November 4, 2015

New energy performance test procedures have the potential to dramatically increase the availability of reliable performance data Packaged systems, such as blowers, may offer savings. Source: iStockphotoand influence decision making for buyers of blowers used in wastewater aeration and industrial applications. CEE worked with blower manufacturers and industry experts from 2009 to 2011 in a process that resulted in new test procedure development activities at the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

CAGI completed and published test codes for dynamic compression and positive displacement technology blowers in 2014, and recently Kaeser Compressors Inc. became the first manufacturer to report the performance of a range of blower packages using the CAGI standard energy performance data sheets. We applaud this development, and look forward to other manufacturers also publishing their product performance in this consistent way.

Following the annual WEFTEC wastewater industry conference this past October, the ASME PTC-13 Committee will share a draft of the test standard for blowers in November for  peer review. We expect the finished and published test standard to be available from ASME in mid-2016.

About CEE
CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in markets. By joining forces at CEE, individual electric and gas efficiency programs are able to partner not only with each other, but also with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. Working together, administrators leverage the effect of their ratepayer funding, exchange information on successful practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.