Greg Towsley will present a technical paper on the improvement of hydraulic efficiencies at the 2014 ASHRAE Winter Conference in New York on Jan. 22.
NEW YORK — Greg Towsley, director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs at Grundfos North America, will present a technical paper on the improvement of hydraulic efficiencies of a complete pump product range for pumps used in large buildings at the 2014 ASHRAE Winter Conference in New York on Jan. 22.
Entitled “Towards the ASHRAE 2020 Vision with an Efficiency Increase to a Pump Product Range,” the paper addresses the energy efficiency of hydronic systems through improved pump performance. His address builds upon the 2008 report “ASHRAE Vision 2020 – Producing Net Zero Energy Buildings” where ASHRAE asserted that industry stakeholders should take on some of the responsibility of reducing the energy consumption in buildings. A building technology society, ASHRAE identified “a need for ultra-high-efficiency equipment” to be used in systems with varying loads and variable speed systems.
“It is the responsibility of manufacturers to make every effort possible to increase product efficiencies and positively contribute to reducing the energy consumption of buildings,” Towsley said. “The ability to present how Grundfos proactively meets this challenge through industry-leading technology and product improvements provides the cornerstone of this presentation.”
Towsley’s presentation highlights a pump manufacturer that acquired another pump company in 2006 in an effort to expand its solutions portfolio for the U.S. commercial building market. After the acquisition, the pump manufacturer made a technical evaluation of one of the product ranges acquired, finding through performance testing that many of the pump models failed to meet internal quality standards. The evaluation also revealed opportunities for increased efficiencies in some pump models to have higher efficiencies.
Towsley’s presentation will take place Jan. 22 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Beekman Room of the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.