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Energy Efficiency Center (EEC)

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Energy Efficiency Center (EEC)

The Energy Efficiency Center houses the OSU Industrial Assessment Center and offers Rural Energy Audits, OSU facility assessments, and other customized assessments. The center focuses on mentored energy efficiency training, performs related research, data accumulation and analysis and offers other related services.

The EEC has the goal of developing and sharing a knowledge base of new and common efficiency opportunities in a range of sectors, including industrial, agricultural, municipal, institutional, commercial and residential. The center is built on student management with faculty mentorship and oversight.

Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)

The Industrial Assessment Center at OSU has been commended by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for its work. The center also contributed to a national award for Environmental Sustainability presented to DOE by Renew America, Inc.

OSU IAC teams have visited over 500 Northwest manufacturers to identify opportunities to save energy and increase productivity, while reducing cost and waste. 

Mission

Promote energy and resource efficiency and create immediate and long-term impacts on local economic profitability by reducing energy and resource waste in the following sectors: 

  • Industrial
  • Agricultural
  • Commercial
  • Institutional
  • Residential

Approach

Harnessing faculty mentored student energy and creativity for:

  • Efficiency training provided to students and the public:
    • A self paced, needs driven on-line learning resource (The Energy Efficiency Reference)
    • Peer mentored, faculty guided, student employee learning
    • Formal training (seminars, workshops, training assessments, etc)
  • Direct support to end resource users
    • Assessments
    • Implementation assistance
    • Other special support
  • Accumulating an experienced based understanding of energy and resource use and efficiency
    • Resource use and application
    • Common and specialized efficiency opportunities (identifying, analyzing, and capturing them)
  • Developing an on-line learning resource (The Energy Efficiency Reference)
    • For direct use as a training tool
    • To share publicly as a reference and learning resource.
    • Encouraging and managing nationwide student and professional review and contribution
  • Identifying needed efficiency research
    • For graduate research projects and others