Grundfos Pumps Reduce Energy Consumption, Lower Carbon Emissions and Save Money
One of the greatest challenges and concerns in the 21st century is to ensure sustainable development; Access to safe water is one of the greatest challenges in the world. It will only increase in line with the growing climate changes, and more people will suffer. Today 1 billion people are without safe water access. Every year 3 million people die as a result of contaminated water – half of them are children under the age of five.
The needs of current and future generations cannot be met unless the world changes the way it uses energy. As technology gets smarter and more innovative, it can seem like the answer to environmental challenges is found through increasingly complicated systems. However, huge gains, both for the environment and in operating costs, can result from simply replacing one simple, integral component found in nearly every type of building and industrial unit: pumps.
Pumps are present everywhere that liquid needs to be moved. They are used to raise, transfer or pressurize liquids, slurries or gasses. Our fresh water supply, heating, cooling systems and wastewater transport depend on pumps. Pumps consume 10% of global electrical energy, and of that, much is unnecessary waste. If everyone switched to high-efficiency pumps, 4% of the world’s total electricity consumption could be saved – equivalent to the residential electricity consumption of 1 billion people.
Many customers can improve their energy costs by 50%, reduce CO2 emissions by 30% and significantly reduce pump maintenance and repair costs.Thus, pumps can offer significant savings to operators of commercial buildings, industrial applications, public buildings and water utilities. Energy consumption is most often the largest component in the calculation of the life cycle cost for a pumping system. In commercial buildings pumps often run more than 2000 hours a year.
Henning Sandager, Area Managing Director of Grundfos Middle East & Turkey, elaborated on the extent of the waste, saying, “Two-thirds of all pumps installed today are inefficient and use up to 60% too much energy. Often, pumps run continuously at their maximum speed regardless of actual requirements. In reality, most pump motors only have to run at full speed 5% of the time. This leads to massive energy wastage all day, every day.”
Not surprisingly energy efficiency has become a top priority for Water and Wastewater companies – especially these days where lot of these companies commit to reduce the national water sectors energy consumption.
Grundfos strongly believes in enhancing its sustainability profile by offering cutting-edge green solutions, which will contribute to meet a number of global challenges in terms of climate change, water constraints and demographic changes.
As a global leader in pump solutions, Grundfos has a unique business opportunity in helping to improve energy efficiency of water solutions. Grundfos’ ability to pioneer and deliver superior environmental solutions to solve problems such as water shortage, mismanagement of energy and natural resources, inefficient infrastructure and increasing CO2 emissions is a way of focusing its capabilities in the areas where it can contribute most. It is clear that there will be a growing need for protection against flooding and better systems for transportation, filtration and treatment of water.
Watch this video and explore how you easily can save energy in many daily situations. You can also save energy by switching to high efficiency pump systems and that will reduce 4 % of the world’s total electricity consumption.
The Grundfos Blueflux® technology label
Without precisely the right motor and variable frequency drives (VFD), even the best pump will consistently waste energy. To facilitate simple selection of a high-efficiency pump solution, Grundfos has developed a technology label for the top of the line motor and drives range.
And with Grundfos Blueflux® high efficiency pump motor technology we can reduce the average pump’s electrical energy consumption by up to 60%.
Every pump motor that bears the Grundfos Blueflux® technology label has been optimised to minimise energy loss and contribute to outstanding performance and reliability – as well as low environmental impact. The Grundfos Blueflux® motor technology label ensures that the motor meets or exceeds international legislation regarding motor efficiency.
Optimizing pumps makes sense, not just for the environment but also financially. Grundfos offers a pump inspection service and an energy check report, that details client’s current pump installation and potential savings. Replacing pump systems can make an immediate difference and in many cases return on investment will be reached in just a couple of years, after which the new system results in pure savings.
“By offering a sophisticated inspection services, Grundfos hopes that clients will realize the environmental and financial benefits of replacing inefficient pumps. This will result in a win-win situation for everyone, both today and in the future,” concluded Henning.
As a global leading provider of advanced pump solutions, Grundfos has a keen interest and responsibility in supporting energy efficiency by applying its latest trendsetting technologies. Offering global sustainable solutions, that improve quality of life for people and care for the planet, is an integral part of Grundfos core values and is engrained across the business.