Energy Management and Technology

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Through the Energy Management and Technology Program at Georgia Tech, leaders in their respective fields are helping to solve the U.S.’s energy challenges by providing ways to utilize our country’s resources more efficiently and by developing new energy technologies. The Energy Program at Georgia Tech is supported at all levels throughout the Institute. The research by world-renowned faculty and projects with startups, industry, and the public sector help the U.S. meet the challenges of its energy future.

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 – utilizing the resources of the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech  to implement an energy-management system to help organizations change the way they use energy and turn energy savings into sustainable gains.
  • Superior Energy Performance (SEP) – certifying the energy performance of industrial facilities by providing a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining business competitiveness. The services are implemented by the GaMEP and the program is overseen by the U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing.
  • Energy Technology Commercialization – hosting startups, through the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), whose entrepreneurs have ideas to utilize technology to solve energy issues.

In addition, Georgia Tech is currently supporting and working on initiatives such as:

  • Smart Grid – providing a hub for the advancement of smart-grid and energy technology.
  • Bioenergy/Biofuels – developing technologies and defining new methods for generating energy from alternative biomass combustion processes.
  • Hydrogen – working on breakthroughs in fuel-cell technologies, including storage applications and applied use in aircraft and other vehicles.
  • Solar – improving the fundamental understanding of the science and technology of advanced Photovoltaics PV devices while advancing the fabrication processes for high-efficiency solar cells.
  • Wind and Water Power – pursuing research in wind- and water-power turbines; forecasting for wind-energy power production; and providing operational-safety assessments; ocean energy resource assessments; and offshore wind-farm feasibility studies.
  • Strategic Energy Initiative – providing unbiased technology assessments using comparative metrics to give user groups the data needed to rank and select technologies based on their risk, potential, and appropriate applications.

Who the Energy Management and Technology Program Serves

  • Entrepreneurs through ATDC’s energy technology commercialization program.
  • Companies and organizations interested in becoming more energy efficient and reducing their environmental footprint and their bottom lines.
  • Partnerships with public officials to ensure that Georgia Tech’s energy research is supported and executed throughout the local, state, and national levels.

The Energy Management and Technology Program Difference

Georgia Tech is a national leader in research and engineering, and has positioned itself on the cutting edge of technological advances to make a long-term impact on national energy issues and the economy. In May 2008, EI2 and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed a proposal on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop an international energy management system standard. ISO 50001 was published in less than three years.  ISO Technical Committee 242 for Energy Management, which received input from Georgia Tech, was recently recognized for superior performance at the 2012 ISO General Assembly in San Diego. In addition, EI2 was the first organization to develop an ISO 50001 Lead Auditor course in the country; assisted the DOE with the design, training development, and testing of the SEP program; and was responsible for developing the training for the three professional certifications associated with the SEP program. EI2 also houses the initial startup of the Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP), an organization that developed the testing and qualifications for the SEP Certified Practitioner program and is on track to become accredited by the ANSI.

Energy Management and Technology Program Impacts

  • During 2011-2012, more than 100 individuals in the U.S. received the new SEP Certified Practitioner certifications, aimed at helping companies implement energy-management systems and validate SEP performance.
  • In 2012, 14 manufacturers, ranging in size from small to multi-national, went through SEP certification, achieving up to 26% savings over a two- to three-year period.
  • ATDC currently houses and supports startups that have an energy focus.

The Energy Management and Technology Program is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, which helps enterprises improve their competitiveness to significantly impact the economy. In addition, the Energy Management and Technology Program is supported by Georgia Tech, as a whole, and state and national sponsors, and partners.

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