A Better Way to Compare Pump Efficiency

A Better Way to Compare Pump Efficiency

Comparing pump efficiency just got a whole lot easier thanks to a new rating system developed by the Hydraulic Institute (HI). For the first time ever, pump specifiers or purchasers can go directly to an online tool where they can compare the numerical efficiency scores of any pump….

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ASHRAE 90.1-2010/2013: Impact on Variable Speed Pump Control in Chilled Water Systems

ASHRAE 90.1-2010/2013: Impact on Variable Speed Pump Control in Chilled Water Systems

Today we begin a series of blogs exploring modern variable speed pump control. While we have written about variable speeding pumping in the past, we believe that the increasing presence of variable speed systems, along with the rapid evolution of control options, warrants a comprehensive look at variable speed pump control as a...

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Part Load Efficiency Values (PLEV) Part 1: Introducing Bell and Gossett Terminology

Part Load Efficiency Values (PLEV) Part 1:  Introducing Bell and Gossett Terminology

Although the DOE’s new pump efficiency standards raise the bar for manufacturers to build more efficient pumps, its rating system should not be looked at as a shortcut to efficient pump selection. Careful consideration of part load efficiencies applied to realistic load profiles is still the only way ...

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New Pump Efficiency Standards Part 3: Calculating PER Values

New Pump Efficiency Standards Part 3: Calculating PER Values

Under the DOE’s new efficiency standards for pumps, all Pump Efficiency Rating (PER) values use a full size or maximum impeller for a given pump and start at the pump’s best efficiency point (BEP). As you may recall from our last post, the new efficiency standard includes two versions of.....

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New Pump Efficiency Standards Part 2: The Pump Efficiency Metric (PEI)

New Pump Efficiency Standards Part 2: The Pump Efficiency Metric (PEI)

Now that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the first ever Energy Conservation Standards for Pumps, let’s take a look at some of the finer details of that standard, starting with the associated terminology and what it means...

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