PennTAP analysis determined that Mitcheltree could save up to 1,255 MMBTU per year by upgrading lighting to LEDs, installing new LEDs, and installing a high-efficiency natural gas heating system. Mitcheltree received a grant of more than $13,500 for its $55,000 project to upgrade the heating system to natural gas.
PennTAP visited the Castle Co-Packers facility to assess boiler combustion efficiency, evaluate heat loss from uninsulated piping, and find opportunities to recover waste heat. Based on PennTAP recommendations, Castle Co-Packers would be able to save $25,000 per year on natural gas costs.
PennTAP completed a lighting assessment and compressed air leak check at Dauphin Precision Tool’s two facilities. The assessment shows that Dauphin Precision Tool will see an annual savings of $47,000 by upgrading the lighting system to LEDs and fixing the compressed air leaks.
PennTAP helped Penn-Troy apply for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant and upgrade their facility to an LED lighting system. Penn-Troy is expected to save 187 million British Thermal Units (BTU) per year, equivalent to $7,000 per year, as a result of the upgrade.
The Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC) facility consists of multiple buildings leased by various businesses. An analysis of five of those buildings by a team of PennTap technical advisors and students determined that upgrading the lighting in those five buildings could save 164 tons of greenhouse emissions (or approximately 387,000 kWh of electricity) annually, equaling a savings of $33,000 per year.
The PennTAP technical advisor determined that Architectural Precast Innovations, Inc., can save approximately $4,393 annually by replacing the oil-fired boiler with an energy-efficient dual-fuel-fired boiler.
PennTAP performed an energy efficiency assessment of Selmax’s lighting system and new molding equipment, as well as a review of the plastic purge system. After improvements, the total cost benefits is expected to be approximately $9,000.
PennTAP helped Kurtz Bros. realize a total short-term annual savings of $12,000 by adding insulation and controlled heating, and identified the long-term annual savings of $86,500 by upgrading to natural gas IR heaters. PennTAP plans to assist the company with a grant application of $35,500 through United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Energy for America Program.
PennTAP performed energy and technical analyses of the JLG facilities and identified a potential total cost benefit of approximately $39,500 per year, giving a simple payback of 0.6 years.
With PennTAP’s help, XMP LLC was awarded $14,000 via three separate student competitions in the 2015–16 fiscal year. In addition, XMP LLC was awarded a Penn State Learning Factory engineering student project and won a First Place Award. XMP LLC also completed the Ben Franklin TechCelerator program and has currently established their business in Penn State Innovation Park.