Manufacturing

Tesla Gigafactory Starts Mass-Production

Cheryl Kaften

In Sparks, Nevada, Tesla announced last week that its long-heralded, $5 billion gigafactory is now in mass-production mode – producing lithium-ion battery cells that will be used in the company’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy storage products, as well as in Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles.


Idaho National Lab Goal Is to Improve U.S. Manufacturing Efficiency by 50 Percent

Cheryl Kaften

The Idaho National Laboratory has announced that it will help operate a new U.S. Department of Energy institute – the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions Institute, or REMADE – which will investigate how to increase manufacturing efficiency, according to a January 5 report by the Idaho Falls Post Register.


Fort Collins, CO, Manufacturer Gets $330K Rebate

Carl Weinschenk

Woodward Inc., a maker of controls for the aerospace and industrial industries, received a $329,500 rebate check from Fort Collins’ (CO) Utilities’ Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP) this week. The story at the Coloradoan said that the award was due to the company’s incorporation of energy efficiency into the construction of its Lincoln Avenue campus. The   …Continue Reading


GHG Reduction and Energy Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand

Carl Weinschenk

The good news is that helping the environment helps the bottom line.


GE Shreveport Plant Finishes First Stage of Retrofit

Carl Weinschenk

General Electric’s Shreveport plant has completed the first of seven phases of AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) Louisiana Commercial & Industrial Solutions efficiency program. The first phase, according to ArkLaTex, focused on LED retrofits. GE replaced 280 T5HO fluorescent high bays with 140 LEDs. The expected annual savings is $32,000. The ongoing program will   …Continue Reading


Energy Star Recognizes 16 GM Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced today that 16 of its facilities have been recognized by Energy Star. Two of the facilities – Bedford Casting in Indiana and the plant in Grand Rapids, MI – were recognized for the first time. The Bradford operation reduced energy intensity by 12 percent and the Grand Rapids plant replaced 11,000 lights   …Continue Reading


GM to Use All Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced yesterday that it will get its electricity from renewable sources across all of its 350 worldwide operations by 2050. The company said that it also is joining RE100, which is a global collaborative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electric power. GM says that it saves $5 million annually from use of renewable   …Continue Reading


The Two CHPs

Carl Weinschenk

Combined heat and power (CHP) creates great efficiencies by using one source of energy for dual purposes, such as HVAC and hot water heating. There are two basic approaches to CHP, and energy managers should understand the differences.


Container Manufacturer Gets Energy Star Certifications

Carl Weinschenk

The North American division of the Ardagh Group, a producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industry, said that it has won four Energy Star plant certifications.


3M, Schneider Electric Score Big Efficiency Gains Via ISO 50001 and the SEP

Carl Weinschenk

During the past few years, the 3M Company and Schneider Electric have used two related initiatives – the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 50001 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance program – to save significant amounts of money.