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Grundfos Pumps Unveils New Generation of Circulators,With Power‐Consumption Savings of up to 80% or more
Intended for residential and light‐commercial hydronic applications, ALPHA™ featuresthe innovative AUTOADAPT™ function that automatically and continuously adjustscirculator performance to the changing needs of the hydronic heating system.
OLATHE, KANSAS (May 19, 2009) —Making its North American debut, ALPHA fromGrundfos Pumps is an energy‐optimized, 115‐volt circulatorfeaturing a permanent magnet motor design that will cut powerconsumption by a minimum of 50%, as compared with othercirculators in its class. Designed for hydronic heating applications inresidential and light‐commercial applications, the compact ALPHA isequipped with the unique Grundfos AUTOADAPT function thatautomatically modulates circulator performance to match everchangingsystem demand.
“By continuously fine‐tuning power consumption and flow rates to meet the dynamic needs of the system,ALPHA saves both energy and money,” says Bob Reinmund, senior product specialist for Grundfos. “In livefield tests of the product, independent contractors have experienced power savings up to 80% overconventional pumps.”
Breakthrough motor design: First used by Grundfos in Europe earlier this decade, the electronicallycontrolled motor features a magnetized rotor, thus avoiding motor‐slippage problems common toinduction‐type motors. The result is a dramatically more efficient motor that generates less heat andenergy waste, while delivering a starting torque four times higher than a standard induction motor—akey feature should the circulator experience long periods of idleness.
No more oversized retrofits: Identifying the specific, ever‐changing needs of a home heating system canbe a challenging task for installers, particularly in retrofit applications. As a consequence, contractors oftenfind it difficult to select the right pump and then to program it with the correct settings. “If the installer isnot familiar with piping layout, he may decide the best way to avoid a callback is simply to oversize thepumps,” says Reinmund. “ALPHA creates a colossal opportunity to address this oversizing tendency.”
With ALPHA, the installer now has the option of activating the AUTOADAPT function. “The circulator willautomatically find the lowest possible operating‐efficiency point to meet changing system demand,”continues Reinmund. “Then it will continuously adjust that setting to achieve optimal comfort at minimalpower consumption—all without direct human intervention. The pump can operate with an input as lowas five watts, as compared with a minimum of 80 watts for a conventional circulator of comparable size.”
Compact design = easy installation: ALPHA is currently the most compact circulator offered by Grundfos.Rather than being attached to the circulator’s body, its sophisticated electronics are fully integrated withinthe motor. The resulting streamlined design simplifies installation in even the tightest of spaces.The easy‐to‐read LED (light‐emitting diode) display in the ALPHA offers a range of unique, user‐friendlyfeatures for monitoring the system:
ALPHA offers a flow range of 0 to 21 GPM and a head range from 0 to 19 feet. It can handle fluidtemperatures from 36°F to 230°F with a maximum working pressure of 150 pounds per square inch (psi).
Other standard features include:
Made for America: Developed in Europe nearly a decade ago, the ALPHA is a proven technology withmillions of successful, high‐efficiency installations there. But rather than assuming that the ALPHA wouldwork equally well in North America without modification, Grundfos has tested the product over the pasttwo years in approximately 200 residential installations across the United States and Canada, including many of the installers’ own homes. Feedback from these contractors has led to important adjustments inthe hydraulic design of the ALPHA “to better match the specific requirements of the North Americanmarket,” says Reinmund.
“As is our custom with a new product, we did our due diligence with the ALPHA in the United States, takingtwo full heating seasons to be certain it would perform as well here as it has in Europe,” he continues.“Our objective is to verify the ALPHA as a stable pumping platform for the North American market formany years to come.”
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