Research offers examples of VSD compressor energy savings

27 March 2012

Research carried out by compressed air equipment manufacturer, Atlas Copco, claims that UK industry could save over 16.5 million kWh* of energy in 2012 as a result of using its energy efficient variable speed drive (VSD) compressors.

Paul Clark, business line manager at Atlas Copco’s UK Industrial Air Division said: “VSD technology has been in use for many years, and has consistently proven its effectiveness in a number of different compressed air applications. Despite this, many businesses are still not using VSD compressors, even with the availability of affordable funding options. Our newly released figures clearly demonstrate the significant energy saving potential of Atlas Copco VSD compressor technology and the lucrative capital and carbon savings they provide to UK businesses.”

The amount of kWh energy represents enough electricity to power over 5000 UK households**. In 2012, Atlas Copco VSD compressors have the potential to save UK Industry almost 9 million kg of CO2. Clark continues: “These savings demonstrate that Atlas Copco VSD compressors have been proven to save UK businesses energy and money, and to reduce carbon emissions; which has a direct and positive impact on the environment.”

Atlas Copco offers a range of energy efficient VSD compressors, in both oil-free and oil-injected models.

* Based on typical 25% average saving on energy, and 4000 running hours per annum when a VSD compressor is compared to a fixed speed compressor.

** Based on typical medium household consumption of 3,300 kWh of electricity a year. Source:

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