Once a pump system has been installed, it is tempting to leave it to its own devices. The equipment can run just fine for years without much observation. But inefficient chiller pumps can be a prime cause of waste: burning energy and putting a premium on your bills.
“It’s not a commonly known fact, but pump operation accounts for 20 per cent of all energy use in Europe,” commented Bradley Ford, of pump experts Dura Pump. “And it’s true that chiller pumps are some of the worst culprits for inefficiency. We’ve made it something of a mission to make people aware of that, and to help companies cut that waste right down.”
Dura Pump are offering free site assessments to businesses to see how their pumps can run more efficiently and use less energy. Their team of engineers have also put together a summary of common issues that cause wastage with chiller pumps:
- Overuse. Chiller pumps running 24/7 are often only actually required 50 per cent of the time
- Oversized. Unnecessary margins are often added to accommodate ‘worst case scenarios’
- Lack of optimisation. Lack of control and synchronisation throughout the chiller system can hike up waste
- Poor design. A poorly designed product will be inherently uneconomical
- Old. The older a chiller pump, the more likely that it will be running inefficiently
- Unsuitable. Many chiller systems are not paired with the correct type of pump
- Change. If the building layout or process has changed, the original pump may not suit the new arrangement.
“When our team run a system analysis, they often find that even basic chiller pump control can make energy savings of around 40 per cent,” said John Calder from Dura Pump. “That’s no small feat. If you think your system might be running inefficiently, we always recommend you get professional guidance. Dura Pump’s experts are happy to give free advice, either over the phone or through a site visit.”