Automated solution is said to reduce energy use in commercial building cooling systems by up to 50%.
Grundfos has launched its Distributed Pumping System in Thailand, which is said to reduce energy consumption for cooling large commercial buildings by up to 50%, thus reducing operational costs and supporting Thai companies to achieve their sustainability goals.
Temperature control is one of the most energy-intensive functions in commercial buildings with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems accounting for up to 40% of total energy used, according to a Eco-Business report. Thailand’s tropical climate, the increasing efforts of global warming and construction of large malls, office towers and commercial buildings across the country highlight the need for smarter, more efficient HVAC.
Grundfos’ Distributed Pumping System, which uses decentralised pumping to reduce energy consumption, has met the cooling needs across South East Asia over the past two years, and has garnered much interest in the region as well.
Kenth Hvid Nielsen, regional managing director, Asia-Pacific, commercial buildings and general manager, Grundfos Thailand, said: “Energy efficient solutions can play an important role in managing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, which will help support Thailand to achieve its net zero carbon emissions target and its Paris Agreement commitments. Cooling is key to making our cities habitable, but as global temperatures continue to rise, relying on conventional solutions will only further contribute to global warming.
“Sustainable cooling solutions are all the more important given growing demand for air conditioning alone in the world’s emerging economies will drive 64% increase in household energy use and produce 23.1 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2040.”
Improving energy efficiency is poised to become important for Thailand as it works to meet the country’s targets and commitments established under the United Nations Development Plan, the Paris Agreement, and the upcoming COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.
Grundfos’ Distributed Pumping System can be used in a diverse range of commercial buildings, including hotels, hospitals, office towers, schools and airports, intuitively regulates water flow based on feedback from temperature sensors, meeting the requirements of different building zones and intelligently controlling energy consumption by delivering the right flow at all times.
Two sustainable cooling projects which highlight the solution’s energy efficiency are Grundfos’ Asia-Pacific headquarters and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, both based in Singapore. Both projects reported that the system has helped them achieve 55% pump system kWh energy savings, as well as reduction in operational costs.