Compressed air is versatile and adaptable. It flows easily through pipes and valves, quickly filling a space. It can be compressed to higher pressures, stored as energy, and used to perform numerous types of work processes. It can be used where other sources of energy cannot due to explosion hazard or fire risk. In addition, it also can provide a high degree of cleanliness, where quality, hygiene and safety are essential. As a power source, compressed air doesn’t interfere with electrical monitoring equipment.
Compressed air is generated on-site, giving you much more control over usage and air quality. With it you can operate controls, power rotary equipment, impact and convey, drive reciprocating equipment, atomize, spray, sandblast, agitate, and cool. The applications for compressed air in a manufacturing facility are endless.
There is only a single blemish on the use of compressed air, which is that it is inherently an energy hog. Heat is generated when air is compressed, and unless special measures to capture this heat are in place, it is lost into the atmosphere.
In addition to the inherent thermal energy losses, further energy is lost when systems run at too high a pressure, have the incorrect amount of storage capacity, have a sub-optimal control sequence for compressors, or have leaks. Frequently systems suffer all these problems simultaneously. System efficiencies in the range of 10% to 25% are not uncommon, which means that between 75% and 90% of the electrical energy paid for to make compressed air is lost.
It is estimated that poorly designed and maintained compressed air systems in the U.S. account for up to $3.2 billion in wasted energy costs.
- Compressed Pressure loss ideally need to be less than 10% according to the University of Minnesota. Properly designed distribution system allows for this to happen ensuring this increases energy efficiency and saves money.
- Pressure regulators are important with compress air to decrease artificial demand.
- Heat converters can allow 50% to 90% heat recovery according to the University of Minnesota.
EnerG3 can provide you with the most suitable compressed air services and solutions for your industrial facility. If you are currently using compressed air, EnerG3 can help ensure it is the right solution for you and that it is running as efficiently as possible.