Resource Dynamics Corporation

Energy Efficiency and Emerging Technologies

Over the past two decades energy costs have both risen and become more variable, which has negatively impacted profitability for many firms. As a result, U.S. industry has had to become more concerned about energy efficiency in order to reduce energy expenditures and maintain its business objectives. Resource Dynamics Corporation has been at the vanguard of helping clients understand the costs and benefits of energy efficiency in the industrial and commercial sectors.

To help our clients understand how energy efficiency directly benefits them we combine a comprehensive knowledge of their business processes with the practical application of industry best practices, emerging technologies, and other tools and methods to create value-added solutions for them. Because our clients span a wide range of governmental organizations, power suppliers, manufacturers and trade associations, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of technology and market assessments, technical guides and handbooks, training modules, case studies, tip sheets, and economic analyses that provide meaningful insights into improving the efficiency and productivity of industrial and commercial process systems.

Leading Solutions

To help raise awareness about the value of energy efficiency, we offer several tools to industrial end users including:

Case Studies. Since 1995, RDC has produced over 150 case studies in support of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) BestPractices program on multiple industrial motor system projects. In many instances, these case studies or portions of them were reproduced in trade association magazines, presentations or other DOE publications.

Fact Sheets. RDC has produced dozens of fact sheets on various industrial systems. These fact sheets provide important ‘take away’ insights that end users can rapidly apply towards issues related to energy efficiency, equipment reliability and system performance.

Awareness Training Modules.  RDC has produced Awareness Training Modules on industrial steam, pumping, compressed air, fan, motor and process heating systems. These modules have delivered key insights into the efficient operation of industrial systems.

Sourcebooks.  RDC has produced sourcebooks on industrial steam, pumping, compressed air, fan, motor and process heating systems. These sourcebooks are excellent reference tools that allow industrial system end-users understand how to operate specific industrial systems efficiently and outline opportunities to improve those systems’ performance. These sourcebooks have been a pivotal tool for raising awareness about the performance and energy efficiency potential in industrial systems.

Training Workbooks. RDC has developed training workbooks for both the Fundamentals and Advanced Training in Compressed Air Systems courses offered though the Compressed Air Challenge.

Software Tools.  RDC has created tools and programs that have helped clients analyze their systems’ efficiency and identify opportunities to save energy.

Recent Accomplishments

Supported the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program by producing technical documents, educational materials, advising on database construction, and analyzing program impacts.

Supported PG&E’s Savings By Design program by producing energy efficiency baselines for multiple industrial sectors, case studies and educational materials, and assisted with marketing efforts.

RDC conducted a market assessment of residential, commercial, and industrial applications of heat pumps and solar hybrid technology for Propane Education and Research Council PERC).  We performed a comparative analyses of high efficiency heat pumps, furnace/central air systems, and boiler/chiller systems in five states.  The project calculated energy performance and cost with natural gas, electricity, fuel oil, and propane fuel sources.  It also evaluated energy costs and economics of photovoltaic and photovoltaic hybrid systems in numerous states, comparing the cost of installing and operating solar systems with installing electric utility line extensions for residences currently off the utility grid.  Both of these analyses were included in a market assessment for PERC that targeted increasing propane use in engine-driven applications.

Sponsored by EPRI, RDC conducted an assessment of solar water heating for households in the NYSEG service area.  While both flat plate and evacuated tube designs were evaluated, most of the economic analysis focused on evacuated tube models due to the severity of winter conditions.  RDC researched solar water heaters available, and evaluated the installed base of hot water heaters to establish baseline scenarios to evaluate.  From this, the efficiency, installed costs, annual energy costs and life spans of multiple types of solar water heating systems were assessed using NYSEG gas and electric tariff pricing.  The assessment found the economics challenging, but found that households using electric hot water heating offered positive economic returns.  Under certain sensitivity scenarios, solar water heating provided attractive economics relative to oil hot water heaters.