Energy use, energy savings and emission analysis in the Malaysian rubber producing industries

Saidur, R. and Mekhilef, Saad (2010) Energy use, energy savings and emission analysis in the Malaysian rubber producing industries. Applied Energy, 87 (8). pp. 2746-2758. ISSN 0306-2619, DOI

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In this paper an analysis of energy use and energy conservation in the Malaysian rubber producing industries is presented. It has been found that rubber industries consume a substantial amount of energy. Excessive use of energy is usually associated with many industrial plants worldwide, and rubber plants are no exception. This study is based on the realization that enormous potential exists for cost-effective improvements in the existing energy-using equipment. Through the method of a walkthrough energy audit, power rating, operation time of energy-consuming equipment/machineries and power factor were collected. The data were then analyzed to investigate the breakdown of end-use equipment/machineries energy use. The results of the energy audit in the Malaysian rubber and rubber producing industries showed that the electric motor accounts for a major fraction of total energy consumption followed by pumps, heaters, cooling systems and lighting. Since the electric motor takes up a substantial amount of the total energy used in rubber industries, energy-savings strategies such as the use of high efficient motors, and variable speed drive (VSD) have been used to reduce energy consumption of motors used in rubber industries. Energy-savings strategies for compressed-air systems, boilers, and chillers have also been applied to estimate energy and cost savings. It has been found that significant amount of energy and; utility bills can be saved along with the reduction of emission by applying the foretold strategies for energy using machineries in the rubber industries.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Emission reductions, Energy savings, Energy use, Rubber industry, Compressed-air systems, Emission analysis, Emission reduction, End-uses, Energy and cost, Energy audit, Energy consumption, Energy saving, Energy-savings, Existing energies, Malaysians, Operation time, Power factors, Power ratings, Total energy, Total energy consumption, Utility bills, Walkthroughs, Cooling systems, Cost benefit analysis, Electric locomotives, Electric motors, Electric power factor, Emission control, Energy conservation, Industrial plants, Machinery, Rubber, Variable speed drives, cooling, corporate strategy, cost-benefit analysis, industrial emission.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2013 01:29
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 04:32

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