How to Know if You Need a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) Compressor
Did you know that variable speed drive technology is ideal for nine out of every 10 applications that use compressed air? With compressed air systems accounting for as much as 30 percent of a plant’s total energy consumption, reducing compressed air energy consumption is paramount. On average, variable speed drive compressors save 35 percent on electricity costs, but can save up to 50 percent depending on the application.
Variable Speed Drive Equals 35 to 50 Percent Savings
In fact, VSD technology has saved 4.2 billion kWh of energy and an estimated $420 million in energy costs in the U.S. since its launch in 1994. That’s enough energy savings to power homes in the city of San Francisco for one year, and equivalent to the carbon emissions reduction of taking 504,234 cars off the road.
Atlas Copco at World Energy Engineering Conference (WEEC) 2015
This fall, we’re excited to showcase our GA VSD+ range of oil-injected rotary screw compressors at the World Energy Engineering Conference 2015 (WEEC). Hosted from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, WEEC is recognized as the most important international event for energy professionals.
At the conference, we will highlight the following benefits of our new VSD technology:
- This technology makes it possible to reduce energy consumption and costs by controlling the compressor motor with a variable speed drive. The application no longer has to run at full speed all the time.
- By operating motors at the most efficient speed for the application, fewer mistakes occur resulting in higher production levels and high revenues.
- Equipment lasts longer and has less downtime due to maintenance when it’s controlled by a VSD. VSDs offer better protection to the motor and reduce, and in some cases eliminate, water hammer.
‘Do I Need a VSD Compressor?’ Presentation on October 2 at 9 a.m.
In addition to the exhibition, Atlas Copco Airscan Audit Specialist Frank Moskowitz will be participating in the Friday Conference Program Panel on October 2 from 9-11 a.m. His presentation, titled ‘Do I Need a VSD Compressor?’ will take place from 9-9:30 a.m. During this presentation, Moskowitz will discuss the features and benefits of variable speed drive compressors, which include reduced energy consumption and costs, increased production through tighter process control, and extended equipment life and reduced maintenance.
For further information please contact:
- Erik Arfalk, Vice President, Communications & Branding
Atlas Copco Compressors, LLC
Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2014, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 94 (BEUR 10.3) and more than 44,000 employees.
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