Wastewater treatment providers announce performance partnership in U.S.

Sept. 20, 2010
Sept. 20, 2010 -- Atlas Copco and ITT have formed a partnership to provide wastewater treatment customers with a comprehensive package that is designed to reduce operational costs through improved energy savings...

Sept. 20, 2010 -- Atlas Copco and ITT have formed a partnership to provide wastewater treatment customers with a comprehensive package that is designed to reduce operational costs through improved energy savings. The partnership pairs two industry-leading technologies: Atlas Copco's new range of low pressure ZS screw blowers and ITT's Sequencing Batch Reactors (SBRs) and Sanitaire Diffused Aeration Systems. The announcement of this partnership in the United States follows on the global strategic alliance formed between Atlas Copco Airpower n.v. and ITT Water & Wastewater AB in April 2009.

The two companies will also showcase the benefits of these technologies in a joint effort at the 2010 Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), the wastewater industry's flagship tradeshow, Oct. 2-6 in New Orleans. Product information and supporting staff will be available in both the Atlas Copco and the ITT booths.

"We are excited to be working with such a like-minded company," said John Conover, business development manager for the Atlas Copco range of low pressure solutions. "Forming this partnership enables customers to get the most energy-efficient package from one team of suppliers."

Atlas Copco's energy-efficient ZS screw blower range for aeration applications has proven to be on average 30 percent more energy efficient than conventional blower technology. The introduction of the ZS range, using internal compression instead of external compression, sets a new standard for energy-efficiency in the industry.

ITT's range of sequencing batch reactors are complete wastewater treatment systems that are operated on the fill and draw principle and are used in both municipal and industrial applications. SBRs offer advantages in reduced tankage, mechanical systems and automatic operation, but the Sanitaire ICEAS variation to traditional systems expands the benefits to include continuous inflow, reduced footprint, peak load handling capability, biological nutrient removal, expandability and energy efficiency using Sanitaire fine bubble membrane diffusers.

"There has never been a greater emphasis on increasing energy efficiency," said Ron Port, managing director of ITT in the U.S. "Today's market demands new and innovative ways to couple maximum productivity with optimal efficiency. We responded to this need by pairing Atlas Copco's full range of ZS screw blowers with our SBR systems to offer our customers industry-leading technology for a wide range of treatment solutions."

One of the partnership's first projects is at the ITT Sanitaire Performance Test Center in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The Brown Deer facility, including an accompanying laboratory and state-of-the-art data measurement and control systems, is home to one of the largest clean water test tanks in the world. To measure the energy savings and performance of the Atlas Copco ZS blower, a ZS blower is in operation at the facility beside a rotary lobe displacement blower, and the results are being compared. Initial results from the testing will be available at WEFTEC.

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. The Group delivers sustainable solutions for increased customer productivity through innovative products and services. Founded 1873, the company is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2009, Atlas Copco had about 30 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 64 (BEUR 6.0). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.

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