According to Gilbert McLean, the National Key Account Manger of the AirAudit Division at CompAir , if your compressed air systems undergo an AirAudit, you could save up to 50% on your energy bill.
On the 1st July this year, the federal government is set to impose a price on carbon, which will affect large businesses including energy suppliers, who will pass a portion of this extra cost onto you. In fact, The Australian Energy Market Commission forecasts that between 2011 and 2014 electricity prices will increase by 37%.
While compressed air systems do consume large amounts of energy, there are many ways in which these energy costs can be reduced, and carrying out an extensive audit of the compressed air system is the first step to take.
In order to achieve this, CompAir carry out the AirAudit, a process that involves indentifying areas of loss along with inefficiencies within compressed air systems.
The AirAudit will detect any apparent leaks in the systems, conduct a demand-and-supply side flow analysis, and measure the amount of power that the systems absorb.
The entire process is performed to the highest standard, and it produces highly accurate results. Upon conclusion of the audit, customers will receive a detailed report featuring:
- Recommendations for leak correction, leak tracking, and maintenance upgrades
- Flow demand characterisation and optimisation,
- A compressed air distribution summary
- A comprehensive list of compressed air solutions
- A risk assessment -A cost savings summary
- A plan for ongoing energy cost reductions
Energy savings of between 10 and 20 per cent can be made on the supply side by improving compressed air equipment so it can meet changing demands for the compressed air, and compressor technology by switching from a fixed to variable speed compressor.
Similarly, it is recommended that you install an energy management system in your compressed air system to control and monitor its ongoing operations, and follow the recommended manufacturers maintenance schedule, as this will optimise efficiency of the system.
Energy savings of up to 50% can be achieved by following recommendations for improvement from the AirAudit’s detailed demand side analysis, which include artificial demand, system dynamics and compressed air leak detection.