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Utilities 4.0: Optimization of purification plants operation

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Utilities 4.0: Optimization of purification plants operation

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Countries: Italy
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Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Progress to Date: NA Optimise the use of energy, environmental, economic and IT resources
Services Needed: Information technology (IT) support
Desired Partner: Other
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 01, 2018  »  Ongoing
Project Website: ungc-production.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/attachments/cop_2...
Contextual Condition(s): PHYSICAL: Inadequate infrastructure
Additional Benefits: Other
Beneficiaries: Local communities / domestic users
Planning & Implementation Time: More than 3 years
Financial Resources: More than $500,000 USD
Primary Funding Source: corporate
Project Challenges: RESOURCES: Lack of technical resources
Project Source: Admin
Profile Completion: 85%

Project Overview

The Modena purification plant has been equipped with a leading-edge system, the only one of its kind in Italy, which uses predictive logic to further reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of the outgoing water. The project was supported by Energy Way, and involved developing a control system based on MPC (Model predictive control) and artificial intelligence to optimise the oxygen supply to the oxidation tanks. The project has the following objectives: ¥ to impro…

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The Modena purification plant has been equipped with a leading-edge system, the only one of its kind in Italy, which uses predictive logic to further reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of the outgoing water. The project was supported by Energy Way, and involved developing a control system based on MPC (Model predictive control) and artificial intelligence to optimise the oxygen supply to the oxidation tanks. The project has the following objectives: ¥ to improve the performance of total nitrogen abatement compared to the regulatory limits; ¥ to optimise oxygen delivery in the aerobic compartment; ¥ to minimize the energy costs of air blowers. The project also included the development of a dynamic baseline aimed at forecasting energy consumption, to quantify the real performance of the process and develop multi-variable, real-time energy and production performance indicators, aimed at improving control over the real performance of the wastewater purification plant. The pilot project yielded positive results: the line in which this control system is present, the Modenese purification plant, which has the capacity to meet the needs of 500,000 inhabitants, decreased the amount of energy needed for its oxidation process by 16%, compared to what was found in a similar situation with a traditional control system, and decreased the presence of nitrogen in outgoing water (a parameter already below the regulatory limits) by a further 8.1%

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Basin and/or Contextual Conditions: PHYSICAL: Inadequate infrastructure
Project Benefits: Other
Indirect or Direct Beneficiaries: Local communities / domestic users
Months & Implementing: More than 3 years
Financial Resources: More than $500,000 USD
Primary Funding Source: Corporate funding
Challenges: RESOURCES: Lack of technical resources

Project Narrative

In 2019, the Hera Group invested about Euro 78 million (+25% compared to 2018) in innovation and digitalisation, a figure that is part of the total investments aimed at creating shared value (see the section on Shared Value in the "Sustainability, Strategy and Shared Value" chapter), Euro 78 million was invested by the Group for innovation. Specifically, in order of size, the Group invested approximately Euro 39.0 million for Utility 4.0 projects. Euro 33.7 million in smart city initiatives (including investments for the installation of electronic gas meters); Euro 4.7 million in innovative circular economy initiatives, and Euro 0.6 million in projects aimed at improving the customer experience.

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Hera (Holding Energia Risorse Ambiente, Energy Resource Environment Holdings) is a multiutility company based in Bologna, Italy. Hera operates in the distribution of gas, water, energy, and waste disposal in the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Modena, Ravenna, Rimini, Pesaro … Learn More

Gianluca Principato
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