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Project Name: Energy Conservation Survey
Country: Mexico
Description: An Energy Conservation Survey was performed. The total savings opportunities identified during the survey were $190,000.00. As part of the survey Client requested an investigation of the natural gas consumption to determine if the billing was reasonably accurate. The following conclusions were made as a result of the preliminary analysis. • Based on calculation estimates, quantities billed do not appear to be unreasonable; and • Metering needs to be installed in the plant for a true understanding of gas usage. The following primary opportunities were identified and may be accomplished through utilization of plant maintenance resources: • Reduction of compressed air leaks; • Reduction of steam leaks; • Elimination of failed steam traps; • Increased cleaning frequency of air washer; • Elimination of energized idle equipment; and • Implementation of an energy conservation program. The following additional opportunities were identified which will require capital investment: • Installation of meters on boilers; • Direction of boiler combustion air from ceiling; • Installation of automatic blow down control; • Installation of blow down heat recovery; • Return of condensate to boiler; • Insulation of exposed steam pipes; • Installation of gas meters; • Implementation of tenter exhaust humidity control; • Replacement of inefficient lighting; and • Implementation of data management and system optimization. The opportunities shared included: • Natural gas consumption and; • Most energy efficient lighting with good color recognition. The energy survey included a review of these areas as well as a review of other energy opportunities. The Client's plant was a knitting, dyeing, and finishing facility. The primary equipment included knitting machines, dye jets, tenter frame, compactors, nappers, and a calendar. Energy utilization for the plant included natural gas, steam, compressed air, water, and electricity. The review of energy opportunities included a compressed air generation and distribution system review, steam generation and distribution systems evaluation, HVAC system inspection, gas consumption analysis, lighting evaluation, and a plant walk-through to identify other energy opportunities.
 

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