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EASA Explains Upcoming Pump Standards: New requirements in 2020 offer opportunities for improving system function

Pumps & Systems
Publication date: 
January 2019
Gene Vogel, EASA Pump & Vibration Specialist

Until now, governmental and market forces have tried to reduce electrical energy usage in industry primarily by targeting electric motors. While these “green” initiatives have often raised concerns for manufacturers, repair facilities and end users, they have also spurred innovation.

But the commercial and regulatory landscape continues to evolve, and the horizon coming into view includes a new focus on pumps and pump systems. Starting in January 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will begin implementing the first ever energy efficiency standards for freshwater rotodynamic (centrifugal and axial flow) pumps. These standards will directly affect pump manufacturers and, to a lesser extent, the pump repair market, while ultimately benefiting end users if the new focus can reduce their energy costs.