By: Socrates C.T -- Lead Analyst, CapEx and MRO
01 January, 2017
Until 2013, pump industry in Europe was not mandated to focus on energy efficiency. However, the European Union has recently directed pump users to switch to energy efficient pumps. This article aims to highlight the impact of the regulatory compliance on sourcing of pumps. It maps out cost savings along with total life-cycle cost analysis.
Since January 2013, all new water pumps were required to have efficiency metrics in accordance with Minimum Efficiency Index (MEI) ≥ 0.10. However, from January 2015, this was revised to a minimum efficiency of MEI ≥ 0.40. The Gauss curve below is an example exhibiting the efficiency level in accordance with the Minimum Efficiency Index. In this case, MEI < 0.1 refers to pumps which have efficiency below 67 percent that has been removed from the European market from January 2013. This amounts to 10 percent of the least efficient pumps. Similarly, those with MEI< 0.4 and having efficiency below 72.5 percent were to be removed from the European market from January 2015 - - this amounted to 40 percent of the least efficient pumps. The efficiency predominantly depends upon the design of the pump and factors such as head and pressure of the pumping application.
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