U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY,
AND THE INSTITUTE OF PAPER
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ENERGY CHALLENGE 2001
Volume 3 - Issue #2 October 27, 2000
John Horst, Public Affairs Specialist
REMINDER: Mid-Project Reports due at IPST - December 10, 2000
WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF ENERGY CHALLENGE 2001 POSTERS. IF YOU NEED MORE, DON'T HESITATE TO CONTACT US.
1. We were offered loblolly pine from a different source - it has to
be from palatka correct?
2. We were also offered to send our pulp to someone and they would do
everything for us (meaning we weren't required to be there), is this legal?
3. When considering total energy cost - if we use hot water to wash chips
to we need to take into consideration the energy to heat up the water
or does the energy cost just mean for the actual pulping.
4. Can we provide a tare weight for the grommets (or a sample grommet
that can be weighed at the competition) and correct the sail weight by
5. Is there a way that we can handle questions of a confidential nature?
As we progress further into this project, there will most likely be questions
specific to our design that we would prefer not to have published in the
6. Do you have more specific information on the boat that will be raced?
We know that it is a "Laser", but we were wondering if there
is any other information that you can supply about this boat.
7. For the race in April, does the a team member need to race the boat,
or are we able to supply a non-team member to race it? (in other words
someone who knows how to sail)
8. What is the planned method to testing the 80/20 during the actual
competition/ judging? Are you planning to do an ash at a certain temperature?
How are you planning to determine if a sail is within limits and contains
at least 80% fiber?
9. It is my understanding that the sail is attached to the mast via sliding
it on over the top- correct so far? If that is the case, does the sail
have to be sewn (to create the sleave to put the mast in) or can it be
fashioned by the method of our choosing (glued etc.)?
10. It is stated in the request for proposal that we are not permitted
to use scrim materials in our sail. We would appreciate some clarity as
to what qualifies as "scrim materials."
11. I was informed that we were permitted to have a sponsor for our team.
Our leader was unsure as to what the exact roll of the sponsor is (is
it a monetary sponsorship or a chemical sponsorship etc.) also it was
12. The rules state that the sail must be 80% fiber. Leaving 20% for
additives. Are we allowed to add fiber (from a different source) as an
additive? Giving us two different fiber types, one the wood given by IPST
and the other from an outside source.
13. For services provided to us for free (i.e., time in a laboratory)
do we have to include the estimated cost in our overall estimate of cost
in the final report or do we only include actually costs?
14. When considering energy consumption - if we use energy from "room
air" do we have to calculate how much energy is used or is this considered
15. Are "tell-tails" allowed? If so are they considered part
of the sail's weight?
16. Where is the race (lake name etc)?
17. Do you have a general direction that the wind most commonly blows,
in relation to the racecourse?
18. Is the race 100m or 250m on a side? It was listed in 2 different
places in the Challenger Vol 3, Issue 1. (See Race under Energy Challenge
2001 and Race just above Mid Term Report, about one page later)
18. How are energy costs calculated? Is it based on some industry standard
or is it based on actual measurements (ie does better equipment mean you
get a better score due to higher efficiency)?
19. Chemicals: Is the cost based on market cost (some standard value)
or is it what we physically pay for them?
20. Have the wood chips been previously dried?
21. How will they arrive (some type of container or a bag etc)?
22. Unless my addition is incorrect, the overall scoring adds up to 110%,
if this was not intended then which element(s) will be adjusted and by
23. One of the scoring elements for sail performance is sail area. How
is this evaluated? Is bigger better or perhaps its similarity to the Laser
24. We have received our 100lbs of chips but this is for our the sail
that we are going to be racing this spring. Can we make other sails to
test our design out on from other wood chips and not be penalized?
WANTED: A FEW TEAM CAPTAINS
For the benefit of having a spokesperson for representation at the DOE OIT Expo, please nominate, select, or appoint a team captain. In addition to being a general representative for each team, team captains will be spotlighted in a press release or article by DOE. Send this information to us by November 30, 2001. Your team captain's name, physical and e-mail address and phone number should be sufficient.
Have you gotten your wood chips yet? If not, why not? We're working on getting more shipped here by November 7th and will keep you posted as expeditiously as possible. Our chips have been generously donated by GEORGIA PACIFIC WOOD & FIBER PROCUREMENT. They are loblolly pine. Many thanks to Mike McCollum and Marion House at the Palatka, Florida Chip Mill, for making these chips available to all participating Energy Challenge Teams!
We've got some good corporate friends who are most interested in seeing you succeed in this Competition. So committed are these professionals to the extent that they have agreed to assist you by providing chemical samples, synthetic fibers and information regarding the pulping processes. Our corporate sponsors along with contact information follows. Please let us know by 11/30/2000, which corporation your team would like to be adopted by.
Dr. Doeung Choi, Senior, Research Engineer, Hercules Incorporated, Paper Technology Division, 500 Hercules Road, Wilmington, DE 19808
Dr. Robert Moran, Vice-President-Manufacturing Services, Bowater Incorporated, 55 East Camperdown Way, Greenville, SC 29602
Ms. Sue Freeland, Research Scientist, Weyerhaeuser Company, Fiber Chemistry
Team, Tacoma, WA 98477
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Note: This is a re-print. We are re-publishing this to remind you of the purpose of this Competition. The Department of Energy is most interested in researching and developing concepts in energy efficiency and waste minimization in keeping with Agenda 2020. Have you read it yet? You will gain more points and possibly win the Competition if you build your projects around Agenda 2020, energy efficiency and waste minimization.
The forest products industry is one of the most energy intensive industries in the United States and generates over 2 billion tons of waste every year. To help address this issue, in 1994 the American Forest and Paper Association and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies formed a partnership to research, develop and deliver advanced energy efficiency and pollution prevention technologies for the forest products industry. The Energy Challenge was a byproduct of this partnership.
The Energy Challenge is directly aligned with the Department of Energy's Agenda 2020, a program that assists the pulp and paper industry in teaching the vision of an energy efficient manufacturing process by the year 2020. A major thrust of the design competition is the sponsor's commitment to promote energy efficiency and waste minimization concepts in higher education.
Required reading for this project is Agenda 2020. To gain points in the Competition and to actually win, be sure to refer to it often, and relate your central theme around it. Keep in mind that, the key purpose of research for this project is to address energy efficiency and waste minimization in the pulp and paper industry, to find ways of dealing with the energy intensity. Please make your reports and final project reflect that in every available opportunity.
You may refer to our website at www.ipst.edu/energy_challenge for more relevant background information. You are strongly encouraged to visit this site frequently to stay informed of pertinent details.
Please provide us with a list of your team members who plan to travel to Washington, D.C. for the OIT Expo. The dates are February 19 - 22, 2001. You will arrive in D.C. late Sunday or early on Monday. Set up of your presentation must be complete by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19.
Each team must represented, and must prepare a presentation to discuss your project, with a poster exhibiting pictures, diagrams, a video and/or schematic drawings. We will have a booth set up and during the two days of exhibition, each team will take turns manning the booth. We will also provide you with one complimentary pass to attend the Symposium. It may be traded back and forth amongst team members so that everyone has an opportunity to attend at least one session.
Please send your list in no later than November 30, 2000, so that we can make travel arrangements.
See you in D.C.!
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