The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that air compressors use as much as 10% of all electricity generated in the United States, and that as much as 50% of compressed air demand is for non-productive uses including leaks, artificial demand, and improper uses. Compressed air leaks alone account for 25-30% of compressed air use. On top of that, additional power is wasted in the creation of compressed air through improper sizing, pressure selection, and controls--which also has significant impact on equipment reliability.
Unfortunately, most compressed air users have not seriously assessed their system efficiency. With minimal cost and interruption (sometimes none), accurate compressed air assessments can quickly determine the critical KPI of Specific Performance of your system and help identify sources of inefficiency. The collected data can then be used to calculate ROI for alternative improvement initiatives.
Join compressed air system design expert Neil Mehltretter as he lays out the five steps in a compressed air assessment and presents a real-world example in which a compressed air user achieved a 42% reduction in annual energy costs.
As Engineering Manager, Neil Mehltretter is a key player in Kaeser’s Technical Department with responsibilities including product management, system design, and more. An authority on compressed air assessments, Neil has conducted and supervised thousands of industrial compressed air studies, helping users achieve significant energy savings and operational improvements. He has authored several nationally published articles on compressed air system optimization and is a frequent presenter on energy efficient system design. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Florida, Neil is AIRMaster+ certified, has completed the DOE Compressed Air Challenge I and II, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM®), is a CAGI Certified Compressed Air System Specialist, and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser’s Factory Training Program.
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