Energy Efficient Practices, Applications and Recommendations for Industrial Sectors

Table of Contents

 

1.0 Executive Summary

2.0 Introduction

3.0 Energy Consumption in Industrial Sectors

3.1 Why Conserve Energy?

3.2 Maximizing Productivity and ROI

3.3 Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Activities

4.0 Energy Efficient Technologies

4.1 LED Lighting Trends

4.2 Renewable Energy (Solar)

4.3 Power Distribution and MV Transformers

4.4 Industrial Automation

4.5 Industrial Sensors

5.0 Legislation

5.1 Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs

6.0 Larson Electronics Energy Efficient Solutions for Industrial Markets

7.0 Conclusion

 

 

1.0 Executive Summary

This report provides an in-depth look at energy efficiency in industrial sectors. The paper establishes an eye-opening definition of energy efficiency and its widespread applications. Previous case studies, government programs and reports are applied to provide a realistic view of energy consumption in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing activities. Legislation, an often overlooked component, when it comes to the application of large-scale energy efficient practices, is also highlighted in this whitepaper, along with recommendations for long-term implementation.

The following questions are answered extensively in this report:

  • Which industrial sectors consume the most energy?
  • How are businesses in the industrial sector saving energy?
  • Which global trends dictate industrial energy efficiency programs?
  • What are cost savings realized and associated with MV power distribution?
  • How can companies leverage legislation to ease challenges associated with industrial efficiency projects?

Larson Electronics is a leading provider of industrial lighting products and portable power distribution stations. With over 40 years of experience serving industrial sectors, the brand provides customized solutions for customers with specific lighting needs and power distribution configurations. This report is a reflection of the company’s expertise and robust experience in supporting the application of energy efficient programs through the use of cutting-edge equipment and new, industrial technologies.

2.0 Introduction

According to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), a US-based non-profit organization responsible for advocating energy efficiency-related issues, and a 2015 report published by the US Department of Energy (Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency), the industrial sector consumes the most energy in the US economy (31.44 percent, as of 2012). Sectors behind industrial in energy consumption includes the following: transportation (27.94 percent), residential (22.12 percent) and commercial (18.50 percent). With over 200,000 industrial establishments currently operating on a national level, ranging from manufacturing (e.g., oil refining, assembly, production) and non-manufacturing (e.g., large-scale farming, mining, storage and treatment) activities, the industrial sector in the US consumes a whopping 30 quadrillion Btu of energy per year, which equates to roughly 33.3 percent of the entire country’s annual energy consumption.

Based on the current state of industrial energy efficiency in the country, US Department of Energy analysts predict energy consumption of the industrial sector to increase to 36 percent (or higher, from 31.44 percent) by 2025. Curtailing this trend is the main, collective objective of businesses in the industrial sector and government agencies. With such strong reliance on industrial-scale manufacturing to boost economic activity, it is critical to maintain or improve plant output, while adopting new energy-efficient practices.

From a business perspective, implementing energy-efficient practices is an effective way to decrease operating costs. However, because energy-efficient technologies typically come with higher costs, many companies are forced to wait for price points to decrease or rely on government programs to ease barrier-to-entry challenges associated with acquisition. An example of this is the introduction of LED technology to industrial markets, as a replacement for outdated incandescent, fluorescent and metal halide fixtures in buildings. Initially, businesses with tight budgets could not afford to transition to LEDs on their own, due to high costs. Government programs, in the form of incentives and tax credits, and the widespread availability of LED lighting systems eventually helped improve adoption, resulting in decreased energy consumption, carbon emissions (from manufacturing replacement parts) and labor.

Adopting energy-efficient practices is a direct path to futureproofing one’s business. This can be seen in the rise of solar-powered equipment for remote applications. Other salient aspects of industrial energy efficiency include robotics and automation. These upgrades improve accuracy during operation, decrease downtime, ensure security and streamline the implementation of energy-efficient standards. An example of this comes from Qatalum, an industrial aluminum smelter plant in Mesajeed Industrial City, Qatar. In 2014, the establishment introduced an automated process control platform, consisting of a network hosting up to 1,000 nodes, which oversees 17 different sections of the large-scale facility.

3.0 Energy Consumption in Industrial Sectors

This chapter explores how businesses in the industrial sector consume energy, as well as the benefits of conserving energy on a large scale. The benefits of industrial energy efficiency provided are supplemented with real case examples and market trend reports. The rates of energy consumption per sector are also expounded, in order to uncover and maximize energy efficient opportunities for industrial companies.

3.1 Why Conserve Energy?

The benefits of industrial energy efficiency are countless, capable of having a ‘trickle down’ effect on businesses and organizations. At the most basic level, mitigating energy consumption results in decreased energy demand and harmful emissions. Because of this, most agencies, including the International Energy Agency (IEA) measure energy efficiency in the industrial sector using the two variables. It is important to highlight that positive impacts of energy efficiency have the potential to; and in most cases exceed these two factors. An industrial plant that adopts energy efficient standards typically experiences an increase in productivity (covered in the next section), a boost in health or well-being (for workers) and equipment performance (decreased maintenance and extended lifespans).

An example of equipment performance benefits stemming from energy efficient practices comes from a 2014 report published by the IEA (Capturing the multiple benefits of energy efficiency). In the document, the IEA expounded on a project by a Denmark-based establishment that specializes in liquid gases. In order to decrease energy consumption during production, the business incorporated a new temperature-cooling system that reduced energy requirements. At the end of the project, the company was successful in addressing its energy consumption issues. Going beyond this, the new system also allowed the facility to decrease its reliance on specific chemicals, which lessened its use of corrosion inhibitors, as well as costs related to labor. In most cases, such passive benefits are difficult to measure for agencies, plant operators and regulatory inspectors. Hence, the full advantages of industrial energy efficiency have a tendency to go unacknowledged, even after years of implementation.

Industrial energy efficiency is strongly influenced by market trends. Businesses in the industrial sector must take such factors into consideration, to improve relevancy within the space and reduce operational costs. A timely example of this is the move to ban gas-powered and/or diesel-powered vehicles, in favor of all-electric or hybrid plug-in vehicles, by many leading countries worldwide. According to a 2017 report by CNN, such countries include China, India (by 2030), France, the UK (by 2040) and Norway.

In India, the government has set the pace and an example for the transition, by ordering 10,000 electric cars (procured by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd [EESL]) that will be used to replace existing internal combustion engine (ICE) powered government vehicles and fleets. India-based Tata Motors (owner of Jaguar Land Rover, subsidiary of Tata Group) and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) won the bid for the order and were awarded the government contracts in 2017.

Germany, with a local economy largely supported by auto manufacturing, is also making the necessary adjustments to phase out ICE-powered vehicles in the coming decades. When such policies go into effect and are fully implemented by participating countries, the entire automotive sector will be affected. Attempting to counter such large-scale, energy efficiency trends (for instance, by refusing to transition to all-electric fleets or increasing reliance on ICE-powered machines) may put unnecessary strain on business operations and productivity.

From this, it would be possible to draw a connection between compliance with regulatory agencies (as organizations capable of dictating energy efficiency trends through the introduction of new legislation, standards or recommendations) and successful industrial energy efficiency. This aspect of industrial energy efficiency is covered extensively in Chapter 5 (5.0 Legislation).

3.2 Maximizing Productivity and ROI

As highlighted in the previous section, there are several benefits of industrial energy efficiency that are difficult to measure. One of these benefits in an increase in productive output, which was effectively measured through a 2001 study by the Energy Analysis Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Environmental Protection Agency (Productivity benefits of industrial energy efficiency measures).

According to the authors of the report, non-energy benefits related to industrial efficiency practices include the following:

  • Reduced labor requirements
  • Noise reduction
  • Comfortable work environment
  • Increased process control
  • Increased safety
  • Increased convenience
  • Decreased waste
  • Reduced space requirements

From a cost perspective, it is important to measure non-energy benefits of industrial efficiency practices in order to realize its true potential. The factors listed above can help add weight to the cost-effective potential of energy savings.

Return on investment (ROI) is a major driver for the adoption of new, highly efficient technologies. Equipment or systems capable of offering quick ROI are usually favored by businesses in the industrial sector, for obvious reasons (increased financial flexibility). In the same 2001 study, researchers were able to conclude that the average energy payback of industrial energy efficiency projects is 4.2 years. When factoring in both energy and non-energy benefits or factors, the pace of average payback is rapidly increased, reaching 1.9 years.

When it comes to types of industrial energy efficiency projects with high ROI rates, projects involving ‘state-of-the-art’, cutting-edge equipment and designs are more capable of providing increased return on investments, compared to projects that only address part of the issue, such as retrofits or component upgrades. The ‘state-of-the-art’ projects cited in the study were up to 1.8 times more expensive to implement than industrial energy efficiency projects that provide partial solutions. However, it is important to point out that the average total savings per year for ‘state-of-the-art’ efficiency projects in the industrial sector is roughly 1.5 times greater than conventional upgrades.

3.3 Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Activities

The word ‘industrial’ is a loosely used term, which is frequently applied to define the foundational segments of the global economy. This term must be properly defined to fully understand the implications of industrial energy efficiency. The industrial sector focuses on the large-scale production of goods or the processing of raw materials. Moreover, it involves both manufacturing and non-manufacturing activities.

Currently, manufacturing activities make up a staggering 85 percent of industrial energy consumption (according to AES), including metal or chemical processing, oil refining, automotive assembly, etc. From this statistic, it is clear that most projects, efforts and challenges related to industrial energy efficiency will come from industrial establishments devoted to manufacturing activities. Examples of non-manufacturing activities include large-scale farming (agriculture), wastewater treatment, mining, construction, etc.

In addition to understanding the types of activities that make up the industrial sector, it is also vital to know how establishments in the industry are consuming and allocating energy during operations. Over 80 percent of energy in the industrial sector is utilized for processing or related applications. For instance, keeping a large furnace on using natural gas or coal to process raw materials. Supportive machines and systems account for 15 percent of energy consumption in the industrial sector. This includes fans, air compressors and motors, which are typically powered by electricity from a local grid. The last five percent is comprised of energy used to keep the facility operational, such as lighting systems, ventilation and HVAC systems.

4.0 Energy Efficient Technologies

Chapter 4 takes a closer look at energy efficient technologies used by businesses in the industrial sector. The scope of technologies includes LEDs, solar-powered systems, power distribution stations, medium voltage transformers and sensors. The information in this section of the whitepaper can be used to identify specific, cutting-edge technologies and their contribution to industrial energy efficiency. For futureproofing and relevance, a preview of the upcoming industrial automation era is provided.

4.1 LED Lighting Trends

Without a doubt, one of the most promising technologies rapidly being applied in the industrial sector is LED lighting. Several timely reports foresee the industrial sector to increase its pace in adopting the technology in the coming decade. According to data from LEDs Magazine, LED lamp adoption is predicted to increase from 1.7 billion (2015) to 4.5 billion by 2022. This action will be coupled with declining prices during purchase, which will support the trend, causing the market to proliferate with momentum.

The table below compares LEDs with traditional lighting technologies widely used by the industrial sector:

 

Type Method Lifespan Efficiency (LPW) CCT CRI Direction Warm-up Time
LED Electroluminescence 50,000+ hours 40-100 2,000K to 6,500K+ 65-95 180 degrees Instant
Metal Halide Gaseous mixture 15,000+ hours 70-115 3,000K to 6,500K+ High 360 degrees 10-20 minutes
Fluorescent Mercury 7,000 to 15,000 hours 30-110 2,700K to 6,500K 62-80 360 degrees Near instant
Incandescent Filament 1,200+ hours 10-17 2,700K to 6,500K 95-100 360 degrees Instant

 

A closer look at the types of LED lighting systems being adopted by businesses in the industrial sector can provide information about how such companies are becoming energy efficient. From 2015 to 2017, LED high bay light revenue steadily increased, along with downlights, suspended pendants and troffer lighting products.

High bay lighting systems are mainly used for illumination in large spaces within the industrial sector. Warehouses, storage centers, manufacturing floors, loading docks and general activity areas are the types of spaces that commonly use high bay LED fixtures. When installed from heights greater than 15 feet, the rugged lamps are also suitable for stadiums, gyms and event centers. The transition to high bay LED fixtures, from metal halide or fluorescent lamps, comes with a plethora of benefits. With up to 8 percent better light uniformity during operation, brighter output, lower energy requirements and longer lifespans, returns on such projects can be immediate and low risk. Moreover, businesses in the industrial sector with tight budgets have the option to invest in retrofit projects to ease challenges with purchasing. It makes sense for early adopters of LED fixtures to start with sections of the facility with demanding lighting requirements, which include parts of the building with high activity.

The next type of LED luminary frequently applied in industrial energy efficiency projects is suspended pendant lights. These units usually take on the form of linear (tube-style) lamps. Like high bay LED lights, this type of LED fixture is used in general sections of the facility. Furthermore, linear LED lights serve as suitable replacements for conventional fluorescent lights. Retrofit options are also available for such products, allowing companies in the industrial sector to either directly replace fluorescent tubes with LEDs or rewire the luminaries to accept LEDs (drivers). Suspended, linear fixtures are commonly used in industrial operations requiring accurate color depiction, such as paint spray booths and labs. The units can also be found in commercial offices and schools.

Surprisingly, adoption of LED troffer lights is forecasted to grow rapidly between 2017 and 2022 (based on data from LEDs Magazine). The fixtures offer space-saving advantages, due to its recessed mounting configuration during installation. In most cases, LED troffer lights are designed to replace outdated, fluorescent troffer lamps. The units can be found in numerous industrial buildings, as well as government facilities. Through a 2014 report, the US Department of Energy promoted the use of such luminaries for government buildings.

The future of LED lighting trends in the industrial sector is bright and promising. It is expected that as prices for LED lighting products decrease and the technology becomes more available, adoption will continue to increase – from general lighting systems to more specific illuminative applications. Such applications include portable lamps for hazardous locations, such as mining, and specialized LED products for autonomous platforms and smart, connected technology.

4.2 Renewable Energy (Solar)

Solar-powered lighting products and systems can support industrial efficiency programs and initiatives by leveraging natural sunlight. According to the 2017 US Energy and Employment Report (USEER), the solar industry is set to overtake coal, with the nascent sector employing more US workers than coal in 2016. Despite utilizing underdeveloped technology (current solar panels and batteries available on the market today still have room for optimization), many companies in the industrial sector view solar power to be revolutionary.

Increased adoption of solar-powered systems can be linked to the following:

  • Subsidies and tax credits
  • Spread of solar leasing programs
  • Increased performance of solar-powered products
  • Long-term savings
  • Decreased reliance on grid power
  • Support of sustainable energy programs

Remotely located industrial facilities are in a direct position to benefit from highly efficient solar-powered systems. Such establishments, which include off-shore, agricultural operations, marine-based manufacturing and treatment plants, can deploy lights and equipment faster without limitations associated with connecting to a local grid (lengthy wiring, costly trenching for poles, availability, etc.).

Due to large-scale energy requirements set by businesses in the sector, many question the feasibility of such programs. The reality is, solar power can be scaled for power-hungry plant operations. The Solar Energy Information Administration’s Solar Means Business Report uncovered that manufacturing (which makes up the largest niche in the industrial sector) establishments in the US make up roughly 86 MW of solar energy production (PV). To accommodate industrial facilities, solar installations are implemented on roofs, nearby fields or large bodies of water (floating solar panels). Furthermore, individual systems, such as light towers, emergency lamps and outdoor fixtures, may incorporate their own set of panels and battery storage systems.

An example of the successful implementation of solar panels to support large-scale manufacturing comes from Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 facility in Nevada (929,000 square meters). The automotive manufacturing plant assembles electric cars and lithium-ion power cells (through a partnership with Panasonic) at the location. The Gigafactory is powered by a 70 MW solar array assembly on the roof of the building, which when complete will be the world’s largest solar installation on a rooftop. It is important to point out that the facility does not have a natural-gas pipeline connected to it, forcing the company to rely on renewable energy sources. The solar panels are equipped with a GPS-guidance system to ensure proper alignment with the sun (true north). Tesla plans to install wind turbines around the area to supplement its renewable energy goals.

4.3 Power Distribution and MV Transformers

Mitigating power consumption and losses associated with medium-scale power distribution is an effective way to improve industrial energy efficiency. For companies in the sector, such practices involve the use of medium voltage power distribution stations, portable power distribution units and low voltage transformers. Unlike mainstream establishments, industrial facilities, including hospitals and large factories, can be fed medium voltage – depending on the arrangement with a local utility company.

In medium voltage power distribution, the performance of dry-type and oil-filled transformers are often compared. Focusing on efficiency rates, dry-type units are capable of operating at 95 percent efficiency. To improve performance, the units must reduce the generation of heat. This is where the two differ greatly, with one utilizing mineral oil or a non-flammable liquid and the other relying on natural air movement and ventilation.

Below is a graph from the Copper Development Association, which compares efficiency rates, operating costs and payback of copper and aluminum dry-type transformers:

Manufacturer A – 1,500 kVA*
Standard (Aluminum) High Efficiency (Copper) Standard (Aluminum) High Efficiency (Copper)
Load Factor** 65% 85%
Efficiency 98.64% 99.02% 98.47% 99.02%
Temp. Rise
(100% load)
150° C 80° C 150° C 80° C
Core Loss 4.3 kW 5.5 kW 4.3 kW 5.5 kW
Conductor Loss 9.1 kW 4.1 kW 15.5 kW 7.1 kW
Total Loss 13.4 kW 9.6 kW 19.8 kW 12.6 kW
Power Saving 3.8 kW 7.2 kW
First Cost $16,750 $22,650 $16,750 $22,650
Cost Premium $5,900 $5,900
Benefits of Using High-Efficiency Copper-Wound Dry-Type Transformers
Electrical
Energy Cost
Annual Savings Payback Period Annual Savings Payback Period
$0.05/kWh $1,660 3.5 y $3,150 1.9 y
$0.07/kWh $2,330 2.5 y $4,420 1.3 y
$0.09/kWh $3,000 2.0 y $5,680 1.0 y

 

* Actual examples of 1,500 kVA, 15 kV – 277/480 V, and 75 kVA, 480 V – 120/208 V, transformers.

** A combination of duty cycle and percent of full loading.

Portable power distribution units are capable of supporting a wide range of equipment in a flexible, energy efficient manner. When powering a set of tools at the work site, operators can allocate power via generators or large, solar panel assemblies. Additionally, by offering more control over distribution, operators can reduce idle power consumption from connected equipment through the unit. This is crucial for electronics with passive features, such as lights with sensors, smart meters, security devices and etc. The benefits of leveraging temporary power distribution stations for industrial energy efficiency also has a ‘trickle down’ effect on businesses.

4.4 Industrial Automation

Maximizing industrial efficiency requires around-the-clock monitoring systems and readily available (human) operators to execute controls, conduct assessments or inspections and provide system feedback or analysis. The main issue with such requirements is not the 24/7 demand of the plant. Instead, in most cases, it is the human element that makes highly accurate and demanding industrial processes inefficient and wasteful. For example, an operator that is tasked to oversee a set of pumps and large injection molding devices will have a difficult time manually managing all of the machines. While he or she is inspecting a pump motor at one end of the facility, another pump could be consuming energy in idle mode. It may take a couple of hours before the busy operator can address the idle-running pump, resulting in wasted energy. This is where industrial sensors and automation protocols enter the picture.

Simple energy monitoring devices connected to each machine, controlled over a private network, could provide real-time feedback about overall energy consumption of the facility. This would allow operators to view a set of machines simultaneously. Furthermore, he or she can execute commands in groups for proactive energy reduction. Automated solutions for industrial facilities are not limited to energy monitoring. It is also possible automate the activation/deactivation or machines or switches, motor acceleration/deceleration, data gathering and meter reading.

Advancements in industrial automation aim to eliminate the human element, resulting in more predictable and highly optimized plant efficiency rates. In the classification of non-energy benefits (refer to section 3.2 Maximizing Productivity and ROI for more information), industrial automation is a solution that can address most concerns in the category. For businesses in the industrial sector, major challenges associated with the adoption of automation protocols and devices include: knowledge, cost, implementation/management and realization of savings (for discreet or passive applications).

4.5 Industrial Sensors

While it is true that some cutting-edge programs and platforms for industrial automation can be expensive to acquire, not all options come with high price points and complex installation requirements. At the most basic level, low-cost sensors can be used by companies in the industrial sector to automate simple functions.

For lighting systems and cameras, motion sensors are applied to allow the units to actively respond to movement. Such features do not require a human operator to manage the system. In remote locations, motion sensors are effective in reducing energy consumption, by activating lights and monitoring devices only when needed. Motion sensors are also useful for boosting security. Other types of sensors focus on equipment response and tracking. For instance, a thermal sensor could detect overheating in a conveyer machine, allowing operators to address such issues before contributing to energy wastage. Another way to decrease energy usage is by incorporating dimmers with industrial fixtures. Such devices provide robust control of brightness levels, which can also improve the quality of illumination. As a result, lighting dimmers provide a range of non-energy benefits, including increased productivity.

5.0 Legislation

This chapter dives into the legislative aspects of industrial energy efficiency. Furthermore, the author aims to establish the importance of incorporating the latest standards and guidelines from regulators and government agencies in ones energy efficiency projects.

5.1 Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs

One of the most powerful drivers of industrial energy efficiency is actionable government programs, supported by relevant legislation. The issuance of new energy standards by government-backed environmental agencies can cause trends to proliferate or disappear. Furthermore, updates to existing energy efficient guidelines can accelerate the development of a trend or slow it down. A direct example of this is comes from the enforcement of the EISA –– the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, under ex-President George W. Bush. The guidelines started the phase out of inefficient 60-watt incandescent bulbs.

Clarification from Energy Star about the ban includes the following:

The standards are technology neutral, which means any type of bulb can be sold as long as it meets the efficiency requirements. Common household light bulbs that traditionally use between 40 and 100 watts will use at least 27% less energy by 2014.”

The agency further explains in an FAQ memo that the new standards are supported by NEMA and industrial lighting manufacturers. Although the guidelines are ‘technology neutral’ many businesses in the industrial sector decided to take the most direct path to compliance by adopting LED lighting systems, as replacements for incandescent bulbs. Furthermore, many lighting recommendations from US agencies, between 2012 and 2017, provide recommendations for the application of LED fixtures. In such cases, it is clear that attempts of counter-trending would be ineffective and costly for industrial companies, due to widespread implementation of the new standards.

Fortunately, the government’s role in the comprehensive implementation of industrial energy efficiency measures isn’t limited to phasing out old technologies. To help businesses in the industrial sector actively meet and transition to new energy efficient standards, agencies also provide supportive programs and incentives.

In Denmark, a CO2 tax program is implemented to discourage the use of non-renewable energy. Criteria for the type of taxation imposed include types of energy used, its intended purpose and existing contracts with local energy organizations. To stimulate the adoption of energy efficient technologies, the Danish government introduced several types of tax credits for investments in energy efficiency programs.

Industrial energy efficiency programs are offered by government agencies, such as the US EPA, local organizations, financial institutions, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Audit Program, and product manufacturers:

  • Government Agencies: Government agencies ensure support in the industrial sector’s move to become more energy efficient. In most cases, realigning the practices of an entire industry requires major moves by large, influential groups. For instance, in Bangladesh, the country is unable to fully maximize its renewable energy potential, due to lack of solutions available. To boost energy sourcing, the local government intends to exploit its coal reserves. However, existing policies are insufficient in promoting safe mining methods and the relocation of residents living around mining areas. If left unaddressed, such aspects of industrial efficiency in the country serve as major barriers and could hinder adoption rates. Local businesses in the sector are not expected to tackle such issues on their own. Furthermore, it is up to the government to establish a positive regulatory environment for companies to become energy efficient.
  • Financial Institutions: Financial institutions, such as banks and third-party lenders, are capable of providing well-rounded perspectives on the risk and returns of industrial energy efficiency projects. Consistent investments in industrial efficiency programs are needed to maintain progress in meeting certain standards set by local governments. According to the Coalition for Green Capital, an investment of $2-3 trillion annually is required to effectively transition to ‘clean’ energy while meeting the overall global demand.
  • Product Manufacturers: Manufacturers of energy efficient equipment, including lighting systems, HVAC units and batteries (just to name a few), are in a direct position to provide discounts or cost-effective purchasing programs to ease budget constraints related to adoption. Such establishments are typically aware of the energy efficient standards tied with their products. For example, a lighting manufacturer may provide a low-cost leasing program for businesses that are interested in transitioning to LED lighting.

6.0 Larson Electronics Energy Efficient Solutions for Industrial Markets

Larson Electronics provides numerous solutions for businesses in the industrial sector. In support of energy efficient practices and programs, the company’s products can help reduce energy consumption, decrease wastage, improve productivity and boost annual savings. For maximum compatibility and efficiency, the establishment caters to custom requests in order to meet strict project requirements, stringent energy standards or hazardous classifications.

Larson Electronics serves the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Military
  • Oil and gas/Off-shore
  • Chemical and food processing
  • Paint spray booths
  • Treatment plants
  • Laboratories
  • Mining
  • Schools and Universities

Starting with lighting systems, Larson Electronics offers the latest LED, fluorescent, metal halide and halogen fixtures for industrial, commercial and residential spaces. Such products include light towers, handheld spotlights, portable lamps, explosion proof fixtures, high bay units and more. In application, the luminaries can be used in manufacturing plants, oil and gas facilities, flammable work sites, outdoor or rugged locations and more.

To support efficient energy consumption, Larson Electronics also provides power distribution stations, portable transformers, solar-powered units and compact generators. These products are designed to extend or optimize power distribution through voltage rectification and compatibility. For portability, the units are mounted on wheeled carts, dollies, skid mounts or stands. As a one-stop shop for industrial equipment, Larson Electronics also provides accessories for its lighting and power distribution products.

7.0 Conclusion

The industrial sector, as major consumers of energy for manufacturing and non-manufacturing activities, is an integral part of the global economy. Because of this, efficiency must be prioritized in order to reduce wastage, as businesses in the sector continue to expand their product lines and services. As manufacturing activities make up roughly 85 percent of industrial energy consumption, it is recommended to focus planning, projects, the development of new standards, government programs and legislation on such activities.

Next, the adoption of ‘state-of-the-art’ technologies, such as LED lighting systems, solar panels, portable power distribution stations and sensors, has been proven to yield positive returns in both short-term and long-term timeframes. However, it is important to point out that improving energy efficiency does not always have to be expensive and meticulous. Incorporating low-cost industrial sensors, in the form of motion or day/night sensors and timers, with existing equipment is an effective way to boost efficiency with minimal effort.

Lastly, the role of legislation and local governments should not be overlooked in industrial energy efficiency. Such powerful instruments and groups have the capacity to stop current market trends (and create new ones), accelerate (or slow down) existing trends, as well as enforce (or loosen) industrial standards and recommendations. The types of mediums used by government agencies to accelerate such goals include financing programs (through banking institutions and third-party lenders), tax credits and awareness campaigns.

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