The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is a cabinet-level department of the United States Government concerned with the United States’ policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material. The mission of the DOE is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. In January of 2016, the DOE published rules in the Federal Register for the Energy Conservation Standard (ECS) and Test Procedure for Pumps. These rules became effective on March 28, 2016 and compliance is required by January 27, 2020.
Energy Conservation Standard and HI 40.6
The ECS provides definitions of pump products within scope, identifies scope exclusions, identifies Hydraulic Institute 40.6-2014 as the test standard, provides calculation methods to determine performance metric and outlines labeling and certifications. The ECS uses a pump energy efficiency rating system: Pump Energy Index (PEI). In 2020 the federal standard will require clean water pump systems to have PEIs less than or equal to 1.0. All clean water pumps within scope must meet the new DOE efficiency standard by January 2020.
The general pump types covered by these regulations include:
- End suction closed coupled
- End suction frame mounted
- Radially split multistage in-line diffuser casing
- Submersible turbine
Additionally, for a pump to be covered by the regulation it must be designed for pumping clean water, have a nominal speed of 1800 or 3600 RPM, be between 1 and up to 200 HP, have a flow rate of 25 GPM or greater at BEP and full impeller diameter, have a maximum head of 459 feet at BEP and full impeller diameter, and have a design temperature range from 14 to 248F.
Crane Pumps & Systems has over 250 pump models that are already compliant with the 2020 standards with more to come.
- Burks GA Family
- Burks G Family
- Burks DF Family
- Burks GNA, GNB, and GNC families
- Burks GB
- Weinman 310/500 (G&K)
- Weinman 375/575 (BPO)
- Weinman AC/AE
- Deming 3111/3112
- Barnes HCU
To learn more about the upcoming changes to pump regulations visit: http://www.pumps.org/DOE_Rulemaking.aspx