APenergy 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.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE BACKED BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Hank van Ormer founded Air Power USA in 1986 as a technical consulting company specializing in compressed air systems. Hank had a significant role in establishing the Compressed Air Challenge Program – a program designed to educate engineers and technicians the principles of compressed air systems. Hank’s approach emphasizes transparent analytics and economic evaluation, with a commitment to remaining independent and brand neutral. Before the 2000s, manufacturing facilities paid for studies directly to get a sense of their compressed air use. With the dawn of data analytics and sensors available to make long-term trends the environment changed. Air Power USA adapted to collaborate with electric utilities, focusing on the energy efficiency principles of our surveys.

Today, over 70% of revenues come from utility incentive programs based on verified savings. Maintaining the transparent, brand neutral approach and providing the services on a performance basis resonated well with manufacturing facilities. Recently, Air Power USA took up the tradename, APenergy, to reposition to our energy-centric approach to various energy-using systems and now provide turnkey solutions, covering System Assessment, Project Implementation, and Funding Solutions. The expertise in Utility Incentive Management has become a clear asset for industrial manufacturing to reduce stress on companies’ limited capital budgets.

WHY COMPANIES CHOOSE APENERGY

We’ve earned the title of an industry leader by helping a multitude of facilities and plants, large and small, save substantial amounts of money by reducing their energy costs, boosting production quality, or both. Our team of experts offer practical solutions backed by our years of experience and the results we’ve seen in the past.

We chose to remain independent and brand-neutral because our first priority belongs to the customer. We base our consulting and recommendations on what works best for you and what will deliver the optimal results.

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OUR HISTORY

Hank van Ormer, one of the true experts of compressed air systems and their operation, started APenergy 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, “APenergy – Independent and Brand Neutral” remains the tagline of our company.
For most of the 1980s and 1990s, APenergy projects were funded directly by end-users like General Motors, Abbott Labs, and Packaging Corporation of America (PCA). When business economics shifted in the 2000s, fewer and fewer engineering resources and capital budgets were available to make compressed air system improvements. APenergy 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 APenergy 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 APenergy; 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!

1985

DECEMBER 5TH, 1985 – APENERGY WAS INCORPORATED

APenergy 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.

1990

DECEMBER 5TH, 1985 – APENERGY WAS INCORPORATED

• 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. • APenergy adds project implementation support to its services.

1998

PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE

Partners in Excellence from Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories.

1999

COMPREHENSIVE REVIEWS

Comprehensive review of compressed air systems in more than 30 GM plants from 1999-2000.

2000

IMPROVING COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEM PERFORMANCE: A SOURCEBOOK FOR INDUSTRY

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

2002

UTILITY PROGRAMS

APenergy 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.

2007

PROPRIETARY MODELING SOFTWARE

Developed proprietary modeling software for modeling and report automation from 2007-2014.

2008

60 AUDITS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

From 2008-2012 we completed 60 Audits throughout California which represented our first concentrated utility program blitz.

2013

Entergy Arkansas Exceptional Achievements Award.

From 2008-2012 we completed 60 Audits throughout California which represented our first concentrated utility program blitz.

2014

Top Performer Award

35 GWh of verified savings and expanded assessment opportunities into Hydraulic applications.

2015

Asset 9

Viva Las Vegas: Assessed all 11 Nevada Energy facilities, which power the Las Vegas Strip.

In 2015 Air Power USA also completed 52 project implementation under the Efficiency Vermont Utility Incentive program using its first “no cost project” incentive model.

2016

Asset 1

Air Power USA grows into new office space in downtown Gahanna Ohio, 6 minutes from the Columbus Airport.

2017

Awards and Opportunities:

Air Power USA delivered its largest single systems project savings to date – 6.5 GWh

2019

Asset 11

From 2019-2021 Air Power USA achieves year-over-year recognition for most savings achieved through the ComEd Industrial Systems Program.

2022

Asset 12

Air Power USA rebrands to APenergy to recognize its ability to service all industrial systems from project discovery through implementation and funding.

APenergy still maintains its Air Power USA foundation and is still recognized as Air Power USA, a subject matter area expert in industrial compressed air systems.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE BACKED BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Take a deep dive into our case studies of past work along with the awards and recognition we’ve earned over the years. Learn more about the difference APenergy can make in your operations.