In an article posted to Compressed Air Best Practices’ website, EnSave Senior Engineer Eric Lee reviews a recently performed compressed air audit we completed at a leading U.S. steel manufacturer and how having EnSave perform an audit can save operations money and increase performance.
“All control strategies are set up with the best of intentions, but can stray over time due to a number of reasons. Instrumentation can drift, compressor performance can deteriorate, hardware can fail, and plant demands can change. Attention to compressor testing has yielded many unexpected opportunities for compressor replacement, control repair and modifications, and leak abatement program development.”
Eric goes on to highlight some of these “surprises” such as issues with compressor capacity and control, capacitance issues, and system inefficiencies. and discusses ways to correct these issues and the saving operations can realize when audit recommendations are implemented.
“The total savings associated with both projects totaled 2,977,259 kWh if all measures were included. For this article, only the savings associated with the measures identified with performance testing were listed. The combined savings totaled 1,782,073 kWh with a combined simple payback of 4.3 years without any utility incentives.”
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