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Custom purification system minimises downtime for water utility

20/07/2017 10:39:58
 
 
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When a UK water utility company was looking for a system to remove impurities from anaerobic digester gases, it needed a system that would meet the stringent clean up requirements and achieve zero plant shut down when carrying out routine vessel maintenance. The solution came in the form of a bespoke Activated Carbon Vessel System that was designed and supplied by Thermtech.

Providing the population with clean drinking water is a dirty job with many processes being needed to remove the impurities from waste water. These processes need to meet stringent compliance regulations to guarantee the production of safe drinking water. One of these processes uses anaerobic digestion, the by-product of which is biogas, which can be used as a valuable source of fuel, provided it is “sweetened” by the removal of the trace amount of contaminants it contains.

Delivering modern filtration

Activated carbon granules or pellets are used for the removal of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) in biogas streams generated from various sources such as landfills, anaerobic digesters or, as in this application, municipal wastewater treatment plants. A granular form of activated carbon, a material containing highly porous carbon particles, is stored in specially designed vessels. When a biogas stream is passed through the vessel, H2S and other impurities such as siloxanes are removed.

With over 15 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing carbon filtration systems, ThermTech was approached by a major project management contractor to the water industry. The outline information centred on the gas flow rate, the percentage of impurities, the maximum pressure drop across the system and the maintenance interval.

The design of the vessels and all of the associated pipework was based on this information to ensure that the gas remains in contact with the carbon for the correct period of time, known as the residence time. Furthermore, it was essential that the final design did not exceed the maximum pressure drop to ensure process efficiency.

The end client specified a need to select any combination of gas flow routes to any, or all, of the filtration vessels and for each vessel to have the facility to be independently disconnected and taken off-line for purging and maintenance while the plant continues operation. In this way, routine maintenance could be completed without affecting plant efficiency.

This additional complication to the project affected the overall design, especially in respect of the pressure drop calculations. Depending on the combination of vessels in use at any one time, the residence time and the pressure drop could be affected. The ThermTech designers took all of the project specifications into account before delivering the final design to the fabrication section.

The Solution

Close liaison was established with the large project management contractor and the initial system concept agreed based on providing a modular design to simplify both site installation and planned maintenance when the plant is operational. Each design stage was discussed and agreed to provide the smoothest transition from concept to final design.

The system would comprise three activated carbon vessels including all pipe work and control valves manufactured in stainless steel. The supporting structure, including a complete skid unit, was supplied, enabling easy assembly and mounting of the equipment on site during the installation process.

Each of the carbon vessels has been designed with a volume of 4 m3 to meet the requirements set out by the client and provide a maintenance interval of between three and six months.

A full document package was supplied on delivery of the system to meet the client’s specifications including; General Assembly (GA) and layout, Bill of Materials (BoM) and material specifications, Piping and Instrumentation Drawing (P&ID). Defined pressure performance data and pressure drop information was also provided, confirming compliance of the system to the original specifications.

Optimised Design

The modular construction of the filtration plant offered a number of benefits to the project. Initially, it allowed full factory acceptance testing (FAT) to be achieved before the equipment was delivered to site.

The design took into account the transportation of the equipment to the installation site and aimed to minimise the logistical costs. In addition, the modular layout minimised the installation and commissioning time, which helped to ensure the wider project was delivered on time.

Steve Griffiths, Project Engineer at ThermTech, summarises: “Large project management contractors have the responsibility for the entire project and depend on trusted manufacturers like ourselves to deliver the contracted elements on time and to specification. Every project we undertake is tailored to our customer’s specifications and needs. With years of experience in designing and manufacturing filtration systems, we ensure complete integration of our systems with other processes. By delivering a turnkey solution, we can be certain of meeting every expectation of our customers.”

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Photo Caption 1: The system would comprise three activated carbon vessels including all pipe work and control valves manufactured in stainless steel.

Photo Caption 2: Thames Water was looking for a system to remove impurities from anaerobic digester gases

Photo Caption 3: The solution came in the form of a bespoke Activated Carbon Vessel System that was designed and supplied by Thermtech.

Photo Caption 4: The modular construction of the filtration plant offered a number of benefits to the project.

About ThermTech

ThermTech designs, manufactures and installs bespoke industrial waste heat recovery systems and flue gas filter systems, with unrivalled technical excellence, through a highly skilled workforce.

In business for over 25 years it has an unparalleled track record in innovation and quality in the construction of conventional and condensing economisers, plus, activated carbon filter systems.

Its systems are designed to offer energy saving and sustainability solutions to businesses predominantly across the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Based in Manchester but operating in many export markets, ThermTech works with consultants, contractors and end-users across the chemical, processing, power, industrial and manufacturing sectors.

ThermTech remains at the forefront of heat recovery, and keeping your boiler performance at the optimum efficiency levels whilst at the same time reducing energy bills, reducing emissions and managing the carbon footprint of your business.

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DMA Europa Ltd. : Rebecca Hatch
Tel: +44 (0)1562 751436 Fax: +44 (0)1562 748315
Web: www.dmaeuropa.com
Email: rebecca@dmaeuropa.com

Company Contact

ThermTech : Neil English
Tel: +44 (0)161 339 3049 Fax:
Web: www.thermtech.co.uk
Email: info@thermtech.co.uk

 
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