Optimising energy at Hunter Water
Once implemented, the software will monitor and control pumps, control valves and water storage to supply real-time data on water consumption, forecasts and energy prices. This data will then be used to schedule and control water supply to meet consumer demand at the lowest price while meeting operational requirements. According to SUEZ, the project will allow Hunter Water to reduce energy consumption, minimise its environmental footprint and deliver substantial ongoing electricity cost savings to customers.
Hunter Water Group Manager Ruben MacNeil said: “Hunter Water welcomes the partnership with SUEZ to deliver energy and operational efficiencies across our network. This project is a great example of how we’re embracing new and innovative solutions to deliver sustainable water services.”
Servicing over half-a-million people in the Lower Hunter region, it is anticipated the project will provide operational benefits by improving water quality, extending the life of assets in the network and improving decision-making about operational and economic constraints. The outcome of this project will also help to contribute towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
SUEZ has implemented the energy solution at facilities in the UK, resulting in optimised drinking water, as well as reduced energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. SUEZ General Manager Stuart Gowans is delighted to bring the Aquadvanced suite to Australia and said it typically reduces overall pumping energy bills by 10 to 15%.
The initiative builds on the successful trial of Aquadvanced Energy in the Hunter Water network in 2018, which tested the compatibility of the technology with Hunter Water’s existing infrastructure. Implementation of this project has already started, with operations to begin in 2020.
Aquadvanced Energy is one of several solutions that form part of SUEZ’s Aquadvanced suite, which will be discussed at OzWater 19 on 7–9 May 2019.
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