Residential swimming pool pumps use significant amounts of energy. At present about 10 per cent of Australian homes have a swimming pool yet they contribute to approximately 0.5 per cent of Australia’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions (~ 3 Mt of CO2).
Conventional pool pumping systems utilise fixed speed AC electric motors. Variable speed motors capable of running at slower speeds than conventional motors are a simple energy efficiency retrofit that can deliver energy and carbon reductions of about 75 per cent. Pool pumps are also a significant with respect to their impact on peak demand. This project aims to investigate the technical and economic opportunities of a number of pool pump systems to establish the optimum system that can deliver: reduced energy usage and cost to consumers, minimise impact on the grid in terms of peak demand and minimise carbon emissions.
Details of the next phase of this project are here.