Engineers Save Energy
Posted on October 7, 2006 Comments (4)
Arthur Rosenfeld the 2005 Enrico Fermi Award Winner which is the “government’s oldest award for scientific achievement” according to the Department of Energy. I question that, and on another page they say “one of the oldest…”
Rosenfeld received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1954 and was Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi’s last graduate student.
In 1973, when OPEC embargoed oil sales to the West, Dr. Rosenfeld redirected his career. He recognized the potential for energy savings in the building sector, which uses one third of U.S. primary energy and two-thirds of our electricity. In 1975, he founded a program which grew into the Center for Building Science at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The U.S. National Research Council (NRC) has estimated that energy efficiency improvements developed solely at DOE’s National Laboratories, saved the U.S. $30 billion between 1978 and 2000
Great stuff. Another great example of how much good scientists and engineers can do. And also a good reminder of the economic benefits that are less obvious – such as increasing energy efficiency.
Related: MIT’s Energy ‘Manhattan Project’ – Wind Power – Large-Scale, Cheap Solar Electricity
Physicist Takes Energy Efficiency From Theory to Practice also includes Voice of America audiocast:
And Dr. Rosenfeld’s lab has done even more. He ticks them off: “Compact fluorescent lamps are saving another $5 billion a year. Better programs for designing buildings are saving like $10 billion a year.