Big dryer, small footprint: Minimizing your convection dryer's environmental impact
Read this article for practical advice on reducing your convection dryer's carbon footprint. Information covers the environmental impact of drying's high energy consumption and details several methods for reducing your convection dryer's energy use and minimizing the dryer's effect on the environment
Global warming, greenhouse gases, carbon footprint: Ten years ago, these terms were unknown to most of us, but today, they're in every newspaper and news broadcast. Whether or not you accept the science behind global warming, you can't ignore the effect of environmental concerns on how you'll do business in the future. This is especially true if your plant uses drying to manufacture bulk solids products like pharmaceuticals, polymers, tobacco, pigments, foods such as ready-to-eat cereals and snack chips, and others. Why? Drying is almost always the most energy-intensive unit operation in such a plant. In fact, from 10 to 15 percent of all energy consumed in the US is used for industrial drying.