Millions on pounds are needlessly wasted per annum due to aging or poorly maintained air distributions systems which allow valuable energy to escape unused. Unfortunately resolving these issues can be costly and may involve a lot of hard work, but as they say, the more you put in the more you will get out! Energy Savings by Optimising Pipework
It is important on any air system that the correct pipework is chosen as well as the correct size and layout. For example, we like to install a ring main as these minimise any pressure drops and also increases the reliability of the pipework. By reducing pressure drops we are able to generate the compressed air at the lowest possible pressure, and as a result, cost. (for every 1 bar reduction in a site air pressure you will experience approximately 7% in cost savings)
By using a good quality pipe material we enable longevity of any installations and the minimisation of running costs. For example, by using a smooth bore pipe, such as Legris Transair, we can again reduce the pressure drops in the pipework and also use a smaller bore pipe compared to galvanised pipe, again minimising both running costs and installation costs.
The use of a good quality pipe also minimises the potential for air leaks. In the UK it is estimated that 20% of compressed air is lost through leakage. For any air user this represents a significant cost and as an example a 250 kW compressor would generate air of which 20% is lost through leaks needlessly costing users £30,000 per year (based on 8 pence per kW.hr and 8,000 running hours per annum.)
If you would like to know more about how Glaston can install a modern cost effective compressed air pipework system please contact Glaston.