Industrial Assessment Center
Faculty: Dr. Stephen Terry
The North Carolina State University Industrial Assessment Center has been in operation since 1992 serving industry in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. It is one of twenty-six centers at universities across the country funded by the US Department of Energy's Industrial Technology Program. The IAC program is administered by Rutgers University.
The two main goals of the program are to provide energy conservation and cost-reduction assessments to small to medium-sized manufacturers and to educate the next generation of energy managers. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NCSU with experienced faculty conduct a one-day assessment of the facility. Data on plant operations and energy costs are collected and analyzed to determine potential conservation measures. These measures are compiled into a technical report detailing the recommended action, the potential savings, the estimated cost of implementation, and simple payback period.
Do I qualify for an IAC assessment?
Qualifying manufacturers must meet three of the four following criteria:
- Have gross plant sales (at that location) of less than $75 million
- Have fewer than 500 employees on-site
- Have combined energy costs (electricity, gas, oil, coal, etc.) of between $100,000 and $2 million annually
- Have no full-time energy expertise