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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Federal Energy Management Program provides a number of resources and recommendations on energy-efficient purchasing, available from its Motor‚ Pumps and Fans Web site . In particular, Improving Pumping System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry is a 122-page, highly practical guide to improving pump performance. Its introduction provides a clear overview of improvement topics and refers to more detailed resources. The DOE also publishes a the four-page fact sheet How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Centrifugal Pumping System.

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) provides a wealth of information on pump technology, research, standards and other topics. The HI Life Cycle Cost Calculator can be downloaded from this site, as can the eight-page European Guide to Pump Efficiency for Single Stage Centrifugal Pumps.

The Hydraulic Institute also maintains the Pump Systems Matter™ Web site, aimed at lowering energy needs in North America while improving the bottom-line profitability of businesses by providing pump users with strategic, broad-based energy management and performance optimization solutions. which provides users with educational resources needed to get started with optimizing pumping systems. Users can also download Pump System Improvement Modeling™ (PSIM), a free educational software tool to help evaluate the overall design of complex pumping systems. Additionally, visitors can download case studies, white papers, energy-savings tip sheets and more to improve bottom line savings and corporate profitability.

Europump is an association of European pump industry stakeholders that is closely linked to the Hydraulic Institute. Europump's Study on Improving the Energy Efficiency of Pumps covers barriers to pump system efficiency.

The Pump Centre is a membership organization based in the U.K. that provides a range of services associated with pumps, pumping systems and related plant and equipment. Its Web site lists useful links, a few of which are:

  • www.pumps-directory.com is a directory with references to approximately 95 percent of the world wide pump market with links to more than 5000 manufacturers.

  • The British Pump Manufacturers' Association has a user-friendly Web site that offers a wealth of information, including estimating tools.

  • Fluide Design Inc. , a Montréal-based engineering firm, has a bilingual Web site that provides information on pump technology and useful guidance on pump selection in Canada.

Pump Selection Software Links

Note: If you wish to add your pump selection software to this list, please contact us

The Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) , developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), helps end-users identify opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of pumping systems. It uses three field-measured parameters - pump flow rate, head power and motor power - to estimate achievable pump and motor efficiencies for optimal power use.

PIPE-FLO is a software program that enables users to:

  • draw a piping system schematic that shows all pumps, components, tanks, control valves and interconnecting pipelines
  • size individual pipelines using electronic pipe, valve and fluid data tables
  • select pumps and control valves from manufacturers' catalogues
  • calculate how the system works, including pressures, flow rates, BHP (brake horsepower), etc.

PUMP-FLO software helps in pump selection by searching over 75 manufacturer-supplied electronic pump catalogues.

VSX-VOGEL SOFTWARE of Germany specializes in software and Internet solutions for the fluid-handling industry. Its software includes products by 10 European pump manufacturers.

Goulds Pump Selection System (PSS)™ is a no-fee, company-specific software that is available online.

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