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Energy saving potential in SMEs: selected case studies from the industrial sector in Sri Lanka

Energy saving potential in SMEs: selected case studies from the industrial sector in Sri Lanka Energy efficiency in Sri Lankan SMEs in industrial sector is typically low with a large untapped potential for energy saving. This study focused on analysing the energy saving potential of the selected SMEs in Sri Lanka. Comprehensive energy audits were conducted for five SMEs in energy intensive industrial sectors. Results showed that incorrect power factor adjustments, poor practice of switch off policy on lights and fans, inadequate modifications on lighting systems, compressed air systems, boilers, and machinery were the most significant factors led to energy inefficiencies. Further, if prompt actions were to be taken for the above issue, the study estimated that the total energy saving potential for the selected firms would be about 20% to 30% of the total energy consumption. Moreover, it was about 10% to 15% of energy costs of the selected firms. The study concludes that SMEs should focus on rectifying inefficient usage of energy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Energy saving potential in SMEs: selected case studies from the industrial sector in Sri Lanka

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2020.112595
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Abstract

Energy efficiency in Sri Lankan SMEs in industrial sector is typically low with a large untapped potential for energy saving. This study focused on analysing the energy saving potential of the selected SMEs in Sri Lanka. Comprehensive energy audits were conducted for five SMEs in energy intensive industrial sectors. Results showed that incorrect power factor adjustments, poor practice of switch off policy on lights and fans, inadequate modifications on lighting systems, compressed air systems, boilers, and machinery were the most significant factors led to energy inefficiencies. Further, if prompt actions were to be taken for the above issue, the study estimated that the total energy saving potential for the selected firms would be about 20% to 30% of the total energy consumption. Moreover, it was about 10% to 15% of energy costs of the selected firms. The study concludes that SMEs should focus on rectifying inefficient usage of energy.

Journal

Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2020

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