Fluence debuts SmartAerator Tornado for wastewater treatment facilities

The SmartAerator, which comes equipped with a dashboard for tracking and reporting aerator performance, among others. Image credit: Fluence

Global leader in water and wastewater treatment solutions, Fluence Corporation Limited, recentl announced the launch of its SmartAerator Tornado®, which is able to provide up to 50 per cent annual energy savings for wastewater treatment facilities.

Capable of automatically regulating aeration levels and remotely monitor wastewater processing performance of the Tornado aerator, the technology is a system of controls, sensors, and variable frequency drives that were designed to significantly reduce the amount of energy required to aerate wastewater. Although it was uniquely designed for the Tornado aerator, the technology is sold as a retrofit kit or with new aerators as well. Faculties that require large amounts of electricity to power aerators, and projects with multiple aerators where energy savings would be significant are ideal for this product.

“The anticipated payback period for a typical SmartAerator installation is about two years for projects with several, high-horsepower Tornados working on site,” Nii Mensah, General Manager for Fluence, United States (U.S.), said.

The SmartAerator also comes equipped with a dashboard for tracking and reporting aerator performance, monitoring the aeration process, and transmitting wastewater analytics to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, as well as mobile devices. Additionally, it constantly samples wastewater oxygen levels and other process parameters while regulating aeration intensity depending on the wastewater’s characteristics at any given time. Thus, over-aerating is avoided and conserves power, saving the facilities significant energy costs.

“The SmartAerator saves energy, that’s the bottom line,” Mario Coviello, Senior Electrical Engineer, Fluence, said. “With energy savings a high priority, customers can use this product to take advantage of financing incentives and cash rebates from their electrical utilities and co-ops.”