The greatest consumer of
electricity in any pool or spa installation is the pump. In many installations
there are multiple pumps, circulating water through the filtration and water
treatment systems, and driving hydrotherapy jets, water features, and
counter-current swimming devices.
Pool pump design has changed
little over the last 50 years, with single or dual speed induction motor
powered centrifugal pumps driving many pool systems throughout the world to
this day. The biggest change, particularly in the domestic sector, has been the
use of composite materials away from cast metal, but the motors turning the
impellors inside them are much the same.
In the last ten or so years, first
generation variable speed pumps entered the market and set new standards for
performance and efficiency, with consumers who adopted the technology
benefitting from greatly reduced running costs. ePropelled is pioneering the
next generation variable speed drive technology in the pool and spa industry,
which will be unleashed later this year.
Utilizing the same unique,
multi-patented electro-magnetic engineering innovations seen in the products
that we market in the defence and aerospace sectors, ePropelled's next
generation of motors for pool and spa pumps will be much smaller, much lighter,
more efficient, and quieter than current variable speed technologies for the
same flow outputs; and a country-mile ahead of single and dual speed induction
motors. ePropelled's next generation of pool and spa pump motors will also
feature a host of 'smart' IOT features to enhance the ownership experience of
the consumer and further reduce energy consumption, and assist the pool/spa
professional with invaluable diagnostic and performance data.
All of which is very timely for
our industry when you consider that we are exactly one year away from the
introduction in the US of the Department of Energy's Energy
Conservation Standards for Dedicated Pool Pumps which sets strict
energy performance targets for pool pumps. While the directive is not
prescriptive about the technologies which will be permitted to feature in pool
pumps after 18th July 2021, it effectively means that only variable speed motor
equipped pumps will be permissible by law, as this is the only technology
capable of meeting the standards set.
So, keep an eye out for the
ePropelled logo. It will be coming to a pool and spa pump near you very soon!