Energy Audit Case Study I
This energy audit case study is a sanitized part of an energy audit, it is only one element of a comprehensive energy audit report conducted by Kelcroft E&M Limited.
Location: Hong Kong
Type: Commercial Building
A Kelcroft energy audit conducted in Hong Kong uncovered several opportunities (EMO) to conserve energy, lower operating costs and saving money. One particular discovery, was particularly interesting and worth further review.
The Kelcroft energy audit identified a condenser water circulation pump operating 24/7 - yes twenty four hours per day seven days a week.
Investigation revealed that an automatic control system motor control panel had been modified, the control portion bypassed.
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Staff interviews provided no clues why this happened therefore it was not possible to establish how many years this pump had been operating continuously.
Although we may never know the real reason, most likely the pump control circuit had been circumvented during maintenance activities as a temporary measure, however the work was never re-inspected to re-confirm that the control panel was properly reinstated after the works were complete.
Energy conservation is
economics driven activity - the goal to of the energy auditor is to
and evaluate feasible energy cost savings, and their monetary value.
In this case, a risk free corrective action would save more than HK$30,000 per annum, with a simple payback period measured in weeks.
Customer comfort, and service standard would not be affected.
Restoring the correct operating mode extended the economic lifespan of the pump, and associated services, helping to lower operating expenses (OPex).
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Saving waste benefited the environment too, this corrective action would also save approximately 18,000 kg of carbon dioxide (saved emissions) every year, or equal to saving 41 standard barrels of oil energy year.
So what lesson can be learned - properly conducted inspections are essential to maintain systems and equipment operating at their peak efficiency. Don't overlook the small issues, all equipment large or small operating unnecessarily wastes energy and operating costs.
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