Industrial Assessment Center

Tenured faculty from accredited U.S. engineering schools guide senior and graduate engineering students as they analyze your plant's energy use. These faculty/student teams are at your plant 1-2 days with minimal disruption to your plant's operation. About 60 days after the audit, the team prepares a formal, confidential report, recommending specific energy-efficient actions and estimating their costs and pay-back periods. The audits often reveal simple ways to cut energy use quickly with very small capital investment. Also, they generally lead to increased productivity and provide environmental benefits by increasing energy efficiency.

A component of the National Energy Strategy, the IAC program is a major energy conservation initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). DOE currently funds 30 schools through the program. IAC's provide the energy audit at no cost to your company. The host school also provides Workman's Compensation and liability insurance for the team members.

Since it began in 1976, the IAC (formerly EADC) program has:

  • Conducted more than 5000 industrial audits
  • Recommended cumulative savings of more than $500 million
  • Identified energy conservation action

Typical energy-conserving actions can be as elaborate as installing a management system for limiting peak energy demand or as simple as shutting off a heater in an empty room. Additional recommendations include adjusting temperatures on process equipment and installing energy-efficient fluorescent lamps and energy-efficient motors. Manufacturers currently implement about 50% of the recommendations, with individual manufacturers.

The audit is available for all types of manufacturing. You are eligible for IAC services if your plant's products are within the standard industrial classification codes 20 through 39 and you are located within about 150 miles (242 kilometers) of the host campus.

Your plant must also meet the following criteria:

  • Have gross annual sales of $75 million or less
  • Employ no more than 500 people
  • Consume energy at a cost of $1.75 million/year or less
  • Have no technical staff to do energy analysis