Is your factory paying for energy that evaporates into thin air?

From bottling beverages to spray painting cars and powering air guns, compressed air is ubiquitous across most manufacturing plants. It also may be the most wasteful utility on the shop floor. Leaks and poor connections mean companies may be paying for energy that literally evaporates into thin air. And given it is odorless, invisible and innocuous, it’s really difficult to pinpoint.

That’s why LightApp, an Israeli-Silicon Valley startup, chose compressed air systems as a focus of its industrial-internet-of-things (IIoT) technology.

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The cost of plant sustainability now less than ignoring it

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), energy optimization company Lightapp Technologies is giving away 100 air quality monitoring devices (one per plant), along with their software to help manufacturers operate more responsibly and sustainably by tracking air quality. You can go to their site for more on that, but the message, it seems, may be more valuable than the monitor: A plant can decrease emissions and make more money doing it.

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Are We Promoting the Right Kind of Energy Efficiency?

20% of industrial consumers adopted a new energy efficiency software tool.

If you had asked me 10 years ago where I thought there were more opportunities for energy efficiency improvements – homes or factories – I would have answered homes, without question. Factories are in business to make money, and energy is like any other input – the less of it you use per unit of production, the more money you make.

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$5 million grant to evaluate new advanced energy monitoring system

The E2e Project (E2e), a joint initiative of the University of California, Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Chicago, has partnered with Lightapp Technologies to receive a $5 million research grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to conduct the largest demonstration and evaluation of an innovative energy monitoring system for industrial facilities. The project will provide industrial customers and policymakers data-based evidence on whether advanced energy monitoring is a cost-effective approach to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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University of California Berkeley projects

Policymakers are looking to energy efficiency to reduce the world’s dependency on fossil fuels and address climate change. Yet our understanding of how individual behavior influences energy use is still poor. This project aims to narrow that knowledge gap through a new advanced energy monitoring system designed to save industry energy and money

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