Compressed air is frequently ignored in energy studies. For those willing to look, however, it is a land of opportunity. Since it takes about 8 hp of electrical energy to produce 1 hp value of work with compressed air, it is also mainly satisfying to evaluate and optimize the compressed air system in your facility. In this article, we evaluate four specific areas of a compressed air system that can supply important energy savings.
Just how expensive is compressed air? Well, as a transfer of electric-to-air power, it is a actually terrible deal. It takes about 8 hp of electrical energy to manufacture 1 hp value of work with compressed air. Do you think your electric power is expensive? Your air power is 8 times more!