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UK industry to save 16.5 million kWh of energy using compressors with variable speed drive


Antwerp, July 16: Research carried out by compressed air equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco, has revealed that UK Industry will save over 16.5 million kWh*(1) of energy in 2012 as a result of using the company’s Variable Speed Drive (VSD) compressors. The amount of energy saved is the equivalent to a reduction in CO2 emissions of just under 9 million kg*(2).

Paul Clark, Business Line Manager at Atlas Copco’s UK Industrial Air Division commented: “Variable Speed Drive (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 this technique, 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*(3), and is equally impressive when viewed in terms of reducing CO2 emissions. In 2012, Atlas Copco VSD compressors have the potential to save UK Industry almost 9 million kg of CO2, which equates to nearly 50 million air miles or 2,000 trips around the world*(4).

As Paul Clark explains: “These savings demonstrate that Atlas Copco VSD compressors have been proven to not only save UK businesses energy and money, but also significantly reduce their carbon emissions; which has a direct and positive impact on the environment."

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Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500 employees and revenues of BSEK 81 (BEUR 9). Learn more at

Atlas Copco’s CompressorTechnique business area provides industrial compressors, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment equipment and air management systems. It has a global service network and offers specialty rental services. Compressor Technique innovates for sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, Germany, the United States, China and India.

Atlas Copco Compressors is the UK sales and service operation of the Atlas Copco Group providing oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors,  gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, nitrogen generators, air treatment equipment (such as compressed air dryers, coolers, and filters) air management systems, and custom designed engineered packages.

*(1)- 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.
*(2) – Based on conversion rate of 16.5 million KW to carbon emissions. Source: Carbon Trust
*(3) – Based on typical medium household consumption of 3,300 kWh of electricity a year. Source:
*(4) – Based on calculation used by AMEX