Alfa Laval at IFAT 2018 with sustainable solutions

On the 14-18th May one of the hugest fair dedicated to sewage solutions and resource management starts in Munich. Our partners, Alfa Laval, are taking part in it, promising a couple of attractions at their stand (A1.251). They announce presentation of solutions for the circular economy and demonstration to visitors how they can reduce their plants’ environmental footprints, regenerate value and minimize lifecycle costs.

Alfa Laval showcase three branches:

  • Water– water treatment, water recirculating, removing of micro plastic.
  • Sludge – turning waste into value, efficient dewatering and thickening solutions.
  • Heat– energy savings through heat recovery, optimization of biogas production.

Presentation of updated Alfa Laval MBR

Alfa Laval announce presentation of updated membrane within IFAT 2018. It includes brand new self-cleaning S Aerator, that provides opportunities for energy savings, as well as QuickSwap technology that allows to minimize time  needed for membrane replacing. A working miniature demo will be on display at the stand. Find more about Alfa Laval’s MBR membranes, visit www.alfalaval.com/MBR

Check-up your decanter for free!

One of Alfa Laval’s key services for wastewater plants is the Decanter Performance Audit. Firstly, Alfa Laval professional makes an on-site visit to collect process and operating data related to the decanters. After an in-depth analysis a Performance Audit Report is issued. It covers the current status of the equipment together with recommendations on ways to improve performance and optimize operating costs. Visitors from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy and UK can sign up for a free Decanter Performance Audit at Alfa Laval’s stand at IFAT.

Alfa Laval equipment at IFAT 2018

A working model of an Alfa Laval MBR membrane system
ALDEC G3-45 – Alfa Laval’s flagship decanter for high performance sludge thickening and dewatering
AS-H Iso-Disc – A compact, cost-efficient alternative to sand filters
AS-H Plate Press – A continuous, high-capacity plate press with low requirements for manpower, polymers and energy
AS-H Plate Press – высокоэффективный фильтр-пресс с небольшим энергопотреблением и низкой потребностью в обслуживающем персонале.

Join Alfa Laval within press-breakfast on the 15th May at 8.45 – 9.45, company’s stand A1.251. You’ll take a look at products’ presentation. afterwards you have an option to discuss with Alfa Laval professionals your issues in detail and to find ways of your equipment optimization.

Turboden ORC for a CSP-plant in Danemark is already started up!

End of march, the first CHP combining CSP plant with ORC technology was started up. The project was financed by by the Danish Government’s Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme.

The heating plant provides Brønderslev (4600 consumers) with 10 MWh. It replaced an old one  that used natural gas as fuel. The new system consists oftwo 10 MW biomass boilers, , three ground-source heat pumps and solar heating and oil-fired units.

The CSP covers 27 000 square meters with 40 rows of mirrors. The mirrors which heat thermal oil to temperatures up to 330°C. The heated oil is then used to both feed the 3.8 MWe ORC system, suppied by Italy’s Turboden, and directly heat the district heating water. The system can easily switch between modes of heat production and both heat and power production at peak price periods. The calculations demonstrate the possibility of up to 16 MWh power production in sunny  days.

Turboden ORC plants provide possibility to convert CSP produced heat into power by means of high efficient thermodynamic cycle. Concentrated Solar Power systems with the ORC technology of Turboden can be cost-effective in the range up to 20 MW electric per single shaft.

The advantages of Turboden ORC-plants for CSP application are

  • Capability to adapt to load variation easily and quickly
  • Ease of integration with biomass or heat recovery plants
  • Partial load operation down to 10% of the nominal load
  • Direct air condensation. No water consumption
  • Possibility to couple to low cost/medium scale solar collectors

Altenergy is an official representative of Italian ORC-plants manufacturer. Therefore, our specialists can provide you with a plant that is suitable for your application, whether it is a CSP plant or waste heat application. We help to produce even more green energy. Just contact us!

3D BASF

Some weeks ago we wrote about unexpected applications of Flowserve equipment. It’s broadly used for snow producing at ski resorts and even at the Olympics in Pyongyang. This week we come back to the surprising investments of corporations.

BASF. The giant of chemical industry does its best to stay in avant-garde. BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH keeps growing and creating successful collaborations with talented startups and big 3D-printing companies.

2012-2013, a new division engaged in materials and additives production for 3d-printing was formed in corporation. It became truly serious and large-scaled by mid-2017. Now it has a well-developed material production, has a range of customers. The company has already been even a general sponsor of annual conference AMUG. Among the industries targeted are aerospace, automotive, and consumer goods production.

In November, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH dedicated to additive manufacturing, announced that it was entering into a strategic alliance with German technology startup BigRep for developing industrial 3D printing solutions, including 3D printers and materials. This can be the way for brand-new BASF materials, such as plastic and metal filaments, photopolymers, to meet printers, that are big enough to reach the new production level. The most recent inventions let manufacturers produce the most complicated details with individual designs, that speeds up prototyping, development and final production. Meanwhile, the costs don’t grow a lot.

It doesn’t matter, if you produce oil, baby furniture or even aerospace ships, BASF products let you stay ahead and get more effectiveness day by day!

Solar 24|7

We love sunlight. A great amount of energy streams from the sky, we try to catch it and convert into something. However, we are to recognize that at the current moment it’s not that much cost-effective to use solar power. Our company doesn’t deal with solar plants mainly for the reason that we still don’t know, how to make it cost-effective and profitable for our customers. Meanwhile, german scientists at the Aerospace centre announced success of Contisol testing. The one is a solar reactor that takes advantage of concentrated solar power in order to run day and night.

Concentrated solar power involves the use of mirrors or lenses to redirect and concentrate a large area of sunlight, and by extension solar thermal energy, onto a small area. Rather than converting solar power directly into electricity, however, Contisol directs concentrated solar power into a reactor with multiple channels.

Meanwhile into reactor half of these channels are used to catalyze reaction of hydrogen production using solar power, while the other half use solar energy to heat air to temperatures greater than 1,000oC, the products of which are stored as thermal energy. During the night, when solar energy is no longer available, the stored energy from the heated channels is redirected to the other channels, where the production of hydrogen can continue.

Therefore Contisol builds two reactors together, one where sunlight is directly doing chemical processing. The other side for storing energy. This lets the plant to solve simultaneously two important issues. 1) The production doesn’t ceases, when the sun sets. 2) nuclear reaction operates effectively in stable and safe environment.

Although it’s clear that such experiments are still only scientists deal and they are far from commercial use and significant figures of several MW power production, it’s such a pleasure to realize that we are getting closer to conquesting one of the most clean and reliable energy sources.

Flowserve makes Olympic games snowy!

The customers used to recognize Flowserve as an important manufacturer of high-quality equipment for oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Meanwhile, the company integrates its products into snow-making systems worldwide since early 1980-s.
Flowserve vertical turbine double casing pumps (VPC) and vertical turbine wet-pit pumps (VTP) along with seal systems and digital technologies are widely used in snow-making systems at ski resorts and winter sports venues around the world. These pumps provide a possibility to design a flow control station that keeps constant discharge pressure, without fluctuation, for optimum snow-making results. At the same time, Flowserve vertical turbine pumps are the preferred choice in a business where performance on-demand is critical to success.
The snow-making system at PyeongChang includes more than 20 Flowserve vertical turbine high-pressure pumps, which pull the large amounts of water into the system that is needed to make snow. The company is proud of taking part into such a great event that makes the world better.
We congratulate our partners and as official distributors we are glad to implement projects of any difficulty, based on the high-quality reliable Flowserve equipment.

Altenergy wishes a merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Dear partners,

first of all, we would like to thank you a lot for Your credence and our common work within this year. We hope, the coming year brings even more ambitious projects that we will realize with You and for You. We wish You and Yours all the best in the next year, have nice holidays and let the Christmas spirit bring warmth and love to your hearts.

Kindly yours,
Altenergy

Come to the smart side

Nothing will stand out in 2018 as more important for the long-term success of renewables than the advancement of a digital grid architecture.

Visibility at the grid edge; integration of sensors and data analytics for distributed generation; smart contracts for energy management; flexible demand; intelligent control systems — these are the buzzy technologies of today that will become standard operations for utilities, system operators, and power producers to maximize the global renewable energy fleet. Simultaneously, we get clearer understanding, how the two-way system operation can be implemetnted for providing the success.

For example, we saw smart inverters made requisite in certain regions. Unlike their predecessors, smart inverters for solar or storage can ride out frequency or voltage events on the grid, giving utilities a hand in keeping the grid stable. Next year, watch for more policy makers to pave the way for utilities to use smart inverters for grid stability, and regulators to work with entities that can create new communications standards to talk to the grid.

Smart grids that allow to control in real time energy producing by all the sources get more widespread. The create a single huge network by connecting big plants between each other and with local generation spots (solar or wind, for instance). Such a network provides real-time data on renewables productivity, allows to estimate efficiency and to control distribution.

And in Scotland, a recent trial showed the success of what’s called “active network management” — an integrated system of demand-side management, large-scale energy storage and monitoring and control through software. Watch for the results of that demonstration project to be extrapolated for use on the greater U.K. grid.

Smart inverters, smart controls, smart networks — it’s all about digital smarts, and expect more to come next year. It’s crucial to understand that for fulfillment of customers’ needs not only amount of produced energy, but also its smart distribution matters. Smart technologies keep continuously proving it. And that’s what lets us hope that approach to estimation of renewables efficiency will be revised.

Happy New Year!

Preventive service

“Your challenge is not just to improve. It’s to break the service paradigm in your industry or market so customers aren’t just satisfied, they’re so shocked they tell strangers on the street how good you are.”

Jack Welch, General Electric

Obviously, overcoming customer’s expectations is the crucial goal that companies should be striving at. Service maintenance becomes a very important part of current expectations.

For decades, producers and suppliers were mainly interested only in sells. It’s more profitable to sell than to provide service, it’s easier to change an item to a new one than to repair an old one. Fortunately, economic pressures, and the worldwide commoditization of equipment and hardware, are forcing manufacturers to find new ways to differentiate themselves from the competition. Good service becomes a valuable proposition. On the other hand, customers tend to change their mindset from  “don’t come to me and sell” to “come and help me keep my business running” . We do our best to keep your business always running.

Our partners, Alfa Laval company try to keep to trends and shift their accents to improving maintenance and service. Increasingly, Alfa Laval uses advanced software and sensors to monitor the condition of installed equipment. Knowing the right time to replace components is critical to plant productivity and uptime. It is highly important for enterprises, where production stops cause losses of up to hundred thousand dollars.