Hunter Water has awarded SUEZ the contract to implement the proven Aquadvanced™ Energy solution, to optimise water distribution throughout Hunter Water’s network, helping to reduce its energy consumption and environmental footprint.
The software will monitor and control pumps, control valves and storages. It will use real time data about water consumption, forecasts and energy prices to schedule and control water supply to meet consumer demand at the lowest price, while meeting operational requirements.
Servicing over half a million people in the Lower Hunter region, it is anticipated Hunter Water will deliver substantial ongoing electricity cost savings by improving the efficiency of the distribution system using Aquadvanced™ Energy. The project will also provide operational benefits by improving water quality, extending the life of the assets in the network and improving decision making about operational and economic constraints. The outcome of this project will also contribute towards achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
SUEZ is a global leader in developing smart technologies for the water sector. The implementation of SUEZ’s Aquadvanced™ Energy has proven benefits in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the UK, the implementation of Aquadvanced™ Energy by Essex and Suffolk Water saw 1.5 million people supplied with optimised drinking water, saving 15 per cent in energy costs and a reduction of 1,460 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Ruben MacNeil, Group Manager Intelligent Networks at Hunter Water said, “Hunter Water welcomes the partnership with SUEZ to deliver energy and operational efficiencies across our network. This project is a great example of how we’re embracing new and innovative solutions to deliver sustainable water services.”
Stuart Gowans, General Manager, Business Development Water at SUEZ is delighted to bring the Aquadvanced™ suite to Australia and deliver benefits for Hunter Water and the region’s customers.
Aquadvanced™ Energy is a highly advanced network optimiser that typically reduces overall pumping energy bills by 10 to 15 per cent. We look forward to working with Hunter Water to help deliver energy efficiencies and financial savings, using this leading edge technology.”
This project builds on the successful trial of Aquadvanced™ Energy in the Hunter Water network in 2018 which tested the compatibility of the technology with Hunter Water’s existing infrastructure. Implementation of this project has already started, with operations to begin in 2020.
Aquadvanced™ Energy is one of several solutions that form part of SUEZ’s Aquadvanced™ suite, which will be discussed at OzWater 19, from 7 to 9 May 2019.