The Energy Efficiency Services (EES) division of Caps Australia has expanded its range of services and increased staff strength to carry out several compressed air energy audits. The increased business is a result of a continuing drive by industry to reduce energy costs.
EES has invested more than $150K to pursue an aggressive expansion strategy to fit the needs of compressed air users who seek an independent approach to have their energy use analysed. According to Quentin St Baker, National Manager, Energy Efficiency Services, with compressed air being responsible for 10-15% of industrial electricity use Australia-wide, an air audit can reveal surprising opportunities to reduce energy consumption and overall business costs.
Having identified the pressing need for a flexible and dynamic audit system that allowed for comprehensive analysis of compressed air systems, regardless of the manufacturer, EES consulted with many compressed air users to ensure that its solution was world-class and represented best practice principles.
Minimisation of energy consumption and waste of resources is a focus area for businesses that have sustainability as their goal. Based on this industry brief, EES devised a custom-designed software suite and comprehensive air audit hardware package, which was teamed with extensive training, and development of engineers and technicians nationwide to undertake audits. To assist in driving implementable recommendations, additional industry-leading experts were also employed to conduct air audits as well as provide analysis and independent reports.
Since the implementation of these growth strategies, EES has gained considerable attention from the market, chairing several panel discussions at energy industry forums and presenting papers at major conferences.
St. Baker explains that there are still opportunities for companies to streamline processes to reduce energy consumption and costs resulting in the growth of energy efficiency services and air audits.
While compressed air is an important and major part of most manufacturing and industrial processes, inefficient systems also lead to large volumes of air being wasted through leaks, inappropriate usage and other artificial demands such as over-pressurisation. Audits regularly show that less than half of the compressed air produced is used for actual productive activities.
Making use of the audit expertise of a consultant to develop commercially viable and operationally feasible solutions will help companies achieve their goals.