Pumps are big energy consumers that currently account for 10% of global electricity and many are needlessly inefficient. Today by focussing on changing to high efficiency pumps that incorporate advanced motor technology, an average pump’s energy consumption can be reduced by up to 60%.
Efficiencies are a function of good pump design and not purely a standalone benefit so it is important to understand the true value of pump efficiency. This means that to achieve the highest overall efficiency the complete installation needs to be examined in terms of the entire system, as opposed to just viewing the pump in isolation and being able to deliver real energy savings with a short return on investment, of less than 2 years is now reality.
By thinking beyond the pump and taking the entire pumping system into account it is possible to optimise the way pumps, drives, controls & protection, measurement and communication units work together as part of one system. A manufacturer like Grundfos, can incorporate specific demands with our application expertise, take these requirements, and translate them into state-of-the-art pump intelligence - for any application. This approach that is both integral as well as encompassing the integrity of the entire system and is called Grundfos iSOLUTIONS.
The need to optimise and control speed is something that will continue to gain in importance within areas such as building services, industry and wastewater applications and therefore the ability for systems to become increasingly synchronised, will also continuous to play a more significant role.