The environmental impact of diesel driven air compressors in temporary projects

by | Apr 2, 2020 | Blog

When large production facilities have problems with their air supply temporary compressed air (oil free) can be the solution in many cases. However, many companies choose a diesel driven air compressor as it is a quick fix; they are easy to install and they are available on short notice. 

Unfortunately, the environmental impact of diesel driven machines is immense.

Let’s take a look …
Oil free diesel driven air compressor in industrial application

We’ll compare the exhaust emission of these compressors (45 m³/min of 100% oil free air) to vehicles who are stuck in an ordinary traffic jam. One idling vehicle burns up about 0,5 L/ hour when stuck in traffic. One oil free diesel compressor consumes about 85 to 90 L/hour of fuel while running. A typical large production facility needs 100 to 200 m³/min of compressed air. A simple calculation shows us that this requires 3 to 5 diesel driven compressors but we’ll base the calculation on just 3 machines.

So 3 diesel driven compressors equal a full 2 hour traffic jam of  64,8 kilometres! Shocking, don’t you think?

Traffic jam

Not to mention the diesel consumption in relation to the price. These same compressors will cost you about €102.000  per week for just the fuel. (price per liter as of  March 2022)

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