Real-time energy management

Aquadvanced Energy ensures high-quality water is delivered where it is needed at minimum cost by optimising energy and pump usage across your distribution network. This real-time management system is proven to bring down energy costs while maximising operational performance and water quality. With higher energy efficiency you will also reduce the environmental footprint of your network.

How it works

Our software uses data collected from the production-distribution system, calculating water consumption forecasts and energy prices to model the information. Aquadvanced Energy then defines optimised pumping strategies that are implemented automatically.

 

It uses SCADA and telemetry systems to read live data and issue commands to pumps and valves throughout an entire distribution system, producing the correct volume of water where and when it is needed.

 

The system operates 24/7, all the while cutting operating costs and conserving your infrastructure.

A holistic software solution tailored to your network

Aguadvanced Energy is a holistic solution, generating benefits across your entire network. These include:

  • Reduced energy costs: Energy is consumed when it is cheaper to do so or by making use of self-production capacity when it is worth it. Aquadvanced can manage any tariffs including spot-pricing and will react to changes in real time.
  • Reduced energy consumption: By using less energy as a result of a highly efficient system operation, our customers have been able to obtain a consistent savings of 6-8% in efficiency (kWh/ML), which is achievable even with a flat energy tariff.
  • Reduced production costs: When multiple production sources are available, Aquadvanced will operate those with lower running costs. This may depend on chemical or energy costs or external constraints as well as abstraction licence limitations.
  • Carbon reduction: Delivering water more efficiently will directly lead to significant reductions in the utility’s greenhouse gas footprint.
  • Event management / dynamic adaption: Aquadvanced Energy has a complete understanding of a system’s behaviour and automatically reacts to any events to minimise the impact on the supply service. Should unexpected events occur, such as a burst main or disruption to operation of a treatment works, the software reconfigures the system to keep the service up through alternative distribution paths.
  • Water quality management: Aquadvanced Energy will reduce the water aging system as well as handle source blending and sources / production smoothing to keep the quality parameters within desired limits.
  • Leakage reduction: Operating the system with the right pressure to guarantee supply service quality helps harmonise the pressure throughout the network, therefore, reducing the volume of non-revenue water. Calm network operation also helps to reduce pipe bursts. Improvements of up to 10% have been reported.
  • Operational consistency: Sophisticated automation ensures consistent operations that work to overcome challenges within standard operating procedures.
Aquadvanced Energy proved itself to be a powerful means of ensuring operations consistency — steadying network performance, enhancing reservoir management and turnover, and thus improving water quality.

Mick BakerNetwork Control Manager | Northumbrian Water

This really helps us achieve that and makes us much more efficient. This system contributes to our business plan objectives to lower our costs and our energy usage; it makes us a better, more efficient company.

Ian BadcockAsset Management IT Projects Manager | Bristol Water

Why a holistic system-wide solution?

Point-to-point

  • Point-to-point solutions look to optimise a subset of assets, primarily one pump station to one or more storage tanks.
  • Produce individual pump station schedules, looking at the local picture. This operation is then repeated to produce a number of partial solutions, which may not combine efficiently across the full network.
  • These combined solutions do little to take into consideration the impact on production; e.g. all pump stations could start simultaneously when cheap tariff periods start, which can put too much strain on production.
  • Most or all savings are based on load shifting, making use of energy when it is cheapest. Due to computational constraints, there is no attempt to achieve control of complex interconnected assets.

Holistic / System-wide

  • Holistic optimisers look at the system as a whole, determining optimal solutions for each asset in the distribution network.
  • Produces an optimal solution for the whole system and considers all interactions of a network.
  • By understanding how the overall system behaves and the interaction of each asset over time, the solution works in tandem with the distribution network for complete system efficiency.
  • Savings are based on load shifting and enhanced system efficiency from the harmonious interaction of assets across the network.
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