KLM has almost turned fuel-saving into a culture: since 2003 an increasing part of its entire organisation has been involved in decreasing kerosene consumption. This in order to save both costs and climate, as burning up one kilo of jet fuel creates 3.2 kilo CO2. There is a lot at stake. The 214-strong fleet of KLM and its subsidiaries used up over 3.5 million tons of jet fuel in 2008. The resulting bill was over €2bn, which accounts for almost one-third of the air carrier’s total operational costs. In KLM’s broad approach towards fuel-saving, statistics and optimisation of routes and fleet are the key words in a continuing process, focused at increasing the company’s competitiveness. By paying attention to every detail within its flight operations, KLM tries to predict the amount of fuel needed for every flight as accurately as possible.
The structure of the financial expenses of automotive businesses and boiler plants is quite varied, though it still allows to identify the main expenditures. First of all, it is the fuel, which accounts for no less than 40% of all costs. Fuel homogenization devices are designed to increase the quality of combustion, thereby saving resources. Homogenized fuel features good performance, burns cleaner, increases the efficiency of boilers and has a sparing effect on the environment. How to make homogenized fuel? Gen...
Easy Access to Savings on Board Ships - Case Study
Grindrod Shipping, owner and manager of IVS and Unicorn Tankers, has installed OptiSaveTM on board 9 vessels; 7 bulk carriers and 2 tankers and more will follow. The co-operation with IVS goes back to 2009 and the first OptiSaveTM system was installed on board one of the bulk carriers soon after. “We have a great co-operation with DESMI and their automation team. We always look at how much fuel can be saved and where we can improve the efficiency – and more ideas for improvements are coming up all...
Hybrid System in Fiji: The Sun Saves Fuel
When you think of Fiji, you first think of vacation, wonderful beaches with palms and crystal clear water with perfect spots for scuba diving. We also thought of energy: Energy that could help build a more ecological electrical power supply. The existing power supply on the three separate islands of Kadavu, Lakeda and Rotuma around the Fijian mainland had been fully based on diesel generators. Now the SMA Fuel Save Controller 2.0 is helping to integrate solar energy into the power grid. That guarantees more...
“Linking” semi trucks can result in huge fuel savings
Over the past year one of the hottest tech trends has been the race to develop autonomous — or driverless — cars. The journal Nature even featured these vehicles on the cover in early February and quoted experts saying they could hit the road in less than a decade. But this rapid evolution in transportation isn’t limited to passenger vehicles. Lead by companies such as Peloton, “linked” semi trucks are already being tested on America’s interstate highway system. The technology...
How semi trucks can save billions of gallons of fuel
Each year, over two million long-haul trucks crisscrossing America consume nearly 36 billion gallons of diesel fuel. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered that adding drag-reducing devices to trucks could result in billions of gallons of fuel savings. The devises tested included trailer skirts — panels along the lower sides of the trailer that reduce undercarriage drag — and a rear tail fairing — essentially funnel-like panels added to the back of the trailer...