Energy efficient water treatment: the ACWA approach
2 September 2010, News release from ACWA Services
As energy costs and treatment-driven energy usage rocket, utilities and industries that utilise water treatment solutions are finding these pressures are driving substantial increases in operating costs. This complex challenge is putting energy-efficient water treatment processes firmly in the spotlight.
Water and energy management are vital and inter-related issues that globally-respected water treatment solutions provider ACWA is successfully resolving for its clients. ACWA offers a wide spectrum of technologies that enable clients to meet their water treatment needs, however demanding, while significantly reducing their energy footprint.
Energy represents one of the largest controllable costs for most water providers and commercial companies. Realising the energy advantages of the latest water treatment technologies enables clients to focus their savings on issues that matter to their customers and that are core to their own business.
ACWA's success in resolving energy issues is highlighted by a recent award to Palm Utilities, which received the Best Water Project Award during the Arab Investment Summit 2010 in Abu Dhabi in recognition of the use of a Dual Work Exchanger Energy Recovery (DWEER) system in ACWA's seawater reverse osmosis plants at the prestigious Palm Jumeirah development.
Use of this innovative process, which captures and transfers the energy lost in the membrane reject stream, has enabled up to 19% power savings over the past 18 months since going into operation, which equates to over 3.3 million kilowatt-hours.
Carefully balancing the energy equation for the unique requirements of a particular installation is key to optimising energy use. ACWA's decades of expertise enable the company to select the ideal combination of technology options and operating techniques to create the ideal balance between capital and running costs that will provide an optimum whole-life cost and drive energy efficiencies.
There are many combinations of energy-efficient equipment, technologies and operating strategies that can help to significantly reduce energy expenditure, and ACWA is ideally positioned to advise on the best system for any given end requirement. Because the company is not tied to any particular manufacturer, it is always able to choose the most appropriate solutions for its clients.
ACWA Managing Director, Peter Ripley says: "In an age when social and economic pressures mean utilities and companies must drive down their operating costs and become more sustainable, energy efficiency is a key yardstick of success. Becoming a sector leader in energy conservation is both desirable and achievable with the aid of ACWA's innovative technologies.
"ACWA's many years of experience in providing innovative and cost-effective solutions means we are in an ideal position to advise clients on how best to move to a greener, more sustainable and energy-wise future."
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