IAC Center of Excellence: 2005

The West Virginia University Industrial Assessment Center (WV-IAC) provides free energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium sized industrial facilities through funding provided by the US Department of Energy.

WV-IAC Activity Map
527 Assessments
6,069 Recommendations
10.45 Tbtu Energy Saving*
$90.36 million Cost Savings*
57 Students Trained
*Recommended Savings
Center Related News
February 16, 2016

West Virginia IAC receives Governor's Award of Excellence

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented the West Virginia University (WVU) Industrial Assessment Center with the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Enabling Industrial Energy Efficiency. The award was presented during the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the state capitol in Charleston, West Virginia.

IAC Director Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, accepted the award on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The award was given in appreciation of IAC’s more than 400 energy assessments in West Virginia, resulting in reduced energy costs of approximately $2 million for West Virginia manufacturers.

Assessment - Case Studies

WV | Assessment: WV0490
A Variety of Savings Opportunities for RV Manufacturer
A Variety of Savings Opportunities for RV Manufacturer
WV | Assessment: WV0437
Substantial Energy Cost Reduction Opportunities
Substantial Energy Cost Reduction Opportunities
WV | Assessment: WV0390
Industrial Energy Assessment Yields Energy Savings of 9%
Industrial Energy Assessment Yields Energy Savings of 9%
WV | Assessment: WV0326
Assessment Yields Energy Savings of 1,411 MMBtu per year
Assessment Yields Energy Savings of 1,411 MMBtu per year
Related Papers & Publications

2014
4 Papers / Publications
Devaru, D.G., Maddula R., Grushecky, S., Gopalakrishnan, B, " Motor-Based Energy Consumption in West Virginia Sawmills,", Forest Products Journal, Vol. 64, No. ½, pp. 33-40,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D.P., Chaudhari, S, " The Effect of System Storage on the Performance Profile of Rotary Screw Air Compressors,", Energy Engineering Journal, Vol. 111, No. 4, pp. 25-33,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Ramamoorthy, K., Crowe, E., Chaudhari, S., Latif, H., " A Structured Approach for Facilitating the Implementation of ISO 50001 Standard in the Manufacturing Sector,", Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments Journal, Vol. 7, pp. 154–165,
Munisamy, A., Gopalakrishnan, B., Chaudhari, S., Jaridi, M., Crowe, E., Gupta, D.P., " A Computer Based Total Productive Maintenance Model for Electrical Motors,", International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management,

2013
3 Papers / Publications
Chaudhari, S., Gupta, D., and Gopalakrishnan, B., " Using IAC Database for Longitudinal Study of Small to Medium Sized Automotive Industry Suppliers' Energy Intensity Changes,", SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 427-435,
Alkadi, N.E., Gopalakrishnan, B., Chaudhari, S., " Product Design for Energy Reduction in Concurrent Engineering: An Inverted Pyramid Approach,", International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 90-117,
Bhadra, S., Gopalakrishnan, B., Chaudhari, S., " Energy Efficiency in Continuous Galvanizing Lines,", Proceedings of the International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference (IRSEC’13), Ouarzazate, Morocco,

2012
5 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., Mardikar, M., Gupta, D.P., Jalali, S., Chaudhari, S, " Establishing Baseline Electrical Energy Consumption in Wood Processing Sawmills: A Model Based on Energy Analysis and Diagnostics,", Energy Engineering Journal, Vol. 109, No. 5, pp. 40-80,
Lin, W., Wang, J., Grushecky, S.T., Summerfield D., Gopalakrishnan, B., " Energy Consumption and Efficiency of Appalachian Hardwood Sawmills,", Forest Products Journal, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 32-38,
Crowe, E., Gopalakrishnan, B., Adolphson, G., Biser, G., Cullen, K, " A Collaborative Approach to Sustainability: A Case Study of West Virginia Sustainable Communities,", Proceedings of the World Energy Congress, Association of Energy Engineers, Atlanta, GA,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gump, C.D., Gupta, D.P., Chaudhari, S.A., " Development of a Software System to Facilitate Implementation of Coal and Wood Co-Fired Boilers,", Proceedings of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA, May,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D.P., Bitar, A., " Analysis of Compressed Air and Process Heating Systems – A Case Study from Automotive Parts Manufacturer in Mexico,", Proceedings of the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, Detroit, MI,

2011
9 Papers / Publications
Chaudhari, S., Gupta, D.P., Gopalakrishnan, B., " Investigation of Relationship between System Efficiency Curve and Measurement and Verification (M&V) of Energy Savings,", International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, June 2011 Vol. 4 No. 1 pg. 486-494,
Halabe, U., Gopalakrishnan, B., Jadeja, J., " Advanced Lumber Manufacturing Model for Increasing Yield in Sawmills Using GPR Based Defect Detection Systems,", International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 56:649–661,
Gupta, D.P., Gopalakrishnan, B., Chaudhari, S., Jalali, S.M., " Development of an Integrated Model for Process Planning and Parameter Selection for Machining Processes,", International Journal of Production Research, in press, ISSN 0020–7543 print/ISSN 1366–588X online, Taylor and Francis,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gajera, D., Athinarayanan, R., Chaudhari, S., " Process Costing of the Microchip,", International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 3,
Crowe, E., Gopalakrishnan, B., Cullen, K., Chaudhari, S., " Results of an Enhanced Save Energy Now (SEN) Energy Assessment, A Case Study of a Steel Mini-Mill,", Proceedings of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, New Orleans,
Cullen, K., Crowe, E., Gopalakrishnan, B., Chaudhari, S., " Energy Efficiency Programs in West Virginia: A Partnership Approach,", Proceedings of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, New Orleans,
Cullen, K., Crowe, E., Gopalakrishnan, B., Chaudhari, S., " Save Energy Now Regional Partnership: Advancing Energy Productivity through Government, Industrial, and University Collaboration,", Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, Niagara Falls,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Koonammodi, V., Sundaramoorthy, S., Chaudhari, S., " Multivariable Efficiency Evaluation of Boilers,", Proceedings of the International Conference on Thermal Energy and Environment, India,
Chaudhari, S., Gupta, D.P., Gopalakrishnan, B., " Investigation of Relationship between System Efficiency Curve and Measurement and Verification (M&V) of Energy Savings,", Proceedings of the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, Detroit, Michigan,

2010
4 Papers / Publications
Gerdes, K., Fuller, J.A., Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D.P., " Energy Supply Concerns: A United States Perspective on Electric Power Generation,", Energy Studies Review, Vol. 17, No. 1,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Chavan R., Gupta, D.P., Alkadi, N., " Energy Consumption Modeling and Benchmarking in Continuous Galvanising Lines,", International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Mardikar, M., Korakakis, D., " Energy Analysis in Semi-Conductor Manufacturing,", Energy Engineering Journal, Vol. 107, No. 2,
Gupta, D.P., Gopalakrishnan, B., " Energy Sensitive Machining Parameter Optimisation,", International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

2009
3 Papers / Publications
Halabe, U.B., Agrawal, S., Gopalakrishnan, B., " Nondestructive Evaluation of Wooden Logs using Ground Penetrating Radar,", Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D.P., " Energy Efficiency in Industrial Process Heating Systems,", Knovel® Engineering Cases – Where Theory Meets Practice, Online Article,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D.P., " Compressed Air Energy Saving Assessments (ESA) for the Automotive Supply Chain,", SAE Technical Paper Series, SAE International,

2008
4 Papers / Publications
Devaru, D., Halabe, U., Gopalakrishnan, B., " Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Based System for Non-Destructive Detection of Interior Defects in Wooden Logs,", International Journal of Manufacturing Research, Vol. 3, No. 4,
Gopalakrishnan, B., McCoy, M., " Adaptive Process Control for Turning Operation using Expert System,", International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 6,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Chandrasekharan, A, " Maintenance Risk Reduction for Effective Facilities Management,", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 6, No. 1,
Gupta, D., Gopalakrishnan, B., Godavarthy, H., " Energy Conservation Through Productivity Enhancement in Manufacturing Facilities,", SAE World Congress & Exhibition, Detroit,

2007
6 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D., " Insulation Recommendations for Manufacturing Facilities From An Industrial Assessment Center,", Insulation Outlook, The Official Journal of the National Insulation Association,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Jaraiedi, M., Iskander, W., Ahmad, A., " Tolerance Synthesis Based on Taguchi Philosophy,", International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D.P., Mardikar, Y., Chaudhari, S., " Industrial Energy Efficiency,", Handbook of Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Kokatnur, A., Gupta, D. P., " Design and Development of a Target-Costing System for Turning Operation,", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 18, No.2,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Gupta, D.P., Mardikar, Y., Chaudhari, S., Jadeja, J., " Diagnostics for Developing Energy Efficiency Measures in Compressed Air Systems,", SAE World Congress & Exhibition, SP-2109, Detroit,

2006
1 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., Chaudhari, S., Famouri, P., Plummer, R. W., " Facilitation for Load Based Energy Savings in Three Phase Squirrel Cage Induction Motors,", Energy Engineering Journal, Vol. 103, No. 6, Oct/Nov,

2005
3 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., Mate, A., Mardikar, Y., Gupta, D., Plummer, R., Anderson, B., " Energy Efficiency Measures in the Wood Manufacturing Industry,", Proceedings of the 2005 ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry on CD ROM, ISBN 0-918249-54-6, West Point, New York,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Selvaraj, R., Turton, R., Plummer, R. W., Sukumar, S., " Systems Approach to Plant-Wide Energy Assessment,", Energy Engineering Journal, Volume 102, No. 5,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Chavan, R., " Benchmarking of Energy Consumption in Continuous Galvanizing Lines,", Proceedings of the Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing VI Conference, Boston, MA,

2004
3 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., Reddy, V.K., Gupta, D.P., " Neural Network for Estimating the Tool Path Length in Concurrent Engineering Applications,", Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Vol. 15,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Yoshii, T., Dappili, S.M., " Decision Support System for Machining Center Selection,", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 15,
Mardikar, Y., Gopalakrishnan, B., " A Computer Based Approach to Energy Conservation in Semiconductor Manufacturing,", Proceedings of the Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing V Conference, SPIE, Philadelphia,

2003
2 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., " Insulation’s Effectiveness in Industrial Facilities,", Insulation Outlook, The Official Journal of the National Insulation Association, Vol. 48,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Plummer, R.W., Iskander, W.H., " A Comparative Study on Energy Assessment Data from Manufacturing Industry,", Proceedings of the 2003 ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry on CD ROM, ISBN 0-918249-52-X, Rye Town, New York, July,

2002
2 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., Plummer, R.W., Kulkarni, R., Mangalampalli, P., " Solvent and Paint Waste Reduction using WASTEX: An Expert System for Industrial Waste Minimization,", Journal of Environmental Systems, Vol. 29, Issue. 1,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Alkadi, N.M., Plummer, R.W., " Design for Energy: An Inverted Pyramid Approach,", Proceedings of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, Houston,

2001
2 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., R.W. Plummer, N.M. Alkadi, " Analysis of Energy Conservation Opportunities in Glass Manufacturing Facilities,", Energy Engineering, Journal of the Association of Energy Engineers, Vol. 98, No. 6,
Gopalakrishnan, B., R.W. Plummer, N.M. Alkadi, " Comparison of Glass Manufacturing Facilities based on Energy Consumption and Plant Characteristics,", Journal of Energy and Development, Vol. 27, No. 1,

1997
2 Papers / Publications
Gopalakrishnan, B., Plummer, R.W., and Nagarajan, S., " ENERGEX: Expert Systems for Industrial Energy Conservation and Management,", Energy Engineering, Journal of the Association of Energy Engineers, Vol. 94, No. 2,
Gopalakrishnan, B., Plummer, R.W., Srinath, S., Meffe, C., Veena, R., and Ipe, J., " Energy Analysis and Diagnostics Data Analysis from Industrial Energy Assessments for Manufacturing Industries,", Proceedings of the 19th National Energy Technology Conference, Houston,
Noteworthy Feedback
"The IAC team did a very professional energy assessment that had high value"
- Source: Tricia Marker , Safety/Energy & Sustainability Supervisor P.E.M , Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort , 10/07/2013
"We were very pleased with the quality of the energy assessment done by the West Virginia University Industrial Assessment Center."
- Source: Brandon D. Hunter, Manager, Energy Solutions and Capital Projects, Koppers Inc., 03/20/2012
"The IAC team helped us identifying energy saving opportunities that will produce significant energy and cost savings. "
- Source: Anthony Lewis, Environmental and Safety Engineer, Quad Graphics, 04/24/2013
"Quad Graphics has had excellent energy savings from the energy assessment done by the West Virginia University Industrial Assessment Center. In fact, a case study showcasing highlights of the implemented energy savings has been developed by the WVU IAC. Very professional and thorough and knowledgeable effort on the energy assessment. "
- Source: Greg Kubisch, Energy Manager, Quad Graphics, 06/29/2015
"The energy assessment done by the WVU IAC has been very successful and we have derived may benefits from it. The students and the faculty leader were knowledgeable and thorough in their effort."
- Source: Mark Pannell, Environmental Manager, Volvo Inc, 05/05/2015
Center Director Dr. Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan
Email bgopalak@mail.wvu.edu
Phone # +1 304-293-9434
Fax # +1 304-293-4970
Mailing Address PO Box 6070
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department, CEMR, IAC
Morgantown, WV 26506
Assistant Director Dr. Ashish D. Nimbarte
West Virginia University has trained 57 students
The following students have participated in IAC assessments with West Virginia University since 2003, when student name tracking began.
The 36 students (in BOLD) have also been awarded IAC student certificates for exceptional participation.

Amir Abolhassani
Alexandra Davis
Amber Staud
Ananthi Paul
Ann Mallow
Aruna Muniswamy
Bret Crowder
Chandana Chada
Chandra Gapalakrishnan
Chirstopher Rairden
Chris Gump
Clay Holmes
David Rutherford
Dayakar Deveru
Deepak Gupta
Elizabeth Kolar
Hari Jammulamadaka
Harish Kanneganti
Hasan Latif
Himabindu Godavarthy
Jacob Thomas
Jayraj Jadeja
John Kaiser
Kartik Ramamoorthy
Katherine Taylor
Koushik Mandlem
Kyle Gillis
Masoud Omer
Michael Arndt
Michael Geisecke
Mohammad Motabarzadeh
Nasr Alkadi
Nathaniel Smith
Nishit Banuri
Omar Ahmed Al-Shebeeb
Phani Guthula
Phani Kishor Guthula
Prateek Vaish
Quang Phuong
Rajas Hatwalne
Rajkumar Selvaraj
Ramakrishna Maddula
Raviraj Chavan
Rebecca Cain
Ruben Avagyan
Ryan Campione
Samhita Pidaparti
Senthil Kumar
Seyed Jalali
Shivananda Purnachandra
Sivakumar Rangaswamy
Subhasis Bhadra
Subodh Chaudhari
Tafazzul Khan
vivek komarina
Yogesh Mardikar
Zachary Olcott

Apply for an IAC Assessment

$
per year
Specific Eligibility
Requirements*:
  • Must be a US Manufacturer
  • Yearly Energy Bills:
    • Greater than $100,000
    • Less than $2,500,000
  • Within 150 miles of an IAC
*For special cases, certain requirements may be waived.

Final client selection is left to the discretion of the individual IAC center.
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