U.S. Department of Energy awards newest ‘Industrial Assessment Center’ to Case Western Reserve University

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Case Western Reserve University will soon offer free energy-efficiency assessments to qualifying manufacturing companies and water treatment plants in an industrial belt spanning parts of three states—including Northeast Ohio, some of the lower peninsula of Michigan and Western Pennsylvania.

The energy assessments could save up to 15-20% on energy costs at the average industrial plant, said Chris Yuan, director of the new  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Assessment Center at Case Western Reserve. 

Yuan, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Case School of Engineering (CSE) and director of the university’s Laboratory for Sustainable Energy Manufacturing, was awarded a three-year, $510,000 grant to establish the assessment center.