Air Technologies® Speaks on Compressed Air Energy Efficiency at CEE Annual Meeting
CEE, a consortium of energy efficiency program administrators located throughout the United States and Canada, recently invited Air Technologies® to share its knowledge of energy efficiency solutions for industrial compressed air systems with attendees of the 2013 CEE Annual Industry Partners meeting.
CEE comprises 130 organizations that receive ratepayer funding, which they use to benefit the public through energy efficiency initiatives. Together, CEE organizations spent $7.6 billion in 2011 on specific efforts, including reducing industrial energy usage.
Air Technologies® President Kurt Lang served on an industry panel to describe the market for compressed air equipment and services and provide an overview of compressed air efficiency programs across the United States and Canada.
During his presentation, Lang introduced members and industry partners to Air Technologies®’s compressed air solution, DirectAIR®, which reduces kWh consumption by providing compressed air as a utility. DirectAIR® incorporates audits, monitoring and management in one solution to most efficiently meet the demands of industrial compressed air users.
In 2012, Air Technologies® and its DirectAIR® solution were recognized with awards from AEP Ohio and DTE Energy for providing significant energy savings on industrial compressed air to customers in Ohio and Michigan.
“During the meeting, I discovered that efficiency programs face many of the same barriers and opportunities that Air Technologies® and its peers face when it comes to helping customers get the most out of their compressed air systems,” Lang said.
“We discussed how it can be difficult for customers to find the time to pay attention to compressed air system performance, and to justify spending limited capital on system upgrades—even those that pay for themselves quickly. We also discussed opportunities for our industries to work together to more effectively educate customers about compressed air system performance, starting with the data we collect, analyze and report to customers.”
As CEE members voluntarily participate in binational initiatives, the market is influenced to supply demand for highly efficient products and services. More recently, CEE has directed its focus to common motor-driven systems, such as compressed air. In order to “get it right,” CEE has relied on the perspective and knowledge of its industry partners.
“As a large compressed air supplier, it’s our duty to find sustainable methods to help our customers reduce their energy consumption by supplying them with outstanding energy saving products and solutions,” Lang said. “I look forward to working with CEE to advance our common interests. We are off to a good start.”