Ann Arbor, Michigan - Archive
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The National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL)
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. View the laboratory's current facility page.
- In November 2007, NVFEL's facility manager, Steve Dorer, was honored with a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for Exceptional Service by the U.S. Department of Energy for leadership in energy and environmental management at the laboratory. In addition to making daily contact with NVFEL staff to ensure energy-saving measures—such as turning off lights and machinery during off-peak hours—were carried out properly, Mr. Dorer led the laboratory in implementing a number of key energy-saving initiatives in FY 2006.
- In June 1999, the newly constructed NVFEL Office Building, adjacent to the main laboratory, won the Engineering Society of Detroit Construction and Design Award. The award recognizes the architects, engineers, contractors, and owners of the facility in areas such as overall design quality, effective teaming, land use and environmental considerations, and energy consciousness.
- The facility's chilled water plant consists of 900 tons of high-efficiency, double-effect chiller/heaters, which do not use chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) or hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants and are equipped with units to recover waste heat from the condensers in the cooling cycle. The chiller/heaters recover up to 25 percent of the input energy from the condenser water stream.
- The natural gas fuel cell provides both base load power and emergency backup power for the facility. The fuel cell generates 200 kilowatts (kW) of power and provides heating water for the reheat water loop serving the air handling units. By integrating the heating and cooling plant, EPA recovers significant amounts of energy that would have otherwise been wasted in cooling towers or radiators.
- In September 2004, the laboratory replaced a water-based scrubber system with one that uses filter packets. The system was expected to reduce water use by as much as 20 percent.
- NVFEL's first water management plan (PDF) (19 pp, 270K, About PDF) was developed in FY 2003.
- As part of the FY 2001 energy savings performance contract (ESPC), NVFEL replaced its single-pass cooling system with an upgraded cooling plant comprised of a recirculated chilled water loop. This upgrade helped NVFEL reduce its water consumption by 80 percent, saving the laboratory 24.8 million gallons of water and $216,000 annually.
- All of the facility's chlorofluorocarbons were replaced by 1998.