Improving the Energy Use at the SPIC Factory

B.A.K. Abu-Hijleh (UAE)

Keywords

Energy management, peakshifting, conversion to natural gas and nonwoven production.

Abstract

The production of non-woven material is an energy intensive process. The current work is focused at reducing the energy bill of the production process in order to increase the profitability of the factory. There are two main forms of energy used in the factory: electricity and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). The electricity bill is made-up of two components: the total kWh used as well as a peak demand penalty. These two components will be addressed in different ways. The electricity consumption is divided into the following main categories: lighting, HVAC and production line machinery. Several energy peak-shifting and energy conservation proposals have been suggested. Some have been put in place while others are waiting to be implemented. The implementation of these methods is expected to results in a significant reduction in the factory’s electricity bill. On the LPG front, the study showed that the current conditions do not favour the switch from LPG to Natural Gas (NG). The conditions needed for this switch were identified. A new design for the storage and delivery of LPG was made. The new design can be easily modified for use with NG once the conditions are right.

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