With electricity prices soaring, Riventa has voiced its support to the chairman of Isle’s call for the water industry to make the most of innovative, energy-saving technology.
Speaking on the unavoidable climate crisis, Dr Piers Clark, chairman of technical consultancy Isle, stated that the water sector has significant potential to produce a positive impact. However, he added the adoption of new energy-saving technologies could be accelerated.
Steve Barrett, managing director of Riventa, explained: “As a business that can clearly demonstrate the efficiencies and inefficiencies of assets such as pumps, blowers and turbines, we are very used to trials, to show, for example, just how much energy can be saved. However, Dr Clark is correct with his analysis – there are technologies available now that could make an immediate impact on those fast-rising energy bills.
“In the extensive process treatment undertaken by water companies that largely gets taken for granted, we all know that large amounts of power are required; so, with world events causing such a crisis in electricity costs, the water industry has a timely opportunity to embrace technologies that will drastically reduce energy bills, and at the same time, protect assets as well as drive down emissions and pollutions.”
Riventa’s data-driven technology is currently in operation in 11 different countries worldwide. This includes a project in Paris, where at a key pumping station, the use of its pump monitoring system and HydraNet software demonstrated that the rescheduling of pumps to meet optimum performance, provides an immediate saving of 21%.
“We have to say though that our experience with water companies has been very positive, where clearly there is the will to look after assets on the journey to carbon net zero,” Barrett concluded. “Given the unprecedented rise in energy costs, the industry may have no choice other than to start rolling out key, decisive technologies that have proven deliverables.”