Compressed Air Challenge

The Iowa Energy Center is a founding member and sponsor of the Compressed Air Challenge® (CAC).
The CAC is a voluntary collaboration of industrial users:

  • manufacturers, distributors and their associations
  • facility operating personnel and their associations
  • state research and development agencies
  • energy efficiency organizations
    and utilities.

This group has one purpose in mind, helping the public enjoy the benefits of improved performance of their compressed air systems.

The CAC is a product-neutral organization. The mission of the CAC is to develop and provide resources that educate industry on the opportunities to increase net profits through compressed air system optimization.

The Compressed Air Challenge has developed a series of training sessions to help energy professionals learn more about the fundamentals of compressed air systems. A sourcebook and fact sheets are also available.

Learn more about the Compressed Air Challenge.

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Best Practices for Compressed Air Systems Manual just released from the Compressed Air Challenge

The Compressed Air Challenge has created the Best Practices Manual to provide the “how to” information to implement recommendations which will achieve peak performance and reliability of the system at the lowest operating cost. The use of the recommendations will:

• Reduce energy and repair costs
• Improve system reliability
• Increase productivity
• Reduce unscheduled downtime

The manual begins with the considerations for analyzing existing systems or designing now ones, and continues through the compressor supply to the auxiliary equipment and distribution system to the end uses. The reader can determine how to use measurements to audit his own system, calculate the cost of compressed air and even how to interpret utility electric bills. Best practice recommendations for selection, installation, maintenance and operation of all the equipment and components within the compressed air system are in bold font and are easily selected from each section.