AIR AUDITS DETECT COMPRESSED AIR INEFFICIENCIES
Approximately 10-15% of the world’s electricity is used to generate compressed air.
Compressed air is a safe and convenient energy source however; it comes at a significant cost. In most plants, inefficiencies of around 30% to 50% are typical.
Opportunity to reduce energy usage as well as carbon dioxide emissions through the implementation best practice initiatives can significantly reduce the cost of your compressed air supply.
A 75 kW air compressor can cost in excess of $80,000 per year in electricity charges and produce 590,000 kg of carbon dioxide. An efficiency gain of even a few percent can be significant.
CONTRIBUTORS TO INEFFICIENCIES
There are a number of contributors to compressed air system inefficiencies including:
• Incorrect compressor selection
• Poor maintenance
• Air leaks
• Pressure drop
• Inappropriate usage
• Poor reticulation design and selection
• Inadequate ventilation
• Incorrect system pressure settings
COMPRESSED AIR AUDITS SAVE MONEY
Southern Cross Compressors can perform an air audit on your compressed air system to identify your usage profile as well as areas of inefficiency.
Improvements often result in thousands of dollars per year in energy cost savings. A compressed air audit using a non-obtrusive ultrasonic flow meter and leak detection equipment will address both the supply and demand aspects of your compressed air system to identify the greatest opportunities for improvement.
Using the data collected we create a system profile of your compressed air usage.
This system profile gives us the information we need to match the right equipment for your application and to identify potential energy savings. The payback period for upgrading to energy efficient compressed air equipment can be as quick as a few months in some instances.
CASE STUDY - 10 YEAR LIFE SPAN
Over a 10 year lifespan of system improvements the benefits can be enormous both to your bottom line and the environment.
Case In Point: A large Australian carpet manufacturer found air leaks in one plant that cost over $120,000 per year in wasted energy costs