Two steps to energy savings for compressed air systems
Substantial energy saving possibilities are waiting to be unlocked in compressed air systems of many companies. To be able to tap into these ‘potentials’ it is essential to make use of heat recovery processes, eg to heat up work environments or water through waste heat recovery. Furthermore, it is important to optimise the control of compressed air stations or compressors. These two steps alone will bring substantial energy savings.
With the introduction of an energy management system according to DIN EN 16001, all relevant consumers have to be monitored as a first step. This will give the user an overview of how much is being consumed at what point in the plant. It is this transparency that makes it at all possible to take appropriate actions in order to save energy. In compressed air systems the first step is to detect and eliminate leakages.
The good news is that a mobile measurement unit, the DS 500 mobile, has been specifically developed for the complete monitoring and analysis of the consumption of compressed air systems and compressor stations.
- Compressed air systems cost a significant amount to operate.
- The majority of the cost associated with a compressed air system is associated with the cost of energy.
- It is crucial to monitor the usage of energy in compressed air systems and systems are available to do this.
Energy analysis – consumption measurement – leakage calculation
By P Dolz, CS Instruments
Electricity+Control, May 2012 (pgs 6 – 10)