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Edition 02/2020

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One-fifth of energy saved in the aeration process

After modernisation, the Bergheim wastewater treatment plant pays €60,000 less electricity per year

Power consumption is reduced by 20 percent and, thus, a return on investment of just two to three years: the investment in new blower technology for the aeration is quickly paying off for the Erftverband. In 2019, the water and wastewater association started up a blower combination, consisting of two turbos and one rotary lobe compressor from AERZEN in the wastewater treatment plant Bergheim-Kenten, Germany. The constellation was the result of a comprehensive process air analysis as part of an AERaudit.

The Bergheim-Kenten wastewater treatment plant was able to reduce its energy consumption by a quarter with the new technology. Prior to the modernisation, a comprehensive examination of the existing load profiles, and the necessary volume flow requirement was carried out.
With the combination of two Turbo blowers and one screw blower the wastewater treatment plant Bergheim-Kenten covers the air demand of the biology particularly efficiently.

It was a suggestion for improvement made by the company’s own staff, which in future will ensure far-reaching energy savings at the Bergheim-Kenten wastewater treatment plant. When due to age the purchase of new blower technology was in the house, the team of wastewater master Ralf Herde and production engineer Günter Breuer used the opportunity to make an AERaudit together with AERZEN. The association, thus, abandoned its original plan to replace the old assemblies only with comparable, more recent technology. “We are tackling the heart of the wastewater treatment plant - the air supply for biology,” says Günter Breuer, explaining the value of the modernisation. In terms of equipment, this is now a combination of two turbo blowers of type AT 150-0.8S and one rotary lobe compressor of the type Delta Hybrid D62S.

This combination was the result of AERaudit, which in turn was based on a three-week measurement period. The parameters determined and put into context over time included mass flows, temperatures of media and the environment, differential pressures, power consumption and the associated voltages and currents. Here, AERZEN uses precise measuring transducers on all three phases with regard to the load capacity of the data, for example, upstream of the frequency inverter of the assemblies. A volume flow measurement was installed at the same time. The performance measurement revealed that with a new machine design, before modernisation, the average energy consumption of 3,590 kVh per day can be reduced to theoretically 2,232 kVh.

Incidentally, the forecast, which was then calculated by adding some correction aspects and 20 percent, proved to be reliable in the further course of the project. The actual figures are on the expected performance curve.

Especially with the base load on the ideal line

The two turbo blowers from AERZEN cover the basic load of the wastewater treatment plant. Each turbo blower delivers up to 5000 standard cubic metres.
AERsmart takes over the coordination of the blower combination. Wastewater treatment master Ralf Herde: “We ourselves have nothing to do with the regulation”.

Turbo, turbo, Delta Hybrid rotary lobe compressor: the triad of AERZEN covers today in an ideal way the air demand of the Bergheim-Kenten wastewater treatment plant. In concrete terms, ideal means running the machines in such a way that they provide air in the aeration process at the optimum operating point - i.e. maximum efficiency. In the course of the AERaudit inventory, the required air volume was 4,200 standard cubic metres per tank and hour. The wastewater treatment plant has two aeration tanks. The turbos are designed for 5,000 standard cubic metres and can, therefore, ideally handle the normal load in terms of energy. If demand is far below this level, the Delta Hybrid takes over and the turbos are disconnected as base load units. If maximum performance is required due to high outside temperatures and COD load (Chemical Oxygen Demand), all three assemblies together reach 13,000 standard cubic meters. “Our experience shows that we need a maximum of 12,000 at the top. With this machine constellation we are, therefore, on the safe side,” says wastewater master Ralf Herde, reporting from experience.

Optimal energy supply to meet demand

Every load change in wastewater treatment results in a very different air requirement. In technical implementation, this statement led to the Performance³ strategy. The machine portfolio of the Lower Saxony company forms the basis for selecting the appropriate equipment combination of positive displacement blower, rotary lobe compressor and turbo on the basis of measured load curves and their proportion over an operating period.

The AERsmart control system regulates which assembly with which performance, together with whom or alone, provides sufficient air on the basis of the stored machine characteristics. In this way, AERZEN ensures that the air requirement of the aeration is always covered with the most energetically sensible technology - without losing sight of the wear and tear behaviour through constant switching on and off.

The efficient coordination of the combination is handled by AERsmart completely autonomously and independently of the process control level of the wastewater treatment plant. “We ourselves have nothing to do with the regulation,” says Ralf Herde happily. The wastewater master has been working on the 120,000 population equivalent plant for 20 years. This makes it the second largest of the Erftverband, which operates further 35 plants and employs 500 people on its 1,900 square kilometre area. In addition, there is an area of another 2,300 square kilometres where the Erftverband observes and researches the water management conditions in connection with opencast lignite mining. The area of responsibility, thus, extends from the Dutch border to the Rhine and from Neuss to Bad Münstereifel.

For Erftverband, the Performance³ approach and the analysis of operational data with AERaudit are trend-setting. Plant engineer Günter Breuer is convinced that the results of the model experiment have the potential to continue to be used beyond the company’s own supply area. “We are not a small company and maintain a close exchange of experience with neighbouring associations on a technical level.” Away from the technical possibilities of modern blower technology and the opportunities offered by integrated control system, Günter Breuer believes that the success of the modernisation is primarily due to the commitment of his team on site. “It’s worth looking closely to find the big screws worth turning.”

Efficiency is also a question of corporate culture

At the Bergheim Kenten wastewater treatment plant, the staff had largely completed the conversion themselves. This began with dismantling the old blowers, continued with the adaptation of pipes and air ducts and the laying of electrical connection lines. Finally, the team of wastewater master Ralf Herde also took over the integration of the new AERZEN blowers into the software of the wastewater treatment plant control. In this way, the association saved a further €60,000 to €100,000 compared to outsourcing, according to the suggestion for improvement mentioned at the beginning. Günter Breuer: “To think in systems is also a question of corporate culture. This has succeeded here. But everyone has to want and support this. I’m proud of my boys.”

Compact news

New and revised marketing materials

AERZEN has recently revised or introduced new marketing materials for the application areas of wastewater treatment, food technology and process gas technology.
How can energy costs be saved in wastewater treatment? How can hygienically pure process air be generated? What requirements must modern process gas compression meet? These are some of the questions which AERZEN customers will have to ask themselves in order to address the challenges posed by Industry 4.0, globalisation and constantly increasing cost pressures. We are supporting you in dealing with these challenges and offer answers to your questions in our new brochures. You can download the new brochures using your CustomerNet access via our website, or printed versions can be ordered by completing this request form: 

New head for Western Europe

Matthew Morey has been appointed the new Director of AERZEN’s Western Europe region. He will, thus, run the ten Western European sales and service companies of the AERZEN Group, form a management team for the EMEA region with the other regional managing directors in Europe and be the primary interface with production.Morey joined the AERZEN Group in 2006. For the last 14 years, he has been the head of AERZEN Machines Ltd., Great Britain. This business has achieved many successes, laying the foundations for more of the same in the future. Now Matthew Morey’s strategic know-how and sound market knowledge will benefit the Western Europe region.

New Managing Director Aerzen Belgium

In March 2020, Frederik Deboyser took over the management of Aerzen Belgium N.V., based in Kortenberg near Brussels. The graduate engineer, who successfully completed a degree in electromechanics in 1993, has been at home in the world of blowers for over 24 years. From 1998 to 2007 and since 2014 he was Sales Manager at AERZEN’s Belgian subsidiary. For the operational and strategic management of Aerzen Belgium the new Managing Director relies on a team which comprises both long-term as well as some relatively new employees. “With this mixture of our own experience and external developments, we are ready to develop the Belgian market with renewed vigour and energy, focusing on customer orientation and the quality of our products and services,” emphasises Frederik Deboyser.

Americas: Wastewater specialist supports Sales

Jennifer Kintzer has taken over the position of application specialist for wastewater technology in the Americas region. With 25 years of experience in the wastewater industry, in her new role she will support the sales team in increasing performance in the wastewater industry in North, Central and South America and in the Caribbean. One of her priorities is the training of regional colleagues. Jennifer Kintzer worked in consulting for almost 20 years before she joined AERZEN USA as a Senior Applications Engineer, with responsibility for positive displacement blowers, screw compressors and turbo blowers.

APAC: New Regional Application Manager

Wong Kah Wai took over the position of Regional Application Manager for the Asia/Pacific region (APAC) on April 1, 2020. He is based in Singapore. In conjunction with our subsidiaries in this region, he will seek to expand business with the wastewater industry. The 43-year-old has more than 15 years of experience in design, operation and consulting for leading wastewater companies such as Sembcorp Utility, UG M&E, Sumitomo Electrics, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, United Engineers, Black & Veatch and CH2Mhill. Wong Kah Wai holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of Singapore.