Green and Energy Efficient Industry

Unlike most countries, China’s energy consumption pattern is unique because the industrial sector accounts for about 70 percent of total primary energy use. For this reason, the development path of China’s industrial sector will greatly affect future energy demand and dynamics of not only China, but the entire world. In addition, China’s industrialization relies heavily on energy-intensive industries such as the iron and steel industry, the cement industry, non-ferrous metals, etc.

The China Energy Group is working with various Chinese and U.S. government and non-government partners to gain an in-depth understanding of China's industrial sector and its energy use. It conducts technology and policy-driven analysis in order to assess the energy use in the industrial sector (or specific industrial subsectors) and the energy efficiency opportunities in different subsectors. In addition, the China Energy Group has developed various energy efficiency technology guidebooks, as well as analytical tools such as energy auditing tools, benchmarking tools, and techno-economic analysis tools. The China Energy Group works with U.S. industries to identify opportunities to introduce U.S. energy-efficiency technologies in China.

Emerging areas of research in the area of low emissions and efficient industry are: identifying emerging technologies for efficiency and emissions reduction, analyzing the co-benefits (e.g. health benefits) of energy efficiency improvement in industry, development of indicators for low emissions industrial parks, assessment of electrification opportunities for industry, identification of emissions control technologies for industry, assessment of material and water efficiency in industry, and application of distributed energy supply for industry.

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Tools

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Iron and Steel Industry

EAGER Steel tool has been developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. EAGER Steel tool allows you to evaluate the impact of selected energy efficiency measures in the iron and steel industry by choosing the measures that you would likely introduce in your facility, or would like to evaluate for potential use. You select the share of implementation for each of the efficiency measures, and the EAGER Steel tool will calculate the typical energy savings (electricity, fuel, final, and primary energy), CO2 emission reduction, cost, and simple payback period.

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Pulp and Paper Industry

EAGER Pulp & Paper tool has been developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. EAGER Pulp & Paper tool allows you to evaluate the impact of selected energy efficiency measures for the pulp and paper industry by choosing the measures that you would likely introduce in your facility, or would like to evaluate for potential use.

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Textile Industry

EAGER Textile tool has been developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. EAGER Textile tool allows you to evaluate the impact of selected energy efficiency measures for the textile industry by choosing the measures that you would likely introduce in your facility, or would like to evaluate for potential use. You select the degree or share of implementation for each of the measures, and the EAGER Textile tool will calculate the typical energy savings (electricity, fuel, final, and primary energy), CO2 emission reduction, cost, and simple payback period.

MAnufacturing STructure and Energy Research Tool

MASTER tool is designed to help the users to understand how different factors (production growth, industry structural change, and energy intensity change) influence industrial energy use trends over time. It helps to quantitatively compare the level of structural change (i.e. the change in share of value added share of manufacturing subsectors) in the past and in the years to come, so that if needed the policy makers can adjust their policies to move towards the target of less energy-intensive industries.

Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (Excel Version)

PHASTEx is a modified Excel format version of The Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST).  It is developed by E3M Inc. in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL).  It is available in English and Chinese versions and posted on LBL China Group website.  PHASTEx software tool is designed to improve energy efficiency and save energy for industrial heating systems.

Sewage Sludge Use in Cement Companies as an Energy Source

This Excel-based tool serves to assist decision makers in implementing sludge-end-use-in-cement schemes with optimal economic and environmental outcomes. The environmental and economic costs and benefits associated with burning sewage sludge in cement kilns will vary based on the energy content of the sludge (lower heating value) and the transportation distance between the wastewater treatment plant and proposed cement plant.