Compressed Air Costs
Compressed Air Current Costs, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries
About Compressed Air. Compressed air is widely used in industrial sites for many purposes (e.g., aerating equipment, pneumatic conveying of solids, actuation of pneumatic controls), being regarded as a major utility after electricity, natural gas and water. In this context, almost all industrial plants rely on compressed air systems, varying in size from 5 horsepower small units to huge systems with 50,000 horsepower. Many times, in fact, air compressors use more electricity than any other equipment in industrial plants.
Utilities Cost vs. Purchase Price. Utilities may be generated inside the industrial site or purchased from an external supplier. When the utility is generated onsite, utilities cost represent estimates of the operating costs of the respective utility generation unit. Therefore, these costs do not include capital cost component associated with the construction of the utility generation unit. On the other hand, when the utility is purchased from an external supplier, the price paid covers not only operating costs of the off-site utility facility, but also a return on the capital investment employed in the construction of such facility.
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