Grundfos Pumps Suceed At The Races

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Overview

The Situation


Ararat is a city about 200 kilometres west of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia.  The city itself has a population of a little over 8,000 people and serves as the administrative centre of the local government area of the Rural City of Ararat, which is home to  approximately a further 12,000 residents.


The Ararat Turf Club, which runs one of the oldest race course in Victoria, hosted its first meeting over four days in December, 1857. Now the city hosts six race meetings throughout the year. The Ararat Gold Cup day - the richest race day in the district - is held every November.


The upkeep of the track and its surrounds is vital for the Club to continue to attract horses and race goers to the historic course. Michael Checkley from Grundfos Authorised Dealer, Midland Irrigation in Ballarat – some 100 kilometres from Ararat - had been working with the Ararat Turf Club for a while, seeking to improve the course watering systems.


In 2016, Midland Irrigation installed a Grundfos pump from the waste water station to feed the track’s dam, located at the centre of the course, which is fed with recycled water and runoff from the track. The Grundfos solution was very well received and easy to operate, and offered Midland Irrigation the opportunity to conduct a Grundfos Energy Check on the existing end suction pump that was supplying turf irrigation water to the track from the dam.

 

The Solution


A Grundfos Energy Check, conducted by Midland Irrigation and Grundfos, on the existing end suction pump that was supplying water for turf irrigation revealed potential gains in efficiencies with the installation of new Grundfos pumping equipment. The existing oversized and inefficient pump was not only difficult to operate, but the track workers could not rely on the pump to efficiently water the track to ensure optimal track performance.  


The Energy Check process begins by gathering critical pump and motor nameplate information such as performance criteria, age, size, running hours and frequency of operation.

Armed with this information, estimates are then made regarding energy savings through one to one Grundfos pump replacement and assessments as to which pumps could best provide energy saving opportunities and attractive payback benefits.


Michael Checkley from Midland Ballarat says, “With the Grundfos Energy Check report, we could demonstrate big running cost savings for the Turf Club with the track pump. When failure of its existing pump was imminent, there was no hesitation and we went ahead with the replacement.”


The replacement was a Grundfos Hydro Solo-E booster system.  This turnkey solution (ready for operation on delivery) is designed for systems, such as the race track, where it is crucial to keep a constant pressure.

Hydro Solo-E booster set consists of a Grundfos CRE pump fitted with isolating valve, non-return valve, outlet pipe, pressure transmitter, pressure gauge and pressure tank.

The pump is fitted with an IEC-flanged three-phase MGE motor with frequency converter and PI-controller integrated in the motor terminal box. This enables continuously variable control of the motor speed, which again enables adaptation of the performance to a given requirement. No additional motor protection is required as both motor and electronics are protected by integrated overload and temperature protection.

A control panel enables setting of required setpoint as well as setting of pump to MIN or MAX operation or to STOP, making it easy for track workers to operate.


The Outcome


Ararat Turf Club manager Adam Atchison says the installation of the Grundfos pump has made things “simpler” for track maintenance.


 “The new pump is better than our previous pump,” says Adam. “It is doing the job more efficiently and with a lot less time involved from us.”


“More importantly, with energy costs rising across Australia, we’re now saving money on our Club’s power bills.”

Topic:

Upgrade of end suction pump that was supplying turf irrigation water to the track from the dam.

Location:

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Ararat, Victoria, Australia

Company:

Midland Irrigation & Ararat Turf Club

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If you need a similar solution, please contact us for further information.

Telephone

09 415 3240

Fax

09 415 3250

Address

17 Beatrice Tinsley Crescent, Albany, North Shore City, 0632