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Grundfos iSolutions Nationwide Roadshow

Grudfos i solutionsTo fully explain iSolutions, Grundfos is hosting a series of nationwide exhibitions at which it will demonstrate the iSolutions concept and explore how modern products and system optimisation can save energy in existing systems or future projects.

The exhibitions will feature working models where, together with Grundfos engineers, visitors will be able to explore how the unique functionality of these advanced products can deliver energy savings. It is also possible to arrange a site-specific pump survey or pump audit where Grundfos can evaluate the potential energy.

To visit Grundfos iSolutions at a location near you register your interest by responding to at infoireland@grundfos.com

ISolutions roadshow venues and dates

Galway 16th & 17th (Wednesday and Thursday) — The Connacht Hotel, Galway

Limerick 22nd & 23rd (Tuesday and Wednesday) — The Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick

Cork 6th & 7th (Tuesday and Wednesday) — The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork

Dublin 13th & 14th (Tuesday and Wednesday) — Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin

 

Pumps – don’t leave ErP compliance to chance …

ErP DiceIf a consultant, distributor, wholesaler or contractor is unsure of the date of manufacture, the serial number normally contains the first four digits noting the month and year of manufacture. Therefore, with regard to the old uncontrolled products, this should not be after December 2012. In instances where there are no detailed pump markings, especially in relation to the year of manufacture, caution is obviously advised, as all ErP compliant pumps will be CE marked with the EEI (Energy Efficiency Index) label on the pump.

While it is up to the relevant authorities to monitor the marketplace and take appropriate action where non-compliant products are identified, it is important that everyone involved in the pump sector takes responsibility for this matter.

Consultants, contractors, wholesalers and distributors have a duty to ensure that the pumps they recommend and offer to clients comply with the ErP regulatory requirements. They are also professionally obligated to provide the best value and most energy-efficient products available.

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is the designated Market Surveillance Authority in Ireland for the EU Directives on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of Energy Related Products, while enforcement is the responsibility of the Ecodesign and Labelling Market Surveillance Authority (ELMS).

To fulfill its obligations ELMS undertakes the following market surveillance activities.

Compliance promotion                                                                                                                                             ELMS will support and assist suppliers and dealers in achieving compliance through the following:

— Leaflets, brochures and other guidance material to inform suppliers, dealers and the public of the requirements;

— The use of professional and trade associations;

— A dedicated contact who suppliers and dealers can contact to ask questions and receive information and assistance;

— Encouraging the public to act as a watchdog to alert for instances of non-compliance.

Compliance monitoring                                                                                                                           Monitoring activities include inspections of retail outlets; examination of product brochures and other technical or promotional documentation supplied with a product; examination of websites, catalogues or other forms of distance selling; and the investigation of reports or complaints from members of the public, economic operators, customs authorities or other Member States.

Compliance verification                                                                                                                                   Where non-compliance is suspected, ELMS undertakes verification actions to confirm the non-compliance. These include examination of records obtained during the monitoring process, document inspections and testing of products in accredited laboratories. A number of these actions are currently ongoing.

Enforcement                                                                                                                                                                 Where non-compliance is detected ELMS will, depending on the circumstances, issue a Technical Assistance Letter, a Warning of Non-Compliance or a Compliance Direction. Where the non-compliance continues, ELMS may undertake legal proceedings that can result in product withdrawal, prohibition on sale/importation, forfeiture of products, product destruction, prosecution or financial penalties.

These initiatives illustrate that the Irish authorities have the systems in place, and the personnel allocated, to tackle the matter of ErP non-compliance. However, they also need the help and support of all involved in the pump sector to identify noncompliant products so they can take the appropriate action.

What’s new with pumps? … Class A efficiency is the new benchmark

The change from standard efficiency to high efficiency pumps is driven by legislation via the ErP Directive that demands all circulating pumps move to a high efficiency model in new systems from 1 January 2013.

With the ErP Directive 2009/125/EC, the European Union is promoting climate protection further. This legal regulation for energy-related products – ErP for short – limits electricity consumption considerably, even for heating circulation pumps. In effect, this Directive signals the end of inefficient pumps.

Uncontrolled pumps are responsible for 20% of the world’s electricity consumption. This means that all pump manufacturers will have to cease production of standard-efficiency pumps from the end of this year.

Very often the imposition of new legislation or directives presents difficulties and challenges for the industry sector affected. This is not the case with the new ErP Directive. If anything, it will provide a business stimulus.

The running cost savings delivered by the reduced power consumption of ErP-compliant pumps is great news for the entire industry. Specifiers, and especially installers, are now armed with the ammunition to undertake a major pump upgrade/replacement campaign.

Calling all contractors – this is an excellent opportunity for you to increase your business while, at the same time, delivering value for money services – in addition to genuine costs savings – to your customers.