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NIST Teams Up with Sparks Dynamics to Drive Down Energy Costs

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NIST Teams Up with Sparks Dynamics to Drive Down Energy Costs
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Process Control & Optimization
Faced with an antiquated inefficient compressed air system
and the challenge of fully benchmarking the existing system
performance, NIST knew they needed a professional energy
ally so they could focus on what they do best—technology
and standards development.
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Founded in 1901 and now part of the U.S. Department of
Commerce, NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science
laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a
major handicap to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a
second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the
capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other
economic rivals. Today, NIST measurements support the
smallest of technologies—nanoscale devices so tiny that tens
of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair—to the
largest and most complex of human-made creations, from
earthquake-resistant skyscrapers to wide-body jetliners to global
communication networks.
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NIST chose to work with Sparks Dynamics, who had the latest
cloud monitoring technology and industry expertise to design,
develop, operate and maintain the central compressed air
plant serving the NIST campus. A month’s worth of
compressed air system operating data was baselined using
the ReMaster system and then a new compressed air system
was designed and engineered to maximize energy efficiency
and provide enhanced reliability for the plant. What’s more,
Sparks Dynamics managed the entire project and completed
an energy study that resulted in a large Pepco (utility) rebate.
The central compressed air plant was also designed with
expansion in mind—33% more capacity to be exact, making it
possible for NIST to supply compressed air to more
laboratories as they are built and come online.
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[Efficiency Improvement - Deployment]
The new state of the art compressed air plant system was
completed on time and on budget
[Efficiency Improvement - Production Uptime]
Ensured that campus maintained compressed air service throughout the installation
Energy cost savings of $140,000 achieved per year
Received $370,000 Pepco Energy Rebate
Less than a 4 year simple payback
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