Energy Recovery has spent decades perfecting devices that capture and recycle otherwise wasted pressure energy. We have a suite of energy recovery devices (ERDs) that can operate at different pressures, dramatically reducing the energy needs, costs, and emissions associated with reverse osmosis desalination.
Our industry-leading energy recovery solutions include the PX® Pressure Exchanger®, Ultra PX™, and Turbocharger. Combined with our family of pumps, our solutions are trusted around the world by plants of all sizes to meet their specific energy recovery needs.
Available in multiple configurations, the PowerPlay raises the bar on SWRO plant performance. Constructed with state-of-the-art technology, each component of the PowerPlay is virtually maintenance free and backed with service from a single, trusted source. Download the one-sheet to learn more.
Acid gas removal is a critical process step in natural gas processing and syngas production for ammonia and other uses. Application of a liquid phase turbocharger to the acid gas removal unit (AGRU) results in significant energy savings and improvement to reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) of the plant. This paper describes conventional configurations with high-pressure pumps and new configurations utilizing liquid-phase turbochargers. Design of the equipment, process operations and controls, and reliability analysis are included. The results of a RAM study comparing conventional configurations to those incorporating liquid-phase turbochargers in multiple cases are also presented. From the RAM study, it can be concluded that flow sheet configurations that include a liquid phase turbocharger consistently provide lower plant downtime and maintenance costs as compared with conventional flow sheet configurations. This is in addition to the energy savings that result from energy recovery with the application of the liquid phase turbocharger to the AGRU. For the reference plant used in the study, the maintenance cost savings are as great as $2.5M over the 20 year lifetime of the plant and average annual downtime reduction is as much as 19.8 hours.
This video animation describes the IsoBoost™ hydraulic system for gas processing. The skid-mounted solution recovers pressure energy at gas plants and ensures reliable operations, making plants safer and more profitable, with three times the life of a conventional pump.
This video shows how the GP Turbo works. The GP Turbo is the turbocharger at the heart of Energy Recovery’s IsoBoost system. IsoBoost is a hydraulic system that recovers pressure energy for gas processing. It provides reliable operations for gas processing, making plants safer and more profitable, with three times the life of a conventional pump.
Energy Recovery is proud to present our improved Advanced TurboCharger line. Take a tour with Senior Technical Manager, Eric Kadaj, as he explains the key features and benefits of this new and improved centrifugal solution. With patented volute insert technology and solution enhancements, our turbocharger product line is now the most flexible, efficient, and reliable centrifugual Energy Recovery Device (ERD) in the industry today.
China has been turning to seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) as a way to ease the severe stress on fresh water resources, and ninety percent of Chinese desalination plants use Energy Recovery’s technology to harness fluid flows and pressure energy. Watch this video to hear experts in the Chinese desalination industry talk about their experience with Energy Recovery over the past ten years.
With Energy Recovery’s Advanced TurboCharger™ (AT) with volute insert technology, plant operators can recover a significant portion of this wasted energy and transfer it back to the seawater reverse osmosis feed stream. This energy recovery device, or ERD, reduces the amount of pressure the high-pressure pump must create — greatly reducing the amount of power that’s needed to produce water. With the Energy Recovery TurboCharger, there is minimal downtime versus days or weeks with other methods. Suitable for both high-pressure seawater and lower-pressure brackish reverse osmosis systems, Energy Recovery TurboChargers offer substantial savings for lower investment solutions — especially in locations where power costs are heavily subsidized or there’s a need to reduce upfront capital costs. The device is easy to install and has a compact footprint. The Energy Recovery TurboCharger is a turnkey solution that requires minimal installation time, operator training and plant design.
The Turbocharger Energy Analysis tool allows you to quickly and easily calculate the boost provided by the Advanced Turbocharger (AT) in your plant. It is meant to assist you with the preliminary design. Results may vary. Please contact us for your specific design requirements.
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A key cost that is seldom estimated during evaluation of various technologies in seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) projects is the cost of downtime, both planned and unplanned. This paper will prove that these downtime costs are significant to both the investors and the operators of the plant. Therefore, plant availability must be a primary factor to be considered in the design phase. Plant availability is even more critical in evaluating the energy recovery technologies as they can cripple production if they break down often and require high maintenance.
Energy recovery devices (ERD) cost less than 2% of initial capital costs but could cost twice that due to lost margin and capital costs. Due to large initial capital expenses, long project life, and criticality of water for end-users, every component should be designed for longevity and robustness along with highest performance. As many plant operators have to pay for liquidated damages when missing the minimum production requirements, it is imperative that the plant is designed for the highest availability possible.
Location: Udipi, Karnataka, India Project: Udipi Thermal Power Plant Capacity: 16,200 m³/ day Energy Savings: 8,750,000 kWh/year* (energy savings estimates based on India’s power cost of $0.1/kWh)
The Challenge: Indian Power Plant with Meticulous Water Needs
The Udipi 1300 MW Thermal Power Plant is a coal/gas-based power generating station located in Udipi, near Mangalore, Karnataka, India. It produces power by converting water into steam, which is then used to drive turbines. Vast amounts of the highest quality pure water are needed for the steam generation process.
The Innovation Solution: PowerPlay with Advanced TurboCharger + High Pressure Pump
After weighing the options, contractor Triveni Engineering chose seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination as the most viable option for obtaining the highest quality pure water. While Triveni Engineering had been offering custom made solutions to the Indian desalination industry for more than a decade, they were seeking the latest advances in energy recovery technology to increase plant efficiency. Triveni selected Energy Recovery’s Advanced TurboCharger™ (AT) due to its reliability and optimal efficiency. Triveni also chose to configure the plant with Energy Recovery’s AquaSpire™ centrifugal high-pressure pump. The AquaSpire pump is a single-stage, high-pressure pump ideal for medium-to-large-scale seawater- and brackish-water reverse-osmosis systems.
The AT and the AquaSpire centrifugal pump are designed to complement each other for maximum efficiency and hydraulic flexibility. A flexible solution that simplifies the SWRO system while maintaining its operational reliability, the AT is easy to install and has a compact footprint. This winning configuration is a turnkey solution that requires minimal installation time, operator training, and plant design. With Udipi’s 16,200 m3/day plant capacity, it was of paramount importance to find the most cost-effective and energy-efficient desalination solution.
The Result: Flexibility with Cost Savings
The plant is configured with four centrifugal high-durability AquaSpire pumps and three AT TurboCharger energy recovery devices working together to give flexibility and cost-energy benefits. A total of three trains have been running since May 2010. As a result of using our technologies, the plant went to working at 100% full capacity and year after year, saves 8,750,000 kWh of energy—increasing overall profit. More trains will be purchased for the expansion of the plant within the next two years. In fact, the client is so satisfied the setup is being showcased as a demo site for their potential customers.
Energy recovery devices are employed in nearly all seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants to recover pressure from the membrane reject stream and return it to the process. Because of the high pressures and low membrane permeate recovery rates common in these systems, the membrane reject stream contains a considerable amount of energy. The use of energy recovery devices in seawater RO is readily justified on the basis of operating cost savings. However, the application of energy recovery is much less common in brackish water RO systems, primarily because of the relatively low feed pressure and low flow rate of the membrane reject stream. The fear is that energy recovery devices can also potentially limit the flexibility of a brackish RO process because of efficiency losses or flow-rate constraints encountered during off-peak operation.