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04Dec

Series 1: Insulation's Role within the Energy Value Chain

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Advanced Insulation Systems are the optimal near-term and dynamic path to energy reduction and life-cycle cost management - with the added benefit of reduction in greenhouse gases and improved sustainability.

  1. Relatively low-cost investments (new projects and retrofit)energy insulation blog1 1200
  2. With positive Returns on Investment in the vast majority of cases
  3. With the potential for electricity reductions equivalent to the permanent shut-down of multiple fossil power plant facilities, thereby materially reducing carbon and other emissions.

There are many alternative insulants utilized in mechanical pipe and building envelop applications. The selection of the optimal insulant can appear daunting, but it doesn’t need to be! Dyplast offers that we can demonstrate that Polyisocyanurate is ideal in the vast number of applications from cryogenic to 350°F due to its:

  • Dramatic life-cycle energy cost savings
  • Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
  • Superior Life-cycle Carbon Footprint

This and subsequent Blogs will address each of these issues, and more. Stay tuned!

But for the first blog in this series, let’s start by asking the question: “If advanced insulation systems are such an obvious solution to major global energy and environmental challenges, why haven’t they already been implemented?” Let’s find out!

The Energy Value Chain

Energy has a long and complex value chain from origination through end-user consumption. In addition to minimizing the loss of energy along the chain, issues related to pollutants, emissions, and of course costs are inextricably linked. Each of the multiple chains includes a role for insulation in both hot and cold applications to varying degrees. 

Chain 1 - Root sources of energy

This includes the extraction/origination of oil, coal, natural gas, plus energy originating from nuclear power, wind, hydropower, geothermal power, and wave sources. During the origination of energy, it is also important to look at:

  • Loss of energy in extraction/process/delivery
  • Emissions/pollutants in extraction/process/delivery (air, water, soil, landfill, etc.)

Chain 2 – Conversion of Energy

This involves waste and emissions during conversion. The energy converts into:

  • Electricity
  • Transportation
  • Heating
  • Process (mostly industrial process)

Chain 3 – Energy Consumption

To preserve the consumption of energy:

  • Use less energy (e.g. reduce industrial production [Industrial Production drives National Economies but can be counter-productive], drive less, turn the thermostat up/down)
  • Waste less energy (e.g. better boiler heat rates, more efficient turbines, more efficient cars, less loss in cooling or refrigeration, more insulation, etc.)

Dyplast’s products and operations have a positive impact within each chain, yet candidly most on Chain 3, which is energy consumption.

The Importance of Energy Consumption

Chains 1 and 2 indeed have become more efficient over the decades, they continue to have energy losses and environmental impacts. Yet it is unlikely that we can expect additional positive improvements in the foreseeable future since:

  • reducing industrial production is counter to our national economic interests.
  • material improvements (with positive ROI’s) in equipment and process efficiencies have mostly been completed.
  • consumer practices continue to come only incrementally, and future changes are not expected to be revolutionary.

However, reductions in energy consumption (chain 3) that yield an ROI are still very achievable. The only thing necessary is increased awareness, more disclosure, and honest facts. This is not only an investment since it substantially reduces energy loss in both buildings and industrial processes, but is also an effective means to reduce greenhouse gases resulting from energy by-product.

For more information on energy consumption, please watch for our next blog, Insulation’s Potential Impact on Energy Consumption, which will illustrate how advanced insulation systems can dramatically reduce energy consumption - enabling the permanent shutdown of some of the highest-emitting fossil power plants.

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