Date of Graduation

12-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Rick J. Couvillion

Reader

Dr. Larry A. Roe

Second Reader

Dr. Darin W. Nutter

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the energy consumption of the industrial sector in the United States, and to identify the tools that can be used to minimize the consumption and improve the energy efficiency of all facilities in the country. The first part of the paper is a historical analysis of the industrial sector energy consumption, where the different energy sources are identified. The second part details different electronic tools that will provide facilities the ability of performing benchmarking, in order to understand their energy performance. Finally, the third part of this paper provides information about the importance of having an appropriate Energy Management System (EnMS) in order to systematically keep improving the energy efficiency. This paper will explain the present industrial energy consumption, and how governmental institutions provide appropriate tools to reduce consumption, and its enormous impact to our environment.

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