Thursday, March 17, 2011

Water-Energy Nexus – It’s not a pie-in-the sky anymore – It’s happening!

Proteus Consulting is implementing the Water-Energy Nexus! We have teamed with Viridity Energy to identify avenues of energy savings at water and wastewater facilities. Our team undertakes a thorough evaluation of the use of energy resources at water and wastewater facilities and develops a management algorithm to optimally schedule energy management a day-ahead and real-time energy markets. This is called Dynamic Energy Optimization.

There are many energy auditors who review facilities and identify capital improvement projects to reduce energy usage, for example, implementing VFDs on pumps and fans, or adding efficient blowers. Usually these measures have a return on investment of two to four years with subsidies from the energy companies and the government.  Then what? Well, the Proteus-Viridity Team goes a step ahead. We help create a continuous revenue stream back to the utility by real time monitoring and management of energy use and then working the energy market.

Currently, the Proteus-Viridity Team is assisting New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to enable energy optimization at their wastewater treatment facilities that treat 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater in the five boroughs of the great city.

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