Opportunity

With a company-wide pledge to achieving carbon net zero status by 2030, Anglian Water is committed to ensuring its operations are efficient, sustainable and environmentally-friendly. One key tactic to achieve this ambition is through the adoption of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology across ten sludge treatment centres nationwide.

Capturing the methane released from waste during the water recycling process, a suite of CHP engines are used to combust biogas into renewable heat and power. Most of this energy is used to drive on-site operations, with any excess exported to the National Grid.

With the facilities operational 24/7/365, ensuring that each CHP engine continues to run at optimum efficiency is critical. As such, day-to-day management is delivered by a team of highly skilled engineers.

A point of frustration for the engineers was the proprietary control panels fitted to each CHP engine, which required specialist support from the manufacturer to deliver simple monitoring and control processes. Complicating operations and preventing valuable insight into numerous engines across multiple sites, the lack of flexibility was hampering efficiencies.

Approach

To solve the issue, we installed open protocol alternatives to engines at 11 sites nationwide. Allowing engineers to monitor and control each engine without the need for specialist support, the Storm Energy Management (SEM) units provide immediate digital access.

Alongside providing real-time SCADA reporting, remote visualisation and rich data across multi-site portfolios, the panels improve engine output efficiencies and minimise maintenance requirements.

Result

Thanks to the expertise of our engineers, we were able to install the panels quickly and effectively. Following completion, the project has resulted in significant benefits – reducing engine downtime and improving engine efficiencies, while also allowing Anglian Water to tactically deploy engineering resource and remotely manage its portfolio.

Tim Orsborne, CHP Technical Manager at Anglian Water, commented: “Operating such a wide range of gas engines across numerous sites, all varying sizes, specifications and brands, had previously created a real problem for us. Managing the portfolio was both time consuming and costly, which led us to search for a more holistic solution.

“The CooperOstlund team demonstrated significant experience in replacing proprietary control panels with open protocol alternatives. Once installed, we immediately had access to standardised reporting across all sites.”

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