Energy Waste in Industry

The latest global ranking prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy placed Brazil among the last five placed on a list of 25 countries, with regard to public policies and business practices for the management of energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency consists of obtaining the best performance in the production of a product combined with the lowest possible energy expenditure. Among the main reasons that explain this low Brazilian performance is the insufficient investment in innovation. To promote energy efficiency, it is necessary to analyze the production process by identifying losses to be eliminated or points of reuse.

The waste of energy is an important point of attention. Data released by ABESCO (Brazilian Association of Energy Conservation Services Companies) show that, between 2014 and 2016, Brazil wasted the equivalent of 140% of the annual amount generated by the Itaipu plant. There are more than 60 billion reais that could have been saved if we had invested more heavily in technology.

The industry is one of the main responsible for this situation, since it consumes at least 40% of all the energy produced in the country. Obsolete machinery, engines with maintenance problems and the still insufficient integration of production processes with the latest technological innovations are largely responsible for such waste.

For example, in the soy processing industry, its bran is obtained through a series of operations, including drying, which consumes a large amount of energy that can reach up to 80 kg of steam per ton of processed soy. Just in 2019, approximately 45 Mt of soy were crushed in Brazil, and this corresponds to 3.6 Mt of steam being consumed annually.

Thus, innovations which allows to increase the energy efficiency of steam consumed in industries that have steam systems are of great relevance. For this, PROSUMIR developed the Pressure Reducing Turbine (TRP), which promotes the generation of clean energy and increased energy efficiency by replacing the pressure reducing valve. The pressure reducing valve is a device that causes waste of energy in the form of heat and is used to adjust the steam pressure after it has been generated by a steam boiler.

In the Paris Agreement, Brazil made a commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 37% by 2025 (compared to 2005 emissions) and one of the best ways to align with sustainable production is to invest in energy efficiency. We are committed to producing in a much more sustainable way.

Come with PROSUMIR to be part of this change!


Publication: February 01, 2021

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