Compressed air

Compressed air systems use up to 10 per cent of total industrial electricity in Australia.

Energy accounts for up to 70 per cent of a compressed air systems total cost over its lifetime, and up to 50 per cent of the compressed air used by industrial businesses can be avoided.

Delivering the best outcome for your business requires a whole-systems approach to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of your compressed air system.

Case studies

Sustainability Victoria has more than 20 case studies of SMEs that have undertaken energy and material efficiency projects saving tens of thousands of dollars per year. Austco Polar saved $116,000 per year by upgrading compressors. See this and other case studies.

Useful resources

Sustainability Victoria's Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guide to compressed air systems is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to improving energy efficiency in compressed air systems. This guide helps businesses determine the limitations of their existing systems and guides through the process towards finding the best solution in improving their existing system or designing a new system. Access the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guide to compressed air systems.

Australian Industry Group (AiGroup) has produced a series of excellent short videos on energy efficiency and optimisation for manufacturers which provide practical advice on reducing energy use and saving money. The 'Compressed air' video is available online.

The Plastics & Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) has produced a series of 5 Minute Guides to energy efficiency. The guide to Compressed Air Systems provides simple and practical guidance to reduce the energy consumption of compressed air systems.