2020 IAC Director’s Meeting

The 2020 Industrial Assessment Center Program Annual Director’s Meeting was held virtually on July 28 and 29, 2020. All 31 centers were represented at the meeting, as well as the US Department of Energy, the Rutgers Center for Advanced Energy Systems, ICF, and several current IAC students. The meeting was a great success, despite the virtual format.

Day 1: July 28, 2020, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

The first day of the 2020 Director’s meeting began with group introductions and an program update from program director John Smegal. Next, Jamey Evans and John Smegal gave an update on programmatic funding. Then several technical presentations were given by various center directors and staff on topics such as demand management, 15-minute utility data, EMS systems, submetering, anaerobic digestion, IIOT, and internal IAC initiatives such as the Women for Energy Efficiency Network and student/alumni engagement. To end the day, the center directors formed five smaller sub-groups and discussed specific technical topics including IIOT tools for assessment, boiler and process heating systems, compressed air systems/motors and drives, water and wastewater systems, and on-site generation and storage. Each breakout session was hosted by a center director.

The agenda for Day 1 is shown above, and the recording of Day 1 is shown below.

Day 2: July 28, 2020, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

Day 2 of the 2020 Director’s Meeting began with a report out from the previous day’s five technical discussions. Next, Dr. Mike Muller led a round table discussion about virtual assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several more technical presentations were given on topics such as compressors with VFDs, renewable energy systems, and best/worst practices in assessment recommendations. Dr. S.A. Sherif, director of the University of Florida IAC gave a lecture about rotary-vane expanders as throttle-valve replacements in refrigeration and heat pump systems in honor of the late Shihab Asfour, the former director of the University of Miami IAC. The 2020 Center of Excellence award was presented to the Intermountain IAC at the University of Utah. Sara Lisaukas and Mitch Brown of ICF gave a presentation about partnership plans and cyber security, and Mike Muller discussed the IAC database and student portal metrics. Finally, John Smegal closed the program.

The agenda for Day 2 is shown above, and the recording of Day 2 is shown below.

All presentation slides from the 2020 IAC Director’s Meeting can be accessed on iac.university. Simply login to the admin side of the website using your IAC credentials. Then navigate to the “Resources” menu on the top menu bar, and scroll down to select “2020 Director’s Meeting”. You can also email Siddika Pasi at spasi@soe.rutgers.edu to access any of the presentations.

We would like to thank all of our presenters and attendees for a great meeting despite the circumstances, and look forward to meeting in person at next year’s meeting!

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