The study “Compressed Air Systems Waste” has researched the energy savings potential and concluded that the measure with greatest savings potential in a compressed air system is leakage detection and prevention.
It represents 42% of the savings potential which is 4 times more than the second best alternative which is system design. Leakage detection not only has the greatest savings potential but also provides the fastest pay-back. Most projects have a 3-4 month pay-back period.
The reason is that the effect is immediate and that the repair costs average less than 10% of the leakage costs. Energy savings is just one part of the benefit. Completely eliminating the need for new compressor capacity or stabilizing pressure could be even more significant.
Additional case studies: Implementing a Compressed Air System Leak Management Program at an Automotive Plant, Food Processing Energy Incentive Programs and Air Leak Detection Incentive Programs