Energy consumption reduction technology in manufacturing - A selective review of policies, standards, and research

Cheol Woo Park, Kye Si Kwon, Wook Bae Kim, Byung Kwon Min, Sung Jun Park, In Ha Sung, Young Sik Yoon, Kyung Soo Lee, Ong Hang Lee, Jongwon Seok

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Research on the improvement of efficiency in the manufacturing industry is underdeveloped partly because of the ambiguous objectives of the technical development of efficiencies in terms of energy consumption reduction. Consequently, the technical development of high-efficiency techniques that consider the whole manufacturing system is rarely addressed in industrial research. For this reason, this report aims to find the patterns in, and the definitions of, the technologies that will lead to efficiency improvement in the entire manufacturing industry by thoroughly investigating the literature about energy consumption reduction strategies, energy policies, and the state-of-the-art for energy-saving methods that are being pursued currently in several major countries. Through this study, the necessity and importance of the foregoing three items have been identified, and a way of defining the productivities of an energy-saving manufacturing system distinct from those of conventional manufacturing systems was attempted. It is also shown that the development of energy-saving and energy-harvesting technologies for all industrial sectors has emerged as a herald of economic growth in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-173
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The National Energy Policy (NEP), released in 2001, is the final report of the National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG). The report describes five goals for the current presidential administration: modernizing energy conservation, modernizing the energy infrastructure, increasing energy supplies, increasing environmental protections, and increasing the nation’s energy security. The NEP states that the best way to meet the goal of modernizing energy conservation is “to increase energy efficiency by applying new technology—raising productivity, reducing waste, and trimming costs.” In March 2009, Vice President Joe Biden announced plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the United States. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions and improve energy efficiency nationwide.

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This work was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (KRF-2007-331-D00035).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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