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The bulk of most US homeowners’ energy bills comes from home heating costs. This is especially true for residents in colder regions who don’t have access to natural gas and often must resort to electric heating.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked with Emerson Climate Technologies to develop a prototype for an air source heat pump that heats better, more efficiently, and maintains a high heating capacity even in low temperatures. The result surpassed DOE’s 2020 goals for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Our prototype kept a comfortable home temperature and reaped 40% in energy savings even during the coldest months. The technology even proved more efficient than conventional heat pumps common in milder climates. Emerson’s collaboration with the National Lab is making affordable heating possible for people living in a broad range of climates, and shows promise for significant national energy savings and emissions reductions.

Energy use in the manufacturing industry can get costly, so the affordable energy efficiency retrofits at Kowalski Heat Treating facilities made possible by the State Energy Program have been crucial to business.

The retrofits to aging electric furnaces have saved an estimated 360,000 KwH and $38,000 every year, allowing Kowalski to create jobs for Ohioans rather than lay off employees. Ohio’s powerful manufacturing industry and the many family businesses comprising it, like Emerson, have much to gain from industrial efficiency initiatives like SEP’s Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers.

Partners: Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.

Funding: $2,839,000

Benefits: New heat pump technology reaps up to 70% energy savings compared to electric resistance heat, and up to 40% energy savings compared to conventional air-source heat pumps.

Biomass production holds immense economic promise. Estimates based on research from DOE and USDA indicate that tripling biomass production in the U.S. could create more than 1 million direct jobs across diverse sectors and $260 billion in direct revenue.

High feedstock costs, however, have driven up the price of biofuels, and conventional harvesting machinery is too time and labor-intensive to keep them competitive with fossil fuels. Using funds from DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, FDC Enterprises partnered with Kelderman Manufacturers to develop machinery that would improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the harvesting process.

The self-loading trailer reduces biorefineries’ feedstock loading and unloading process by 50-75%. BETO funding helped design, construct, test and bring to market this trailer for use by biofuels companies like Abengoa.

By helping to scale up bioenergy technology, Kelderman also creating economic opportunities for residents of Ohio and throughout the U.S.

Partners: Kelderman manufacturing, FDC Enterprises

Benefits:  Self-loading trailer reduces biorefineries’ feedstock loading and unloading process by 50-75%.

The $1.5 million provided by EERE and the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office helped Goodyear develop its award-winning self-inflating tires. The underlying Air Maintenance technology enables tires to self-correct when their air pressure is low, creating benefits for manufacturers, consumers, and the environment. Air Maintenance significantly cuts fuel costs, improves safety, and extends tire life, while saving more than 1 billion gallons of petroleum per year that are wasted due to underinflated tires on more than half of commercial trucks’ traveling highways today.

EERE and Goodyear’s partnership has been an important contributor to the growth of Ohio’s 14,000-job strong renewable energy sector.

Partners: Goodyear

Benefits: Self-inflating tires cut fuel consumption and costs by saving more than 1 billion gallons of petroleum each year