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Our Mission is to develop, demonstrate, and incubate technologies that will improve the competitiveness of Ohio industry through increased energy efficiency, reduced operating costs and improved environmental performance.

We accomplish this by facilitating team building among existing public and private institutions as well as state and federal organizations collectively securing funds for development projects; developing new technologies in cooperation with colleges, universities, Ohio's Edison Programs and National Laboratories; demonstrating and incubating new technologies for commercialization; and offering training and education both directly and through our University/College partnerships for new and existing technologies.

Energy Industries of Ohio a Non-Profit Corporation

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Professors Jerzy Sobczak and Dean Rafal Danko from Poland’s AGH University, Faculty of Foundry Engineering along with  EIO's President Bob Purgert and Government Affairs Manager Chris Sinagra visit Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur's office in Cleveland Ohio in June 2019.  Congresswoman Kaptur provided a letter of support for a collaborative effort between Poland’s AGH University and The Energy Industries of Ohio for developing new casting processes for super alloys. 

During May 2019 Bob Purgert, President of EIO, visited Poland’s Center of Energy located at AGH University in Krakow, Poland.  Discussions regarding the Advanced UltraSuperCritical program and its potential applications for Poland were undertaken culminating in plans to hold a joint U.S./Poland  workshop of key government and utility officials.  Pictured above are Professor Jerzy Sobczak and  Bob Purgert along with the Centre of Energy’s Director, Professor Wojciech Nowak and Dr. Sanislaw Tokarski, Management Director.

U.S. Department of Energy Awards EIO $16M Phase II follow-on project.

U.S. Department of Energy Awards EIO $16M Phase II follow-on project.   EIO as the prime contractor with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is now undertaking the Phase II portion of the U.S. Advance UltraSuperCritical program's component test program. This Phase will construct full scale assemblies,  castings, forging and valves that will be used in next generation a-dvanced power generation systems. Though primarily to be used in high temperature and high pressure applications,  these components will demonstrate the fabricability of the materials developed during  earlier phases to put the U.S. at the forefront of other national programs for High Efficiency  Low Emission (HELE) technologies. The goal is to use these materials for more efficient energy production and to aid with energy independence.

Besides offering advantages for transitioning  U.S. coal based systems for reducing CO2 emissions these materials offer benefits for use in solar,  nuclear and other power generation scenarios.  As a spin off benefit,  a domestic supply chain leading the world for making components from these advanced  materials will be established to include a number of Ohio firms being qualified for future applications with both domestic and export opportunities.

This phase of the AUSC program is estimated to be finished by late 2021 as all precompetitive efforts will have been completed. It will end a twenty year, $100million development project led by Energy Industries of Ohio that included participation by all US boiler and turbine manufacturers, key utility companies, the Electric Power Research Institute, and a number of suppliers who co funded the effort along with the Ohio Coal Development Office and the U.S. Department of Energy.  This program's coordinated and shared research has enabled the project's partners to develop cutting edge technology and vast intellectual property that looks to benefit the United States. "



The high temperature/high pressure advanced materials development program conducted by an industrial consortium led by the Energy Industries of Ohio has published its final report completing this $70 Million, 15 year effort.  This effort, where EIO was the prime contractor and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) acted as the technical lead organization, identified and qualified a number of materials capable of operating under extreme conditions. These conditions are needed for future power generation systems that include nuclear, solar concentrators and fossil plants that will operate with considerably lower emissions. The project was funded by the Ohio Coal Development Office, the U.S. Department of Energy with cost share from EPRI, Babcock & Wilcox, Alstom Power, Foster Wheeler, Babcock Power, General Electric and Siemens Westinghouse. These reports are available on the Department of Energy's website Office of Scientific and Technical Information


TThe U.S. Department of Energy along with the State of Ohio's Coal Development Office and a consortium made up of Babcock & Wilcox, General Electric and Alstom Power will cost share in a $75 Million effort under a prime contract to the Energy Industries of Ohio, who, along with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will manage the project. The project is for full scale component testing needed prior to commercialization.

Since 2001 a U.S. public/private Advanced Ultrasupercritical (AUSC) Materials consortium has been led by EIO to find means to operate fossil fueled power plants at higher temperatures to reduce emissions.  The AUSC technology is now ready to be demonstrated under this full scale Component Test (ComTest) planned for Ohio. The project team under EIO's leadership has been able to locate a suitable site at the former Ohio Edison plant which is now the Youngstown Thermal District heating plant.  Additional infrastructure will be constructed to accommodate the test and EIO plans to install the first AUSC turbine on site. "This is very positive news not only for moving the technology forward but for sub-tier opportunities for Ohio's manufacturing industries as well" according to Bob Purgert, EIO President.  He continued "The need for castings from Ohio's foundries, forgings and fabrication of products along with job training for skills needed to weld and install the equipment will directly benefit Ohio workers. The timeliness of the test could not be more critical in view of the proposed Clean Power Plan."

Prototype Advanced UltraSuperCritical Component Test Turbine

In addition to the prototype AUSC steam turbine, Energy Industries of Ohio will also test components that deliver steam to the turbine including a superheater, boiler tube membrane wall, desuperheater, steam headers, and main steam piping.

EIO Submits the Final Technical Report for a $500,000 Advanced Manufacturing Project

Pictured left to right are:  Lou Lherbier  & David Novotnak, Carpenter Technology Corp.;  Nancy Horton EIO Project Manager;  Mike Orange and Hilary Gilmore ExOne Co. & Roy Sheppard EIO Technical Specialist.

On January 1, 2016 EIO submitted the Final Technical Report for a $500,000 Advanced Manufacturing project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. Working with industry, EIO tailored two material processing technologies, Hot Isostatic Pressing of Powdered Metal, (HIP/PM) and Additive Manufacturing (AM), (also known as 3D Printing) to create a credible, safe and cost effective approach to large scale manufacture of quality structural advanced material components.  For expensive high nickel alloy components, EIO’s R&D activities have shown numerous advantages of using HIP/PM over other methods such as casting and forging. 

HIP/PM scaled nuclear energy valveA serious drawback of HIP/PM has been the canisters required to produce the parts. The cans (or outside skins of the powder metallurgy container) are currently formed by bending and welding low carbon steel sheet metal, constraining the complexity and shape. Under this program, EIO successfully demonstrated that 3D Printing could be used to fabricate the canisters, saving time and money and enabling larger, more complex parts to be mass produced.  The project went one step further and creatively proved that these cans could be made from the same material as the final part, thus eliminating post processing. As a final achievement, the project showed that combining HIP/PM with AM created as robust a part as one produced by AM alone, thus offering a cost effective alternative to the more expensive 3DP.  EIO's Report is posted on the DOE website


Larry BoydLarry Boyd, Director of Industrial Technology Programs for Energy Industries of Ohio, has been certified as a Superior Energy Performance, Performance Verifier for the Industrial Sector. As of this writing, he is one of only 15 individuals in the nation that have secured this certification.
Superior Energy Performancecm is a certification program that provides industrial facilities with a transparent, globally accepted system for verifying energy performance improvements and management practices. Superior Energy Performance enables facilities to achieve continual improvements in energy efficiency while boosting competitiveness. A central element of Superior Energy Performance is implementation of the global energy management standard, ISO 50001, with additional requirements to achieve and document energy performance improvements.
Performance Verifiers play a critical role in the certification audit for the Superior Energy Performance Program (SEP). They are responsible for evaluating the baseline data, reporting year data and calculations that form the basis of a company's claims of energy improvements in their SEP application and for certifying the achievement level that the company has attained.
Boyd's certification by the Institute of Energy Management Professionals is good for 3 years.

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