Optimizing industrial water circuits
In the context of the circular economy, industries have to find more efficient ways to manage water and resources. For efficient water and resource management, multiple interrelated aspects must be taken into account, such as the water-energy nexus, economic costs, the potential for resource recovery, options for reuse, and environmental impact, among others. For these reasons, selecting the optimal solution for water management in an industry is not an easy task.
Industries face two main challenges when trying to implement these solutions:
Obtaining reliable information about consumption and water quality at different points in the water network
Identifying the best water management solution while also considering water quality, the seasonal nature of production, energy, costs and the possibility of recovering resources
Integrated solutions for industrial water circuit management
The Water and Waste Group has its own methodology for optimizing the design, operation and automatic control of industrial water and waste treatment facilities, as well as tools for proposing integrated solutions for industrial water circuit management.
This methodology is based on the following capacities:
Measurement: Plug & Lean devices for collecting information about water quality, water flow in pipes, and energy consumption by equipment.
Modeling: Libraries of proprietary models of industrial processes and wastewater treatment for the simulation and joint optimization of industrial systems. In addition, computer tools and our in-house methodology are available to dynamically simulate the physical-chemical quality of different currents, as well as the associated operating costs. Mathematical models are tailored to the specific needs of each study.
Information management: Design of advanced data managers to optimize systems of operation in terms of efficiency, sustainability, production, and savings in operating and energy costs.
Automatic control: Development and implementation of automatic controllers for urban and industrial water treatment plants, working with the operator to define the functional specifications of the control solution and subsequently adapting and adjusting the solution via simulation.
Knowledge and expertise
The Water and Waste Group has more than 20 years of experience in the mathematical modeling and simulation of biological and physical-chemical processes, as well as in the design and operation of pilot plants on a laboratory and industrial scale. Proof of this are the Aquafit4use and LIFE MCUBO projects, among others.