2010-11 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

Air Compressor System Energy Recovery

Aaron Coon, Lucas Teeuwsen, Brian Westra

Sponsor: Adams Thermal Systems

The aim of this project was to save a significant amount of money spent annually on electricity and to reduce the amount of natural gas consumed by Adams Thermal Systems in Canton, South Dakota. This was achieved by specifying a more efficient air compressor system and by heating the building with waste heat from this air compressor system. Upon eventual installation of the system, estimates are that the net annual savings will be $89,000 in electricity and maintenance as well as 2 million cubic feet of natural gas.