Air compressors are used across a broad range of industrial applications — including cleaning, tire inflation, tank filling, HVAC and sandblasting. Compressed air can even be used as a source to power equipment. Compressed air, often called the “fourth utility,” is a major component of most any setting where industrial or mechanical work is done.
In order to deliver compressed air when, where and how it is required across the diverse set of applications for which it is used, there are numerous types of air compressors available. These types include single-stage, double-stage, belt-driven and tank-mounted air compressors. For such a powerful device, air compressors operate on relatively simple principles: Air is forced into a chamber where the volume of space is mechanically reduced, pressurizing the air, which can then be stored until needed.
In many remote or “off-the-grid” locations, air compressor users have developed ways to leverage wind power to harness and pressurize air. In fact, a wind-powered air compressor can generate enough air to operate equipment and fulfill compressed air tasks that would otherwise require electricity or gas power.
Read on to learn more about what a wind air compressor is and how it works.
What Is a Wind-Powered Air Compressor?
A wind-driven air compressor connects to a wind turbine or windmill, which, when it turns, activates a connected hub that then powers the compressor pump shaft. The wind turbine air compressor fulfills the power requirement that would otherwise be provided by electricity or a generator. The compressor then operates as normal. Users of wind-powered air compressors often repurpose propane or have LP tanks to store the compressed air, which can then be used as needed, cooled, and delivered through a hose or other attachment. With enough storage, air from a wind air compressor can power a small operation or shop for a day.
Applications of wind-driven air compressors are much the same as standard air compressors. Although, depending on storage and wind conditions, may be better-suited for lighter- and medium-duty applications. Wind air compressors can assist with sandblasting, inflation and filling — as well as to provide power for tools. These types of compressors are especially well-suited for applications in remote areas where electricity may not be available.
Some wind air compressors have even been used in conjunction with turbines. The compressed air can help to better control wind direction and blade rotation. This use has implications for turbine manufacturing, and can allow for more lightweight blades. In turn, this requires less weight and power in other components — including the gearbox, shaft and turbine tower.
Air Compressors From Kaishan Compressor USA, LLC
At Kaishan, we maintain an extensive and diverse line of heavy-duty air compressors to keep industrial operations running smoothly and effectively. With single-stage, double-stage, belt-driven, tank-mounted and other options, we can meet any requirement you may have. Our compressors range in size and power to fit your budget and duty specifications, better ensuring that your compressed air is delivered efficiently.
For more information about our products, contact Kaishan today.