New Pump Software Will Help Facilities Reduce Energy Costs

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Pump & Systems "Basic" and "Pro" software has recently been released by Process Energy Services to help facility managers and operators identify pump system energy savings.

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Many facilities are simply satisfied if a pump delivers water at a reasonable pressure and flow. However, when a pump is under performing it is difficult to determine how much energy is being wasted unless an engineer performs a detailed analysis. Pump & Systems software was developed to provide a simple, easy to use interface to optimize pump system operation and reduce energy costs.

According to the Hydraulic Institute, "U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) studies indicate that pumping systems account for nearly 20% of the world's electrical energy demand and range from 25% to 50% of the energy usage in certain industrial plant operations. Case Studies have shown that better system design and more effective application of pumps can usually save 20% or more in energy costs and represent a large, frequently overlooked savings opportunity." (http://www.pumps.org).

Steve Bolles, President of Process Energy Services states that, "Many facilities are simply satisfied if a pump delivers water at a reasonable pressure and flow. However, when a pump is under performing it is difficult to determine how much energy is being wasted unless an engineer performs a detailed analysis. Pump & Systems software was developed to provide a simple, easy to use interface to optimize pump system operation and reduce energy costs."

The software can be set-up easily by entering pump flow, pressure and efficiency values using data from the manufacturers pump curve. Basic system information such as electricity cost, pipe length, and hours of operation can be entered and changed right on the main results screen.

Process Energy Services has tested the program at several facilities with impressive results:

·Facility operators at a wastewater pump station discovered that a simple tank level adjustment could reduce pumping system energy costs by over $10,000 annually with no capital investment.

·Over $45,000 in annual savings was identified when the software was used to evaluate multiple parallel pump at a golf course irrigation system.

Additional information for the software can be found at http://www.processenergy.net.

Process Energy Services is a New Hampshire based energy consulting firm specializing in energy consulting work for municipal and industrial facilities.

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