Air Power USA was founded in 1986 by our president, H.P. “Hank” van Ormer, to meet a growing demand for expert counsel on ways to improve production and reduce electric power costs of compressed air systems. We are not a compressor dealer. We are practical, down-to-earth compressed air consultants, not “blue sky” theorists.
Air Power USA was founded in 1986 to offer our expertise for productions looking to reduce energy costs and enhance their operations. Since then, the technology and financial incentives have changed, but our mission for helping industrial clients with practical solutions has not.
Hank van Ormer, one of the true experts of compressed air systems and their operation, started Air Power USA as a technical consulting company in 1986. His goal was to provide industrial customers with sound and practical insights to troubleshoot and improve their compressed air systems. Hank, along with Bill Scales, is generally recognized as one of the foundational contributors to the creation of the highly respected Compressed Air Challenge Program (CAC), operated by the US Department of Energy.
Central to Hank’s approach is the need to apply transparent analytics and solid economic evaluation as the basis for his recommendations. But most important was Hank’s commitment to ensuring his analysis was “independent and brand neutral” and free of any bias toward any OEM. To this day, “Air Power USA – Independent and Brand Neutral” remains the tag line of our company.
For most of the 1980s and 1990s, Air Power USA projects were funded directly by end-users like General Motors, Abbott Labs, and Packaging Corporation of America (PCA). When business economics shifted in the 2000’s, fewer and fewer engineering resources and capital budgets were available to make compressed air system improvements. Air Power USA shifted as well and began working with a new revenue source–electric utilities that had engineering and project incentives to help their industrial customers become more energy efficient and competitive in a world marketplace. This shift continues today with more than 70% of Air Power USA revenues linked to utility incentive programs, often on a performance basis, which means our revenues are based on how much verified savings we can demonstrate by improving a customer’s air system.
The last five years have brought a third stage in the evolution of Air Power USA; we have assembled an array of similarly independent and brand neutral technical consulting firms that together can help customers with almost any of their energy-using systems. We’re not limited to compressed air and vacuum system; we also work with systems, such as process cooling, hydraulics, automation and controls, industrial process changes, power quality, steam and heat recovery systems, and lighting. With this shift, we now offer turnkey solutions that cover the complete package of System Assessment, Project Implementation, and Creative Funding. We are most excited to offer the creative funding benefit because when we combine our highly regarded expertise in Utility Incentive Management with our ability to provide project financing on a Cash Flow Positive Basis, we can offer turnkey energy system improvements that result in a minimum impact on the limited capital budgets most companies face today!
– Initial compressed air study completed for the department of defense, culminating and reviews of 15 sites.
– Industry Award from Compressed Air Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy.
– Identified our largest compressed air leak to date.
– Air Power adds project implementation support to its services.
Partners in Excellence from Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories.
Comprehensive review of compressed air systems in more than 30 GM plants from 1999-2000.
From 2000-2003 Hank Van Ormer worked with Bill Scales in key advisory role for the publication of “Improving Compressed Air System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry” – The NREL sourcebook for the DOE’s Industrial Technologies Office
Air Power moves strongly into working within utility programs to fund and develop compressed air studies. This is a result of traditional customers having fewer resources available for efficiency improvements.
Developed proprietary modeling software for modeling and report automation from 2007-2014.
From 2008-2012 we completed 60 Audits throughout California which represented our first concentrated utility program blitz.
Exceptional Achievements Award – Entergy Arkansas
– Top Performer Award – 35 GWh of verified savings
– Expands assessment opportunities into Hydraulic applications
– Assessed all 11 Nevada Energy facilities, which power the Las Vegas Strip.
– Exceptional Achievements Award – Entergy Arkansas
– Air Power completed 52 project implementations under the Vermont , using its first no project cost incentive model.
Office moves to Gahanna, Ohio
– Air Power delivers is largest single facility savings to date – 6.5 GWh
– Most Comprehensive Commercial Energy Efficiency Trade Ally Award
– ComEd Special Energy Savings Achievements Award
– ComEd Special Energy Savings Achievements Award
– Air Power moves to offer Creative Funding for project implementation