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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Compressed Air Basics

Title:
Compressed Air Basics

Abstract:
Approximately 70% of all manufacturers have a compressed air system. These systems power a variety of equipment, including machine tools, material handling and separation equipment, and spray painting equipment. Compressed air is one of the most expensive uses of energy in a manufacturing plant. About 8hp of fuel is used to generate the electricity required for 1hp of compressed air, making it the least efficient and sustainable plant utility. While there are applications that require the use of compressed air, many uses of compressed air can be eliminated to save money. Calculating the cost of compressed air in your facility can help you justify system improvements that increase energy efficiency. This page offers tips for increasing your compressed air system's efficiency and decreasing costs.

URL:
http://www.mntap.umn.edu/greenbusiness/energy/compair.htm

Source:
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2013

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