In most industrial operations, the demand for compressed air fluctuates. An Atlas Copco air compressor with Variable Speed Drive (VSD) automatically adjusts the compressor’s operating speed to match air production to demand in real time, saving significant amounts of energy. How does it work?
For operations where the demand for compressed air fluctuates, a VSD air compressor automatically adjusts motor speed to match air demand, providing significant energy savings. In contrast, a traditional fixed-speed air compressor can operate only at full capacity. If less than full air flow is required for pneumatic processes, a lot of energy is consumed and wasted.
A VSD compressor is not designed for continuous operation at full speed. Switching losses of the inverter result in lower energy efficiency at full speed than an otherwise identical fixed-speed compressor.
A professional air audit is the best way to identify the most appropriate compressor and controls for your specific application. These audits are available from companies, including Atlas Copco, that specialize in the implementation of compressed air equipment.
Ask an air system professional about your best solution for energy-efficient compressed air production.