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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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Energy Consumption Rate, Energy Cost Per Unit, Energy Usage, Throughput Per Plant, Compressed Air
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[Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
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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