U.S. Department of Energy and Hydraulic Institute release brochure to improve pump system performance

From ipegstl.com

The U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has partnered with the Hydraulic Institute to publish a valuable resource for pump system operators. The 122-page brochure entitled “Improving Pump System Performance” is a sourcebook for industry professionals looking to improve the performance, efficiency and cost savings of pump systems.

Topics include:

  • Pumping system components
  • Pumping system principles
  • Assessing pumping system needs
  • Common pumping system problems
  • Indications of oversized pumps
  • Piping configurations to improve pumping system efficiency
  • Basic pump maintenance
  • Conduct a systems assessment
  • Analyze life-cycle costs
  • DOE industrial technologies program and best practices
  • And other guidelines, tools and tip sheets for pumping system professionals

Download the full brochure “Improving Pump System Performance” at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/tech_assistance/pdfs/pump.pdf.

Have questions about your pumping system? Ask the OTP experts today.

Improve Energy Efficiency with VFD Technology

From ipegstl.com

We turn off the lights when we leave the room. We turn down the A/C when we go on vacation. We turn off the water faucet when we’re not using it. So why are many companies running their pumps at full speed when it’s not needed?

Variable Frequency Drives

Variable frequency drives (VFD) reduce the total energy cost and life cycle cost (LCC) of an industrial pump, fan or compressor. The load profile for any industrial motor varies depending on multiple factors such as weather conditions and facility usage. VFDs are often a good choice for motors that don’t need to constantly run at 100%. They are able to monitor demand and change the motor output to match the load profile, ultimately making the motor more efficient and increasing energy savings. Also, VFDs help reduce the life cycle cost of a motor when it isn’t running at full speed at all times.

Read this article from Yaskawa to learn how to determine if a VFD motor is the right fit for your application. If you’re looking to speak to someone about your specific needs, contact OTP or ask the OTP experts.