Air Power Analytics targets costly wasted energy in industrial compressed air systems – 8/31/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christopher Buck, Esq.
Air Power Analytics, Inc.
Air Power Analytics targets costly wasted energy in industrial compressed air systems
New company uses breakthrough methodology to profile clients’ performance, identify savings opportunities, and right-size their supply
BEDFORD, NH, Aug. 31, 2010 – A team of proven entrepreneurs today launched Air Power Analytics, a company dedicated to reducing companies’ energy bills and carbon footprints by better analyzing their compressed air systems.
Large-scale compressed air systems are ubiquitous in industry, used for a wide range of industrial applications like drilling, blasting, sanding, vacuuming, feeding and fastening. Air compressors consume more than 90 billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year in the United States, according to the US Dept of Energy. That’s more than 10 percent of all US industrial electric consumption.
But these systems are notoriously inefficient. To address the waste and resulting environmental impact, Air Power Analytics (“APA”) manufactures and sells the most advanced diagnostic tool for these systems. By spotlighting potential efficiencies, APA can help companies reduce their electricity use by 30 percent or more.
“The potential energy savings from compressed air is huge yet often overlooked,” says Ed Mitchell, co-founder of APA. who co-founded successful telecom start-up Granite Systems. “There’s a misconception that ‘air is free.’ Deep down, most factory managers know that they can save big money by optimizing their compressed air systems, but they don’t know how much it will cost, and, more importantly, how much it will save. We give them answers they can act on.”
Until now, consultants have typically installed “dumb” meters on compressed air systems for a week, each meter with a separate data logger recording readings every 30-60 seconds. Then the consultants pulled out the meters and aggregated the data.
APA, however, has developed a new method of compressed air system optimization that is more comprehensive yet more affordable. It looks at both the supply and demand sides of the compressed air equation and calculates a range of documented ROI projections. APA’s sophisticated data logging equipment is fully networked and automated, recording meter readings every 3 seconds and continuously uploading data to a central server. APA software analyzes and reports efficiency in real time, crunching a year’s worth of data or more. APA can also run a broad array of reports without affecting ongoing data collection.
“With our automated approach, we can install our system in a facility with as little as 75 horsepower of compressor capacity and achieve a 24-month payback,” says Mitchell. “The larger the compressor package, the bigger the energy savings, and the faster the payback.”
APA, formerly Compressor Energy Solutions, is one of five companies to win the Green Launching Pad (“GLP”) competition at the University of New Hampshire for companies working to bring clean new energy products to market. The company is located in Bedford, N.H., employing interns, analysts, and other professionals from around the state and region.
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