Save money with Smart Air
Find out how much money you can save through choosing the right compressed air system on board your vessel.
As part of TMC Compressors of the Seas’ (TMC) Smart Air week, we have already explained what Smart Air is and the importance of good air quality. Now the time has come to focus on costs.
“Show me the money,” Tom Cruise shouted in the Hollywood blockbuster Jerry Maguire. The same statement can be used by vessel owners and operators when they consider which marine compressed air system to buy.
“In fact, purchasers should shout ‘show me ALL the money’, because they would benefit from increased transparency regarding both capex and opex when engaging in dialogue with suppliers of marine compressor systems,” says Hans Petter Tanum, TMC’s director of sales and business development.
First and foremost, choosing the right marine compressor system can represent substantial economic gains.
When using a compressor that runs with a fixed speed electrical motor, you will produce a fixed volume of compressed air – often more air than you need for most of your applications onboard. Nevertheless, the compressor needs to be sized for the peak consumption onboard, even if these are operational situations that very rarely occur.
This is why TMC’s Smart Air compressors are based on a technology that offers precise control of the compressor speed. Simply explained: the speed of the electrical motor will adjust itself according to what is required to produce the exact air volume necessary to meet the actual compressed air consumption at all time. In turn, lower air consumption requires less speed on the compressor and this directly results in less power consumption.
Studies have shown that the average consumption of compressed air is 35-60 % of the total installed air compressors capacity. This means that a lot of energy goes to waste. With TMC Smart Air compressors, the compressed air production is automatically adapted to the compressed air consumption. As a result, energy waste is eliminated.
Real life case studies has shown great energy savings on both small, single compressor installations and bigger compressor systems onboard, from USD 10,000 up to several hundred thousand USD per year for each installation. Payback time for upgrading to a TMC Smart Air compressor installation is typically 6 – 12 months, and the savings will continue throughout the lifetime of the vessel.
Low maintenance costs
Keeping precise control of the compressor speed at all times also means that you avoid unnecessary wear and tear of the compressor, its parts and components. Not only does this mean less compressor downtime, but also lower maintenance costs as you reduce the need for spare parts and the time your vessel crew need to maintain the compressor.
“Utilizing Smart Air is therefore the most cost-effective alternative when it comes to marine compressed air systems. Don’t throw your money overboard,” adds Tanum.