If advanced insulation systems offer so many benefits, why would the value of energy not be realized? Here’s why:.
Dyplast’s primary focus has been on Industrial/Commercial Mechanical Insulation Systems which encompass lower-temperature pipe, equipment, and tanks. [Lower Temperature Insulation Systems range from low-temperature steam (<350°F) through hot water, chilled water, refrigeration, and down to cryogenic.] Almost every power plant, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, liquid natural gas, ethylene plant, etc. has a considerable amount of pipe and equipment operating at temperatures close to low-pressure steam down to cryogenic. Such systems include steam system condensation, lube oil cooling, chilled water, gas compression/expansion, and cold liquid distribution, among many others. Indeed, virtually all commercial buildings have significant HVAC systems operating at below-ambient temperatures, as do industrial food processing and storage facilities.
“Industry” consumes roughly 24% of U.S. electrical generation. A conservative assumption is that 30% of this energy goes toward mechanical system “building” and “room” heating/cooling, and 70% toward “process”. Again, conservatively, empirical audits point toward at least 25% of energy consumption going toward lower-temperature processes (<350°F) with mechanical equipment that requires insulation. The average net R-value per inch in insulation around pipes and equipment is at best 3.5 per inch. Polyiso, at an aged R-value of 5.6, could thus increase thermal efficiencies by 60%. Again, we do not expect all industrial facilities to retrofit to new insulation next year, so let’s assume a reasonable 10% do (motivated by increasing realization of a positive < 3-year ROI). This results in a reduction of electricity consumption by 4.2%. Considering transmission line loss, this could be 5% “at the fence” of the power generation plant. This once again results in a positive ROI for the end-user.
This reduction in electricity consumption is equivalent to 20% of the coal generation.
As previously stated, increased utilization of Advanced Insulation Systems has the highest likelihood of having a material impact on regional, national, and indeed global energy consumption with integral impact on climate change and sustainability. Dyplast is working to reverse negative trends by offering aggressive, full-disclosure of information, while working hand-in-hand with the industry and standards organizations use to enhance the abilities of end-users to readily select their optimal insulation systems.
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