Thursday September 15, 2011

Saving Energy

The Industrial Assessment Center received $1.22 million for train students to conduct energy assessments for manufacturing facilities.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the University of Dayton has been awarded new federal resources to train undergraduate and graduate students to conduct energy assessments at a broad range of manufacturing facilities. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy program will provide resources to connect engineering students with small and medium-sized industrial and manufacturing facilities to help advance energy efficiency projects. 

“This is about improving the efficiency and competitiveness of Ohio manufacturing facilities while training more Ohioans for jobs in the 21st century clean energy economy,” Brown said. “The University of Dayton is a leader in educating the students who will be leaders in the high-growth energy-efficiency industry.” 

The University of Dayton will receive $1,218,312 for its industrial assessment center, which performs energy audits for companies. Since 1981, the University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center has performed more than 800 audits, resulting in an estimated half-billion dollars in savings. The center received the 2003 U.S. Department of Energy National Center of Excellence Award and the 2006 Ohio Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy named Center Director Kelly Kissock a champion of energy efficiency. He just returned from Brazil where he was part of a U.S. Department of Energy and Global Sustainability Electric Partnership to promote sustainable energy development. Kissock also has served on the Midwestern Governors Association Energy Efficiency Advisory group.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391 or Lauren Kulik at 202-224-1175.