DOE and Nissan highlight industrial energy efficiency in action

RP news wires

Nissan North America hosted the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Industrial Technologies Program Save Energy Now LEADER Industrial Sustainability and Energy Management Showcase on April 9 to share Nissan’s industrial energy efficiency strategies and to provide a tour of the plant and some of the energy efficiency measures that have been implemented. The event highlighted the impact that DOE’s public-private partnerships are making toward reducing industrial energy usage and pollution.

The event boasted 104 total attendees from LEADER Companies and potential LEADER Companies (many Fortune 500), DOE and state-level officials, university representatives, a regional nonprofit group, and personnel from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Nissan became a DOE Save Energy Now LEADER in October 2009, pledging to reduce its energy intensity by 25 percent in 10 years. As a LEADER, Nissan offered to host this first-of-its-kind event, displaying its project implementation, energy-management strategies, and measurement and verification systems. The tour showcased several of the energy-management projects Nissan implemented following DOE-sponsored energy assessments. Among the projects that are helping Nissan save more than $10 million annually in reduced energy costs are:

  • Installed variable-frequency drives
  • Reduced number of air compressors
  • Lowered air pressure
  • Chiller upgrades and replacement
  • Lighting fixture and controls upgrades

For more information on DOE’s efforts to reduce industrial energy intensity, visit the Save Energy Now Web site at:

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