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Benchmarking and Energy management Schemes in SMEs


Measure List Industrial laundries


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Process-related Improvement Opportunities


Energy Efficiency Measure


  1. The power of Ozone for industrial laundries 

Use of Ozone to reduce water consumption

  1. Humidity sensors

Reduction of dryer gas use

  1. Boiler efficiency measures

Reduction of gas

  1. Batch washers

Monitoring of batches to avoid energy and water waste.

  1.  Water monitoring

Monitor the quantity of water used per kilos of goods produced

  1. Re-use of water

An improvement method that contributes to improved efficiencies and cost savings.

  1. Recovery of latent heat from drying process

Recovery and reuse of the latent heat at the drying stage

  1. Hot Oil Systems

More efficient in maintaining and operating systems

  1. Optimise warm rinsing


Increase the temperature of the final rinse/reduce drying time

  1. Optimize dryer recirculation


Totally switch of the recirculation by adjusting a valve

  1. Properly adjust wringer extractor


By readjusting the extractor equipment, reduce the extraction debit from the wringer rollers

  1. Measure drying parameters


Compare drying parameters to moisture

  1. Optimize dryer loads


Optimally loading the dryer can conserve a significant amount of energy

  1. Optimize wringer loads


Optimising loads meaning that controlling the energy consumption of the wringer will conserve energy

  1. Warm soaking

A measure to reduce the washing period.

  1. Optimize balance between preliminary drying and wringing


When setting the preliminary drying period, an optimal energetic balance must be sought between the preliminary drying period and the efficiency of the wringer drying process

  1. Replace steam dryers with gas dryers


Gas dryers are more efficient that the ones with steam since they do not suffer fro losses

  1. Install wringer hoods


Minimizing the escaping warm air

  1. Reuse residual heat for dryers


Directly heat the dryer

  1. Shorten drying periods


Relevant to measure 20

  1. Install end point detector for full drying


Use proper equipment to detect the end point and make the drying period as short as possible

  1. Lift wringer rollers during breaks


Energy conservation technique

  1. Do not mix low-value and high-value energy flows


Mixing of these two procedures costs in energy

  1. Use a heat pump in drying process


A heat pump is highly suitable for recycling the heat and the drying air needed in a drying process

  1. Use targeted extraction


Targeted extraction can be used, for example, by using local extractor hoods for process baths

  1. Establish standards for loading washers

A  common base of energy methods has to be prepared in order to for the personnel involved in laundries to be in line

  1.  Soften water

Softening reduces water, chemical and energy use.

  1. Extract as much water before dryer

Energy efficiency method

  1. Washing Machines, Loads, and Temperature Settings

Usage of the most appropriate and adequate equipment


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