Project Improves Cooling and Other Systems at Semiconductor Chip Processing Plant in East Fishkill
June 26, 2014
IBM and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that a project to improve semiconductor chip manufacturing systems at the IBM East Fishkill fabrication plant has received the “Energy Project of the Year” award from the New York Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
The project, which completed one year of energy savings measurement and verification, resulted in an annual savings of more than 21 million kilowatt hours (kWh).
The Energy Project of the Year recognizes an innovative energy management project that has been in operation for at least six months and can be substantiated with actual installation costs and operating savings. This award was presented to IBM at AEE’s recent Annual Award Gala in New York City.
“The IBM East Fishkill Site Operations Project Team is honored to receive this recognition from the New York Association of Energy Engineers," said Gary Marone, Senior Engineering Manager at IBM East Fishkill. "The collaboration between IBM, Siemens and NYSERDA was key to the success of this project.”
IBM worked with Siemens to install a Demand Flow™ solution to optimize the facility’s process chilled water system. It included instrumentation, sensors and flow meters and integrated a Siemens Modular Controller into the existing IBM control system, along with variable frequency pump and fan control systems.
NYSERDA’s Industrial Process Efficiency Program supported this project as part of its efforts to enhance the New York State economy and assist manufacturing sites to reduce cost-per-unit production and increase productivity.
“IBM has long been a leader, and has now again demonstrated its leadership in reducing energy use in semiconductor fabrication,” said Cheryl Glanton, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA. “NYSERDA congratulates the company for the great success of this important project, and for this fully deserved award. These kinds of process improvements result in meaningful energy and environmental benefits and in improved competitiveness for New York State’s industrial companies. We look forward to more companies following IBM’s lead.”
With this latest initiative, New York’s role as a leader and first mover in shaping the future of energy remains firmly in place. By developing innovative market solutions, the State is delivering on Governor Cuomo’s commitment to transform the energy industry into a more resilient, clean, cost-effective and dynamic system. Working with State, citizen and industry-stakeholders, the way of doing business in New York is moving to a more market-based, decentralized approach. This means preserving the environment, decreasing energy costs, and creating opportunities for economic growth for current and future generations of New Yorkers. In advancing these new energy systems and solutions, New Yorkers will have improved energy affordability and efficiency without sacrificing the ability to live in a cleaner, resilient and more sustainable environment.
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IBM is the New York-based world leader in information management systems with operations around the globe. The East Fishkill site is a large complex with over 20 buildings and 4.7 million square feet of manufacturing and office space.