The Hydraulic Institute (HI) offers its members -- and other interested parties -- an opportunity to earn recognition as a qualified pump system specialist by participating in the HI and U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) Qualification Workshop. PSAT was developed by DOE with HI support to assist engineers and facility operators in conducting preliminary assessments of how efficiently their pumping systems operate.
HI and the DOE are holding the qualification workshops June 23-24, preceding HI's Spring Technical Meeting in Indianapolis, and on Oct. 20-21, preceding the fall technical meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Registration information for the PSAT training and HI's technical meetings can be found in the "members" section of the HI Web site at http://www.pumps.org.
To assess energy savings opportunities, the PSAT relies on field measurements of flow rate, head and motor power to estimate the savings potential of a given system. Each workshop features a "hands-on" field measurement component using an actual pumping system. PSAT uses data from HI standards and motor performance characteristics from the DOE's MotorMaster+ software tool database to quickly estimate existing pump and motor efficiency and calculate the potential energy and cost savings of a system optimized to work at peak efficiency. Operators can examine pump efficiency in relation to the operating point of the system and make adjustments accordingly. Specifically, participants learn:
* How to accurately acquire input data for PSAT
* How to prescreen pumping systems to select the "vital" systems for further review
* How to use the PSAT software
* The difference between measurements and requirements
* The importance of a system perspective
Participants who complete the workshop and pass a qualifying exam are recognized by the DOE as Qualified Pump Specialists and are listed on the best practices Web site.
For more information, visit http://www.pumps.org or call (973) 267-9700.