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Help Customers Save Energy & Money with Power Drive Systems

New study shows major savings potential with power drive systems on commercial pumps

Event date: 12/3/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CentralExport event

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Presented by Sarah Widder and Nate Baker

As COVID-19 and its physical and economic impacts reshape new and existing industrial and commercial systems, operators are looking at how to most efficiently run existing commercial and industrial spaces that may be used very differently in the future.    

While adding variable speed capability in commercial buildings is not a new idea, a new analysis confirms major energy and cost savings is available by pairing those products with a PDS – regardless of a pump’s load variability. A PDS combines an electric motor, adjustable speed controls and sensors that provide feedback to the equipment, allowing the equipment to slow down or speed up to meet current demand. This idea and the added flexibility a PDS can provide may be even more important as we move forward in uncertain times.  

Overlooked Opportunity
The use of PDSs has grown over the years but is most often applied to variable load systems. New research led by the National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is among the first to provide energy savings data on the impact of PDSs on constant load systems or systems that require the same amount of flow throughout operation.  

This webinar will review the data that present a clear opportunity for owners and operators of commercial and industrial facilities to dramatically cut their energy spending.  

The speakers will discuss the ways that service centers can benefit from this information.

Speaker Bios
Sarah Widder
Sarah Widder is currently a director at Cadeo, an energy efficiency consulting firm that works with utilities, non-profits, industry and regulatory agencies to promote adoption of energy-saving technologies and practices in the marketplace.  In her current role, Sarah has been working with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and other trade associations to develop market transformation programs for motor driven equipment under NEEA’s Extended Motor Products (XMP) Initiative.  Sarah started working on motor-driven technology in her previous job at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where she supported test procedure development for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and led development of a new test procedure and efficiency metric for pumps, the Pump Energy Index (PEI).  Sarah has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Washington State University.    

Nate Baker
As a senior associate and member of Cadeo’s engineering team, Nate Baker leverages his background in industrial facilities to support energy efficiency program design and regulatory review. Most recently, his work has focused on supporting efforts to increase energy efficiency in motor-driven equipment and adoption of energy efficient technology in commercial and industrial applications broadly. His research has supported program development by establishing unit energy savings estimates for pumps and fans and documenting operational characteristics of clean water pumps.  Nate also provides technical expertise to support the development of energy conservation standards and test procedures.

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