Producing Energy with Less Energy

Ever since it was commissioned in 1974, Echallens wastewater treatment plant in the Swiss canton of Vaud has been generating power from the recovery of biogas.

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(businesspress24) - In May 2020, two old oil-lubricated piston compressors used to mix the sludge in the digester were replaced by one MINK claw compressor from Busch Vacuum Solutions. This enabled the amount of power required for this process to be reduced by up to 40 percent. For the director of the treatment plant, this means he needs less energy to produce energy.
Echallens treatment plant is operated by the municipality of Echallens, located not far from Vaudnsolidation of wastewater treatment by the year 2025 in an effort to make these operations more economically efficient in future. The plans also aim to improve the treatment of micro-pollutants. In future, the plan is that Echallens treatment plant will replace all other local sewage treatment plant
In 2019, a new cogeneration unit was already built on the treatment plantring biogas from the digester more economically efficient as well, a decision was taken to optimize the circulation of biogas within the digester, which has a capacity of 350 cubic meters. A portion of the biogas generated in the digester is fed back into the sludge. To do this, the biogas is suctioned out of the top part of the digester, compressed with a compressor and fed back into the sludge at the bottom of the digester. The biogas flows through the sludge and then collects back up at the top of the digester, where it is fed through a line and into a gas tank as an interim reservoir. From the gas tank, the biogas then goes straight to the cogeneration unit. This currently runs for 20 hours a day and is only switched off for a few hours at night.
The process of circulating biogas has the following benefits:
1.The concentrated sludge is heated to 38
2.Mixing the sludge also helps to avoid deposits collecting and compacting at the bottom of the digester.
3.The rising of the gas bubbles up through the sludge improves the microbiological degradation processes in the sludge, which ultimately leads to a higher gas yield.
4.Circulating biogas through the sludge also means that it does not have to be mixed mechanically.

Two piston compressors were installed in 1974 to mix the biogas into the sludge, though one was designed to be redundant to allow the process to continue should the other compressor break down. In practice, however, it turned out that the capacity of one compressor was not sufficient, so both compressors ran all the time and there was no longer any redundancy. Both compressors were equipped with a motor with a rated current of 6.7 kilowatts.
After consulting a process engineer from the Swiss company Busch AG, a company belonging to the international group Busch Vacuum Solutions, the operator decided to purchase a MINK claw compressor from Busch. This compressor is ATEX-certified (II 2G IIB3 T3 (i)/II 3G IIB3 T4(o)), which means that flame arresters are no longer required. Furthermore, it is equipped with a variable speed drive so that the volume flow can be adapted precisely to the requirements in the digester. The MINK claw compressor has been in operation since May 2020 and normally runs at full load with a power consumption of 4.5 kilowatts and a constant overpressure of 0.6 bar. Compared to the power consumption of the two older piston compressors, which had one 6.7-kilowatt motor each, this results in theoretical energy savings of more than 65 percent.
MINK claw compressors compress biogas without using any oil at all. This is made possible by the compressors into contact with the biogas, the old oil had to be disposed of accordingly. MINK claw compressors have an internal gearbox. This contains 0.85 liters of gearbox oil. Busch recommends an oil change after no more than 20,000 operating hours and an annual visual inspection to check the condition and oil quantity as a precaution.
The operator has also noticed yet another advantage during the first few months of operation:

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Busch Vacuum Solutions is one of the world’s largest producers of vacuum pumps, vacuum systems, blowers and compressors.
Its extensive product portfolio comprises solutions for vacuum and overpressure applications in all industries, including the chemical, semiconductor, medical technology, plastics, and food sectors. It also covers the design and construction of customized vacuum systems, as well as a global service network.
The Busch group is a family-owned company and is still managed by the Busch family. Busch Vacuum Solutions has 3,500 employees in more than 60 companies in over 40 countries worldwide. Busch is headquartered in Maulburg, in southwest Germany. This is the location of Busch SE headquarters, as well as the German production facility and German sales company. In addition to Maulburg, Busch also has its own production plants in Switzerland, the UK, Czech Republic, Korea and the USA.

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Date: 02/18/2021 - 03:56
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