A total 39,948kWh of energy was used for pumping resulting in emissions of 36.7t/CO2-e, costing $8,497 per annum. Using the known energy consumption at the pump, the unit of power consumption per mega-litre per metre of head (kWh/ML/m) is calculated to assess and benchmark the pump.
Main, and Boost Pumps Measured Performance
||Main Pump kWh/ML/m
||Boost Pump kWh/ML/m
The audit noted that both pumps are operating below the manufacturers pump curve. The energy audit recommended the farm consider either the refurbishment or replacement of the two pumps and the installation of a 30Kw solar PV system to address the inefficiency and reduce energy consumption onsite.
Recommendations and Savings from the Energy Audit
||Energy savings (kWh)
||Cost Savings ($)
||Capital Cost ($)/Payback Period (years)
||Emission Savings (t/CO2-e)
|Option 1: Refurbish Pumps
||2,900 / 2.1
|Option 2: Replace Pumps
||15,000 / 10.7
|30kW Solar PV
||29,620 / 3.3
There is a subsequent increase in water flow rate from 39.3L/s to 53.8L/s with both pumps operating and 38.9L/s to 51.2L/s with the main pump operating alone. The refurbishment or pump replacement poses the same energy savings though differing paybacks reflecting the different costs. It was recommended to inspect the impeller, shaft, bearings, and volute casing due to the shorter payback before replacing the pump. Both recommendations will reduce electricity consumption by 13 per cent or 5,208.38kWh, while pumping the equivalent quantity of water. The farm has two options. They could replace the impeller, shaft, and bearings, costing roughly $800 and $2000 in labour to perform on both pumps. Or replace the two pumps, costing $15,000 for both pump sites. The refurbishment or replacement of both pumps would increase 30 minute energy demand from 15.8kW to 18.8kW with both pumps operating, and 12.6kW to 15.1kW when the main pump is operating alone. Additionally, installation of a 30kW solar system would reduce electricity consumption by 63.8 per cent and costs by 80.5 per cent, including solar feed-in.
Based on the audit recommendations the farmer has replaced the main pump, with 8% actual energy savings and 10% associated cost savings. The metrics have been calculated from Measurement and Verification of the audit data.
Pre and Post Audit Metrics
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