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VERIFI-ing and Tracking Carbon’s Big Footprint

Using an online clean energy tool

Published: Monday, November 7, 2022 - 11:01

(ORNL: Oak Ridge, TN) -- Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an online tool that offers industrial plants an easier way to track and download information about their energy footprint and carbon emissions.

Visualizing Energy Reporting Information and Financial Implications, or VERIFI, is a tool that uses an open-source framework with a utility dashboard. It allows energy coordinators and plant managers to monitor and improve their understanding of energy and water use patterns including the amount of carbon emitted from industrial processes. Users can generate automatic reports, too.

A new online tool called VERIFI, developed by ORNL researchers, provides an easy-to-use dashboard for plant managers to track carbon emissions produced by industrial processes. Credit: ORNL, U.S. Department of Energy

 “Industries want to know how to conserve and improve efficiency while reducing costs but often don’t know how to begin or lack the time to track it,” ORNL’s Kristina Armstrong says. “VERIFI provides a user-friendly platform for monitoring energy efficiency benchmarks and baselines and allows for the visualization of energy and utility bills.”

ORNL is testing VERIFI for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program.

This article was first published by ORNL on October 3, 2022.

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Thomas J. Wenning’s picture

Thomas J. Wenning

Thomas Wenning is a program manager for industrial energy efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He manages ORNL’s local and international energy efficienty and tech activities, providing guidance in matters of energy assessments and management. 

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Sachin Nimbalkar

Dr. Sachin Nimbalkar is the group leader of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Research & Analysis Group. He has more than a decade of experience in research and analysis, specifically regarding energy and efficiency within the manufacturing industry.

 

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Kristina O. Armstrong

Kristina Armstrong assists as part of the Energy Efficiency Research and Analysis group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She has experience in energy and technoeconomic analysis, vehicle systems research, and energy requirements within manufacturing.