Fluid Handling / Energy Management

Pump foundation endorses Superior Energy Performance partnership

Source: PlantServices.com

Jun 18, 2008

The board of directors of Pump Systems Matter (PSM), an educational foundation designed to help North American pump users gain competitive business advantages through pump system energy-management and performance optimization, has endorsed the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Superior Energy Performance” partnership.

The Superior Energy Performance partnership is a collaboration of industry, government and nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the energy intensity of U.S. manufacturing by 25% by 2017 through voluntary initiatives. Pump Systems Matter will support this effort by sharing Superior Energy Performance Partnership information with its entire roster of sponsors, pump users and engineering consulting firms. Additional program details will be provided through regular communications posted at www.PumpSystemsMatter.org. For instance, currently available on the PSM web site is a 20-minute presentation on "The Push for Energy Efficiency in Pumping Systems" by Douglas Kaempf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

All PSM board members have also been encouraged to adopt the “25 in 10” pledge, which stipulates reducing their organization’s energy intensity by 25% or more over the next 10 years. Action items designed to support this initiative include the development of an energy intensity baseline, implementation of a management plan and designation of an energy manager or leader within organizations.

Since its launch by the Hydraulic Institute (HI) in 2006, PSM has dedicated itself to educating pump systems users about energy savings, total cost of ownership issues, maintenance and other significant cost factors involved with operating pumping systems. This includes the development and distribution of educational devices such as the:

  • Pump System Improvement Modeling Tool (PSIM), which is a free, educational and downloadable software program focused on helping users better understand the hydraulic behavior of pumping systems
  • Case studies highlighting the successful cost savings efforts of manufacturers, utilities and private industry
  • Pump System Basic Assessment Guide, which outlines processes for identifying cost-effective system improvements
  • Pump Systems Assessment Tool Matrix, which lists both free and commercially available downloadable tools that can help pump users and engineering consulting firms improve the performance of pumping systems and design more efficient systems

For more information on the DOE Superior Energy Performance Program or information on increasing the energy and cost efficiency of pump please visit www.superiorenergyperformance.net/index.shtml, contact Pump Systems Matter at PSMinfo@pumps.org or call (973) 267-9700.