Ven Venkatesan

Energy Columnist

Ven Venkatesan is a former Energy Saver columnist for Chemical Processing.

Don’t Waste Energy with Wastewater

Jan. 21, 2015
Simple monitoring actions and adopting best practices may lead to significant savings

Sustain Energy Costs through Simple Changes

Dec. 9, 2014
Inexpensive alterations to operations may substantially cut energy costs.

5 Tips To Sustain Energy Cost Control Efforts

Nov. 19, 2014
Follow these steps to maintain results over time and identify new opportunities.

Reduce and Recycle Hazardous Materials

Oct. 21, 2014
Optimize waste to save energy and disposal costs and cut process inefficiencies

Optimize Electrical Systems, Part II

Sept. 29, 2014
Take a closer look at electric motors and plugged-in loads for potential energy savings.

Optimize Electrical Systems, Part I

Aug. 26, 2014
Many facilities can reduce costs by performing simple operations

Pump Out Energy Loss

July 28, 2014
Review the total pumping system to lower electricity bills significantly

Cool Down Your Fuel Bills

June 18, 2014
Get energy costs under control by optimizing your process heating systems

Don’t Err with Compressed Air

May 15, 2014
A variety of problems can impair performance, leading to high energy costs

Control Steam System Energy Costs, Part II

April 15, 2014
Don’t accept steam and condensate leaks as low-priority housekeeping issues.

Control Steam System Energy Costs, Part I

March 19, 2014
Steam system losses can silently drain profits.

Break Energy Audits into Phases, Part II

Feb. 19, 2014
After approval of projects, implementation can begin

Break Energy Audits into Phases

Jan. 21, 2014
A four-phase approach that cyclically repeats can yield improved energy savings.

Control Energy Costs

Jan. 1, 2014
Conduct an energy audit and repeat it periodically.

Plant-Wide Energy Assessment Boosts Savings

Nov. 18, 2013
Base-level analysis reveals potential savings of $1.5 million annually.

Optimize Boiler Loads

Oct. 16, 2013
A boiler's limited turndown ratio causes huge dollar losses.

Team Up to Save Energy

Sept. 18, 2013
Collaborating with local utilities can further reduce energy costs.

Cut Air Consumption, Part II

Aug. 14, 2013
This case study concludes with highlights of the actions taken to correct inefficiencies in a compressed air system that resulted in annual energy savings of $500,000/year at ...

Cut Air Consumption, Part I

July 15, 2013
Case study highlights common energy-efficiency problems in compressed air systems.

Energy Saver: Improve Water Quality

June 5, 2013
Reverse osmosis unit offers significant energy savings

Generate Power Using Waste Heat

May 14, 2013
Partnering could benefit process plants looking to recover low-level heat.

Make the Case for Energy Improvements, III

April 10, 2013
Waste heat can provide cooling via ammonia absorption refrigeration.

Make the Case for Energy Improvements, II

March 13, 2013
Implementing two near-term measures saves a petrochemical plant millions

Make the Case for Energy Improvements, Part I

Feb. 7, 2013
An ammonia plant saves millions annually with a few medium-term measures.

Optimize Key Energy Services

Jan. 17, 2013
Cutting energy costs is a necessity for chemical plants.

Implement Energy Efficiency Measures, Part III

Dec. 20, 2012
Continuous monitoring of energy costs offers added benefits

Implement Energy Efficiency Measures, Part II

Nov. 28, 2012
Develop a detailed, successful implementation plan using these tips.

Implement Energy Efficiency Measures, Part I

Nov. 1, 2012
Use this 5-step approach to overcome implementation challenges.

Conduct Fruitful Energy Audits

Oct. 3, 2012
Follow these steps to properly allocate and monitor energy costs.

Energy Saver: Initiate Your Energy Management Plan Right

Sept. 4, 2012
A well-initiated plan will continuously generate positive results