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Compressors: Reducing costs & improving environmental performance

Author : Paul Clark, Atlas Copco

03 May 2022

Paul Clark – Business Line Manager, CTS Sales at Atlas Copco – explains how health checks and energy audits of compressed air systems can reduce costs, improve environmental performance, and help deliver energy efficiency improvements.

Even the most conservative analyses estimate that compressed air systems account for 10 percent of all energy used in industry, and of that, between 10 and 30 percent is wasted on leaks. This wastage is expensive: even a 3mm leak could cost around £2,000 a year, with a loss equivalent to 16 tonnes of CO2 emission. So, any optimisation of compressed air systems – no matter how small – impacts performance and efficiency significantly, lowering fuel bills and reducing carbon footprints.

But how do plant managers ensure that a compressed air system is operating to its full potential? 

The most effective means of achieving these goals is to carry out a health check and energy audit. These assessments can be performed quickly and accurately, in some cases at no cost, and with zero disruption to the user’s production operations. 

Dealing with compressed air system leaks

Leaks can be caused by many issues, including corrosion, poor pipe connections and bad seals. Without investigation, these problems can add up to a significant amount of wasted energy over time, resulting in higher bills.

Read the full article in the May issue of DPA

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