Xylem’s innovation center to analyse pump connectivity
Xylem has opened an “innovation center” in northern Italy to focus on advancing next-generation pumping technologies...
MONTECCHIO MAGGIORE, Italy –Xylem has opened an “innovation center” in northern Italy to focus on advancing next-generation pumping technologies for the residential and commercial building services sector.
Representing a multi-million euro investment, the center is specifically designed to further understanding of how system efficiency can be optimised by analysing a pump’s connectivity with a building control system.
The European Union’s ErP (Energy-related Products) Directive requires new levels of efficiency from commercial building equipment, including motors, pumps and HVAC circulators; similar standards are set to follow in North America.
Xylem plans to use the center to develop, test and validate the next generation of high-efficiency, highly-automated and highly-integrated pumping technologies.
Amedeo Valente, director of innovation and technology with Xylem’s Applied Water Systems business, said: “As green buildings become the rule rather than the exception, it is crucial to help our customers understand the environmental and economic benefits of ensuring entire systems are highly efficient, and not just individual components.”
Valente added: “For a building to be truly green, components need to be able to communicate with each other so that adjustments can be made in real-time to deliver maximum efficiency. Our ambition is to drive even greater interconnectivity across systems, enhancing energy efficiency, further reducing the life-cycle costs of our products and ultimately, delivering cost-savings for customers.
“The deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies – connecting pump components through IoT to turn traditional pumps into smart pumps - is expected to increase operational efficiency by nearly 45 percent and widen application scope.”