Energy Saving in Sewerage Sector in Discussion Successful follow-up of OptimEDAR project Technical Workshop “Energy Saving and Maximum Operation in WWTP OptimEDAR, a Smart Wastewater Solution at Romania Evaluation of OptimEDAR’s Milestones
Installations of OptimEDAR solution in Romania Commissioning of OptimEDAR Solution in Spain Green Efficiency Boost for Water Treatment Plants Gdansk Water Foundation Supports OptimEDAR Solution Expo Apa 2013, the International Exhibition of Water Operators in Romania Wonderworld, Smart Solutions For Water Operators OptimEDAR promotion at Wod-Kan fair
Last 3rd of July took place the technical workshop "Energy Saving in Sewerage Sector", where representatives of public administration, technological companies and the university discussed the latest efficiency energy strategies applied in wastewater.
Organized by Adasa in Barcelona, and with the support of the Catalan Water Agency and other institutions such as the Catalan Institute for Water Research (Instituto Catalán de Investigación del Agua), Catalonia Water (Aguas de Cataluña) and the University of Extremadura (Universidad de Extremadura), this seminar become an interesting meeting point and technical forum.
The Catalan Water Agency explained the successful results of the implantation of OptimEDAR in Carme WWTP (Catalonia, Spain), where a reduction of 15% of the power consumption was achieved, and a strong improvement of water quality in relation to the nutrients removal. Meanwhile, the University of Extremadura also detailed the positive results of OptimEDAR at the Albuera WWTP (Extremadura, Spain).
An active round table was carried out at the end of the workshop. The main challenges and opportunities that the wastewater sector is facing nowadays in order to enhance energy efficiency and promote innovative technologies were the main subjects.
On 12th of June took place the follow-up meeting of the Eco-innovation OptimEDAR project.
The main aims of this event were the following up of the different milestones in order to guarantee the correct achievement of the technical and financial goals. In addition, as a part of this evaluation, one of the Spanish demonstration site was visited by the European Project Officer and the members of the international consortium.
As a result, the European Project Officer evaluated successfully the management and development of this wastewater European project.
Save up to 20% of energy and eliminate nutrients in WWTP
This strategic workshop, which will be hold in Barcelona on 3rd of July, aims to deal with the minimization of energy costs and maximize operation efficiency in wastewater treatment plants.
Efficiency strategies in WWTP will be shown, especially the ones achieved with European project OptimEDAR:
• 20 % reduction in the cost of the energy consumption of the biologic reactor.
• Enhanced water quality of effluents with at least 20% less nitrogen and phosphate.
• Reduction of 15% in the production of sewage sludge.
OptimEDAR solution will be shown in Romania at ExpoApa Congress, the most important exhibition related to water supply, sewerage and wastewater treatment in Romania, which will take place in Bucharest, from 16th to 18th of June.
18th June 10:40 h (IC Bratianu Hall)
Experience in efficient management of wastewater treatment plants.
Spanish and Romanian success stories.
The 15th of January took place at Adasa’s headquarters in Barcelona, the OptimEDAR’s consortium evaluation meeting. The main aims of this event were the following up of the different milestones in order to guarantee the correct achievement of OptimEDAR goals, not only the ones related to the technical aspects but also the financial indicators.
Furthermore, Adasa, the Catalan Water Agency, Ecotrust, and AMMi Technologies visited some of the Spanish locations where OptimEDAR has been installed, such as wastewater treatment plants of Masquefa and Gelida. OptimEDAR has been working in these WWTP for 3 month providing interesting data which underlines the efficiency of the solution in the improvement of WWTP operational conditions.
In November Adasa and Ecotrust carried out the first installations and commissioning of OptimEDAR in Romania at the wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) of Sîntimbru and Apahida.
OptimEDAR aims to optimize WWTP operation in order to achieve proper regulation of the process by automatic corrections and adjustments, taking into consideration influent and environmental conditions.
These installations were developed successfully and the data analysis will help to improve plants conditions and reduce electrical consumption.
In September Adasa, with the support of the Catalan Water Agency (ACA), carried out several installations and commissioning of OptimEDAR solution in Spain at wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) of Masquefa, Gelida and Carme, placed in Barcelona.
The main work consisted in the installation of the probes in the biologic reactor and the installation, commission and control tasks of the probe cabinet.
The next step will be the analysis of the data achieved in order to improve WWTP’s operational conditions and reduce electrical consumption.
There are more than 65.000 waste water treatment plants in Europe, each providing an essential service to local populations. But by simply installing innovative new equipment, plants could cut energy use by up to 25 percent while increasing nutrient removal by up to 20 percent.
Engineers within the EU-funded project OptimEDAR ('Efficient Management of Small and Medium Wastewater Treatment Plants') are hoping to first demonstrate the feasibility of this new technology, and then to roll it out across Europe.
Leading the team is project coordinator Sergio de Campos from ADASA, a Spanish water and environmental monitoring company. The prototype, developed within a national research project, addresses current operational, regulatory and technical weaknesses that are reducing the efficiency of waste water treatment plants across Europe, De Campos explains.
Operationally, a plant is designed to deal with the average waste water flow and composition from the towns or city it serves. But the organic load changes regularly - from day to night, during weekends and between seasons. Some Mediterranean towns see their population increase threefold during summer, for example.
While output is sampled regularly, once a month, in line with EU regulations, the samples are not necessarily an accurate indicator of the plant's entire output. It is in everyone's interests to ensure quality meets the appropriate standards at all times.
At a technical level, all waste water treatment plants have a system to remove the nutrient and organic load. As small and medium-sized plants are not manned at all times, aeration engines are often simply switched on and off at specific times, or according to the readings picked up by a dissolved oxygen sensor.
"But we know from scientific knowledge of the processes inside the tank, and practical experience, that there is a minimum set of parameters that can be measured with non-expensive sensors. With these sensors, OptimEDAR calculates the equivalent organic load, and controls the aeration process according to this 'virtual' information," explains De Campos.
A prototype installed at a plant in Badajoz, Spain, was able to reduce the time that biological blowers operate each day from 14-16 hours to 5-6 hours, while enabling the generation of denitrification and dephosphation cycles. This ensures higher quality output.
Within the OptimEDAR project, the team is conducting case studies in Spain and Romania. The equipment will be installed at six different plants, giving the team the opportunity to assess whether the savings witnessed with the prototype can also be obtained in other environments.
Installing the equipment at different plants is already providing valuable feedback that will help the team revise its specifications so that the end product is suitable - or adjustable - for every small or medium-sized waste water treatment plant in Europe.
Research projects are looking into new treatment processes that would lead to the building of new plants or new process lines in existing plants. This would be a major investment.
What the OptimEDAR project is trying to do, on the other hand, would not require significant funds - the project's objective is simply "to get thousands of existing plants to run properly", says De Campos.
OptimEDAR ends in July 2014 and received around EUR 600 000 in funding from the EU.
Adasa supports Gdansk Water Foundation, the major training centre in Poland, which aims to undertake the exchange of experiences and the dissemination of new technologies related to sewerage and water management.
Adasa takes the advantage of participating in the Conference “Energy efficiency of wastewater treatment plants”, hold in Gdansk from 5th to 7th of November, where will promote OptimEDAR solution: a new control and management solution for small and medium WWTP. Based on an eco-innovative, on-line monitoring of the aeration process in the biological reactor, its main benefits are:
• Reduction in energy consumption.
• Overall savings in operational costs.
• Increase of effluent quality.
6th November 10.10 h
Control and optimization of energy consumption in small and medium WWTP
Adasa will support Expo Apa, the most important international exhibition related to water supply, sewerage and wastewater treatment, holds from June 10th to 12th in Bucharest.
Adasa will take the advantage of this event to show their worldwide successful experiences, which place them at the forefront of water sector, providing an intense technical specialisation and a strong water expertise.
Both companies pursue technological excellence to be the driving for assisting water operators in the development of their activities, the improvement of their service efficiency, ensuring resources optimization and reducing operational costs.
12th June 10:00 h
OptimEDAR: Efficient Management of Small and Medium Wastewater Treatment Plants
Visit us: UNIRII Hall - Stand 23B
Currently water utilities face new operational requirements in order to improve the efficiency of processes and achieve drive down costs.
Focusing on this new paradigm, Adasa is a recognized technical advisor which offers strategic solutions in order to support water operator to succeed in these challenges.
Adasa, jointly with Wonderware, organises Wonderworld congress, the most important forum for discussion of the latest technological solutions for water use and management. Remarkable success stories will be shown as key references that demonstrate the added-value and cost effectiveness of these advanced systems.
As example, OptimEDAR solution will be promoted as a key element for the management and control of small and medium wastewater treatment plants.
Adasa will support WOD-KAN as the most important event in water operators in Poland, where Adasa will show its model of service based on the combination of two knowledge areas: a deep and extensive knowledge of the water and an intense technological specialisation.
Over 400 exhibitors all over Europe in the last edition confirm WOD-KAN as the meeting point of leading experts, specialised technicians and a large group of professionals of water supply and sanitation sector in Poland, where Adasa will expose the most emblematic projects on water companies, focusing on added value solutions which guarantee the development of their activities, reducing costs, ensuring energy and resources optimisation and improving the quality and the efficiency of their services.
8th May 13.30 h
OptimEDAR Solution: Experience and effects of the implementation of projects on energy management for Wastewater Treatment Plants
Pollutec brought together over 4 days in Lyon, from 27th to 30th November, the full range of equipments, technologies and services for the prevention and treatment of pollution of all kinds, and more generally for the preservation of the environment and the implementation of sustainable development.
This 25th edition gathered 75000 professionals and more than 2400 international exhibitors from all over the world, which made it as the world’s leading show for the environment sector.
Adasa promoted OptimEDAR product, which aims to provide small and medium wastewater treatment plants with an eco-innovative on-line monitoring of the aeration process in the biological reactor.
Adasa’s Stand: Hall 5 – Row H – Stand 224
Further information at: www.pollutec.com
On 8th and 9th of Novembre, in Brussels, took place the first ever "Eco-innovators Day". More than 200 contractors of Eco-innovation projects and European Commission representatives were gathered to exchange knowledge and best practices. In this event, also, were presented the first Eco-innovation initiative's results, as it started in 2008.
Further information at: ec.europa.eu/environment/eco-innovation
Adasa supported Pollutec Morocco 2012, the international exhibition of technologies and equipment held in Casablanca during 3 and 6 October and organised by the Secretary of State for Water and Environment.
Over 8000 visitors and around 400 international exhibitors from water, risk prevention, energy and sustainable development sector came together at the most important sector event in Morocco.
Adasa promoted the most flagship projects, focusing on OptimEDAR as an added value solutions for small and medium wastewater treatment plants.
Stand: Central Pavilion - G13
Further information at: www.pollutec-maroc.com
The kick-off meeting of OptimEDAR was held in July in Adasa’s headquarters, in Barcelona, and brought together all the partners involved in the project.
In this meeting, the base elements of the project and other planning activities were established. It provided the opportunity to define the team's purpose and vision, and identify and acknowledge the challenging tasks in the project schedule.