Energy efficiency with compressed air

At the recent Australian Industry Group ‘Environmental Solutions Forum’ in Melbourne, Champion Compressors, provided attendees with insight into maximising compressed-air system energy efficiency.

Champion Compressors Executive Sales, Service & Marketing Manager, Mark Ferguson, drew on the company’s technical expertise and experience to share strategies and best practices, highlighting areas where energy savings can be made.

Ferguson’s presentation was warmly received by the attending industry representatives, and complemented the other guest presentations exploring short-payback strategies for reducing environmental impact.

“By focusing on three key areas—measurement, diagnosis and matching the compressor to the application—enormous savings can be realised,” Ferguson said.

“We feel we have a responsibility to share these strategies with industry. The first step in addressing the shortfalls in existing compressed-air systems is to conduct a comprehensive air-audit.”

Using Champion Compressors’ own AirMetrix System Assessment measurement and analysis tool as an example, Ferguson explained how air audits can reveal how much compressed air is being used and how much is being wasted.

“Air audits can provide a detailed breakdown of air demands from different processes in a facility over time, and quantify both the demand variability and peak requirements for a system,” he said.

“The analysis of this data can determine the energy savings available from alternative compressed-air solutions—and help calculate associated payback periods.”

According to Ferguson, the Environmental Solutions Forum provided an excellent opportunity for like-minded technology innovators to collaborate.

“Experience has shown that there is a massive scope to improve the performance of Australia’s industrial compressed-air installations, and it is encouraging to see that there is similar scope in other sectors,” he said.

“These forums are an invaluable means for industry leaders to share strategies in an effort to achieve lasting reductions in operating costs, energy use and environmental impact.”

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