The DOE estimates that boilers account for 35 percent of the energy consumed in this country, which is why the agency launched an initiative in 2000 with a number of development partners to create a model for a Super Boiler that would increase efficiency of boilers and reduce dependence on imported oil.

The agency’s stated goals are to increase boiler efficiency from 75 to 95 percent and attain an energy savings of 1,049 trillion BTUs by 2020. According to the DOE, this would include industrial steam system operating costs, which could be reduced by more than $10 billion annually and save 185 trillion BTUs per year. In addition, the new technologies would curb environmental emissions by nearly 2.7 million metric tons of carbon equivalent annually.