Penn State’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), an official Department of Energy (DOE) 50001 Ready Partner, offers U.S. based manufacturers the opportunity to participate in a free year-long PA Industrial Energy Readiness (PIER) Program, a DOE 50001 Ready Cohort. The inaugural PIER Program came to a close this year. The next cohort launches in spring 2023 – manufacturers interested in entering the program should submit an entry form or contact their regional PennTAP technical advisor.
Graduate student Aditya Krishnaswamy is complementing his supply chain and logistics-focused industrial engineering studies with a graduate assistantship at Penn State’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP).
US Silica is an industrial sand mining company with locations across the country. The staff at US Silica looked to PennTAP for cost reduction solutions in their Mapleton facility.
Graduate student Radha Krishna Padala is working alongside senior PennTAP technical advisors to develop the educational framework that businesses will use during the PIER Program to improve their energy management and consumption.
Penn State graduate student Amanda Enns is creating an action plan for small to medium-sized businesses to best approach ESG considerations.
Over the past three years, the FirstEnergy Foundation’s grant has enabled over 300 Penn State students to benefit from engineering design projects that support PA small manufacturers and businesses, leading to over $2M in economic benefits.
Penn State’s 2022-23 state funding includes $2.35 million in new funding for Invent Penn State. This funding will help the University to strengthen and grow the LaunchBox and Innovation Hub Network, expand established entrepreneurship training programs with additional staffing and support services, and increase access to the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program to support more businesses.
PennTAP technical advisor Alanna Colvin completed an energy assessment and provided Cedar Grove Farm a technical analysis and report for their project.
As part of the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program, PennTAP advisor Rich Joyce facilitated the connection between Azar Eslam Panah, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Berks, and Harmony Turbines, developer of leading-edge residential and small-scale wind turbine systems.
PennTAP technical advisors worked with ICC to review their heating and cooling Roof Top Units (RTUs) and apply for another SBAG to help fund the project.