Press Releases

    Prominent UV System Pioneering Water Treatment with UV

    Dulcodes LP for UV disinfection with a maximum flow 

    The new UV systems Dulcodes LP are synonymous with pioneering water treatment – efficient and free of chemicals. The system adapts its output according to flow and temperature, even when these parameters change rapidly. The UV system is suitable for a flow of up to 523 m3/h. The patented Vario-Flux high-output lamps with dynamic lamp heating enable fast, precise control. They ensure automatic adaptation to varying flows at all times, regardless of the water temperature. As an added benefit, they are characterized by their high UV output and minimal ageing behavior. Thanks to the unique combination of electronic ballast technology and the Vario-Flux lamps, they can be controlled quickly and precisely over a broad range of up to 50% of the nominal power. Efficiency increases in dimmed mode. This has a particularly positive effect when the actual flow is below the maximum possible flow of the system. Seasonal fluctuations of water temperature no longer play a role and are simply compensated for. Flow control in the Dulcodes LP has been optimized in a reactor based on intensive computer simulation. At the same time, pressure losses were minimized. The resulting uniform radiation dose without over- or under-metering a partial volumetric flow leads to minimal use of energy, a minimal number of lamps and significantly reduced life cycle costs.

    The First of its Kind

    In 2012, the HyDOZ® ozone disinfection pilot began with the goal to further improve the treated water quality from the Paul R. Noland Water Resource Recovery Facility. This pilot was used to confirm system sizing as well as familiarize the plant’s staff with the operation and expectations of an ozone disinfection system. The positive results from this pilot prompted the City of Fayetteville to select BlueInGreen’s turnkey HyDOZ® ozone disinfection system for a full-scale installation. The contractor, JL Bry-son, Inc., began construction and installation in late 2015, with full system startup taking place in March of 2016. Ozone is one of the strongest available oxidants used in wastewater disinfection, with an oxidation potential, or its ability to interact with and break down compounds and microorganisms, 1.5 times higher than that of chlorine. The HyDOZ® system pumps a sidestream of water through a saturation vessel to elevate the pressure at which the ozone gas is dissolved, allowing for higher concentrations of ozone at lower water flow rates. The high dissolved oxygen generated by the ozone system has allowed the facility to operate without the need of its post-aeration equipment to maintain the ecosystem quality in the receiving stream. Ozone also produces clearer and fresher water, demonstrating the City of Fayetteville's commitment to providing state-of-the-art technology that protects the natural beauty of Arkansas. In addition, ozone is very effective in the reduction of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), man-made compounds that have made their way into the wastewater, posing a threat to environmental health. A few examples of these compounds include pharmaceuticals, detergents and pesticides. The 2012 pilot of the HyDOZ® disinfection system showed an average 80 percent reduction of these compounds found in the plant’s effluent. With the installation of the HyDOZ®, the City of Fayetteville continues its long record of environmental stewardship to maintain the high quality of life for its citizens.

    Saving Labor Hours with Smart Investments

    UltraClean units

    A southern Texas municipality installed four step screens in 2002 at their headworks screening facility to remove inert solids upstream of the 40 MGD wastewater treatment processes. Maintaining the downstream processes is particularly critical at this facility due to its commitment to provide plant effluent for reuse to waterfowl habitat, industrial infrastructure and recreational purposes. Located in an arid region, post-treatment reuse clients rely heavily on the municipality’s high-quality effluent. The utility’s efforts to provide the community with a source of clean water were recognized by the regional EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) office through distinguished awards. Taking pride in their efforts and understanding the need to maintain a highly efficient treatment process, the utility established a routine maintenance program and dedicated resources to adhere to their newly found program. Included in the program was a daily rotation of pump maintenance, requiring tear down and cleaning of the pumps. Also included was daily rotation to maintain the step screens; daily rotation to clean sensitive process monitoring instruments; quarterly rotation to isolate, shut down, drain, and clean clarifiers; and yearly rotation to shut down, isolate, and rebuild a single step screen – allowing for each screen to be rebuilt once every four years. Parkson Corporation was awarded the contract and installed two Aqua Guard MN UltraClean units at the plant in 2013, followed by two additional AG-MN-UC units in 2015. Since then, all four UltraClean units have significantly increased solids capture rates, while showing a reduction in machine maintenance for optimal performance.

    LG Chem to Supply RO Membranes to Egypt

    LG BW 400

    LG Chem is stepping up a drive to lead the global water treatment market after winning Egypt’s largest project to turn sea water into fresh water. LG Chem announced it has been chosen as the sole supplier of Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to a seawater desalination plant with 300,000-ton capacity per day which Metito, a global water treatment company, will build in El Galalah and Port Said in Egypt. It is the largest desalination plant in the country which can provide fresh water to about 2 million people a day. The company is scheduled to supply RO membranes by beginning of next year. Last year, LG Chem won an order from a plant in Oman with 250,000-ton capacity per day. The two contracts brought LG Chem closer to the global market leadership. Salt concentration and water temperature in the Red Sea area including El Galalah are the highest in the world, requiring RO membranes to satisfy difficult conditions. But LG Chem’s RO membranes are 25 percent superior to competitors in terms of filtered water quality. The company demonstrates reliable performance in a wide range of industries such as Shoaiba power plant in Saudi Arabia, a Brazilian petroleum corporation Petrobras, and the waste water treatment plant of the city of Scottsdale in Arizona, the United States, raising its global competitiveness. In addition, LG Chem effectively delivers the high-purity and reliable water to meet stringent water purity standards required in ultrapure water manufacture equipment to Panasonic, Infineon and LG display. The sales of its residential RO membranes are increasing noticeably in the fast growing region including China, India and Mideast countries. LG Chem expand the most competitive product portfolio in reliable water treatment which features of more than 10% higher flow superior to competitors and high recovery that can lower water bills for consumers. The company unveiled new products at Aquatech China 2017, the largest trade show in Asia, in early June.

    A Big Investment for the Calibration of Bulk Water Meters

    The importance of water for the existence of all life is undebatable. An inevitable change in the global climate makes concern for water even more important. Water used for agriculture, all process industries as well as for direct human consumption exercised in drinking, cooking and personal cleaning  demonstrate a high rate of increase contrary to the rate of decrease in the attainable natural resources. Eventually water is becoming more precious and more expensive. Therefore there is a lot of investment in measuring the movement of water in its distribution, purification, desalination and waste treatment.

    Magnetic inductive flow meters based on Faraday’s  reknown law have been used in the water industry especially following the Second World War and have achieved a very   high level of accuracy thanks to the development in the electronics technology. If correctly designed   a spool piece with an insulation liner will produce a voltage linear to the velocity of flow across the two electrodes perpendicular to the excitation coils. What makes this bore with no protruding elements is CALIBRATION.  

    ENELSAN, in Turkey, has been in the flow metering business for over 40 years. When the company started manufacturing her own brand of magnetic inductive flow meters she has made a big investment in appropriate calibration facilities to ensure the accuracies and repeatabilities specified in the data sheets. 

    One of the calibration loops in the factory premises is accredited by TURKAK (the Turkish Accreditation Association) and has a calibration range of 30 to 700 m3/h. In this system a reference (master) flow meter is calibrated against a traceable weight and later used in series with the meter to be calibrated. This system allows long test runs at different flow rates to obtain a higher resolution. Another calibration installation for smaller sizes uses direct weighing of the water metered by the instruments. In both systems very accurate density meters are used for the conversion of weith to volume. A new investment recently added to the calibration capabilities of the company is the rig with a water storage capacity of 400 cubic meters. There are 10 pumps each with a capacity of 1000 m3/h. 10 master meters of DN 400 size are used in parallel for the calibration of flow meters of up to DN 2000 and a total flow rate of 10000 m3/h. A dedicated PLC system and inverters are used for the Automation of the system. Enelsan calibration facilities also give service for third parties who use flow meters whether magnetic inductive or ultrasonic or any other technique.

    Singer Valve’s Launches the Battery Operated SPI-MV


    Singer Valve launches the Battery Operated Single Point Insertion Electromagnetic Flowmeter (SPI-MV) that measures accurate flow rate when power is not available. Mark Gimson, Director of Marketing, said, “It’s not uncommon for valve chambers that are further out in the field to not have power, so this battery option will be great for those applications and it’s also really easy to setup for instant accurate flow measurement right out the box.” The flow sensor comes pre-calibrated from McCrometer’s NIST traceable calibration lab and requires no recalibration in the field. It can be installed on either side of a Singer valve on the inlet connection and only requires 3 pipe diameters clearance upstream. They can be installed with any pilot system and are available for valve sizes from 3 to 36 inches.  As the SPI-MV only protrudes from the valve 4.6 to 6.3 inches it only requires 8 – 12 inches clearance for easy maintenance. The probe itself protrudes into the valve 1/8 the diameter of the valve so it runs little risk of damage with such a short profile in the flow path. With no moving parts and a single-piece design, the sensor contains nothing to wear or break and is generally immune to clogging by sand, grit or debris. The Battery Operated SPI-MV can run independently of an external power source for 3-5 years and a small solar panel can be added to extend the lifetime to 10-15 years. It can also be paired with an external AC or DC power source so the battery portion becomes a backup for power outages.  It has a 3-key touch local convertor with Die Cast Aluminum IP67 housing. The unit offers dual totalizer pulse output and internal data logging options that can be used for SCADA integration and flow analysis respectively.  It has variable sampling frequency’s that can be adapted to fit the installation needs and maintains the 2% of actual reading accuracy offered in standard models. Singer’s SPI-MV family now consists of AC, DC and battery options to fit all installation needs. Singer Valve, now a division of Mueller Co., has been designing, manufacturing and distributing pilot operated diaphragm control valves since 1957. With innovative technologies, the company provides solutions for water loss management, water conservation and urban water and wastewater distribution throughout the world.  By using quality materials and testing every valve and pilot before it is shipped, Singer Valve has an unprecedented track record for long lasting, easy to maintain solutions that work upon installation.   Singer Valve’s electronic division provides instrumentation and control solutions to manage unique applications.

    Scandlines Applies APATEQ’s Innovative Scrub Water Treatment System

    APATEQ MarinePaq installation for Scandlines

    Scandlines uses a brand new scrub water treatment system, produced by the Luxembourgish clean-tech company APATEQ. The treatment system MarinePaq cleans scrub water from the ferry’s closed-loop exhaust gas cleaner (scrubber). It produces an effluent according to the most stringent environmental legislation and achieves substantial savings on operation costs and flexibility gains for the fleet. Scandlines’ two recently launched ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route are driven by Scandlines’ hybrid
    propulsion system which combines traditional fuel with electric battery power. The hybrid propulsion system optimizes consumption by adjusting the engine output. Together with other optimization initiatives, the fuel consumption has been reduced to almost one-third per crossing per car compared to the former ferries operating the route. The two new ferries have also both been fitted with an exhaust gas cleaner, a so-called closed-loop scrubber. In short, a mixture of water and sodium carbonate in powder form, which is pumped aboard
    the ferries, scrubs the exhaust gas. Contaminated water from the scrubber is channeled to an on board separator for purification. When the solution cannot absorb more waste products, the scrub water is pumped into the shore based scrub water treatment system MarinePaq from the Luxembourgish cleantech company APATEQ. The system has been installed in two containers stacked one on top of the other at the harbor in Gedser. In a five-step process, the scrub water treatment system cleans the scrub water so effectively,
    that the cleaned water can be discharged into the harbor according to the most stringent environmental legislation, being substantially beneficial for the environment.

    New Intelligent Pumping Solution Gives Customers Maximum Return

    Lowara smart pump range

    Xylem Inc., a global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is launching a new Smart Pump range equipped with built-in ultra-premium efficiency IE5 motors to achieve optimal performance in water supply and HVAC applications for commercial buildings. The IE5 motor delivers the highest level of performance, exceeding current IE3 legislative requirements. The Lowara Smart Pump range will be featured at the ISH trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. “Improving efficiency in buildings is a key priority for the global building sector,” said Giorgio Sabbatini, Global Director, Business Unit HVAC / Commercial Building Services at Xylem. “The segment is highly focused on reducing energy consumption and operational costs as they relate to systems in a facility – whether it’s plumbing or HVAC systems. Our new Lowara Smart Pump range addresses this market need. Featuring advanced variable speed drives, the next generation Lowara range lays the foundation for achieving the highest efficiencies, classified as IES2 standard. With the Smart Pumps range we are going beyond single components, as only a great trio of motors, variable speed drives and pumps can provide the reliability, best savings and shortest payback times sought by our customers.” Xylem’s new Lowara Smart Pump range is ‘plug and play’ – simple to install and commission both in new and retrofit installations. The embedded electronic drive called e-SM dramatically extends the working area of a pump to maximize flexibility and enhance system performance. 

    Pure Water Group Manufactured Some Dozens of EDI Equipment

    Membrane degassing system

    Thanks to its global network, Pure Water Group has commenced constructing some two dozen Electro Deionization (EDI) systems for projects in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and South America. Especially the manufacturing of customized EDI systems for the Australian Woodside Karantha Gas power plant are worth mentioning. The two 12,5 m3/h EDI systems operated by Woodside Energy Ltd are part of a life extension program on the existing site. An existing IX demineralization plant that used large volumes of hazardous, corrosive chemicals needed to be replaced. After an Enhanced Concept Definition Study, the EDI technology proved to be the best solution. Although the EDI skids are a proprietary item, manufactured to various European standards, these comply to Australian standards as well.
    Another four EDI systems are destined for the construction of two single 127 MW combined cycle power plants in Luján and four simple cycle plants of 254 MW in Matheu, both in Argentina. The sites are owned by Duro Felguera, SA, who formed a consortium with Siemens Energy Inc. and Siemens, SA (Argentina). Simultaneously, one higher capacity EDI skid of 100 m3/h together with a Membrane Degassing (MD) system to be implemented for the removal of CO2, is manufactured for a new client in Portugal. For new combined cycle power plants in Gulf area a total of seven EDI skids are manufactured and shipped. From one Austrian partner, Pure Water Group received an order for the delivery of two 20 m3/h EDI systems for a client in Estonia, to be delivered end of August. A month later, two EDI systems for the production of 61,5 m3/h product water each are required. In the meantime, two smaller units need to be assembled and tested urgently and ready for delivery at the end of July, one for a client in England and one for Spain. A third unit has to be manufactured in a time span of maximum eight weeks to ensure just-in-time delivery to another site in Australia. To pull together two dozen Electro Deionization systems in a short period of time requires an effective manufacturing schedule, along with supply chain efficiency to gather the materials and components in time. Pure Water Group welcomes and appreciates the strong relationships with OEM partners and international suppliers, which it believes is the key to success in these endeavors. Pure Water Group is specialized in High Purity and Ultra-Pure Water applications. Since more than 20 years the development of membrane filtration and Electro Deionization systems is its main focus. Based on its knowledge and experience, equipment is manufactured for water system integrators across the world. Clients implement the equipment in the process and power industry, the pharmaceutical industry and at hemodialysis centers. As Ionpure 'Master Service Provider' the company distributes CEDI modules and accessories direct from its European warehouse. The branch and product knowledge enable the company to guarantee qualitative high-end solutions which meet its clients expectations on every level.

    Water Management at the Mátrai Power Plant Tsurumi Stays Strong

    Tsurumi pump

    The RWE subsidiary Mátrai Erőmű Zrt, operator of the second largest power plant in Hungary, is fully satisfied with the change of supplier for its drainage constructors' pumps. RWE-Power operates the plant together with EnBW and the Hungarian electricity company MVM, which hold minor shares. With an annual production of 6260 GWh of 950 MW of installed performance, the power plant has an approximate 18% share of the country’s electricity production. Brown coal is mainly burnt: 9 million tons of annual input comes from the opencast mines in nearby Visonta and Bükkábrány, which is 50 km away. The company group at the foot of the Mátri Mountains, east of Budapest, employs over 2000 workers. Water management in Visonta poses a challenge, not least due to the coal – with a waste material ratio of 1:8 and proportion of sandstone. "We had to act in 2013," remembers Béla Hernádi, manager of Dewatering Division at Mátrai. "Pumps broke down every four weeks on average." Abrasion was considered to be the main cause. "The cost/profit calculation simply did not work out anymore." Brand name pumps from European manufacturers had been used. Mátrai replaced them completely without hesitation. The Japanese manufacturer Tsurumi won the race and was selected. The company with its headquarters in Düsseldorf is also represented in Hungary. The experts visited the site and developed the water management system from scratch. Several pumping stations were configured for appropriate three-step drainage of the mine. Submersible motor pumps of type LH622 were to take on the main load. Tsurumi had developed these for deep mines in an abrasion resistant design. This model with its 22 kW motor performance conveys 3750 l/min and manages discharge heights of up to 54 meters. Construction engineers created a good basis for long durability: Extremely resistant materials such as spheroidal cast iron GGG45 and grey cast iron GG20 for the casing, chromium cast iron for the closed vortex impeller and silicon carbide for the shaft seal in an oil bath are good examples of this. "Thanks to position-independent injection lubrication, even the difficult snore mode or dry operation, when water levels are low, do not present critical conditions for these pumps," underlines Birger Schmidt from the manufacturer's sales department. Type 622 is a comparatively small model in the top-performing LH-design series (we are talking about an aggregate with a 350 kg dry weight and just 1.4 m in height). It is not the only one in Visonta, as the manufacturer installed other ranges with conveying capacities of 980 to 5375 l/min as required. These also include the "Slow Runner" from the KRS series, which has a motor with just 1450 rpm and is designed for minimum wear as far as the motor is concerned. Today, more than three years after the refit, you can see the result of the measure. The pump system masters water management efficiently, so they say. But more importantly: All the supplied pumps are still running and only require moderate maintenance and repair, which in no way is comparable to the previous situation, says Hernádi. The current installation is certainly manageable: Only 16 pumps instead of the previous 31 pumps are needed for water management.

    AutoLog® ControlMan Cloud SCADA for GSM-RTUs

    Cloud SCADA

    FF-Automation’s AutoLog ControlMan is modern and cost effective solution for remote supervision and control. It is suitable for remote monitoring and controlling almost anything: machines, devices, processes, pipelines, tanks, street lights, pumps, valves, real estates, unmanned stations, cold rooms, cargoes, environment, flood etc. AutoLog ControlMan is complete solution which includes both AutoLog GSM-RTU units and hosted Internet application service. GSM-RTUs are installed along the remote targets to perform measurement and control tasks. GSM-RTUs are communicating wirelessly using GSM/GPRS network. ControlMan web service is used with normal web browser through Internet. Today’s trend for global companies is to use centralized Internet server databases and web based application interfaces. This way the information is shared to everybody regardless of the physical location.  AutoLog ControlMan integrates easily with other systems and databases. Open standard interfaces and mainstream technology guarantees long term and cost effective solution. New features are constantly included to the service to follow today's and future needs. AutoLog ControlMan uses global GSM- and Internet networks for communication. Information can be collected and shared with all participants regardless of their physical location. AutoLog ControlMan uses existing and global communication solutions. Measurement data is send wirelessly via existing and almost global GSM and Internet networks. Users log in to service through Internet network. AutoLog ControlMan is hosted Internet "control room" service for remote target supervision and control. Server is hosted (24/7/365) by Verio(*), which is awarded as most reliable Internet hosting company in 2010. Customer doesn't need own server PC or maintenance personnel. Existing PCs can be used to connect to server application without any software installations. User just needs user name and password to log in to service through web browser. Although the System includes lots of technology most Users simply want to see the status of their remote targets as easily and illustratively as possible and therefore ControlMan provides the User with an easy access to a  versatile Graphical User Interface including dynamic maps, measurement trends, alarms views, animated process views, reports etc. Views can be designed according to application specifications. Controlman setup information, control unit definitions, users, user groups, measurement history etc. are stored in Controman server’s SQL database. ControlMan server database can be connected to other systems using standard ODBC interface and SQL queries. If needed user can upload measurement history from server database to own PC for offline analysis. GSM control units communicate wirelessly through GSM network to local GSM operator access point. GPRS communication from operator’s access point to ControlMan server is using Internet IP network. Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be used if local GSM operator supports it, but in most cases its not needed. Major part of typical communication is logged measurement data which is transferred using GPRS packet data. GSM/SMS messages can be used for sending alarms, controls, report queries etc. SMS message communication allows also direct communication between control units and between control unit and GSM phone. Serviceman can for example send direct control or setup command to control unit from GSM phone using SMS message. GSM control unit can be controlled also using free call controls. Control unit can identify incoming phone number and make defined controls. Control units can be programmed remotely through GSM network. ConrolMan application pages can be maintained remotely through Internet network.