WaterBriefs: Capstone microturbines first to win UL renewable energy approval

Also in this report: USFilter posts case studies on biosolids, perchlorate treatment; Black & Veatch raises standards, controls costs for Thames Water sewage plant; Bentley acquires Logos BV for piping isometrics; StormFilter approved for basic treatment in King County, Wash.; Thompson Pump names new Kansas City branch manager; Dudek's new grant writing service helps S. Calif. governments fund needs; Vortex Corp. names new VP; America's WETLAND documentary to expose life on Louisiana coast...

In other news below:
-- USFilter posts two new case studies on biosolids, perchlorate treatment
-- Black & Veatch raises standards, controls costs for Thames Water at Esher sewage plant
-- Bentley acquires Logos BV for piping isometrics
-- StormFilter approved for basic treatment in King County, Wash.
-- Thompson Pump names new Kansas City branch manager
-- Dudek's new grant writing service helps S. Calif. governments fund needs
-- Vortex Corp. names new VP
-- America's WETLAND documentary to expose life on Louisiana coast

UL approves Capstone microturbines for renewable energy, national grid hookup -- CHATSWORTH, CA, March 21, 2006 -- Capstone Turbine, a leading manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that its 30- and 65-kilowatt renewable energy systems are the first generators to be classified by Underwriters Laboratories to the UL2200 standards for Stationary Engine Generators, under the new category of Engine Generators Fueled by Biogas or Raw Natural Gas. Additionally, these products have been simultaneously listed to UL1741, the standard for Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources. UL1741, which references IEEE 1547 and IEEE 1547.1, is being accepted as the U.S. national utility grid interconnection standard. In 2001, Capstone MicroTurbine® systems were the first non-photovoltaic generator to be listed to the UL1741 interconnection safety and operations standard. Both announcements will be of particular interest to wastewater treatment facilities looking to recycle byproducts to save on energy costs...

USFilter posts two new case studies on biosolids, perchlorate treatment -- WARRENDALE, PA, March 21, 2006 -- USFilter, a unit of Siemens Water Technologies, has posted two new case studies to its website:
-- "One rotary sludge dryer benefits many WWTPs: Saves hauling costs, helps comply with biosolids regulations" -- The Clearwater Cogeneration Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Corona, CA, is using a Sernagiotto directly heated sludge dryer from the Water Technologies division of the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) to process 8 million gallons per day of combined municipal and industrial hydraulic influent, as well as sludge, from the city's three other WWTPs. Since coming online four months ago, the dryer system has saved the Clearwater cogen plant considerable wet cake hauling costs and helped it meet USEPA's strict 40 CFR Part 503 regulation. The dryer system is part of a combined system that produces electricity and dry, dewatered biosolids by using the hot exhaust gas to recover energy from the combined-cycle cogeneration turbine. This is the first Sernagiotto dryer installation in the U.S...
-- "Perchlorate discovery leads to full-scale contaminant removal system in Massachusetts" -- USFilter Environmental Services, a part of Siemens Water Technologies, was selected by Aquarion Water Co. of Massachusetts to provide a full-scale perchlorate removal ion exchange system. Although used extensively in other parts of the country, this is the first such system to be installed in the eastern United States. The Siemens solution will enable Aquarion to meet the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) perchlorate guidelines for drinking water and eliminate the requirement to purchase supplemental water from the neighboring city of Worcester...
Also see:
-- "USFilter Presentation - Emergency Water Clarification Systems"

Black & Veatch raises standards, controls costs for Thames Water at Esher sewage plant -- LONDON, March 21, 2006 -- The Trident Alliance of Black & Veatch and Costain has enabled Thames Water to achieve a tough Freshwater Fisheries Directive undertaking that imposed new ammonia consent standards at Esher Sewage Treatment Works. Significantly, Black & Veatch and Costain delivered a first-class solution to its client's needs at a total project cost of less than GBP 5 million [US$8.72 million] -- compared to an original estimate of GBP 7 million [US$12.2 million]. Bringing major environmental enhancements to the Surrey area, one of the main innovations that resulted in a large cost savings on design and construction was the introduction of a combined pumping station and two-stage anoxic zone within a single glass-coated steel tank...

Bentley acquires Logos BV to deliver innovative vision for isometrics -- Will embed Logos' PlantSpace isometrics within DigitalPlant, enabling owner-operators to cost-effectively create, edit intelligent as-built piping isometrics -- EXTON, PA, March 21, 2006 -- Bentley Systems Inc. announced that it has acquired Logos BV, an international provider of the isometric software tools PlantSpace Isometrics (formerly known as L/ISO and IsoExtractor). Bentley will embed Logos' intelligent isometric generation and production tools within its DigitalPlant solution. This will enable owner-operators to create and edit intelligent as-built piping isometrics and link this data to their enterprise systems. For mass production of fabrication isometrics during engineering and construction phases of a project, Bentley continues its partnership with Alias for Isogen, which is directly embedded in Bentley Piping. However, for situations in which automatic isometric generation is not feasible or does not meet user requirements, the Logos tools allow as-built isometric drawings to be easily sketched and validated against a 3D model or a scanned point cloud model...

Stormwater Management's StormFilter receives 'blanket adjustment' for basic treatment in King County, Wash. -- WEST CHESTER, OH, March 20, 2006 -- The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services has issued a Blanket Adjustment for Basic Treatment for the Stormwater Management StormFilter®. With this measure, the StormFilter with ZPG™ media at a flow rate per cartridge of 7.5 gpm is now accepted for Basic Water Quality Treatment Standards (TSS) as a stand-alone treatment BMP. The StormFilter with CSF® leaf media was accepted in 1998 for meeting the County's standards for Enhanced Water Quality Treatment (metals). The blanket adjustment was obtained based on the extensive field testing using the TAPE, which was completed to demonstrate that the StormFilter meets Washington Department of Ecology water quality goals. In January 2005, the StormFilter received the General Use Level Designation for Basic Treatment. The StormFilter is the first and only stand-alone proprietary technology that has received this designation by Ecology...

Thompson Pump names new Kansas City branch manager -- PORT ORANGE, FL, March 21, 2006 -- Thompson Pump & Manufacturing of Port Orange, FL, appoints Darrell Sissel as its Kansas City branch manager. Located at 504 S. 70th St., the branch is one of 19 Thompson Pump locations nationwide, and provides a full line of pump products and accessories for sale or rental and the expertise to provide solutions for the toughest dewatering, bypass, and emergency pumping applications. Sissel brings over 25 years of sales and management experience to his position...

Dudek's new grant writing service helps Southern California governments find funding for critical infrastructure -- Firm assists public agencies with locating and winning grants -- ENCINITAS, CA, March 21, 2006 -- Dudek, a leading Southern California engineering and environmental consulting firm, today announced its new grant writing and funding assistance service, which is designed to guide Southern California government agencies through the complexities of securing grants to fund public projects. Denise Landstedt, Dudek's senior project manager who leads the funding team, recently secured more than $53 million in grant awards with another $31 million pending. A member of the AWWA, APWA and Urban Water Institute, she has nearly 30 years experience in successfully researching and writing state and federal grant proposals, conducting financial budgeting and analysis, and preparing and analyzing competitive studies...

Vortex Corp. names new VP -- PRESCOTT, AZ, March 20, 2006 -- Vortex Corp., a maker of chemical-free water purification products for consumer and commercial use, announced that Ron Martin has been named vice president of business development. In this role, Martin will develop and execute comprehensive marketing and sales strategies for the company in addition to facilitating new and existing business partnerships. Martin was previously vice president of product development for Triton Systems -- an applied research and development company for government and commercial products. Throughout his 30-year career, he's held executive positions at Shurtape Technologies and Tyco Adhesives and served as a business consultant for various private and public clients...

America's WETLAND documentary to expose life on Louisiana's coast -- Announcing "Washing Away" project to be produced by LPB, group says film to show damaged lives, livelihoods on Gulf Coast -- NEW ORLEANS, LA, March 20, 2006 -- With the total impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita still uncertain, their damage to an already suffering coastline has been immeasurable. As the events unfolded in the immediate hours and days following Hurricane Katrina, no one in the nation seemed able to believe that it had all been predicted, in chilling detail. America's WETLAND: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting have joined together to announce the production of "Washing Away," a one-hour documentary which is slated to premiere on Public Broadcasting stations, on August 29, 2006, - the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. The documentary, produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, is made possible by a generous donation from Shell, World Sponsor of America's WETLAND Campaign...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Franklin Electric to acquire Little Giant Pump Co. for $121 million" -- Also in this report (March 20, 2006): Largest oil spill ever reported on Alaska's North Slope; American Water announces Donald L. Correll as president, CEO; UltraStrip's Filtration Division signs agreement for dealership in Turkey, Cyprus; ObjectVideo partners with Avant Technologies; Water-Stocks.com interviews Hendrx CEO and water analysts Berlant, Maxwell; Public TV, Planet H2O to study world's most vital resource on Earth Day; AMTA announces Anaheim to host biennial conference in July...

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