Emerging Energy-Efficient Technologies for Industry

Publication Type

Journal Article

Date Published

07/2002

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-50527

Abstract

U.S. industry consumes approximately 37% of the nation's energy to produce 24% of the nation's GDP. Increasingly, society is confronted with the challenge of moving toward a cleaner, more sustainable path of production and consumption, while increasing global competitiveness. Technology is essential in achieving these challenges. We report on a recent analysis of emerging energy-efficient technologies for industry, focusing on over 50 selected technologies. The technologies are characterized with respect to energy efficiency, economics and environmental performance. This paper provides an overview of the results, demonstrating that we are not running out of technologies to improve energy efficiency, economic and environmental performance, and neither will we in the future. The study shows that many of the technologies have important non-energy benefits, ranging from reduced environmental impact to improved productivity, and reduced capital costs compared to current technologies.

Journal

Energy Engineering

Volume

99

Year of Publication

2002

Pagination

36-55

Issue

2

ISSN

0199-8595 (Print), 1546-0118 (Online)