The industrial gases market currently shows a gap, particularly at the smaller end of water treatment systems. “Larger units are often disproportionally expensive. Our customers were looking for something smaller and more flexible”, Gurney says. SOLVOX® mobile now serves to extend capacity, but is also readily available as a backup. “Think of it as an insurance policy. When existing aeration equipment underperforms during periods of higher temperature, the system needs a boost in additional capacity.” By dissolving pure oxygen in the water, plant operators can add as much oxygen as they choose. “From 20% to 100% – this just means inserting more SOLVOX mobile units into the wastewater treatment tanks, all without major modifications to the existing infrastructure.”
Weighing just over 100 kilograms and measuring 1.4 metres in height, SOLVOX® mobile is a relatively small plug-and-play solution, which can be inserted into water treatment tanks of all shapes and sizes to add capacity during peak season. Operators can now easily adapt capacity to demand at a reasonable cost.
Small and independent
SOLVOX® mobile also features a degree of automation that is new to the SOLVOX® family and that can be activated if requested. “The unit monitors the oxygen level in the water and is able to adjust its output in a range between 10 to 25 kilograms of oxygen per hour.” On the control system, some additional work was conducted by Gurney and his colleagues. “To automate SOLVOX, we had to ensure that the unit had more monitoring and diagnostics features, for example, alerting operators to potential blockages.”
After 24 months of development, Gurney is noticeably proud of the new product. SOLVOX® mobile is a robust unit that is efficient (1.2-3.5 kilograms of oxygen / kilowatt hour) and small enough to be placed where it is most needed, making further additions to the range possible. “If you want to get ready for summer, we have both the gas and a highly versatile device that provide plant operators with vastly more flexibility.”
It seems the new member joined the family just in time to give clients a real break this summer.