September 15, 2011
The U.S. is hoping an investment now will save energy in the future. The Department of Energy is awarding more than $30 million dollars to 24 universities to train a new generation of energy efficient experts. The money will go to undergraduate and graduate-level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency. Each of the 24 schools will receive between 200,000 and 300,000 per year for up to 5 years to help students gain practical training in core energy management concepts.
Students will be training to conduct energy assessments and help companies and factories reduce energy waste, save money and become more economically competitive. Engineering students will receive extensive training in energy management and will be put to use working directly with small and medium sized businesses in the surrounding communities.
The grants will allow for the training of 10 to 15 students at each university every year. Each will conduct an estimated 20 energy assessments and perform follow-up reporting, tracking and implementation.