Although fluid power is what’s referred to as a “mature technology,” that certainly doesn’t mean it’s an area of technology where there isn’t news, where there aren’t improvements over old designs or subsystems, or where everyone knows all the best practices. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look back at some of the top stories of the year from PneumaticTips.com.
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1. Can air compressor heat be recovered?
Less than 10% of the air compressor energy input is actually turned into useful work at compressed air powered machines or tools. The easiest and most common use of the heat of compression is to supplement building heat. In cooler months, the hot air produced by air cooled compressors can be redirected inside the building. Hot water produced by liquid-cooled compressors can also be used in this way, but it is more complicated.