March 24, 2017
UTRC's Wagner emphasizes "green" collaborations with National Labs during "Better Plants" panel session at ORNL
OAK RIDGE, Tennessee - The role of technology in sustainability within the nation's industrial sector -- and how companies like UTC are responding to the call for improved energy efficiency in concert with government-sponsored research laboratories -- was the focus of a recent panel discussion featuring Tim Wagner, Principal Engineer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security Program Office.
The session was hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as part of the lab's Better Plants Technology Deployment Day on March 16.
It centered on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program and Challenge (Better Plants) and the program's expected impact on America's manufacturing energy footprint as member corporations nationwide, including UTC, pledge to reduce their respective energy use by 25 percent or more over the next decade.
Wagner, who shared the spotlight with a peer from Cummins, Inc., addressed UTC's long-standing commitment to reduce its overall environmental impact and improve its business model through smart energy solutions.
He also spoke to the benefits associated with the Research Center's established relationships with national labs, such as access to complimentary technical expertise and test facilities not available elsewhere...and how these collaborations have led to the development of breakthrough technologies. Case in point is the world's first low-cost portable and environmentally benign aluminum electroplating system for onsite corrosion repair and protection, which earned UTRC and ORNL an R&D 100 Award in 2014.
"UTC has a long history of collaborating with the DOE and its Advanced Manufacturing Office," noted Wagner. "In 2013, the DOE recognized UTC for slashing energy consumption across its U.S. operations by nearly 30 percent between 2005 and 2012. UTC was one of five companies honored that year for achieving aggressive energy-reduction targets set as part of its voluntary participation in the DOE's Better Plants program."
He added, "UTC has been a pioneer in energy conservation, setting its first energy reduction goals in 1997. Its latest goal, set in partnership with DOE's Better Plants Challenge, is to reduce its energy intensity by an additional 17.5 percent by 2020 from a 2013 baseline, which is equivalent to a 2.5 percent annual reduction."
The Better Plants Technology Deployment Day at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was organized to showcase ORNL capabilities and encourage Better Plants partners to utilize these resources.
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