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2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

2014

ECO Finishing, Fridley, Erik Anderson

Goal: Researching water conservation opportunities in the electroplating process.

Presentation

GE Water & Process Technologies, Minnetonka

Goal: Researching water reduction opportunities in the production and testing of filter products as well as the use of non-contact cooling water and electrical energy.

Presentation

Gerdau, St. Paul, Daniel Sundberg

Goal: Investigating heating and reheating processes to find energy efficiencies in steel production.

Presentation

Kerry Ingredients, Rochester, Simone Richardson

Goal: Investigating methods to reduce wastewater loading and well water usage in food processing.

Presentation

Kraft Foods, Albany, Boyang Li

Goal: Developing techniques to conserve energy in the cheese drying process.

Presentation

MGK, Chaska, Neil Peterson

Goal: Researching opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce chemical waste.

Presentation

MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), St. Paul, Li Guan

Goal: Reducing solid and organic waste at state agencies.

Presentation

City of St. Cloud, Emily Campion

Goal: Reducing electric energy consumption of aeration blowers.

Presentation

TEL FSI, INC, Chaska, David Binstock

Goal: Researching multiple water conservation and reuse opportunities and electric energy efficiency improvements.

Presentation

Uponor, Apple Valley, Christopher Lanari

Goal: Researching material and energy efficiency for a new extrusion process.

Presentation

Uponor, Apple Valley, Calen Papke

Goal: Researching and developing new methods to improve yield and reduce process waste.

Presentation

2013

City of Hutchinson Wastewater Treatment Facility, Hutchinson (Spring intern), Yulin Yee

Goal: Researching and evaluating process modification options for denitrification and energy conservation.

Intern Summary | Presentation

St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Ben Wagener

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce the hospital's electric energy consumption and costs.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 322KB]

St. Croix Forge, Forest Lake, Amanda Spencer

Goal: Evaluate hydrolic cooling, air compressor, and press lubrication systems identifying ways to cost effectively reduce process energy and material use.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 557KB]

Consolidated Precision Products, Bloomington, Anshul Gupta

Goal: Researching energy efficiency and water conservation improvement opportunities in the aluminum casting processes.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 864KB]

Schwing America, White Bear Lake, Paul Senne

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce energy use and increase efficiency through the lean manufacturing process.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 634KB]

Tennant Company, Minneapolis, Jaclyn Thomes

Goal: Developing an inventory of all waste streams targeting source reduction and diversion iniatives as well as analyzing water consumption in the reverse osmosis system.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 800KB]

Federal Cartridge, Anoka, Kaylea Brase

Goal: Researching multiple water conservation and recycling oppotunities including single pass cooling applications and other metal-forming manufacturing steps that incoporate washing and rinsing.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 1.12MB]

Gedney Foods, Chaska, Ryan Venteicher

Goal: Reducing water use and wastewater created during product processing as well as improving efficiencies, reducing salt use, and reducing chloride content in the wastewater.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 953KB]

Northern Star/Michael Foods, Chaska, Alex Hoppes

Goal: Researching possible well water reduction and reuse opportunities in the potato scrubbing process and other plant operations.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 800KB]

CSM Bakery Products, Eagan, Zachary Metz

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce energy use, conserve water, and improve process efficiencies.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 1.12MB]

ST Specialty Foods, Brooklyn Park, Rahul Dhuria

Goal: Continuous improvement in a growing pasta packaging company

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 1.12MB]

2012

3M, Hutchinson

Goal: Identifying solution for reducing electrical consumption related to the operation of industrial motors.

Presentation [PDF 322KB]

Ceramic Industrial Coatings, Osseo

Goal: Identify solutions to reduce solvent use and waste created during the manufacturing and clean-up processes.

Presentation [PDF 557KB]

G & K Services, St. Cloud

Goal: Determine solutions to reduce water consumption through improved wastewater treatment and reuse.

Presentation [PDF 864KB]

GE Water and Process Technologies, Minnetonka

Goal: Reduce water consumption related to the production and testing of filter products as well as the use of non-contact cooling water.

Presentation [PDF 634KB]

Graco, Minneapolis

Goal: Research the current paint line wash chemistry and making recommendations to implement changes to reduce gas, electric, and water use.

Presentation [PDF 800KB]

Land O'Lakes, Arden Hills

Goal: Research and evaluate options for managing organic waste and then develop a model that other facilities can use. Sponsored by Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Board

Presentation [PDF 1.12MB]

Northern Iron and Machine, St. Paul

Goal: Validate energy and environmental savings of a three-furnance cooling system and investigate heat recovery modifications on heat treat ovens.

Presentation [PDF 953KB]

Seneca Foods, Rochester

Goal: Reduce energy use by identifying opportunities to improve steam system efficiencies.

Presentation [PDF 800KB]

Various Restaurants, Ramsey & Washington Counties

Goal: Evaluate restaurants in three geographic locations to identify opportunities for managing organic waste and to create a model for other restaurants. Sponsored by Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Board

Presentation [PDF 1.12MB]

2011

August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm

Goal: Recover waste heat from the brewing and pasteurizing processes and reduce wastewater strength charges.

City of Rogers Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rogers

Goal: Identify energy efficiency opportunities in the wastewater treatment plant.

Presentation [PDF 1.76MB]

Ecolab Inc., Eagan

Goal: Reduce energy use in the steam and compressed air systems.

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, St. Paul

Goal: Determine energy efficiency opportunities within a variety of processes at the wastewater treatment facility.

Presentation [PDF 1.61MB]

Truck Bodies Equipment International, Lake Crystal

Goal: Reduce energy use in painting, curing, ventilation, and dust collecting processes, as well as in compressed air systems.

Radisson Hotel, Bloomington

Goal: Evaluate hotel and water park energy use and develop an environmental reduction plan.

Presentation [PDF 490KB]

Salo Manufacturing, Menahga

Goal: Validate the performance of a low-styrene, soy-based, or no-styrene resin and gel-coats.

Presentation [PDF 752KB]

Uponor Inc., Apple Valley

Goal: Reduce energy use in manufacturing processes and facility.