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New 10% Taskforce set to cut compressed air energy consumption

10 May, 2022

Launched at this year’s Air-Tech 2022 exhibition, The British Compressed Air Society’s (BCAS) new 10% Taskforce campaign is a call to arms for industry to reduce its compressed air energy consumption. As energy costs continue to escalate, operators are looking for innovative ways to lower their electricity costs – and compressed air Is no exception. Vanda Jones, executive director at the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) provides more information about the campaign and how it is set to save industry £147.5 million in otherwise wasted energy costs.

Generating compressed air can be very energy intensive, representing as much as 30% of a site’s total electricity bill. According to a report entitled ‘Compressed Air Systems in the European Union’, when looking at the most important energy savings techniques available to compressed air users ‘the energy savings amount to 32.9%, achievable over a 15-year period.’ This includes a range of measures including system installation or renewal and operation and maintenance techniques, such as reducing air leaks and more frequent filter replacement.

However, while both environmental and financial targets are driving operators to reduce their site’s overall electricity bill, many simple energy-saving measures related to their compressed air system can be overlooked.

Introducing the 10% Taskforce

That is why we have launched the 10% Taskforce – a call for UK businesses to take simple measures to cut their compressed air energy usage figure by 10%, with the potential to save a combined £147.5 million in wasted electricity costs.”

Calculating the savings

Using figures from the recent UK Energy-related products policy study, conducted by ICF in May 2021, BCAS calculated the combined energy usage for the mid-point of all industrial compressor technologies over their lifetime at 11.71 TWh. Based on the current UK average non-domestic electrical unit cost of £0.1249/kWh, the figures are substantial – equating to £1.475 billion being spent by UK companies to generate the compressed air their businesses rely on.

Add to this the fact that over 30% of this energy is being wasted through inefficient practices – equivalent to £485.43 million in wasted electricity spend - and there is much that businesses can do to cut this figure significantly. This can include educating compressed air users on good housekeeping, implementing heat recovery, managing air more efficiently downstream and prioritising maintenance practices to enable better energy performance. To pledge your commitment to the 10% Taskforce and learn how you could cut energy consumption from your compressed air system, please visit https://taskforce10.bcas.org.uk/

Contact BCAS at Tel: 020 7935 2464 e-mail: info@bcas.org.uk website: www.bcas.org.uk



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