Emission standards are an ever-evolving issue. Fortunately, meeting tighter environmental requirements doesn’t have to result in a loss of productivity or expensive back end equipment. Often small modifications to your air handling system, such as retrofitting fans, damper and expansion joints, can generate big savings.
Air handling retrofits and upgrades can improve energy efficiency and increase productivity – all while decreasing emissions. Three birds. One stone.
Real Life Example:
A utility plant in the Midwest was experiencing problems with thermal expansion on the hub causing the fan to move on the shaft. The plant manager called ProcessBarron to assess the situation. Our investigation identified not only a vibration problem from the loose hub fit but it was also determined that the fan was too large for the application causing flow problems and making it highly inefficient.
After installing a more efficient impeller fan design and new damper, the facility saw not only a significant reduction in power consumption, but also a reduction in carbon emissions of over 2,400 tons/year. The energy savings that this one modification produced was over $48,000 in one year. The plant was able to see an ROI from the new fan design in just over 10 months.
Smart Decisions for Your Plant
To improve the bottom line and stay a step ahead of the emissions standards, plant managers should explore their current air handling systems to look for ways to reduce their emissions. While investing in expensive back-end emission reduction equipment can help to meet emissions standards, thoroughly examining your plant’s power-draining systems and equipment can offer more efficient, tangible energy savings and a rapid return on investment.
For more information on exploring cost effective emission reduction possibilities for your plant, contact ProcessBarron at 888-663-2028.