New compressor technology sets new industry standards

April 7, 2016

If every compressor sold by Atlas Copco was a VSD+ instead of a “fixed speed” compressor, the world would reduce the CO2 emissions by 250 000 tons every year. This equals the annual emissions of no less than 50 000 passenger cars in traffic.

VSD air compressors set the new standard

The breakthrough VSD+ compressor launched in 2013 as the next step in variable speed drive technology, is a good example of how a game-changing innovation that benefits not only individual customers, but also the world as a whole.

This new type of compressor, powered by a permanent magnet motor, reduces energy consumption with 50% on average, compared to fixed speed compressors. It uses less energy to produce more compressed air, saving customers’ money as well as electricity. Atlas Copco is on a mission to making the industry greener, by expanding the VSD+ technology to compressors with higher capacities.

The Atlas Copco Group’s commitment to sustainability runs in every new innovation, from a revolutionary product like the VSD+ to the smallest component: when new products are developed, energy-efficiency is always top of mind. Industry-leading compressors, together with more efficient electronics, (built-in) heat and energy recovery systems, more sustainable production methods and materials, Atlas Copco lives up to its promise of “sustainable productivity” for its customers, while saving the environment. Atlas Copco cannot take 50 000 cars off the road every year, but for sure build industry-leading compressors that are ready for the future.

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Editor’s Notes:

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

Atlas Copco Compressors’ sales and distribution network means that specialist compressed air advice and service is always within easy reach. A team of over 80 service engineers operates across the country, to ensure maximum running efficiency and minimum downtime at its customers' sites.   

In the United Kingdom, Atlas Copco also handles the sales and marketing of construction and mining equipment, portable compressors and electric power generators, industrial power tools and assembly systems – all backed up by a nationwide sales, distribution, service and maintenance network.  

 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 2015, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 102 (BEUR 11) and more than 43,000 employees. Learn more at

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