Overlooked Opportunity: Compressed Air Demand Reduction through Air Tool Replacement

Overlooked Opportunity: Compressed Air Demand Reduction through Air Tool Replacement

22Feb2018

Webinar

From 11:00AM until 12:00PM

Free

Overlooked Opportunity: Compressed Air Demand Reduction through Air Tool Replacement

Compressed air driven (pneumatic) power tools use around ten times more energy than direct electric motor driven power tools. This relative inefficiency of compressed air is often an overlooked aspect of efficient manufacturing which translates into an opportunity to reduce costs at many manufacturing companies. This webinar reports on the results of a CARD project in which the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) quantified this opportunity by identifying Minnesota manufacturing subsectors and industries that have significant pneumatic power tool usage; estimating the air consumption of pneumatic power tools (and thus the) electric consumption at the air compressors; and estimating the potential energy and cost savings from replacing pneumatic power tools with electric-driven power tools. This project also developed and validated a standardized model to quantify energy conservation opportunity through tool replacement.

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