Shankar Earni


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Researcher


Track G: Energy Services

Session G1: Innovative Approaches to M&V

September 25, 2024 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Industrial Technology Validation - Addressing the chasm between discovery and scale

Manufacturing plays a significant role in the United States’ GDP, accounting for approximately 11% in 2019. However, it also has a significant carbon footprint as the third largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the country. To address this challenge and improve competitiveness while reducing emissions, a focus on energy efficiency is crucial. Identifying and adopting emerging technologies is key to achieving this goal, but barriers exist, including the need to ensure these technologies can deliver energy savings reliably.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Technology Validation program (ITV), led by the DOE’s National Laboratories, aims to overcome these barriers by rigorously validating promising emerging technologies through unbiased measurement and verification (M&V) processes. This involves developing robust data-driven M&V plans to support on-site data collection at industrial sites and analyzing energy performance results. By doing so, the program supports the advancement of energy efficiency (EE) in manufacturing.

This work discusses key elements of the ITV program, goals, objectives, and the key benefits to stakeholders. Additionally, it highlights results and findings from some of the earlier evaluations.

Speaker Bio

Shankar Earni is a researcher, engineer and a technical expert in the Building and Industrial Applications Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he supports the Department of Energy (DOE) in their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in the commercial and industrial sectors. He was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of energy projects in commercial buildings. Dr. Earni also led and participated in several energy audits for industrial and commercial sectors to identify energy and productivity savings.
Shankar has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering & Management from Oklahoma State University, and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University in India. He has played a key role in developing various resources, tools, and technical publications related to energy efficiency and decarbonization for commercial buildings and the industrial sector.

Dr.Earni is also a member of the IPMVP (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol) committee, which is responsible for improving the state of measurement and verification practices.Please include a brief biography.