Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

UK’s Largest Water Company Upgrading With Israeli Technology

United Utilities is hoping to become more energy efficient

By: Shaleni McBain

Published: June 5th, 2014 in Business » World

UK’s Largest Water Company Upgrading With Israeli Technology

United Utilities is the latest water utility to discover the benefits of floating fine bubble aeration technology.

The technology, Mapal Green Energy’s Floating Fine Bubble Aeration (FFBA), developed and marketed by Israel’s Mapal Green Energy, is expected to make United Utilities’ Horwich sludge plant more energy efficient.

The plant currently comprises two biological reactors with a capacity of 3900 liters/hr which will be replaced by floating fine bubble units. Surface aeration plants treat sewage using air and a biological floc composed of bacteria and protozoa.

Initial forecasts suggests that Mapal’s FFBA system should deliver the same or even improved performance at up to 40% less power than is currently consumed — saving a possible 308 MWh of electricity per year.

“The system will provide a number of benefits in addition to attractive power savings and may provide a financially viable lower cost solution compared to traditional FBDA installations for small to medium sized surface aeration plants,” Dale Walker, Senior Area Engineering Manager at United Utilities said.

“The system can be retrofitted to existing plants and installed without requiring major shutdowns of the existing plant. The equipment is also readily accessible for maintenance purposes.”

The UU project team has worked with Mapal Green Energy’s engineers to finalize the design and secure funding, with the system due to launch in August.

United Utilities currently supply around 7 million homes in the North West of England.

With over 35 installations worldwide after installation, Horwich will become the largest FFBA installation in the UK.

The FFBA system has proven to meet and improve stringent sewage quality parameters including the reduction of organic components and Ammonia, and has achieved major cost savings, as well as delivered proven performance.

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