An estimated 30 to 50 percent of energy used in a compressed air system is wasted during operation.
In addition to self-regulating efforts, government bodies and industry groups are driving more stringent industry standards to ensure today’s air compressor systems meet peak energy efficiency and performance targets.
Industry groups agree that the end result of this energy standardization will likely be the promotion of minimum efficiency standards, product testing procedures, certification and enforcement of standards and energy efficiency labeling for air compressors. This will drive research and development teams to push the boundaries of efficiency with innovations as well as system improvements, proactive service strategies and maintenance offerings.
New solutions are already coming to market. For example, recently introduced Ingersoll Rand Next Generation R-Series rotary screw compressors improve energy efficiency by up to 13 percent, and even higher with variable speed drive options.