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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.

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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


Mr. Robert M. Purgert, President of Energy Industries of Ohio and Dr. Natalie Sobczak jointly presented the results of efforts studying the effects from interactions of various ceramic materials used in metal casting processes for new high nickel alloys.  These alloys are being employed on a wider scale in the power industry in addition to their ongoing use for defense applications.  This research is part of a supplier development effort initiated by the State of Ohio in support of the U.S. DOE/Ohio Coal Development Office Advanced UltraSuperCritical Materials Program and was performed by the Energy Industries of Ohio in cooperation with the Foundry Research Institute and the Motor Transport Institute in Poland. Financial support from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland was also provided for the effort. The international conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites was held in late January 2016 at Daytona Beach, Florida.

Robert PurgertConference
Mr. Robert Purgert views poster while attending  the Conference


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."

Artists drawing of 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.

Energy Industries of Ohio receives 2nd Place Award at International European Materials Conference (EUROMAT).br>  
Dr. Natalie Sobczak

Dr. Natalie Sobczak accepted the award on behalf of Energy Industries of Ohio at the EUROMAT conference held in September 2015 at Warsaw, Poland.  The award was in recognition of the poster presentation of work conducted by Energy Industries of Ohio in conjunction with Poland's Foundry Research Institute, Motor Transport Institute, University of Wisconsin and the Polish Academy of Sciences.  This work supports EIO efforts associated with Advanced UltraSuperCritical power systems and demonstrates the reactivity of the new Haynes 282 alloy with various substrates.

A sessile drop method was applied for investigation of high temperature behavior  of commercial Ni-based superalloy HAYNES 282 alloy (H282) and NiCr10 alloy in contact with MgO substrate. An alloy sample was contact heated on polycrystalline MgO substrate up to a temperature of 1500 °C under vacuum and then isothermally heated for 15 min. Melting, wetting, spreading and solidification of examined alloys have been recorded using high-speed high-resolution CCD camera. The images of the drop/substrate couples were used for  estimation of the contact angle values versus time.  Wettability studies evidenced that liquid H282 alloy wets MgO substrate showing a periodic change in the contact angle versus time. Such unusual wetting behaviour was explained by the presence of Cr in the alloy. Comparative tests performed with NiCr10 alloy confirmed that during heating to and at 1500°C, NiCr10 drop spreads and wets the MgO substrate but after a few seconds it again de-wets it. This wetting/de-wetting phenomenon, repeated a few times and accompanied with drop movement, was explained using thermodynamic analysis in NiCr/MgO systems together with detailed structural characterization of the cross-sectioned sessile drop couples showing the formation of MgCr2O4 phase at the interface.

EIO received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory
to demonstrate the benefits Of tailoring Hot Isostatic Pressure/Powdered Metal (HIP/PM) with Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques to fabricate advanced energy system components. The project will demonstrate the opportunities and benefits of tailoring the two material processing technologies, Hot Isostatic Pressure of Powdered Metal, (HIP/PM) and Additive Manufacturing (AM), to provide a safe and cost effective approach to large scale manufacture of quality structural advanced alloy components capable of meeting severe operating environments (high temperature, pressure, corrosivity) and performance specifications of advanced energy (AE) systems. The project will employ A-282, a high nickel alloy of interest to the Fossil Energy community, particularly for Advanced-UltraSuperCritical operating environments, as well as the crosscutting interests of the aerospace, defense and medical markets. Using combinations of AM, HIP and HIP/PM, the project will pursue three production methods for fabricating components with the objective of demonstrating how use of conventional material processing technologies can be tailored to better accomplish the fabrication of components from advanced materials. EIO's Program Manager, Ms. Nancy Horten can be reached at for more details.


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.

Larry BoydLarry Boyd, Director of Industrial Technology Programs for Energy Industries of Ohio recently received his credentials as a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems from the Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP). Certified Practitioners provide assistance to facilities in assessing energy efficiency opportunities, in conforming to the requirements of the ISO 50001 energy management system and in implementing the additional requirements under the US DOE's "Superior Energy Performance" program.
The IEnMP administers the certification of individuals for Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems, SEP Lead Auditor, and SEP Performance Verifier. Candidates are subject to a rigorous qualification exam and, once certified, periodic professional enrichment requirements. IEnMP is certified by the American National Standards Institute to provide these services.

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