Industries of the Future-West Virginia (IOF-WV)
(A list of related links and frequently asked questions are below.)
Type of assistance:
This activity assists energy intensive industries in identifying and adopting new technologies that improve their energy and environmental performance.
IOF-WV provides technical assistance made available through West Virginia University (WVU) to seven industrial sectors, including aluminum, chemical/polymer, glass, metal castings, steel and wood/forest products. Each sector team serves to acquaint its membership with technology and funding opportunities.
IOF-WV measures include:
How to apply:
The National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU coordinates this effort. Industry members from the seven targeted sectors are routinely encouraged to participate.
Carl Irwin, IOF-WV coordinator, (304) 293-2867 ext. 5403.
Frequently asked questions:
What are some of the activities of the IOF program?
The program promotes the participation of IOF-WV companies in NICE3 and DOE industry-targeted funding solicitations. Through oil overcharge funding, it continues projects with industry programs operated through the West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University, the Glass Industry Assistance Program and the WVU-contracted Wood Industry Assistance program. A new initiative, the Energy Challenge Grant Program, will be supported through SEP funding. The IOF-WV Forestry Program will support two activities identified by the IOF-WV wood product sector members as energy and environmental technological priorities. These include continuation of an annual wood industry residue survey and a demonstration of boric acid as an alternative to heat treatment (kiln drying) of wood pallets.
Why are energy savings required in all technical assistance project activities?
Funding for this effort is made available through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). To justify DOE's investment in a project it must show significant energy savings.
How much funding is available?
The DOE makes industrial sector funding available on a regular basis. Funding, typically 50/50, is to cost-share innovative and/or next generation technologies. These solicitations vary in funding and purpose from year to year. Industries are encouraged to visit the DOE Internet site for additional information. (See link above.)