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Pumps Research: here's why and how you can help!

Created 10/8/2018 by Warren Fish
Updated 10/11/2018 by Stephanie Lane
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For years, motor-driven products have only been considered viable as custom measures in energy efficiency programs. The consensus that these measures are too complex for prescriptive programs stems from the high degree of variability that exists among system installations. A cooling tower pump on a high-rise in Seattle, for example, is going to operate very differently than a potable water recirculation pump in a manufacturing facility in Idaho. Recent developments, like the establishment of DOE standards for pumps and an industry-wide labeling program, have developed new data and metrics that make some motor-driven products viable for prescriptive programs. In response, NEEA, on behalf of the Alliance, has kicked off the Extended Motor Product (XMP) Initiative—a mid-stream program with deemed savings and incentives targeting motor-driven products, with a current specific focus on pumps and circulators.

The goal of this initiative is to make it easier for end users to scope, purchase, replace, and realize energy savings from more efficient motor-driven products. The Regional Technical Forum has developed UES measures for efficient Commercial and Industrial Pumps, as well as Circulators, and the XMP Initiative is working to validate the associated energy savings through field research on the operation of pumps (and the motors that drive them) in the Pacific Northwest. This research will help support the development of Proven UES measures for efficient Commercial & Industrial Pumps and Circulators and allow NEEA to leverage the RTF’s UES measures to incentivize efficient pumps.

To support this research, NEEA is looking for organizations operating motor-driven systems in the Pacific Northwest to share pump characteristic and operational data. NEEA has developed data collection forms/templates to aid with data collection and tracking. If necessary, the research team can also provide metering for pumps not already being logged through onsite building or process management systems—there are also monetary data stipends available for participants.

The XMP team’s pump research project is designed to characterize pump operation in the region, across 10 different applications in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential sectors. The pumps covered by this research study include a range of hp, anywhere from fractional hp circulators all the way up to 200 hp clean water pumps, with a particular focus on pumps 50 hp and below. The research investigates the power consumption characteristics and operating hours for all pumps as a function of pump efficiency, based on the new pump efficiency metric, Pump Energy Index (PEI). Visit our Conduit Group page (“XMP Initiative | Pumps”) for more information on the XMP Pump Research project, including a recorded webinar, informational flyers, data collection templates.

Contact Warren Fish (wfish@neea.org), Sarah Widder (swidder@cadeogroup.com), or Nate Baker (nbaker@cadeogroup.com) for to get involved in this important regional research study.

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