Sheet Metal Cutting and Fabrication GA11

Customer: Sheet metal cutting and fabrication
Reason for audit: Fixed speed compressor, exploring savings
Current compressor: Atlas Copco GA11 (11kw)
Cost of electricity: £0.34 /kWh (average cost)
Results of Audit: Measured potential savings 58.1% = £7,237/year
Simulated compressor: Atlas Copco GA11VSDs (11kW) IE5
ROI on equipment: 15 months

How does this GA11VSDs compressor save so much energy and money?

Atlas Copco’s state-of-the-art element in a unique vertical configuration with an ultra-premium efficiency (IE5) ferrite assisted synchronous reluctance motor. This new motor technology equals IE5 efficiency without the need of rare earth materials, making it a completely sustainable solution.

Above is an energy chart (Amps) showing the compressor running condition, running on load, running unloaded (not pumping air), and stopped.

Green is loaded running – efficient use of power.

Orange is unloaded running, not producing air – wasted electricity.

The compressor is a typical fixed speed unit, correctly sized and running normally, but we can see from the data logging that there is great potential to save with a variable speed drive replacement.

Weekly Flow chart (l/s)

Survey results

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