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Pump Energy Consumption

Compare the energy costs of operating an air operated diaphragm pump
and a mechanically driven diaphragm pump


With rising energy costs and heightened environmental awareness, Wastecorp has recently engaged in a study of comparing the relative cost to operate a mechanically driven diaphragm pump and an air operated pump.

Based on an average operating time of 8,760 hours per year, an air driven pump will cost nearly $4000 per year versus $500 for a mechanically operated pump like a Mud Sucker.*
The Pump Perspective
  • When we apply these fact to real time operating conditions, a typical air driven pump operating a 1 HP air motor at 100 psi is equal to a 7-8 hp electric motor.

  • Mud Sucker diaphragm pumps are driven by high efficiency motors which meet EPACT and NEMA MG1 standards

  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, "compressed air is one of the most expensive sources of energy in a plant. The overall efficiency of a typical compressed air system can be as low as 10-15%"

  • Related

  • The Mud Sucker 2F-EC uses a 1 hp motor. Learn more
  • The Mud Sucker 3FA uses a 3 hp motor. Learn more

  • * Costs are based on average electricity costs in major American markets. Figures are in U.S dollars.