HVAC realm to achieve optimal HVAC system operation and higher energy productivity.
  • Apply proven best practices in the operation and maintenance of compressed air systems to maximize their utilization and minimize energy intensity associated with compressed air generation, distribution and consumption.

Course description

This course caters to Engineers, Technicians, Facilities Managers, Energy Professionals, Architects and other professionals who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the concept of energy and utilities and would like to learn about methods, best practices and strategies for reducing energy demand, energy consumption and energy costs in an industrial or commercial setting. The importance and pertinence of four faceted energy outlook is explained and discussed. This course addresses usage, cost and energy conservation in its more common forms, such as electrical, compressed air, natural gas, steam and heat, etc.

This course will familiarize attendees with various ways to reduce energy costs through well-planned, specific and results-oriented projects. With years of experience in energy project implementation and energy program/process development, the instructor shows how substantial energy cost reduction can be achieved with little or no capital investment. Some such projects can be pursued in collaboration with and through sponsorship of local utility companies.

Some of the myths associated with electricity and gas contracts will be exposed. Energy audits and tools needed to perform audits will be discussed. Practical examples of energy monitoring systems will be presented. The attendees will also be briefly introduced to some of the more proven renewable energy alternatives.

Course Outline:

  • Energy Basics and its Various Forms. Energy Facts and Statistics
  • Electricity Basics and Electrical Rate Schedules
  • EMS/BMS, Energy Monitoring and Building Monitoring Systems
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Energy Conservation in Lighting
  • Cogeneration
  • Energy Conservation in HVAC Systems, Steam Systems and Compressed Air Systems
  • Energy Audits
  • Energy Conservation Tips; “The Low-Hanging Fruit”
  • Financial Justification and Implementation of Energy Projects

Who should attend:

  • Licensed Professional Engineers who need to meet the annual or biennial license renewal PDH (Professional Development Hour) or CEU (Continuing Education Unit) requirements. This energy seminar couples engineering concepts and knowledge with energy conservation concepts and best practices.
  • Facility Managers, Engineering Managers, Energy Professionals, Architects, Project Managers and other executives who need to enhance their energy engineering knowledge, to make informed decisions on energy projects or programs.
  • Professionals who are not experienced in the energy realmincluding energy project proposal development staff, energy project financial analysts and technical writers.
  • Procurement/purchasing professionals who are responsible for obtaining energy project proposals.
  • Construction managers who manage energy project installations.
  • Energy professionals preparing for the CEM, Certified Energy Manager, exam.
  • Other professionals whose annual PLP, Performance and Learning Program, include energy engineering courses, training, or seminars. 
Course Rating
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This course is currently scheduled on the following date. Click to learn even more details about this offering.

Online, 1/9/2024


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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