Could you please tell us a bit about your position at ACEEE and your interest for smart factory ?
I manage our industry program. We write research reports that highlight best practices and best technologies such as combined heat and power (CHP) and smart manufacturing. Our reports also examine energy efficiency programs and highlight program models that are successful and cost effective. Much of our recent focus has been on intelligent efficiency, the title we give to the incremental gains in energy efficiency that is now possible with adaptive, anticipatory and networked devices. This work has exposed me to the potential of smart manufacturing and smart factories.
You recently published a report on “Intelligent Efficiency”. What is the potential of energy efficiency accessible through IT technologies?
These are transformative technologies. I like to say they take the friction out of implementing energy efficiency. Data collection is easier, more accurate and more timely. The reporting of savings is easier and can be transmitted to any stakeholders. With proper measurement and verification, this opens up the potential for third parties to finance energy efficiency like we’ve never seen before.
In a broader way, what do you expect from the conference?
I am interested in learning who else is in this space and what their interests and motivations are. ACEEE sees energy efficiency as a public good. Certainly in the manufacturing sector, it enables economic development among many other benefits. I am very interested in meeting and learning from others who are interested in advancing intelligent efficiency – in the form of smart factories – to make our manufacturing base more healthy and resilient.