A powerful characteristic of compressed air as an energy source is its ability to be generated and then safely stored for future distribution to point of use when required.
Of course, optimum efficiency of a complete system demands that storage receivers are correctly sized to suit generation and demand. If no air receivers have been installed, the system’s pressure profile and lack of storage control limits the effectiveness of compressed air storage.
Pipework also forms a storage facility and as such the system must be designed and installed correctly to ensure system integrity.
From welded or threaded malleable iron to aluminium and stainless steel, there are several traditional and modern, modular pipework systems to distribute your compressed air from point of generation or storage to point of use. Pipework material should be chosen in accordance with industry best practice and to suit the ultimate use of the air accounting for air quality requirements and any potential conflict between pipe materials and your end product.
Correctly designed and documented pipe layout, including ring mains, pipe diameters, supports, drop lengths and quantities are critical for system safety and operational efficiency and ease of use. Servicing accessibility, by-pass & isolation valves, drainage and safety couplings should all be properly designed at the outset.
Installation, testing, servicing and repair of all compressed air storage and distribution equipment must be carried out by qualified personnel.