Assessment of Detailed Energy Conservation Potentials: The Case of the Ethiopian Leather Industry

MILLERJOTHI, Narayanan Kalamegam, GEBRESLASSIE, Mulualem Gebregiorgis, NITHYANANDHAN, Thangavel and SACHUTHANANTHAN, Barathy (2024). Assessment of Detailed Energy Conservation Potentials: The Case of the Ethiopian Leather Industry. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, 32 (S1), 33-54.

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One of the most crucial components in any industrial operation is energy. However, the supply is not limitless. One of the key ingredients in cement production is energy, whose cost share ranges from 8 to 15% of overall production costs in developed nations but is much more in undeveloped nations. Therefore, the objective of this extensive research was to carry out a thorough energy conservation audit at the Sheba leather factory, located in the city of Mekelle, in the north region of Ethiopia. The specific objective of this research was to analyse the patterns of power consumption, identify energy-saving techniques, as well as to propose energy-saving recommendations for their implementation. It was obtained using primary and secondary data from the industry personnel. As a result, a total of 19 recommendations for energy saving were found and were forwarded for consideration. These recommendations have the potential to save a total of about $ 29900 annually, but their implementation would cost close to $ 15900, with a payback period of seven months. These recommendations also cover the utilities of the boiler, motors, blower, air compressors, cooling tower, and lighting. In order to lower their energy use, economic benefits are also considered.

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Page Range: 33-54
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2024 16:11
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 08:00

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