Energy Costs. In Industry It Is A Subject That Has Never Commanded So Much Attention Or Commitment To Increasing Efficiencies And Reducing Consumption
Adrian Langford is General Manager of the Process Burner Division at Lanemark International Ltd. who have been at the forefront of process gas burner design and installation since the early 1980s. He believes there are a number of steps that could be considered and taken – either via converting existing ‘point of use’ systems or replacing centralised facilities – which can help to mitigate against the new energy cost environment in which, he says, UK manufacturing must now operate. The rapid increase in energy prices is exercising minds both in the home and in the factory. On the domestic front the consistent suggestion from the media is to ‘shop around’ to ensure that the price paid for each kW of gas and electricity consumed is reduced to the minimum possible. Sensible advice, but while this pursuit of the best energy deal can lead to reductions in the amount of money that has to be spent, in industry it is only part of the story. Here, the real key is to reduce the total number of kWh that are used in manufacturing applications by critically appraising existing process heating methods in order to maximise operating efficiencies while, at the same time, identifying the optimum energy source for each process.